Monthly Archives: December 2013

Comfort in this World

I woke today with the ache on the gum of my wisdom tooth from yesterday. Being a bit of a worrywart, I looked to my husband for some reassurance and got instead, a recount of how pus-filled gums rendered the extraction of his tooth.

Fat lot of good that did.

It all provided bouts of out-of-sorts feelings for the whole day, until I returned home to visit my family. When I got the chance, I confided to Grandma about my swollen achy gums, as I always do whenever I feel sad, worried or frustrated about something. Knowingly, like an experienced doctor, she replied that it is because my body is ‘heaty’, hence the surfacing of a kee pau (loosely translated to “tooth bag”). Her remedy is to rub salt or watermelon frost on the affected areas.

Hanging on to her words for dear life, I had to confirm her diagnosis further. I began to describe in greater detail the exact location of the pain and how it affects the whole mouth organ. Reassuringly, she repeated her kee pau verdict and recommended chrysanthemum tea,  made by steeping such dried blooms in hot water, to dispel the heat from my body. She then took out her own box of dried chrysanthemums and offered to give me some. Feeling safe and comforted once again, I told her I have them and that I would do as she said.

Of course, to quell my last bit of uneasiness, I had to ask her how long it would take for the swelling to go down.

Her simple answer is that it would gradually become better, without me even noticing it.

A little piece of advice for gum aches and life.


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Resolutely for the Ride

As advised by a certain article on achieving our New Year Resolutions, one of the strategies suggested was to start early.

While I make these every year-end, I have taken the advice and started early, while my mind is contemplatively perceptive to my inner self tonight.

Though the items seem to be slightly different each year, the core items remain the same, with more and more, shall I call them peripherals dropping off as I get older.

It will surely be one of my most challengingly exciting year ahead and as always, I am looking forward to the unpredictable ride.


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Taking the train today
Glances fell on
The merriment of
Children playing
Traditional hand games
With much laughter and innocence
That by-standers
Lowered their defences
Of nonchalant guard
As a smile crept onto
Their faces, as though
They were children
Once more.

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Daily Prompt: My Precious

Just feel like keeping it short and sweet. After all I’ve been posting about Him lots. 🙂

That’s the same guy who
Is my Trusty Companion
Now and forever.


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Daily Prompt: Unexpected

Sudden flight cancellations
Project management hiccups
Surprise family visits
Unexpected departures
Serving to stun and shock
Then on retrospect,
Pieces are picked up
Misfitting ends are tied
As we readjust to flow
And overcome obstacles
To the peace of our lives.


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Daily Prompt: Out of Your Reach

As they always say, boys never grow up, so I guess it still kinda fits. 😉

The dance floor flashed in frenzy
A multicolored playground
Entered the smoky arena
Bodies sweating to the sounds

The jungle was poised and ready
An immaculately careless display
Sweet flesh amidst lethal venom
The hunter and the prey

Slinking into the midst of
Raucous laughter and side glances
The night was very young
And I was taking my chances

She came slowly towards me
Shadow of a blood-red smile
Her fingers clasped round my shoulders
As we danced together awhile

She leant to my ear and whispered
So whatcha lookin’ for tonight
Her eyes fluttered as I pulled her close
Her lips were next to mine

She laughed and pulled away
And planted a kiss on my lips
Then turned with a flick of her hair and
Bade goodbye with a victorious wink.


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Daily Prompt: A Source of Knowing

Let’s talk about a silence
That’s calm and still instead
One that you hear
In the quiet afternoon
Against the rustling of leaves
By the wild teasing wind
And the sudden chirps of
Animated conversation
Of a few feathered friends
A silence that reaches out
To touch the core of being
It sparks a knowing
Of something far greater
And wiser than one
Can comprehend.


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Daily Prompt: Learning Style

To visually see
The big picture in my head
Is how stuff gets in.


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Daily Prompt: The Power of Touch

Cool gusts of
Morning breeze
Gently rousing
Comforting warmth of
Daybreak rays
Envelope embracing

The seductive wafts of
Scalded coffee
Aromatically tease
While hot toast crisply
Melts on tongue with
Slivers of buttery cream

The touch of your breath
Warm on my neck
A fresh scent of cologne
Rhythmic my heart beats
To the tempo of yours
Resounding the moment.

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Daily Prompt: Five Items

The necessary necessities
For lone island stranding
Must surely be –

Firstly, a smart little fling-knife
To snag some fish and fruit
Chunks of firewood for warmth
A handy wield for safety

Next, a cloning machine
For replicating items
Food, clothing and materials
For subsistence sustenance

How about a rock gun
To make for me a shelter
From huge smooth boulders
A simple abode in the wilderness

Of course, a digital journal
Would record all discoveries
On daily isle excursions
Diligently as I speak

And lastly, a vivid imagination
That creates and conjures
For needs of a hungry writer
With all the time she needs!


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