Have a good weekend.

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February. feb-roo-er-ee. The month was gone before I could consider it, before I could even roll its syllables off my tongue once in its short twenty-eight days. Thinking back, it was a period of intense moments, and one that is filled with as much uncertainty as there is certainty. Hopefully everything will turn out okay in the end.

March, I am counting on you.

p.s. I cannot wait to give my mind a break and seek solace in my Alice Munro book. Have a good weekend, everyone.

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50 questions – 2/2

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(cont’d from here)

26. What’s something that amazes you?
That things I wouldn’t give a second look at in the past could interest me so much now.

27. Do you prefer that people shoot straight with you or temper their words? Why?
Shoot straight. I hate to second-guess people’s intentions.

28. Where’s your favourite place to take an out-of-town guest?
Long Beach for chilli crabs.

29. What’s one thing you’d rather pay someone to do than do yourself? Why?
Cooking my meals everyday. I still cannot come to terms with the fact that it takes so much time to prepare and cook a (Chinese) meal, and just 5 mins to devour all of it.

30. Do you have a catchphrase?
Seriously – in the short and curt way and the dragged-out way.

31. What’s your reaction towards people who are outspoken about their beliefs? What conditions cause you to dislike or, conversely, enjoy talking with them?
None, unless they insist I accept their POVs when I don’t.

32. How and where do you prefer to study?
Alone, in a quiet place with background music.

33. What position do you sleep in?
All sorts.

34. What’s your all-time favourite town or city? Why?
I’ll have to come back to you on this after I’ve traveled a bit more.

35. What are the top three qualities that draw you to someone new?
Smile, approachability, common interest(s).

36. How has your birth order/characteristics of siblings affected you?
Not much, apart from having a tacit sense of responsibility as an older sibling.

37. If you could eliminate one weakness or limitation in your life, what would it be?
Fear of public speaking I think.

38. If you could restore one broken relationship, which would it be?
None. Broken relationships worth saving have been saved.

39. If you had to change your first name, what would you change it to?
I have never thought of it, but perhaps Avery. It has a nice ring to it.

40. Do you believe ignorance is bliss? Why or why not?
Yes. Too many people know too little but think they know a lot.

41. What do you consider unforgivable?
Having a lack of conscience and remorse.

42. Have you forgiven yourself for past personal failures? Why or why not?
Yes, I just stop thinking about it and move on, because harping over it is not going to do me any good.

43. How difficult is it for you to forgive someone who refuses to apologize?
Very, unfortunately.

44.Do you hold any convictions that you would be willing to die for?
This sounds way too serious.

45. To what extent do you trust people? Explain.
It could take a whole night of discussion if we were to talk about the issue of Trust.

46. In what area of your life are you immature?
In the area of very close friendships.

47. What was the best news you ever received?
I’m afraid no piece of news delivered to me thus far has made me hysterically happy.

48. How difficult is it for you to be honest, even when your words may be hurtful or unpopular?
It depends on whether I have to do it face-to-face or not.

49. When did you immediately click with someone you just met? Why? Conversely, are you close with anyone now that you really disliked at first?
A few years back. Because she is extremely warm and friendly (and loud), compensating my lack in both departments, and we share many things in common.

No.

50. When do you find yourself singing?
In the bath, at home when no one is around, in the rain. And whenever I am happy.

Back at home

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2 weeks in Taipei later, I am home, feeling more at peace with myself than ever. I am looking forward to all the small things that will fill up my calendar for the rest of the year. And right now, I am happy just to be at my desk sorting out the new set of photos taken in Taipei. Such is the simple joy of life.

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Rainbow coloured blocks

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My weekend walk brought me to Rochor Centre on this day. These four old blocks of flats and shops are hard to miss, given their brightly coloured coat of paint, and have become a reassuring sight in this part of town. A pity they would be giving way to development soon, like too many other things in this city.

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[Penang] Cozy in the Rocket cafe

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Cozy in a Rocket is a cafe along Armenian Street where we sought refuge from the sun after chasing the street art of Georgetown. It is decorated with so many quirky and vintage furniture that I would be hard-pressed to name my favourite piece.

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