Thursday, November 26, 2015

Letters 454: Of Appreciation & Midnight's Love

Voltaire once said:

"Appreciation is a wonderful thing, it makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well."

To you whom I haven't met yet, 

            Year by year, we may wish for a lot of things. But aren't we thankful that we always get our prayers answered? I gave up the comfort of sitting in high-end office building to venture into a job where richness is definitely not measured by material possessions. For me, we should not constantly seek material possessions as we march to a different drumbeat to accomplish the things that truly matter.

             I wish I could say yes but the reality is every journey is different. You can put a guy & a girl together, with the same love & the same passion, but the outcome can still be different. Whatever it is, we should take the ride together & help to enusre that we are one. 

             Dear you, if you want to walk fast in pursuit of happiness, you can walk alone. If you want to walk far, we will try our best to walk together. That is the love that we will share together one day. Love can be quite interesting when we do not know what is coming next. In my life, there are heartbreaking ones. But those moments pass when I remind myself that it is possible to get through even the darkest midnight's love when one has the morning hope shining within.

             Anyway my hummingbird, my mother always said that I got to put my past behind me before I can move on. I think that's what my 454 letters was all about. I had wrote for nine years. If you ever read all the letters, you should know, I won't be far away. Until then, have a wonderful life.


Time. It is priceless.

Yours truly, 

The Half Moon Serenades. 

27th of November 2015. 

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Letters 453: Of Faith, Love & Hope

Rumi once said:

"I once had a thousand desires. But in my one desire to know you, all else melted away."

To you whom I haven't met yet,

          Today, I was stuck in a gridlock at North-South Highway (PLUS) because the traffic lights were out at the Juru Autocity Interchange. It was raining at the same time. There was chaotic moment when everyone honking & getting freyed nerves. 

           I am sure we are all familiar with this situation day in & day out. Each time I use the First Penang. Friends, mom & relatives always ask why I was so calm even though the jam went on for more than one hour. You see, everyone's concept of time is unique even though we all have the same hours, minutes & seconds in a day. When people was in their teenage years, courting a girl, they want every minute to be an hour but I bet one day, they will wonder why a minute with their wife can sometimes feel like a day.

           Dear you, in our life, we often do not have full control of our own time. But I am sure I can find a time or two for you in the future no matter how busy I am in my hectic life. But difficult though it may be, I can & I must, protect our time.I believe that the time I am going to share with you, for the right reasons, is precious. I am thankful for the time I had in my life. 

           Today letter for you is a short one because yours truly here need to pack his bag & go for a backpacking holiday soon. I was teary-eyed as I browsed through all 452 letters that I wrote for you for the past 9 years because each reminded me that time is not about seconds, minutes or hours, but truly it is about love. Promise me you will be strong no matter where you are in this world. I will be here for you, forever & a day, Until then, live your life my hummingbird.


Life is indeed about choices. I am very sure I am not the most good looking guy out there. If I need to queue for you, I am very sure I will be the last of the bunch. But, I will never give up. Faith, love & hope is what really count.

Yours sincerely,

The Half Moon Serenades.
21st November 2015.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Letters 452: From Japan, With Love

Khwāja Shams-ud-Dīn Muhammad Hāfez-e Shīrāzī once said:

"Stay close to anything that make you glad you are alive."

To you whom I haven't met,

                 There's an awful lot you could tell about a person by their journey around the world. Where they've been. Where they're going. I've been to many countries in this beautiful world. I bet if I think about it really hard, I could remember each thing that I did in those 27 countries.

               When I was on my backpacking journey in Japan, I was glad to make a short trip to the island of Kyushu (Japan's third largest island). Anyway, did you know anything about Kyushu Island? Just for your information, this beautiful island is closer to South Korea compare to Tokyo. Believe it or not, I found myself hiking the rim of the world's largest caldera, taking a lonesome walk in the forest (tracking down moss-coated cedar trees that predate Mesopotamian Civilization) & being showered with ash from a live volcano (Sakurajima). Talked about being in a near death situation right?

               While in city of Nagasaki in Kyushu Island, I went to this old-style Kojigoku Onsen (one of the nicest Unzen a.k.a public baths). Did you know, most of the Unzen in Japan is actually unisex? I found myself sitting (yes, sitting on a wooden chair in the pool) with people from all over the world & of course the locals. Thank God, they didn't required us to stripped naked. After the refreshing stop, i went to Suizenji-jojuen, considered to be one of Japan's most beautiful stroll-gardens.The garden is at its best with an-early morning mist over the crystal-clear, spring-fed lake with multi-coloured carp swimming across the bridge.   

