I used to stay up till late to talk to you cos I thought you were fun and interesting to talk to, and I admit, I had a thing for you. I wasn’t sure if you could detect my interest in you or you merely shrugged it off so as not to let it bother you. Maybe you were really and truly clueless.
Whatever it is, it was a good experience and I did enjoy the emotions, good and bad. It’s now part of my memories and I still wish you the best. We’re still friends, and I’m happy with that. I no longer want you like I used to.
Sleeping In on a Rainy Day – As the rain beats lightly against the window, you nestle your head deeper into your pillow. The sound is soothing and your bed feels like a sanctuary. There is no place you would rather be.
Finding Money You Didn’t Know You Had – You reach into your pocket and find a $20 bill from the last time you wore these jeans. You aren’t rich, but you are richer than you were a second earlier.
Making Brief Eye Contact with Someone of the Opposite Sex – You pass her on the street or in the subway. She glances up at you momentarily, making direct eye contact in a way that seems to communicate a subtle curiosity. For a split second it makes you think… and then it’s gone.
Skinny Dipping – There is something mysteriously liberating about being naked in a body of water. You are naked, but it feels natural, a sense of unrefined freedom.
Receiving a Real Letter or Package via Snail Mail – E-mail has become the primary source of written communication. Most snail mail these days is junk mail. When you check the mail and find a real letter or package from someone you know, excitement overtakes you as you tear into this rare gift.
Making the Yellow Light - It’s one of the most common simple pleasures, the act of beating the pack. As you blaze through the yellow light you glance in your rearview to see all the cars behind you stopping at the red light. Yes! You made it!
Telling a Funny or Interesting, True Story - One of the most enticing roles you lead in life is that of the storyteller. You love to share stories, especially those that will captivate your audience with deep curiosity and humor. There are few things more satisfying than telling a true story that others enjoy listening to.
Seeing a Friend Stumble Over Himself – As you walk across the street with your friend, he fails to accurately address the curb on the other side. He trips and stumbles around momentarily before regaining his footing, then swiftly attempts to play it off like nothing happened. This can be a hilarious sight if the moment is right.
Hearing the Right Song at the Right Moment - It doesn’t matter what the setting is, hearing the right song for that moment is one of those simple pleasures in life that instantly lifts your spirits. You could be driving home from work, hanging out at a bar with friends, or jogging. When the right song rattles your ear drums the entire meaning of life seems crystal clear.
The First Sip of a Beverage When You’re Thirsty – You just finished mowing the lawn or taking a long jog. The only thing on your mind is an ice-cold glass of water. When you are really, really thirsty, that first sip of any liquid beverage is sheer bliss.
Catching a Glimpse of Bare Skin on the Opposite Sex – For guys, it’s when the waitress bends over a little too far. For girls it’s seeing that buff guy in a Speedo. Either way, when you see a bit more skin than you were expecting on the opposite sex, you can’t help but to smirk on the inside.
Saying the Same Thing Simultaneously – There is a moment of silence. Then all of the sudden you and your friend blurt out the same exact set of words simultaneously. This rare occurrence is something to smile about.
The Pull-Through Parking Spot – You pull into a parking spot and are delighted to see the availability of the parking spot immediately in front of you. You pull through to the spot in front so that when you return to the car you can drive forward out of the parking spot. Why? Because driving backwards is a pain in the butt.
Realizing You Have More Time to Sleep – Something abruptly awakens you and you think it’s time to get up. Then you squint over at your alarm clock and realize you still have 2 more hours to sleep. A warm euphoric feeling shoots though your body as you glide gracefully back to your dreams.
People Watching – Sitting there on your bench you can see people in every direction. Tall people, small people, thin and plump. Blond, brunette, and redhead alike. Each of them has a different stride and a unique expression. As you drift from body to body you are mesmerized by what you see.
Putting On Clothes Straight from the Dryer – As soon as the dryer buzzes, you pull out your clothes and put them on. They feel soothingly warm on your skin and emit a fresh-scented aroma into the air. A sentiment of ease comes over you as you head out to conquer the day.
