About Michelle Liew, B.A.

Michelle Liew is an English teacher and professional writer with over 20 years of experience. She earned a Bachelor of Arts (English and Literature) from the National Institute of Education/Nanyang Technological University of Singapore. With an ABRSM Grade 8 certificate, she has taught English language, literature and music in many Singapore Schools for over 12 years. Michelle has also worked with children with special needs in both mainstream and schools for special learners. She has been published on websites like HubPages and runs a blog dedicated to writing and poetry, called Getting Literal, and a blog about animals, called Pets Aware. Michelle has a broad range of interests that include literature, history, philosophy, human relationships, health and psychology. When she is not busy writing her heart out, you will find her tinkering jazz tunes on her piano. She loves anything that helps her to grow as a person, including her pet terriers, Misty and Cloudy.

Science-Backed Benefits of Photography for Your Mental Health

By |2020-02-22T00:36:30+03:00January 29th, 2020|Categories: Inspirational, Self-Improvement|Tags: , , , |

The ever-handy smartphone has allowed almost anyone to be a photographer. This device has allowed us to capture memorable aspects of our lives and see the world in ways we never thought of before. While some people believe that taking photos doesn’t help us to understand the world, science has proven that the benefits of photography are many. So, why should we put in the effort to capture the memorable moments of our lives in photographs? Let us explain. Science shows that one of the

7 Types of Family Conflict and How to Resolve Each of Them

By |2020-02-22T13:44:24+03:00January 19th, 2020|Categories: Family & Parenting, Relationships & Social Life|Tags: , , , , |

Where there are two or more people, there will be disagreements, family notwithstanding. All of us have to deal with a family conflict at some or many points in our lives. Trite as family disagreements seem, they can be delicate and difficult to manage. So, how do you handle squabbling loved ones? How do you cope when you become embroiled in the conflict yourself? Seven types of family conflict and how to resolve each Note that there are no straight forward solutions to solving in-law

8 Health Benefits of Eating Slowly and How to Practice It

By |2020-02-22T00:02:52+03:00January 6th, 2020|Categories: Digestive System, Food and Nutrition, Health & Wellness|Tags: , , , , , |

Many of us are guilty of eating fast so that we can get on with our busy lives. While eating like Speedy Gonzales does move us to the next activity quickly, it does our bodies more harm than good. So why not practice eating slowly? Slow eating has a slew of benefits, although it may require time and self-discipline. We share the reasons why you should slow down when eating your meal and the correct way to go about doing it. What are the benefits

Animal Soul: Striking Portraits Capture Pets’ Personalities

By |2020-02-21T20:03:48+03:00December 27th, 2019|Categories: Animals, Inspirational|Tags: , , , , |

The eye is the window to the soul, and it turns out that the camera can be the window to animal souls. Humans have long wanted to communicate with their furry companions, but few of us are animal whisperers. Photographer Robert Bahou has used his skills to enable us to unearth their personalities and the motivations behind their behavior. He presents Animal Soul, a compilation of dog and cat portraits. It is the product of many months of editing, sorting, and photographing. What Inspired 'Animal

6 Reasons Why Yelling at Kids Is More Dangerous Than You Think

By |2020-02-21T22:38:02+03:00December 21st, 2019|Categories: Family & Parenting, Relationships & Social Life|Tags: , , , , |

Every parent wants the best for their children. Unfortunately, it's the reason many of them make unwise parenting choices. The startling truth is that yelling at kids can cause more damage than they think. Discipline is a long-drawn, frustrating process. Sadly, kids seldom grow when adults are always yelling at them; it has the opposite effect. We explain why, and what you can do to manage the overwhelm instead of shouting. The Adverse Effects of Yelling at Kids Poor behavior can grate on the nerves

Why Is Parental Involvement Important for a Child’s Success?

By |2020-02-21T20:13:34+03:00December 5th, 2019|Categories: Family & Parenting, Lifestyle, Relationships & Social Life|Tags: , , |

This question never fails to trigger thoughts and opinions from parents - how much is parental involvement needed for a child's success? The answer to this is clear. Parents need to participate in their children's education to guarantee the latter's success in school. Their concern should be not whether, but how and when they should be involved. Why Parental Involvement is Important for a Child's Success 1. Boosts Motivation and Behavior Firstly, the presence of a parent keeps a child engaged and willing to persevere

Traits of an Interdependent Relationship & Differences from Codependence

By |2020-03-25T17:55:00+03:00December 1st, 2019|Categories: Relationships, Relationships & Social Life|Tags: , , |

Do you have an interdependent relationship with your partner, or is it codependent? Both types of relationships imply reliance, but one is less healthy than the other. This article explains interdependent relationships and how they stand apart from codependent ones. The knowledge will make yours less of a headache to manage. What is an interdependent relationship? Strictly defined, an interdependent, secure relationship between two people exists if one or both of them provide the finances while the other or both of them attend to domestic

7 Mindfulness Meditation Exercises That Won’t Take Much Time

By |2020-02-22T17:29:23+03:00November 21st, 2019|Categories: Health & Wellness, Self-Improvement|Tags: , , |

The world keeps spinning, and it's a struggle to keep up with the constant rush. Mindfulness meditation exercises prevent us from losing our focus. What is mindfulness meditation, and what exercises can we do to keep ourselves centred? We answer these questions in this article. What is mindfulness meditation? Mindfulness refers to being fully engaged with whatever it is we are doing. It also means being free from judgement or distractions. Being mindful means being aware of our emotions without being overwhelmed by them. Therefore,