22nd March 2015, 0318am
Singapore’s founding father Lee Kuan Yew passed away today at 91 years of age. He was a remarkable statesman, a visionary that lead a group of respectable group of men in transforming Singapore from a decrepit ‘kampong’ to the first world nation that it is today.
I remembered that he made this speech once, “I cannot say I planned my life. That is why I feel life is a great adventure, exciting, unpredictable and at times exhilarating … To make life worthwhile, never lose that joie de vivre.At the end of the day what I cherish most are human relationships. With the unfailing support of my wife and partner I have lived my life to the fullest. It is the friendships I made and the close family ties I nurtured that have provided me with that sense of satisfaction of a life well lived, and have made me what I am.”
He changed the lives for me and my people, but he was first and foremost a husband, a father and a grandfather. My condolences to his family in this time of grief.
A great man is seldom one without controversy but an admirable one is one believes and fulfills his dreams and vision at the expense of his personal life. He made great sacrifices for this country and today we have lost a great man, without whom we possibly might not have such a safe and comfortable life.
Was lying in bed looking at JCrew.com on my Iphone and the husband peers into my screen and remarks.
Him: Why do all the models look so angry and sullen?
Him: Oh, I think its because they really want to eat a hamburger but cannot.
Its 11.11pm on a Monday night as I begun typing this post.
The house is awfully quiet. Kris is not talking on the phone, pounding on the computer or watching mindless TV. He’s a sick puppy, recovering from a cold. I think it’s from too much working. Between meds and food, I literally forced him to sleep, sleep and sleep. While I appreciate how hard he’s working for the family, its a personal belief that there needs to be balance in life. You need to rest well, eat well and exercise regularly to perform at your personal best. So the silver lining to his cold, is that he is FORCED to rest.
I like taking care of him. When he’s sick, he’s no longer the booming deep voiced CEO with a zillion tasks, he’s my adorable little patient that I fuss/potter with great love!
Get well soon hubbabot! I love you.
I do like the silence tho, I dislike the sound of TV. Its so much easier to read and think when there is silence. That’s why I like late nights and early mornings the most, I feel like my mind is cleansed and refreshed from the silence.
Maybe its time to move to Alaska, or maybe not. I don’t think I can go any more North of NYC, too cold during winters.
Spring, please come with a vengeance already!
School has been fun. Life has been good.
I foresee more activities in the coming months!
T texted me the other day to arrange for a SKYPE date. She’s a big sweetie pie, I meet her in NIE 7+ years ago when we were both teacher trainees. We had the same crazy humor, laughed about silly things and became firm friends even after we left to teach in opposite ends of Singapore.
I moved to NYC a while back but she never fails to remember to arrange for a SKYPE date when the school holiday rolls around, much like when in Singapore when we would arrange for tea/lunch during holidays. She’s crazy busy with school, various family commitments and her german classes but I know I still hold a special place in her heart, which I am immensely grateful for. She went to Germany and even bought me a souvenir and air mailed it all the way to NYC, I suspect that it was due to all those long conversations about visiting Germany together some 7+ years ago. Good memories. I miss her.
I appreciate people like that, people who actually mean something to you in your life, no matter how far you’re physically apart. I must remember to take more time to treasure this connection.
Life has indeed changed to much. I wish for happiness and contentment for my friends.
Was having a semi serious conversation with the husband that went along these lines.
Him: Care less about what others think. You don’t have to justify your actions to anyone, the most important thing is to be happy doing what you want in life.
Me: *ponders* That’s true, does that mean I need to care less about what you want?
Him: Nope! Except me, you should definitely care about what I think.
That’s my new random goal of 2015. I need to care a little less about what others think and do the things that I find pleasurable with my life. I refuse to be apologetic for being lucky/privileged!
I’m sitting beside the window of my apartment watching the sunset and attempting to write a research proposal and the hubby is at the sofa working. Life has been really good to us. I wouldn’t wish for it to be another way.
Happy Saturday everyone! I need to go bang out some lines before meeting some friends for dinner!
Make everyday count! Before you know it, you’ll be old and wishing you followed your heart instead of letting familial/societal norms dictate what you should do with your life!