Vaguely a painting

There was one thing I did during the Shanghai stint that my sis lost all respect for me over. It was an activity vaguely like painting, except it was done through numbers.

Partake

The delight from community development lies in the partaking in joint efforts to manifest from nothingness to many-thing-ness. ❤ The most precious reward at the end of the day – fulfilled hearts, and a fine sunset. ❤

The mallet dropped

Directly from fifth heaven. Lesson learnt: don’t whine too much about “trivial” things, don’t joke too much about higher beings.

Authentic Karen cuisine

I have no idea whether there really is such a thing as authentic anything/anywhere cuisine at all. As authentic as Mom’s cooking? But every mom is different.

Parallel

In a parallel universe 14,000km away in the other direction, is yet another Alhambra, and another Granada.

Prolific, really?

Hahaha. Sounds like an apt description of the T’oh family, my grandparents, the DNA down the bloodline, and the earlier three generations here in SG.

Arabian nights

So many crevices for Genie to hide. So many nooks and crannies for multiple genii to spring a surprise.

Fret not~

Fret not! There are so many lovely things in this world that we may not have noticed or known about. Such as dancing baby stingrays.

Lively song for a sunday

What better way to end an enjoyable Sunday than to share a lovely lively song that is so loveydovey. Here is a song about eloping to the moon!

Accidentally in love

Originally posted on Oh, border!:
I had a timeout during the Cannes/Nice weekend, and hopped off to visit Musée Matisse up in the hilly suburbs. I had been repeatedly advised (i.e. reminded) by my dearest mentor LTK to pay a visit. I did, and indeed, I loved it. What was more magical was that I…

Stealing sand

Here is a picture of us collecting pebbles from the riverbank. Sometimes we swam over to Myanmar, and then quickly back.

Glimmer

Glimmer of the setting sun from behind very old trees. I accidentally lived right behind an ancient Roman gladiator amphitheater for a week!

The disruptor

My teammates probably found me very disruptive. I could see them frowning, or their eyes squinting, everytime mine lit up with new ideas.

Early awakening

Proud as I could be when I woke up early enough one morning to say hi to someone before he left for work.

Froth-tea

There is this frothy tea that I would have whenever I travelled into the Shanghai city office for work.

Luminescence

Also vaguely known as that thing you do when you have no life living in a village.

Confusionism

The glorious academic plans were thwarted by an offer to develop a huge-ass farm in SzeChuan.

The Weir

A separate pilot new town project was inchoate and we were just waiting to get over the red tape to start on the detailed work.

The long haul

A long haul project of four years brought me to a city that now sits very close to my heart. I worked on Yangzhou, flying in and out every three weeks.

Hero

Hero hauling haversacks.
Heavy ones!

Smile

Smiles – big and small. Good prompt for a bad day. Kthxbye.

Explore

Well, I really explore all sorts of weird things. Here is one of them: ever wondered what a carrot flower looks like?

No warning

We had a lot of fun fooling around. Without any warning, babyboo started bawling.

Rise / set

I woke up at 3am to make it in time to watch this sunrise at Angkor Wat, Siem Reap.

T’oh Quartet

Messy music was what we played. We are the T’oh Quartet, conducted my Tiger Mom, and run by Floor Manager T’oh. 

Micro

Squeezing a micro thought into a micro window of time before I get back to swimming in a macro pool of words in so many different languages. 

Like a Swallow

There is this one song I really love, and it’s called Like a Swallow and was the theme song for Little Nonya, a local TV series.

Exotic fruits

Apples growing on trees is a foreign concept to me. Logically, I know they grow on trees (!!!), but I had never imagined what its tree looks like nor how they grow on it.

Talismen

To me, they can jolly well be placebos, but as long as they make me feel good or better or at ease, I am happy to continue using.

Selfish or Selfless?

