Balancing Teaching and Writing: Nadia’s Journey

A woman with long dark hair stands in a narrow, stone-walled alley, wearing a black and white patterned shirt. She smiles faintly, with archways and lanterns visible in the background, as if she were an auto draft of forgotten history.

“Hi, I’m Nadia, a Singaporean English teacher and the author of ‘Showers of Luck.’ I’ve been teaching for four years now, but my true passion lies in writing and storytelling. My belief in the power of words to inspire and comfort keeps me motivated every day. I’ve learned to focus on what brings me joy – writing, sharing stories and spending time with loved ones. I usually start my day around 9 am with a hearty breakfast of eggs and bread. Sometimes, I treat myself to a breakfast burger if I’m feeling indulgent. Before heading to work, I spend some time writing, editing and reading a short quote or passage by a famous writer. My mornings are quiet and reflective, giving me the peace I need before diving into the busy day ahead. Teaching two classes a day keeps me on my toes. Most of my time is spent marking assignments and interacting with students. It’s rewarding but also tiring, so I make sure to have a good lunch. My go-to meals are noodles with soup or rice and chicken, simple but nourishing. I find joy in the little things, like ending my day with a cup of peppermint tea. It’s a ritual that helps me unwind. Cooking isn’t a daily task for me, but I do enjoy it when I have the time, usually once a week. My must-have kitchen item is a mortar and pestle, perfect for making traditional dishes. My favorite recipe to cook is grilled chicken with vegetables—healthy and delicious. Dinner is often white rice with a protein like chicken, fish, or beef, paired with fried vegetables or vegetables in soup. My diet is varied, leaning more towards savory than sweet. On special days, I love treating myself to dumplings and noodles—comfort food that warms the heart. Despite a busy schedule, I make time for my hobbies. I love reading mysteries, hiking, watching Netflix, dancing, and visiting art galleries. Art and nature have a special place in my heart, offering both relaxation and inspiration. My long-term goal is to publish more books and share my love of writing with a wider audience. One of my most memorable food experiences was a buffet dinner with women writers at a luxury resort in Rhodes Island, Greece. The sense of camaraderie and the exquisite food made it unforgettable. Speaking of food, my favorite local dishes are Hokkien mee, char kway teow, and steamed chicken rice with fragrant chili. My favorite food place is HK Beef Brisket King at Food Republic in City Square Mall, Singapore. They make the best beef brisket noodles, a dish that never fails to satisfy. Living authentically and embracing what makes me happy is my life philosophy. It’s what helped me cope with past challenges and continues to guide me. I look forward to trying my grandmother’s Peranakan recipes, keeping her memory alive through food. Chicken soup and pineapple tarts always remind me of her and the love she put into every dish. So, that’s a peek into my life—balancing teaching, writing, and finding joy in everyday moments.”

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