Sunday, December 30, 2012

New Year, New Wish, Forever Love

Dear hummingbird,

Pablo Picasso once said:

"Love is the greatest refreshment in life." 

        2013 is fast approaching and tonight, I load this letter with much love and fondness for you who is my one and only adorable sweetheart.

       In 2013, I wish that you will be enlightened with the brightest sun forever and may its rays be open enough to be bound and hold you stiff, just to tell again, that I am at all times there for you. 

       I wish that in 2013, every time I look into your eyes, I fall in love again. I know that I've only known you for less than a tenth of my life, but I feel like I've known you since the dawn of time. I'm never tired of looking at your pictures, reading your letters that you've written to me. All of these things keep me so happy and feeling so blessed that I have truly found the one person that I want to spend eternity with. You are the only person on earth that has ever been able to calm me down when I get worked up. Talking to you makes my day great.

       In 2013, I could have a crappy day at work, but at night when I get to talk and think of you, you lift my gloomy spirits. You never makes me feel like I can have a bad day, and that is so uplifting to me.

       Like I say so many times, you're my Angel, sent from Heaven above to be my one and only. Your touch can excite me. When we are together, I wonder if you're really there, or did I just had a sweet dream. 

       Having this chance of dedication, I wish you'd find your truth happiness one day. Your name will always be kept in my mind. Wherever I am in life, no matter what happen, it'll never change.

        Forever in love with you, Sabrina

For the other half of my sky,

The Half Moon Serenades.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Of Question & Love

Lord Alfred Tennyson once said:
"Oh tell her, brief is life but love is long"

              The date, 12th of December, 2012 (12.12.12) that happened once in a century passed by yesterday. And what a wonderful moment when I traveled 500km just to go to Malacca and spent time with her. Anyway, when it comes to love, there is always plenty of question about it. Confused people always asked: 

"Is there anything more beautiful in life than a boy and a girl clasping clean hands and pure hearts in the path of marriage? 

               Or the younger love birds will most probably asked:

"Can there be anything more beautiful than young love?"

                 Well, for me, yes, there is a more beautiful thing. It is the wonders of an old man and an old woman finishing their journey together on that same path. Their hands are gnarled and glued to each other, but still clasped; their faces are seamed, but still radiant; their hearts are physically bowed and tired, but still strong with love and devotion for one another.

                 Enough said, yes, there is a more beautiful thing than young love. That's called an Old Groovy Kind of Love Between An Old Man & An Old Lady. 

To you whom I have met, from the very first moment I saw you I knew that we were destined to be together. It has been so long since a woman has captured my attention so fully or made my heart beat the way it did that cool night in September, years ago Your smile lights up my entire spirit. Your laughter fills me with joy, and your mere presence will warm any room. I have no doubt you are the woman made especially for me. 

Thank you for the comfortable conversations and for asking me to be yours. Most importantly, thank you for sharing your love and wanting to make me your other half of sky. No matter how slowly or at what distance our courtship developed, I know standing before God and our future family, vowing to be your partner for life, was the easiest decision I could have ever made. 

Each day that passes makes our love for each other grow stronger. Although I know it’s hard for us to be apart, I know there is nothing that can keep us apart forever. Our desires will continue to stretch across any distance, over the Titiwangsa Ranges and Straits of Malacca between us. Nothing can stand between us, and nothing will stop me from meeting you. 

You are my future and nothing can ever keep us from our destiny. I miss you more every day. I am here with open arms where you will some day finally arrive, right where you belong. I love you Sabrina. 

Love Always,

The Half Moon Serenades.
13th December 2012.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Of Dogs & Love

Elbert Hubbard once said:

"A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you."

               I grew up in a neighborhood that was pet-friendly. There is always the sound of dog barking or cat fighting days and night. As nearly anyone who has adopted a dog or cat in their life can attest, there’s something special about a rescued pet; it’s as if the animal senses he’s been given a second chance at life. That’s certainly the case with Lucky, a Golden Retriever who was rescued before she was to be euthanized.  Since then, Lucky has taken on the role of rescuer to five-year-old Jason, the son of my neighbor.

