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When we live far away from our family and friends, it is always important to remember our roots, our loved ones overseas, and most of all, introduce and share our traditions, culture and values with the younger generation – and the easiest way is through our cuisine.

By introducing your cultural dishes to your children or your grandchildren, you are actually introducing your cultures to them indirectly, which in turn, allows your children to have a better understanding of your culture, heritage and your background. Thus, it is easier for them to establish deeper and more meaningful relationships with you and your extended families.

Your children may be limited by language or may have adopted different lifestyles and attitudes to their relatives back in your home country due to generational gaps, but it does not mean they need to miss out on understanding your culture and their heritage.

How to support your aging parents when you live far away from them – part 2

This is a topic that I know many migrant families will face, especially for those living far away from their loved ones. It is one that I myself am currently [...]

By |2019-02-18T10:02:48+10:00February 18th, 2019|Your Family|0 Comments

Modern Day Electronic Gadgets and Your Children – Friends or Foe?

I have talked about the advantages of modern day electronic gadgets and their roles in family dynamics, so today let’s explore their roles in your children’s lives. When I was running [...]

By |2019-01-16T13:16:51+10:00January 16th, 2019|Your Family|0 Comments

Connect and bond with your children through meaningful interactions – Involve them!

I still whole heartedly believe that children can learn so much from HOME, play and interacting with people they love and trust. They learn through being hands on, i.e. helping you [...]

By |2019-01-16T08:45:32+10:00January 16th, 2019|Your Family|0 Comments

Wishing you and family a Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year

Christmas time is a time to re-connect with your family and friends, re-evaluate your priorities and make time for what is important in your lives. I would like to take [...]

By |2019-02-14T11:26:31+10:00December 24th, 2018|Your Culture and Traditions, Your Family|0 Comments

Reconnecting to Family, Culture and Heritage through childhood dishes

The easiest way to share your culture and heritage with younger generations is through the cuisine you grew up with. I wrote about why it is important to embrace our [...]

By |2019-02-14T15:10:21+10:00October 29th, 2018|Your Culture and Traditions, Your Family|0 Comments

Why it is important to embrace your culture and heritage with love?

"If you don't know your roots, you are like a leaf that does not know you are part of a tree". Source: The Little Nyonya drama series I told myself [...]

By |2018-10-19T10:00:25+10:00October 22nd, 2018|Your Culture and Traditions, Your Family|0 Comments

Parenting in a new culture and the opportunity for stronger bonding and connections

Parenting in a new culture and the opportunity for stronger bonding and connections As parents, irrespective of our background or culture, our primary goal is to have great relationships with [...]

By |2019-02-14T15:59:32+10:00May 28th, 2018|Your Family|0 Comments

Five fun interactive activities that create connections during the school holidays

School Holidays… Just relax and breath… School holidays – the best time of the year! That's my experience. It is a great time to relax, lay around the house and [...]

By |2018-04-19T07:21:57+10:00April 19th, 2018|Fun in the kitchen with Kids!, Your Family|0 Comments

United We Shine! Parenting In A New Culture – Opportunities For Growth and Deeper Connection

Nyonyalicious store - pdf format Amazon: https://amzn.to/2M5vcvh (Kindle version) I would like to share something really exciting with you today ... Over the past few years I had been thinking of [...]

By |2019-02-14T15:29:09+10:00April 10th, 2018|Your Culture and Traditions, Your Family|0 Comments

Make every opportunity to connect and bond with overseas relatives count

Building relationships and bonding with relatives - Make every opportunity to connect and bond count. I have just communicated with my relatives overseas about planning our travel itineraries for the [...]

By |2019-02-14T15:07:35+10:00April 9th, 2018|Your Culture and Traditions, Your Family|0 Comments

Gardening with kids – one perspective from a non-gardening enthusiast

Personally, coming from an Asian family, my love for gardening is not that great. However, my brother and mother would not support this view as both of them love their [...]

