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Live Well and Be Happy

We are now into the middle of 2021. How have we lived the past 18 months amid the pandemic? I’m sure we all have stories to tell. I believe we have, at varying degrees, experienced anxiety, fear, doubts and disbelief of the atrocities that happened in the world the past year and a half. Notwithstanding, I hope we also find new experiences; increased adaptability; resilience that we were unaware of; openness to change; and, joy in small simple things.

For me, taking time off to enjoy nature through walks and hikes (and a little cycling) not only reminds me of the beauty that surrounds us, it also begs my body to exercise. While I enjoy the mundane routines in staying home, I do miss the freedom to just get out and meet people - the catching up with friends over lunch; the cuppa in the afternoons with or without friends. The chunk of time I used to plan overseas trips became the slack I need to fill my mental space and my longing void. It’s a dilemma of being content with the aimless leisure and the incredible lightness of being. However, undeniably, I am blessed.

At the point of writing this, the pandemic numbers seem to be easing and we could look forward to less restrictive social activities soon. Smile.

As always, we look forward to receiving your contribution. Be it written articles, poems, photographs, or activities that you wish to share, we will be pleased to publish them on AutumnLife. If you have read an interesting book, please contribute to our Book Corner. contributions@autumnlife.sg

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June 2021

Book Corner

Welcome to our Book Corner. We welcome members to contribute any book reviews or recommend any good books they have read recently. Click here to contribute. 

Book Corner

The book really enlightens the reader and puts them in the shoes of a child with Asperger’s and how they navigate in the realm of the adult world which they find confusing and contradictory. With their very logical mind, they just cannot comprehend the subtleties of adult conversations and feelings. Read it just to have a better understanding of Asperger’s is well worth it. Read more...
Tash Aw’s book “Five Star Billionaire” (Wu Xing Hao Men) set in China recounts the lives of four new arrivals to bustling and ever expanding Shanghai – a city where nothing matters but money. Phoebe hails from Malaysia drawn to the big city away from her little town in Kuantan and is mesmerized by the glitter and money. Her life and the other three migrants, an ambitious businesswoman, a bankrupt son of a multimillionaire and a failed teen idol intertwine into a mysterious fantasy.  Read more...
Tan Twan Eng’s book is set in Malaysia (mainly Cameron Highlands) – about a Malaysian girl Teoh Yun Ling whose sister suffered severe treatment during the Japanese Occupation. The story relates how she slowly came to terms with it with the help of a Aritomo a former gardener of the Imperial Emperor of Japan, who helped her create a garden in her sister’s memory.  Read more...

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