O Cock!

I text a lot, it’s just the nature of communication these days. Instead of a phone call, we send a short missive across, and the other person replies when they are able.

Sometimes I’ll concur by typing “Okay” or “Ok”, or use the “thumbs up” sign, or the “ok” sign with the thumb and forefinger making a circle.

And others texted back the same way.

About a year or so ago, I encountered the “okok”. It took me some time to realise this was “Ok, ok”. It’s getting more common and I don’t like it.

“Ok, ok” sounds impatient and rude. See some examples below.

A: Are you free for lunch?
B: Okok
A thinks: (Look, you don’t have to join me for lunch if you don’t want to)

A: Can you forward the email to me now?
B: Okok
A thinks: (Are you saying I’m being a bother?)

A: Can you bring the dog to the vet?
B: Okok
A: (….)

One Ok is enough. Two is O Cock!


Weekly Photo Challenge: Wall

Quirky wall art is a recent tourist attraction in Penang island, Malaysia. Over the last 2 years, the success of the initial commissioned pieces led to more artworks sprouting up. (Won’t happen in Singapore though, the graffiti-free city, where you’re apt to be caught, fined and maybe caned.)

For more Photo Challenge: Wall posts, go here.

Passing it On…

A few days ago, I received a surprise when my blog readership jumped, and realised quite a number were coming over from Alzheimer’s Wife – a blog from a beautiful person about her caregiving journey. I went over to check and found Nancy had received an Award and was nominating me as a recipient! Thank you Nancy, for honoring me 🙂 I am very inspired by your openness and willingness to adapt to life’s challenges. You found a way to bring Bo home and provide the caregiving family with a home too!



This is an award that we pay forward — honoring the bloggers whom we follow and who inspire us. Here are the rules:

Thank and link to the amazing person who nominated you.
List the rules and display the award.
Share seven facts about yourself.
Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated.
Proudly display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you.

7 facts about me
1. I live in Singapore
2. My mom has been diagnosed with dementia
3. I have healthcare work experience
4. My favourite authors are Asimov, Philip K Dick and Margaret Atwood
5. I hate housework
6. I have a weak green thumb – half my plants die, and half thrive
7. I use mindfulness to cope.

Blogs I nominate to receive the award – please go check them out!
1. Not Forgotten
2. My Neighbour Miss D
3. My Dad is a Goldfish
4. Truthful Loving Kindness as Dementia Patient
5. Jan’s Reflections
6. DownJersey North Country
7. A Journey with Mom
8. Lewy, Momma and Me

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year

“Happy New Year!”, Mom greets me this morning. The TV is on, they are welcoming the year in London.

“Happy New Year, Mom! What year is it?”

Long pause.

“I don’t know what you mean…”

“It’s a new year. What year is it?”

Confused look. I try again,

“What’s today’s date?”

“What’s today’s date?”

“It’s okay. Happy New Year!”