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{September 5, 2010}   Red sky in the morning

Stirring, I tossed and turned.

I gave up the fight to be

woken up by the unsettling heat.

And then the distant boom of thunder.

The sky is pregnant with heaviness.

When will the storm break?

Lightning flashes. First in

short

random

bursts.

Then in quicker succession.

The contractions begin.

I await in anticipation.

Pacing, my heart paces.

And finally,

with a clash and bang!

The first drops give.

Stirring, I tossed

and turned. I gave

up the fight to be woken

up by the unsettling

heat. And then the

distant

boom

of thunder.

The sky

is pregnant with

heaviness.When will the

storm break? Lightning flashes.

First in short random bursts. Then

in quicker succession. The contract-

ions begin. I await in anticipation.

Pacing, my heart paces. And

finally, with

a clash and

bang! The

first drops

give.

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{July 10, 2010}   sunrise

i woke up this morning to pee and couldn’t get back to sleep. gazing out of the window, i noticed a tiny orange arch peeping out from the horizon and proceeded to document the next few minutes.

Sunrise Sequence 1

Sunrise Sequence 2

Sunrise Sequence 3

Sunrise Sequence 4

Sunrise Sequence 5

Sunrise Sequence 6

Sunrise Sequence 7

Sunrise Sequence 8



{September 1, 2009}   right as rain

Afternoon Rain

when not too destructive, rain is a relief from the heat of day. even at night, rain makes you want to snuggle up tighter and sleep tighter. this afternoon, i continued my ravenous reading amidst the delightful downpour.

i love how the wind howls and creates a vortex that lifts and sends the leaves fluttering in an upward spiral. they look like a hundred thousand butterflies.

i love the billowing bellowing black clouds, that’s when the smell of impending rain knocks me out. i am an inhalant so that works for me.

this scent should be bottled up and sold at body shop’s next spring range. this is what how stuff works says about the smell of rain:

As it turns out, the smells people associate with rainstorms can be caused by a number of things. One of the more pleasant rain smells, the one we often notice in the woods, is actually caused by bacteria! Actinomycetes, a type of filamentous bacteria, grow in soil when conditions are damp and warm. When the soil dries out, the bacteria produces spores in the soil. The wetness and force of rainfall kick these tiny spores up into the air where the moisture after a rain acts as an aerosol (just like an aerosol air freshener). The moist air easily carries the spores to us so we breathe them in. These spores have a distinctive, earthy smell we often associate with rainfall. The bacteria is extremely common and can be found in areas all over the world, which accounts for the universality of this sweet “after-the-rain” smell.



{March 18, 2009}   finally, some time

the most important update from my previous post is that the sty from my right eye is gradually shrinking. it does not even hurt anymore.

the next important update is that the march hols have come and is slipping through my fingers like sand. at least i have a few days breather before the madness starts again.

a related update is that i’ll be whisked away on a (as chiche as it sounds) romantic getaway for an extended weekend. the past few weeks was really crazy, i hardly even had time to talk to the geek on the phone in the evenings. this trip will be a well deserved one.

we live for the holidays, the toil in between term breaks takes 110% of our time, energy, sweat and blood. so, dt and i have booked our flight and accomodation in bali for june. brillant! we are so pleased with ourselves.

i spent a good part of the day spring cleaning my room. that involves changing the sheet, wiping the mirror, washing the floor, disinfecting the surfaces and recateogorising my numerous compartmentalised storage spaces.

it was therapeutic and worth it.

Reconfiguration

the neat freak in me sent my heart racing at the sight of this online – a good idea if i live in a dust free environment.

Bibliochase
other than that, i spent the other good part of the day watching the rain clouds pour. apparently, the street down the road has been the worst hit area by the storm on sunday, 5 trees were uprooted not too far from here.

Torrential Storm

Torrential Storm

Torrential Storm

morbid alert:

such overcast skies also makes for good somber visits to the kranji war

memorial.

Kranji War Memorial

Kranji War Memorial

i’m quite pleased with myself that i managed to see this field trip through, with wreath laying ceremony plus a bulger to boot.



{July 14, 2008}   morning has broken

Break of Dawn at Toh Guan
7am, Saturday, 12 July 2008

before the world wakes, there is another an unearthly rush hour before the break of dawn. i belong to that world between the sleeping and the waking.

its was a rare slight to witness the darkness take a bow and recede as the veils of obscurity lift.

that’s how early my saturday mornings start.



et cetera