Esther Koh

Press Service International

Esther Koh is a primary school teacher living in Wellington with her husband and two sons. She loves people and has a passion for helping others find their purpose for living.

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  • Pay freeze: Lamentations of a public servant

    The unexpected bombshell of a pay freeze for all public sectors caused an insurmountable level of distress to lots of public servants, myself included. While already not earning much, news of no pay rise until 2024 before I went to sleep, surely was not the best bedtime story.

  • Is there 1 thing we need to live?

    “What’s 1 thing you need to live?” asked my youngest boy. I thought for a moment – is there only 1 thing I need to live?

  • Fighting fire with fire

    “STOP SHOUTING!” Ironically, when my eldest boy, John, was trying to get his younger brother, Michael, to stop shouting, he ended up shouting at him.

  • Before a beginning

    Lots of fairy-tale stories begin with ‘Once upon a time' and conclude with 'The end.'

  • Spot the difference

    Everyone is unique. When we look around, we can easily spot the difference.

  • I choose this… or that; still God chose

    Choices aren’t easy. I, for one, am not good at making decisions. To choose this or to choose that? There are pros of both choices and cons of both choices. What then should be our guideline for choosing?

  • I forgive ME

    Forgiveness has never been an issue for me, or so I thought. To begin with, I have no problem forgiving others easily. After all, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans chapter 3, verse 23). No one is perfect and I have never expected anyone to be perfect.

  • Are we losing the battle?

    Everyday we go through many battles. Some are bigger than others. Some are minor while others are major. Some are internal and some are external.

  • Driving through heavy traffic

    Every Monday, I start my week by driving roughly 45 minutes to work. After work, the same process repeats, another 45 minutes drive before I reach home. This cycle continues throughout the weekdays from Monday to Friday.

  • Mirrors

    Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all? This famous quote from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs often reflects our most common use of a mirror: to see ourselves (with a tinge of vanity!). We would all agree that being presentable is definitely more appealing than the opposite.