28 November 2008
If only things last forever...
This Sunday, sadly, we will have to bid goodbye to my first car.
The Bear said that it has outlived its worth by this 10th year, and it's time for it to go. =(
It is the first car that chauffeured us around on our first date. The first car to own for a paper driver like myself, a possession I consider an extravagance.
How I relish every moment whenever Bear boldly demonstrates the power of the machine on the road, without battling an eyelid. I recall the fact that Bear would rather buy me a new car upon my license acquisition, than to lend me his precious.
I had a hard time convincing him before I could lay lands on it, and even harder time to get acquainted with the monster within. Thanks to its wacky temperaments and tricky feel,conquering it has not only perfected my confidence on the road, Bear is always impressed by the wild gall in me. Stardust proves that ladies are not necessarily intimitated by sports machine!
We enjoy every journey on the highway. Exhilerating and effortless, cos most cars would give way to us when they recognise this fella second to its big brother, Lancer Evolution. I simply LOVE its potent spur, the instant pick-up, the power at my bidding gives me a freedom I've never known...
Why? Just why do good things have to go?
Some calls it childishness. Being a sentimental person who cherishes things with some even decades-old, it really breaks my heart to see my first car go just because it's ' old '. I'm just sad that I'm not the utlimate owner, and I'm not allowed to decide its fate.
So we drove and drove, to pacify my reluctance to see it go. Partly the reason why 2008 is a year of outdoor while high oak gas could be outrageously expensive sometimes, but there isn't a slightest hint of regret in us at all.
We have so much to thank Lancer for. The places it took us, errands it has helped us done. I've snacked, napped, laughed, and cried in the comfort of its shelter. These near 4 years of being together feels all too incredibly brief to me.
Just how am I supposed to watch you go on Sunday...? It must be the saddest day of 2008.
Have I been a good owner? I don't know... but I conclude that you've been a great, amazing pal. I'm so blessed to once have you!
I'm going to miss you like crazy, Lancer.
I'll never forget you, us. And I pray that your next owner will truly treat you kind.
25 November 2008
Hooo! Japan has enjoyed a 3-days break the recent weekend!
We squeezed some time out for fun though there were much stuff to be done! Off we went, to a prefecture where Autumn is obviously resuscitated!
Welcome to 山梨県 ( Yamanashi-Ken ), and meet its utmost significant icon, that sits unquestionably as the heart of Japan.
The famous 富士山、 Mount Fuji.
This active volcano that stands the highest in Japan at 3776m, often swells the hearts of the citizens with pride.
What exactly makes Mount Fuji stand out among others and capture the hearts of the Japs? Unlike alps, notice that Mount Fuji stands erected, aloof with a grand peak, without adjacent mountains? The distinctive look of this majestic mountain aptly fufills the Japanese notion of beauty in simplicity.
We were fortunate to admire Mount Fuji on a day with a weather this fine! Do you know? It actually takes a truly clear sky like this to reveal the face of Mount Fuji!
And the trees that still advocated Autumn... the splendor of colors looked so very surreal to me...
Now, we didn't set off during dusk at 3a.m. just to watch dawn. Bear meant it as the last fishing trip of the year. Notice that we actually arrived before the sunrise, and road lights were still lit up.
However, the wind was too strong, Bear changed location later for a hopeful catch and he did it! While I was napping in the car to shun the wind. Hahahah!
We didn't realized until the mid of the day, it was the いい夫婦の日（ Fine husband and wife Day ) on the 22nd of Novemeber!
For foreigners who study the language, 1122 （ １１月２２日 ） legitimately echoes ’いい夫婦’。 Get it? =P
It made us feel doubly-blessed! The great weather, and good times we had. I couldn't help giving thanks to God for this awesome day, and secretly hoped that our love stays wonderful like the brilliant colors unfolded before our eyes...
What a day to remember! I'm most touched by grandeur of Mount Fuji!
Some Japs describe Mount Fuji as a lady clothed according to seasons. I think she is unmistakenly charming when dressed in Autumn. =)
19 November 2008
We had a beautiful weekend. =)) Took a walk on a fine day in late Autumn.
It certainly still looked very ' autumny ' everywhere. The trees were not all that hideously bald. Romance we had it, a great lunch, a cool ride... We took everything slow under the late Autumn sky.
However, I was pretty sure I 'smelt ' something. My nose starts acting funny whenever cold air raids in. I actually smell ' trees ' during winter, or when chilled air is approaching.
Bear assured that it probably takes a few weeks for snow to fall, and so I dismissed my suspicion quite readily.
And guess what? We're having first snow, today! WHEEEE!!!
The entire morning was like sunshine, then an angry blizzard, stopped, snow again, sunshine, snow again, and blizzard... Haha!
I must be a walking thermometer then!! Ha! =D
It's certainly tough when it gets cold, but the beauty of snow is one reason that makes winter a little endurable. =P It's pretty exciting to see everywhere white-washed again! I'm already wondering if we'll have a white Christmas this year. =)
So, goodbye Autumn. Until next year!
Time to get geared people! I'll be checking out winter on your side. ;)
14 November 2008
There's a celebration tomorrow that I've been straining my neck so long for.
It's my best friend's wedding! One of the greatest guys I've known in my life, is finally getting hitched! =D
He's one of my best pals whose reliability is second to none, the first one I think of whenever I'm troubled. Anytime I summon for help, he'll arrive in seconds. A genuine friend who cares, shares and gives so unselfishly for years... and finally, he is getting married!! YAY!!!!!!
When my great bro revealed his good news, I confess... for split seconds, the self-centered me thought that a great friend will be lost for good; due to his status-to-be. But somehow, deep inside ( or is it his personality I've known too well ), something reassured that my worries are unfounded. And this heart is overflowing with JOY! Nothing beats knowing that a great gal will be there for him, always!! =D
It's an awful shame I can't travel back to Singapore for his big day. I still remember how he helped out at mine as if it was his. And all I do now is just sit here and imagine how I could be his beck and call, and give a hand on his special day... I so want to be in his team and witness his blissful moments!!
Congratulations, Turtle. I'm so glad for you that you are finally settling down! I just can't wait to meet your beautiful bride soon and be great friends with her, and someday, let our children play together! =)
And remember what I told you, a great guy like yourself will never be alone. In some things, you just have to go on faith! =) See what I mean? You're now blessed with a wonderful lady. =D
P/S: And don't forget, you're blessed with a friend like me. Have a memorable wedding. =)
05 November 2008
As days go by, the trees and hills gradually don a denser shade...
Meet Autumn. Undoubtedly the most-loved season in Japan.
The Japanese enjoy travelling in this season, to admire the lasting colors at a cooling temperature.
Often, convertibles-owners seize the opportunity to enjoy a cool ride under the splendour of colors. I hate it when hubby cast those suggestive eyes at me whenever a top-naked-convertible passed by. I'd rather be divorced than to take a spin in the cold wind! (~~;)
Anyway, I don't hate autumn, how could I? Look at the brilliance of flaming colors, they take my breath away... Come take a walk with me. =)
Inhale the fresh crisp air, hear the sound of rushing waters, feast visually on the generous colors... I feel my senses satisfied.
I so indulge in the harmony of nature, how well do you?
Ah...autumn. I'm feeling all autumnal, with a brand new flu! =P
Have a fine autumn!