To Travel vs To Wander

27 Feb 2017 – To Wander and Wonder Is To Be Alive!

Fri: TGIF@Bugis Junction Food Junction to lunch with Simplicius & Pat. Sim who is visiting from Sydney also only wants local food. Popiah&Rojak were so-so; the ChowKueyTeow stall is no longer, in-spite of this stall claiming to be selling Local Singapore Delights, but nothing on their menu was SIN food! Nasi Padang – their AssamFish&MeeGoreng were nothing to write home about.


Chose this area to lunch as we were going to look for some music notes@Bras Basah Complex – not much business there! Thought that the Music Book Room was located on the 5floor but found them on the ground floor (2above pix downloaded). Selection very limited, but bought a Ukulee Chord Finder (S$12.60) which will hopefully be useful to me. Dropped by H&H to say hi.


Happy Birthday Bjørn & Calvin – appreciations to all who contributed to this celebrations@CC.  Even though it was not quite a surprise, the thoughts and good intentions are what eventually count! If life permits, same time&place for 2018 🙂

Sat: after such a crazy week, need some space and down time this weekend to read, rest, reflect (3other important Rs for me besides recreation!) and get some work done in my living quarters!


Sun: a late morning call from Clem with updates that Steven has been admitted into NUH. First time in that location for a short visit – he had another seizure attack and they found another bleed in his brains – his blood-pressure is on the high side but it is being controlled with meds.


16807461_1439478639458692_6714527672975123306_nMon: thank you for a very delightful and interesting talk by Dr John van Wyhe in the Ngee Ann Auditorium@ACM.

Wanderlust: The amazing Ida Pfeiffer (1797-1858), was the most remarkable female traveller who ever lived. She was the first woman to circle the globe alone, and then to do so twice. Tkx to CH for the shared info about this talk.



The word ‘travel’ comes from the Old French word ‘travail or travailler’, which means to work, to labor; a suffering or painful effort, an arduous journey, a tormenting experience. Travel, thus, is a painful and laborious journey. Whereas ‘to wander’ comes from the West Germanic word ‘wandran’, which simply means to roam about. There is no labor or torment in wandering. There is only roaming. Wandering is the activity of the child, the passion of the genius; it is the discovery of the self, the discovery of the outside world, and the learning of how the self is both at one with and separate from the outside world. These discoveries are as fundamental to the soul as learning to survive is fundamental to the body. These discoveries are essential to realizing what it means to be human. To wander is to be alive ― Roman Payne, The Wanderess

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