Dutch writer, poet, traveler, and teacher Gerard Nolst Trenité (1870 – 1946) wrote a remarkable poem aptly titled “The Chaos”. The poem demonstrates several of the most famous (and infamous) irregularities in English spelling and pronunciation. Trenité managed to collect about 800 of those irregularities and versified them into this chaotic, albeit amusing poem.
“The Chaos” was originally published in the appendix (Aanhangsel) section of Drop Your Foreign Accent: Engelsche Uitspraakoefeningen (4th Edition), a textbook written by Trenité in 1920. This version was shorter and only contained 146 lines. Since then, many variations have appeared. A longer and authoritative version was published in the 1993-94 edition of Journal of the Simplified Spelling Society. This version contains 274 lines:
Dearest creature in Creation,
Studying English pronunciation,
I will teach you in my verse
Sounds like corpse, corps, horse, and worse.
I will keep you, Susy, busy, Make your head…
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There have been many instances where I have used the word “if” when speaking of lifes moments and regrets. Everyone has regrets in life. That’s what makes human is it not?
So I have decided that I would not use ‘if’ anymore and instead use ‘ I will’
I will learn to swim – yes to many this may be a way of life, but call me crazy being an islander I could not still tread deep waters for too long.
I will write my book – this has been a deep passion in my heart wanting to tell my story to the world, a form of a testament to my existence. I haven’t yet decided whether I should combine fiction into it
I will fly in to Space – my childhood dream of being an astronaut, a distant dream as I grow older and realize I need to be an American to join NASA!
I will open up the little cafe / studio – I fancied myself being a waitress (sounds silly to many) but what I find it comforting, almost soul food to be able to serve someone breakfast and coffee and just say good morning and how are you?
I will own those plots of land wherever my heart desires to have small getaways for friends and strangers alike – where they would find rest and inspiration. A place of serenity.
I thought for a while tyring to conjure and sort, and compile my feelings and thoughts, and to dispell societal myths, that permeate in our culture and the many religions that declare their facts and truths.
What is Heaven? I am human and do not know for sure … only what I feel.
Heaven is open and wide … beyond … beyond and you are floating, free of all things.
There is no need for air nor breath and you have a knowing of complete comfort, calmness and contentment. There is no body. There is no mind. There is no past or future, but only the open moment, an ocean of infinity.
You have an awareness that you are, but it does not connect like it would, had you a body and mind and heart. You are unable to connect sensations to thought. There is a knowing which is from…
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Its another September of another year and it makes me think of Septembers of 1988, 1998 and 2008. How time has flown by! Now its 2018, several decades gone by but September still remains.
I’ve always associated September with love, new beginnings, and the color September dawn – this is the time of the year that I always look forward to watch the fiery sunsets of red and pink skies in the little island where I call home.
Watching these sunsets and colors in the evening skies just makes my heart overwhelm with such joy love and laughter!
September, you bring out the best of me this time of the year. You make me smile; you make me laugh for no real reason.
September, you make me gaze at what you behold in your time the seasons and times only you can bring to my life
September, I love you for the fond memories of years gone by and the best ones yet to unravel.
In a day and age of all things virtual, don’t we all love to escape to the OASIS to just do about anything we’ve ever dreamt of doing. For me for example climbing Everest with the help of Batman would be just too crazy. Of the many things I would love to be doing at OASIS, I think I would just travel between galaxies in endless time & space. That would be my thing on OASIS. http://readyplayeronemovie.com/
What would be you be doing in Oasis? Please do leave a comment.
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Spend time with yourself and get to know who you are:
how your moods swings, what rocks you, what makes you dance, what makes you sing, how your body reacts to certain moods and thoughts, how well you absorb stress, how you think and how you perceive life, what are your personal values, what are your beliefs, and how well you can adapt to change which you have no control over, how responsible you are with your belongings and how well you can take care of others’ belongings, how slow or quick you are to anger, how big or small your heart is, how good or bad you handle bad news and surprises.
Well, these are a few of the many things you need to identify about yourself.
Why do we need to know these things as women?
We have been created with an extra touch of emotions. So, if we do not know about ourselves and what makes us react, and how we react, we will find ourselves in a mess of emotions drowning and not knowing the difference of what we are feeling and what we really are. Since we are not wired to be more of a rational being, when emotions overwhelm us, we will be restricted in using our common sense and make decisions in haste – which we will regret later, in life.
So, its best to keep a check of your emotions as much as you can.
As for me, I think I now know a little bit more of myself that I did 5 years ago and that has helped me to identify the triggers that only upsets me but those that rejuvenates my soul: somewhat of an early warning system is now in place within me, with indicators which will help me to be better prepared for whatever challenges I am faced with.
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This year I thought I will start blogging about my travels. So here goes.
