Romansa

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Saya. Belum pernah ke Paris. Belum pernah ke Sydney. Belum pernah ke Venesia. Tiga kota paling romantis di dunia menurut hasil pencarian di om gugel. Dari 25 kota dalam daftar itu, saya ‘hanya’ pernah ke 2 kota, Kyoto dan Praha. Jadi, apa yang orang-orang gambarkan sebagai romantis, lansekap kota yang indah, bunga-bunga cantik dan alunan musik yang memenuhi sudut-sudut kota, para pelancong yang sedang berbulan madu, saya meraba-raba dalam gelap.

Mungkin. Hanya mungkin. Apa yang saya bayangkan agak mendekati aslinya. Mungkin. Langit Venesia serupa dengan langit ungu bercampur oranye saat matahari terbenam di Seattle. Langit terindah yang pernah saya lihat seumur hidup. Mungkin. Sudut-sudut area tepi laut Sydney sedikit mirip dengan sudut-sudut area tepi laut Singapura. Dengan bangunan-bangunan cantik menghadap laut dan jembatan-jembatan penghubung daratan membawa para komuter dari satu tempat ke tempat lain. Tempat favorit saya untuk berpura-pura menjadi turis di tempat tinggal sendiri. Mungkin. Kafe-kafe kecil di Paris dengan aroma roti yang baru keluar dari oven, suara orang berbincang dalam bahasa yang asing di telinga, dan hiburan ‘gratis’ dari artis-artis jalanan sedikit mirip dengan kafe-kafe kecil tersembunyi di pinggiran kota tua Talinn. Tempat saya pertama kali menemukan banyak sisi yang bersembunyi di dalam diri sendiri. Mungkin.

Romansa. Ada di mana saja. Di sofa sebuah kafe buku di River Valley. Di bangku kompleks hawker di stasiun Segar. Di kursi tempat kerja saya dan dia di dalam rumah. Romansa ada di dalam imajinasi.

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Self-medication

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Frustrated with the world, I decided to adopt a new regime this morning. No radio. No TV. No social media (except for my 100happydays project). No online news browsing. Today, I want to be self-centred and choose how I function with a clear mind.

Let’s put the house in order first thing in the morning. Make your bed. Do your laundry. Wash the dishes. Let’s do breakfast at dining table. Read one book out of many you haven’t finished. Travel the world of words and wisdom. Be inspired. Let’s write one short piece a day. Plan for the day. Lingering feelings from yesterday. Wish for the future. Let’s continue one personal project a day. It may not finish today but it will one day. Make progress. Stop procrastinate.

7 days. Only for 7 days. Centred yourself in 7 days. I’m self-medicating.

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Do with joy

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In the world full of chaos and loneliness, no wonder why so many people want to be a writer. How else are you going to channel your thoughts or having a nice conversation without being judged or criticized? Other people are too busy with their own lives and problems to listen to your ramblings, no?

Yet, there should be a clearer definition of writing as a profession. It’s not just a stream of words coming out of your head. It seems to require a lot of thinking and judging and logical thinking, or what have you. “Duh!”, says all real writers would say.

Ahh, can I ever dream to be one of them? My writings, all of them, are streams of words coming out straight from my head, if not from my heart. It’s not even a writing, it’s just a record of what I am feeling.

Anyway… Start small. Remember the reason. Do with joy. Strive for self-satisfaction. Look inward, not outward. All of these will bring happiness in life.

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A must record

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Good bye, big pond. You were a dream came true. I had fun and I thank you for being good to me.

Papake, hear me from heaven. Next time you are in my dream, let’s make a promise. Help me fill my life with things that bring me happiness. Because what else is life but to be happy and content? In return, I will try my best to let you go. That, is harder than life.

Welcome, life full of uncertainty, passion, and happiness. Please be good to me.

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Stimulating your creative imagination

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Yesterday I found myself on the low side. There’s this new project at work that I’m not quite sure how to take on for many reasons. Challenging, yes. But comes with it is a lot of uncertainty. And with uncertainty comes the questions of boundaries. And I don’t work very well when I don’t know the boundaries, this much I know.

So this morning, I decided to try something and approach my anxiety in a different way. I picked a book called ‘The book of Doing and Being’ by Barnet Bain. I remember reading a few chapters before and felt like picking it up again when experiencing a mental block with work. It’s a book about unleashing our creative energy needed for whatever reasons we have. And I say I need the boost right now. To be a high performer, you need to be self-aware first, right?

I am starting my day with a useful exercise that is worth sharing here. The aim of the exercise is to stimulate your creative imagination, the first step towards releasing your creative energy.

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Fly me to the moon

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Fly me to the moon

Let me play among the star

Let me see what spring is like

On a-Jupiter and Mars

In other words, hold my hand

In other words, baby, kiss me

Fill my heart with song

And let me sing for ever more

You are all I long for

All I worship and adore

In other words, please be true

In other words, I love you

Fill my heart with song

Let me sing for ever more

You are all I long for

All I worship and adore

In other words, please be true

In other words, in other words

I love you

– Frank Sinatra

For those I loved and lost. 

#Home, Singapore 7 July 2015