Originally posted on One day at a time:
To call someone selfish is quite vague. There are several ways in which the word selfish can be defined. Depending on the context of the word, it can be considered derogatory or positive. Degrees of each kind of selfishness also vary widely from person to person, some…

My favourite place

My favorite place is an inconspicuous beach which had no name and unmarked on the map, and shockingly so close to home.

Here spring the cheery blossom

I cannot really call it a cherry blossom when it has yet to blossom to that point. More of a cheery blossom, I even added sparkles!

MyFam

Sis remarked today how these two peeps have such dramatic reunion everyday. 😀

Patience, my dear

I got a little annoyed one day, when a few different decks gave me the same answer. So I thought to myself, “maybe it is imperative for every deck to have a Patience card”.

Incubate

Today’s prompt Incubate brings to mind two things – the fat chickens we reared who gave us fresh eggs everyday; and what Eckhart Tolle wrote in Stillness Speaks.

Off-grid Connection

Having a 3G modem was enough to maintain sanity, and I was happy to go off-grid on everything else.

Provoke

How I (unwittingly) provoked my teacher into having me co-teach her class. 😀 

Literal shadows

I’ve always had a fascination with shadows. The latest observance being what I would consider white noise.

Grasping the line

When some event pops up (let’s say an unkind bully surfaces) that makes you feel angry or resentful, do you ever wonder what Universe intends that to be?

Captivating

“I just can’t stop thinking about waffles.” Bawls my soul, as expressed by this poor little girl. I feel you!

Life

Life and its meandering journey is surprising and sometimes with enlightening comes the wistfulness of “why didn’t I realise it earlier”.

Wonder III

Final sequel to the trilogy (or so I hope). The most important reason for discovering if you carry the thalassemia trait is this: If two people who each carry the same form of thalassemia trait have a child, there is a 25% chance that this child will be born with a severe form of thalassemia….

Wonder II

Another curious day/night. I woke up with blurry, puffy eyes, and for no reason at all, I cried all morning, so I assumed I must have cried through the night without knowing (what, why). It was not any better that the daily prompt took me to such a touching turn, which was like yanking a…

Wonder

Daily prompt is being very educational once again. I googled Wonder and saw that there’s a movie, and then ended up buying the book. I will take a while to read, and have a feeling it is going to be a teary-eyed experience, just judging from the author’s interview here. Sounds like a lot on kindness…

Story of a boy

Story of a busybo(d)y.
Before he could even crawl, babyboo was already “helping out” with housework.

Fact

Alright, tonnes of work today. Fact. Short post it shall be.

Branchie streams

Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness was the first Zen book I owned. It was written by Shunryu Suzuki, the guy who brought Zen teachings into the US.

A typical energy vampire

You know how sometimes we feel suffocated by certain people or suffocated after certain events? You know how we call some people and some environments toxic?

Any surface

I am so random when it comes to painting that I just take any surface and mess around with them. Sometimes I draw on my hand, sometimes on my leg. Strange habits, tsk.

Horror vacui

Took some timeout to play around with perspectives today, and it matches the saying “nature abhors a vacuum” perfectly.

Worm moon

It’s full moon again! No wonder messy emotions are rife these couple of days. A name like The Worm Moon serves up an extra garnish of queasiness.

Hermeticism

“As Above, So Below; As Within, So Without” is a phrase that calls to my mind the 1 Magician. We already have all the tools to guide and direct us in our lives.

Pushing boundaries

With blinkered eyes, it is easy for many things to be out of this world of ours.

Dimmyme

Dimmy-me nodded off during the warmup kriyas and it felt like *lights out* for my consciousness which went off to some still quiet space for a break.

Time lag

Have you ever considered premonition being something happening in real-time, and it being a “a strong feeling that something is about to happen” is because that was how long information took to reach us?

Progressive imagination

My meditation started out as a form of “imagination”, then to “visualisation”, and now “witnessing” His wisdom.

Written in the stars

Some things are written in the stars. Yet it takes so many different conditions and factors for the life to play out as astrally-scripted.

