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food for thought

Thanks to the cafe on NLB’s 3rd floor closing on Mondays, we ended having lunch at food for thought, a quaint, cosy cafe with quality cuisine.

And it’s all done by young people!!, who believe that “Profit need not be at the centre. People and Principles ought to be.”

Their missions are to Support Clean Water, Feed Good Food (and boy, is it good!), Help End Poverty, Educate The People (they have a sister organization called school of thought) and Encourage Kind Acts. Refreshingly optimistic, idealistic and altruistic!

Just compare their posters (the ones with their missions) with those in Burger King, say, where customer is king, no, almighty ruler, and it’s all about Having it Your Way.

I’m impressed by what a bunch of committed young men and women are capable of…

So yeah. Go visit the site.

Or better still, visit the cafe!

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december

December is a magical month. If you don’t agree, listen to George Winston’s “December” until you do…

There’s this change in mood…

“And the greatest wonder of them all
Is not what’s happening around you, it’s the way
You start to be
Yes the greatest wonder of them all is how your
Heart is filled with love
You start to light up like a Christmas tree

Feelings feel so wonderful
You have to let them show
Maybe that’s why ev’ryone begins to get a glow…”

(watch it on sesame street)

There’s the usual change of wind & weather, the Christmas cheer & celebrations, special birthdays & birthday’s of special people (happy birthday, ma!).

But this is a special december. This couple of weeks, despite the lack of school holidays, despite having to travel to the remotest part of the land & adjust to my new posting, and despite not being able to leave the country, have been simply great.

The whole comms package was great, and the new lifestyle that follows promises to be fun & fulfilling. The last of the package was last night’s comms ball, where I looked like

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save for the red tie (mine was black) and white shirt (mine grey). Oh, and the face (mine looked marginally more human).

The ball would have been a bore, if not for the fact that most of us weren’t really concerned with what was happening on stage. The company was great, though. Would have been better if Maj Se7en was around. I thought the calendar & video were not bad. Some photos were really good, but I don’t think I’m allowed to release them here.

That aside, the culinary experiences in these past weeks were really one of a kind. First, the heavy-on-tradition dining-in at SAFTI, where we all sat uniformly in our dining attire at really long tables and attempted to remember which utensils to use for which dish. Then the truly FINE dining at the Cliff @ Sentosa, where the waitress gave a commentary on the dishes placed before us and my tastebuds were given a ride of their life (and it’s not because I tried to pronounce the dishes). And just this afternoon, a really green lunch at a rather niche vegetarian restaurant that sorta refreshed my palate (like when you press the F5 key). I’ve got 2 more BBQs to look forward to, and maybe there’ll be more great food around the Christmas & New Year periods!

And though I didn’t get to leave the country, Sentosa wasn’t a bad alternative. The Song of the Sea was a pleasant surprise; a visual spectacle with lots of great visual treats popping up like jack-in-a-box-es. It’s worth the admission fee, and you have to be there to appreciate it.

So yeah. It’s been a great december so far, and we’re only 2/3 of the way through. And most of the experiences above were not planned (at least not by me); they just seemed to happen. I’m hoping there’ll be lots more pleasant surprises for the rest of the year. And I don’t think I’ll be disappointed.

After all, December is magical.

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blessed is the man…

e-cards from across the globe, SMSes from family & friends, the gift of music, not to mention other wonderful gifts as well… what more could a man want?

the gift of music

a million thanks for all the wishes and greetings!

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I won’t forget…

gifts

 

2 gifts,

One with a story to tell,

The other which promises many stories to come.

 

And a blessing:

“Life’s a trip, son –

Hope you always enjoy the ride…

…and you never forget the way home.”

 

Thanks to the ones, and to the One, who gave me the gift of this very life.

 

I won’t forget.

 

 

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