Thursday, June 24, 2010

Textbook Romance


As we walked down the streets of Paris, S questioned the city's reputation of being the most romantic city in the world. Perhaps I was merely tired and foot-sore after walking what seemed like a million miles all over Versailles, but I agreed with her. It was damp, cold and everybody spoke a strange language. And then we looked up and gasped. The Eiffel Tower! All lit up at night..

As we excitedly posed in front of the Tower (in every possible combination), we marvelled at the feat of engineering and the beauty of the design. Simple, elegant lines wrought of metal lit by glowing bulbs; flashing intermittently and drawing everyone's eyes.. Gorgeous.. and yet, I still didn't see how Paris could be all that romantic a city.
So we went on our way exploring Paris as all tourists do.. walking down the Champs de Elysses, admiring the glass pyramid at the Louvre, lazing in the chairs at the Jardin Tuillieres and taking pictures everywhere. Even the pretty little terrace at our cozy hotel room didn't inspire me to poetry!
Until the next night when, after going up and down the Eiffel Tower, my husband walked me across the river to the Palais de Chaillot. As he cuddled me, I enjoyed my chocolate crepes on the steps and gazed across the Seine to the Eiffel Tower.. it hit me.. this was easily one of the most romantic moments of our lives... and some of my cynicism faded. Paris may not be the most romantic cities is the world for me but boy, it sure comes close!

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Anti-Social Media

It feels very strange to be posting a blog after so long.. Not just because I'm out of practice but because sometimes I catch myself composing a particular sentence to use. Maybe I just find myself thinking almost exactly as I would write.. I frame amusing lines, find funny jokes, google what I want to explain.. And then I either tweet ir or post it on Facebook..
So is social networking the end of blogging? Not for other people.. Some have found a simple solution.. Write a post and their link is their status.. A few clicks is ensured..especially if the heading is provocative enough.. Hey, I may sound derisive but it requires real discipline to control that snappy one-liner and instead write a warm, funny blog post.
But the ones I reall envy are those who have this great imagination.. They continue to post some really funny stuff on Twitter and Facebook, while still writing amazing content on their blog. Sure, some are journalist so they're already at an advantage but what about the others.. They have a day job which they slog away at, keep their followers amused with hilarious tweets and give us something to think about in their blog post as well.. I think I'm rambling now..
But I know I want to write and for that I cannot use social media as an excuse.. Thus, I make a promise - to myself as I doubt anyone reads this except by accident - to try and write at least once a month. Movie reviews, book reviews, random jokes, funny pictures.. Something which I want to share.. And not on twitter or FB..