TGIF: Letters To:


In the previous entry, you see ‘Letters From:‘; letters addressed to me by friends and loved ones. However, a person who receives and does not give [back] is like a dead sea – so rich in minerals, yet no life can exist there – with only inputs without outputs. It takes two hands to clap, and it takes both on either side to maintain a relationship. Letters are one of the most practical ways to do so. Two-penny letters (Hanson, Kinfolk Volume Three, p102-103) work very well as opposed to the notion that one should only write ‘proper’, lengthy letters. A simple “Hey, love your dress!” or “Meet for coffee soon, old sport.” can be so heartfelt in letting the addressee know that you are thinking of them.

I have written and sent out much letters, post cards, post-its, handmade and DIY cards to friends and loved ones through the years but two-penny letters is a quick solution with the same intent and outcome [though results vary depending on effort spent la]. One doesn’t have to fret over filling in the lines of the letter with ‘substantial’ content too. Simplicity is the way of life. There’s also lesser pressure and expectation added to the addressee; they are not forced to write something back.

We’ve all received that out-of-the-blue note from a friend; the joy and comfort that these little check-ins bring us is incredible considering the simplicity and scale of the act. It doesn’t take much time or effort to jot down a thinking-of-you note to a friend that will change their day.
Killeen Hanson (Kinfolk Volume Three)

A follow-up to Kinfolk‘s HOW TO BE NEIGHBORLY: CHECKING IN article, here‘s how you can ‘check in’ in someone else’s lives without being too over the top. And it is inexpensive too. Scattered all around hot-spots in Singapore are the Zo card racks constantly topped up and replenished with new Zo [post] cards on a regular basis. Pick up a few with interesting themes, colors, concepts, photography, etc. Bring them home, use a trusty pen to write on the blank areas of the card, give them by hand or by post whichever is preferred. For my foreign friends, you can collect all those free post cards from your country’s attractions and hot-spots (museums, tourist centers, etc), they are good for writing too.

Knowledge is power, now that you know how and what to do, send out your two-penny letters [or Zo cards]!

P.S. I would love to see your two-penny letters. Please feel free to tag me on your blogs or social media platforms, or drop me a hyperlink to your new media platforms under the comments section of this entry.


Travel Writing

Thank God for the long weekend. Because of the long CNY weekend, I have the time and opportunity to set aside my projects for a while and think of what I wanna do in future. For the longest time, I have come to terms with that fact that I am someone who is passion-driven. Among some of my dream jobs include becoming an entrepreneur, journalist, writer, PR consultant and even working in my Church. After discovering my love and ‘talent’ (*coughs*) for writing, I feel that one day, I might wanna just try out travel writing as a career even if it is just for a brief period, before settling for a 9 to 5 desk job.

How nice it would be to take a sip of hot piping coffee in the early morning by the cafe in the streets of Rome, watch a Liverpool match live in the Anfield Stadium in Liverpool England, walk the historic Great Wall of China, drag myself on camelback across the unforgiving Sahara Desert in North Africa, cool down and cover myself with mud from the Dead Sea in Israel, exploring the alleyways in Thailand, visit the famed 台湾夜市 (Taiwan night market), drink the traditional soju into the night of Seoul Korea and finally fall asleep while witnessing the Northern lights (Auroras) in Alaska. How nice it would be to experience the rich culture each country has to offer! There is so much to see, so much to do, so much to experience out there in the great unknown.

How nice it would be to capture the magnificence the world has to offer on camera and penning down these encounters on paper.


But, like what the elders always say, can your passion huan kou fan zi (means can it generate sufficient income to make a living in Chinese)? What if your passion runs out or dies down (which it eventually will)? Haha. As such, I feel that having passion is one thing but it is also important to put perseverance and stake into your passion, even when it dies down. A man who only runs by passion is a man who will never accomplish much.

What is your ambition and passion? 🙂