About @ABitOfMe

58 years old • Male • Citizen of Australia

I am Peter. A forty something Australian expat living and working in Singapore. I have been here for three and a half years. I live here alone. Sometimes it delights me. Often it bores me. Mostly it baffles me. I travel a lot for my work. I spend a ridiculous amount of time on planes and in airports. I like to read a lot. I devour books. Sometimes I write. Just for me. Words do it for me. They really do.

I like to swim and surf. The ocean is my friend. I recently discovered a love for mountains too. Big ones. Really big ones actually. I often talk to strangers. This sometimes alarms people. Especially on trains and buses. Less so on planes. I don't know why. I mean no harm. It is a cautious world we live in. I talk a lot. I often pat stray dogs. I have yet to be bitten. I had a golden retriever for 14 years. His name was Bob. He was much travelled. He wobbles when he walks. Groans when he stands. He is as deaf as a door post. He still thumps his tail and grins at me even when he can't stand up anymore. He was my best friend and I miss his unconditional love. Every day.

I stand up for old men and women on the train. It annoys me when others don't. Stand up that is. I mostly speak my mind. Occasionally to my detriment. Although age and experience has taught me that it is wise sometimes not too. Silence can be golden. Biting my tongue hurts though. I admire and respect kindness. I value morals. Please and thank you are easy words to say and they carry weight. So does a smile. Mother Teresa said "Peace begins with a smile" Who can argue with a Saint? I believe that we are formed by what we desire and we are shaped by what we experience.

I'd like to say I never lie. But that would be a lie. I try to be honest most of the time though. I don't like spiders. Or snakes. Bats either. My favorite animal is the wombat. They mate for life. There is no divorce in the wombat world. I also like whales. I have swam with them before. Guns frighten me. I don't get wars. Violence appalls me. I don't think of myself as a coward but some things scare me. Clowns. Cornfields. Being buried alive. If I ever saw a clown emerging from a cornfield with a shovel in his hand I would probably have a heart attack. I really would. I fear losing people who are close to me. Even though I know that this is inevitable. Tempus anima rei. Time is the soul of things. I am sometimes terrified about tomorrow.

I can make a killer curry. I also make a mean pesto sauce. The recipe for this was handed down to me from my Hungarian great grandmother. It has a secret ingredient that would surprise you. I like anchovies. They are not however the secret ingredient. I ring my mum every week. On a Tuesday. If I don't ring her she worries. It worries me when she worries. Which only worries her more. And so it goes.

I wish I could speak French, Italian or Spanish. Musical languages. I like listening to Welsh people. Also the Irish. They also sound like they are singing. Even though I can't understand a word they they are saying.

I think that giving is generally better than receiving. I truly believe that those who have - have a responsibility to those who have not. Sometimes I feel that I am living to work. I am now forcing myself to work to live. I am employed by an investment bank. Mostly it satisfies me although occasionally it shames me. Irrespective, I am happy to take their money. It keeps the wolves from my door. What I do is not who I am though. I once thought it was. Then I grew up. Now I value contentment more than success. But that is easy to say.

I like to go to places that are difficult to get to. Where my Blackberry has no reception. Such places are getting harder to find. I waiver between being an agnostic and an atheist. I believe in myself though. This is my faith. I often waiver though. I am a cautious optimist. I believe most people are inherently good. Until proven otherwise. I try and learn something new every day. It is not that hard. It doesn't take that much effort. Winning is not everything. I have learnt much more from losing. It has made me stronger.

I seek wisdom. I understand though that it is difficult to find. We can't find it in books. Or on the Internet. We will never stumble across it. We accumulate it. Through our experiences. I think goodness is the key to everything. Bonitas non est pessimism ease meliorem. It is not goodness to be better than the worst.

But that's just my opinion. And this is just a bit of me.

  • Favourite places:

    I live in Singapore - but travel all over Asia.

    I am Australian - so my favorite place is of course home. Sydney

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