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A strange feeling we have met before.

I was standing at the junction listlessly  fiddling my phone when I noticed a strange, broad hand waving in my face. Not thinking anything at all I looked up and saw – Dass! He was back from London!

I know it is very strange, but I couldn’t say how glad I was to see him. Of course I didn’t know that feeling inside me was gladness at first. I said a surprised “hey!” and started removing my ear piece, and rolling them together neatly. I looked at him and asked him where did he come from, while he asked me if I just got off the train at the same time. The best way to start a conversation was by asking mundane questions.

He had small, bleary eyes, and I could tell he needed sleep badly, or is it is old problem coming back again? I felt like his caretaker thinking about such everyday things! He replied that he just got off the bus, and that he was at the learning centre. I asked him when did he arrive in Singapore, he said on the First, and yes he brought his wife and daughter back home as well. I asked about his house in London, and his place in Khatib, if it was empty. A friend stays there now, he said.

The green man flashed, and we started crossing the road. I said he looked thinner, which pleased him and he asked skeptically if it was true. Ok not tremendously thinner like I envisioned when Patty said so, but yes slightly slimmer. (OK but he was actually much slimmer when he first joined, ha!) He said he took a nap on the bus, and was still trying to adjust to local time. I asked if he took a longer nap during the lesson. He said he was at the verge of giving up towards the end of the class, and that others who just came back from the US didn’t fare any better.

We were standing and talking like that for a while at the corner of the crossing, and I waited for his green man with him. When the green man started walking, I waved goodbye to him, and we said we would see each other in the office again on Friday.

I know it was really stupid, but I couldn’t help smiling to myself as I walked the rest of the way home. Dass is back! Maybe I didn’t realize it but I do miss my boss. My nit-picking-micro-controlling-impatient-silly-laugh-introverted-intelligent boss.

But maybe it is because he has yet answered an important question, therefore seeing him makes me feel glad that some sort of an answer was near?

Whatever, I was glad to see him. Happy actually. Happy that he was doing well, that his family seemed well and good.

It is a strange yet wonderful feeling, to see an old friend face to face, in times unexpected.

What a way to start a week! : D

xoxo, G

P.S. strange things happened. The wind was really huge yesterday morning when I went out for yoga class; it sent the dry, yellow leaves flying in the air. A man on a bicycle moving towards me had a shocked expression on his face when a leaf dropped into his front basket which almost made me laugh. He was such a lucky guy! I have tried so hard on so many occasions to catch falling leaves, they say it is good luck, but I never did. And lo’behold, one lone leaf simply floated into his basket! He is going to have a good year, surely!

P.P.S I remembered that something strange happened today as well, but I can’t remember what. I love remembering whimsical stories, I would tell myself to note that and write it down when I get the chance, but most of the time I didn’t. I hope secretly inside I have stashed these stories in a safe corner, and one day they can come to me again, and I shall review them at leisure.

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GJB: Girls Jump Boracay/ 3rd Letter from a Filipina Island

BORACAY, 21DEC — I didn’t say much on the previous day, and the second half of today, because we basically spent it doing nothing at the beach. It wasn’t so bad, just that I am a fidgety thing and can’t sit still in the hot hot sun for long! Sweaty plastic chairs and me don’t go together. I went into the water a lot; it was really, really clear! I could see schools of fishes swimming about. I could see all the way to the sandy sea bed, which makes beautiful wave patterns. The water was so cooling that it freshens anyone up instantly!

But the most brilliant part of the day is definitely from 5pm onwards. I could not describe how beautiful the sunsets were. It was gold, red, purple, orange and blue at the same time. And each sunset is different. Yesterday it was a rich lustrous purple that filled the sky.

But today, I think the sunset is much more beautiful. It could be because of the two cute little girls playing sand by the shore that makes the beach scene much more picture perfect, it could be because we had the best seat in the house for a full-blown sunset view, or it could simply be because it just was.

