Everyday Things


Hubby bought this compilation album for my new car. It has four discs, featuring all the popular Chinese hits in the 80’s and 90’s. This compilation is hard to find, and he knew that I’ll be madly in love with it. I can listen to these relaxing songs when I’m driving. It’s awesome!

One of my top favorites in this album is a song called ‘Lei Hai’ (Sea of Tears) from Taiwanese singer Valen Hsu (???). I’m sure most of you would have heard of this beautiful song many years ago. I never thought that it still sounds so nice after more than ten years. Every time when I listen to it, it instantly brings me to a dreamy and sentimental mood. I just ‘melt’ into the music and suddenly I felt a surge of lost memories and feelings.

I felt like I’ve taken a time machine and I traveled back to year 1995. I was 18 years old again. I left my hometown in Ipoh to pursue my tertiary education in a university in Johor, Malaysia. My mother bought me a portable CD player before I left. It became my one and only entertainment when I was staying in the university hostel (for one super long year). Every night, I listened to 93.3 and I became a big fan of Valen Hsu.

Fifteen years ago, I was a naïve university student. I attended lectures in the morning and tutorials at night. I struggled to meet deadlines of my projects and assignments. I have all the freedom and time in the world, but I don’t have the money. I can’t wait to grow up and be financially-independent. I hate to take money from my parents who were struggling and working so hard to make ends meet.

Fifteen years later, I live a completely different life. I’m working in an industry that is completely different from what I studied. I’m financially-independent. I can pamper myself with an expensive haircut or a branded bag. I give money allowance to my parents every month, and I really feel good about it. I wonder how my life would be in the next 15 years. By then, I’ll be 47 years old. *Faint*

It’s amazing how a simple song like this can bring me so many memories of the past and thoughts about the future. It’s rare but definitely a beautiful feeling. =)

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