Hello, welcome back to Last Week Tonight, not with John Oliver, but Strawberry & Me! Our main story tonight concerns… Ice-cream!
Putting on my gloves
To go on our first date.
So I won’t get too many butterflies,
When our hands are intertwined by fate.
Decorate a stunning mask
To attend the masquerade.
He can’t see through my heart,
As we dance the night away.
Wearing my raincoat,
The cloud, the sky are grey.
We’ll run in the rain and puddles;
Our laughter awaits.
He likes mountains and woods,
But it is the beach I crave.
We’re building a sandcastle
With my shovel in his crate.
Getting the food he likes,
Tomorrow is the big day.
Nervous and exhilarated,
But I’m keeping my secret at bay.
He picks a picnic site
That is quiet and faraway.
As the poison sets in,
He is the one I slay.
I wake up with a smile,
Seeing the sunlight strays.
After cleaning up,
I know I will meet someone new today.
Written in response to Poetry 101 Rehab prompt: Habit.
Apparently the latest prompt is actually “Right”, but I didn’t realize it until after completing my poem. So I’m just going to go with it.
My poems usually are about romance or love, but I have been watching (too much) Criminal Minds recently so I decide to spice it up with a twist of serial murder. Guess I just like to be dramatic 😛 Do you like writing fiction? What was your first thought immediately after reading my poem? Did you like the twist at the end? Let me know in the comments!
In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Places.”
Today, we’re going to build the place of your dream…
First of all, let’s start by choosing the main material: fresh water in a pond or lake, sand by the seashore, trees in a woods, grass on a prairie, cement in a city. You name it, we’ve got it 😉
Now that we’ve set the foundation, let’s add a building to the picture. As an artist/designer (another way of saying self-proclaimed architect), I’ll need to know what the purpose or major function of the building is. If it is for housing people, I would suggest a house, a mansion, an apartment, a castle, a ship or cruise on the sea, a tree house or cave if you like nature, or even a hotel for your occasional vacations. If it is for business, you can take a look at our catalog (a.k.a. the view of your city or street) and pick your ideal model.
Okay, so far we’ve got most of the blueprint done. Let’s add some life to it so it won’t be boring! Since it is the place of your dream, I’m assuming you will be in the picture. There are other characters you can choose to be implemented, such as your family, your friends, your colleagues or boss (this option isn’t very popular, I’ll admit). Magical characters are available as well (e.g. Professor Dumbledore, fairy godmother, evil witch, etc.), although not many people know about this option. If you like animals, we have a variety of choices for you, from typical ones such as dogs and cats, to extraordinary, even mythical creatures such as dragons and unicorns. Please consult an ecologist for more info on biological interactions to ensure the biodiversity and ecobalance are well maintained.
We’re all set for creating a story in this place of your dream. Don’t know where to start? Here, I’ll show you an example: the place in my dream… Once upon a time…
There are some questions I’d like to ask you. How many gadgets or devices, such as the computer/tablet/smartphone you’re using to read this post, do you own? How many apps have you downloaded onto your phone? How much time do you spend using them each day? How many social networks are you on? How often do you check them each day? When was the last time you had a picture taken with friends or family that wasn’t a selfie? When was the last time you had a conversation with your neighbours? What expensive or designer accessories, such as Beats headphones or Hunter boots, do you have? How did you feel when you’re using or wearing them when you’re out? At what point in your life did you start worrying about debts, jobs, how to get promoted, getting paid more, becoming successful?
Now take a step back, and look at your answers to those questions. Then, I’d like you to have a look at This Is Not My Brooklyn, written by Vanessa Martir.
In her post, she wrote about how her Brooklyn was different from the Brooklyn people talked about nowadays. Her Brooklyn is the one before gentrification, where it reminds people of poverty, filth, dilapidation. But her Brooklyn is also the one where neighbours would gather in a backyard and just talk with each other; her Brooklyn is where kids are free to run down the streets or climb a plum tree; her Brooklyn is where they don’t care what religion, race, or gender you are.
Does it sound familiar?
Her Brooklyn could have been your London, your friend’s Berlin, your parents’ Toronto, your grandparents’ Paris. When we look at what’s around us now, you may be amazed by the technological advancements we’ve made, the economic developments we’ve built, the political stability we’ve attained. But, have we lost something while we are busy lining up for the newest iPhone, swiping on Tinder, calculating how much money is left after paying bills, socializing with clients to reach the commission, impressing your superior so you’d get the next promotion, reading books on how to become a millionaire, or simply, figuring out how to provide a better quality of life for your family?
