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Monday, May 21, 2007

Feeling a bit silly

Ever had the experience when you pick up the phone and speak in a nationally understood language (usually Malay in Malaysia) and by hearing the other person's reply in the same language, you realize that both of you are not native speakers of said language and are probably better off conversing in another tongue?

And then you both automatically switch languages, instinctively settling on one that the both of you are comfortable with and you can hear the sheepishness in each other's voices emanating clearly through the telephone line.

And you smile a sheepish smile to yourself and can't help feeling a little bit silly. I guess this is just part and parcel of life in a mutli-cultural, multi-lingual country!

Sunday, May 13, 2007

And it was a very hot night

Making a splash.
OK, totally unrelated picture to the post. But I like this picture very much and was dying to show it off. :) Captured it at the swimming pool at my Bali hotel.

Many a decision of mine has been made based on my gut feeling because I place a lot of trust in my perception of people and situations.

But I’ve come to understand that sometimes, as a teacher, as a parent...as a friend, despite a nagging feeling of something amiss festering in your heart, if your opinion is not sought, it might be best if you suppress the feeling, hard as it may be. Pray that it is wrong and wish the person the very best. Because more often than not, people learn best the hard way and their decisions and actions are not yours to make or dictate.

Plus, they won’t thank you much less, believe you if you warn them or point out to them that they might be setting themselves up for a lot of heartache, or that they might just be wrong about something.

And who knows? There is a chance that your gut feeling might prove incorrect!

So, the best you can do? I think is to be there for them if they fall- to lend a listening ear, a shoulder to cry on and provide an unwavering, stolid wall of strength for them to lean on.