In The Park

Maple tree outside Sogong Underground Shopping Center opposite The Westin Chosun Seoul
Maple tree outside Sogong Underground Shopping Center opposite The Westin Chosun Seoul.

The colours of autumn fascinates me. That is when Mother Nature bursts forth in flames of orange, red, yellow and all hues in between, just before enveloping everything in the blinding white of winter. One day, I want take Wuan to a park awashed in bright fallen leaves of the maple tree. I want to experience together with her autumn in its full splendour.

The closest I came to a maple tree was in downtown Seoul. It stood near one of the entrances to the Sogong Underground Shopping opposite The Westin Chosun Seoul. The season was in transition from summer to autumn. The maple leaves were still fresh green.

I want to soak in the exuberance of autumn with Wuan, listening to the crackling of the dried leaves with each step we take, listening to the wind as it rushes through the forest, shaking leaves off twigs and carrying them aimlessly in its wake. What will autumn smell like? Sweet? Musty? I cannot wait to discover with Wuan the mysteries autumn has to offer.

In The Park

Autumn’s wind
rustling the leaves
stirring up
a golden carpet
of amber and ochre
greeting us
as we walk
hand in hand
in the park.

Circa 2001

Second Wedding Anniversary

Today marks the second year Wuan and I officially registered our union with the Registrar of Marriage at the Thean Hou Temple. Nothing special is planned as Wuan is working. Every day that we are together is already a celebration. May we be blessed with many more years together.

There Is Life Away From The Internet

Classic books that I acquired from the Pearson & Penguin Books Warehouse Sale

Wuan and I raided the Pearson & Penguin Books Warehouse Sale three weekends in a row. When the security personel saw us there for the third time, I waved at him. On the second time we were there, he had asked Wuan to drop me off at the entrance as we had to park quite a distance away. We told him in unison that I was driving.

“Third round,” he stated as a matter of factly.

We nodded.

The books were stacked under a zinc roof erected over the car park of Pearson Malaysia. There were children, non-fiction and fiction sections. Nevertheless, one has to be patient in searching as the books were not organised like what one would expect in a book shop. We have no complaints though. This was after all a sale with the books being offered at greatly discounted prices.

Between the two of us, we spent more than RM400 the three times we were there. I bought classics mostly. Wuan bought the series by Terry Brooks. At the rate I read, these books will last me for at least one year, coupled with the more than ten books that I brought down from Penang which are still unread.

The good thing is that I have started to read again, seriously, and spending less time online. I have always wondered what I would do if there was no Internet. What did I do before I discovered the Internet? I read! And I watched television. I do not watch as much as I used to now as most of the shows on Astro are repeats. I have been feeling stupid lately with all the unproductive time I have been spending online. Hopefully, reading will make me a little less stupid.