Below or under

What immediately come into your mind if you were asked to ponder on what topic to write or talk about with the world BELOW.

With me as someone who promoted the HBO TV Series working in that line (though I didn’t follow it then and still haven’t watched it now) BELOW just made me think immediately of ‘6 feet under’.

Funnily enough, the series was titled ‘6 feet UNDER‘ and not BELOW. Either way, they mean the same thing to me. I probably thought of this immediately as I went through the most terrible and saddest year ever 2019 losing three loved ones from Dec 2018 to Oct 2019.  One good thing about it is they are no longer suffering but are angels in heaven (I want to believe that).

In happier times, I would probably be writing about 42 below.

If you’re from New Zealand, you will know and if not, that’s really pure vodka from New Zealand.

If you had been good during lockdown, do enjoy a sip of 42BELOW.

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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?





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.

In Transit : Lost and found – Forget me not

This is a story of a woman who was lost and found. Roamed the streets, brought to the local police station and eventually returned to her home.

via In Transit
Train stations, airport terminals, subway stops: soulless spaces full of distracted, stressed zombies, or magical sets for fleeting, interlocking human stories?


There were two of us at the front office counter that morning.  Most of the officers had go out on their patrol duties.

My colleague was on the phone with the owner updating the status of a stolen car.  All incoming calls went into the 111 call centre and our job was mostly follow up cases and face to face incidents where things were found by locals and brought in to us or at times someone may have caught a thief and pulled him or her in.  Everyday is different, some days someone may bring in a puppy or a cat, a wallet or a cellphone or a camera.  The list is endless.  Sometimes we may have get the odd couples fighting their way to the police station !

It was a chilly morning.  A man in a business suit came in with a lady wearing a button-front blouse and pants.  I…

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A Word a Week Photograph Challenge – Happy

H     ♥ Happy, a feeling of joy ♥

A     ♥ Alive, full of energy and excited ♥

P     ♥ Pleased and satisfied ♥

P     ♥ Peaceful and contented ♥

Y     ♥ You smile and the world will smile with you ♥



Be Happy and Smile – A Word a Week Photo Challenge – Don’t Worry, Be Happy 


Living Art – Touching Shadow Dance

Living Art

One day, your favorite piece of art — a famous painting or sculpture, the graffiti next door — comes to life. What happens next?

via Living Art.


Enjoy this living art performance by Attraction, a Hungarian Shadow Dance troupe about the loss of a mother.

Unsafe Containers – Please don’t hurt me

Which emotion(s) — joy, envy, rage, pity, or something else — do you find to be the hardest to contain?

via Unsafe Containers.


Joy is happiness

that fills your heart with glee

and radiate and makes you glow.


Envy is jealously

something better be kept hidden

and cast away before it turns you all green.


Rage is anger

uncontrollable in some

but others can take it calm.


Pity is a sorry feeling

that makes one miserable and sad

sometimes it overtakes you and swallow you up.


Hurt and betrayal

is what I find the hardest to contain

I need strength to patch up my broken heart.



Climate Control – Does the weather affect your mood?


In some countries, there are no seasons, no such thing as spring, summer, autumn or winter.

Does that mean to say that people who live in the tropics are non moody?  If their mood change it definitely cannot be the weather.  Rain may affect their plans for the day, how disappointing but who can control the heavens?

No doubt the idea that the weather and people’s moods are connected is quite old.  I do agree somewhat mood changes can happen in extreme seasons like summer and winter.  Many agree that weather does appear to impact our moods and then used that as a yardstick on your mood swings.   Seasonal Affective Disorder(SAD) is characterized by feelings of sadness and depression that occur in the winter months when the temperatures drop and the days grow short.  This specific form of depression is often associated with excessive eating or sleeping and weight gain with the excuse to eat more during winter for warm.  Reachers said that women are twice to three times more likely to suffer from the winter blues than men BUT never use this excuse to do anything different with the seasonal change.

Personally I cannot deny that moods and weather are connected but I believe a person’s mood is all in the mind.

Focus on the bright side and be appreciative of your life.

Take control of any mood changes.

The weather cannot take your smile away.  Irregardless of rain or shine, frost or snow, you can still SMILE.


The idea that the weather and people’s moods are connected is quite old.  Do you agree?

If yes, how does the weather affect your mood?

via Climate Control.

What is happiness?

Happiness is that moment
when you felt overwhelmed
with joy and contentment
beamed like a shinning star
spreading rays of lights
brightens up every houses and streets
shinning for the whole community and beyond
turning the whole world into a happy place.



via Chris Donner Writing Prompt : What is happiness