White blouse and long pants. Like a high-wire walker, Joy balances femininity and professionalism, family and business, logic and love.

As an advocate for equal pay, Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence truly embraced her character as an unexpected but steadfast matriarch of a crazy family. To name a few, she has to deal with an ex-husband (Edgar Ramirez) who lives in their basement, a father (Robert de Niro) who was returned by his second wife, a mother (Virginia Madsen) obsessed with watching soap operas and the only saving grace, a grandmother (Diane Ladd) who fiercely instilled ambition in her.

The film has tantalizing visuals, clever use of dreams and TV scenes and inspiring musical scores. The story is scattered with flashbacks and fast-forwards, chaotic in nature, like mixing business with family. As messy as business can be, the trials and tribulations create an opportunity for Joy. It gives a reason to pursue her dream or rather, demands her to go back to the one thing where she felt most herself – creating through her hands.

Time passes and challenges become victories when she take matters to her own hands, her ingenious idea materialized into a product that becomes a business and this business becomes an empire. Through her innate creativity and incessant stubbornness, Joy shows  anyone can rise from the depths of the earth with grace even when it’s muddy down there.





Try and see what happens…

People being people.
People being people.

“Instead of putting others down, try improving yourself
instead. The only person you have a right to compete with is
you. In the meantime, treat others how you’d like to be
treated. One trait that some of the best (communicators) share
is empathy. A couple of kind words can not only make a
person’s day, but earn you a friend and supporter for life.
For the rest of the week, whenever you see someone you want to
judge negatively, pay them a compliment instead. See what

— Neil Strauss

A Glimpse: Mental Health Nurse

Sexy British accent, tall, skinhead. Quite entertaining and has a good sense of humour.

Paul has 2 dogs and lives in a 4-acre land, he moved to Australia 10 years ago.

Pitch: Nurses are more in-demand in other countries especially Europe. Travelling to foreign countries is highly probable unlike being a psychologist.

To the Work Experience Girl:

Being a psychiatrist takes a lot of time but it might be worth it.  Knowing how to speak other languages is just fantastic. You have your whole life ahead of you. You have your whole life to decide what you want to be! You seem to be driven, motivated and sensible, which is really great. You can change your mind anytime. Somehow it all works out because each pathway leads to another.

His job: Seeing the big picture and satisfying the patient’s needs by coordinating the appropriate health professionals.

Dream job: He would be a psychiatrist in a heartbeat because he does not like the guts and blood of medicine.

His piece on Psychology: Thoughts=Behaviour

What has happened to the world?

As I type these, I’m on the train, trying to relax. But of course, you probably know this already, I can try but I can’t be successful in trying to stop thinking.

I find it incredibly funny and equally alarming. Gosh, once again, it just proves my theory that everything is a paradox. This young woman about my age may be obese. She has those humongous headphones and I’m pretty sure everyone on the damn train can hear the song playing. On one hand she has an iPhone, she has an iPad on the other and she’s smiling as though everything is the way it should be. Yes – all at the same time. What has happened to the world?

Well, at least quite a lot of people still read printed books. Even if e-books are also very common nowadays. I just wonder how long it would take to get rid of the printed word all together.

Overheard: Reality TV? That’s nothing.

Combine Home and Away (If you’re Aussie, you will understand this) and Keeping up with the Kardashians, not that I’ve ever watched a single episode. I’m simply basing this on annoying promos during commercial breaks. But I am almost completely certain that my real-life characters (without them knowing) are way more interesting and the storyline is much more entertaining. Read on and find out why!

People in their forties were talking loudly on the train, as though no one was there:

It started like this…

How often do you see your daughter?

None of your bloody business!

Well, my father gave me pearls and opals. They’re beautiful.

Ah, probably ‘cause he said to himself: Here’s jewellery, go away. Yes, finally! She’s gone!

Then the woman started to open up…

A Soliloquy

Look at me. I look like shit. I cried and cried. And he treated me like a thief. He broke my heart. All the lies. And shit.

I don’t know what I do. I should just be happy with my own little life. There was Perry who comes and we’re all in love then he leaves for five days. Doesn’t call, just a couple of texts saying don’t call me, I’m with my partner. Ah, it’s just shit. Then there was Matthew, oh don’t get me started on him.

I just need to get my confidence back but Robin took all my confidence.

The things I do to make myself happy.

If I was a bitch from hell, why didn’t he just tell me? Nobody reads minds.

(This one is worthy to be quoted, I think)

You listen to four or five stories of the same event. It’s amazing how people have such different perceptions and versions of what happened.


How are those relatives of yours?

They have this mentality that it’s what you do – steal and lie. That life is all about you. And the whole world owes you.

 They touch on a particular Auntie…

I thought she was getting good money from the house.

Everyday is a different story. One day there’s a renter, one day she’s given up on it.

She’s in another world. She must have a carer or someone to look after her.

She needs to but she doesn’t want to.

The next topic is one of their nieces…

She said she wants to jump off the balcony then I say: Hang on, hang on.

She’s definitely bipolar. Has she got medication?

Yes, she does but she probably doesn’t take them. I said one time, “Are you popping pills?” She said, “Do you want speed?”


 And ended the lively conversation with a random thought…

(Pointing to the building)

There’s a hole in the middle of the building.

That’s most unusual.

That’s certainly unusual but I’m not quite sure if I like it.

Juicy gossip, insightful musings and dramatic monologues  straight from the mouth of lovely strangers who just happen to be comfortable sharing their life stories to everyone on the train. People are people. We love them anyway.

I was listening, accidentally on purpose. I know you would too if you were me.

Care to share any stories you “overheard”? (I know you want to. Come on, don’t be a pussy.)

The Good Story

What makes a good story?

This is a question every journalist would ask.

If a story is “good”, it can be pitched to a media outlet. It has the potential to be published. It has the potential to generate impact upon society. It’s worthy to be published.

But how exactly would an aspiring journalist know what type of stories could appeal to the masses? After all, we write for our audiences.

The are “news values”, a not-so hidden secret of journalists practising their craft in English-speaking countries.

As an aspiring journalist, however, I believe news in this day and age does not accurately depict or reflect the state of society as a whole and rather displays the extremes, what media consumers want – sex, drugs, violence and animals (yes, puppies and cats).

Brandon Stanton, the man behind Humans of New York (HONY), offers his insight on “The Good Story” and with the same idiosyncratic style as the photographs in his highly successful blog – simple, raw and real.

Street photography is his expertise but extracting personal information from strangers is a truly powerful gift. Brandon’s story is just as inspirational as every picture. You can read about it here.

As a person fascinated by the everyday human experience, HONY is heaven on earth. It offers a slice of life, exhibiting nuances of raw emotion. Journalists don’t report about the ordinary and instead the bizarre. But really, what HONY captures is a breath of fresh air. Through HONY’s lens, the everyday is anything but mundane. If only we could all see the world through his lens.

After all, when a guy takes a photograph of a stranger living their life in their own little space on earth and somehow obtain quotable quotes then makes you feel good to be a part of the human race… that’s something rare and one of a kind, isn’t? That’s probably a good story.



Who can say ‘No’ to this?

There is something so addictive about chocolate. There’s this constant, overwhelming urge or need for the next piece, the next bite, the next time. And the feeling only gets worse every time you succumb to this addiction – always even more powerful, often leaving you powerless.

It’s like you have a self-control of a two year old at best.

Is it the same with cigarettes, drugs and alcohol?

Or worse than Facebook, iThings and social media?