Yesterday night as i ponder and reflect on the day that just ended, I told myself that I just had to write and document my experiences in this beautiful country. I want to thank God for every experience wether a happy one or a not so happy one. I want to thank God even in small instances and little joys.
After going to church, I decided to go to a local food court to eat my favorite ramen. I decided to sit in front of a lola. She wanted to smile at me(I think) but instead held back that smile and just looked at me. Her eyes were smiling as she started writing in her lotto ticket. Then she got out an envelope from her bag. She looked at me again. Was she shy to let me see her money in the envelope or is she thinking of something else. I smiled at her as I used my chopsticks to get my fresh white noodle to my mouth. That was a joyful incident for me. No conversations but i knew i was able to convey a joyful moment to her.
Spending time with Martin is another joyful moment. Martin and I have long walks in the morning. Each day I would encourage him to walk with me from the condominium to the Botanical Garden. It takes about 15-20 minutes to reach the Botanical garden from our place. Martin is a verbiose teenager talking from the moment we stepped out of the flat to the time we reach home (coming from the walk). All this time I would listen and cherish all his corny jokes and history stories (from showbusiness to Nickolodeon shows). I would wipe his forehead from perspiration and put small towels at his back. Taking care of him is so much fun for me.
Many more stories.. each day I hope to share one. Each interaction with another human being is a story to tell. It may be simple but it is simple magical to me.
This morning I went out to attend a noontime mass in Novena church. Then I went to Toa Payoh to visit a popular bookstore where they sell reviewers for primary students.