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A personal blog about my thoughts, my life and my opinions..

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Oct'11

The Favourite Child Syndrome

I was the last sibling in my family, born almost 10 years after my sisters. To this day, I’m sometimes still referred to as “the child” because my older sisters used to help change my diapers. Some people assumed I was the favourite child because I was the “baby” of the family. I asked my mother when I turned six years old, “Am I your favourite?” and she set me straight from that day onwards. Mother said sternly, “Every child of mine is special. There are no favourites. When we are gone, Mum and Dad need all of you to …

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13

Oct'11

A Dog’s Loyalty Knows No Bounds

I have grown up with dogs all my life and it’s amazing how ‘human’ they can be. I remember Jack, who used to hide in a corner and start shaking when an argument broke out at home. They always knew when we were angry. They also knew we were going away when they saw us packing our suitcases in the house and they wagged their tails excitedly at the sound of the car engine when any of us were coming home. That’s when I realised how in tune they were with our lives and our emotions. It made me wonder …

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13

Oct'11

Learning to Forgive and Let Go

I wonder whether mothers have an unexplainable sixth sense when it comes to their children because I was reading the story of a mother called Aba Gayle who suddenly left her workplace to go home early in the fall of 1980, saying, “I had a funny feeling something was wrong but I didn’t know what it was.” (Shot of Aba Gayle's daughter, Catherine) When she returned home, she received a phone call informing her that her 19-year-old daughter had been stabbed to death. She wrote about how she almost lost her mind. She became afraid of driving alone because she …

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13

Oct'11

Alcoholism can destroy lives…

I WOKE up with a jolt when my girlfriend called me up wailing on the phone, “Oh my God! I can’t do this anymore!” She had spent the whole night worried sick about her boyfriend, not realising he had collapsed outside her front door from drinking too much. By day, he was a totally different person. I found him sharply intelligent, well spoken and a really likable guy. Once, she heard him crying in the shower and banging his fist against the wall because he was so horrified by the bruises he saw on her arms. Bruises he had inflicted …

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01

Jun'11

Macy Celebrity Sofa Creations

I was a part of 12 celebrities who gathered together to design our very own limited edition MACY sofas for charity. It was really fun!!! We've all never done this before. We got to choose what style, shape, colour and fabric we wanted, right down to the sofa legs. The best part about it, is that 100 per cent of the proceeds of these sofas will be going to Yayasan Chow Kit. Check out this video of the design process! If you're interested in buying any of the sofas the celebrities designed, head down to Macy at Ikano in June. …

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May'11

Nobody Wants To Grow Old Alone

Taken from my Star column today, Fri 6th May on M17 Life is unpredictable but one thing’s for sure. We are all going to die someday. Just recently, my insurance agent was asking me about my will and I immediately thought to myself, “But that’s for grown-ups and older people!” But she was right to point out of course, that I was already grown-up and my age was irrelevant because death is something that can happen to anyone, at any time. In fact, whenever someone dies young, we are not even prepared for it. It takes us by surprise because …

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About Jojo Struys

Jojo Struys is an accomplished speaker, author, regional TV host and HRDF accredited corporate trainer. She is very passionate about wellness and is currently the wellbeing brand advocate for the Westin Hotels, Asia Pacific.

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