Oscar Peterson kind of Morning :)

Oscar Peterson kind of Morning :)

Good morning,

Listening to Oscar Peterson’s beautiful “Love Ballade”

Happy Sunday 🙂

“Live in the moment..!” Last letter from the 27yr old dying woman, Holy Butcher.

“Live in the moment..!” Last letter from the 27yr old dying woman, Holy Butcher.

That’s the thing about life;

It is fragile, precious and unpredictable

and each day is a gift, not a given right.

—–

삶은 그런 것 중 하나입니다.

깨지기 쉽고, 소중하며, 예측할 수 없으며

매일 주어진 선물이지, 주어진 권리가 아니라는 것.  

http://www.cornwalllive.com/news/health/young-cancer-victim-holly-butcher-1032238.amp

A bit of life advice from Hol:

It’s a strange thing to realise and accept your mortality at 26 years young. It’s just one of those things you ignore. The days tick by and you just expect they will keep on coming; Until the unexpected happens.

I always imagined myself growing old, wrinkled and grey- most likely caused by the beautiful family (lots of kiddies) I planned on building with the love of my life. I want that so bad it hurts.

That’s the thing about life; It is fragile, precious and unpredictable and each day is a gift, not a given right.

I’m 27 now. I don’t want to go. I love my life. I am happy.. I owe that to my loved ones. But the control is out of my hands.

I haven’t started this ‘note before I die’ so that death is feared – I like the fact that we are mostly ignorant to it’s inevitability.. Except when I want to talk about it and it is treated like a ‘taboo’ topic that will never happen to any of us.. That’s been a bit tough. I just want people to stop worrying so much about the small, meaningless stresses in life and try to remember that we all have the same fate after it all so do what you can to make your time feel worthy and great, minus the bullshit.

I have dropped lots of my thoughts below as I have had a lot of time to ponder life these last few months. Of course it’s the middle of the night when these random things pop in my head most!

Those times you are whinging about ridiculous things (something I have noticed so much these past few months), just think about someone who is really facing a problem. Be grateful for your minor issue and get over it. It’s okay to acknowledge that something is annoying but try not to carry on about it and negatively effect other people’s days.

Once you do that, get out there and take a freaking big breath of that fresh Aussie air deep in your lungs, look at how blue the sky is and how green the trees are; It is so beautiful. Think how lucky you are to be able to do just that – breathe.

It is so beautiful. Think how lucky you are to be able to do just that – breathe.

You might have got caught in bad traffic today, or had a bad sleep because your beautiful babies kept you awake, or your hairdresser cut your hair too short. Your new fake nails might have got a chip, your boobs are too small, or you have cellulite on your arse and your belly is wobbling.

Let all that shit go.. I swear you will not be thinking of those things when it is your turn to go. It is all SO insignificant when you look at life as a whole. I’m watching my body waste away right before my eyes with nothing I can do about it and all I wish for now is that I could have just one more Birthday or Christmas with my family, or just one more day with my partner and dog. Just one more.

I hear people complaining about how terrible work is or about how hard it is to exercise – Be grateful you are physically able to. Work and exercise may seem like such trivial things … until your body doesn’t allow you to do either of them.

I tried to live a healthy life, in fact, that was probably my major passion. Appreciate your good health and functioning body- even if it isn’t your ideal size. Look after it and embrace how amazing it is. Move it and nourish it with fresh food. Don’t obsess over it.

Remember there are more aspects to good health than the physical body.. work just as hard on finding your mental, emotional and spiritual happiness too. That way you might realise just how insignificant and unimportant having this stupidly portrayed perfect social media body really is.. While on this topic, delete any account that pops up on your news feeds that gives you any sense of feeling shit about yourself. Friend or not.. Be ruthless for your own well-being.

Be grateful for each day you don’t have pain and even the days where you are unwell with man flu, a sore back or a sprained ankle, accept it is shit but be thankful it isn’t life threatening and will go away.

Whinge less, people! .. And help each other more.

Give, give, give. It is true that you gain more happiness doing things for others than doing them for yourself. I wish I did this more. Since I have been sick, I have met the most incredibly giving and kind people and been the receiver of the most thoughtful and loving words and support from my family, friends and strangers; More than I could I ever give in return. I will never forget this and will be forever grateful to all of these people.

It is a weird thing having money to spend at the end.. when you’re dying. It’s not a time you go out and buy material things that you usually would, like a new dress. It makes you think how silly it is that we think it is worth spending so much money on new clothes and ‘things’ in our lives.

Buy your friend something kind instead of another dress, beauty product or jewellery for that next wedding. 1. No-one cares if you wear the same thing twice 2. It feels good. Take them out for a meal, or better yet, cook them a meal. Shout their coffee. Give/ buy them a plant, a massage or a candle and tell them you love them when you give it to them.

Value other people’s time. Don’t keep them waiting because you are shit at being on time. Get ready earlier if you are one of those people and appreciate that your friends want to share their time with you, not sit by themselves, waiting on a mate. You will gain respect too! Amen sister.

