|Pencil Portraits of my Childhood Friends.
I don’t know if anyone still reads this blog…and I’m sure some people are peeved off as I have been silence for almost one year without explanation whatsoever.
Some might guess that I had kicked the bucket or had dementia, Covid 19 or whatever.
I understand that it’s a reasonable assumptions as I’m in my twilight years at 73 and life, as you know, is unpredictable.
But, thanks God, I’m still kicking and much alive, spared from tragic misfortune.
I guess while I’m here, I give a brief update of myself.
If you’re here reading this, you’re aware I don’t really write this blog anymore.
There are a lot of reasons.
The main reasons why I’ve been hesitant to post here lately is because I’m getting lazier as I get older and is planning to retire from all stressful work and activities as much as possible.
I certainly don’t want to disappoint anybody, especially my followers but I’ve to say frankly, if blogging paid my bills, I’ll probably do a lot more.
You may say I’m selfish but as you know, I live in the most expensive place in the world….Singapore.
Writing this blog has indeed given me much satisfaction but the truth is, for the past one year, the money I got from past traffic accident claims, CPF Life payments, allowances from my filial children and supplementary income from infrequent cab driving, are what’s helping me to get by.
Sadly, my health, specifically my eyesight is declining rapidly.
Last year, I had two near fatal traffic accidents.
In the first accident, a fully loaded trailer crushed into the rear of my taxi and sent my taxi crushing at the gentry’s barrier of an industrial car park.
Fortunately, I was belted and did not suffer any serious injuries except a hairline fracture at my elbow and knee.
The offending driver explained that his trailer had faulty brakes.
In the second incident in mid-2019, I almost killed a young student at a zebra crossing.
My right eye did not catch him crossing the zebra crossing and he avoided my cab by a mere inch as I cruised past him.
Had he walked a step more, I would have knocked him down with unimaginable injuries or death.
From this near fatal incident mainly because of my defective eyesight, I knew I had to stop driving but I need a supplementary income in expensive Singapore.
So, I drove sporadically for only one to two days a week till December 2019.
Then COVID 19 arrived in January 2020.
Thereafter, I stopped driving completely and planned to return my normal and taxi vocational license at the end of this year.
I'm now in semi-retirement.
I kept myself occupied with cooking, drawing, tending to my corridor garden and sleeping longer than necessary.
Maybe I’ll start a home based business like selling home cooked food or pencil portrait drawing to earn a small income. God Willing..
I would truly appreciate any suggestion.
|My Corridor Garden in a HDB Apartment.