RIP mama …

For Mei Yang who lost her mother this morning …

Invictus by William Ernest Henley, 1849 – 1903

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

silly siri …

After hours struggling with OAuth 2.0 in the new IOS 12 shortcuts app, I can now ask Siri to chat to the Mercedes API and ask how much fuel is left in the car … yeah I know … I could have just walked to the car and checked myself but where is the fun in that 🙂

birthday thanks …

Thank you FB peeps for all the birthday wishes. When I wasn’t in the car driving somewhere, I was doing some DIY conveyancing (not recommended btw). Still … TGI Friday and maybe I’ll find a few seconds tomorrow to blow out some candles on the ever-so-crowded cake 🙂

RIP papa …

Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep

by Mary Elizabeth Frye

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.

I read this hopeful and uplifting poem at my father’s funeral … and now I hope my best friend/soulmate will find some consolation in these words at her time of loss.

Xi’an street nom …

Huimin Street (actually it’s not just one street, more like the Muslim area) is THE place for nom in Xi’an.
Here you can choose from various kebabs (Rou Jia Mo), BBQ squid & mutton on skewers, steamed buns, spicy Sheep’s hoof, sauerkraut fried rice, Liangpi, biang biang noodles, sweet rice pudding and my favourite dish of all, Pao Mo – for Malaysians, it’s a bit like Soup Kambing with bits of bread & glass noodles. Miam miam …