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Monthly Archives: April 2008

My brother’s friend

When I was much younger and still in secondary school, my brother’s friend, A, used to come over to our place after school, just to hang out and chill. Or sometimes he needed a place to be at because he had just played truant for his tuition classes. Bro and he were really tight, the […]

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A present for my father

My brother and I decided that since our father, my beloved Daddy, seldom bought anything for himself (and instead, spent heaps on us and just kept giving and giving and giving his all to us), we thought that we’d give him a little treat. Daddy has a stash of expensive old liquor dating back to […]

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Old things

I have a very old Dell laptop. Last night, just for the fun of it, I turned it on, and lo and behold, it worked. In fact, I realized that other than cosmetic breaks/flaws and the demise of the track pad, it works perfectly fine. It is also ancient (by IT standards), because I’ve had […]

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My books

I read a novel once, a book called “The Paper House”, about a man who was so passionate about his books that they consumed his life and filled every single available space in his apartment. Later, he built himself a house made entirely of his books by the beach-side. Over time, this man, who was once brilliant […]

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The PhD that never was

[I found this when I was cleaning up documents in my computer. I was invited to submit my research proposal outline to enrol in the PhD program at Monash University. So I prepared this first draft, sometime in December 2002 while I was in my first year of legal practice, but never sent it out. […]

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Love Letter

A love letter, written on 24 April 2000, from me to one ‘J’ [This is true, this is the actual letter that I sent him]. Dear J, This is an extremely difficult letter to write. First, because it deals with matters that require sensitivity on the reader’s part. Secondly, because I have already told this […]

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Looking-glass water

I awake to the sound of water. Trickling quietly, as if humming a melody of its own accord. Strangely, it is a melody I recognize, which I dig out from the far recesses of my memory, from the banks of my previous life. I think I have lived a number of years. But I do […]

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Sitting on the moon

Neat as a pin. She folded her hands tidily over her lap and started whistling a strange, haunting tune. The moon smiled as he watched her, how angelic she looked. “Come along, September, driving in October. Dreadful cloudy storms ahead, usher in November,” she sang. Her voice was melodic and pure. The stars beamed in […]

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GonnaBe

I spend a few minutes a day watching the E! Channel everyday. It’s fun and lighthearted. I suppose there is also a little part of me that is envious of the seemingly-wonderful life celebrities have. Imagine all that glitz and glamour, no worries like us normal people have. When I was younger, I wished I […]

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Pressure

She sat huddled on the sofa, hugging her knees to her chest, her hair falling into her face as she listened painfully to her father berating her. She squeezed her eyes shut, rocked her body back and forth and tried to think of her favourite song, to will his voice into fading away into the […]

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