small things in life

Finding a book on Kindle is like finding a guy on Tinder. You have to make quick, uninformed decisions based on woefully inadequate amount of information. To extend this bad analogy further: reading the book "reviews" on Amazon to determine whether a book is a good fit is akin to asking a guy's flock of [...]

I first published this post in 2009 and reposted it in November 2010. Every year, as early as towards the end of October, I found myself aghast coming face to face with Christmas merchandise and sometimes even MUSIC when the leaves are still sporting brilliant red and yellow. Seriously? What the F people? What about [...]

Old Soul

My 8 year old, Mr. Monk, is on a "Back to the Future" kind of mission lately. He's acquired two rotary phones earlier this year for a buck each at a garage sale. Probably my fault for I might have explained to him, with too much excitement, how we used to hate folks' phone numbers [...]

A flower for me

  As I walked out the train depot, I saw his familiar face from afar. He has taken over the position from Mr. Jim, the white-haired veteran whose presence has been a staple at this corner of the corridor connecting people to the bustling city life. I used to give something every time I walked [...]

Defiance

If you are out and about this past week, it will take a lot of resilience to not be carried away or affected by all the pink and red hearts, the flowers, the chocolate and candy in pretty pretty heart-shaped boxes wrapped in red ribbons tied into perfect little bows, the flowery typeface all over [...]

Ants

I have been thinking about ants a lot lately. Or rather, the absence of ants. It probably has a lot to do with all the holiday-related activities happening in this house: cookie baking, frosting, sprinkling, gingerbread house decorating. Every time when I see Mr. Monk walking around with a sugar cookie that he has added [...]

This is a post originally published last November. For some reason, ever since September, a lot of people have searched for "turkey" and landed on my post from last year, skewing my stat counts since I know all of them got the pictures of the turkey and left without even looking at my blog. Tis [...]

I sometimes wonder whether this whole brouhaha over "small things in life" is not a conspiracy started by people who did not have an exciting life to begin with. Oh... *Rubbing hands together* Let's make them believe that the small things in life are far more grand than the BIG things. This way they would not pity [...]

Hope springs eternal

Hope humbly then; with trembling pinions soar; Wait the great teacher Death, and God adore. What future bliss He gives not thee to know, But gives that hope to be thy blessing now. Hope springs eternal in the human breast: Man never is, but always to be, blest. The soul, uneasy and confin'd from home, [...]

... even more so now that Smart Phones are becoming ubiquitous. For the better... or for the worst? To a certain extent it has changed WHEN and WHERE we take pictures. The way we interpret the world. The way we caption the things we see. Now every snap shot that comes through my daily life [...]

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