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I was sad for the last 12 to 15 hours or so over the Grounds of Decision which were released for one of our matters.

I am now not sad anymore, mostly because The Buddha made extra effort to cheer me up over lunch and Champagne Truffle took us to this hole in a wall coffee place along the river that had this really kickass coffee that kept me buzzing all afternoon while I devoured all the work I was unable to do while I was sad.

I work with amazing people. I constantly remind myself to be thankful for having them to go everything with. It makes it slightly more bearable.

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“We will probably meet like heaps of lawyers there.”
“Then I think we shouldn’t go. Because, you know, I don’t like other people much.”
“That’s like your cat saying that she doesn’t like other cats much.”
“Precisely.”

But we went anyway and we didn’t run into heaps of lawyers.

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I was asked last night how my day was and I tried to tell the person who asked me why I felt so down.

I could tell that by my second sentence, she had lost all interest. Then she proceeded to say that maybe I was feeling like crap because the weather was so hot yesterday afternoon.

That is the reason why I never talk about my work to these people anymore.

I hate it when people ask about my day when they are not actually interested in the answer. I don’t want to feel obliged to package my emotions into a bite-size template answer safe for public consumption.

When I have a shit day, I will say that I have a shit day and I will proceed to tell you why exactly it was such a shit day. If you can’t deal with that, don’t ask.

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I started a little photo project over the weekend to take pictures of the things that my kids stop to look at while we wandered around on our various little gallivants.

It is quite eye-opening. Like the following picture of an olive tree:

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Lion stopped in his tracks and started laughing at the tree, how it has funny eyes and nose. We pass by this tree so many times and I have never noticed that it looks like an Ent.

Or this frog in the middle of a pond by its lonesome self:

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By this time, Peanut and Lion were running out of battery but they still found the energy to stand by that little window into the pond and croaked in unison.

I hope to continue this project on a regular basis. Looking at the pictures at the end of today is doing quite a bit for my sanity.

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We were in the middle of Legoland last Friday when my kids started pulling at a plant in one of the planter boxes and presented some flowers to me with much fanfare.

Peanut said, Mummy, I give you these flowers because I want you to be happy!

Lion said, Mummy, I love you!

My mother said, See! They keep plucking these flowers home on their way back from school every day for you but by the time you get home, they are all wilted so I just throw them away!

My father said, Tsk! It’s just a common road side flower. They can pluck them all they like as long as it makes them happy!

I took the flowers, said thank you and gave each of the kiddies a hug.

While we were walking away to another section of the park, I took a picture for the memory of the flowers:

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I haven’t had a lot of time to think or post in the past weeks after returning from my holiday in Taiwan. This is due to the fact that I have returned to 2 weeks worth of unsigned letters and unanswered mail [I so want to murder The Buddha for not signing any of my letters while I was away], and the whirlwind of hearing dates in July.

This evening, after I rushed out an advice asking for an obscene sum of money before next Friday, I sat back in my chair and realised that hey, I have my camera with me!

So here are some of my favourite pictures from my 12-days in Taiwan (Kaohsiung-Cingjing-Taipei).

Arriving at The Splendour in Kaohsiung

Arriving at The Splendour in Kaohsiung

Walking along Cengqing Hu (澄清湖 )

Walking along Cengqing Hu (澄清湖 )

Lanterns outside the ginormous temple on Cijin

Lanterns outside the ginormous temple on Cijin

Black sand beach at Cijin

Black sand beach at Cijin

清境 - Is this place even for real?

清境 – Is this place even for real?

Path outside our chalet at Mingqing Farm (眀琴)

Path outside our chalet at Mingqing Farm (眀琴)

Sheep!

Sheep!

Walking downhill in the summer rain

Walking downhill in the summer rain

Sun Moon Lake

Sun Moon Lake

Our view at dinner

Our view at dinner

Hungry Cat

Hungry Cat

Breakfast!

Breakfast!

Hippos at LeoFoo Safari Theme Park

Hippos at LeoFoo Safari Theme Park

Field of flowers at Daxi

Field of flowers at Daxi

Sunflowers

Sunflowers

Daxi Lao Jie

Daxi Lao Jie

Petition area

Petition area

Rainy day at Taipei Zoo

Rainy day at Taipei Zoo

Ximending

Ximending

All tired out

All tired out

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Oh I feel so much better about life looking at these pictures!

On the whole, I was unimpressed in Kaohsiung, fell in love with Cingjing, and had a really great time in Taipei.

Taiwan is definitely a place that I want to see more of in the future.

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chek jawa

We took the kids to Pulau Ubin together with my parents on Hari Raya Haji for a looksee. Both my mother and I had never been to Ubin while The Other Half and my father haven’t set foot on Ubin for more than 10 years.

We took a ferry to the island and then a minibus taxi service to Chek Jawa. We then walked through the boardwalk and then took the taxi back to the jetty to have lunch at one of the seafood restaurants, before boarding the ferry back to the mainland.

We had a really nice time. The kids were really tired out though and took a really long nap when they reached home. This is something I would do with the kids again although the next time we should check out the tide times as there wasn’t much to see by the coast while we were strolling because of the high tide.

Arriving on a ferry

Welcome to Pulau Ubin

Boardwalk along the Coast

Hello, Mr. Crab!

A wild boar that I had to stop Lion from running towards

Grandpa and the stick insect

Muslim Cemetery

Love, Pulau Ubin

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Rainy Saturday means we couldn’t make it for our usual swim and had to come up with a wet weather program to exhaust the kids.

So off we went to the Singapore Garden Festival! A lot of fun was had and we came back with this:

They are called Tumblelina and Spike. They live mostly on the computer table in our room and are really adorable!

The funniest thing that happened that morning was that some guy at the NParks booth tried to bribe me to like the NParks Facebook Page with a five-dollar voucher. I burst out laughing in his face. Then because he laughed with me and appeared to understand the humour of the situation, I obliged. Now I have NParks posting on my timeline. Sigh.

I must say that the show this year was much better than the last. Suntec is so much better as a venue than MBS. It’s less crammed in so you don’t develop a splitting headache in 10 minutes from all that colour.

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