In the blink of an eye

forgive

In the blink of an eye,
everything can change.

You missed the chance
to do what you meant to do.

Often times we delay
a moment, a second, a minute too late.

What you assumed to be there
is gone so quickly.

Suddenly everything has changed
in the blink of an eye.

 

 

via Daily Prompt – Never too late

Achievement – Indulge and swim it off

Wow, what an achievement. The results speak for themselves.

Lovely presentation of food. I’ve got more than a photo to share.

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bali rice again
After all the indulgence, I can only call it achievement without feeling guilty after doing ten laps in the pool.

If you wish to learn how to get trim when you swim, click here.

sarawak club swimming pool

 

 

This week, show us a photo that says “achievement” to you: people meeting a long-worked-for goal. Something tangible you’ve created. A view from a journey you’ve completed, or the stating point of a journey not yet made or a project you hope to finish.

via Achievement.

Good Tidings

Ten years.  It only seemed like yesterday.

It was around 3pm at Starbucks.

The older lady sat deep in thoughts and sipped her coffee.

She was looking at the younger lady sitting across the table holding a cup of iced frappuccino.

The most challenging thing in life is to take that big step to do the things you want to do and make sure you do it.  Step out of the box and make things happen !

The most rewarding thing is to live life to the full.  Try out things (good things that is), at least once and you can tell yourself you had been there and done it.  Be adventurous !

And the most fun thing is to be able to smile to yourself with memories of you stepping on your long skirt and fell on the dance floor or your first ice skating experience.  Memories, sweet old memories that keeps you young forever.

Two teenage school girls came in.  “Excuse us, madam, can we share your table?”

Suddenly you came back to reality, saw the empty chair in front of you.  You realized you were alone sitting on one of the three comfortable arm chairs around a small round table.  The cafe was getting busy with after school traffic.

Where was this younger lady with her frappuccino?

frappuccino

 

 

 

Present-day you meets 10-years-ago you for coffee. Share with your younger self the most challenging thing, the most rewarding thing, and the most fun thing they have to look forward to.

via Good Tidings.

Writing 101: The Things We Treasure

The things we treasure.  Things, people, material, non-material, the list is endless.

Some things you treasure today may not be as precious tomorrow.  This is especially so for material items.  In most cases when you treasure a person, that treasure will be for life.  The love a parent has for her child remains forever.  Her child (or children) are her lifetime treasure.

Bolster - Image credit http://www.minime.com.my/

For material things, as far as I remembered, as a young child, my treasure was my bolster.  It gave me comfort holding on to it and hugging it to sleep. Bolster – Image credit http://www.minime.com.my/

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As I grew older, my treasures were my board games of scrabbles and monopoly.  Image credit http://www.ananseproductions.com/taking-apart-scrabble/

bluey

Finally this is my treasure. Bluey has been with me for the last fifteen years. He sleeps with me and travels with me.

My most-prized possession is a teddy bear named Bluey.  I used to travel quite a lot at the prime of my career, spending nights in hotels away from home.  I wanted something personal on my bed.  He is a bean bag teddy bear, brown but for some reason, I named him Bluey.  Whenever I travel, he comes with me.  For long haul flights, he is my pillow.  Often times I wondered if anyone would find it weird that this middle aged lady still carries her ‘toy’ with her but I just chose not to be bothered with what others think as long as I feel good, feel safe and feel at home.  My Bluey is my comfort.  He would still be in perfect condition if not for my dog who sometimes went silly and nibbled my poor Bluey.

The things we treasure has no price tag.  Our children, our treasure too has no price tag.  My treasure is not any diamond, gold or any precious gems.  It is something I hold dear in my heart, even old and worn.

 

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 What is your most-prized possession?

 

 

 

For our final assignment, tell the tale of your most-prized possession. If you’re up for a twist, go long — experiment with longform and push yourself to write more than usual.

via Writing 101: The Things We Treasure.

 

This may not be a second hand story but it is a story close to the writer’s heart who over the years have heard from family and friends with similar viewpoints.  The things we treasure is not necessarily diamond or gold.

via Daily Prompt : Second-hand stories