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  • On the hunt for introverts

    To be honest: I’ve been raised Asian as F and this racism thing is a “far from my bed show” (that’s a Dutch saying). Chinese parents see everything “Chinese” as “in” and “everything outside…

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    Positive thinking won’t get you there

    A quick one as I need to go in 5 minutes. I listened to the Happiness Lab again – this time Dr Laurie Santos mentions that all self-help gurus accentuate the fact…

  • the happiness lab

    Happiness silver linings and silver medallists who die earlier

    I stumbled upon Dr. Laurie Santos’ podcast through Jay Shetty – she’s a professor of psychology and head of Silliman College at Yale University. Her podcast series is a scientific approach to…

  • salsad day dream

    Focus on yourself & dream big

    Had you shown me this video 10 years ago, I would’ve waved it away thinking “I don’t need this yogi BS”. Let’s assume wisdom comes with age or YouTube’s targeting has become…

  • papa mama xu

    2020

    I used Tony Robbin’s Goal setting framework to set my goals for this year. In essence He tells you to take all limitations away and go all-in with scribbling down your goals…

  • stella for nana

    Stella: Lowkey staying cool

    🙋🏻This is Stella, she was born into a Chinese restaurant household and taught at a young age to help and work to alleviate her parents’ work and “suffering”, like many of the…

  • NANAnation

    Girls doing the F they want

    I met Sammy Jo at Muay Thai camp and was intrigued. Read here why exactly: NANAnation.com #NANAgirls

  • HiSimona-Equanimity

    Vipassana: a workout for the mind

    It’s two months later and I have finally decided to share my well promised (and promoted) Vipassana post. I don’t know if it was Vipassana, the fact that I was leaving Bangkok/Shanghai/Asia…

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    Surfing in Siargao 🏄🏻‍♀️

    The most wonderful place to surf and chill, but this was mostly due to my dear friend Tu Nga (whom I also host NANA with) showing us all the great places around…

  • Wonderfruit 2018 Pattaya

    Bangkok, the Simona way

    Excuse the simplicity and ugliness, but this is THE list to check off when you’re in Bangkok and in dire need of a shortlist of restaurants and must do’s. To be honest…