Letters of Life

Month: September 2012

While My Fingers Gently Weep

After two years of neglect, my guitar has found a friend in me again. I’m a bad friend then, because I only pick up the guitar when the need arises; the keyboard is just more gratifying for me to play. But I am heading to a place in a few months—a place where a keyboard… Read More ›

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A Milestone in Running

The thoughts that occur to me while I’m running are like clouds in the sky. Clouds of all different sizes. They come and they go, while the sky remains the same sky as always. The clouds are mere guests in the sky that pass away and vanish, leaving behind the sky. The sky both exists… Read More ›

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Childhood (Part 2): Of Pet Dogs and Mythology

I was introduced to two names in the pantheon of Greek and Norse mythology by way of two pets. For many years since I was little, I used to visit my uncle and aunt, who is my mother’s second eldest sister, in their little house annexed to the grand old house in Jalan Kuala, which… Read More ›

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Sea Anatomy

  In my recent venture into the sunlit depths, I realized that a lot of coral resemble the insides of our bodies. Looking at a giant brain coral for five minutes in the warm waters of the South China Sea, I wondered, which design came first? The brain coral or the brain of man? Is… Read More ›

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Tioman Revisited (1)

Tioman island, Malaysia. This hilly island and its surrounding isles was a popular dive spot for Singaporeans some twenty, thirty years ago. Unlike other West Malaysian dive spots like Redang quite far north or Langkawi on the eastern coast, Tioman was closer, about two hours by hydrofoil or 45 minutes by propeller plane. Singaporeans came… Read More ›

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A Moment In Time

As someone who loves music—who doesn’t?— and who loved watching music videos growing up—who didn’t?—dabbling in video editing was something I used to like doing. (Anybody?) It was like cooking except it took way longer: Assembling footage, collating the stills, selecting the music, writing captions, creating a narrative, and editing everything to the groove, the… Read More ›

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