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In bits & pieces on November 8, 2011 by carinasuyin

“One cannot be deeply responsive to the world
without being saddened very often.”
Erich Fromm

The tissue packet lady who stands at the steps outside the church every day, swollen legs and back hunched over, rain or shine; the one with the life-giving smile that makes you wave and return a smile.

The disabled guy with a cheerful grin who sells lottery tickets outside the shopping mall on the weekends and the man who patiently feeds him a packet of mixed rice during lunch.

The blind singer musician who lifts my heart each time he sings a hymnn that echoes in the underpass tunnel, whose gravity of presence is a comforting constant among the unending change of people going to and fro.

The jolly old man who takes a bus faithfully every weekend to join his street busker friend as they entertain the dispersing church crowd with their off-key and comical renditions of worship songs, the one who makes you grin when you catch him nodding off or waving his cane excitedly at a friendly passerby.



T-19 days *sweat*

In bits & pieces on August 29, 2011 by carinasuyin

Hydrate hydrate hydrate. OK. Do something about flabby arms. GUILTY. Get enough daily sleep. Don’t stay up late. FAIL. Stop eating albumin and its bovine relatives. EPIC FAIL. Think happy thoughts. Really?

A cardiology-neurology crash course in seven weeks, a written test next week, an oral presentation cum certification at the end of the month, training modules to polish in a 5 days and a flurry of activities both at work and at home that are only just beginning as I count down the remaining sembilan belas hari…

It’s 4:30 am, my mind won’t rest and Mercy is nowhere in sight.
Egads, suddenly this whole undertaking of starting a new job and project managing a wedding feels REALLY daunting.


we are golden

In bits & pieces on June 8, 2011 by carinasuyin

We were in the cab rushing to the printer’s to check the samples and label the packages. I can’t remember what I was talking to Carmen about but somewhere in that moment along Devonshire Road, when my eyes caught the falling leaves framed by beautiful trees through the windscreen… I took a deep breath and knew right there and then, that I’m home.

I don’t know why it took me so long to take myself out of the equation but I know I’m so much happier. In that simple moment, I know all is good.


bunny greetings

In bits & pieces on February 5, 2011 by carinasuyin

Till we have a pet, Mafia Mus has to stand in as the festive happy bunny!!
新年快乐, 年年有余, 身体健康, 阖家欢乐, 工作顺利!


barley and popcorns

In bits & pieces on January 2, 2011 by carinasuyin

waxflower mirth



In bits & pieces on November 17, 2010 by carinasuyin

Phat-E in my favourite corner at home


apa di atas part II

In bits & pieces on November 11, 2010 by carinasuyin

Books read: When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris, Jamie’s Ministry of Food by Jamie Oliver, The Nasty Bits by Anthony Bourdain, Norwegian Wood, Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, South of the Border, West of the Sun, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running & Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Haruki Murakami, The Open Road & The Lady & The Monk by Pico Iyer, Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert, & Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse.

Books to finish: The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac, The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, Man and Boy by Tony Parsons,Three Years in Tibet by Ekai Kawaguchi, Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman, A History of God by Karen Armstrong, & Video Nights in Kathmandu and other reports from the not-so-far east by Pico Iyer.

Books in the reading queue: Nocturnes by Kazuo Ishiguro, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norell by Susanna Clarke, A Million Little Pieces by James Frey, Cloud Atlas & number9dream by David Mitchell, Made in America by Bill Bryson, The End of Poverty by Jeffrey Sachs, No Logo by Naomi Klein, Wikinomics by Don Tapscott & Anthony D. Williams, The Life of Pi & The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios by Yann Martel, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera, Hot, Flat and Crowded by Thomas L. Friedman, The Case for God by Karen Armstrong, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon, Rumo and His Miraculous Adventures by Walther Moers, & McCarthy’s Bar by Pete McCarthy.

John suggested a reading marathon on one of these weekends to catch up on the books yet unfinished or unread. We need to finish at least half before the next trip to Kathmandu brings back another backpack-ful of titles. Blissful and missed are the days of doing nothing but sleep, eat and read accompanied by rain showers along the Phewa Tal in Pokhara. I digress, egads… there are four poor books that have been collecting dust since 2007! More to record on recent baking (sans oven) and cooking experiments, music albums on rotation and movies watched, but alas, sleep beckons for tonight…

*Read apa di atas