"Sometimes fate is like a small sandstorm that keeps changing directions. You change direction but the sandstorm chases you. You turn again, but the storm adjusts."
- Haruki Murakami (Kafka on the Shore, 2002)
To whom I haven't met yet,
Nowadays, it is not easy to define the word 'wealthy'. We used to declare that we would be satisfied once we earned a five-digit salary. Being able to change from 'Rapid Penang' to the cheapest local car available (such as my old faithful Perodua Myvi) was in fact, enough.
Few weeks back, me & my colleague nearly choked on our lemon tea when we learnt that it cost one of our associate parents, RM 25,000 to buy for him a brand new Audemars Piguet watch as birthday present. Even though most of us can afford it but we decided there was no need to prolong that conversation about his watch.
Young people today want the best simply because parents are prepared to fulfil their demands. Even primary school students are given expensive iPhone 6 on their birthdays before they turned 12. But many failed to realize that money cannot buy time, love, relationships & moral values.
Anyway, talking about birthday, for me there is no need for us to spent a fortune on birthday gift. Personalised gifts are invaluable. It could be a special handmade gift that you will never find in any shopping mall. It may simply be handwritten paper. Such gifts are priceless, for they speak of your worth to the giver.
Dear you, it has been a fast-moving year for us. But let us pause to recall the truly fulfilling moments & seek to fill our days with more of such in the remaining six months of the year 2016.
Until then, you had me at hello.
Silence, I discover is something that you can actually hear.
For the other half of the sky,
The Half Moon Serenades.
10th of July 2016.