An attempt to convey a few of the thoughts & feelings of an expatriate teacher in sunny Singapore (and adjacent spots on occasion.)
Thursday, March 9, 2017
Getting Away From It All
Obsessively listening when I get a chance, which has been rare indeed in the last few fun-packed days, to the current incarnation of King Crimson as captured live on the memorably titled, Radical Action to Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind. I can't quite believe I'm saying this, but it's even better than Live in Toronto.
(Question: Can you ever have enough live Crimso? Answer: No.)
And when I've not been listening I've been running through whole segments in my monkey mind. (Actually starting humming bits of Sailor's Tale to myself at work. Fortunately I was alone.)
My vision: retirement and a life of leisure.
My mission: to manage decline gracefully.
My goal: to get to the end of the day in one piece.
Born in Manchester, I am at present living and working, as a teacher of English, in Singapore, having done so since 1988. My wife, Noshayati – whom I call Noi, and others call Yati – is Malaysian, and we travel frequently to her homeland, where most of her family live (in Melaka.) We own a house in Kuala Lumpur. My sister and family still live back in Manchester and we try to visit occasionally.
I used to work for the Ministry of Education in Singapore, but since 2007 have been employed directly by an independent school here. It pays the bills.
I converted to Islam in 1997 and find myself even more interestingly placed in the world as a result. I like occupying intersections. They afford useful perspectives.
I’d like to think I have a sense of curiosity which keeps me young. But the jury is still out on this. A good day is one on which just about everything seems interesting. Some days are not so good, but I'm not so naive as to believe I have any right to expect otherwise.