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  • We can't ever go back but we always have the option to move forward.
    My attachment to places is inexplicable. Of course it comes through people because they create 'experiences'.
    Every time I learn something new I feel I have grown up a little more.
    Now I know that attachment is silly.
    What got me attached to school, the reserve and then Singapore?
    It was not the wildlife that I came across, it was the places that contained the wildlife and the people whom I could talk about it to.
    The people I always depended on around me- housemates and friends.
    My work in school and the faces I got used to seeing. The stairs I climbed down, the route I always chose so that I would pass school.
    I liked to greet the sweepers there. They made me feel like I belonged to Lasalle.
    I went to school so often in the last semester of my last year that I ended up going everyday until I left Singapore a month after school was over. I also hated it if I didn't see even one of the faces that I had got used to seeing around me, for instance our night gang that worked overnight in the image communication studio. I knew it was crazy.It was like an addiction. It reminded me of each of those days of the 4 years that I had spent learning and loving my life.

    Now I have been able to detach myself from school.
    I was afraid to go back home each time after I first visited Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. That place did not let me stay away from it.
    The walk up the slope, then down the big Cathay stiarcase, to the exceptionally long train ride to Kranji and awaiting the the 3 dollar Kranji express to come pick me up and then greet that Chinese driver and give him my best wishes mentally because he made me so happy each time I saw him, then get off at the entrance of Sungei Buloh and quickly removing my camera from the bag then heading straight to the Boardwalk from the registration counter and literally jumping in excitement as I put my first foot on the wooden planks.

    Now I have been able to detach myself from Sungei Buloh.
    The reason for both is that I want to apply all that I learned there. I want to show it off. I want to use all the qualities I developed. I want to be able to meet, interact, discuss, create, act and love more people in completely new places.
    I want to do so much before life ends. This could all be unreal so why should I go back when I can go ahead and find more of what I love and find more that I might love.
    I want to go ahead so that I can write more about past stories on Cowbird even if no one is reading.
    Oh, there are many other places worth discussing about in Singapore that I went to but let's discuss them another time.
    Another time, when no one's reading.

    This is one of the pictures that I used to take in our graphic design studio when the light would so fall on me that I wanted to capture the moment to remind me of those wonderful times I spent in school just by myself for not long enough till I got restless and started a chat with whoever was available around me.
    I was really there...
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