Daily Prompt: Tell us about a sensation — a taste, a smell, a piece of music — that transports you back to childhood.
For me, I suppose it would be a smell. Not sure I can describe it accurately, but it’s something akin to a cross between chocolaty-sweetness and the musk of old book pages.
Whenever I come across this smell – in second-hand bookshops most of the time these days – I will be reminded of the first time I read a mystery compilation by Alfred Hitchcock in the school library, way back when I was seven or so (sadly, I’ve yet to find another copy of that book). Or the times when I’d be sitting next to my mother while she read some ancient-looking tome.
I am also, interestingly enough, reminded of my childhood bike. The handlebars had a similar smell, for whatever reason, and so I’ll also be reminded of the times I spent riding my bike and pretending it was a car. Ahh yes, childhood.
Suffice to say, this smell definitely evokes various nostalgic memories for me.
Daily Prompt: If you were to judge your favourite book by its cover, would you still read it?
I can’t say as I have any one favourite book in particular, but definitely all my favourites were initially judged by such, so yes I would still read it. Unless otherwise recommended to me, a book’s cover is very important in my selection of reading material. If the cover is unappealing, the chances of me picking it up are very slim, no matter how great a book it is. Continue reading
Daily Prompt: Have you ever truly felt déjà vu, the sensation that you’ve already had the experience you’re currently having?
Yes. All the time, in fact. There have been heaps of occasions where I’ll be walking down a street or talking to a friend and bang – déjà vu. Have I done this before?
Just the other day I listened to my friends having a discussion on cars, and I knew word for word what they would say even before the said it. But when I commented that they’d already had this conversation before, they looked at me like I was crazy.
The confusing part for me is I can never tell whether it’s déjà vu, actually happened before, or was some dream I had ages ago. If it’s from a dream, does that still count as déjà vu? I suppose precognition is a bit far fetched. Either way, that weird sensation of experiencing something twice(?) is certainly one of the more unique experiences I have in life.
Daily Prompt: What activity, task, or game most brings out your competitive streak?
There are lots of things that bring out my competitive streak, but what brings it out the most? Hmm.
As someone with quite a short attention span, it’s hard to find any one thing that particularly brings out my competitive streak, but if I had to choose it would probably be badminton.
It’s basically the only sport I’ve continued for any length of time, and I’d like to think I’ve become fairly good at it. It’s social, and fun to play when there’s as much banter flying around as shuttlecocks. Continue reading
Daily Prompt: What was your favorite book as a child? Did it influence the person you are now?
Disappointingly enough, I never actually had a favourite book as a child. I read condensed versions of classical titles such as ‘Call of the Wild’ and ‘Black Beauty’ (and numerous others), but alas they were not loved to the point that I would remember every critical point of the story. To that extent, they did not, as far as I can tell, have much effect on the person I am now. Continue reading
Daily Prompt: Do parties and crowds fill you with energy, or send you scurrying for peace and quiet?
As an introvert who generally prefers moderate background noise – silence, I would have to say that I’m more for the latter. Mostly, I feel that being at parties where you don’t know 6 out of 10 people is just plain awkward, not to mention it’s often crowded, hot and generally uncomfortable. Give me a quiet place any day. Continue reading
Daily Prompt: Do you have animals in your life? If yes, what do they mean to you? If no, why have you opted not to?
The answer to that question would be a resounding yes. I’ve wanted to have a dog for as long as I can remember, and nearly two years ago now my wish finally came true. My dog Reiko is now two years old, and I couldn’t imagine life without her. Continue reading