By |2019-02-14T14:39:01+10:00March 12th, 2018|Fun in the kitchen with Kids!, Your Family|0 Comments

Strengthen your relationships with your children through your childhood dishes

Strengthen your relationships with your children through your childhood dishes What is your favourite childhood dish or food memory? Why is it so special? Last week I talked very briefly [...]

By |2019-02-14T15:49:37+10:00March 1st, 2018|Your Family|0 Comments

The significance of Tok Panjang in today’s society

Tok Panjang setting courtesy of PAA NSW Tok Panjang Chinese New Year Dinner While helping to plan for the Peranakan Association Chinese New Year dinner, I was asked about Tok [...]

By |2019-02-14T15:20:03+10:00February 26th, 2018|Your Culture and Traditions, Your Family|0 Comments

What are your reasons for travelling back to your birth country?

This whole week is all about Chinese New Year and family connections. Throughout the week, we had many wonderful conversations, chatting with relatives through phone and social media. One of [...]

By |2018-02-21T21:51:31+10:00February 21st, 2018|Your Family|0 Comments

Why are Traditions and Cultures Important to Families?

Your Traditions and Your Values – sharing cultures February 16th 2018 is Chinese New Year; it is also known as the spring festival or lunar new year. It goes for [...]

By |2018-07-06T07:05:54+10:00February 15th, 2018|Your Culture and Traditions, Your Family|0 Comments

I want you to invite your children to your kitchen and here is why

Source: Body and Soul section of The Advertiser newspaper, 21 Jan 2018 Enlarged article: https://s3-ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/tokpanjang/Images/kidsinkitchen.jpg My editor just sent me this article to highlight and enforce the messages I am sharing [...]

By |2019-02-14T14:42:33+10:00January 25th, 2018|Fun in the kitchen with Kids!, Your Family|0 Comments

How to support your child transit from primary to high school with ease and joy

The challenges of high school What happens when you children moves from primary to secondary school? How would they feel? How do they adjust? During the transition, it is a [...]

By |2019-02-14T16:00:52+10:00January 16th, 2018|Your Family|0 Comments

Meet my editor Dr. Dana Skopal and hear what we discussed during our lunch meet catch-up

Lay Ean and Dr. Dana Skopal - Editor for Tok Panjang Just had a wonderful lunch with my editor, Dr. Dana Skopal. For those of you who have not met [...]

By |2019-02-14T15:42:08+10:00January 11th, 2018|Your Family|0 Comments

The one birthday ritual that I still practice in Australia

Last weekend was my daughter's birthday. So how do we celebrate birthdays in Australia? Do I still follow the ritual from my childhood? It is not possible to do everything [...]

By |2018-07-06T07:06:02+10:00January 8th, 2018|Your Culture and Traditions, Your Family|0 Comments

Wishing you and family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and family. Christmas time is a time to re-connect with your family and friends, re-evaluate your priorities and make time for [...]

By |2017-12-27T07:43:55+10:00December 24th, 2017|Your Culture and Traditions, Your Family|0 Comments

3 joyful ways to connect with your community during festive season

Simple ways to connect to your community Even though I have left home more than 30 years ago, I still miss all my family and friends in Malaysia. This is [...]

By |2019-02-14T15:08:03+10:00December 21st, 2017|Your Culture and Traditions, Your Family|0 Comments

Benefits of involving your children in festive preparations

It is only a few more days until Christmas. Have you organised your greeting cards? What about your gifts? Your presents? Your treats? Your guests? Family gatherings and hosting people? [...]

By |2019-02-14T14:58:10+10:00December 17th, 2017|Your Culture and Traditions, Your Family|0 Comments

Tips on how to guide and share your culture with your grandchildren from your kitchen!

Guide and share your culture with your grandchildren from your kitchen! I was at a tea shop talking with the manager about various teas...  and somehow our topic of conversation [...]

Stop longing and start connecting to your favourite childhood dishes in under 30 minutes

Start reconnecting to your childhood dishes with readymade ingredients! One of the many things migrants miss most is the food they grew up with. Are you one of them? I [...]

By |2019-02-14T11:51:27+10:00November 2nd, 2017|Your Culture and Traditions, Your Family|0 Comments

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