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Fare Thee Well, Alex

I mentioned last time that I visited a friend who was very ill. Sadly, he passed away peacefully in hospital two days later. His family and friends wasted no time to organize a dignified and respectable funeral which was well attended by many friends and past colleagues in the cultural, media, broadcasting and Government sectors; […]

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Friends Come and Go

I began writing this blog soon after I finished the last one, which was almost a week by now, but for various reasons and as had happened so many times before, it stayed on the hard disc until now. A week ago, I had news that two friends had just departed, and that both were […]

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A Question of Identity

I signed up for my first account on social media around 2007 after a young friend sent me a link with some simple instructions, which would put me amongst the early users of Facebook.  Su recalls that I had maybe just about 300 friends when we first met in 2009, but the number has since […]

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First of May Monologue

At breakfast, a friend from high school days forwarded me a soundtrack of First of May by Bee Gees with video background from the movie Melody. Su located our two vinyl discs by Bee Gees, cleaned them and played First of May there and then, which brought back memories. In the meantime, I learned from […]

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On the Eve of an Eleventh Anniversary

Last week, I reminisced my trip to my parents-in-law’s to ask for their permission to marry their first daughter. Tonight, we are looking forward to our eleventh anniversary tomorrow, over a quiet dinner, just between us. We had thought about some eating-out plans to break the monotony of home quarantine and an excuse to wear […]

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On This Day Eleven Years Ago

Today would have marked officially the last day of a long holiday had it been another ordinary year, except that it is not. Everyone has been on home quarantine in one form or other; and Christians would have to observe the Passion and Resurrection of the Lord through the internet and mostly on the hand […]

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When Would We Meet Again?

Ten days slipped by, almost without trace, but during which every government and institution has issued updates on measures in the wake of the corona virus pandemic, ranging from the very practical to the ridiculous and comical. We live in a strange world indeed; and the responses from governments and institutions are indeed reflections of […]

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Life Goes On

I have since returned to base for a week. Su joined me two days later, by which time Vail Resorts had declared that the resorts operations in Whistler would be closed for eight days initially; and by now, the entire skiing season. There are no more skiing this year for now. Su spent the rest […]

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Coming Back to Base

By the time I returned base, we would have been away for a full three weeks – I said I because Su would stay in Whistler for two more days; it’s a long story and I would spare you the details – only to return to the mountains again in about ten days, if the […]

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And the Skiing Goes On

Yesterday was not ideal weather for skiing. It had been raining and snowing with strong gusts in upper regions so that skiers were advised to keep their gears within the cabin while riding the gondolas. We actually got up early for breakfast comprising the remainder of the tomahawk steak from Alberta Su bought at Granville […]

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