It Wasn’t A Sequel To Begin With
November 29, 2012 – 18:32 | No Comment

My 3rd novel wasn’t meant to be a sequel to the 2nd novel in the first place. Then something happened. Characters began to beg to be included in the story. Thus, a sequel was born.

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Discover Your Home

Submitted by on September 9, 2010 – 04:06No Comment

Home, as defined by Dictionary.com, is the place in which one’s domestic affections are centered. It could be a house, apartment, or other shelter that is the usual residence of a person, family, or household. It also means that HOME is the place where we spend most of our time in; to rest and relax, to do the things we love, to cook and eat, to spend time with our loved ones. Yet, do we know our home as well as we should?

When my family was abroad on a holiday last week, I found myself discovering so much more about my home. Heating the pan up to fry bacons for breakfast, I spent the next few minutes locating the cooking oil which mom has diligently hid in the oven. In it, I also found soy sauce, pepper powder, salt, sugar and seasoning powder. Why would anyone keep anything in the oven? Beats me!

If you were to ask me where do I keep my clothes, I would tell you that the pants are on the left rack while the skirts are on the right with shirts smacked right in the middle of the entire wardrobe; T-shirts and casual wears can be found all over my room on the floor, in the book shelves, next to my pillow, etc. But please don’t ask me where the toilet paper is or where mom keeps the extra toothpaste because every time I thought I know where these things are, I never found them.

That is exactly what happens when we begin to rely on others to handle our household (in this case, my family’s household). Things that we do not use as often as the toothbrush sitting on the sink in the toilet, we wouldn’t even realize if the items are being removed and placed in another space until we need it. I hunted high and low looking for that toilet paper last night because it wasn’t in the pile of things in the storeroom (like it normally is) and found three rolls hanging at the back door of the toilet. Have I not seen those five times a day when I use the toilet? I have no freaking idea. A call to mom cleared the air: She needed the place in the storeroom for something else so toilet papers are kept behind the door since…. last year! I felt foolish all of a sudden.

When furniture are re-arranged at home, we notice it instantly the moment we walk through the door. Or when our bedroom door turned from forest green to a shade of boring brown, we acknowledge the change. And sometimes we make a big fuss out of it. But do we notice it when someone changed our favourite photo frame hanging next to the television? Or perhaps someone broke a special glass gift sitting on the shelf but didn’t inform us of their fault because they do not have the courage to tell us? We’ll probably discover the missing items a few months down the road. Making a fuss then would have lost its impact.

Ah yes, there are things which we take for granted at home. The more we think we know our home, the more we don’t. Unless you are living alone, of course! But if you are like me (still living under the same roof as your parents) then I suggest we take time off and study our home. Open that cabinet you haven’t touched for months and see what’s new inside of it. Think of an item and look for it. Chances are a longer time is required till the item is being discovered.

Help yourself to know your home better. Spend more time exploring the roof you are living under. And while you are at it, I shall go looking for the engine oil I need to service my car with. I hope it is not in the refrigetrator (hah!).

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