Reflections on Growing Up Asian in Australia

“The watery tracks of my family’s unbelonging scar this great, green globe like keloid geography…” — The Hate Race by Maxine Beneba-Clarke

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I was raised in the open spaces of Australia, where the sun is a luxury taken for granted. Sport is a worshipped past time and sunscreen is a…

Why overlooked and underrated cities can bring so much more to your travels.

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“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” — Bill Bryson

Big cities are the go-to destinations…

It also exposed an ugly truth about us here in the “first” world.

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The sound of squeaking rubber brings me back to reality as the plane wheels hit the tarmac of Singapore’s Changi International Airport. Humid heat radiates through the window, intermingling with the cool air in the plane. …

Hello Q4, let’s finish the year strong.

New Year’s resolutions are all the rage come December every year, and I’m not gonna lie: I love starting the new year with a page of freshly-inked goals, brimming with excitement and possibilities.

However, as the year’s gone by, there have undoubtedly been more than a few curveballs that I…

Because learning a language doesn’t have to be so hard all the time.

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Language learning is fun. And I mean it when I say that.

It’s new, exciting, and even thrilling to start thinking and speaking in an entirely different way.

Some days, however, we all hit that slump. Study seems way too hard, it feels like you’re getting nowhere, and your brain…

And 3 healthy habits anyone can implement to flush out those insecurities for good.

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It was about four years ago that my foray into health and fitness began. I had lived my entire life hating exercise and finally got to a point where something needed to change (you can read about that here).

In the world of health and fitness, however, too many people…

#2 — We grow and learn when faced with a challenge.

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I don’t know about you, but here in Australia, house plants have been just about the biggest trend since Beyoncé launched “Single Ladies” back in 2008.

They’ve provided comfort to their carers (or — plant mums) and lifted the aesthetic appeal of many a room since the height of the…

As told by a Music and English Lit graduate who has no ‘normal’ job at the moment.

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I was listening to an interview on the radio once — in the front passenger seat of my car, and a little late for whatever it was I was going to.

The interviewee was a classical musician who had managed some modest success in the Australian music scene. …

They’re re-defining the literary landscape down under (and around the world).

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In my last semester of university, I took an amazing course on Australian Literature. It opened my eyes to the wealth of local voices tackling contemporary issues and telling compelling personal stories about life and society. …

Use these hidden gems to supercharge your skills.

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“Starting today”, you say to yourself, “I’ll actually stick to my Duolingo streak.”

Yet, three days later, things are looking a little bleak. And a little like your last language-learning phase.

I’m a self-confessed Duolingo-dabbler, and I’m almost embarrassed to say that I’ve had an on-again-off-again relationship with the little…

Celine Chong

Writing about life’s curiosities from sunny Queensland, Australia 🌻🌾 Become a Medium member and support me here: https://celinechong.medium.com/membership

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