to whom it may concern:

it’s the end of the year, and since the start of my blogging career (whatever the fuck that means) it has been a habit to conclude the year with some sort of bilantaine. and I am addressing this to you, because I cannot think of a different or more appropriate form to write this. every time I think that I have conveyed everything I meant to, more thoughts and unwritten words float to the surface. I can’t stop it.

I am writing this on the morning of december 6; well ahead of time before all of this goes live. these words will be edited and scrutinized and boiled over many times. but they will be true.

the first thing I saw this morning was a text message from you. it surprised me, really. we aren’t exactly in the habit of keeping in touch every day, although the frequency seems to be increasing lately. mandela is no more, you wrote. my heart sank. and then it sank a little bit more when I came to senses and realized what it actually meant. what also surprised me is that, the feeling I had was parallel to the one I have when I think about you. when I realize again that we are not what we used to be. that, we, too, are no more. sometimes, in my head, it’s all different, dreamy almost. I keep coming to terms with the reality, but the way it works, it seems as if I take one step forward, two steps backwards. I never told you this. I never told you many things. I don’t think we will ever truly be removed from each others’ lives.

maybe I am wrong about that. I have a tendency to lose track of what’s real.

twenty-thirteen was difficult, tough, character-affirming. twenty-thirteen was simply an aftermath of the year before. lessons learned, and learning to live with them. learning to live with my choices and my mistakes. I struggled to let go. to forgive, to find peace within. but more than anything else, I needed to find the strength to forgive you. we lost contact for an entire year. I never stopped thinking about you or checking in you. in my head, I was convinced that you were doing well. I had all these images of you being happy, blooming (again, whatever the fuck that means), having the best time of your life. it wasn’t until much later that I saw that I was wrong. I was wrong and it made me feel terrible. I wish, though, that it was you who reached out first; because now I am never sure whether you are only responding out of sheer politeness and not wanting to hurt my feelings. as if you could any more.

the same thing keeps happening over and over in my life; once in a while there always comes an event, something, that makes me convinced that I won’t be able to survive. but then I do. I mend, I heal, I keep going on. life moves on. it always astonishes me, how much I can take. how many times I thought I could not continue anymore, but here I am. still strong, well and alive. a better person, too, perhaps. do you think I am a better person? do you think you are a better person? sometimes I am not sure how I would answer, if I was pressed for it. other times, I don’t have a choice, but to think that you are a better person; that you have always been. for my own sake.

life unravels in a strange way, don’t you think? you meet people and they change your life in such a way that there is no coming back. you taught me a lot, you showed me a lot, you gave me a lot and you took away even more. you took away the most. if there is anything I learnt this year, it’s one thing only: no matter how bad, how hard it gets I will survive. life goes on, and you will always be there, whether I like it or not. on the other hand, I think I do like it.

here’s to 2014 – whatever it will bring.

with love,

signed oscar wilde.

life, lately

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a shot of lavanda, looking down in sheung wan, at the roadside bar with the boy, the view of hong kong from 73rd floor of the ifc

and I wish you were here with me

christmas eve. I am sad tonight; quiet. I put on my favorite music; a shot of lavanda keeps me company. christmas is definitely not what it used to be. but I keep thinking that I will bring it back for my own in the future. I almost promised myself. I am not sure what happened. things used to be simpler at some in my life. I didn’t feel so wronged by the outside world, because that’s the root of the problem here: my feeling that I have been terribly wronged and betrayed by the world. this feeling is old and ancient and it has been with me for as long as I can remember. it is exhausting to live with it. because there is beauty in this world; there is love and there are good things. I wish I knew how to let them come close to me.

words are pouring out of me. I am making plans for the future, I am dreaming up entire spaces and days. I am making lists and preparing materials for the upcoming year. I have so much on my mind. stories remain untold inside of me and they are waiting to be let out. and I will let them out. but as opposed to my previous experiences, I will give it form and thought. it will make sense. I am typing away my soul and I don’t mind. there is so much to be shared yet.

sometimes it is all unbearable. but the loneliness, when you are surrounded with people, is the worst.

mindful mondays, thirty-nine


life is slowly beginning to come together. I feel as if I am swimming against the stream, against what everybody is telling me. but I find myself constantly looking in a different direction, always looking for other options. every day I spend some time researching all my possibilities out there; things I could do, things I would like to do. for a long time, I just waited and put up with the status quo, accepted compromises and lived a half-life. an opportunity arose a few weeks ago and I pursued it. I took a leap. at first, it seemed almost impossible; a little bit like a joke that I was playing on myself.

but now there is something tangible in front of me; something I can touch and show and feel. because it’s happening and the timing could not be better. I want to do something that I feel is right for me. something I want to do. I am finished with compromising and doing things with half the heart in it.

I have began working on three different projects for the upcoming year as well as two separate writing bodies of work. it’ll be tough; with the full-time job, with the upcoming changes. but this is what I want to do. write and document. so it’s going to be like that.

happy holidays, friends.