Rain Dance

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Weeks back, while the sky was clear and the grass fried to crisp, we did a ceremonious rain dance along Punggol Waterway Park, complete with a pious bread-cutting and jam-spreading ritual.

Sure enough, it has been raining every day since. Those Bensimons were unfortunately caught in the rain. Thank goodness, they are washer safe.

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I Will Survive

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We do no harm to others, and simply ask to be left alone. That’s all we want.
–Stefanie

I Will Survive is a collection of real-life experiences from 21 LGBT people in Singapore. But you don’t have to identify as one to read this book. Reading their stories makes me realise how narrow my mind is, and teaches me to embrace diversity. What Reverend Yap Kim Hao wrote is very true: Who would knowingly join a despised minority group?

The fight for gay rights is a long and tough one. But it will get better.

Encounters: Issue 02

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Encounters is a bilingual magazine produced by original studio. This second issue is a literary time machine that reflects upon the past while looking toward the future. A timely read as we celebrate our nation’s birthday.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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When we got out of the tunnel, Sam screamed this really fun scream, and there it was. Downtown. Lights on building and everything that makes you wonder. Sam sat down and started laughing. Patrick started laughing. I started laughing. And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.

I thought it was just another teenage novel, until I watched the film – it was beautifully shot – that made me want to read the book and rethink my growing up years.

“You see things. You keep quiet about them. And you understand.”

I walk around the school hallways and look at the people. I look at the teachers and wonder why they’re here. Not in a mean way. In a curious way. It’s like looking at all the students and wondering who’s had their heard broken that day… Or wondering who did the heart breaking. And wondering why.

Charlie is such a simple and pure character. Even in his uncontrollable anger and frustration, he is an extremely relatable protagonist, whom you just can’t help but empathise with.

I don’t know if it’s better to have your kids be happy and not go to college. I don’t know if it’s better to be close with your daughter or make sure that she has a better life than you do.

Then, I turned around and walked to my room and closed my door and put my head under my pillow and let the quiet put things where they are supposed to be.

“Charlie, we accept the love we think we deserve.”

The ending was left open and optimistic. Just like how our lives are, and just like what Charlie said, we all have the power to choose where to go from here. So I believe that somewhere out there, in a parallel novelistic universe, Charlie has recovered, Sam is loved, and Patrick is free.

So, I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we’ll never know most of them. But even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them.

村上收音機

Sunny-Side-Up is a weekend column celebrating clear blue skies, fancy bookmarks and the snooze button. In other words, expect book/film reviews, DIY crafts and easy recipes for a lovely weekend.

人生中歲月總是不管你的情況如何都擅自流過去的。

在台北誠品一口氣買了《村上收音機》一、二、三,讓我重新愛上了村上春樹。描述日常生活的散文簡短有趣,很適合旅途中閱讀。

正在談戀愛時就會有這種情形。意識會像蝴蝶一樣,徘徊在某種很舒服的領域裡飄來飄去,忘記自己現在正在做什麼,忽然一留神時,已經過了很長一段時間。

比方說年級大了,這種活生生水嫩嫩的原風景還留在心中的人,就像體內的暖爐裡還保有火星一樣,不會太過於寒冷地老化下去。

那時候,我感覺自己此時此刻很可能即將這樣死去。對我來說的世界已經分崩離析,往後的世界會跟我毫無關係地繼續進行下去,我想。覺得自己變透明了,失去了肉體,只剩下五感,好像在處理遺留下來的雜務般觀看世界最後一眼。心情非常不可思議,靜悄悄的。

原來文字里的哲學存在在生活中的每個角落里,只要仔細觀察、用心思考。過於倉促地活著,多半都會錯過些甚麼重要的哲理,譬如:

喜歡吃可樂餅的人沒有壞人。

(突然好想吃可樂餅。)