              Jason suffers from San Filippo syndrome, an inherited, metabolic disease where children lose the ability to speak, walk and eat. The disease also causes severe neurological damage that leads to aggressive behavior, hyperactivity and seizures.

              Unless that changes, Jason isn’t expected to live past the age of 15 and may be in a vegetative state by the time he is eight. Realizing that every moment is extra precious, a combination of prayer and persistence led his father to Lucky. They took to each other immediately, like kindred spirits as Lucky greeted him with licks and affection.

             Lucky has become a literal shoulder for Jason to lean on when walking, and a calming influence when he’s agitated. And while his dad makes sure that Lucky gets time off, he says that it’s hard to get Lucky to leave Jason’ side.

             And that's for me, is a groovy kind of love between a dog and a human.


To you whom I have met, it’s a beautiful time of year. Almost as beautiful as you. The scent of promise, the smell of skin, the bittersweet buzz of longing, this is how I feel you in my life; alive and electric, deep and wordless.

377 love letters dedicated for you still can't described how much my feeling for you, like the way I really feel. That I can’t describe, not even to call it a hunger.

Right now, the light is like honey and the air is like feathers. The evening is made of music and I’m already dancing in my heart. It’s almost as lovely as you Sabrina.

Until then, put in your heart the fact that I am in love with you way before we knew each other. Wait for me, for the next few days, distance is just the things of the past for us. I am coming home, where you heart is my hummingbird.

Love is a dream that comes alive when we meet.

Loving you,

The Half Moon Serenades.
3rd of December 2012.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Run Run Run

Jenny Curran once shouted in the movie Forrest Gump :

"Run Forrest, Run."

          Year 2013 is fast-approaching in 44 days and did you still have the same old problem that bugging you since January? I believed that whenever we are involved in complicated situations, we don't walk away from it. Instead we should start to RUN, because our life is so precious than the situation.

          You should start running from people who keep hurting you. Stand up for yourself. Sometimes we suffer, not because of the violence others inflict on us, but because of our own silence. 

           Secondly, you should start running from superficial stereotyping. If you judge others by their skin color, their body size, and their outer beauty, you will miss everything about who they really are.

          At the same time, you should start running from people who only tell you about what you wanted to hear. You must remember that you are not a back-up plan.  You are worth more than someone’s second choice. 

          Furthermore, please run away from negativity. Sometimes life sucks. Sometimes life gets so hard that you don’t want to get out of bed in the morning. Sometimes life is so stressful that all you want to do is cry. But sometimes life is beautiful if we start to believe in it.

           Last but not least, run as far as possible from a guy or a girl that didn't love you with all their heart. If another person steals the heart of the person you love, be thankful that you learned the truth sooner rather than later. Because their love was never true as true love can’t be stolen.

           And perhaps, a groovy kind of life is just around the corner for you.


To you whom I have met, 5 years and 300 days of knowing you seems like yesterday. Our love flown by in the blink of an eye, and I’ve loved and cherished every second of it. I can’t wait to build our family, to continue building our love, and to continue having you in my future, my Sabrina.

I still remember the first time we are supposed to met and I ended up being late for our meeting, but it changed my life forever, because you entered into my mind at that moment, and I knew I never wanted you to leave. Years later, you are still that same girl I can’t stop staring at across the block. That same girl I want to talk to even though I’m late. That same girl who makes me feel warm with her smile and the twirling of her hair.

376 letters still can't described how much my love for you. Every man can dream of having a Cinderella in their life but for me, you and only you is the life that I want now and in future. Until the day we meet again this December, look at the sky. Somewhere up there, I am looking at the same direction as you.

Loving you,

The Half Moon Serenades.
17th of November 2012.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

As Time Goes By

Dear hummingbird,

Audrey Hepburn once said:

                      "I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles."

       Few years ago, I remembered the moment when I wanted to the tell you about my feelings in person when I visited you in UM but then I thought I would write them in an e-mail, so you can hold on it no matter what the answer. 
       I have been in love with your for the past year.  I did not tell you of my feelings earlier because I feared losing you as friend. One has to be really lucky to have a friend like you.

