Archive for June, 2013

wind

The pessimist complains about the wind;

the optimist expects it to change;

the realist adjusts the sails.

William Arthur Ward

the solitary diner

Finally went for my first ever medical appointment at a public specialist centre this morning (had postponed it twice!). Now I have a better idea of how public healthcare works!

A nurse dilated my pupils with eye drops before I saw the doctor. The nurse warned me that the eye drops would be ‘spicy’, and she was right! My eyes felt a stinging sensation.

Anyway, the eye drops took effect pretty quickly.  I realized that when I had my glasses on, I could see far, but was unable to read as things near my eyes were somehow out of focus. When I had my glasses off and things were brought really close to my eyes, I was able to read, but couldn’t see pretty much everything else clearly. Later, after I left the building, I also found the sunlight very glaring.

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praying for rain

Currently chanting this:

天灵灵 地灵灵 风凛凛 雨淋淋……

a breath of fresh air

Somehow, the haze dissipated and the sky over here became quite clear, so we opened the windows to let in fresh air! :)

fifty shades of grey

Left my house wearing a surgical mask this morning. Everything was tinged a dull reddish grey, and there was an acrid smell in the air. It even seemed a little grey inside my office, which is air-conditioned. Everyone got a box of N95 masks from 3M, which had expired but were still usable. Spent the rest of the day wearing one, mainly for practice.

At 11 am, the PSI reading was a whopping 400!!!

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hazy days

Back from Bali and came home to the haze……

leaving on a jet plane

Off to a well deserved (I guess……) six-day holiday to Bali tomorrow! It will be my first holiday since I started working in my first ever job in December 2010!

luggage, luggage and more luggage

On Saturday evening, I bussed down to the Singapore Expo (which I hadn’t been to since a dinner in late 2006) to check out the John Little Mega Expo Sale. There were a few other sales going on as well, so droves of bargain hunters had descended upon the Expo and there were tons of people crowded both outside and inside.

I turned left instead of right and ended up at the PC Show located at another hall. Decided I might as well go in and take a look. It was a madhouse: it was packed with people everywhere and the noise was simply deafening! After a while, I decided to leave for the John Little sale.

(This was not the first electronics trade fair that I have ever been to, but the first Expo sale I’ve visited proper. Years back, I persuaded my mum to take me to a food fair at the Expo, but when we arrived at the entrance, the sea of visitors scared us witless and so we beat a hasty retreat without even entering.)

Walked all the way back down to the John Little sale. There were far fewer people, and it was relatively quiet, just like the MPH Book Sale right next door. A complete oasis compared to the chaos at the other end!

I immediately made a beeline for the luggage section. There were only a few brands on sale. Tried a few pieces, and found them somewhat flimsy, especially the retractable handles. Pretty colours, though. Left slightly disappointed.

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the solitary diner

Swung by the office this morning to clear some work. To my surprise, colleague R popped in as well. Left after four hours in the office, and bussed down to Takashimaya to buy something. Was super hungry as it was almost 4 pm and breakfast had been a long time ago. Decided to dine at Tampopo as there was no queue. (Yes there were queues elsewhere!)

Ordered tonkatsu ramen ($16.80). The ramen soup was supposed to have chilli but I requested for none, as I prefer ‘plain’ ramen soups.

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The tonkatsu was good! The noodles, which came with bamboo shoots and spring onions, were firm and had bite. And the soup, which came piping hot (good!), was a little bland when I first tried it. Later on, it tasted much better. Overall, I found this bowl of ramen reasonably enjoyable, although I think Santouka’s is better.

Hunger now assuaged, I went forth in search of the item I had gone there to buy……

Tampopo
391 Orchard Road
#B2-33
Ngee Ann City
Singapore 238872
+65 6338 3186

心愿

心愿
孙燕姿

忘了风还吹着我的脸
再一步又离天空近一点
白云山巅
梦想的蓝天
抬头就看得见
幸福高不可攀的顶点
当爱情是种朝圣的意念
不管多累
我不能后退
怕跌个粉碎
我们有约
约好一起永远
Baby I am sorry
但我只能前进
穿越心里的风雪
不怕为难自己
跨过天堂边缘
不管风云多善变
爱是勇敢的心愿
想象站在颠峰的喜悦
默默孤独的攀着岩
天堂很高
永远也很远
可是那么美
幸福高不可攀的顶点
当爱情是种朝圣的意念
不管多累
我不能后退
怕跌个粉碎
我们有约
约好一起永远
Baby I am sorry
但我只能前进
穿越心里的风雪
不怕为难自己
跨过天堂边缘
不管风云多善变
好想后退
我不能后退
相爱会被成全
对不对
爱是勇敢的心愿
你在风的另一边
爱是那么特别
就象最高的山
我一去不回
Ho…
Oh…
我想
会有那一天
Oh…
没有什么好后悔
不怕为难自己
跨过天堂边缘
不管风云多善变
好想后退
我不能后退
相爱会被成全
对不对
爱是勇敢的心愿
你在风的另一边

letting it go

By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try, the world is beyond the winning.

Laozi, Dao De Jing

 


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