Letters of Life

Tag: Friendship

In the Moment

    Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life. Omar Khayyám (1048 — 1131) Riding pillon behind Kimmy on her moto (the Khmer nickname for motorbike), we rode the wide lanes of Monivong Boulevard in downtown Phnom Penh. It was a sunny Saturday afternoon, we’d just had lunch at a North Korean restaurant (Pyongyang… Read More ›

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The Strength of a Castle

A classmate in the girls’ school I attended gave me this castle for my 16th birthday. It took pride of place near my bedroom window. When I got married and moved out, it came along, as did many artifacts of youth, for what is a new marriage but a continuation of that youth? It occupied… Read More ›

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Sentimental Lines

Looking for some old pictures for an upcoming project, I found a handmade book given to me by a friend from my days in the newsroom. He was a soft-spoken history major who loved classical music and everything to do with the performing arts; he ended up editing an arts magazine for The Esplanade where… Read More ›

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A New Friend

It was eight o’clock and the hotel cafe, though small, was bright with light shining through  tall glass panes. I scanned the people sitting down to breakfast, all familiar faces, wondering which group I could possibly share a table with. As I walked slowly pass the first few tables, I saw that an elderly man whom… Read More ›

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No Reservations Required

Put simply, to reserve is to keep, hold back, or withdraw, something which is meant for future use. If someone is ‘reserved’ it is inferred that the person is withdrawn, does not offer information about himself freely. He holds back. In this age of (mis)Information, I’m inclined to think that being reserved is an advantage,… Read More ›

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Friends

Upon finding out that someone from our small group would be having his wedding dinner in a neighbouring country up north in six weeks’ time, the group of friends did these things: 1. Invited themselves to the dinner, making light of the travel upcountry (they mentally started to rearrange busy and lucrative Saturday work schedules,… Read More ›

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Twins (Not Really)

My twin, Go. I’ve said this phrase so many times, it has become a reassuring mantra instead of actual words: Mytwingo. We were born in the ’70s, back when twins were rare, a bit magical: cousins of the unicorn, siblings of the elves. We even have a dash of twin telepathy. Go is truly the… Read More ›

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Walking In The Rain

Being in the tropics means that rain-walking is summer-cool, not harsh with sleet and snow.  And I’ve been walking in the rain all morning. Ponds formed where the pavement dipped, and the ten of us sloshed through them, getting wetter as raindrops dripped onto our heads and shoulders under shared umbrellas meant for one. Socks and… Read More ›

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A Party Like No Other; Or Why Surprise Parties Last Forever

There are many kinds of birthday gifts one can bestow on the important people in your life. They range from the spoken wish, the wish that is texted, emailed, written on someone’s Timeline, handcrafted cards, presents, simple dinners, the throwing of parties, whether big or small. If you’re like me, you like giving other people… Read More ›

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When Style Bunny Meets The Elk

Elks are a highly adaptable species of deer, found mostly in mountainous regions and forested habitats native to North America. These rugged creatures came to mind when I was reflecting on how I came to befriend a few outdoorsy types a couple of years back. I thought about influence, and whether it was possible for… Read More ›

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Post-Race Reflections of Fellow Running Mates

The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.” — John Bingham (b. 1948), American marathon runner who believes that the goals of running are to have fun and finish—and that for a vast majority of amateur athletes running fast should not be the only aim. We five… Read More ›

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Transient Thoughts in Transit

It’s not that I don’t have anything to say, although that might not be far from the truth. So much has been happening, all good, thanks be to God, that I have been, for some time now, at a loss for words. Thoughts and ideas are percolating inside, quite unlike the latest espresso-brewing machine which… Read More ›

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Thoughts in Transition

Already November? October has been a special month in so many ways. The most important was that I decided to go on a personal season of Lent the second time around in 2011. As theologian Oswald Chambers wrote, “Unless we are experiencing the hurt of facing every deception about ourselves, we have hindered the work… Read More ›

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Walkin’ Away

Listening to Craig David’s I’m Walking Away. “I’m walkin’ away, from the troubles in my life, I’m walkin away. . . ” R&B. Classy R&B. I feel the need to walk away . . . It’s all in my head, obviously. I know I’m making the best of it, and so is the other. …. Read More ›

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Round and Round

I used to lovelovelove this song. “We are the artisans, and we’ve been crafted. . . “ I used to think that was such a great lyric. Actually, it still is. Nobody, not Taylor Swift, not this month’s flavour-of-the-month, or the erstwhile Kelly Clarkson would know what to do with a word like artisan. It’s… Read More ›

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