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Written when in silent and pensive mood. . .

February Fourteenth Countdown: It’s Because . . .

  This is Part One of a series of Valentine’s Day posts. From Winchell Mountain Coffee’s exclusive Sandra Boynton Coffee Collection. A novel idea, combining coffee blends and vintage book characters. But THIS! THIS! is the thing. Once, and was a time, a bloated cat holding a balloon heart didn’t look silly or stupid, but… Read More ›

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Word of the Day: Dilletante

Dilletante noun: One who takes up an activity or interest in a superficial or casual way. adjective: Superficial; amateurish. From the Italian dilettante (amateur), from Latin delectare (to delight). Earliest documented use: 1733. (from A Word A Day) This is a fancy name for a master of none, a Jill of all trades. Take today…. Read More ›

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A Chinese New Year Memory

Each Chinese New Year the four of us, my parents, my brother, and I, would drive to my grandfather’s Serangoon Gardens house in Walmer Drive. My mother’s father lived in a semi-detached one-storey cottage with my grandmother and a dachshund named Gretel. There, we would meet aunts, uncles, cousins, eat pineapple tarts, drink F&N orange… Read More ›

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On Sweetness

Definition: Old English. swete “pleasing to the senses, mind or feelings. What does it mean when we say someone is sweet? One who is sweet is one who is charming, caring and thoughtful in speech and actions without being conscious of it at all. Like when the ten-year-old takes a sip from his cup of cold water… Read More ›

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Both Sides Now

I let my vocal coach, a professional singer-musician for 25 years, read this and asked her if she could put a melody to it. How nice if I could sing it on days when I felt under Grace and in the Flow. Upon reading it, she said it reminded her of a Joni Mitchell song…. Read More ›

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Check Point

Several times a month, I make myself useful by going into the office. There I write checks to pay invoices and bills sent to the clinic-surgery run by Andre. In Singapore, dates on checks have to be carefully written to fit a format that fits into six little squares: Day/Month/Year. Single digit dates and months… Read More ›

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Week 52

Phnom Penh, Cambodia— Is it week 52 already? But there is still much to be done! The mural on the walls of the placid schoolroom which sits on the village church grounds. The timber stakes to be put into the ground, bamboo sticks to be sawed and hammered by hand to become a fenced border… Read More ›

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The Last Day of Christmas

Today is Christmas Day, the first day of Christmas. It’s my last day of Christmas. Tomorrow I head for Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and I won’t be back til 2012. That’s what I like about the transition between the old year and the new. The First Day sounds epic, longer than it really is, self-important, and at… Read More ›

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Top Posts of 2011

These are my top 12 posts of 2011. Chosen based on the number of hits, and words used in search engines, this list is arbitrary and hopefully, unbiased. But that is near impossible, for I have my favourites too. When they show up here I’ll tell you, and why. January : How to Cook the… Read More ›

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Roaming

The Serengeti National Park, Tanzania When wild animals roam freely in this African savannah, implying that therefore you cannot roam as freely, (unless you are a Masai warrior or trained and armed for bush living) it gives you the feeling that somehow the rules have changed ever since you left urban living behind. Which is… Read More ›

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Christmas Is Coming

This is the second Christmas in a row there isn’t a live tree in the house. Last Christmas, I moved back to my abode above the trees on Christmas Eve or so it seemed, and I made do with a small pale tree made of fibre optics. It glowed, and twinkled, it’s feathered branches like… Read More ›

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We Are The Artisans And We’ve Been Crafted

Dateline: Flic-en-Flac, Mauritius Somewhere in the Indian Ocean [I’ve always wanted to establish this kind of exotic dateline.] Deadline: 5 mins Writing, I’ve said before, can be a gift. I mean not as in an ability, but as a present, something bestowed on someone else. Writing that is simple in structure, complex in depth and… Read More ›

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The Philosophical Life, or The Art of Bullfighting

I’ve tried to avoid getting too deep into philosophical arguments eversince I left college. Because 1) ultimately, it’s futile; it only impressed the wrong type of guys, 2) it gives me the illusion I’m intelligent when I’m merely being intellectual (intelligent I define as the ability to escape being fleeced at a night bazaar in,… Read More ›

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20.11.2011 And Other Auspicious Dates

