Writing 101 ~ Day 13: Serial Found

On day four, you wrote a post about losing something. Today, write about finding something.  Today’s twist: if you wrote day four’s post as the first in a series, use this one as the second installment — loosely defined.

When we lose treasured things in life, we try to recover, to find substitutes or to start anew.

Before coming to the US to live, I took everything for granted as I was making trips twice a year. I had a comfortable apartment in Singapore and another one in Florida. It was cool. Then things were taken out of my hands. With the application of a US spousal visa, I could not step on US soil for 1 year. When granted the visa and moving to the US, I could not leave US soil for 1 year. It was during those times that I learned, not all things are yours to have all the time. You make do with what destiny offers.

Moving from a Singapore yuppie urban area to a US suburb took getting used to. Everything was a long, long way away, nothing was within walking distance. No taxis, no public buses, no fried noodles just 5 minutes walk away and horror of horrors, no Asian size ladies clothes! Many a time I asked myself if I really liked living here, why not New York or San Francisco?

One day, it was like Karma slapped me in the face and told me to get over my self-built wall and to look at the beauty around, appreciate the different landscape, the different culture, the clean air and most of all, the space ~ my space. That’s when the old inquisitive explorer’s urge resurfaced. I once trekked, sailed, scuba dived … so why on earth was I moaning and groaning as if in the confines of a loony bin? Ah yes, after 2 years, I found my sanity again.

That’s when things got really exciting. Felt like driving a truck, got my commercial driver’s license. Felt like real Asian food, explored, found Asian stores and got my hands on curry concoctions, Asian vegetables … the list goes on. I have found most necessary things but hope Matthew 7:7 “seek, and ye shall find” will one day bear fruit.

There is a Chinese saying: 無魚,蝦也好 ~ no fish, shrimps will do; which means if you can’t get the best, second best is OK. Well, I still can’t find my long treasured, stinking, prickly darlings ~ fresh (as mentioned in my Day 4’s post) but I sometimes find frozen ones if I do a 2 hour drive all the way to Orlando, not as good but they’ll do for now.

Frozen durians

Frozen durians

BUT!!  Life ain’t so bad.  Guess what I’m indulging in right now? Yes, NOW! … the thawed, stinkiest goop of a fruit called The Durian.

Durian in Hand

Durian in Hand


6 responses to “Writing 101 ~ Day 13: Serial Found

  1. Nice saying.. And i love how you express in your blogs..


  2. I’ve been adjusting to life in the states for about a year now, and it is completely this process of losing and finding things (and yourself!). Really enjoyed your writing, and the Chinese saying – thanks for sharing!

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    • Thanks for your comment. From experience I have found that if I change my perspective of life’s ideals (‘ideal’ being a subjective term), things I need, appear & some things I just replace. Biscuits become Cookies & Scones become Biscuits … oh, I’ll just eat them all, what the heck?! You’ll do just fine. 😀


  3. Great writing. Loved the truckers licence bit. And your favourite fruit. Whacko.

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