Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Dreaming into the Past...



I had a dream last night, which woke me up mid-way. I'm taking a dreams class this term, and while I now have such wonderful recall of my dreams, it's really annoying because I now have to write every dream down otherwise it bugs me. Of course, it's also annoying if it turns out that I had a nightmare that night (barely happens, thankfully).






With Chee Keong...



For some reason, in my dream, I had images of quite some children that I used to work with. Chee Keong was in it, so was Aisya, so were the kids from the Riding for the Disabled program (RDA), so were some of the children who were in the hydrotherapy program.





With Aisya and mum...I wonder how the little girl is doing?



I don't usually wake up mid-way from my dreams, and something told me I should analyse this dream, and I did (geez, I did a full dream interpretation in the middle of the night).



And for some reason, the insight that I got from this was that people in Canada don't know me much at all. Lol.


Barely anybody knows about the life I shared with Chee Keong (except a handful), the work I did with Aisya or all the other children, the many years I spent with The BRATs, and all the other stuff.





Building a playground for the children of Kampung Parit with The Star's BRATs...



People here are so darn good at talking about their work. I have to learn to do that wayyyy more than what I'm doing now.



I mean, heck, if I ever go to my professors and ask them to write me a recommendation letter, the only thing they'll probably be able to say is that I work hard and all the other stuff they see in their labs and their class.

(But then again, I guess grad-school doesn't care?)



Heck, I bet I could write them a better letter if they ever needed one, lol. After all, they always talk about their kids, and their teenage years, and their husband/wife/dog/cat etc!



13 comments:

mak teh said...

aw honey. i'm sure you miss chee keong and the rest of the kids. you should tell people about them as it is a part of you. of course its not easy. our culture lain tak same macam dia orang. we always teach our kids to jangan menunjuk. but to share your life isn not menunjuk.

whre4arthou said...

Hey Nai..

I don't dream about Max anymore but I think of Luci almost everyday! Hehe.. Poor Max..

I tend to clam up as well when I'm in a group of unknown ang mors. Maybe it's because the sentences don't flow when I have to adjust to their accent - it comes out in rigid weird word combos like I've never learnt much English. Maybe it's just because we're not used to small talk.

Strange isn't it? Considering how much we used to talk on the phone and all.

Oh and while we're thinking children would you like a goddaughter named Poppy?

Marcia Dream said...

It could be helpful to write down your nightmares. It will force you to face whatever issues you have that are causing them.

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Mak Teh,

Thanks for dropping by...

Exactly! I am very verbal, and I know what I want, but ask me to sit down and talk about myself and make it sound as good as possible, and I would probably have a big problem...

Here, you actually have people who can talk on and on about themselves even there really isn't anything great to say (tin kosong!)...

So I guess it's just teaching young people to be more confident about talking about their achievements.

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Ae Mi,

Ah...What you think about in your waking life, you dream about! That's what we learn about in class anyway...

I have no problem with accents, actually. And I have no problem talking at all. Just bragging about myself which is the problem...Lol!

As for Poppy, oh well, we had that conversation just a couple hours ago after you posted it here, so I'm not going to repeat it!

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Marcia Dream,

Thanks for dropping by...

Erm, I do write my dreams down...Been doing that for quite a few years now...

I can't interpret dreams and/or nightmares if I don't write them down...

But thanks for the advice anyway! =)

mott said...

wow..fantastic interpretation! You're right.. Asians tend to do their work, quietly. Angmohs will 'market' their lives.

Even this 16 year old boy that was helping me today, I know so much about his..but I barely said 10 sentences to him. Most of them, were "thanks", "you've been a great help".

Joanna said...

Hi !
How true the way Asians tend to be more quiet with their accomplishments, sometimes up to the point of being embarrassed even ...

yus said...

Hi Daphne,
I wondered about Aisya too. coincidence or what?
don't brag. just stressed the truth. get me?

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Mott,

Lol...I have to do these interpretations for class. Big pain in the rear end, but very insightful (and occasionally, fun!) too...

But yeah, this is where culture certainly plays a role...If you do this back home, adoi, berlagak!

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Joanna,

I know! It's good, in a way (people who go off everywhere talking about themselves are painful too), but there should be a balance, no?

Eeek...

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Kak Yus,

Hehe, our stars must be aligned then! ;)

As for the 'stressing the truth, but not bragging', got it! The doing part is the difficult one...And I'm very verbal too, so it should be an easy thing...

Alas...

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