       You have been there for me in the worst of times, and I feared I would lose an amazing friend like you forever. Then I realized that I wanted to tell you the truth as each moment away from the feelings makes me felt like a thousand deaths. I would rather lose you and live in sorrow, than spend the rest of my life wondering what if.

       As time goes by, I never regretted my decision. You are the most wonderful girl I have ever met and not falling in love with was never an option for me. It is impossible to find someone who is so beautiful in heart and form. I love you.

      This is the first time I have been in love & a girl returned it with all her heart and I am glad that fell in love with such a wonderful girl. Even if you do not feel the same I can go through life knowing that I fell in love with the right girl.

      There is so much more to say and yet I can say no more. All I can I hope that God has taken mercy on me and destined the best girl in the world in my life. 

      375 love letters still can't described how much I love you, every day.

By the moon I sit to seek your glory,
The red roses I gave created a new love story,
Seasons are many but the reason is few,
What remains is that I will always love you Sabrina.

Loving you,
The Half Moon Serenades.
11th of November 2012.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

The Rain of Love

André Paul Guillaume Gide once said:

"Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore."

          During hot sunny day of June 2011, I was given a wonderful opportunity to work with Hui Wen, a cute six years old girl at the shelter home where I had volunteered since secondary school. She is a petite but sweet young girl with glittering black eyes and an unquenchable zest for life. She shows no sign of any mental or physical impairment yet, according to the caretaker, she was born premature and have some sort of disability in her movement. 

           I love the nature and for me, one of the best way to get up, close and personal with the kids is by bringing them closer to the nature which in turn, is our beautiful Penang Botanical Garden. And that was my destination with her.  As sweet as candy, Hui Wen still have a character of girl who is eager to learn just about everything that she saw with her beautiful eyes.
          Suddenly she asked me, "Did you smell something?"

          Well, I can see that the dark cloud is fast approaching across the hill and immediately I told her, "It was the smell of the rain my dear, and we are about to get wet".

           Jokingly she replied that it wasn't the smell of the rain, but it was the smell of happiness right from her heart. For no particular reason, she said that day, is the happiest day of her life. For the first time since she stayed at the shelter home, some one took her out to this beautiful place and enjoying the wonders of nature , and she feels loved.

            Well, I can felt that tears blurred in my eyes as Hui Wen happily hopped down to play with the other children before the rain came. During those long days and nights of the first few years of her life, when her nerves were too sensitive to be touched, I believed that God was holding Hui Wen very dearly in His blessing, and it is love that makes her a young brave girl that appreciate love so well.

            I am happy that I can provide happiness to the kids at the shelter home. I just can't let myself enjoying the richness of this world knowing that some where out there, there is a lot of tiny little heart who yearned to have a time out with someone who care for them. I am not rich with money but sure I am rich with time because I believed love knows no boundaries.

           Perhaps one day, life will be fairer to them and groovy kind of love will never stop raining down.


To you whom I have met, I love you. I love everything about you, your simple life that enchanted me, your smile that melted my heart, your eyes that full of passion and most of all, your endless love that showered towards me.

With you, I felt like I am one step closer of being a complete person. Life for me is about the pursuit of happiness, neverending. But having you right here in my heart, I am enjoying every moment of my life with no regret about the past.

For 374 love letters, I had expressed my love towards you, some anonymously, some with a hint of clue and some as open as this letter, but yet I still couldn't find a proper word to describe how much I loved you in my heart.

I want you to be the happiest girl in the world, or perhaps one of the happiest. Leap as high as possible in your life Sabrina, knowing that my love will lead you home at the end of the day. There will be no monument about me in future about my work and volunteer life, but loving you and be your man of honor, is the best achievement in that I can achieve one day.

Forever In Love,

The Half Moon Serenades.
3rd of November 2012. 

Friday, October 26, 2012

The Night That I Want

Mother Teresa once said:

"Bring love into your home for this is where our love for each other must start."

             There was a time three years ago in January when I spent my evening at the orphanage, a young 6 years old girl named Emily who suffered from Asperger Syndrome asked me what did I see at the cloudy skies above (it was raining heavily at that moment)? I told her that the skies is blessing people on the earth with their love, which came in the form of rain. And she asked me more and more, endless.