  

The sunset today was orange. A burning, fierce orange gold, with a tinge of flaming pink at the edge. The curious thing was that a slash of blue-green penetrated the sky right where it should have been the deepest orange. The shocking blend created what I called a paddle pop effect: creamy, orange, purple, gold, gold, orange, orange, ORANGE SKY.

My goodness. After Boracay I see that there are so many more sunsets I have to catch in this lifetime, in different parts of the world. Thank you God for this beauty.

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GJB: Girls Jump Boracay/ Letters from a Filipina Island

And so would you. Trust me.

19DEC, BORACAY — AMAZING DAY. We started off with a delicious bacon breakfast. I almost didn’t make it out of the room for my forgetfulness. I went in and out of the hotel room like seventeen hundred times to get missed breakfast coupons, misplaced cameras and forgotten meds. Joanne called me “fail” so many times today that I lost count. It is her favourite sarcastic word :\

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The day tour was GORGEOUS. We had <font color=pink> JHON RAFT </font> (Note: it is not a misprint) to ourselves for the whole afternoon. The aqua-coloured boat took us from the white beach, to the crystal cove and finally to puka beach. Realised I am a can’t-sit-still monkey, I walked up and down the boat, which was really cool, cos the view is so different and awesome, and it makes you feel like Capt’n Sparrow! My favourite thing to do was to sit at the front deck with my legs hanging loose, and my toes skimming the waters! 🙂

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The crystal cove was <font color=azure>cool.</font> We explored cavernous crystal caves that faced the sea so that gushes of waves slapped hard against the rock walls. The roars of the waves were amplified within the cove. We took some really awesome photos there!

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One of the caves had tunnels we could climb. We kept our heads low while we clamored into the narrow tunnel. I felt slightly claustrophobic thinking about the spiders and many-legged sea creatures hiding in the darkness. I thought about being trapped here and dying slowly as I ran out of air. Scary!

By the way the crystal cove is a lone island in the middle of the sea, and it has an amazing view. There were so many scenic spots were we took pretty shots, but no matter what nothing came close to what the eyes could see. It was vast seas stretched out to the left and to the right with no end.

For the first time i snorkeled. First lesson learnt: corals were painful to step on! I hurt my feet, and Jo too, but she had it worse, because her big toe was bleeding ): At first both of us were like scaredy cats in our life jackets gingerly lowering ourselves to the water. But when I first put our heads underwater I squealed loudly immediately. There were so many fishes!! Shiny ones, dark ones, colorful ones, dull ones. And the corals! They were beautifully swaying with the current! When Jo dipped her head in she shortly came up and squealed too! We just couldn’t believe our eyes. What looked like a clean, clear but lifeless sea was actually teeming with life! Soon I decided that the life sssjacket was more of an obstruction than anything else, and I removed it and jumped in, eager for more. The fishes are so cute. They are so amazingly slippery and fast! I tried to reach out by hand to touch them but I was slow like a turtle while they skimmed away smoothly at the speed of lightningA to evade my clumsy fingers. i felt like a little baby boy who just started learning how to walk. Swimming was for the fishes! Not man.

But still I had a fun time chasing after the slippery folks. I saw a school of cute grey-blue fishes with the most typical fish-shape swimming in schools, and they looked so leisurely. I saw brain-like corals which swayed stately in the water like an important landmark of some sort. I saw small colorful fishes that shot forward so fast that they looked like a colour-blur. As I am typing this in head I feel mildly dizzy, as if I am on the sea. I think I am too tired.

Anyway we had a really fulfilling day. The tour was really cheap and yet so good, I am so thankful for the excellent experience. It didn’t dampen our spirits a single bit when it started to pour like crazy at night, because we had a great day out, fabulous greek dinner and happy photos to remember our trip with.

I will always treasure this!

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hello panda

Him I hate and love and hate and love many times over. It is my best companion in a cold, comfortless night.

It is my last enemy to defeat in the still afternoon heat. It costs me many lumps of grey matter to resist this fiery red box! My legs keep bringing me to the kitchen, and my fingers would inch closer to it until a moment later, I realised I have already popped a tennis-playing panda into my mouth! Ah look what I’ve done!

