Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Free Spirit

Free Spirit

Like a gentle breeze
That comes and goes
Never staying long
Always unannounced

You can feel it
Yet you can’t grasp it
It belongs to everyone
It belongs to no one

There are times I wished
That it would stay
For I was not ready
To let it part my way

But this breeze is a fleeting
And will soon be gone
For all will cease
When summer ends

Monday, March 28, 2011

Gaiman and Kafka

What will I make of this? I've been told I think too much. I need to learn to let things go their way and hope that things will work out fine. This is a battle I don't want to lose. It's not everyday you meet someone like that.

To make myself feel better, I bought 3 books today. Take it as a birthday gift to myself. So the loot of the day are American Gods, Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman, and The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka.

I've been hearing a lot about Gaiman and Kafka, and I can't wait to read their book tomorrow. Time to find a nice cafe and sit down and enjoy my book. Just some quality time with myself, no friends, no free-spirited girl, no distractions.

It's a little late for poem now. I shall attempt tomorrow.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

No party

Life is Prague isn't always one big party. You have ups and downs. And I'm experiencing my first down. I've met many amazing and interesting people, and one who dazzles me. But I won't go into it just yet.

I am supposed to find myself here in Europe. So far I haven't done anything of that sorts. Today is my birthday, and I refuse to spend in my dormitory couped up with my roommate, no offense to him.

I am going to buy myself a book, which, I don't know but I will. And have a nice cup of coffee while I read my new book. Not much of a celebration, only because I had my party last night. Well, I think it's time to go while the sun is still shinning.
Oh yay. Happy birthday to me.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


Wander, that was our aim today. We etched our names in stone and messed around with each other the whole time. I'm loving this life. Now, I don't want this Erasmus to end. ):

Jazz on the bridge

I took to a little wandering about Prague yesterday. I had my camera, my ipod and my headphones and was oh so ready to go. I turned right out of the metro, only because I usually turn left. I wandered into the Jewish quarters, which I have never been before. I avoided the paths I've been on before, just to take the road not taken. So inspired by Robert Frost.

I took some photos of my favourite cobblestones, and of Lennon wall. The sad thing was that the original portrait of Lennon was painted over. Graffiti is allowed, so I will head back with my friends and imprint a part of us on this monumental piece of history.

I attempted to sketch one of the statues, but it was too cold and I basically sucked so I wrote a poem instead.

Jazz on the bridge

The soft thump of the double bass
The soothing tone of the clarinet
The sensual hum of the saxophone
The steady voice in a foreign tongue

The world hurried by
Eager to get to the other side
Lost in a world of their own
Oblivious to the sound of jazz

They played for no one
They played for everyone
They played for their love for music
They brought life to the bridge

As I watched them
My spirits lifted
My soul took flight
For I was, lost in my reverie

Monday, March 14, 2011

Long Overdue

Wow. It's been a long time since I last blogged. So much has happened. One minute I was depressed and stressed up about my visa, the next I was on a plane to Prague. Everything happened when you least expect it.

So Prague is simply amazing. I'm living the life right here. I've never felt so alive before. I have such a good mix of Asian and European friends. You learn something new here everyday. Europe has this charm about it. I can't quite put my finger on it but it's definitely there.

Before I got here I often fantasized about walking the cobblestoned streets of Prague, soaking in all the goodness the city has to offer. Now that I'm here, I'll admit I do wish it wasn't so crowded, and for the streets to be a little more mysterious. I want to take a wrong turn and stumble upon a cafe or a quaint bookstore and just spend the entire day browsing through it's unique collection. So far, I haven't seen any. Everywhere you go, there're bound to be tourists.

I visited Budapest a week ago, it was a nice city, only down side was that I fell sick so I don't think I did the city justice. The feeling you get when you're there is very different than that in Prague, but it was good nonetheless. But being part of the EU has its disadvantages too. I don't get a stamp on my passport for all the EU countries I visit. ):

In 5 days time I would have been here for a month. It's not as convenient as Singapore, the people here are not as friendly as the Taiwanese, but it has it's charm. And I think I'm smitten by it.