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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

Poetry Collection 2019 by JNg

by JNg

William Farquhar

Once there was a Scotsman,
William Farquhar.
He was appointed the first British Resident and
Commandant of colonial Singapore, by Stamford
Raffles, of the East India Company
And the year was 1819,
The likes of this the natives had never seen
before
Because earlier on, Farquhar had established his
competence in Malacca

Soon, the Jackson Plan for orderly town planning
was unveiled
Farquhar didn’t object to ladies plying their wares
The visiting sailors were gleeful
And delightfully aware
What a jolly good fellow,
The Commandant was
And helped him to raise the Union Jack
At the Fort Canning parade square

So this is the story of Singapore’s beginning
Lest many a tale speaks otherwise
There was thinking in its conception
Not for naught was its foundation
For which a quirk of wise happenstance
was all it need.
To match the neighboring Dutch excellence
In Indonesia
Just in time for England to succeed
In Singapore and Malaya

Feb 2019

 

 

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