Saturday, August 23, 2014

Letters 412: A Beautiful Life


C.S Lewis once said:

" Some day, you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again."

To you whom I haven't met yet,

      During one of my bi-weekly visits to an old folk's home few days ago, I met a rather wonderful old man whose sacrifice really touched my heart. 

       When he was in his 20's, he stayed with his mother whom he loved very much. He admired her for all that she did for the family. Whatever his mom asked, he did it to relieve her burden. He told himself that he will never say no to her in anyway possible for as long as she is alive. 

       Anyway, he fell in love with a girl (a long-distance relationship) & wanted to marry her. His mother being a sceptic type of person did not approve of their relationship despite all the pleas & justification. Thinking about all the sacrifice that her mother had done for him, he decided not to get married yet but wait until her mother finally agree of when she was not around anymore.

        Time passed but his mother still did not change her mind & by the time she died at the age of 84, he was already in his 60's & suffering from diabetes, without any wife alongside him.

       Dear you, talking to him make me realised that he doesn't bear any grudge against his late mother for the state he is in now. He doesn't curse or swear that God has betrayed him in anyway. Instead, he seems to have accepted the fate & accept it without hesistance. 
  
        The question is, will we make the time for him & others like him? For the past 9 years of my life, I've dedicated it in helping others, let it be the old folks at retirement home, the orphan at orphanage or the student at centre in my free time. Sometimes, God gave me someone to love, twice but most of the time, they can't accept my life & of course the battle with my illness

        But for me, my hummingbird, my life is beautiful. I guess by the time you read this letter, we might be in love with each other or we might not. But I just want you to know, in the dew of morning, I will never stop praying that we can be together, forever in love when we finally met each other. 412 letters still couldn't describe how much I wish you can be here, living my life together.

Cheerios my sunshine,

The Half Moon Serenades.

23rd of August 2014. 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Letters 411: Of Lilo, Stitch & Love



Theodor W.Adorno once said:

"Love is the power to see similarity in the dissimilar."

To you whom I haven't met,

        Here I am again, for a few words in my 411th letters to you in 7 years before I go to the meeting. For your information, the weather in Penang is very poor & I guess the heavy rain signal the coming of Malaysia next monsoon season.

       During the last few weeks, I have managed to do quite a few amazing travel in Japan, among which was hiking Mount Fuji at Honshu Island, sitting in the world renowned Tokyo bullet train (Tokaido & Kyushu Shinkansen) & many more. As much as I wanted to share all my experiences in the Land of Rising Sun with you, I guess I will do it when I finally met you one day.

       Dear hummingbird, when I was in Tokyo Disneyland, I looked around for some thing for you but I didn't come across anything which could be called a product that uniquely Japan. Most of the souvenir sold in the theme park got this huge mark stating Made in China. Pretty ironic right considering both countries hated each other very much. 

       Anyway, I did bought for you a cute Stitch (of Lilo & Stitch fame) brooch. It is not a random buying because I believed that one day, you & me gonna share the same passion that I had for this blue koala-like creature (just like Lilo). 

       And with that, I end this letter for you this time with a hope that you will finally appear in my life one day. And also my angel, I will make sure first before I give you a gift from any countries that I visited, it won't have the same mark stating Made in China (just joking).

Yours always (someday),

The Half Moon Serenades (Z.L)

13th of August 2014. 

 


Friday, August 8, 2014

Letters 410: The Stairway to Heaven



Loretta Young once said:

"Love isn't something you find, but it is something that finds you."'
  
To you whom I haven't met yet, 

        Life is funny. It was raining heavily when I went for my lunch at a new place few hours ago, & there was this old man giving a little political talk to a bunch of young people. 

        For some reason, he was waving his hand like a conductor for an orchestra. He liked to say the 'F' word. A lot. 'F' this & 'F' that. And everytime he said the 'F' word, well they'd cheer. Well for me, I just laughed silently in my heart. How I wish you can be here with me to listen & laugh at his nonsense. 

        Anyway, talking about the rain, for the past few days I have been through every kind of rain there is in Penang. Little bit stinging rain (when I forget to bring my umbrella along yesterday morning), big old fat rain (like just now) or rain that flew in sideways (when some idiot drove their car too fast till the water on roadside splashed at me). Well, sometimes rain even seemed to come straight up from underneath.

          Dear you, it even rained at night when I drove back at the dark hilly area after finished teaching the kids. You might asked, were I scared? Well, I believed in the Power high above to protect me.
    
         Sometimes, it would stop raining long enough for the stars to come out. And then it was nice to drive. It was like driving along a paradise. There was over a million stars sparkles at the sky. I couldn't tell whether I am driving at dark hilly road or climbing stairway to heaven. It was so beautiful. I wish you can be here.

         For the past 7 years, I wrote & dedicated 410 letters for you here because I just haven't met you yet. I don't know whether we will ever met each other one day, or if we will only floating around unnoticed to each other like a wind. Until the day comes, I won't be far away.

For the other half of sky,

The Half Moon Serenades.
8th of August 2014.



Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Letters 409: Of An Old Guitar & Love



Helen Keller once said:

"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all."


To you whom I haven't met yet,

       Here I am sitting in my office room somewhere in Penang writing another letters for you. Well, today weather is a bit weird but the view of green grass near my workplace with casuarina trees & bushes surrounding it did a huge favour in helping me to relax a little bit. 

       Everything is dull & everybody is also very quiet (either reading, writing or perhaps just resting).The only noise is of police cars or ambulances zooming through on the main street. Of course, they are going from us, not for us, thank God.

       Before I started to write you these few words, I brought & played my old guitar to the tunes of 'Always on My Mind' by Willie Nelson. But as I mentioned in previous notes, my old guitar was a wee bit damaged but I did spent all my spare time few weeks ago doing my best to make it serviceable.
 
      Dear you, you will smile & laugh like Elmo if you heard the remarks which are passed by my colleague about my old guitar & how I played it like an old man. But they just don't understand, do they my hummingbird?

       Well, my dearest, maybe I haven't met you yet but I will say cheerio with the wish that I will be with you when the time finally comes. In the meantime, I just want to let you know that everything is well with the treatment that I received as previously mentioned (as I'm still strong enough to write for you the 407th notes in 7 years).


Until our next hello,

The Half Moon Serenades.
Penang.

5th of August 2014.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Letters 408: Of Love, Heaven & Earth



Eleanor Roosevelt once said:

"It takes courage to love."

  To you whom I haven't met yet,

      What an awful lot of letters from me that you must be reading by now, 408 letters in 7 years to be exact. Imagine me writing for you every week? To tell you the truth, I don't really have such a lot of time on my hand at present but by writing to you, it does help to break the drabness of the long day.

      Just to let you know, I will be writing a short letter to you for quite some time in order to take a good rest since I'm continuing the treatment to cure that lump at my neck (the same old problem). I can't tell you much about the treatment but although this may appear very mysterious, you have nothing to worry about one day. You will find that all your fear have been groundless. 

      Anyway, you will smile like Elmo if you were at where I'm now. Sometimes it would stop raining long enough for the cloud to come out & then it was nice. It was like just before the sun goes to bed down on lake, there was over a million sparkles on the water. Like that lake, it looks like there were two skies, one on top of the other. I couldn't tell where heavens stopped and the earth began. It was so beautiful. I wish you can be here with me.

     But until then, put in your heart the fact that I fell in love with you way before we knew each other. Pray together with me, will you? 

Yours always,

The Half Moon Serenades.

2nd of August 2014.