Alone vs Solitude

13 Apr 2023 – Kebaya to BazaarRaya

Mon: on the subject of alone, loneliness, lonely – so far have been living alone by choice for the past 25yrs. Being alone is a physical state where you are physically by yourself. Being lonely is an emotional state where you are feeling alone or disconnected from others – even when they’re right next to you.

Solitude, on the other hand is the choice to be alone to use that time either for reflection or simply enjoyment in one’s own company. It’s about being present with one’s self rather than the lack of company. And everyone is different as to how to handle on being alone…

Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is the richness of self. 

Tue: National Museum of Singapore/NMS is the nation’s oldest museum dating back to 1849. Not sure when one my favourite BanyanTrees dates back to?

Today Love, Kebaya – a travelling exhibition will be there until 23Apr.

The last time I wore a Kebaya was in 2008!! And that was for a wedding – as elegant&beautiful as they are, the weather here is too hot for them for outdoors, but perfect in AC surroundings.

Delighted to see YipYewChong’s MovingMemories I&II screened on the wall.

Wed: tkx to DaisyC for lunch and can’t believe that I suggested HaigRdFoodCentre,

but glad that I did or would never have seen any of BazaarRayaGeylangSerai2023 with ~700stalls – imagine what will happen if you pull out the middle sausage on the bottom row – hahaha.

Walked by only a few of the stalls and during fasting hrs – not brave enough to be here after sundown! Will just have to be happy to see whatever is shared on FB&the news! Could not resist this tiny cute light with all kinds of adaptor-plugsS$15.

Too hot to walk under the enclosed tentage on GeylangRd – headed to JooChiatRd, better under the shaded shophouses

This is what it can be like after sundown and would certainly not survive in these crowds – pix downloaded.…/geylang-serai-ramadan-bazaar-2023/

Thu: crossing the overhead bridge on OldAirpotRd looking at the grounds where the former DakotaHDBs were, now under redevelopment, supposedly to another public housing site with more intensive use of the land! Time will show, just on the way to get some of the family’s favourite mini paus from 34CassiaCres.

Tkx to Carmel for lunch – 1st visit to RedSparrow/DempseyRd

BánhKhọt, a mini savory pancake with a piece of shrimp on top; BánhXèo a crispy stuffed rice pancake, both dishes were yummy and new to me.

Profound classic Vietnamese poem by Hồ Xuân Hương(1772-1822) – The Cake That Drifts In Water, translated by Huỳnh Sanh Thông

My body is both white and round
In water I now swim, now sink.
The hand that kneads me may be rough
I still shall keep my true-red heart.

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