I'm writing this as I'm waiting to board my flight to Bangalore. Being the idiot I am, I've completely forgotten about winter and left my winter coat hanging up in the wardrobe at home. So my parents have so very kindly offered to drive home, pick it up, then drive back here to the airport. And they insisted I stay here at the airport in case they don't make it back in time before my flight. Then they'll courier my coat to me in Mysore.
Hahaha!! Sending a winter coat to Mysore, that's probably a first!
As I sit here on the first day of the year before embarking on my virgin Mysore trip, I have NO IDEA what to expect. I am completely ill-prepared, right down to my yoga practice. I am going to my yoga Mecca probably the most out-of-shape I've ever been, not expecting to be moved on beyond half primary. Hahahahaha!
At Christmas dinner, all the doctors in the family (and there are FOUR doctors in my very accomplished extended family), were grilling me about what shots I'd done, what pills I've taken or will be bringing with me. And I was dumbfounded. I mean... Seriously?! I was just gonna rock up to Mysore as is, and just do my practice. But Singaporeans being Singaporeans, that is, scared of all things dirty and germy, they put the fear of God in me.
So I actually rocked up to the Travellers clinic and got the recommended jabs for India. 5 in all. All at once. I feel like a hero. I got 3 shots in 1 arm and 2 in the other. Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Polio (?!), and Influenza. I dunno what's worse, to contract something later only to have said "coulda woulda shoulda" or to be loaded up with so much poison like I am now. (I'm usually all for homeopathic and all-natural remedies, so going for these shots is a really big deal for me). They kick in only 7-10 days later so I'll be in "danger zone" the first week or so, but "protected" after that.
I still haven't done any malaria pills which was also recommended. Oh well. One hazardous poison at a time!
Today doesn't feel like the start of 2011 at all. I haven't had time to think of what this year's intention will be. Remember last year's Joyful Surrender? That sure served me well. I suspect this year's intention will revolve around Gratitude, but I'm looking forward to finally having some time on my own to sit down and reflect on this. I just haven't had time to at all!
So here's wishing all of you a blessed start to the new year, may you continue to be showered with love and light and be grateful for this beautiful life.
See you on the other side in the Motherland! ;p
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