Friday, March 20, 2009

18 March 2009


The much-dreaded letter arrived:

"With sincere regret, I must report that the Committee on Admissions has completed its selection of the class entering in August 2009 and has not been able to offer you a place.
We are grateful to have received applications from so many students like you with excellent intellectual and personal qualities. This year, well over 5000 students applied for 165 places in the first year class at Harvard Medical School. With so many more talented and highly qualified candidates than we could admit, the Committee on Admissions faced a very difficult task."

Sometimes, the wait ends tragically.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

The Return of the Earring

I recently lost one of my light purple crystal earrings. I searched high and low for it. I looked for it in the car, at home, in the office, everywhere. I even asked Rizwana to look for it when she came to visit. I love those simple yet elegant earrings! What good would 1 earring be? Should I just throw it away? What are the chances of finding the other one?

"Did you see it?" Da Jie (Big Sister) Sin Yue asked me last Thursday after my kickboxing exercise.
"See what?"
"I was walking along the corridor and I noticed your earring on the carpet."
"Really? That's great! Wait a minute, how did it end up there?"
Da Jie smiled and said, "Your earring came back to you, Hidayah."

Ah, yes... if it's meant to be yours, it'll be yours.