A Familiar Smell – You just pulled into your parent’s driveway and opened the car door. You haven’t been home in a long while. You smell familiarity in the air, the scent of a large pine tree in the neighbor’s yard. As you head through the front door, more familiar smells consume your senses. Gosh, it feels good to be home…
The Feeling You Get When Your Idea Works – You have been struggling to resolve a complex problem all day and you just can’t seem to get it right. Filled with frustration, you decide to exercise one last idea before calling it a night. You’ve had many ideas before that failed miserably… but this time it works.
Fresh, Clean Bed Sheets – You yank at the corner of the bedspread to create just enough space to slide your body under the freshly cleaned sheets. The sheets feel cool to the touch. Everything seems so clean, like nobody has ever slept in this bed before.
A Beautiful View – As the car veers around the side of the mountain you gaze out the passenger window. It’s a clear, sunny day and you can see the entire valley below filled with wild flowers and bright green vegetation. The scenery reminds you of something you once saw in National Geographic. But here it is live, right before your eyes.
Reminiscing About Old Times with Your Closest Friends – Pink Floyd once said “the memories of a man in his old age are the deeds of a man in his prime”. There is no simple pleasure more satisfying than recounting the greatest moments of your life with your closest friends who lived these moments alongside you.
Receiving an Unexpected Compliment – It’s been an average day. Nothing really great has happened, but nothing terrible occurred either. This monotonous day has put you in a dreary mood. Unexpectedly, an older, attractive lady taps you on the shoulder, calls you “handsome” and says she loves your shirt. The day just got a whole lot better.
Having a Good Laugh – Laughter is the greatest cure of all. Life is extraordinary in the moments when you are laughing so hard you can barely breathe. These moments of deep laughter are divine in the sense that they cleanse your mood and set your mind on a positive track.
The Feeling After a Healthy Workout - It’s a giddy feeling of self accomplishment; the one true activity that actually makes you feel better and look better simultaneously. When you walk out the front door of the gym you are on top of the world.
The Celebration in the Instant Something Makes Sense – Even now that it has explained to you for the third time, you just don’t understand how it works. Everyone else seems to understand but you. Then out of the blue the dots connect in your mind. You finally get it, and it feels great!
Relaxing Outdoors on a Sunny Day – As you relax sprawled out in a lawn chair, the sun warms your skin and a light breeze keeps the temperature comfortable. Birds are chirping merrily in the trees behind you. You are at complete peace with the environment.
Holding Hands with Someone You Love – Every time she grabs your hand you are overcome with an awareness of how much she means to you. Holding hands is sensual and physically intimate, yet subtle. There are few people you allow to hold your hand, so when it happens you can be sure that the moment is special.
Playing in the Water – Water marvels people of all ages. From jumping in puddles as a child, to doing cannon balls in the pool as an adolescent, to enjoying a cocktail in the Jacuzzi as an adult… water is enjoyable.
Making Someone Smile – You notice that your colleague has been under a great deal of stress with meeting a deadline, so you take it upon yourself to complete one of her indirect responsibilities for her. As soon as she realizes what you did, she comes into your office with a big smile on her face. “Thank you”, she says. You just hit two birds with one stone, because making her smile just made your day.
Finishing What You Started – You just finished up a big project you’ve been working on for the last few months, or maybe you just finished your first marathon… Either way, you finalized what you set out to accomplish. The feeling of self accomplishment you get when you finish what you started is by far one of the most rewarding simple pleasures life has to offer.
via marc and angel hack life
This is what life should be all about.
Pretty sure I experieneced 85% of the above in the past month. Life is bliss here.
So I was skyping with my sister yesterday and she told me of the funny conversation my mom had whilst they were buying my bed.
Eunice:I gotta tell you what mom said that day at Carrefour when we were buying your bed.
Eunice:We were looking at the Serta beds and she asked for what you wanted: a super single. Only she said, "Where's your stupid single?" And the sales assistant still replied dumbly that it was just in front of us.
I burst into hysterical laughter then. This are the times where I wish I had my family with me.
I have exactly 11 more days here in this wonderful Berkeley town and I have yet to do so many things. I have to go over to B’s place for dinner despite his invitations, I have yet to explore this town properly, nor have I found the time to meet up with Creepy C for coffee. He’s a little less on the importance list but still, he’s part of the memories I have of here. I have yet to attend enough parties, or even go to the beach or grocery store.