             You see, for any other people, she is just an unfortunate child suffering from a weird syndrome. But for me, she is part of my skies. My sweetheart, Sabrina once asked me, why I'd always called my lover the other half of skies, and who is the other half? I would like to say that the other half of it is her and my mother, and another half is for all this unfortunate soul like Emily who needs love from someone who can touch their heart.

            A year before, Emily almost died when her small intestine telescoped into her large one. Less than a year after that, when she could talk with great skill and a detailed vocabulary, she mainly discussed two topics: death and God (Emily is devoted Christian).
                    One day, she said to me softly that she is going to die soon. And I whispered at her ears that I am going to have a broken heart forever if such thing happen in future (my girlfriend of two years just left me for someone else that month and I found comfort in Emily). And then she told, I will be just fine because the heavenly God will sent me another girl to loved which I believed true enough because I am loved by beautiful girl in Sabrina.

            Nowadays, Emily still live in my memory even though she is not here in this world. I believed that she is walking in heaven hands in hands with her Creators who going to love her more than me. Emily is more than just a cute little girl whom I had cuddled with when she is a baby. She is my inspiration to go out for work at 7 a.m in the morning and continue to teach at tuition or orphanage right until 10 p.m every night.

             I am 25 years old and I love my beautiful life. I am blessed with wonderful mother and sweetheart, I am blessed with opportunities in the work and studies and I am blessed to use my free time to teach the kids at tuition and orphanage or just sitting and chatting with the old folks.

            And for me, I am just blessed to give another kids a groovy kind of love right and the night that I want, is the night where I can spent doing what I loved, that is spending time with the kids, my mother and the other half of my sky, Sabrina.


To you whom I have met, I am not super rich or super handsome like other guy in this universe, but I wanted forever and always to be your man. A man that you will be proud of and cherished the most in your life.

People always condemned me for showing too much love towards you in Facebook and maintained that I should do it privately. But little that they realized the reason why I did this is to ensure you felt loved every day of your life.

You are my girl. The days I spent courting you for three years, the moment I spent talking on the phone with you, or dancing with you, albeit just for few seconds last April, is the moment I cherished the most in my life.

I considered meeting my ex-girlfriend three years ago is blessing in disguised. She once cursed me that if she left me, I won't have any other girl that going to love me with all their heart. Well, I am standing proud now, having you in my heart and proving that she is the one that searching for the night that she wanted until now.

373 love letters still can't described how much I loved you in my life, now and forever. Always I am in debt to you for showing me that woman heart is more than just the ocean of secret, it is the night that I am longing for, full of stars that followed me home.

In love with you Sabrina,

The Half Moon Serenades.

Friday, October 19, 2012

One Love, Seven Give Up!

Confucius once said:

"Wherever you go, go with your heart."

                We hold on to so many things that cause us great deal of pain, stress and suffering in our love life. At the end of the day, we should give up on this negative aura and embrace change in our groovy kind of love. 

              One of the thing that we should give up is THE NEED TO ALWAYS BE RIGHT. Ask yourself, would you rather be right and let the relationship disappeared in smoke or would you rather be kind and let your ego fly away in love? 

              Second, we should give up THE NEED FOR CONTROL. Allow everything and everyone to be just as they are and you will see how much better will that make you feel.

               Third, we should give up ON BLAME. Stop blaming your partner especially on small matters and start taking responsibility for your life.

               Fourth, we should give up OUR SELF-DEFEATING MIND. Don’t believe everything that your mind is telling you – especially if it’s negative and self-defeating. You are better than that.
               Fifth, we should give up LIVING OUR LIFE TO OTHER PEOPLE'S EXPECTATION. When we are in love, we must live it, own it, and especially don’t let other people’s opinions distract you from your path.  

               Sixth, give up THE PAST. Have a clear vision for the future, prepare yourself, but always be present in the now.

               Seventh, we should give up on OUR FEARS TO IMPRESS OUR PARTNER. The moment you accept and embrace the real you, you will find people will be drawn to you, effortlessly. 

                And perhaps a groovy kind of love is just around the corner for you and your love one.


