I never realised.
I’ve read so many posts on the internet and heard so many accounts in the news of how scary some women are of men when they go out in public, and while I sympathised with those feelings, I’d never really felt any such fear before. But oh god, it is terrifying.
This creepy man just kept circling the station platform while I waited for my train, and at first I ignored him. And then, I noticed that he kept wandering back, and was getting closer, and closer, until he was suddenly so close he was brushing against my leg as I sat on a bench. This platform was basically empty too, mind you.
When that happened, I froze. I tried not to think too much about it, but then he was circling back again - like a predator, all slinky, quiet steps - and I stood up and walked away. But then he was getting on the same train, in the same carriage, in the same empty carriage, sitting only two rows away from me, facing me and watching me with those beady little eyes.
I ended up getting off at the next station and heading up to the turnstiles where I knew someone else would be. I must have waited there for about 10 minutes before assuring myself that that man had stayed on the train, that he hadn’t gotten off after me, that he wasn’t waiting on that platform.
On the train ride home, I tried to convince myself that it was all in my head. That he hadn’t meant to brush past me. That it was just a coincidence that we were taking the same train. That it was just a coincidence that he chose that seat.
But even if it was all just a coincidence, what kind of world do we live in that that kind of fear is a reality?
A real scary one, I’ve learnt.
Bonsai Tree Houses by Takanori Aiba
I like to think that Howl and Calcifer just sat down and had tea and a chat once in a while. You would too if your fireplace were a sentient fire demon. It’s one of the perks.
(Super late submission to ghibli jam, which I only found out about at 10PM last night (!) Process on twitter.)
A truly unstoppable force.
Adorable comic, but also because I have puppies on the brain. For good reason. For real, legitimate reasons. For reasons that will become concrete next Saturday. NEXT SATURDAY.
Writing that blog entry about the Philippines made me miss these two a heck of a lot more.
Let’s get together, yeah yeah yeah
Think of all that we could sha-are
Let’s get together everyday
Every way and everywhere
And though we haven’t got a lot
We could be sharin’ all we’ve got
- Let’s Get Together by Hayley Mills
The last time I’d been to the Philippines was in 2007, and while you can still sustain relationships through skype and phone calls and what-not, there’s something inherently better about seeing people in person. More than sightseeing or vacationing, this trip was all about reunions.
Kids that weren’t old enough to even say my name properly are now too cool for me. I met my precious godchildren for the first time. I finally visited Lolo’s grave. I made moon cakes with my Lola and Tita while brokenly conversing in Filipino and English. I got to see two people exemplify that true love is long-lasting.
I feel like I should have updated my blog daily about my adventures in the Philippines, but that’s kind of impossible when you don’t have internet access half the time, and no time in the other half to step out of all the partying and fun-having with family. And boy, did we do a lot of that!
Just thinking of the highlights, we went to Enchanted Kingdom…
Went hiking and zip-lining a bunch of times…
Gave a shadow-puppet show along the Underground River…
And scuba-dived, canoed, swam and basically frolicked in paradise.
There is so much I want to say about this trip (so much that I just kept putting it off and now look, it’s been half a year already since!), but it all just comes down to the fact that I can’t wait to go back. For now, I’m content reliving it through videos and photos - at least until we return in five years for Mum and Dad’s 25th anniversary!
The only time I could get these kids still long enough to take a picture.
LION KIIIING. SIMPLY. AMAZEBALLS. #HELIVESINYOU #YAAAAAAS
Hitting the park after watching How To Train Your Dragon 2~
The best thing for a rainy day: some company, some books and some hot drinks (with latte art courtesy of @blablablase)!