Today is looking good at 20.11.2011. Time for a post, if only to show off the date. But the day sure was special. A visiting musician shared his life story in church, the story of a sick, unremarkable child deemed a failure in Indian society but who heard the Lord Jesus speak when he was… Read More ›

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A Heart of Thanksgiving

The evening before, each person in the circle voiced out thanksgiving for the things they were truly grateful. In a year where there was much much much to be thankful for, 15 people thankfully named only one thing they thought would encourage or bless this group, which, over the past year, had come together often… Read More ›

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A Conversation About The Artist Damien Hirst

For some years now, a young artist called Eric has been living next door to me. We see each other at odd times, mostly at the lift landing in our apartment block, he on the way to the gym, me to the market or to Tiffany’s. I’ve been to his exhibitions locally, though he often… Read More ›

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Reflections On Featherglass

Late last year, this blog changed its name from Don’t Dream It’s Over to Featherglass. I wanted to give this platform a name with a ‘hook’, but I stopped short of bestowing my name on it, as is encouraged by marketing websites which tell you about branding and name association. Maybe this isn’t that kind… Read More ›

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Come Thou Font Of Every Blessing: Steve Jobs (1955–2011)

A thing of beauty is a joy forever. — John Keats, poet, 1795–1821 Steve Jobs (1955 — 20110) made the personal computer a computer with personality; it appealed to the artist in every technogeek, it stirred the poet in every writer, it realized every designer’s dreams of publishing his own graphic art. Much has and… Read More ›

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Five Things I’ve Learned This Year

It is the beginning of the last quarter of 2011. Good to look back at the year grown old. Have we grown wiser? Just some musings as we get into October, stuff I learned along the way. So here’s my list of 5 Things I’ve Learned This Year. That: 1. READING FICTION by the masters… Read More ›

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That Which Makes You Strong

A strength is “an activity that makes you feel strong.” It is an activity where the doing of it invigorates you. Before you do it, you find yourself instinctively looking forward to it. While you are doing it you don’t struggle to concentrate, but instead you become so immersed that time speeds up and you… Read More ›

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Brilliance

Familiarity breeds contempt, the saying goes. In a marriage, familiarity breeds forgetfulness. The eldest son has to choose his subjects of study next year. A lateral thinker whose favorite word is ‘Why’, the boy was considering physics and chemistry but not biology. He did not enjoy it as much. The father, to put it mildly,… Read More ›

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Baggage

I was chatting with Andre over lunch in a cafe with bad food about how men and women bring baggage (the emotional kind) into relationships. My husband, Andre, grew up in a happy, loving family with no violent quarrels, separations, or divorces.  Growing up, I witnessed all three and went through at least two relationships… Read More ›

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Masks: What are you wearing today?

It’s such a complex thing, this wearing of masks. For every friend, every person, I put on a special mask. I used to think I could be my truest self with people I trusted, people who loved me unconditionally, but there are limits to what even these souls can take. Granted, some masks are more… Read More ›

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Reminiscing

~Fairy tales richly illustrated was something we loved. Every year around this time, a friend rings me up. We met in the ST newsroom a long time ago, both newbies, both a little terrified of the editors, vulnerable in the big, messy, open-plan office where stories of crime, court cases, politics, sports, and every day… Read More ›

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Letting Fear Work For You

A new friend who is a natural on the piano tells me he likes to play what he doesn’t know. In contrast, he tells me one of his best friends, a multi-instrumentalist, likes playing what he knows, the kind of music he truly enjoys. In all likelihood, probably the kind of music he identifies with…. Read More ›

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In My Life

There are places I remember all my life Though some have changed, Some forever, not for better, Some have gone, and some remain, All these places have their moments With lovers and friends I still can recall Some are dead and some are living In my life, I loved them all . . . I… Read More ›

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Originality in Overdrive

Recently, I posted this on Facebook, because it came from Barbara Barry, one of the American designers whose furniture I admire (and covet). She was quoted as saying: “I love when somebody’s deemed an eccentric. To me, it means they are being who they are.” A friend whom I admire asked, “Is eccentricity relative?” I… Read More ›

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Quote of the Month

11th June 2011: Quote of the Month “When I was alive, I believed — as you do — that time was at least as real and solid as myself, and probably more so. I said ‘one o’clock’ as though I could see it, and ‘Monday’ as though I could find it on the map; and… Read More ›

