Sunday, March 05, 2017

Two More Sponsored Children in Pyapon, Myanmar!

Following my World Vision Sponsored Child Visit in Myanmar last year in November, I have (as of February this year) sponsored another two more children (a boy and a girl) from the same area, Pyapon. I'm happy to be able to contribute to these three kids, their family, and their community.

I want to make it a point this year to start corresponding with my kids regularly and sending them small gifts that would be beneficial to them in their development. As an avid reader and learner myself, the goodies I got for the kids are mainly educational items such as books, pencils, notepads, etc. These items can also be shared with their siblings or friends.

Do check out World Vision Malaysia, and perhaps, sponsor a child (or two) too! If you're interested in sponsoring children from Pyapon, Myanmar, please contact the WV Malaysia office directly as they may not be visible when you perform a search on their website.

As at February 2017, the number of remaining children waiting to be sponsored in Pyapon is 54. In November last year during my visit, it was 176 awaiting sponsors (out of the 2,000 children, 1,824 have found their sponsors). I hope they will all find their sponsors soon!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

#BuySingLit Festival 2017

Happy me! I stocked up my personal library with some local Singaporean literature at the #BuySingLit Festival 2017 at Gillman Barracks in Singapore. I've thoroughly enjoyed myself in the weekend of activities dedicated to Singaporean literature, browsing through the books, listening to local authors, talking to publishers and receiving book recommendations from them. It was awesome, AWESOME!

The highlight of my visit was meeting the author, poet, graphic guru, and thinker, the one and only Gwee Li Sui. I am now a proud owner of @gweezilla's (that's his Twitter and Instagram handles) latest HAIKUKU and WRITTEN COUNTRY: THE HISTORY OF #SINGAPORE THROUGH LITERATURE.

I'm lazy... (haha!) so I'll let my Twitter posts do the storytelling of the bookish event.

I also bought two Singapore coloring books and two Malay books at the book festival. I will share about them in another post soon. Meanwhile, happy reading, my friends!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

National Orchid Garden at the Singapore Botanic Gardens

It was still raining while we were making our way to the Singapore Botanic Gardens, but by the time we arrived, the rain has stopped and everything was looking so fresh and vibrant! I will be posting all the photos onto my Facebook Page at The Weekend Traveler.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Pablo Neruda, 20 Love Poems (Failed...), But the Best Valentine's Ever!

I'm sorry I didn't quite make it to the finishing line and managed only to post up to #14 before I ended up in Beijing, China on February 7. As we all know, almost everything is blocked in China (Google, Facebook, you-name-it), and that means I couldn't finish what I started. I'm sorry...

BUT, I did end up in a very nice place and that's the Pablo Neruda Suite in Raffles Hotel, Singapore. THE BEST Valentine's Day. Ever!

Monday, February 06, 2017

Pablo Neruda #14: 20 Love Poems

Every day for the next 20 days leading to Valentine's Day, I will be sharing bits of Pablo Neruda's TWENTY LOVE POEMS (VEINTE POEMAS DE AMOR).

Here's the 14th counting down to the celebration of ♥...


Oh the black cross of a ship.
Sometimes I get up early and even my soul is wet.
Far away the sea sounds and resounds.
This is a port.
Here I love you.

O la cruz negra de un barco.
A veces amanezco, y hasta mi alma está húmeda.
Suena, resuena el mar lejano.
Este es un puerto.
Aquí te amo.