About Unmapped Wonderland
Many years ago, I learnt this Chinese phrase from the television drama series The Rose 《蔷薇之恋》: 一个地图上找不到的地方. This phrase has always captured my imagination, for in its context, it symbolises the deepest recess of our hearts and minds, a place that most would prefer to leave dormant and keep a distance from. For me, it represented solitude, sanctuary and rest; wherever it was, this was the place I wanted to be.
Some years later, I started a WordPress blog titled “Unmapped Paradise”, my translation of the phrase 一个地图上找不到的地方. Here, I shared my most intimate thoughts, emotions and desires, with the people closest to me. However, for a variety of reasons, I eventually deleted the blog, and with that, the URL http://www.unmappedparadise.wordpress.com was removed forever. It was a pity but I felt it was the right thing to do at that point in time.
This leaves me with a problem doesn’t it? As I turn once again to blogging as a means of processing my encounters and emotions, I am reminded of the phrase yet again. Given that unmapped paradise is not available, how else can I present the essence of 一个地图上找不到的地方? If it weren’t paradise, what would this place (地方) be? I finally settled for wonderland, a reminder to keep my sense of wonder for this world, to always see with a traveller’s eyes, making new discoveries every day; an apt metaphor for my journey of learning during this gap period.
About this Ordinary City Dweller
“An Ordinary City Dweller” kind of sums up who I am. I am born and bred in Singapore and lived my entire life on this little red dot except for the year away in the United States, earning a Master’s Degree. In Aug 2014, I took a break from full-time work to recharge and to reorientate and get to know myself again. Now, I am back at work with greater clarity of who I am and what I want to do. Though at times still swept away by the tide of things, I am learning not to repeat the same mistakes I made in the past. I am at times reflective, at times whiny, at times positive, at times pensive, going through life pretty much like everyone else. In summary, I am simply an ordinary person dwelling in a tiny city.