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Musings

Of a thing I was once unsure about, I now have a better understanding. The inkling came when my mind was drawn, this past week, into a masterpiece of a story. The inkling grew, as the prose grew upon itself, drawing pictures in my mind, of splendour in the grass, and of glory in the… Read More ›

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Scaling Walls

By now, you would have gathered that I am not the athletic type. Yet, in a serendipitous trip to the air force grounds on Saturday for its Open House, I did something there which left me feeling surprisingly satisfied. It was an achievement of sorts, for scaling any wall, even real ones, can make one… Read More ›

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How Life Is A Lot Like Coffee

I rarely do this, posting a link which constitutes an entire post. There are slight didactic undertones here, but the content, like the coffee in a cup, is what matters more. If you’d had a rough day, a tiring day, this might help. How Life Is A Lot Like Coffee. Please click. Thanks. Your thoughts? … Read More ›

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Summer 2011

Summer 2011 by Yu-Ming featuring long earrings Velvet tank top $85 – mytheresa.com Nautica sporty swimwear $72 – macys.com Dorothy Perkins pleated pants 30 GBP – topshop.com L Space short jumpsuit $139 – pinkmascara.com Jil Sander platform shoes $485 – farfetch.com Balenciaga leather handbag $1,895 – mytheresa.com Sequin turquoise bangle $60 – charmandchain.com Gurhan bangle bracelet $10,480 – endless.com Long earring $5.90 – windsorstore.com Turquoise watch 50 GBP – coggles.com A V Max turquoise stone… Read More ›

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Lancome: Pink Envy!

Lancome: Pink Envy! by mingdilly featuring elastic waist shorts Jersey top$115 – reissonline.com Collarless jacket295 GBP – karenmillen.com Leifsdottir elastic waist short$178 – leifsdottir.com Rough Justice ankle strap sandal$250 – heels.com Roger Vivier velour bag990 EUR – colette.fr Sondra Roberts jeweled handbag$98 – nordstrom.com Tarina tarantino jewelry$33 – shoplastyle.com TopShop flower hair accessory$8 – topshop.com Lancôme Color Design Eye Brightening All-in-One 5 Shadow & Liner…$48 – lancome-usa.com stila cosmetics – long wear liquid… Read More ›

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Summer 2011

Summer 2011 by mingdilly featuring turquoise jewelry Velvet top$85 – mytheresa.com L Space short jumpsuit$139 – pinkmascara.com Nautica sporty swimwear$72 – macys.com Dorothy Perkins pleated pants30 GBP – dorothyperkins.com Jil Sander platform heels374 GBP – farfetch.com Balenciaga leather handbag$1,895 – mytheresa.com Gurhan bangle bracelet$10,480 – endless.com Spiral earring$375 – alexisbittar.com Sequin turquoise bangle$60 – charmandchain.com A V Max turquoise stone necklace$52 – shoptwigs.com Turquoise watch50 GBP – coggles.com Turquoise jewelry$5.90 – windsorstore.com

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A Seachange

It’s been a long time comin’, but I know a change gonna come, sang soul singer Sam Cooke in 1963. It only lasted 10 days. . .  but in that short span of eternity, the Internet–its various news and video channels, blogosphere, and social media–became a hotbed of news which seemed to stream in by… Read More ›

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27 Things You Never Knew About Me (Part III)

You can read Part I and Part 2 here. The reason this is in three parts is because it took me so long to come up with such a long list. If you think coming up with 27 things about yourself is easy, try it. And don’t include your vital stats, or hobbies or favourite… Read More ›

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apropos of nothing

23 April 2011  Apropos of nothing– At the periphery of my adolescence was someone with whom I was a perfect stranger. Even then, in the midst of a tumultous time of angst and self-discovery, no one is a perfect stranger for we were all the same inside. What’s more, if one is a unicorn, one… Read More ›

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Temperament-Taking

Temperament Taking Not to be confused with temperature-taking. Today, I am at odds with self. Why? I sometimes appear to act presumptuously, and hardly know it at the time. And when I do, it’s too late.

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Quote of the Day

I never knew a more presumptuous person than myself. The fact that I say that shows that what I say is true. — Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

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How a Sea Gull is like an Essay

The discussion took them to dinner, lay dormant in the presence of the servants, started again as soon as they were alone, and lasted long after midnight. Up, down and round the argument circled and swooped like a gull, now out to sea, out of sight, cloud-bound, among irrelevances and repetitions, now right on the… Read More ›

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