To you whom I have met, I wished to gift you something and wanted to see the twinkle in your eye when you received it. I wanted to hold you close and tell how much you mean to me, I wanted to look into your eyes and see if you really cared for me, I wanted to hug you tight and feel secured, but then there is this distance between us which restricts me from doing all these.    

My dearest Rina, I see couples fight here who stay together and yet not realize what they have. I do, because you are far from me and only I know that I would be missing it, to just be with you. Just wanted to let you know that you are special and not because I love you but because you are a special human being, even without me. 
372 love letters still can't described how much you meant the world to me and I am counting the moment we will have a chance to be with each other again this December.

In Love With You, 450km apart,

The Half Moon Serenades.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Of Naked Breast, Topless and Cancer (The Jodi Jaecks Story)

Virginia Woolf once said:

"Love, the poet said, is woman's whole existence."

          Well, the month of October is here, and with it, a familiar sight in town where to note the start of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, people started to do the pink ribbon campaign. Even though I am a guy, I am not ashamed to join this kind of campaign by putting the pink ribbon at my cover photo in Facebook.

           Breast cancer attacks women as young as 8 years old. After failing to find swimsuits that fit comfortably, breast cancer survivor Jodi Jaecks asked the Parks and Recreation Department if she could swim topless at a local pool. At first their answer was no. But as soon as the news of rejection spread across the newspaper, the director of the park changed his mind and allowed her to do it.

           But it is too late as she decided not to go for a swim and  enough is enough. Jodi who had done double mastectomy, that is to remove both of her breast, was told by a facilitator at a post-breast cancer class, as well as Jaecks' partner (Jaecks is lesbian), suggested swimming as a possible fitness option.

           She went searching for bathing suits that would fit without hurting her scars. At one particular store she tried on every type of swimsuit from one-pieces to rash guards, and even men's triathlon tops. But nothing felt right and some of the promoter laughed at her.

           With 2 238,000 women diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011 alone, there should be more tools for prevention and care need to be found.Only then, they will have a groovy kind of new life to fight and to survive the life after surgery.


To you whom I have met, today is the day, a big day for you. Finally, after years of studying, you achieved one of your dreams, that is becoming a lecturer. It is amazing Rina, to think about the first day I knew you as a schoolgirl five years ago, and here you are, one step closer to have a beautiful life, as beautiful as you.

This is one of those days again when I am vying to be close to you and know that it is no way possible with your life in a different states altogether 450 km apart. I know you too feel the same for me at lonely times and when there is no communication on the front where you have to stay up all night. At times like these the only things that come to my mind are your conviction in our relationship and the strength of our faith and emotions for each other.

369 love letters still can't described how much I miss you in my life during our love distance relationship. But, I just want to say congratulations on your achievement my hummingbird. Together, we will achieve the best of life, forever.

Loving you,

The Half Moon Serenades.
1st of October 2012.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Girls Don't Cry (The Lonely Shepherdess)

Eleanor Roosevelt once said:

"A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it's in hot water."

              25 years of being raised and nurtured as man of honor, for me, women will always be the other half of sky for men. But somehow somewhere in this world, there is still exist a place, a hell on earth where women is treated like a slave. Where is the love? Despite efforts to improve their lives, girls in Afghanistan continue to suffer untold violence and discrimination.

            While a young girl was going home from school, she noticed a tall man with a long beard walking behind her. The next day, when the same man followed her, she became suspicious of him. Why was he staring at her as if she had done something wrong? On the third day, he walked toward her and stopped. Her body was shaking with fear.

            He said, “I will kill you if I see you going to school and leaving your home without a burqa.” She couldn’t say even one word to him. He ran away and disappeared into a side street. She was shocked by his warning and weeping when she got home.

           The girls studying in Afghanistan schools didn’t believe they should complete their education; they believed by the age of 8, they should get married and be a slave for their in-laws. They got these ideas from their families.

           I found myself in a totally different world. I didn’t see any women with burqas or men with long beards in Malaysia and yet there is still lots of ungrateful people who demand total freedom in harsh way. I do know that life is beautiful and smiling when we have the freedom to live on our own.

