Speaking of school, it has been busy alright -- but plenty interesting, nonetheless. Our Globetown placements, specifically Bangabandhu School for Preetha and me, have been going well. Working with kids is always an exhaustive affair, but it's nice going out there to primary schools here in the UK and checking out how the school system here works. It's now the third week of the Globetown project -- my how time flies! This will run for two more weeks before the final performances. I'm really looking forward to those!
Lunar New Year this year has been a significantly quieter affair. This is actually the second year in a row where I'm not celebrating it with my family, and I must say I really miss it now. Last year I was away on a holiday in Hokkaido, and this year I'm stuck in London. And seeing how I don't foresee myself going back to Singapore for Lunar New Year next year either, I think I'm going to sorely miss all those ang pows. Come to think of it though, it does feel like yesterday when I was last with my family during Lunar New Year, celebrating at my grandma's place and going on those visitation house-calls on all my mom's friends. How time flies! (Dammit, I should stop saying that.) I still vividly remember a 2007 Lunar New Year where I was so obsessed with going to the gym that I actually did that on the first day of the New Year. Talk about a no-lifer!
Anyway, this year I "celebrated" Lunar New Year in a very different fashion -- I had absolutely no plans lined up on the eve, so Preetha invited me over to her place and she cooked for me! So instead of the usual abalone and king prawns, we tucked into potato soup, pita bread, hummus, salad and tea. Talk about Middle Eastern flavor! After that we took the hookah out and chilled over even more tea. (Oh did I say Middle Eastern already?) Thanks Preetha for always accommodating me -- you're a star!
It's so funny how time seems to fly, yet everyday can be such a bore. It really puzzles me so. A day could seem to stretch on forever, especially after the sun goes down. Yet every Sunday I look back at the week and wonder where it really went. In the meantime, I shall consent my life to a never-ending diet of instant coffee, ready dinners and plenty of Beatles music. Now I do know where all the lonely people come from.
"Ah look at all the lonely people, where do they all come from."- Eleanor Rigby, The Beatles