Letters of Life

Month: February 2010

All of the Above

Starting today, 25th February 2010, I am going on a journey. Destination: Unknown. The journey ends 4th April, which in the Christian calendar is Resurrection Sunday, when Christ rose from the dead after being entombed 3 days. Yes, ’tis the season of Lent. Lent runs 40 days prior to Resurrection Sunday, and for believers, it… Read More ›

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Todd Rundgren

Nobody I know is familiar with this name, so please press play. I refrained from writing a post about this overlooked musician for as long as I could. Then a 20-year-old friend said it didn’t matter that he was from an era long goneby (the ’70s) because even people her age would find it novel… Read More ›

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Smells Like Teen Spirit

So 13 teenagers were sprawled over my living room on a Saturday afternoon, doing their Chinese New Year rounds. We played Taboo!, the word game where you describe a series of random words from a deck (e.g “fault”, “rollerblade”, “bitter”) and avoid a list of hints printed on each card, going through the deck in… Read More ›

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Long Weekend Afternoon

Date: Last day of the long CNY’10 weekend. Time: The languid hour just before lunch. The visit by the NLCC singles proved to be one of the highlights of the Year of the Tiger. Conversation flowed like the food and drinks, and Domino’s was on the lunch menu. Then the table was cleared so we… Read More ›

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The Tiger

TIGER, tiger, burning bright In the forests of the night, What immortal hand or eye Could frame thy fearful symmetry? In what distant deeps or skies Burnt the fire of thine eyes? On what wings dare he aspire? What the hand dare seize the fire? And what shoulder and what art Could twist the sinews… Read More ›

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The Runners

It started quietly, this runners’ group. If you happened to be free on Wednesday evenings, you turned up at the athletic track at the NIE. Dominic, an outdoorsman, initiated the idea for the weekly run. He helped organize previous Amazing Races for the church, and various treetop walks and hikes for interested members. Christina and… Read More ›

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When The Guitar Gently Weeps

This is one of the most evocative versions of the Beatles’ hit, While My Guitar Gently Weeps. It’s an iconic rock ballad that transcends the decades since its inception; upon listening, one either gets the urge to get out there and rock it or recalls the exact moment when this song marked an irrevocable moment… Read More ›

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Once More, With Feeling

There’s been a lot on my mind lately: Some sparkling conversation over a lively lo-hei dinner on Friday. I laughed in a way that I’d forgotten I was capable of, among an age group I’d forgotten how to have fun with. I should get out more. Have I regressed? ‘Course not. Another conversation Saturday, during… Read More ›

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Despite the anti-American sentiment prevalent in today’s global village, one has to acknowledge that the Americans are still masters of The Spin. In other words, marketing. As abstract and vague as it is, the term marketing is no longer perceived as a corporate must-have, clever positioning, clever selling. In the alternate realities of cyberspace and… Read More ›

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Sophie and me

Separated at birth? I’m just pleased to know my celebrity doppelganger, or lookalike, happens to be French actress Sophie Marceau. I’ve always been a Francophile, and also a fan of things Japanese (an upcoming post.) I’ve not seen many of Ms Marceau’s films; her two English-language ones were Braveheart and as Bond girl, Elektra King… Read More ›

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On Writing

This is a series of sticky posts, because some things are better said again. Keep coming back over the next week as the stickies will change every few days to keep things fresh. And under the sticky, you’ll find my latest post.    Many years ago, I bought a book called Good Advice on Writing:… Read More ›

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