26 February 2007

"Rising above rainy days and mondays" so goes the title of a counselling workshop they had in college. I briefly contemplated going but then, when I am someone who loves rainy days with a passion (I want to move to London or Seattle for the rain), and the only Mondays I know are HAPPY or Cheap, it probably doesn't make sense to want to rise above them.

I'm happy mucking around on rainy mondays.

12:00 AM;

24 February 2007

Sumire wanted to be like a character in a Kerouac novel - wild, cool, dissolute. She'd stand around, hands shoved deep into her coat pockets, her hair an uncombed mess, staring vacantly at the sky through her black plastic-frame Dizzy Gillespie glasses, which she wore despite her twenty-twenty vision. She was invariably decked out in an oversize herringbone coat from a secondhand store and a pair of rough work boots. If she'd been able to grow a beard, i'm sure she would have.
- Sputnik Sweetheart, Haruki Murakami

12:54 AM;

23 February 2007

Was scrolling through my player and randomly adding songs to create a playlist, and upon listening, realise it's really brilliant!
Maybe it's coz all the songs are in the same vein, so the flow is real good.
Try it, do the dirty deed (read: download), go youtube or something, just go listen to all these songs, in this order!


The Calm Before The Storm
/ Brown Recluse Sings
Coney Island / Kite Flying Society
I'm in the Middle of a Riddle / Anton Karas, Kay Armen
Without A Diamond Ring / Page France
At & T / Pavement
Oh Sweet Woods / The Fiery Furnaces
Whole Wide World / The Mountain Goats
She Was A Girl, She Was In Love / Matt Baldwin
Through A Hole / Whispertown2000
Moving To L.A. / Art Brut
Falling Asleep In The Snow / Auto Escape
Like It Was Yesterday / Saints + Lovers
In My Head / The Ballet
The Girl From Back Then / Kings Of Convenience

10:38 PM;

19 February 2007

Happy Chinese New Year everyone! The familiar routine of going to my grandma's started off the first day...

As always, any long car ride entails me playing muse to my darling sis.

Then there's all my beloved cousins and aunties and uncles to catch up with.

Plus a walk to the park nearby...

where the ponds were so beautiful as were all that lush greenery.

And Cheryl the kung fu kid demonstrated some of her most kick-ass moves.

2:33 AM;

17 February 2007

I'm absolutely loving this poem.
It has got me reading and re-reading it for days, and poring through it line by line. But most of all, it broke my heart with the quiet simplicity in which it states the stark truth about unrequited love.

the girl who could love you
(6 spam fantasies)


You already know her, have known, will know her. She’s been waiting all her life, or for as long as it’s realistic to wait, if waiting is what one does, until eventually she settles into someone of whom she is mostly fond, someone kindly and to her eyes secretly dull, who knows neither the key to her secrets nor what to do with them. She is content not to be alone, and to be cared for dutifully, might even come to call it, loosely, love. You might think nothing of her, browsing through your database of faces. You might screw up, let yourself go, even almost hit her once and she’d forgive you, no questions asked, she would have loved you that much. You could spill the milk, forget the detergent, drink as much beer as you want, see other people, stay up late watching movies: there is nothing she could not overlook save your absence, replete as she is with the simple fact of you. Such ease with which you make her preternaturally happy, a carelessly tender word, the accidental brush of your fingers, a distracted smile between the shower and the morning papers. There is nothing you would need to understand, no lock you need to pick with care and patience, nothing to be said or unsaid. It would have been perfect. If only she were someone you could bring yourself to love.

By Alvin Pang

QLRS Vol. 2 No. 4 Jul 2003

[I've only listed part VI of the entire poem because it's my favorite. For the poem in its entirety, please visit this page.]

12:58 AM;

13 February 2007

Strangely Coupled

The earth falling away, and already
I am falling into the past, as the plane
climbs, and all New York shrinks
through the diminishing glass of departure.

Now the take-off into the zone of not-being.

Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bridge between
sinking, the streets like drowning songs
floating toward some foreign country
to haunt the unborn dreams. The peculiar
smells and sounds of each name will appear
like hieroglyphs of smashed meaning
upon landing someday.

Helena, what we found there, in the senseless
ramble through the streets of insomniacs,
our thoughts groping like blind hands to connect,
to find a touch to remember our lives by.

will perhaps come back, when we forget
to remember, or remember to forget, when
lost in another place and time, we dare
say we are lost, and lay our losses
under a particular tree, pick a particular stone
and let the fingers recollect as they trace
the lines in the earth's hands, the routes
down which the dead travel. Or writing
another poem, we begin listening to one
we wrote ensemble, the voice between our faded
voices like a hand on the shoulder, saying
"We were and still are one."

Somewhere along the post-bohemian walks
through Soho and Greenwich, our bones knew the need
to take the long voyage out to come back
to what we love, knew what we want arrives
always too late, like the good news at the close
of Hamlet and Lear, that we would never find
the simple words of the ordinary man and woman
in love. In another age, before our hands lost
their innocence, became ghosts, we might have loved
better, or found easier words that accomplish more.

Instead, over long and strong coffees
on Bleecker Street, we looked as one at others, pained
voyeurs happy in the lives of others, blowing blue
riffs of smoke-talk, small talk, comparing lifelines,
the distances between, improvising around
the eternal melody of loneliness.

Then the ride back to the hotel. Strangely
coupled, our souls in momentary harmony,
we could have touched each other to silence
if the right note had found us. After the laugh
at how the day went, how we keep practising
the art of losing, the flick on of darkness
and the solo improvisations in separate beds.

But now enforced detachment, the print
of your voice, the strange, sad light in your eyes,
the glow of your mirth in dim bars
are fading out, and I feel like one
going into a labyrinth, as the plane wings above
the storm clouds into the rarefied blue, dazzled
by too much reality, too much light effacing
the short, strange life of our being together.

I hear a Finnish voice singing "In the old song
we are on the way to each other." The tune
trails off into the blue, and no one
will teach us again the words that touch,
and fold our hands together in one bed.

[From the book After The Fire by Singaporean poet, Boey Kim Cheng.]

[Bolding of select phrases mine]

3:56 PM;

09 February 2007

One sunny Monday,
we slept till noon, and had ice-cream for lunch. Pear sake and pineapple tart flavor.
The bus took us past our stop and somewhere in the middle of Katong.
We walked through blocks and blocks of flats,
and ended up in East Coast Park.
So we went cycling!

Pit stop #54: where we tickled some ah-cheks with our high-action shoots

and did some gazing out to sea

but mostly, we just talked

and waited for a fish to bite

and then we cam-whored some more

Now, wasn't that a day as good as any?

11:43 PM;

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I lean my head slowly to the side, reflect on the camellia on the moss of the temple, reflect on a cup of tea, while outside the wind is rustling the foliage, the forward rush of life is crystallised in a brilliant jewel of a moment that knows neither plans nor future, human destiny is rescued from the pale succession of days, glows with light at last and, surpassing time, warms my tranquil heart.

- The Elegance of the Hedgehog,
Muriel Barbery


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