Travel Diaries: London

I recently came back from a holiday with lots of content and ideas in my head.  I hope you don’t mind (bugger it, I’m going to do it anyway) but over the coming week you will see lots of travel writing in ‘Coffee and Career Chat’.  Enjoy as you sip on your flat white or…

What songs ‘sing’ to your career?

I’m feeling a tad whimsical so I got thinking about the songs that capture the essence of my career journey to date.  Rather than think about the lyrics and hidden meanings, I’ve simply focussed on song titles. Can you relate?  Or what other songs sing to your career?!

Farewell Mr Watt!

Maths was always my least preferred subject at school.  In fact, I hated it.  I guess I didn’t see the sense in manipulating numbers and solving equations. This notion got challenged in my fourth form year at school when I was introduced to the determined, utterly commanding, and somewhat scary figure in Mr Peter Watt…

Dancing with my childhood heroes

I’m really liking Dancing the Stars this year.  Not only do I get to snigger at David Seymour’s dancing (okay, I’ll give him credit for giving it a good go), but I get to cheer on three of my childhood heroes. Robbie Rakete   As a child of the 80s and 90s, I grew up watching…

I have type 2 diabetes. A bittersweet tale.

I have type 2 diabetes.  There.  I’ve said it. Since the start of the year, I was diagnosed with diabetes and it came as a real shock;  “Isn’t it the condition that unhealthy people get?” I remember thinking at the time. Diabetes was the thing I used to joke about.  After downing a big piece…

Kaboom! Pow! Bang!

Much like Batman in his quest to overthrow absurdly named villains, I have been been actively punching and kicking for the past 19(!) years. I was first introduced to shadowboxing classes back in 1999, when I accompanied my sister and brother-in-law to the Moana-Nui-a-Kiwa Pool and Leisure Centre in Mangere.  They raved on about this…

I ♥ Humans of South Auckland

JOY.  Finding out you are expecting your own baby after years of fostering children. SORROW.  Wishing you spent more time with your dad before he passed away. RESILIENCE.  Coping with teasing and taunts, and turning them into poetic ambition. URGENCY.  Making every previous moment count with a sickly child. PRIDE.  Embracing your faith and empowering…

Why did the chicken cross the road?

Why did the chicken cross the road?  To help you reflect and ponder your existence.  Okay… more on that later. Last Saturday I took my mum and partner to Ngā Tohu o Uenuku (Mangere Arts Centre) to see the fantastic new play Still Life with Chickens by Samoan writer D.F. Mamea.  The slice-of-life story focuses on…

March Madness

The beginning of March is arguably the busiest time of the year… people are back (albeit reluctantly) at work, school kids are parading around in crisp new uniforms, uni students are frantically flocking to lectures, trains and buses are packing in people like sardines, and roads are clogged like a blocked drain.  Yup, March Madness…

Beyond 2000

What were you doing in the year 2000?  I remember how it started very clearly… I was down at the Viaduct for the Millennium celebrations and the weather was wet and drizzly.  The clock struck midnight and the Skytower exploded with fireworks. POW!  BANG!  It was such a pity that the rain dampened them very…