                  Dear you, like I was saying, I had a lot of company went I traveled in Japan. Some of them become a good friend of mine (they even asked me to return to Japan one day with you to visit them). Traveling across the world on a budget is fun. For no particular reason, I just kept on going whenever I can have a long holiday.Once, I went through the country of Russia using Trans-Siberia railway system, from Kunming to Moscow for 14 days. When I reached Moscow, I figured since I'd gone this far, I might as well keep right on going. When I got tired, I slept at the bus station with fellow backpackers just like in Phnom Penh (Cambodia). When I got hungry, I ate (sometimes, the food is kinda weird like rotten cheese in Kunming north of China). When I had to go poo-poo, you know, I went.

                    My hummingbird, journey was & still a part of my life. I sure wish it will be a part of our life too in future. I happened to believe you make your own destiny. You have to do the best with what God gave you. I guess that's what my life is all about. Each time I managed to struck off one country from my bucket list, I just said to myself, 'that's good, one less thing'. Until then, wishing you all the best in your life, wherever you are.


This sky where we live is no place to lose our wings, so love honestly & may our hearts can be like an old friends, forever more.

Yours truly,

The Half Moon Serenades.
13th November 2015.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Letters 451: Of Love, Time & Birthday

Loretta Young once said: 

"Love is something that finds you."

To you whom I haven't met yet,

             I have not owned a diary or planner for the past ten years. But I am super punctual typed of guy. My colleague said that I am crazy to be there early (let it be at work place, breakfast, lunch or dinner, public function even dating). You see, there was a popular Malay proverb which stated 'Masa itu emas/Time is Gold'. For me, it is more to 'Masa itu Kehidupan/Time is Life' if you ever asked.

             Anyway, talking about time, I guess the secret of my happy life in a busy world is to slow down, make time for myself & people around me. Recently, my mother was admitted to the coronary unit in Penang General Hospital because of the same problem that haunted her for the past three years (arrhythmial fibrilation). She was confined in a small room in CRW Unit for more than three hour to undergo a minor heart surgery. In that three lonely hour, life took on a different meaning to me. One of the nurse (quite pretty) asked me why I did not take out my Microsoft Surface 3 Tab to surf my time away. 

            Dear you, the answer is simple, my mother is on the surgery bed & what kind of person I am if I surfed Facebook while she fought for her life there?

            So how did I pass the time? By reflecting about our life & pray.Well, I guess God listened to my prayer because few hours later, the doctor said my mother condition getting better & they can reduce her medication intake. Talk about counting the blessing right?

            My hummingbird, there is so many people that said time is not important, but love is more important. But I believed in both. I believed both is important at the same time. I believed that if we managed both in a proper way, life will be more meaningful as time goes by. 451 letters for you & still counting, still cannot describe how beautiful this life can be. People said I am crazy for writing this kind of junk. Well if this junk can led me to you, this junk of letters is my everything, just like you.


Yesterday was my mother 56th birthday. I brought her to a very wonderful ala carte buffet restaurant at Penang Times Square for birthday dinner. She was happy & smiled all the way back home. On the way back, she asked me about you, but I told her to be patience & relax because I haven't met you yet. I asked her to imagine, how beautiful it will be when the right person comes along in my life one day. I hope that person is you.

Until then,

The Half Moon Serenades.

7th of November 2015.  

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Notes 450: Like the First Time

Laura Ingalls Wilder once said:

"Have courage when things go wrong."

To you whom I haven't met yet,

              Yesterday, it was my turn to be a volunteer at the old folks centre. At the same time, I saw an old lady, 84 years old, petite, well-poised & proud lady, who is fully dressed each morning with her hair fashionably styled & makeup perfectly applied even though she is legally blind, moved to this old folks centre. Her husband of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary.

          After many hours of waiting patiently at the corridor of the old folks centre, she smiled sweetly when I told that her bed was ready. As she moved her walker along the corridor, I provided a visual description of her tiny room, including the curtain that had been hung on her window. 

         “I love it,” she stated with the enthusiasm of a small kid having just been presented with a gift. Bu, the problem here, she haven't seen the room.

          “That doesn’t have anything to do with it,” she replied to me in fluent English. 

          “Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time. Whether I like my room or not doesn’t depend on how the furniture is arranged, it’s how I arrange my mind. I already decided to love it. It’s a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice; I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do. Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open I’ll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I’ve stored away, just for this time in my life.” she said.

            For her, old age is like a bank account, she withdraw from what she have put in. So, her advice to me would be to deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account of memories.  

            Dear you, live your life to the fullest. I hope you will free your heart from hatred, free your mind from worries & live simply by giving more & expecting less. Rarely I talked about my personal life, but I hope one day, when I finally met you, we can share this beautiful journey together, forever. Until then, have yourself a wonderful life.


In the next few weeks, I will be on my annual journey around Malaysia & the world. Will you share the same passion with me about travel? I hope so, because if not, I will make sure you try your best to enjoy it one day, like the first time.

Cherrios hummingbird,

The Half Moon Serenades.

1st of November 2015.