Stardust

Astrally speaking, we are all stardust and wherever we are, what matters are not our physical locations but the frequency we are vibrating at.

In-conversant

Last night closed with a very touching youtube video clip I was watching, and I went to sleep with the thought, “It’s good to be loved. It’s profound to be understood.” Yup, it was Portia’s pressie to Ellen.

Anon faces

My self-centredness took over, and what stood out in my gallery of photos was my face in a crowd of people I do not know!

The sound of food

After a full week of Chinese New Year feasting, I cannot believe that the first thought that comes to mind for today’s prompt is more food.

Constancy

Here is one of my favourite drawings. It is unsigned and undated, so I have no idea how many decades it has been. Each time I look at it, Sarah Mclachlan’s Angel starts playing in my head.

No compromise

I never liked the word compromise, it feels like there’s some negative vibration hanging onto it.

Presence

The best present is your presence! Thank you for being around  ❤  in the shivering cold, in the sweltering sun, in state of confusion, in state of exhaustion, in state of bliss.

Disney Prince

Funny how I was just on the phone yesterday with someone and retelling the story of Oliver being such a “Disney Princess”.

Courage | Strength

The immediate association with Courage in tarot-speak is VIII Strength. However, I see Courage as only part of what Strength is about, while at the same time, Courage also speaks for more than what Strength is about.

Big familiar

This is my family! Three generations, and we gather at this scale twice a year. It is no surprise that we are unable to recognise one another (for some).

Too Sweet

Yay, I managed to get a cake for Dad on the second day of Chinese New Year when 95% of Singapore is closed! Even though it turned out to be an extremely sweet-pink-coloured one.

0 Fool

I found this boy 0 The Fool setting out on his journey to see the world! I like how he appears to walk with a little swagger, almost like a blind confidence in the new/future world he is partaking in.

My neighbour Totoro

Oliver always looks very befitting in a Totoro costume. Maybe it is the big white patch that matches the baby tummy perfectly, and it is a “cannot-miss” target for tickling him, especially after his meal.

Unsweet

Yikes! I forgot to get Dad a birthday cake. My last minute scramble to get one by pulling strings was nowhere close to success.

Some things don’t change

8 years later, I am still doing the same pose at the same place, with the same bunch of people. Some things don’t change.

Why I write

As I type, I understand more about myself, and the world, and life, much more than I started out scraping the surface with each post.

Gobble-lin

The Goblin wants to lead you astray and whispers the negative spell of fear, anger, resentment, self-righteousness, arrogance, selfishness, greed, glutton, procrastination, and addiction.

Blossom-ing

This one here is a cherry blossom that has yet to be completed. It is just short of a few strokes of the brushes, but I have no idea what is holding me back.

Times when rest is best

Memories of this place was of very sweet nothingness – it was helluva good respite during the exhausting one month backpacking.

Breaking free

Dance like no one’s watching. Dance like the human feet can’t.

Coral sea the blues

One of the most poignant lines was 爱深埋珊瑚海 – how the love was deeply buried in the coral sea.

Forgive

Being unforgiving also has alot to do with judgement. Based on the past, we have a pre-judgement of how person will react / respond, and all the negative, unreal situations start playing out in our head.

Roll flamingo

My dream is to paint a full-sized wall mural of sunset filled with wild flamingoes in the foreground, and the glitter of setting sun merging with its rays at the horizon.

Warm snow

I started this one because I wanted to experiment with different colours projected on white, i.e. the snow.

Creatures

My favourite creatures are the giraffes. For some reason I cannot remember, I have always called them tall blondes.

Oh my beloved

We come to this world guided by a purpose that appear not as an earthly “to-do task list” of being an architect to build the most amazing building in the world or a planner to take care of all humanitarian needs or a chef that innovates a new definition to eating.

Luminous inside-out

All your strenuous seeking and effort can be released while the Love-Light in your being floods into an incandescence.

