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into_the_wild

:: Sunscreen, and a Visit to the Dentist ::



:: Sunscreen and a Visit to the Dentist ::



G initiated a 'friend request' on Facebook a fortnight ago.
I did not recognize or think I know G.
I sent G a message.
Do I know you, I asked.
I have to know you to add you as a friend.
Maybe you could tell me more about yourself.
G told me he's a dentist.
G is a dentist and he is studying part-time.
I thought of a common topic - my crown.
My front crown was corroding.
And I needed a dentist to look at it.
So, an appointment was made.
Today was my second appointment.
The traumatic one - to remove the crown.
G drilled and drilled and drilled.
I inclined, agape.
I thought of 'Brazil' and the end scene.
Finally it was over.
G inserted the acrylic one.
The porcelain one will be ready in ten days.
Till then, take nothing that may stain the teeth, he said.
No coffee, no tea, no red wine.
And no chilli crabs.

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Hours earlier, I was on my way to G's clinic.
I tuned my phone to LUSH.
Screenscreen was playing on the airwaves.
Screenscreen brought me a different feeling this time.
Certain lines made a lot more sense.
I wonder if others lines would make more sense
A decade or two, from now.

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Sunscreen (Baz Luhrmann)

Ladies and Gentlemen of the class of ’07
If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it.
The long term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience…
I will dispense this advice now.

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth;
Oh nevermind; you will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they have faded.
But trust me, in 20 years you’ll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked….
You’re not as fat as you imagine.

Don’t worry about the future; or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubblegum.
The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind;
The kind that blindside you at 4pm on some idle Tuesday.

Do one thing everyday that scares you.

Sing.

Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts, don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours.

Floss.

Don’t waste your time on jealousy; sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind…the race is long, and in the end, it’s only with yourself.

Remember the compliments you receive, forget the insults; if you succeed in doing this, tell me how.

Keep your old love letters, throw away your old bank statements.

Stretch.

Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your life…the most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives,
Some of the most interesting 40 year olds I know still don’t.

Get plenty of calcium.

Be kind to your knees, you’ll miss them when they’re gone.

Maybe you’ll marry, maybe you won’t, maybe you’ll have children,maybe you won’t, maybe you’ll divorce at 40, maybe you’ll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary…
What ever you do, don’t congratulate yourself too much or berate yourself either – your choices are half chance, so are everybody else’s.
Enjoy your body, use it every way you can…don’t be afraid of it, or what other people think of it,
It’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own..

Dance…even if you have nowhere to do it but in your own living room.

Read the directions, even if you don’t follow them.

Do NOT read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly.

Get to know your parents, you never know when they’ll be gone for good.

Be nice to your siblings; they are the best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.

Understand that friends come and go,but for the precious few you should hold on.
Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle because the older you get, the more you need the people you knew when you were young.

Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard; live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.

Travel.

Accept certain inalienable truths, prices will rise, politicians will philander, you too will get old, and when you do you’ll fantasize that when you were young prices were reasonable, politicians were noble and children respected their elders.

Respect your elders.

Don’t expect anyone else to support you.
Maybe you have a trust fund, maybe you have a wealthy spouse; but you never know when either one might run out.

Don’t mess too much with your hair, or by the time you're 40, it will look 85.

Be careful whose advice you buy, but, be patient with those who supply it.
Advice is a form of nostalgia, dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than
it’s worth.


But trust me on the snscreen…



Advice is a form of nostalgia, dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it’s worth.
How apt.





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wah...how deep..
hah..=)

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random visitors are always appreciated,
but they don't have to remain random, nor strangers. =)

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lol i'll try, but i seldom msn these days.

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very wise post, especially for people of this modern era. =)

that was what i felt as well.
for some strange reason it seems more relevant to me, than it was a decade ago.


1. You're very brave to let an unknown person do your teeth. I did a lot of research before choosing my dentist. The results would show on my face every day. Hope your crown works fine.

2. How come you need a front crown? Were you in a fight when younger? :-)

3. You have 353 friends on facebook! I don't think I've even met 352 people in my entire life. And you joined like a month ago?

