Consuming words, life and all else

 Every person has a special place of refuge. Hidden far from sight or plonked right in the center of buzzing people, it is a space that comforts you, that transports you to a place quite not like here, anywhere but here. Really, it sounds confounding but it really is simple.

This place I speak of, is one that I miss dearly. It is certainly not difficult to get to. In fact, it’s so dead-easy that I wonder why I don’t visit it often. Before I fall into a philosophical death-trap, I shall get to it.

I am talking about that realm where one transcends between worlds. The imaginary world, the mental world, the world you cannot physically touch or see but know exists. Having been surrounded by many books since a child, I grew to develop an immense liking for reading. Because of that, I also have a very vivid imagination. Sometimes I think it good, and sometimes bad – only because it leads me to day-dream a tad too much.

My mind, it is a floaty mind. Perhaps this is why I am so random. Losing myself in different worlds is not tough. I do it all the time. But I really do miss the place I go to, when I start reading. It is different for each person so it is of no use for me to go too much into details. There is no exact description either. Only a feeling. A feeling of comfort among words, warmth among prose, and solitude among quiet.

Stillness. I enjoy that when I read alone. Or when I read in the window seat on a bus. Crouched in a corner, thoughts swirled in another dimension. It does not matter if it is fiction or non-fiction. The pleasure I get from reading, it’s satisfying.

But somehow, over the years, I have slacked off. The busy-ness of life can be consuming. And I, being the most random person on earth, manage to fleet from one thing to another. No focus whatsoever. I am not ashamed to admit that for some time, I have been juggling too many things, trying to force myself to do too many things. Quite the eager beaver I am.

However, I have come to realise, especially in the past two years, that I have only a limited number of minutes, hours, days, weeks and years. Every thing I do, I should do it with fiery passion and it should be time well-spent.

That is why this year, one of my bigger goals is to not take life so seriously and just breathe, but at the same time, making sure that I work towards my strengths and to grow. Growing wiser, stronger, healthier. Everyday we make choices – some good, some bad, but we ultimately choose the life we lead.

So that said, here are my bigger goals this year:

1. Read voraciously. Read more food literature. Read more of whatever will enlighten my brain cells. For this, I target to finish 60 books by the end of the year. I have a list on facebook that I am updating regularly to keep track and to show that I am keeping to it!

2. Bake/cook more. Really. Do it at least once a week. Bring more happy food to office to share. I like seeing the smiles on people’s faces when they savour my creations. I miss that.

3. Try out something totally new. Maybe tap-dancing? Maybe rock-climbing. Any suggestion?

4. To save up enough to spend a white Christmas in New York! (also because I miss Shiv and I wanna see her!)

5. Be a better sister, daughter, friend and role model. Even if it means being the bigger person by not having to need to have the last say.

6. Go vegetarian during Lent. I’m serious.

7. Pray more and avoid missing mass.

8. Be trim and fighting fit! Run run run more….

9. Write more, blog more. Communicate more through hand-writing. Yes, this means sending cards and letters to friends instead of emailing! No kidding… So… if you don’t mind receiving hand-written notes and cards from me, email me your mailing address all right! 🙂

10. To love like I’ve never been hurt. To love generously and freely.

There you have it. This is how my 2010 will be.

It has started and I’ve taken a small bite…

and more bites will ensue,

till I devour 2010 for what it’s worth, for all it has to offer me.

Posted on 14th Jan 2010 in Uncategorized


There Are 5 Comments


ivan commented on January 14, 2010 at 1:07 pm

And get that cough fixed… 😛

Deep thoughts for a weekend, though my oven and ice cream maker is at your command.

Heh heh heh… the last time I ran seriously, Goh Chok Tong was the Prime Minister. Scared fall down lah.


chelley commented on January 15, 2010 at 8:39 pm

So happy to see you blog again babe!! Last Lent, I totally gave up all sorts of fast food and anything chocolatey except Milo. Looks like you have drafted a good year for 2010. I wish you all the luck, happiness, health, love and God’s grace to see you through everything! Have a good one dear. xoxo


Mia commented on January 16, 2010 at 10:37 am

My dear babe is such an inspiration! 😉


Cheryl Chia commented on January 18, 2010 at 9:39 am

@Ivan: cough-fixing in progress. not very positive though. been eating all the wrong foods. ah yes, your newly cleaned De-Detrich oven needs some action. german chocolate cake. soon. speaking of running. i managed 5km yesterday night. so proud of myself. but i need to work on my timing. super slow.

@chelley: Ooo i managed to stay away from chocolate during Lent, two years ago and guess what? I stuck to it! Was so proud of myself. 🙂 Thanks so much for your well wishes my dear. I wish you the same too. This year will be a year we rock our worlds. Oh and it will also be the year we finally meet up ;p

@Mia: 🙂 You are an inspiration too. Glad to have you as a dear friend!


zachary commented on July 28, 2014 at 7:24 am



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