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Learning To Take Care of Yourself

October 16, 2012 by Dad | 2 Comments | Filed in The Thing About Life
The Balloon Man

You’ve always had a strong love affair with balloons. Your mother didn’t mind it so much, but it drives me up the wall sometimes. But then something happened a while back that I think may have changed the course of your character, and i think it worth putting down into a letter what I think is a milestone achieved — with a balloon you never owned.

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Singapore as a Cycle of Life: A National Day Special

July 31, 2012 by Dad | No Comments | Filed in The Thing About Life

Dear Xander, At the time I write this letter, you have made it known to your mother and I that you have a love-hate relationship with Singapore. At the time I write this letter, though, you associate the word “Singapore” with the National Day Parade. That justifies an explanation to you about what National Day […]

Don’t Be Shy, Seriously

June 1, 2012 by Dad | No Comments | Filed in The Thing About Life

Some of you may have heard about this on my Facebook page. I reproduced my post here, with a second part of the incident that I haven’t shared. Dear Xander, Daddy’s going to tell you a story. A blind lady is standing at a crowded bus stop in Clarke Quay. I walk up and ask […]

What You Should Do When I Die

May 25, 2012 by Dad | 16 Comments | Filed in The Thing About Life

DO NOT give me a funeral wake – no prayers, no incense, no burning of offerings (if it turns out they have an economy where I’m going I’ll e-mail you and let you know). I want a funeral PARTY – with luck, I will have pre-arranged a booking for one night with a restaurant that has a good 8-course menu, a bar, a good collection of beer, liquor and soft drinks and allows us to put a casket with a dead person in it on their premises for one evening.

Your Web 2.0 Life

May 20, 2012 by Dad | No Comments | Filed in The Thing About Life

Dear Xander, At 3 years of age, you have yet to understand the extent of the online presence you may have. 3 days after you were born, I saw fit to provide you with the Holy Trinity of the Web 2.0 world of my time; I decided to register a Google account under your name, […]

Happy Mothers Day

May 13, 2012 by Dad | No Comments | Filed in The Thing About Life

Dear Xander, I have been told on a number of occasions by a number of people (I count 3 so far; your eldest aunt – my eldest sister – and both your grandparents) what an unfilial son I have become, particularly after I settled down, had my own family and am struggling to keep things […]

Never Gonna Give You Up

April 26, 2012 by Dad | No Comments | Filed in The Thing About Life

Mummy: I think you were too harsh on your last couple of blog posts. Me: Harsh? How? Mummy: For one, you were really harsh on Andre. Also, you sounded like you were asking Xan to give up. Dear Xander, Sometimes, even though a person means well, he or she will inadvertently overstep boundaries, or make […]

One Night at Grandma’s (Part 2)

April 23, 2012 by Dad | 1 Comment | Filed in The Thing About Life

This is the second of a two-part letter, which began here. It was already a good half hour past your bedtime as we prepared to leave Grandma’s house that night. As we were waiting outside, you climbed up on the wood benches in Grandpa’s garden, plopped your chin on the tabletop and continued to sulk. […]

The Importance of a Child’s Imagination

April 12, 2012 by Dad | 3 Comments | Filed in The Thing About Life

Dear Xander, Your dad was once an avid comic book collector. In fact, there is a stack of about 200 20-year-old comic books set to be written into your inheritance, the most valuable of which hang across the wall of your playroom, waiting for you to make sense of the imagery contained within their covers. […]

Unlearning Shame

April 9, 2012 by Dad | 2 Comments | Filed in The Thing About Life

Your parents have always known that at some point in your education, we will need to help you “unlearn” things that you were taught in school. We never thought that point would come so early in your life.

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