4. The lyrics you quoted weren't written by Baz Luhrmann. They were written by Chicago Tribune columnist Mary Theresa Schmich and published in June 1997. In her introduction to the column, she described it as the commencement address she would give if she were asked to give one. The column was circulated around the Internet, and somehow or other, it was claimed that it was a commencement address by Kurt Vonnegut at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. According to Wikipedia, "Vonnegut was contacted by reporters to comment. He told the New York Times, "What she wrote was funny and wise and charming, so I would have been proud had the words been mine."

In 1998, Schmich expanded her column into a book, "Wear Sunscreen." In 1999, Baz Luhrmann released a song called "Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)" in which the column by Schmich was read out. Schmich gave her permission for the words to be used and receives royalties. This song was a number one hit in several countries.

0. Always good to hear from you. And your gift travels with me everywhere I go. In fact most of my journal entries are first drafted on notes in your gift before I post them on lj.

1. you're quite right, but i thought that all dentists that are allowed to practise are 'good' dentists. well well, when i met G for the first time i did do a quick appraisal. so far so good!

2. i almost broke it when i fell during gymnastics during jc days, and then when i fell during BMT it broke.

3. i know all of them! i think it is critical to draw a line between people we know, whom i call friends, and people whom we do not know. one never know what kind of people lurks within the shadows of the virtual world. *thinks sexual grooming lol*

4. Oooh a golden nugget of information. Which lines resonate most with you?

0. Thank you, glad you like it. I always try to select gifts that my friends will like, not generic ones, and that was specifically picked for you. :-)

1. There is "good" and there is "better", and I guess I always want better for myself and my friends, hence my arduous researching into almost everything before I make major decisions or recommendations. But glad it went well and look forward to seeing the new tooth in your smile soon. :-)

2. Ouch, yikes. That's why I stayed away from sports and focused on books. And I guess that's why I'm now paying a personal trainer so much so that i can make up for all the books and lack of sports. :-(

3. That's a lot of people to know personally. Even in my job, I can't keep track of all the people I meet. But I definitely make a distinction, as you do, between people I know in real life, and people who message me in the virtual world. I'm old fashioned, I even find it hard to be friends with people I've met but who I don't see in person often. I need real life in-the-flesh contact with my fiends, not just online chats or SMS-es.

3a. So what does it mean if you know all those people but I'm not in your list? :-)

4. I love the whole speech, but there are definitely lines that resonate more.
>you will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they have faded. But trust me, in 20 years you’ll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked…< I'm definitely very critical of how I look, and this struck a chord with me. That I should critique myself less and instead focus on the possibilities that lie before me, regardless of how I may look.

> Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts, don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours.< Oh man, when I first read this 10 years ago, I was living in New York and enduring some people who were indeed reckless with my heart. And it reiterted to me that I shouldn't have to accept it, and so I didn't, and I moved on. And I pride myself on the fact that i have never been reckless with anyone's heart.

>Understand that friends come and go,but for the precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle because the older you get, the more you need the people you knew when you were young.<
We discussed this before, the value of real friendships, and the importance of keeping alive the precious few, despite the distractions of daily life today. THese words really ring true for me. It's related to Point 3 above.

>Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard; live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.<
Having lived in both NYC and San Francisco, I can tell you this is sooo true. SF has a laid back and easy-going vibe, and a person can sail through most things and get bit too comfortable to try anything new. I learned the comfort zone can be dangerous; it prevents growth. And New York is a tough city, and to survive and thrive there, most people have to become hard too, which is what happened to me. You develop a shell, an attitude, a skepticism about people and things and a certain aggressiveness and impatience. I had to work on losing that when i came back to Singapore. So yes, I left Northern California and NYC before they made me too soft or too hard. So here I am. :-)

3a. knowing wide does not equate to knowing deep, methinks. a person's reach or network may not be proportionate to the number of facebook friends he or she has. it's a virtual thing after all, like what you pointed out.

hope you had a great weekend!

I've never come across this song before - but it rings so true. Thanks so much!

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