To Open Sea

Dearest ______,

It’s been (literally) years since I last wrote you. I guess when the swell of life tugs you in- even at its most regularised chaos- it’s still just that, chaotic. Beautiful, ugly, quiet, loud, fast, slow: life has been an onslaught of various waves.  Rest assured, it’s been mostly great, my friend. But amidst all that whirl, I might have forgotten how it is to sit down and just write to you.  I hope you’re still there, buoyed to whatever we have between me here and you there. Wherever that is.dsc_0151

But I’m still here.  And now, I’m writing.

Before I get into the minutiae of the past couple of years though (or not, let’s see how this goes), I guess the most pertinent thing would be that we’ve just turned a new year today.

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A lot has been going on around the world these past few years, and it might just be easiest to assume that the coming tide is something that resembles what it’s like going out unto open sea.

I know people who work and stay on boats for long stretches of time. And I hear it gets really lonely sometimes. Even then, despite already knowing the destination, it’s hard enough to get one’s mind to stay on course. Obviously the future in general- 2017– might be harder to navigate.

But we always get there, don’t we?dsc_0127

I myself have launched my own “expedition unto open seas”. Unchartered personal territories (a voyage in as much inwards as out) that might very well test the inner Captain Ahab in me.

But let’s talk about that another time. dsc_0122

For now, I hope we all find what we’re looking for out there. Or in here.

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I remain your faithful friend always,

Love,

Karlita

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coming clean

Dearest ______,

Here’s a secret guilty pleasure:

I like cleaning my bathroom.  I actually do.

I find that there’s something quite methodological about how I do it too.  Almost precise, that it’s kind of become a little ritual for me.  Say,

I tend to do it before taking a bath, so I get to enjoy a long one right after the tiles are all clean and nice- smelling;

I do it in the middle of the night, so I can take my time forgetting the essence of time itself (which I am too much aware of during the day anyway);

I realize that the toilet cleaner solution may occasionally get into my head because I space out with the rhythmic “wax- in, wax- out” movements of my brush;

Without gloves (and mostly in my sorry under garments)-  I scrub from the shower head and all the way down to the grouting of the corner- most tiles.    I have a few exposed pipes in my bath, and I scrub even behind those, also all around my toilet bowl’s rear compartments.  I remember my mother telling me that cleaning should always be a top- down process, so dirt that falls off gets cleaned as you go along.

When I am done (after an hour, on average), I quietly examine my work and feel a little smile on the corner of my mouth.

“Ah, clean.”

For this coming new year, I intend to keep it this way.  All easy- breezy and clean, where complications are easily solved by this personal sense of Zen…  and probably some minimal amount of scrubbing.

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Love,

Karlita

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the way of the Dragon

Dearest ______,

Gong Xi Fa Cai!

Happy Lunar (Chinese) New Year!  When I think of dragons, the following come to mind:

1) My father, born in the Year of the Dragon

2) That unfortunate karaoke staple, Puff the Magic Dragon

3) Bruce Lee

4) Daenerys Targaryen

5) Fire, strength, immensity, authority, flight

Literal Food for the Gods.

While ancient Mayan predictions state that 2012 should be the end of the world as we all know it,  Oriental philosophy dictates that the Dragon is the ultimate master of authority and deliverer of good fortune.  So how must we interpret these two contrary notions of the Lunar Year that has just begun?

I say we enter the Dragon in the way of the dragons- with courage; with fiery passion, nobility, and calm; with a strong sense of adventure in our blood; with a huge and generous heart.   If the Mayans have it right, at least we shall not go out without a fight.

Enter the Dragon (Bruce Lee, 1973)

Let’s all own this year and unleash the best dragons from within ourselves!

Love,
Karlita

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