More than mates and twins

Twin Flame covers the spark-split at the beginning of Creation [we are one]; Soul Mate covers the significant player of the Soul Family this life-time [we are family]; and Karmic Relationship covers the im(balances) we accumulate / resolve over many lifetimes [we are living beings].

Profuse flows

The deeper connotation seems to be to not artificially hold ourselves back, and that we should see this from a higher perspective of care for others, and not be so “selfish” and “deprive” them of what we could actually be giving.

Soul mate

While ‘soul mate’ sounds romantic and all, the concept of the soul mate is not exactly what teenage / women magazines portray them to be.

Super blue blood moon

Today’s card is in sync with all the hype about the super-blue-blood-moon-full-lunar-eclipse-what-a-mouthful-of-words. I feel like I am in a very different full-moon-phase today, very happy and almost hyper.

Stifling?

Are you feeling stifled by the unbearable meaninglessness of life?

Ink-ling-ling-ling

If inkling be a sound, it would be the sound of happy ink pitter pattering on happy things. Just like wind sparkling.

Dystopian elven journey

Pages are always very fresh-faced and youthful looking, but this one looks like a 2-dimensional pale-faced woman who found a coin in her back garden.

Identifying silhouettes

You’re qualified and ready to take the steps toward your desired outcome. You have what it takes to fulfil your dreams and your life’s purpose.

Theme Rodin

Here is my favourite series of photos, which I have used many of them independently in my posts, and this one puts them altogether as variations on a theme. Theme Auguste Rodin and my favourite Burghers of Calais.

Flower Power!

Spend time with flowers and flower essences to increase your personal healing power.

Heightened state

Ecstasy? I don’t really think so. Heightened state of emotion? More likely. The dominant emotion being one of despair and helplessness. 

Tardy?

It is never too early to take the first step, neither is it ever too late. But to capture the best timing, know yourself, plan your time. 

Maybe too candid

Your spirit’s food is personal; only you know what your spirit hungers for.

My prayer strategy

My strategy is to pray for the guidance and wisdom every moment to live to my highest potential, and that I correctly understand the wisdom and execute the guidance in a timely manner, with ease and grace. #lifehack

A curved edge

Some things we see all our lives, but never notice until someone points it out. Ever notice that the horizon is curved?

Memorable Moments

At the rate life buzzes and bustles us by, silent moments are extremely precious. Knowing smiles, or acknowledging smirks, speak so much of connection and how intimately one knows another.

Don’t Blink

Your Creator wills that you be happy, healthy, secure, and that all your needs will be provided.

Harmony

This card signifies the possibility of a deep spiritual initiation, partnership, or union is taking place at this time or is manifesting for the future.

Agility of Angelish

Although there might be some temporary hard work or turmoil, this will soon be replaced by a lightness of spirit akin to gently floating on a summer breeze.

Speaketh

Archangel Gabriel, I call upon you now. Thank you for guiding me in the expression of my inner truth and wisdom. I ask that you watch over me in all that I say and write, so that I may clearly convey my inner messages. 

Collapse

My first meditation with XVI Tower was it crumbled, foundations and all, and what was inside was a very alive, robust, and wise tree. Not soft, but not at all cold and hard. 

Weathered smile

The day I realised that the Divine is really a much larger force to reckon with than what human beings can do.

Static

Presenting the most static object ever photographed. That is me in a state of zen, after a magnificent Christmas dinner, yet still managing to squeeze in some durians some hours later.

The Sword and the Scales

Whichever decision you are making, remember there is no “right” and no “wrong”, but only the best choice you can make at that juncture. Wield the sword of Truth within you; Weigh it up, balance logic with intuition, the scales are in your hands too.

Carving an end and then a start

Minor Arcana takes us from starting fresh with the Aces and building up on the day-to-day growth journey to completion of the cycle with the Tens and then it starts afresh again with the Aces on a different journey.

