Useful proverbs learnt in childhood
Suppose there exists another Earth and
another life for you
Run for your life but don’t get overrun
King Solomon tells how, in a dangerous world
More thoughts on a slow train
Reflection on washing dishes
A wife’s undying love
and the Devil created McDonalds
Hakkas and the Great Taiping Revolution
Protection for a sickly child
overcome old age, suffering, sickness & death
On Feb 29, ask him to marry you
Life on the sideline
IN THE long run, we are all dead, whether from a stroke, heart attack or from being thrown under a bus, or simply from plain old age. The only life worth living is the laidback life, where you step aside to savour each moment, and watch more energetic folks run the rat race.
Since October 1978 when I started work as a journalist in Singapore’s newspaper monolith, I’ve been writing not just news reports but personal-style essays, commentaries and reviews (on books, films, computers and video games). Instead of leaving the stories as yellowed cuttings in rusty biscuit tins and shoe boxes, I’ve re-typed and updated some of my published articles for the Web so they can be read by friends and empathetic readers.
In three decades of journalism, I have written on practically everything under the moon (I still write best at night), except fashion, sports and celebrities which are fake topics. I’ve selected those pieces I enjoy reading back to myself (if you don’t enjoy reading what you’ve written, trash ’em).
The subjects I like best relate to life, loafing and leisure pursuits, pretty girls, ghost stories and day-dreams, and, always, Buddha’s exhortations to make the most of this human span before death hits us unexpectedly and inconveniently.
Except for some Latin quotes and maxims, and excerpts from Chinese poems and the Classics, and the magisterial King James Bible (God save me from modern-day insipid translations!), there’s nothing pretentious here (I hope).
Anyway, explore what I’ve got here and write your comments in the Guest Book below.
– Francis Chin, January 2005, revised December 2013
Autumn’s here while you're still dreaming of spring
Life at sea in a small fishing boat
Why nobody reads your blog
Imagine what you can do with $100 million
Celebrating life at a Chinese funeral
Premier Yan Shu 晏殊 on life’s petite joys
Su Shih remembers his dead wife
Saudade Tears for lost days, lost love