This year, our family agreed to do no presents and despite the tree looking rather sad and empty (I nearly cracked Christmas Eve!), it was so nice because people didn’t have the pressure of shopping and the effort went into writing a nice card for each other. Plus imagine my family trying to buy me a present knowing they would probably end up with it themselves.. strange! It might seem lame but those cards mean more to me than any impulse purchase could. Mind you, it was also easier to do in our house because we had no little kiddies there. Anyway, moral of the story- presents are not needed for a meaningful Christmas. Moving on.

Use your money on experiences.. Or at least don’t miss out on experiences because you spent all your money on material shit.

Put in the effort to do that day trip to the beach you keep putting off. Dip your feet in the water and dig your toes in the sand. Wet your face with salt water.

Get amongst nature.

Try just enjoying and being in moments rather than capturing them through the screen of your phone.

Life isn’t meant to be lived through a screen nor is it about getting the perfect photo.. enjoy the bloody moment, people! Stop trying to capture it for everyone else.

Random rhetorical question. Are those several hours you spend doing your hair and make up each day or to go out for one night really worth it? I’ve never understood this about females 🤔.

Get up early sometimes and listen to the birds while you watch the beautiful colours the sun makes as it rises. Listen to music.. really listen. Music is therapy. Old is best.

Cuddle your dog. Far out, I will miss that.

Talk to your friends. Put down your phone. Are they doing okay?

Travel if it’s your desire, don’t if it’s not.

Work to live, don’t live to work.

Seriously, do what makes your heart feel happy.

Eat the cake. Zero guilt.

Say no to things you really don’t want to do.

Don’t feel pressured to do what other people might think is a fulfilling life.. you might want a mediocre life and that is so okay.

Tell your loved ones you love them every time you get the chance and love them with everything you have.

Also, remember if something is making you miserable, you do have the power to change it – in work or love or whatever it may be. Have the guts to change. You don’t know how much time you’ve got on this earth so don’t waste it being miserable. I know that is said all the time but it couldn’t be more true.

Anyway, that’s just this one young gals life advice. Take it or leave it, I don’t mind!

Oh and one last thing, if you can, do a good deed for humanity (and myself) and start regularly donating blood. It will make you feel good with the added bonus of saving lives. I feel like it is something that is so overlooked considering every donation can save 3 lives! That is a massive impact each person can have and the process really is so simple.

Blood donation (more bags than I could keep up with counting) helped keep me alive for an extra year – a year I will be forever grateful that I got to spend it here on Earth with my family, friends and dog. A year I had some of the greatest times of my life.

..’Til we meet again.

Hol

Xoxo

Phantom Singer II

해외에 있으면서 가장 궁금했던 프로그램… 팬텀싱어 2.  🙂

귀국후 시간이 부족해서 아직 모든 에피소드를 다 볼 수는 없었지만, 경연 초반의 김주택 바리톤과 안현준 아나운서의 듀엣곡 “L’ultima Notte” 을 들으며 갈채를 보낸 다음으로, 감동을 깊게 받은 곡이 생겼다. 안드레아 보첼리 원곡으로, 고우림, 조민규, 배두훈의 /트레피톤/이 부른 “Dell’Amore Non Si Sa”. 아름다운 곡 덕분에 베이스 고우림씨 팬 한 명 추가.. 🙂

  1. 별 헤는 밤 

네이버 영상보기:      http://tv.naver.com/v/1992025

 

2. Dell’Amore Non Si Sa

네이버 영상보기:    http://tv.naver.com/v/2098551

[K-drama music] City Sunset by SunwooJungah

[K-drama music] City Sunset by SunwooJungah

 

잘 알고 지내던 언니가 몇 차례나 꼭 한번 시간내어 보라고 신신당부를 했던 드라마,

김하늘 주연의 “공항가는 길”.

 

이 세상엔… 사연이 많은 이들이 가득하다.

사랑하지만 사랑한다고 말 할 수 없는 이들,

사랑하지 않지만, 사랑하는 척 가장하며 살아가는 이들,

사랑이 무엇인지 그 말의 무게가 무엇인지 몰라서 쉽게 고백하는 이들,

사랑한다는 말에 담긴 무게가 무엇인지를 알아서 차마 내뱉지 못하고 담아버리는 이들.

 

. . .

 

우연히 운전하며 튼 라디오에서 흘러나온 곡이 좋아 찾아 듣다보니…

자꾸 듣고 싶어지는 그녀의 감미로운 목소리 때문인지,

아니면 왠지 모르게 가슴을 쿵 울리는 가사 때문인지,

오랫만에 감상적인 저녁을 맞고 있다.

 

아픈 사랑도 사랑이겠지만….

굳이 그런 사랑을 선택할 필요가 있을까.

시간은 우리 곁을 무심히 지나치고 있고,

사랑은 구걸하듯 부탁해서 얻어지는 것이 아닌데.

 

눈은 사람의 마음을 통하는 창이자,

우리 영혼이 만날 수 있는 공간이다.

