December 9, 2013 mum
I was thinking about her last night because it’s about this time of the season that she would request the Christmas decorations be put up. Part of what I was thinking about was that in my early life it was something she did for my sake… and for the latter part of her life the tables were turned and it was something I did for her.
For those of you who didn’t know her, Mum could best be described as a dainty soul who always believed in proper manners, hospitality and courtesy. So, some of what follows below were definite eyebrow raisers.
ON SINGAPORE:Read More
Mum had a love/hate relationship with Singapore… and there’s family on both sides of the causeway. When provoked she would say, “You know what Singapore is? Malaysia’s balls… just look at the map.” There was also this gem. “Without water fr...
December 9, 2013 bits and pieces
… of not blogging. Miss me? No, don’t answer that. Why should I nudge you to lie, eh?
It’s been a bit of a busy time. Not wall to wall busy… but stuff has been getting done… especially around the homestead. For instance, last week a second zone of sprinklers and lines were installed. All accomplished in a mere 2 days. The first zone we tackled took 5. Impressed yet? Yeah, I didn’t think so either. Still it got done and that’s one more off ye olde check list. I after-glowed in the accomplishment for at least 2 days.
Then, last week… a purchase I made about 3 months ago stopped working. Yeah, I’m tending to that.
Apart from that there has been growth… both internal and external as to my current ambitions. Things are not going as fast as I want them to...Read More
November 20, 2013 bits and pieces
No. I’m not talking about the weather. It’s work. I’m thankful for it but dang there are times it comes all at once.
This week is the perfect illustration. Shooting and editing a show plus a promotional piece. It may all seem like the same thing (just because they both involve video) but it’s not. True… each project requires creativity… but it’s two different kinds of creativity. Yes, the creativity pie has many slices.
There used to be a time when I prided myself on being a master of multi-tasking. Those days are no more. Ah those were heady giddy times. Do I miss them? No. I enjoyed that time while I lived through it as I do what I’m living now. (Yeah, I’m one of those.)
So, do I switch off between the two? Nope. I’ll take them on in the order they came in...Read More
November 14, 2013 bits and pieces
Really, I have.
Oft used phrase, eh? We all use it, don’t we? Probably more often than we like. Because we use it more than actually getting to it we are faced with a mountain of tasks that we more often walk away from because it overwhelms and intimidates. Ah, the self-conundrums we create.
Yeah, I have a “to-do” list longer than the Nile. Although over the last 2 months I’ve been surely chipping away at. All this in an attempt to replace each nagging “I’ve been meaning to…” with a simple and affirmative, simple and elegant “done”.
For instance, this morning I’m organizing data. To that end I have 3 external hard-drives hooked up and whirring away as I consolidate files of various sorts. Are you brimming with excitement yet? Yeah, neither am I...Read More
November 13, 2013 Picture Daze
… that I (finally) moved from the camera to my hard-drive. These are a choice few.Read More
November 8, 2013 Da Count
Just for the record I live mostly in the former. I guess the fact that I’m Mr. Frugal speaks to that. Though I have been known to occupy the latter on the odd occasion.
So, what dictates the choice to go one way or the other? Circumstance mostly. (You can read that as budget if you so desire.) It is a decision I arrived upon when I chose my vocation in the arts.
The “only when needed” stance has served me well. I have blogged in the past how limitations do actually begat creativity. I still stand by that.
And when do I actually go “whole hog” on something? Mostly in the creative realm of my life. (This is by no way relegated to writing, creating theatre, etc… but also encompass cooking, friendship, love… just to name a few...Read More
November 1, 2013 bits and pieces
I grew up celebrating Deepavali… as I did Chinese New Year, Eid al-Fitr, Christmas… any and all festivals in fact that are celebrated in Malaysia. (Click each link for their origins, info, etc…) Yes, it was a rich cultural upbringing.
Growing up I considered Deepavali simply as the Indian New Year. Of course there is much more to it dependent on which religious sect from the Indian sub-continent one subscribes to. The friends I grew up with were mostly Tamil and their prayers went to honor the Lords Krishna & Ganesha. But it is acknowledged by all as The Festival Of Light.
As a boy (and later as a young adult) it was about the food. Then again, every festival in Malaysia (to the other believers) is about the food...Read More