Day 41: #Celebratelife365

It’s been a while since I last spoke Japanese proper. As I was walking back to office after lunch today, 2 Japanese ladies stopped me to ask for directions. They spoke minimal English, with some Japanese. I tried my best to provide them with the information with English and my rusty Japanese, but they don’t seem to get it. Thinking it will be a small detour that I have to make if I were to bring them to their destination, I decided to walk them there. It took me another 10 mins of lunch hour.

I’m really happy to walk with them and talked along the way. I’ve always love many things Japanese, that’s why I took up the language. They also reminded me I should do some revisions to brush up on my Japanese. (Sensei don’t be mad!)

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Day 40: #Celebratelife365

Lunches recently are so much more fun. Have been meeting up with old friends for lunch. Today its with my primary school friend. We were classmates since primary 1, that makes 23 years of friendship. My primary school class is rather close knitted one, we still met up and have gatherings very often after graduation. Right now we have a group chat.

Time always passes by so quickly when you spend it with the right company. We had so much to catch up. An irony that this friend and I stay quite near each other, but we have to meet up in town because our offices are near.

I’m going to ask more friends the next time, and that can be another mini gathering.

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Day 39: #celebratelife365

I am now a regular of the vegetarian restaurant in Chinatown. I lunch there almost every weekday. The uncle calls me by my name.

Everyday he looks forward to sharing new dishes with me. He knows I love noodles and soups, sometimes I don’t even have to say anything, and he knows what I want.

This place feels like home to me. And the people too.

They don’t only feed me. They feed my soul too.

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Day 38: #celebratelife365

This post is for yesterday. I missed writing.

A friend came down specially to Chinatown from Dhoby Ghaut to have lunch with me, and to my favourite vegetarian place. Friend is not a fan of vegetarian food but agreed to it nonetheless. One thing I learnt from this action, this friend is not a hi-bye type. 🙂

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Day 37: #celebratelife365

We never know how much we own until we lose something. I learnt this lesson long ago, and one of the things I want to achieve life is to have no more regrets.

I told myself I’ll never want to have another regret in life when Queena passed away. I never got to see her for the last time before she left. For months I kept delaying my visit because of school work.

Had the time and space to myself today, and I reflected. Don’t wait to show your love to your loved ones. Don’t wait to do anything and you lose the chance. Sometimes you need to wait for the best time, but don’t procrastinate when it’s the good time.

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The tissue paper uncle

I was at Middle Road on Tuesday, and I didn’t see the uncle. He’s the one I always go to for tissue papers. I felt uneasy.

So I went again yesterday, again, he wasn’t there. I got worried. I haven’t seen him in nearly a week, I hope he is alright.

I decided to try my luck again today. I was so glad to see him! But I saw him with a bag of medicine, different bottles of black mixture and he was taking them. I waited by the side for him to finish his medicine, I didn’t want to rush him. He didn’t see me. I had the $10 note in my hand. I gave a sigh of relief, uncle hasn’t been well. Phew, I’m glad to see him again. I don’t know why I have this emotional attachment with him, but I really don’t want anything terrible to happen to him.

I went up to him, passed him the note. I didn’t take any tissues from him today, I don’t need them. I have been buying from other aunties and uncles, but I don’t feel as strongly for them.

As we talk about SG50 this year, let’s not also forget this group of elderly. You can see them everywhere. With all the celebrations to thank them for their contributions, I also think there is this group who don’t ask for much. Let’s not forget them. Before we do any big campaigns to help them, let’s start work on our own first to help them.

Day 36: #Celebratelife365

It’s been a while since I last watched a play. It always bring me sweet memories of my days on stage. Those were the junior college days. I acted, I wrote scripts, I made props. I drifted from theatre after going to the university.

I was then pulled back to theatre when I worked as producer for Good Morning Singapore. There was a regular segment on arts and entertainment, and we would interview guests whenever there was a new drama performance. I got to meet many famous playwrights, and even met familiar friends such as Joanna Dong. We have a close bond, she is the daughter of my LEP teacher in NYJC. And at the same time, I got to watch nearly all of these performances, which I am truly thankful for.

In case you wonder, I watched a Chinese show today, 天門決. Tomorrow is the last day, there are 2 more shows, one in the afternoon, and the other in the evening.

Simple pleasures like these are more then sufficient to keep me happy.

Cheers!

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Day 34: #celebratelife365

I missed out on yesterday, so I’m making it up today. There will be 2 posts today. Writing this as I’m in the bus on my way for dinner.

Yesterday I met my love in Proximity for lunch. We were not just working partners but great friends as well. And the friendship lasted till today, even after I’ve left the place for 7 months.

It’s been a while since we last met up, our last drinks session was at least 5 months ago. Food is very important to us, we used to be on the hunt for “real” food. Cheap and good food. We went slightly atas yesterday. No terrible food court stuff (we always prefer hawker centers for the food quality), and went to a Korean restaurant. Food was alright, and they took a long time to serve. But that gave us the time to talk.

I know this woman knows me quite well. But I didn’t expect she knows me THAT well! I was really touched and made me missed the days when we were working together. We basically relied so much on each other to get work done. The late nights, the rushing of briefs, weekend whatsapp for work, we both just want to get the best work done. You want to know who your buddies are when in a war, and she is one of them. I’ll want to work with her again, if ever there’s a chance.

Very often you see and interact with your colleagues more than your family, it’s important you can enjoy the company of your colleagues. She’s one girl who definitely made my life sweeter in office. Thank you my love.

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Day 35: #Celebratelife365

I had a good dinner to end the work week. Went to Suprette in Kam Leng Hotel for dinner. Food was good, and free flow of fries! What caught my eye was the hotel’s decoration. It’s rustic, charming in it’s own ways. I did a quick research on my phone.

I’ve always loved doing staycations, especially in unique hotels. Kam Leng definitely got my attention, and the price is very attractive. Maybe, the next time…hmm

Nonetheless, always happy to discover a new place. I should go to bed now. Got a play to catch tomorrow. Looking forward to the show!

Goodnight everyone!

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Producing the Today programme

A story so familiar to me, and my colleagues and friends from my past life in the news room will agree with me.

Though for me I started off my career with the objective of wanting to be in the TV industry. I also wanted to work for MediaCorp. And I did. I’m so glad for the opportunity that today I can proudly say I’ve been there, done that.

Over the years I met many people, and many of them became my good friends now. Meeting new people, getting to know one another, that’s one of the greatest challenge and rewards of a journalist. You don’t know who you will meet, and you have to manage the relationships differently.

Though I’ve left the industry, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love it. It’s a personal career decision. I wanted to do more, but my respect for journalism never changed.