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Missed connection

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Every one of us must have experienced this at some point. The feeling of regret of not saying hi to someone that we’re interested in, of not starting a conversation with that person, of not asking to meet them some place some time, or perhaps… of not saying sorry because you did them wrong. The looking back to the past and wondering what would’ve happened if we did that back then. Doesn’t mean that we’re not happy where we are now. In fact it doesn’t mean anything, except for one: curiosity.

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Ngopi doeloe (coffee first)

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[2009]

G: Where are you now?

Q: Ngopi Doeloe (a cafe name in Bandung, translated as ‘coffee first’)

G: I know, but where are you?

Q: Ngopi Doeloe!

G: Yes, but where is the place where you’re having your coffee?!! *annoyed*

Q: NGOPI DOELOE!!!! The place is called Ngopie Doeloe, we passed this place yesterday! *super annoyed*

G: Oh.

[2016]

G: Where are you now?

Q: The Book Cafe (a cafe name in Singapore)

G: Uuuuww.. where is that, sounds interesting!

Q: River Valley

G: Where?

Q: The Book Cafe

G: I know, but where?

Q: THE BOOK CAFE!!

G: Oh God, it’s Ngopi Doeloe all over again.

 

 

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.

#Home/Singapore

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