Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful

Thankful.

This week’s photo challenge reminds me of a pleasant surprise my friend, Kha and I prepared over the week. For a friend who stays close to our hearts even though she’s far away from where we are now; 1,389 nautical miles (air miles) to be exact-the distance between Singapore and Hong Kong. I am thankful to known this friend for 11 years and counting.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful

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Daily Prompt: Set It To Rights

Think of a time you let something slide, only for it to eat away at you later. Tell us how you’d fix it today.

Woke up this morning feeling great that she don’t have to wake up early for work. She stretched lazily, took a few deep breaths and forced herself up. When she decided to get up and check the time, it’s already past 11:45am. Panicking, she switched on her laptop and opened her word document; the mission was to finish a short commentary – a school assignment in which she has less than 2 hours to complete ’cause she has to leave the house by 1:30pm to meet her friend at Dhoby Ghaut station. This was not her first time doing last minute work, but to comment on a friend’s work; trust me it’s not easy. Firstly, you can’t critique directly. Secondly, you can’t put things too bluntly and ultimately, you have to be careful with the wordings. An hour later…

‘Mission accomplished!’ She said to herself. ‘What a great way to start off my day.’

Even though she managed to finish within the given amount of time, she still would have to rush off to meet her friend. 30 minutes later, she finally got into the train and coincidentally saw a friend who’s in the same train as well.

So she walked up to him, ‘Hey.’ She said, smiling.

‘Hey! How have you been?!’ He replied enthusiastically.

‘All good,’ with that she looked away, expressionless, trying not to appear upset.

She can’t find any reason to be happy lately. That might sound exaggerating but that’s how she has been feeling these days. Not wanting to continue with that topic, she diverted his attention by changing the subject to school-related issues instead. After all the small talk with her friend, they went on their separate ways to carry on with their plans for the day.

It’s been awhile since she meet this friend of hers, Stacy. Both had then quickly settle down at one of the fast food restaurants and the first question Stacy asked was, ‘How are you?’ Again, not knowing what to say, she replied ‘I guess everything’s alright’.

What a lie.

Daily Prompt: Set It To Rights

Seriously, I dare you to love me.

This is not my first time watching Imagine Me and You (Ol Parker, 2005). I re-watched it again and again for my Screen Text essay, as I have chosen this as the core film of my essay question; “How do queer filmmakers subvert hetero-normative structures of representation?” My “memory bank” then recalled back to this particular conversation exchanged between Luce (Lena Headey) and Rachel (Piper Perabo).

Rachel: Tell me more about the lily.

Luce: You don’t want to know about the lily.

Rachel: It’s my favorite.

Luce: Ask me about the azalea.

Rachel: *chuckled* Alright. What about the azalea?

Luce: The azalea means, “May you achieve financial security.”

Rachel: Bah.

Luce: See?

Rachel: *Giggles* Lovely. Now, tell me about the lily.

Luce: The lily means… *took a deep breath* The lily means, “I dare you to love me.”

I cannot believe what I just heard, thinking that was way too cliche to be true, and so I went crazy in search for an answer. Generally, lily could mean purity, beauty or coquetry. Though the movie did not specifically mention that it was tiger lily, but seriously, it means “I dare you to love me.” And trust me on this. If I ever have a chance, someday, I will get tiger lily for this special one.

Write, again.

There is nothing to practice. To know yourself, be yourself. To be yourself, stop imagining yourself to be this or that. Just be. Let your true nature emerge. Don’t disturb your mind with seeking.

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

An Indian spiritual teacher, philosopher of Advaita, and a Guru

Dear friend,

It has been awhile since I wrote a blog post. You might ask, “why is that so?” The thought of writing died down whenever I realized that there are always something more important to do besides writing some random stuff going on in my life. Wait. Let me finish. Do not get me wrong here. I love to write. And the urges are stronger than before. I am not kidding. It was to the extent that I feel guilty and regret in life. So I wondered, “Why didn’t I put in more effort in my studies back in my high school?”, “Why didn’t I like to read or write then?” and “Why didn’t I listen to what the teachers has said and concentrate in class?” It gets on my nerves at times.

Hence, I want to do something by putting it into action. Something like creating a new blog, and writing my first post. A friend once told me “words are cheap”. Therefore, I do not want to be another person who say things for the sake of saying, complained and do nothing about it. Many times in life we end up regretting not doing things that you wish you could have done. Not necessary your dream job or something that are written down on your bucket list. But something that is simple enough to put a smile on your face, a sort of satisfactory, the little joy and accomplishment in that temporal moment.

For that, is priceless.

Love,
Michelle