Category: Family


In July, 2009, my brother sent me an email about a competition offered by totaltravel.com entitled: “Win a family holiday in Canberra! – Wrapt in Canberra”.

Apparently, ‘wrapt’ is the archaic form of wrapped. Perhaps it is implying one needs to be bundled up with >10 layers, or a pun to being ‘rapt’ in the city.

The question to be answered was this:

“What’s your favourite winter experience in Canberra? (50 words or less)”

Now I thought that was quite a funny question because winter in Canberra can get pretty darn piercingly cold, and I remembered when I visited for my brother’s graduation for his undergraduate degree, it was quite a bleak and desolate place when the icy winds engulfed the town. Nevertheless, I thought I might get my creative writing juices flowing and went ahead with this entry:

Canberra’s beautiful scenery is shrouded in an aura of mystique as the misty fogs waft through the maze of mountains, architectural masterpieces, and national landmarks. The tranquil streets impart a bittersweet enchantment as the wintry winds sweep through; a uniquely mysterious beauty no other Australian capital city can parallel.
(49 words!)

Now perhaps it was the slightly melancholic words ‘shrouded’, ‘fogs’ and ‘bittersweet’ (Canberra does look slightly dramatic/melancholic in winter…can’t deny that, but melancholic drama often has a lot of depth…), or the slightly wild and abstract undertones, but I didn’t win. Well, I thought I might use this as an easy post to this much-neglected blog of mine (it takes a long time to write an eloquent and crafted prose!). Nevertheless, I got to visit my brother and his fiancée during a more hospitable season (summer! But it was still cold!) at the end of the year, and had a great time :).

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哥哥 got engaged!

(a most unprofound post title)

A few weeks ago, I was thrilled to hear of my brother’s engagement with his girlfriend of 5 years, Yoko. My first memory of this girl was back in Wagga Wagga, when my brother and I were sitting in the computer room, and he was telling me in a lovesick tone about how he had fell for a Japanese girl who was older than him, and that he was worried it might go against tradition. Then it blossomed into a beautiful and tender relationship, and our family also became close to Yoko, who was in Brisbane at the time. She was always really kind to us, inviting us over for her lovely Japanese food, sending packages of food and gifts from Singapore/Japan, sending us little letters telling us about her life and asking about ours… She also had always known I like Snoopy (something most of my friends might not actually know/bother to remember!), and that I like to eat Japanese snacks. hahaha.

I guess Yoko has made a real influence on my brother, in a good way of course! He has become more caring and accepting now, bullying me a little less than before. 😛

When I was small I had a strange dream about my brother getting married, and I was actually jealous of the bride! I was quite close to Gor Gor and the thought of him leaving his little sister, and replacing me with his wife as a ‘surrogate sister’ must have been quite a scary thought for me! The strange dream aside, I am actually really happy and have no feelings of jealousy, as I now realise that I’m never going to be ‘replaced’, and besides, Yoko is too much of a dream sister-in-law to be jealous of! Haha (yes, Gor Gor shall always be in my never-ending “bully-victim” sibling cycle).

If you are reading this, Gor Gor or Yoko, I wish to congratulate your engagement, and hope this passage wasn’t embarrassing and hope you don’t mind me talking about it!

Here is a photo of the spouses-to-be. (I tried to look for a really cute picture of them in Japan but my brother must have deleted it out of bashfulness because he was hugging her hehe)

Fiancée and Fiancé

Fiancée and Fiancé