cha cha cha

That was a private joke my Dad and I shared. I think I was ten or so when it first emerged. Like most private jokes, it didn’t make much sense to anyone else but us. It happened at mass one nondescript Sunday when he caught me smiling in  the middle of a call and response section between the priest and the congregation. Then, during a sung prayer I was struggling to restrain the guffaws that …

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we shared a birthday

In fact, I’m pretty sure this picture by Cynthia Cooper was taken when we were out celebrating several years ago. We met in college. Both of us ensconced in the theatre department where we did shows together. We even shared the stage at the Kennedy Center of Performing Arts in Washington DC for ACTF in a production of “The Taming of the Shrew” – he played “Petruchio” and I “Gremio”. Over the years we would …

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and then we say, “but… “

Over the last few years I have become acutely aware that my generation has reached the stage when we are not only burying our parents but also each other. This is neither good nor bad… it just is. Death is a fact of life. The older we get, the more prevalent the occurrence. The younger years of immortality delusion has faded. Replaced soberly by the knowledge that any meet up with a member of my …

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buying to use… and don’t

So, you’re rummaging through piles to find that one thing you’re sure you have. Along the way you run across at least three things you forgot you had. Fact is, those three items are still encased in their original packaging… along with the original sales slip… from (insert number here) years ago. You think to yourself, “Oh yeah… I got that at (insert store/location here) when I wanted to (insert flimsy reason here.)” You set …

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the curry alchemist

My grandmother and my 8 year old self walked through the bustling Pudu (wet) Market one morning. By any measure, this place was and will always be an assault on the senses. The hustle and bustle, the noise, the smells incoming from all directions. This was a “Granny visit” spanning 4 days. This also meant that I got to accompany her on shopping adventures… and today the destination was this market only a short bus …

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taste fix

The durian, rambutan and jackfruit (pictured in order above) re-entered my life last week… and happily so. They were acquired on a foray to check out the new Asia Supermarket that recently opened nearby. “Lucky me!”, I thought to myself as I plonked them into my shopping basket, barely containing my glee at the acquisition. Here were fruits that I grew up devouring back in Malaysia. Unusual fruits to the western palate, to say the …

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“somewhere there’s music…

… how faint the tune… somewhere there’s heaven… how high the moon” How High The Moon is one of those songs that plays off and on in my head over time. Usually when I’m trying to work things out for myself. Not always, but often, I can be found humming it on my morning walks. Sometimes it is a frenetic “jump” arrangement and at other times something more “ballady”… depending on what I’m trying to …

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bloggiversary eleven

Eleven years… eleven years, I tell ya! Yep, that’s how long I’ve had a presence on the interwebs… at least via this blog. You may ask (and why shouldn’t you?) if some kind of commemoration will be exploding forth… some sort of celebratory mayhem involving food, drink, explosives and a naked parade, perhaps? Not likely. Sorry. This day will come and go like many others before… as it should. About the only thing commemorating this …

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