The Guide to Blind Gift-Giving

So it’s Christmas, and bless the season, we’re all out of ideas. Especially when it comes to blind gift-giving. How do you buy gifts if you don’t know who you’re buying it for? Still, don’t settle for stock options like vouchers or gift sets. Make it unique!

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While the list is not exhaustive, I thought that at least it gives you a place to start looking. 🙂 Happy shopping!

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96 | Healing

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Briny sea breeze. Chilly winds whipping up your hair. Gentle sound of waves lapping.

More often than not, healing has, for me, come from ocean views and warm sunlight. Truly, I am a sun, sand, sea kind of girl.

Fourth cruise with Royal Caribbean on Mariner of the Seas this Christmas. I think it’s going to take some adjusting to get used to normal life. Especially after you’ve been allowed to sleep until you wake up naturally, wake up to a sumptuous breakfast, settling back in bed for an afternoon siesta, waking up to exercise while enjoying the endless deep blue, then adjourning for a gourmet dinner. This is my idea of a holiday, where I can just kick my legs up and relax. The crowd was madness, though, and I wish we’d gone at off-peak. I shall settle for a smaller ship like one from Royal Caribbean’s Vision fleet – Legends, maybe, since it’s been refurnished – and just enjoy some much needed solitary time.

It’s been a great respite from the madding crowd, nonetheless.

15 | 追

After two sessions of Kbox in one week and countless new songs being introduced to me, I just began to clear out my iPod and noticed that one song had been in my favourites list for an extraordinarily long period of time. It’s been in my iPod so long that it could probably be considered sacred already. Yep, it’s so sacred that I wouldn’t like anyone to even sing it to me for fear of it destroying the sanctity of this song.. and I’m not joking.

Yep, it’s a Canto oldie, Chase by Leslie Cheung.

这一生也在进取
这分钟却挂念谁
我会说是唯独你不可失去
好风光似幻似虚
说明人生乐趣
我会说为情为爱仍然是对
谁比你重要
成功了败了也完全无重要
谁比你重要
狂风与暴雨都因你燃烧
一追再追
只想追赶生命里一分一秒
原来多么可笑
你是真正目标
一追再追
追踪一些生活最基本需要
原来早不缺少啊
有了你即使平凡却最重要
好光阴纵没太多
一分钟那又如何
会与你共同渡过都不枉过
疯恋多错误更多
如能从新做过
我会说愿能为你提前做错
谁比你重要
成功了败了也完全无重要
谁比你重要
狂风与暴雨都因你燃烧
一追再追
只想追赶生命里一分一秒
原来多么可笑你是真正目标
一追再追
追踪一些生活最基本需要
原来早不缺少啊
有了你即使平凡却最重要
一追再追
只想追赶生命里一分一秒
原来多么可笑你是真正目标
一追再追
追踪一些生活最基本需要
原来早不缺少啊
只得你会叫我仿佛
人群里最重要
有了你即使沉睡了
也在笑

This song just strikes me as really, really special.

It’s hard to articulate just why or when I fell in love with this, but one thing I know for sure: this song keeps me grounded.

No matter how tough the going is, whether I succeed or fail, whether I’m in love, or I’m grappling with sudden bouts of loneliness, whether I’m dealing with changes within myself, or struggling to adapt, this song is transcendent. It serves to remind me that people are most important. That nothing should replace the relationships I have in my life, be it my friends, my family, or even acquaintances. All these people came into my life and left a part of themselves behind, regardless of whether it’s their name or a piece of their heart, it’s all imprinted on my journey thus far. Every speck of another person changes my path a little, and bit by bit they push me gradually onto the right path. 🙂

No amount of love is too big to give, no amount of time is too long or too hefty, no amount of money is too pricey to spend on the people you love. The relationship itself is worth so much more than what even all of materialism could encompass. There is really just no comparison.

I had good reason to ponder this song today while writing my Christmas cards. It suddenly dawned on me how close the end of 2012 is and how much I’ve given, I’ve taken, I’ve learnt, I’ve grown, I’ve left behind. And also how much my friends have given me. My parents as well. I actually cried while writing the most heartfelt cards, the ones to my closest friends. Not to say the rest are less sincere, but theirs evoked many many emotions in me. The heartaches that we went through, the stress of exams, and the joy of love all hitting us at once, sometimes felt like too much for us to bear but we gritted our teeth and bore it out together. Even if we ended up battered and bruised, we’re still alive. And that alone, my friends, is a legend, knowing that in whatever journey we walked we left a piece of ourselves behind as well.

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This Christmas, let’s think about who we really hold close to our hearts, and show them love. What’s the point of keeping it hidden all in and assuming that the other party knows you care? Show them, and tell them yes you do for sure. It takes a bit of courage, but there’s really no better present than seeing your loved ones happy.

有了你即使沉睡了 也在.. 笑 ❤