First Saturday of 2018 – 06012018
I have been an avid bird enthusiast, but didn’t make much effort to study more about them, like their proper names and identification (ID) until I met my husband whose serious birding enthusiast from a very young age and knew quite a lot of information and proper ID’s of the birds as opposed to what I knew them to be, taught by adults.
Migratory birds flock throughout Sri Lanka from the months of November and linger on until March. I’ve heard that they travel from afar; some even across the Himalayas.
The spontaneous tour to Anawilundawa required a bit of sacrifice waking up at 0330hrs when you have only gone to sleep past midnight after a long day and night out. We started our exciting journey at 0400hrs with some essentials; Bird books, camera, some goodies, a hot water flask to make black tea, plenty of water and a mat, just in case we decided to just lounge somewhere on bare land and take a nap or rest.
Thank God for the freeway from Peliyagoda to Katunayake; if not leaving home (south of Colombo) at 0400hrs would make no sense to reach our destination in time to catch up with the morning birds.We drove through the Colombo baseline road (a very straightforward one) to reach the starting point of the freeway at Peilyagoda. Next, headed out towards the Negombo road heading North.
The usual self as I am, in my sleepiness mistook the location we intended to visit but thankfully managed to identify the correct location thanks to googlemaps. We reached the turn off point to Anawilundawa Wetland Sanctuary by 0630am. Since the pathway from the main road into the sanctuary is a circular path we decided to take a turn off from the main road earlier than the indicated road pathway on maps.
We drove in our car and it was just a narrow path way with wetland on either side. So, if you plan to drive it’s advisable you take a smaller car just in case another vehicle approaches you; you wouldn’t want to be stuck in a stalemate nor keep reversing on a narrow-elevated path with sharply stooped on both sides into the waterways. Since we are experts having driven around many places including narrow paths in the hill country and sandy off-road paths to beaches in Sri Lanka on our Prius, this was not challenge to us.
However, cycling on these paths would be the most ideal and scenic experience as it’s so quiet and peaceful with hardly any other sounds, but that of nature itself.
Unfortunately for us, the wetlands were completely dried out due to the prevailing drought in the country, giving us very little opportunity to locate the birds which we were expecting to sight at this location. If you are on google maps you would see a few tanks termed as ‘wewa’ – (the Sinhala language term for lake or natural water body and in Tamil language it will be addressed as “Kulam” )However, there were approximately 100 of lesser whistling ducks in some of the wetland where was significant water; it was such a pleasure to watch a juvenile duckling being cared for by the adults.
We also witnessed 02 Brahminy kites dashing after a juvenile white breasted sea eagle who seemed to have nicked their prey. They frightened the little duckling and in a matter of a few seconds most of the adult ducks flocked around the lone duckling; carefully guarding it.
With all the drama ending we decided to have a little picnic break and did enjoy the cool of the morning; it was quite windy. After relaxing for some time, with a hot cup of tea (thanks to our hotwater flask and tea bags) we got back in our car and drove along the pathway spotting more birds. Within the sanctuary we also sighted an Indian Roller, Paradise Flycatcher, Brahminy Kites, Bee Eaters, Juvenile White bellied sea Eagle, White throated Kingfisher etc.
Then around 1145hrs we headed back to the main road and just a few kilometers approached a restaurant Batuluoya Family Restaurant which was excellent for our lunch break; rice and curry and a cool drink and the price was reasonable for Rs.660/-. This location also had very clean washroom. It was clean spacious spot with ample parking and good local food (rice & curry).
Thereafter we moved onto Udappu – a fishing village close to the Mundal lagoon. On the beach where the lagoon meets the ocean,we saw quite a lot of Terns on the beach basking in the hot sun at noon.
Due to the extreme hot weather conditions we couldn’t survive out in the open and parked our car under a tree and tried to nap for about an hour or so.
Around 1500hrs we left Udappu and returned the main road towards the Chilaw town and stopped over at the Chilaw Rest house for a snack and tea. I must say that they serve really good fish sandwiches with a generous spread of butter and a very milky cup of tea. Again, this was quite reasonable for Rs. 682/- (inclusive of service charge) as we had 03 double sided toast sandwiches (cut in half in to 06 mini toast sandwiches) and 02 cups of tea plus a good wash room to use.
To our amusement and adventurous spirit, we decided to drive down the road along the ocean for about a 15Km until the car could not drive through the weather-beaten road which was semi-corroded. Then we inquired from the locals on the road conditions and decided to head back towards the main road. This could be a very promising ‘the great ocean road’ of Sri Lanka, if the authorities only saw what we saw.
Back on the Colombo bound main road, we stopped over at Dinemore in Negombo to grab a bite for dinner. This was around 2000hrs. The place was clean and not as crowded as the ones in Colombo.
It was a long day but very eventful and very rewarding.
More stories from my travel diaries across Sri Lanka – coming soon!