            According to Islam, getting an education is a basic right for every man and woman. Unfortunately, it is a fact of life that mostly Afghan women are not allowed to get an education, and the control of our lives is often in the hands of men. I wonder why women bow in front of all this stupidity in male-dominated countries like Afghanistan.

             Perhaps a groovy kind of love is there for them one day, someday.


To you whom I have met,  will you believe if I say that love is a symbol of eternity where it wipes out all sense, destroying all memory of a beginning and all fear of the end? That's the love that I had found in you.

It's amazing, the love that I shared with you here, seems stronger day by day. For me, to find someone who will love me for no reason, and to shower that person with reasons, is the ultimate happiness that I'm pursuing all my life.  A hundred hearts would be too few to carry all my love for you. 

Until then, put in your heart the fact that I had fallen in love with you way before we knew each other. 368 love letters is the evidence that  perhaps a groovy kind of love that we shared one day,  will be sweeter than gravity. 

Will you love me in October as you do in May,
Will you love me in the good old fashioned way?
When my hair has all turned gray,
Will you kiss me then and say,
That you love me in October as you do in May

With love,

The Half Moon Serenades.
26th of September 2012.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

And Never Let Her Go (The Story of Marcus & Monica)

Khalil Gibran once said:

"Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation."

         I love my life because it is full of magical moment, especially when I saw old couple holding each other hand together.  You will not see candlelight around, neither the moon, nor a bottle of the finest wine; this is the real thing. And the real thing is this amount of courage, this degree of devotion, and this level of grace.        

        La Noche Que Me Quieras (The Night That I Want), is the name of the tango Monica sang before losing her memory. Monica and Marcos, were married for 65 years but in the year of 2007, Monica was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and Marcos devoted himself to her care.

         As Monica’s illness progressed, she became more dependent on her husband, whose life was also substantially affected by her condition; at the same time however, supporting his wife gave Marcos a new reason to live, and allowed him to show aspects of his personality which had never been displayed before.  

          I believed that it takes two to tango. The man always leads and never lets go of his partner’s hand. In the dance of life, Marcos has always held on to Monica, whom he married in 1946. His grip became tighter, and tenderer, from 2007, when she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

          Just as Monica became more dependent on her husband over the years, supporting her gave Marcos a new reason to live. For the next five years, until she died in his arms, he devoted his life to caring for her every need, bringing her to bathroom, cooking for her and changing her diapers. 

           You see, for me life is beautiful, if we choose to believe and have faith in our love. Always remember that harmony is pure love for pure love is an unfinished concerto until the death do us apart.

           And perhaps, a groovy kind of love is just around the corner for you and your loved ones.


To you whom I have met, love can sometimes be magic. But magic can sometimes just be an illusion. I don't want you to be just another chapter of my wonderful story of life, for me, you were, you are and you always will be, the whole story.

Never let someone worthless brought you down to earth when you are soaring high at the beautiful sky my hummingbird. Always remember somewhere there's someone who dreams of your smile, and finds in your presence that life is worthwhile. So when you are lonely, remember it's true somebody, somewhere is thinking of you. And that person is me.

I love you Rina, where we love is home, home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts. 367 love letters still can't describe how grateful I am to have someone like you in my life. But I will never let you go. That's how much I love you.

Love is a dream that comes alive when we meet.

With love,

The Half Moon Serenades.
19th of September 2012.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Women In Afghanistan (The Execution of Najiba)

Coco Chanel once said:

"A girl should be two things, who and what she wants."

              For me, Islam is a beautiful religion, just like other religion that promote peace, freedom and humility in life. Regardless of what people might viewed it as fanatical belief, there is always a special place for women in Islam, where they are look upon like the other half of the sky. And yet, there is still a lot of crazy Muslim people men in this world that treated them like dog.

             However, there is the sickening video that emerged this week from a remote Afghanistan village. Najiba, the 22-year-old wife of a Taliban member, was shot nine times in front of dozens of ecstatic men. They applauded and cheered ''God is great'' as she was killed.

             Her alleged crime? Reports vary, but either she had a relationship with another Taliban man, or that man had sought a relationship with her. The local provincial governor said later that the two Taliban men had accused Najiba of adultery ''in order to save face''. They ''faked a court to decide about the fate of this woman and, in one hour, they executed the woman''.

