Whenever I visit China, I develop multiple personality disorder. I metamorphose from a respectfully polite Canadian to, well, quite frankly, a bit of an ass. Things I would never consider saying or doing (for sake of basic decency and inhibitions), seem to come more than naturally (and obnoxiously) when I’m in China. Yet, my dual […]Read More Shenanigans in China
There are moments in one’s life when one has to stop and ask – “what the heck am I doing here??”. These moments are especially poignant when you find yourself 4800 miles away from the familiar comforts of home, family, friends and your significant other. Inevitably, as the rules of culture shock dictate, the novelty effects […]Read More Wanderlust
In 2010, Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, did a TED talk on why there are so few women in C-level positions (e.g. CEO, CFO, etc). She begins with the statement that “women are not making it to the top of any profession, anywhere in the world.” Studies show that out of 190 heads of state, only […]Read More Why there are too few women leaders
On a sleepy Sunday night on August 26, 2012, I finally arrived in Switzerland – land of meticulous watchmakers, Swiss cheese, cow bells, the Alps and yodelling contests! Obviously, there must be more to this beautiful country than these stereotypical images. Jet-lagged, scared, and cautiously filled with excitement, I was about to find out what […]Read More The dangers of Switzerland
I’ve often wondered what life would have been like – or more accurately, what I would be like – had I grown up in China. Though I left China at quite a young age (6), I still remember several emotional moments in my short time in Beijing: In my first (and only semester) of grade […]Read More Culture shock!
I recently attended a seminar about “Cultural Diversity” hosted by an non-profit organization for Canadian newcomers (immigrants). While the slides were informative, what I found most interesting was the emergence of my own preconceptions in rather typical situations. Here was the scenario: 1. Halfway through the seminar, the presenter said “Let’s play a card game”. […]Read More The “right” rules
Ironically, as I am writing this post, I really should be studying German. While I complained rather obnoxiously in the first week that class was going too slow, this week I am struggling to keep up with nouns (are they feminine, masculine or neutral??) and conjugating verbs. Even so, I hold desperately to the belief that […]Read More Motivating yourself