I’m not anti-tech or anything. To the contrary, I appreciate all the improvements we, human, as a species, have made. It has never been easier to snap and send a photo to my friends in Europe in a blink of an eye, or to connect with people around the world, including you. The word “success” has been emphasized in our time more than ever. Everyone around me is trying to pursue their dreams. These are good things, but, are these the only things that life is all about, the only things that matter?
I’d like to ask you some more questions. What was your favourite board game that you’d like to play all day long with your buddies? What was the last bedtime story your parents told you/you told your kids? How many friends did you have before Facebook was invented? How did you get in touch with your friends before you got a phone? When was the last time you held your parents’/spouse’s/kids’ hands and asked them about their day?
Sometimes, we get so busy with our lives that we forget to stop and look into the eyes of the people we care, we focus on our goals to success so much that we forget our competitors are human, are one of us too. We don’t need more barriers to separate us from “outsiders” when we already have countless keeping us from having quality interactions with our loved ones.
When you’re trying to figure out how to better you or your family’s quality of life, sometimes all we need is just a casual conversation, a hug, a cuddle on the sofa while watching TV with a tub of ice cream or a bowl of popcorn, a goodnight kiss on the forehead. There’s no ending to the pursuit of better or best, but there’s an expiration date on all of us.
Next time, when someone asks you those questions about your favourite board game or the bedtime story, I hope your answers will no longer be in past tense.
Inspired by “This Is Not My Brooklyn”, written by Vanessa Martir.
Another inspirational read: A Little Improv Can Go a Long Way with Dementia, by Diana
An interesting take on DST: Yes, I’ll Defend Daylight Saving Time, by Michael Church
Let’s end the day with some edible cuteness: Tsum Tsum deco steamed cakes bento, by Jean
Okay, the title might be misleading because this dinner actually happened last Saturday. Fun weekend adventures have almost become our ritual 😛 This time we decided to try out this supposedly good Vietnamese restaurant called Pho Dau Bo, which was a half-an-hr bus ride from home.
Most people have tried the Vietnamese spring rolls Cha Gio, but it was our first time to order Goi Cuon Tom Thit Heo, which was Shrimp & Pork Salad Rolls. It was pretty refreshing, with tastily grilled pork! But Cha Gio is still my favourite, yum!
For entrée, I got Beef Stew with Egg Noodles in Soup, which surprised me because apparently, Vietnamese put tendon in their beef stew. I had expected a more western style of it, with only the meat part being in the stew. Anyways, The dish was rich in flavour, so it was still pretty good despite my shock.
In fact, I wasn’t as interested in the food as the time spent with my roommates. As a person struggling with depression and anxiety, it was, and still is, difficult for me to get out of my comfort zone. This dinner was the fourth time they tried to drag my out of my cave to do something together, and I was grateful for their effort and persistence. They are the people I’d talk to when I’m stressed out by academics and familial issues. The value of this dinner wasn’t in the food; it was in the friendship amongst us.
P.S. Do you like Vietnamese cuisine? What’s your favourite dish? What was your last adventure with your friends or roommates? Please feel free to comment and tell me what you think!
Strawberry, is the name of my teddy bear; she’s also the cute character, Korilakkuma, from Japan (the white bear in the featured image above). I probably named her after my favourite food in the world 😛 Anyways, she’s been with me since two months after my grandpa passed away, and has seen me in my ups and downs.
It might sound weird but it’s like there’s a mental connection between us, in which she knows what I think or how I feel. Whenever I have difficulties making a decision, I’d look at her and know what choice I should choose. Or this may just be a way to comfort my overwhelmed mind, but she’s endearing to me regardless, just like a pet or a close friend is to you.
This is why I named my blog “Strawberry & Me”, to record my adventures in life with her by my side. But of course this blog isn’t just about me and her. I don’t have a specific topic, so I’ll blog about almost everything, from day-to-day life to my favourite things, from random stupid ideas to stories and poems. Life is an adventure, and it wouldn’t be one without encounters! I’m looking forward to meeting different people here, who are creative, or philosophical, or struggling, just about everyone, because every single one of you makes my life more interesting and extraordinary 🙂 I’m interested in knowing your stories too, because they make you who you are and there’s no one like you.
P.S. Please feel free to comment and tell me your stories!