Letters of Life

Month: April 2010

Word of the Day

Yesterday, I learnt a new phrase: Skype date. A visiting missionary friend based in Yangon used this phrase over a dimsum lunch. His girlfriend was back in Myanmar, and he made full use of Singapore’s superfast high-speed Internet connection to catch up with her. It is one thing to say you are skyping a friend;… Read More ›

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Coffee and Biscotti

In the late night hour. . . it’s more like 10 a.m. in the cyberworld. A hive of activity: Chats, blogging, posting, uploading, downloading, Youtubing, emailing, the list is endless. I have a theory that online conversations have a tendency towards a transparency that can only happen when taxis start playing hide-and-seek and surcharges start… Read More ›

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Red

Accuse me of being superficial, but here goes my first posting on — clothes. I’ve resisted, I think, previously, out of deference to what people think of me–a geek princess who nowadays has the nerve to pose as an Ah Lian. My latest acquisition is this perfectly delightful little red dress. Here’s why I am… Read More ›

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Salad days

This entry is purely for myself. Indulgent to the max. You don’t even have to read it. Schmaltzy pop songs full of youth and longing…they don’t write them like these anymore. Now Those Days Are Gone, by acapella group Bucks Fizz, captures the essence of what it meant to be young and mornings bright and… Read More ›

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Rhymes that keep their secrets

Not that I know what that line means. . . it’s a lyric from an old song. I guess it just sounds good. Not everything has to have meaning. I like it when words come together for no rhyme or reason. For a change. Just like a meeting of unicorns over burgers and fries. We… Read More ›

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A Week of Friends, Musicians, Angels

I’d been feeling a little raw inside, you’d never tell just by looking at the outside. But my Father in heaven knew that beyond great cuisine in table-clothed restaurants and even beyond the gossamer bling of retail therapy, the right prescription for my troubled soul was the company of friends and good conversation. Hell, forget… Read More ›

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Day 26: Failure

Prologue: It took me a long time to decide to post this, possibly one of my last entries about my Lenten experience. Day 26 was, without doubt, my nethermost point of the entire 40-day season, when my spirits were at an ebb, and I was mired in torn and tangled emotions. An event in Day… Read More ›

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Day 35–Angels

March 31st, 2010 Almost to the finish line. This must be the hardest week of Lent for me. And yet, and yet. I made a mandatory trip to the supermarket to get four cartons of canned drinks. It was a morning when I felt a deep tiredness, a leadened heart. I loaded the boot, and… Read More ›

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Day 21–Going Bonkers

Ever get the feeling you’re trying too hard? I think it just hit me. Wham. I’m so tired right now there’s no energy for an exclamation point. Kapow. Ever get the feeling there’s so many things you WANT to do, HAVE to do, and ultimately, also DON”T WANT to do? This feeling, it feels like… Read More ›

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Untitled

Riding Wistful Horses by Alastair Adamson Sitting here and thinking how My life much richer is now For all the ones I’ve chanced upon And the tapestry that was spun There was a time when no one came No friends to play in childhood game No one to shelter from the rain Nor the adolescent… Read More ›

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A Surprise Gift

UNICORN THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2010 Unicorn sightings are rare. It was in college that I first met the young lady whom I thought of as ‘the unicorn’. I have only a few vague ideas as to why. Unicorn lore (odd, fairly localised and sometimes contradictory) is no help. I suspect that part of it had… Read More ›

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Days 37-39: Easter weekend

4 April 2010 Amazing weekend. Good Friday saw a full day, with music practice for Easter (again, I wasn’t slated to play on Easter weekend. I can only thank God for the privilege of serving Him on such a day like that), the drama rehearsal, and then preparing for the Good Friday service at home…. Read More ›

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Day 36–A Friend’s Passing

Holy Thursday, 1 April 2010–A familiar face, from decades past, lay enclosed in a box, a sudden compactness that I was not ready for. My eyes rested a full 2 seconds on his face–it was a face of rest—–and then focussed on the texture of the wood surrounding him. Already, we could see he was… Read More ›

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