Round Peg in a Square Hole

Some times, when I feel a bit off colour, many things go through my mind. Still, I guess it is natural for one to feel the pressure, especially on a low, not a high. I’m quite a solitary animal and tend to move independently, and as I wish. Yet, the pressure comes from the feeling that there are expectations to meet. All of us are certainly aware of expectations we have to live up to daily. As my readers, you probably have your own expectations of this blog too. Continue reading “Round Peg in a Square Hole”

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Gone dot Com – My Own Domain

Hello dear Readers,

I decided to acquire a ‘home’ of my own. Well, will give it a try for a year. My friend Anil tells me I’m now a pro-blogger. Ahem…feel a bit …er…not so sure of that. Blogging is addictive. Anyway, the proof of the pudding is in the eating, isn’t it? So, we’ll see, or you’ll see if I live up to it. Continue reading “Gone dot Com – My Own Domain”

Our Cake of a Family

When we were little my aunt took us i.e. my brother, sisters and cousins to the Chinese Swimming Club pool in Penang. There were about 10 children and one adult. My aunt who was a teacher and quite active in sports could swim and had also learnt to life-save. Arriving at the entrance to the swimming club pool, she was fumbling in her handbag for her purse to pay the required fee to the fee collector sitting at a small table at the entrance. The man looked at her, then curiously, at all of us. Continue reading “Our Cake of a Family”

Riding in a Cattle Truck

The reason I’ve been quiet over the weekend is that I had to go on a long journey down south. Finding no time to get an express bus ticket from my usual, more reliable express coach service, I got to the bus terminus in Sungai Nibong, Penang and was cormered by a ‘tout’. Continue reading “Riding in a Cattle Truck”

Becoming Invisible as Age Catches Up

When we were young, becoming elderly never crossed our minds. We continue to enjoy life, including the down periods, thinking we’ll always be able to be in good health and carry on in comfort. If we ever thought of becoming old, it is usually in terms of personal financial security, pensions, and medical insurance. That is important to our future, and everybody wants to arrive at old age thinking, ” I’ve lived life and now deserve a good break to take it easy and do what I please.” If that’s the case, we’re fine individually, and imagine that we’ll live without a care in the world. Continue reading “Becoming Invisible as Age Catches Up”

Only in My Home Country

Penang, my home town, is dotted with eateries called “coffee shops” or in local lingo “kopitiam”. These are places patronized by a spectrum of humanity from all walks of life. Here, the food is cheap, mostly good with a variety flavours. One can dine in the open air of a sidewalk or within the premises, at folding or marble topped tables, which usage is lessening as the higher end ‘kopitiam’ and food court establishments use such furniture to create an ambience of days-gone-by. Continue reading “Only in My Home Country”