I think the prints on his T-shirt is inspirational 🙂 It helps me decide what sport I should pick up next. Sailing? Hockey? Speed biking?

But besides the prints, what I truly adore about him is his heart. his chocolatey-vanilla heart. It is like having a hearty teaspoon of nutella! Yums! And the way the chocolate tip curves gentle out of the cookie simply says yummilicious innocence!

How can you not love? (hate you!)

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Contemplation

I went to see how Joel worked one weekday.

When you’re personally there you can feel all the heat, sweat, MOZZIES. And among all these art Happens.

The artist that made everything possible is in fact a smelly possum, wahahha!

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& I want to stay in Bali

Why can’t we bali our lives away everyday?









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The secret is?

The most well-kept secret is one that has no secrets.

I am so addicted to kungfu panda!!! it never fails to crack me up. I mean who can hardly keep a straight face when a movie starts with “legend describes a legendary warrior, who possess legendary skills”- come on!!!

Lighten up already!! (:

Alright. I love every lil detail about the show, the incredulously unruffled oogway (乌龟) is definitely one of my favourites. But master shifu with the gigantic fluffy ears is hard to ignore!!! (I mean, fluffy ears, pleaseee!!) and the famous 5 is easily a hit!

there is something about it that makes me keep wanting more (: even for my daddy, who is a diehard Mandarin-movies-only fan, conceded that Kung Fu Panda was very Asian. Way to go!! The movie nicely encapsulates the essence of Chinese kungfu glamour and humility. It also teaches us the power of ambition and self-belief, though an overdose of confidence is a sure path to self-destruction!

*sigh* what a cosy, unpretentious film! From the noodles to the golden scroll, I’m taking it all in.

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TinoOoOOoo

I thought the title was very apt for the voice lesson we just went for!

It was really really fun! Cam you imagine hollering your lungs (or diaphragm) out for a legitimate cause: to learn how to sing!!

The lesson was pretty cute. We learnt how to finger 6 basic notes, which made my fingers hurt. It was made so easy when we learnt how to grip the guitar neck, position the wrist comfortably, etc.

But the voice lesson was the funnest part of the class! We had to stand up and had to ÄAAAAAAHHH as long as possible to train the length of our breath. Joel and I died halfway, but the other 2 ladies had some super power lungs man! They went on and on very strongly; we were like WOooahh.

I never knew singing could be such science! A brilliant singer had to learn how to project his voice, snatch the right tone and pitch, and control his breathing to hit the right notes! And underneath all the performance must be full of confidence and immersion into the mood of the music in order for it to touch the audience 🙂

Aw how sweet is that! Maybe i’ll never carry a fine tune for all my life, but it is sure impressive to know the hard work behind a beautiful song. I give my respects to all dedicated songbirds out there, keep producing music to feed the souls!

p.s. i KNOW the pictures below are kinda out of the point, but i had a fantastic day and i just wanted to highlight the greatest parts of it 🙂

Unveil the surprise!

Sulky about noodles

Yums to braised meat!

You won't wanna miss the chinatown Chendol snow ice!!

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Fly away, lil Lamb

Mamma is like a lamb, and today she grew cream-coloured wings. This was the outfit we chose for this hot, hot day.

And boy how I wish I had put in just as much thought into the itinerary as I did for the clothes! I thought it was smart of me to make sure we stayed nice and cool in the shopping centre. My nice plan practically turned inside out.
Like a girl caught wearing a reversed shirt, we ended up topsy turvy dizzy and sizzled in the heat of the situation. Gahh!!
I curse human heat. It was The Sunday and every Tampinesian was at the shopping centres to be seen and heard (I heard them loud and clear, I tell you). It was Crazily Congested on the shopping floors; there were human traffic jams at the crucial bends before and after boarding the escalators.
Altogether it left us with a curious “Sunny” effect – we became hot, bothered and dazed. Now I am damn sure that at Tampines is where the sun never sets.
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