leaving on a… coach

Off to Malacca via bus early tomorrow morning! The last time I went overseas was to Phuket in November 2013, so I’ll be travelling abroad for the first time in more than three years! Quite excited!

and 2017 is here

Bong anu nobu! Happy new year! 新年快乐!

Can’t believe I’ll be hitting the big THREE-OH soon!!!

last of the 20s

What I did in the past 365 days! Overall 2016 was a relatively good year, though of course I hope next year will be much better! (Text in italics were the goals I had set for this year at the end of the last.)

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i’m dreaming of a rainy christmas

Merry Christmas, world! It’s been pouring on and off on my end of this island. Truly a Christmas in the tropics!

you learn something new every day

And that’s an Oriental riff!

how much for the festive spirit?

As a person who likes to pick perfect presents, this article struck a chord with me……

 

How much for the festive spirit?
By Akshita Nanda

Let’s be honest: We’re all judging one another by how much we give and what we receive

‘Tis the season to be judged on your giving. Colour drains from wallet and brain in the face of yet another annual round of Secret Santa parties and gift exchanges with loved ones.

Walk into a mall and be further pierced by the eyes of fund-raisers in reindeer antlers. Their gazes narrow on my shopping bags, their teeth set in fixed grins. My steps falter.

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chance

I love to think about chance – about how one little overheard word, one pebble in a shoe, can change the universe.

Anne Tyler, American writer

december descends

And snow is falling on my WordPress blog……

friendship

The true friend is the one that’s coming in the door while everyone else is going out.

Dr Phil McGraw, American TV personality

impromptu holiday

On Wednesday, my boss V declared that if Trump won, we’d get the following Monday off. And he did, so we did! Holiday for me today!!! :D

hoisted by their own petard

I just read that the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign conspired to promote Donald Trump as the presidential nominee of the Republican Party (here and here), as they thought he wouldn’t stand a chance against her. The mainstream media proceeded to give Trump so much free airtime that it undoubtedly benefited him, propelling him straight to the White House. Talk about backfiring big time! Hopefully all of the Democrats are still slapping themselves silly at this moment.

This whole drama reminds me of the Harry Potter series. The antagonist, Lord Voldemort, learns of a prophecy which predicted that ‘the one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord will be born as the seventh month dies‘. Two baby boys fit the description: Neville Longbottom and Harry Potter. Voldemort chooses to seek out out the latter first, thereby igniting an epic saga of events that eventually results in his destruction by Potter’s hand.

d-day again

Results scheduled to be out at noon tomorrow!

d-day

It’s already 8 November in this part of the world, and in just a few hours, Americans will be going to be polls soon! Of course I am #teamtrump!

many happy returns for lost and found

Was clearing more stuff just now, as part of Operation Clean Room, when I found a Straits Times reprint of the following article (dated 10 December 1999)……

Many Happy Returns for Lost and Found
Culture: Tokyo center relies on honor, public shame to help owners get items back.
By Mark Magnier

TOKYO — This is where it all ends up, everything from bowling balls and crooked dentures to purses, cell phones and umbrellas. Welcome to the Tokyo Metropolitan Lost and Found, a veritable monument to the misplaced, the abandoned, the rejected.

Drop something in a public restroom or in a subway corridor in Tokyo and there’s a good chance you’ll get it back, here in one of the most honest nations on Earth, even if you don’t necessarily want it. And like so much else in Japan, the lost-and-found system is traditional, very well organized and rigorously maintained.

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it’s gonna be yuuuge

Just ten more days to the election of the most powerful person in the world!


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