Thursday, September 24, 2015

Letters 447: The Power of Thank You

Charles Dickens once said:

"I have been bent & broken, but I hope into a better shape.” 

To you whom I haven't met, 

          Yesterday, while waiting for my friend at KOMTAR here in Penang, I bought a bottle of water from a small kiosk selling chips & snacks. It was a hot afternoon so I stood inside while waiting for her to arrive. There was no door, just an open wall to the street. 

           The friendly old vendor chatted to me in broken English which I can only partially understand. She told me that her name in Nancy (or Lian See?). She gave me a small Hacks (a type of sweet) the moment she heard me coughing non-stop. We chatted for awhile & she told me she was looking forward to eating when she finished her 12 hours shift but she did not know what to eat. 

           She was rubbing her tummy & she said she was so full of trouble & anger that her spirit & body were hurting. Well by now, you should that your other half here is quite a busybody person (hahaha) so I asked her why. She said two days ago, a man came into her shop & stole some snacks. It was out of sudden & he was gone. She has to pay the owner of the kiosk for the loss. 

           My hummingbird, you might think that your guy here will say 'I'm sorry to hear that' but I did not. I told her that why not she just forgive the man & take it as a blessing from God. I even offered RM 5.00 to replace her loss if she needed that money badly. I said 'please take this RM 5.00' & you know what, she burst into tears.

           She came around the counter & hugged my arm. Still crying, she issued a stream of prayers, blessing me & my whole family. A little embarrassed, I said to her 'it was not from me, it was from God'. She smiled & said something that truly made my day.

            Dear you, you want to know what she said? She said 'THANK YOU'. 
            Thank you is a simple word that most of us took for granted in life & yet for me, this is a blessing from God. I believed that no matter the size of the gift, receiving graciously is truly a form of giving. 

             By the time you read this letter (one day), I believed you are now a part of my life, my other half of the sky. I just want to say thank you for accepting me when no girl even bother to look, I just want to say thank you for being patience when reading all my 447 letters to you, BUT most importantly, I want to say thank you, for being brave enough to say that you loved me unconditonally, THANK YOU.


You might not be the prettiest girl out there, but deep in my heart, you will always be the most beautiful. 

Until then,

The Half Moon Serenades.

24th of September 2015.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Letters 446: To Destiny

Anais Nin once said:

"Throw your dreams into space like a kite, & you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, or a new country." 

To you whom I haven't met yet,

        This morning I found a purple rose after a long search, so I thought that instead of pressing it, I would try to keep it as it is by waxing it! I shoud add that I had heard of this idea & as I like to try anything at least once, I thought I'd do a spot of waxing.

         I melted a candle in a Milo tin & dipped the purple rose into it. The funny part  was that the purple rose just disappeared. Maybe I didn't do it right. (hahahaha)

         Still, I am pressing some other flowers right now, by the simple method of sitting on them. If they do turn out, I will keep them at my office, in a frame. But if they don't, please forget my dear, that I ever attempted this funny hobby.

          Dear hummingbird, before I ended this short letter to you, I want you to know that I am now having a taste for foreign food, as such, I am learning to cook Korean cuisine. What is meant by the words 'daekgalbi'? Bing it for the answer if you want to know about it.    

           Until then, put it your heart the fact that 446 letters still couldn't describe how much I wished you can enjoy my beautiful life together with me. But I know, I just haven't met you yet. Rest assured I am here, forever more, for you.


Did you know what is the wedding gift that Napoleon Bonaparte gave to Josephine? He gave her an enamel medallion with the words 'To Destiny'.

To destiny,

The Half Moon Serenades.

12th of September 2015.


Sunday, September 6, 2015

Letters 445: The Other Half of the Sky III

Andy Warhol once said:

"They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” 

To you whom I haven't met yet,

         Did you have a favourite day or time? For me, Sunday, usually between 12.00 p.m. & 6.00 p.m. is the time that I called my sanity hours. It seems like a long time but in fact, it is amazingly short period to get anything done. During these six hours, I have to do the laundry, clean the house, go grocery shopping at Tesco & once in a blue moon, cook up some idea about what to have for dinner. In between, I have to squeeze in business lunches & call people to discuss work stuff. 

          To some, this may look easy because I am still single, but for me, it is very simple. I am willing to bet my bottom ringgit that if men were the one having babies, the situation would have gotten much worse. Look at how the stay-at-home mother living their life! I have a friend who raised two children in a very remote town of Balik Pulau here in Penang. We recently met & she admitted that she battled daily suicidal impulses. She said she could not have coped had her mother did not stayed with her. Luckily for her, she had a sympathetic husband who tried to do his share. There are cases where the wives are not so fortunate.

           Dear you, more guy may choose to stay unwed & worse still, out of the workforce. I am sure I do not have to go into details of Malaysia current economic situation. But I thanked to the Almighty God almost everyday for I am still able to have a good life, enjoying good food, in the pink of health,yearly travel, earning good salary, owned several businesses, a car (everyone jokingly called my car as Ferrari California, but seriously, it is just a budget local mode of transportation) & two houses. Some people at my age, they still searching for the meaning of their life.

          Well, I just haven't met you yet. But I have no regrets about being a single guy. For me, when a man loves a woman, that love should be hers forever, not to be share with other woman, not to be burden with financial difficulties & to live as if there is no tomorrow. I am sure, somehow someway in future, I can finally found you. Until that time, live your life to the fullest my hummingbird. 

p/s I can't wait to cook a lot of nice food for you in future, not just on Sunday, hopefully everyday.

For the other half of my sky,

The Half Moon Serenades.

6th of September 2015.