Hitting life’s sweet spot  秋雨夜眠

Who can know my feeling  有誰知我此時情

With eyes but unable to see the mountain
Useful proverbs learnt in childhood

Those were the days  in Chinatown

Small sweet world Taipei’s mini-food alley

Another Earth, another chance
Suppose there exists another Earth and
another life for you

Will anyone cry at your funeral?

Confucius: At 50, I know Heaven’s will

Setting goals in lifelong learning

Reading chim, fakey stuff

In Malayan jungle Go feed the leeches

Supplication of Nebuchadnezzar

Fireflies, falling water in forest retreat

Run for your life 

Stop, Look, Listen 
Run for your life but dont get overrun

Fit, running and dead

An egoist looks at life & the world

Live smart and safe 
King Solomon tells how, in a dangerous world

The Man of Life Upright  Integer Vitae

China Dreams  Long thoughts on a slow train

Heaven above, Hangzhou on Earth 
More thoughts on a slow train

Living in the context of eternity
Reflection on washing dishes

Love that conquers even death 
A wifes undying love

In the beginning God created greens
and the Devil created McDonalds

Chinas Guest People
Hakkas and the Great Taiping Revolution

Write thoughts, not words

Happiness is finding a scapegoat

Everyday courage of Dr Johnson

Guanyin Bodhisattva 觀音菩薩
Protection for a sickly child

Masturbation prevents cancer

Naked ladies  Oggle for arts sake

Buddhist meditation  Workable approach to
overcome old age, suffering, sickness & death

All that we are is what weve thought

The man who lost his heart

Live well, live long

Education, exercise to age well

All I want for Christmas

Pangolins in the city

How not to be cakesim at work

Girls, don’t feel paiseh
On Feb 29, ask him to marry you

Moon at Mid-Autumn  中天月色好誰看

New ideas

A little gossip, a little chat Man of La Mancha


Hsiang-yun among the peonies in Dream of the Red Chamber

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


The world is a beautiful place

Talking about the universe

Meditation hall behind Broken Hill Temple
題破山寺後禪院

Success in learning has no tomorrow
Autumns here while you're still dreaming of spring

Facing monster waves moving like a small mountain
Life at sea in a small fishing boat

Scary tales of beautiful strangers

Cultural pretension is just a monkey show

Walking the Camino  Illustrated book by Singapore artist

The heart that turned to stone  Ashamed of his mother

Wild Geese  You do not have to be good

Wild Geese Memorial Service

The Don’t-do List  when you are broke

Art of Failure  A more forgiving lifestyle

Row you own dragon ship

Die happy on the saddle (Yes, it’s what you think it is!)

Emily Dickinson's Letter to the World
Why nobody reads your blog

Let your clone do the donkey work says the Father of the Internet

Destination Earth  Great places for adventure travel

Like the surf of great music  Ting Shao Kuangs art

Growing up in old Singapore Life was really tough

Ipsa quidem virtus pretium sibi  Latin to stiffen your backbone

Heaven and hell are real, in my mind

Waiting for Happiness  Credit card, chicks and other Cs

Spinoza philosopher saint

How not to get retrenched  Adopt godfather strategy

Digging out an old faun’s tooth  Lorenzo & Michelangelo

Sentimental over pretty girls  Dream of the Red Chamber

Places that have ponds

Changing tyres in Old Tampines Road  Dont!

Tang Poems

Sound of bells from Hanshan  Fun with Tang poetry

Yellow Crane Tower   Translating Li Bai

Song of the Pipa  琵琶行 Much-loved Chinese poem

Rainy Night in the Mountains  A night with his beloved

Fading sun across the water  暮江吟

Song of Eternal Sorrow 長恨歌

Jobless and too fond of wine and song


Happiness is a pretty girl  Unexpected encounters

In the company of beauties 

Indian beauty

Because I could not stop for death says Emily Dickinson

The unhurried life Won the Rat Race, but still a rat

Life is more than a video-recording 

The unexamined life  is not worth living

Imagine what you can do with $100 million

Getting Granny ready for home 
Celebrating life at a Chinese funeral

Once is not enough  Pleasure of re-reading

Tagore, Genji, Ah Q  Books of last millennium

Smile & ease of the world

Getting out of misery in old age

Is God a Taoist?  You bet. Hes a.k.a. Tua Pekkong

Middle Age  Not any richer but better

Teaching vampires to fly  Surviving the Bardo

Is money countable?

About the Bystander  Me

What women really want

Smart people do stupid things  Google mentor drowns

Choose what you enjoy doing

Last year this day by the door...

Blooms from China  Song Dynasty lyrics

Wandering in my little garden
Premier Yan Shu 晏殊 on lifes petite joys

May not all your prayers be answered

One star aglow  in a vast nocturnal sky

If there were dreams to sell

God of beginnings & endings

On a lonesome road

Thoughtful moon

Jurong, charm of a frontier town in 1979

Searching for the story in my heart

Why is the dog barking?

Aging well with education & exercise

Going blind on a date  Hot tips from love coach

Bananas are sexy & powerful

Pilots who can’t fly without computer

Giant in the skies

Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Finding true joy

Seeing the goddess bathing

Why girls shouldn’t bathe outdoors

Through tear-clouded eyes
Su Shih remembers his dead wife

Home is where the cupcakes are

Growing up with Lee Kuan Yew

Six thinking hats

The words that lead to a nuclear disaster

Faithful friends even unto death

Saudade  Tears for lost days, lost love

Going...

When is the next tsunami?  Who knows?

The bucket list  Have you written yours?

We happy few, we band of brothers  Henry V

One equal temper of heroic hearts  Ulyssess

May you live a hundred years

Sunset over Grandmas Penghu Bay


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Delight in reflecting on a pond
Eight immortals cross the sea
Ernest and Sam  at their cupcake cafe
Wizard of Oz
Devas and life's pleasures
Education & exercise to live long and well

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Sleeping sweetly amidst the sound of autumn rain
Primary 1 pupils of Parry Ave Boys School 1958