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the simple life

"One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Seasons Change

"To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring." - George Santayana

"Spring passes and one remembers one's innocence. Summer passes and one remembers one's exuberance. Autumn passes and one remembers one's reverence. Winter passes and one remembers one's perseverance." - Yoko Ono

I have a theory.

People accustomed to seasonal changes have an advantage over us one season folks.

We often complain about how boring life in Singapore can be.

I say blame it on the weather.

Its always the same here. Hot, hot, hot. Maybe some rain. Then the heat comes back.

The monotony of it all.

Our fortunate friends who live in more frivolous conditions enjoy so much more. A classic coronation chicken for the summer and a bowl of hot caramelised onion soup for the winter. There's the summer games and the winter sports. A cool cotton shirt in the summer and a wooly mitten for winter. The shedding of leaves and the shovelling of snow. A cool swim in the summer and a warm fire in the winter.

Seasons tell us there is a time for everything. Listen to the Byrds (they took this from the Bible) who sing:

To everything (turn, turn, turn)
There is a season (turn, turn, turn)
And a time for every purpose, under heaven

A time to be born, a time to die
A time to plant, a time to reap
A time to kill, a time to heal
A time to laugh, a time to weep

I sometimes feel that living in stuffy Singapore, I am slightly less aware of the passing of time, slightly less appreciative of Nature and enjoying slightly less variety in my humdrum existence.

I miss Shanghai.


2 Comments:

At 11/26/2004 09:33:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your Suzhou pics look sooooo beautiful...when will i be able to take pics like that..sigh...makes me wanna go visit there..am glad that you like the place which was a surprise since i knew you didn't quite take to shanghai in your 1st visit. yes, weather can really do wonders to one's enjoyment of a country..reminds me of my very first solo trip to boston years back when it was end spring but still pretty chilly...just walking down the sidewalks with a cuppa of hot chocolate in your hands is simply beyond words..and then there was the trip to Vancouver with hunk which was our best trip to date and it was autumn..to see the changing colors of leaves and enjoy the cold winds blowing on our faces...we both felt we had never walked as much back home than when we were in vancouver.i enjoyed those walks where we just talked, laughed, and enjoyed the sights..sigh..i need a holiday...

 
At 11/28/2004 04:44:00 PM, Blogger isaiah_sg said...

The pics are alright. More important is the quality of light and the scenery.

By the way, the MacDonald's in Shanghai makes a mean Hot Chocolate. And it's really great for the cold weather.

Indeed, it's one of the nicest thing to have a warm drink in the cold.

Vancouver must be beautiful. Would love to go there too.

 

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