Love

I think love scares us because to be without it, is to be empty 

And we are so scared of losing what makes us feel special. 

But I think we forget sometimes, 

that what you love never leaves your side.

It is immortal; It stays

as a wisp of memory hanging on your lips, waiting to be uttered

resting beneath your eyelids, teasing your imagination time and again

In the sounds, and the voices and the music that you hear

dancing to tunes you didn’t know were ringing in your head.

Musings – 1.6.19

What keeps you inspired? What keeps you creative? What keeps you writing through the good days and the bad?

I have always had a haphazard approach to writing. A certain thought or certain mood could spur me to pen a poem or a story idea. Or the rainy weather could get me thinking of something new. Sometimes, the people I am observing inspire me and thoughts start flowing in my head.

Recently, I have been having a bit of a writer’s block. I’m in the midst of applying to new jobs and a little confused about which career would be the best suited for me. Maybe all the thinking has run my mind dry. It could also be the current dry spell hanging over Singapore.

Would love a thought or two on this 😉

While I am riding out the dry spell, here is something I penned recently for a job interview.


Jakarta

Metropolitan Jakarta appears to be a mess of high-rise buildings, busy highways, and grid-locked traffic. Beneath this rough exterior, however, lies the true pulse of the city. Replete with trendy bazaars, lively restaurants, and a vibrant nightlife, the city is full of pleasant surprises. Located on the northwest of Java Island, Jakarta’s warm and inviting spirit is a melting pot for diverse ethnic backgrounds.

Jeddah

Sun-dappled streets, alluring shades of blue and a sense of tranquillity define the sea-side port of Jeddah. A gateway to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina, Jeddah is the second largest city in Saudi Arabia, after the capital – Riyadh. Housing an amalgamation of the various people and cultures that pass through its doors, the city has modish cafes, tasteful architecture and a liberal air.    

Mumbai

Mumbai’s streets thrum with vibrance and chaos. Its palatial houses stand in stark contrast to sprawling slums, colonial-era architecture sits aside Indian monuments and celebrities and laborers alike battle its jam-packed roads.  This city of dreams is an eclectic mix of the old and new, traditional and modern, glamorous and ordinary. It has a place for people from all walks of life.

A note on mental health

If you have ever suffered with depression or anxiety, if you are currently suffering with it, you know that sometimes, you can spend hours, days, and sometimes weeks feeling like you are utterly incomplete. Like all of you is never quite completely there. And these phases are so difficult to go through, to understand.

And then, out of the blue, these days appear where you feel good. You feel whole. You feel like you could go out there and achieve anything. These are the days you are the person you truly are and you want to be.

And I think, these are a reminder that you can take a step above your mental illness. These are a reminder that you have a fighting chance. You still exist and you are so strong and so brave. And I want you to remember these days. I hope that you have so many more of them. I want you to know, you will be okay.

These Nights

These nights, these nights, these hazy nights

Eyes wide open, mind unclear

These days, these days, these days

Things just dont feel right

Eyes wide open, heart unsure

I’ve been here before

I can’t say I dont know

I’ve walked down these roads before

Sat through the same show

I know how it all ends

I know just how this going to go

You see, the map has changed, the terrains will shift, the weather won’t be the same anymore

But there will be a new path to follow

Because with change, comes healing.

– For the minds that continue to race into the depths of the night