William Somerset Maughham
When i was still in primary school, i would sleep over at my grandparents place once in awhile. It was a different house from the current one.
Every friday night, i would bring my mattress to my grandparents room, and my grandpa would turn on the a/c. At that time, their room was the only one with it. It was a treat to actually sleep somewhere that wasn’t 30 degrees celcius on average!
My grandfather loved watching animal documentaries. I remember falling asleep to the soothing sound of the wildlife narrator rambling on about animal facts,snuggled under my blankets in a cool, dim room. My grandmother’s light snores would be in the background as well.
It was a comforting feeling.
Some feel good music on a sunny saturday morning! I wish that music these days could be more like how they were in the 60s-70s. I can hear every single lyric clearly, and the meaning behind the song is put across in a simple and succinct manner. No excessive effects or elaborate vocals. The white noise in the background is kinda soothing too.😍
I was gifted with a terrarium last Christmas and was quite delighted with it. The instructions that came with the plant said to put it in a well- lit place out of direct sunlight and I thought the upper shelf on a bookcase near my bed was just the place for it as my room was pretty well lit and the weather here was humid and hot all the time. Perfect conditions to house a plant right?
Over the next few weeks it slowly started to wilt, turning yellow and stringy, and I panicked, I didn’t want it to die! Maybe I needed to shift it nearer to the sunlight!
I picked up the jar and carefully placed it on a table a couple feet from the window. It didn’t look as pretty in that spot but oh well, I didn’t have much choice as options were pretty limited.
The yellowness started to recede and the plant started to resume a fraction of its former glory, but only at one side.
Guess this still wasn’t the optimal spot.
I moved it right up to the window sill this time. It seemed to me like it was sitting too near to the direct source of light but within days, it proved me wrong by flourishing rapidly. The leaves grew larger and became a vibrant jade green.
So okay… right next to the window was where it wanted to be. 🙂
The habit of giving up when the present task is half ﬁnished and try something else is one of the chief causes of failure.
-Christian D. Larson
This was my first time taking an airplane in the night. I somehow always chose flights that were scheduled in the day.
I couldn’t sleep on the plane and it was going to be a long night. I was going to be on here at least 6 hours. The inflight entertainment was rather limited. I watched some movies half heartedly, it was difficult maintain my concentration levels. I happened to glance out the window at one point, and was overcome with wonder.
It was maybe about 2am?
I saw a whole field of stars. And they were so clear and sparkling. There were so many of them and seemed just a stone’s throw away. I couldn’t stop looking at them. It was like they’ve captured my soul for that moment in time.
In Singapore, on a clear night, we’d be lucky to see a handful of stars. And now, right before me, there were so tons and tons of them. Sparkling like diamonds! I imagined a galaxy must look even more wonderous if it could be beheld in real life!
I wanted to take pictures, but of course the camera lenses were not able to capture what my eyes were seeing. I was disappointed. Looks like I’d have to remember it with my mind’s eye.