“The Beggar” by Lam Chun See

Mr. Lam Chun Chew, brother of my blogger friend, Chun See, recalls this story his mother told him when he was a kid:

There was this rich man who was a very extravagant and wasteful man, and a wouldn’t-care-less type of a person. Every day his horde of servants would throw away useful things. When preparing meals, the kitchen staff would carelessly spill large amount of rice into a drain which flowed down hill past a monastery…

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Joke from a friend

Friend (whom I called a Closet Comedian) emailed me this, which I thought was quite funny:

spoof spoof!

“the girl and the mammary tree” …
what did it have? milk fruit.
villagers gathered around the tree to keep a-breast of news.

*Ouch* heh heh
I replied to her, “I’m going to blog this” and also I wanted to share with the mailing list we belonged to, and she said Ok. I emphasised “SHE”.

Because later she said wrote back, “Sure. Go ahead. Just wanted to get it off my chest.”

A story sprouting…

inspirations from Mui NeI have a story sprouting… can i grow, like a bud or a leaf on the memory tree? Unconnected to the village or the boy or the imp? But the story has fluff all over it?

How this blog came to be: A short story

Once upon a time, there were two friends who called themselves the Rambling Librarian and Saigon Tai-tai. They toyed with the idea of co-writing a story (about libraries, if you must know). But as time went by, their plans became more of a memory, as their individual work and other personal committments took precedence.

One day, while the Librarian and the Tai-tai were IMing each other on what’s happening in their professional and personal lives, the topic of writing stories was mentioned again. Perhaps the planets were in the right alignment that day, for in their conversation and email correspondence over the next few days, an outline of a story for children was developed — or at least an idea of what the Children’s story might be. The title of the story/ idea was called “The Memory Tree”.

On a whim, the librarian decided to create a blog. Perhaps he had too much tea that day and was feeling hyped. Maybe he was inspired by other author blogs he’d come across. Or it was one of those “Why-The-Heck-Not” moments. Whatever the reason, this blog was created under 5 minutes (courtesty of WordPress.com). Within the next 5 hours, the Tai-tai received an email about the blog. She decided to humour her librarian friend and created her own WordPress.com account.

The first leaf sprouted on 24th April 2006.

That’s how The Memory Tree blog came to be.

First leaf: The birth of The Memory Tree

Hello World! Consider this the first “leaf” — bud, shoot, sprout, page — of The Memory Tree.

“What’s The Memory Tree?” you ask.

In brief, this is a collaborative Story Blog for a Children’s Story that my colleague and I plan to write. The idea for this collaborative story blog came to me some five minutes ago.

OK, I’d love to write more but it’s already 2.13am and if I don’t go to bed soon, I’d be late for work tomorrow. So in the tradition of blogging, I’ll post updates on how this site intends to develop. We’ll see how it goes.

~ Rambling Librarian