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Deeper conversation

It’s her fault. I’ve had that Yuna song in my head the whole day.

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One by one, my friends who came back to celebrate Eid here is going off again. It started with Cocoy, who left last Saturday, then Sara on Wednesday. One went across the causeway and came back in the span of less than a day, due to a family emergency. A couple more are still here, but they will leave as well. *sigh*

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The drive home takes less than 10 minutes usually and today was no different, despite the rain. I found a radio station I’ve never heard before: BFM. It’s quite new apparently.

Another find was Black Crowes’ She Talks to Angels. The opening line from it really caught my attention and of course, some people have all the time in the world to interpret the meaning of the lyrics.

I used to be a troglodyte

Hehe. It was yesterday’s Word of the Day.



Call me Sir if you like! Maybe people in America think being a Sir is a big deal. But I think we should all be misters together. I think the Sir thing slightly perpetuates one of our diseases in England, which is snobbery. And it also helps keep us ‘quaint,’ which I’m not a great fan of. You don’t get much with the title anymore. That was all carved up by the robber barons in the Middle Ages.

Albert Finney, actor

Try telling that to the attention loving Datuks and Datins, who just don’t get that it’s not about the title or position, it’s about who YOU are as a person.

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I’ve been reading more than writing this past few weeks. The urge to write an “earth shattering masterpiece” is nowhere to be found that I’m simply enjoying the pleasure of other people’s products, imagining if I am able to emulate a fraction of their skill with the written word. Malas la tu! -Ed

How can you stand there with your broken heart

Kita ni public figures, Che Nor.” I laughed at first, then he explained. “I can’t be seen fooling around with someone like (her) and expects to be taken seriously when I write a commentary the next day.” Twisted logic? I don’t know. It kinda makes sense. RY concurred, when I mentioned it this morning at breakfast.

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This is a good entry.

1. Get a timer and set it for 15 minutes – use the one on your cell phone, a freestanding one ($10 at a general merchandise store in the kitchen section), or the one on your watch.
2. Go to a place with few distractions – consider a conference room, a coffee shop, the sofa in your home in a low activity room (only put on music with no words such as classical or zen music), and do not stay at your desk.
3. Open your notebook.
4. Start your timer.
5. Stare into space or close your eyes and see what pops into your mind.
6. Once a topic comes to mind, write it on your notebook and stop thinking about it. You’ve put it on your list so that you won’t forget the topic. You’ve put it on your list to clear you mind of that issue, thought, concern, action item ‘to do’, discussion, etc. Do not replay full discussions. If one comes up, write the topic and hit “pause” on your mental replay.
7. Hang in there for 15 minutes. Keep letting go of topics and wait for the next. Breathe easy. Stay still. For some of us that will be 15 minutes that feels like an hour. Others will fall asleep this time. Try not to do that next time. Some will have three things in the notebook for the session. Others will have 23 notes. The goal is to make room in your day and mind to let things come to mind that are squeezed out during the crazy busy distraction-filled time with family and co-workers.
8. When the alarm goes off, return to your routine. Take your notebook with you and integrate the most important idea with your plan for ‘what’s next’.
9. Repeat daily.

Check out the “why”. I think I’ll try it.

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Things are gonna get much better / If you only will – James Taylor

Wake up workout

1. Name one person who made you laugh last night.
Greg House

2. What were you doing at 0800?

3. What were you doing 30 minutes ago?
Thinking about breakfast

4. What happened to you in 2006?
Burned two fingers on my right hand

5. What was the last thing you said out loud?
I don’t remember.

6. How many beverages did you have today?
None, need to get up first

7. What color is your hairbrush?

8. What was the last thing you paid for?
Cab ride

9. Where were you last night?
At home

10. What color is your front door?

11. Where do you keep your change?
In my purse

12. What’s the weather like today?
at 1020: Hot

13. What’s the best ice-cream flavour?

14. What excites you?
A lot of things – new books, (certain) people, sports

15. Do you want to cut your hair?
Maybe in a month

16. Are you over the age of 25?

17. Do you talk a lot?
Depends on who I am with

18. Do you watch the O.C.?

19. Do you know anyone named Steven?

20. Do you make up your own words?
I guess

21. Are you a jealous person?
It depends

22. Name a friend whose name starts with the letter ‘A’.

23. Name a friend whose name starts with the letter ‘K’.

24. Who’s the first person on your received call list?

25. What does the last text message you received say?

26. Do you chew on your straw?

27. Do you have curly hair?

28. Where’s the next place you’re going to?
A place that serves breakfast

29. Who’s the rudest person in your life?
Where to start…

30. What was the last thing you ate?
Bihun goreng

31. Will you get married in the future?
No idea

32. What’s the best movie you’ve seen in the past 2 weeks?
Gladiator on Astro

33. Is there anyone you like right now?

34. When was the last time you did the dishes?
Last night, after dinner

35. Are you currently depressed?

36. Did you cry today?
No. It’s still early

37. Why did you answer and post this?
Got tagged by Coy, and waiting for body to be fully awake

38. Tag 5 people who would do this survey.
I’ll let this one pass