This Year Was…


Musings, Reflections on 2016

Nine more days to go before this year draws to a close. Over the years, I have tried to spend New Year’s Eve in a new place. I have watched fireworks in Kuala Lumpur and Kathmandu. I have seen the night sky draped with stars in Jordan’s Wadi Rum. I have watched Hong Kong put […]

December 22, 2016

Five Years Ago


Musings, Reflections on 2016

Today is the 17th of December. Five years ago, I muse. That would be the year 2011. Where was I in 2011? I turn the aching creaks of my memory’s already vanishing wheel. That was the year I left another very comfortable job to take a semester learning Mandarin in Chengdu, China. It was to […]

December 17, 2016

On The Ground


Musings, Reflections on 2016

I looked at the prompt. Then, I pushed myself off my chair and lay down on the ground. The floor was cool under my T-shirt, and I could feel the coolness settle in on the bare skin of my legs. The ceiling fan stood motionless. The incandescent light blinked at me steadily, its white light […]

December 8, 2016

Five Things About Me


Musings, Reflections on 2016

Talking about myself has always been one of the hardest things for me. I love listening to people instead. Through them, I get to understand so much more about myself. My struggles to talk about myself also come from decades of battling shyness and low self-esteem. “Why would anyone really be interested in knowing about […]

December 7, 2016

Fave Book Of 2016


Musings, Reflections on 2016

After the Fave Photo of 2016, this next prompt made me grimace. I hate getting into the best of the best lists. Especially, when it comes to books. I read more books this year than the last, almost 52 books at the time of writing this post. Considering that most of this year I spent […]

December 5, 2016

Circles


Musings, Reflections on 2016

I thought about this “ponder-prompt” for the DecemberReflections2016. What can I possibly reflect about circles, I thought. I didn’t have to ponder long enough because the answer was already there. Last year, at this time, I was back from a trip to the Philippines. I was about to take the risky decision of leaving a […]

December 4, 2016

Fave Photo of 2016


Musings, Reflections on 2016

I have traveled to many places over the years with my closest traveling companion, Birdy. Together, we have fought, smiled, laughed our way through narrow streets, wide highways, soaring passes, and plunging crevasses. On each and every journey, I would also have a third companion: Birdy’s camera. Her first camera was called Bozo. I don’t […]

December 3, 2016

Light


Musings, Reflections on 2016, Relationships

  “The wound is the place where the light enters you.” – Rumi Light is electromagnetic radiation, says Wikipedia. The light that can be detected by the human eye. I looked at the synonyms of light: luminosity, illumination, radiance, luster, glow, luminescence. Such powerful words. When I thought of this word, light, in the light […]

December 2, 2016

On The Table


Musings, Reflections on 2016

This is the last month of this year. A year that I would struggle to put into words. A year that is testing me, having fun with me and taking me on different journeys. When my wonderful friend, Dorothee, posted on her Facebook status about a month of December reflections, I thought to myself, why […]

December 1, 2016

Finding An Ant: A Metaphor For Life


Musings

As a child, I was fascinated by an ant. I used to be a bit of an introvert, then. I don’t think I have changed much from then, but I have grown to love people, despite my shyness. That time, though, as a child I had a vacant yard next to my house. No one […]

November 25, 2016