Many a time I have spent skyping with my mom were of me lamenting about missed opportunities of not being able to live my dream out here and that I have no traces of being home-sick at all. She knows I love it here and I want to stay and I guess as much as she hasn’t said anything about it, the photos I have from here shows nothing but pure joy. If anything, she wants me to be happy and I am, here. But the journey is nearing its end.
It’s hard to say goodbye. It’s merely 6 weeks but it’s also 6 weeks of bonds and friendships forged. I know I’m gonna miss Mariam, my first ever and sweetest roommate, B, for being so nice and sweet to us both all the time. I’ll miss my room here at the I-House because it’s come to be a place filled with fun and memories that I wouldn’t give up for anything.
I’ll miss the sweet HK lady at the cafe who always rings up my purchases and the Profs John and Murray, Richard the GSI. Hell, I’ll even miss the Frenchies even if they’re a little weird at times. The excitment and amusement they provided me, Ena and Mariam with H and all the silly little gossips and giggles.
I’ll even miss the little squirrels always scurrying and scampering round and all the walking up and down the streets to the train stations, shops and to classes.
I do not want to say goodbye.
Yet, a new chapter awaits me when I make my way back.
The difference between a Singaporean and a French in the concept of patriotism stands like this:
My French neighbor not H, was watching the NBA Finals Play-off in the TV room when my roomie and I entered after she finally coerced me into watching it with her. I am never interested in basketball. We sat and watched the entire game till it was over.
Roomie asks A which team he was rooting for (Lakers won). He said he didn’t care. He doesn’t like basketball and that in France, they were crazy about “soccer” A and I said in unison.
The only reason he was watching it was because there was a French player on the other team (Orlando Bloom Magic) and that was why he stayed to watch the game and find out who won.
He watches a sport that he doesn’t care about because his fellow countryman is playing on it. I’d either be supporting the opposing team or not watch the game or sport at all.
Pretend you’ve never met, then loudly try out lame pickup lines in a swanky bar. Act like they worked.
Go on a walking journey and every fifteen feet draw a chalk arrow in the direction you’re going. At the end of the trip, leave a big pile of chalk.
Create photo evidence suggesting that you went on an adventure that didn’t really happen
Go for a drive. You can only make right-hand turns. When you finally get stuck, turn around and then you can only make left-hand turns. Repeat until you find something interesting. Take pictures along the way!
Build forts out of furniture and blankets, and wage war with paper airplanes.
Go to a major chain bookstore, and leave notes to future readers in copies of your favorite books
Write a piece of fiction together. Outside at a cafe. Ask strangers when you get stuck.
Try and visit as many people as you can in one night, and turn as many things inside their apartment upside down as you can, without them noticing.
Do the lamest tourist thing in your area that you have both secretly wanted to do forever. Have an unabashed good time!
Hide and seek in the park
Go around the city with sidewalk chalk and draw hearts with equations inside on random things
Drive somewhere unknown and have dinner in a city you’ve never been to. With fake names.
Go for a drive with the passenger blindfolded, choosing directions at random. See where you end up
Dress up as pirates, commandeer shopping carts, and have a war upon the high seas.. er, parking lot.
Go on a search for as many good climbing trees as possible, climb as high as you both can in all of them, compile photo evidence
Rent a movie you’ve never seen before. Set on mute and improvise dialogue.
Dress up as pirates and go parrot shopping at local pet stores.
Go to the airport, get the cheapest, soonest departing flight to anywhere when you show up, and stay there for a weekend.
Walk around a city and perform short silent plays in front of security cameras.
In the middle of the night, drive to the beach, so you arrive just as the sun is rising. Have a breakfast picnic, then fall asleep together. Bring a sun umbrella.
Dress up as superheros and stop at least one petty crime “ie. jaywalking, littering….”
Go to a minor league baseball game under the stars. Tell each other stories about how bad you are at athletics. Randomly cheer for both teams. Eat lots of Cracker Jack.
With camera and pair of boots, make photolog of a day in the life of the invisible man.
Walk around the city all night and find a place to eat breakfast at dawn
Go to a restaurant and convince the cook to create something completely new for you.