 

운명을 믿어서일까.

난 그 눈을 바라보면 그냥 알 것만 같다.

내 사람인 사람이라면,

그 눈 너머에 담겨있는 그 사람의 소울이,

분명 내 안에 담긴 소울을 알아 볼 테니까.

마주치고, 또 마주치는 눈빛속에서,

다시는 같은 눈을 볼 수 없으리라는 것을.

왠지…. 알 것 만 같으니까.

 

#20170629.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chicago Typewriter 시카고타자기

Chicago Typewriter 시카고타자기

20170607 Chicago Typewriter_2

“An original writer is not who imitates nobody,

but one whom nobody can imitate.”

François-René de Chateaubriand, quoted

Lately I’ve been following this new k-drama series, “Chicago Typewriter”. It’s a love triangle story between three writers from the past. This series became quite popular outside of Korea (like in Indonesia, Malaysia..etc) but wasn’t that successful in Korea.

The first few episodes didn’t really live up to my expectations, but I began to enjoy it more as the series progressed about halfway through. 🙂 My favorite part of the drama was when Go Kyung-Pyo, the ghostwriter, recalled a phrase from “Laziness” by Charles Spurgeon, and courageously decided to finally reach out to his love, Im Soo Jung. I was not familiar with literary works of Spurgeon before, so it was nice to be introduced to a new writer.

Enjoy the music & these beautiful quotes from the “Chicago Typewriter”. 🙂

일제시대를 보낸 작가들의 환생과 로맨스 이야기라고 해서 기대를 가지고 보았지만.. 생각보다 초반 구성이 조금 아쉬웠던 드라마, 시카고 타자기..  🙂 하지만 중반 이후부터 좋은 대사들과 배우들의 연기덕분에 즐겁게 보았다. 오늘은 반가운 비가 내리다 보니, 유독 이 곡이 귓가를 맴돌아서 짧게 소개하는 글을 올려보았다. 드라마의 하이라이트는 아마도 고경표가 내레이션을 한 찰스 스펄전의 명시가 소개된 부분이 아니었을까.. 사람과 유령으로 만났기에.. 이어질 수 없는것을 잘 알지만, 너무도 사랑하는 여인을 향해 그럼에도 불구하고 용기를 내어 한 마디를 던지던 그의 모습은 간절함 때문이었는지 무척 인상이 깊었다.  아마도 드라마를 보던 사람들 모두가 가슴을 졸였으리라. 🙂

“불러야 할 노래가 있다면 지금 부르십시오.

당신의 해가 저물면 노래 부르기엔 너무나 늦습니다.

당신의 노래를 지금 부르십시오.”

 

“When roses bloom and the heart flutters

give me that smile of yours

If there is a song you must sing

then sing it now

for when your day draws to a close

it is already too late to sing.

Sing your song now”

– Yoo Jin Oh, quoted from Laziness by Charles Spurgeon

“If you think of something to do, then do it now

Today may be a clear day

But you do not know if you may see clouds tomorrow

Since yesterday is no longer yours, do it now

If you have a kind word to say, say it now

For you may not have tomorrow

The person you love won’t always be by your side

If you have something loving to say, say it now

If you wish to smile, then smile now

Do it now

Before your friend leaves you”

– Yoo Jin Oh, quoted from Spurgeon’s poem

[지금 하십시오]  by 찰스 스펄전

할 일이 생각나거든
지금 하십시오.

오늘 하늘은 맑지만
내일은 구름이 보일는지 모릅니다.

어제는 이미 당신의 것이 아니니
지금 하십시오.

친절한 말 한마디가 생각나거든
지금 하십시오,

내일은 당신의 것이 안 될지도 모릅니다.

사랑하는 사람이 언제나
곁에 있지는 않습니다.

사랑의 말이 있다면
지금 하십시오.

미소를 짓고 싶다면
지금 웃어 주십시오.

당신의 친구가 떠나기 전에
장미가 피고 가슴이 설레일 때
지금 당신의 미소를 주십시오.

불러야 할 노래가 있다면
지금 부르십시오.

당신의 해가 저물면
노래 부르기엔 너무나 늦습니다.

당신의 노래를 지금 부르십시오.


Chicago Typewriter Wiki Facts:

(시카고타자기/芝加哥打字機) is a 2017 South Korean television series starring Yoo Ah-inIm Soo-jungand Go Kyung-pyo. It premiered on April 7, 2017, with episodes every Friday and Saturday on tvN.

Synopsis: Writers that lived under Japanese rule in the 1930’s are reincarnated into a bestselling writer who is in a slump, a mysterious ghostwriter and an anti-fan of the bestselling writer.

Watch on Viki: https://www.viki.com/videos/1117675v-chicago-typewriter-episode-1


“I have read a certain book; when I finished it, I closed it, put it back on the shelf in my library— but there were certain words in that book which I cannot forget. They have penetrated so deeply into me that I cannot separate them from myself. Henceforth, I am no longer the one I was before I met them.”

-Andre Gide, quoted in Chicago Typewriter