              Where is the love? For me, this was one of the worst countries in the world to be born female. It remains a terrifying place for many women. Almost nine out of 10 Afghan women suffer physical, sexual or psychological violence, or forced marriage, at least once in their lives.

             The horror of Najiba's execution will linger, but it will not turn history. But, ultimately, Najiba's battle is one for Afghan men and women to fight. We pray they are victorious, but our hopes, in the meantime at least, are grim.

             Perhaps, one day, someday, there will be a light of love for them. Stand up for the women.


To you whom I have met, did you believe in the power of women? For me, women is the universal creature to cure men whenever we slipped into depression. A hug from them is like a handshake from the heart and worth a thousands words.

Women has no unpleasant side effects and is all natural.There are no batteries to replace, it's inflation-proof and non-fattening with no monthly payments. It's non-taxable, non-polluting, and is, of course, fully refundable.

I love you. I'd always hope that I am an octopus, so I could hug you as tight as possible. But at the end of the day, the hug from you is the one that I will cherish the most in my life.

Until then, put in your heart the fact that I had fallen in love with you way before we knew each other. 366 love letters here dedicated to you won't be enough to express how grateful I am when you appear in my life one day.

You are every women in the world to me, Rina.

Loving you,

The Half Moon Serenades.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Of Seedlings, Birthday & Love

Maulana Jalal ad-Dīn Muhammad Rumi once said:

"You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?”

        (Today article is a dedication to the other half of my sky who's celebrating her 24th birthday. May God be with you forever more.)

         At lunch the other day, a new friend and I were discussing changes in our lives and how everything feels very new and different.
         I had to admit that I am a huge fans of the work by Rumi, Khalil Gibran and Hafez.  I can see the way Khalil Gibran describes the process of change in my own life. He compares change to the immense bravery of a seed being forced into the ground. He describes the painful experience he imagines the seed must endure, as it splits apart and becomes something entirely different.

        Still deeply under the earth, the seedling struggles to find light, water, and nutrients for life. And one day, it emerges, not recognizable to those who only knew it as a seed.  Yet it remembers the journey—the journey to something larger, but unknown. 

          As I learned more about myself and honored the path that called to me, the seedling became stronger. As I spoke up and stated my truth—at first somewhat timidly and then more clearly—my seedling began to grow into something larger and more identifiable.

          I came to see who I was becoming. I stepped out into the light. I offered my gift to the world. I let go of trying to control the result and honored the moment. As I became more authentic, my life began to take shape.

          I met other people on similar paths.  Some found me while seeking their own answers.  A new circle began to emerge, one based on this new growth—my sturdy little seedling.

          As such, be strong in the new chapter of your life my dearest Rina. And like the seed, remember the journey. Do not discount the dark days spent waiting for the emergence of yourself.  Those days have given you valuable information that you can share with other people on this path.

          As a seed buried in the earth cannot imagine itself as an orchid or hyacinth, neither can a heart packed with hurt imagine itself loved or at peace. The courage of the seed is that once cracking, it cracks all the way. 

          Perhaps a groovy kind of happiness is just around the corner for you on your birthday.


I am nothing special, of this I am sure about it Sabrina. I am just a normal man with extra-ordinary thoughts and I've led a beautiful life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten, but I've loved you with all my heart and soul, and to me, this has always been enough for me in my pursuit of happiness. I love you, now and forever, happy birthday again my hummingbird. 

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Dreams & You

Dear Hummingbird,

Feelings that once were hidden,
Are now expressed to you,
Days that once were stormy,
Are now the brightest blue.

Times that once were lonely,
Are now filled with pleasure,
All that once was mine alone,
,Are now things we both treasure.

Nights that once were cold,
Are now comforting and warm,
Fears that once were very real,
Are now gone with the storm.

A heart that once was broken,
Can now finally mend,
A person once alone in life,
Can now call you a boyfriend.

Dreams that once were longed for,
Are now all coming true,
The love I once thought was gone.
I have now and forever I love you.

Always :)