Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Photo by Kyra taken on 19/02/2021

One bright February morning, I’m happily getting lost around the Amsterdam canals until a certain shop catches my eye with all its beautiful pieces on display: mirrors, jewellery, wooden boxes, statues, special trinkets. My eyes scan the large shop window on the corner of Singel and Blauburgwal until eventually my sight lands on a man with a twinkle in his eye. He’s seated on a bright red chair parked behind the open shop door, right across the cobblestone street.

The sun blankets the shopkeeper and his little shop around the corner as I smile and wave. …

Getting stranded on an island, chartering a private plane, and emigrating halfway across the world in the time of COVID-19: Lessons in making the most of what you’ve got to reach your desired destination.

As I write this, I’m nestled in a bright little apartment in the heart of Amsterdam. The place my boyfriend and I now happily (and dare I say triumphantly) call ‘home’.

Because let me tell you, it was one hell of a journey to get on this couch.

The ‘good old days’

It was supposed to be simple:

  • Finish my master’s degree in Australia in February.
  • Go on a two-month holiday in the Philippines.
  • Move to the Netherlands by the end of May.

Well, I did finish my degree. And my boyfriend Jor and I did end up in the Philippines. Stationed on a…

Here are three psychological concepts to help you understand how emotions spread, and what you can do to create better emotional environments for both yourself and the people around you.

We know that whether directly in person or indirectly through stories, videos, writing, music, or art, emotions and ideas can spread faster than wildfire. But most of the time, we aren’t conscious of when it happens or how it really affects us and the people around us.

Illustration by Cara Alegre (IG: @carathedrawer)

These three psychological concepts can help explain how contagious our feelings, moods, thoughts, and behaviors can be. And perhaps by understanding them, we can better cultivate emotional environments that can improve not just our individual lives but also the lives of those around us.

1. Emotional Contagion

You know how you start smiling behind the camera…

The 5 phases of culture shock, how to deal with them, and ultimately move from “Comfort Zone” to “Growth Zone”

At 24 years old, I’ve visited every continent except Antarctica and lived in several places around the world: New York, Paris, Sydney, briefly in Singapore, different parts of the Philippines, and come this April 2020 I’ll be moving to Amsterdam.

Photo by oxana v on Unsplash

The ups and downs of travel

Moving to a foreign place can be both wonderful and difficult, often in very unexpected ways. On one hand, you get to learn a lot, secure more opportunities, experience incredible things, and meet all sorts of special people that you could have never imagined. But at the same time, travel isn’t always this fun and carefree thing, particularly if it’s…

By 2020, the global population is expected to consume 75% more from nature than what the planet can replenish. Let’s break down the facts and see where to start with positive change:

Let me paint a quick picture for you.

I currently live in Sydney, Australia, and in many ways it’s pretty great. It’s so great that it ranks 6th out of 189 countries along the UN’s 2019 Human Development Index, which measures things like life expectancy, expected and mean years of schooling, and gross national income per capita (PPP $). In simpler terms, the index is meant to give at least some indication about how healthy, educated, and rich people are around the world. And Australia is up there. …

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