Pounce

I asked Universe for an undulating card today, and picked this Knight of Wands. Dang. not pleased at all, what’s undulating in this to write about? I asked for another one, and picked this card again. The most undulated element I can find are his wildly tousled hair.

Six Chalices

Considering that a complete set of Tarot features life as a soul journey (Major Arcana) and the day to day vicissitudes (Minor Arcana), I was wondering how the heck a sexual perspective can be applied to the entire deck.

Forlornity of my genius

This Dali-nian Seven of Swords dabbles into the philosophy of the outer personality and the inner being (the sketchy red blood figure on the left that has separated from the solid figure).

More Faeries!

The journey through Faerie land is like embarking on a quest, with the goal of not getting distracted or misled by the shady characters along the way, while gainfully attaining wisdom from the guiding characters.

Winsome lovelies

Roses, with their thorns, blossomed and budding; myrtle, also periwinkle, pistils and pollen twinkle!

Growth

Growth is when one realises that being comfortable in her own skin is akin to not worrying about how unglamorous one looks on the surface. Or how sad or unhappy or troubled one appears when one really is truly in that mode.

Pots of gold await

There are days I feel allergic to life in general. It is especially annoying when I feel unaccomplished in the day, and then the problems start floating in in bits and pieces at night. Gosh, high time to establish some boundaries.

Separation anxieties

I have babyboo to myself tonight! His mom is outstation again, and I just met his dad downstairs. Seems like he has outgrown separation anxieties already!

Unicorns

The angels seem to be harbouring some great news today. My heart always leaps a little when this unicorn rears into my space.

Keeping up

Day 2 of resolution and I am already falling asleep while picking the cards. Blame it on the full moon, whispers a voice inside. 

Resolutions!

I thought of a new resolution for 2018. I shall write a blog post everyday!!! A blogpost a day keeps all blockages away. 😀

1.1.11~

Yippee! Happy New Year! Time and date with such a definitive cross-over may be a man-made concept, but it is after all something wonderful to celebrate.

Almost!

2017 is coming to a close! I managed to finish reading my favourite book again! I read it every year and eschew the concepts at a different depth each year.

Sweet lil’ rain

Extravagance is: paying ten bucks for a black coffee and a stick of fairy floss. The fairy floss is not even pink!

Finding Depth

I notice my proclivity to hide in the ocean – dreams of that magical smooth place somewhere deep into nothingness, where there is no form, no structure, no border.

Mild counts to year end

They say that being grateful for what is in our lives at the moment puts our attention on what we like, and thus we get more of it (Law of Attraction~).

Cherishables

Some memories are cherishables, while some are perishables. Nostalgia definitely falls under the former.

Miraculous

I have been writing about paintings and art and artists and painters. Honestly, it can sound like a lot of fluff (at least to myself) as I have never posted any of my works before.

Call of the wind

As I sit in my room and space out into nothingness, I could only hear peace and harmony sparkling in the wind. So that’s how wind-sparkles sound like.

Associative thinking

Coincidentally, both my sister and I focussed on babyboo learning Mandarin this past week. His pronunciation is not as crisp as how a native Mandarin speaker should, but he has got most of them right. Pretty much still sounding very English.

Silent treatment

Made it in time for my hair appointment today! Pretty happy that my hair got its fair share of pampering. The hairstylist asked about cutting it short, but I did my curls just half a year ago! Ah well, he cut it as short as he needed to keep it healthy, and I shall go…

Inner outer child

Babyboo was already asleep when I got back today. I had promised him this morning that I would come home earlier so he can chill in my room and show me (my) things.

Love in the first degree

I realise that the worst unrequited love anyone can experience is with oneself. This would be the ultimate Love in the first degree.

Cheeky

This cheeky little thing is now a threenager. How fast time flies! He was born the day I moved to Mae Sot. Really my tick-tock little clock in more ways than one. ❤