Sunday, December 27, 2015

Day -004: Natal Day

img_20151227_162902-01.jpegTime flies. You wake up one day and find that you're nnn46. It's not a remarkable number, no one aspires or dreads to be that age (unlike, say, 18 or 33 or 40 or 65).  It's just a necessary interlude to whatever next milestone you look forward to.

Looking ahead, I do find myself at crossroads again. This is the price to pay for always looking underneath the surface, never being fully happy or content with the lot, but always asking, "What if?", "Why?" and "Why not?" Cryptic? I know. I don't have all the answers myself, but I'm looking to sorting them out in the coming weeks and months.

A Muslim wedding. It's a Sunday and it's my birthday, but I have to spend some time helping my wife set up a wedding cake. The cake is shaped in the form of a mosque, and at 5 feet, quite tall. The wedding ceremony and reception was fairly modern.

Reading



I'm back to Pixie Noir, just a few more chapters remaining. It's...interesting. The characters fall into archetypes and conventions but nevertheless show their own personalities, appropriate to the genre. All the same, I don't know if I'll be picking up the next two books in the trilogy, Trickster Noir and Dragon Noir. Don't get me wrong: I like the book and I like how the characters are fleshed out. It's just that my own tastes are changing.

Learning



Day two of the Memrise Mandarin program. It's getting more challenging. I can already recognize a dozen Chinese characters but now that the program is demanding more attention to Pinyin, I realize I have to be more careful. That's three things to pay attention to: the ideogram, the meaning, and the Pinyin rendition. Whew!