My ‘other’ pair of shoes

“Hey man, can you believe it has been five years already since this?” It was a message from Chirag. Yeah, we had kept in touch.

The picture was one of us five friends standing on a wall with Edinburgh beach at the background. Besides being a sweet pic, one realization struck me the most. The absence of colors in our dresses.

That got me thinking.

Kiran: My best friend for life. He was wearing a pink(ish) jacket, yet not looking gay. Always the giver & ringmaster. He isn’t in the pic because he was the one organizing us for the pose & taking the picture.


The rest of us, in order.

Kathir: He wore black. He always wore black. Super fun to be with. He is one of those that can make you cry, or cry out of laughter if he decides to make fun of anyone.

Chirag: Powerful eyes, he gave you the impression of a serious guy. But wasn’t. Don’t remember what color jacket he wore.

Sanket: Laddoo. A funny, plump guy. We did not keep in touch, no apparent reason why.

Me: I think I wore a grey jacket. Bought for 8 pounds. A wise purchase that lasted 4 years.

Mayuri: A sweet girl. Fun to be with, unassuming. I don’t remember what she wore as well.


The more I think back, I remember a lot of events and people that have been memorable. However, what they wore has never really stood out to me. They were all different. Sure, they had their own style which was unique. But then, they were all the same – I liked them for the person that they were, not what they wore that day.


Hence the question, “What do I do with this other pair of shoes that I have had for years but seldom wore?” Have I given it too much importance? Does it deserve the space in my rack? If not, does the shoe rack deserve as much space as it currently occupies?

Keen to know your thoughts!



PS: The reference to pair of shoes is a metaphysical one. It could be replaced by any item that you consider to be a ‘spare’ or ‘back up’

Buddha temple – Man Fatt Lam – Bedok, Singapore

Simplest way to reach, MRT – get down Tanah Merah and walk towards Semei, take right at first signal you see and the temple is 4 blocks away.

Nearest places to eat – Not many options .. maybe Simpang Bedok … Very tough to get Vegetarian in this area. You might have to contend with bakery items and fresh juices.

Time to view – 15 mins -1 hour, depending on interest.

There are 4 different blocks, but the most prominent one was closed. So we only got to see the side blocks. That did not disappoint us as we got to see a sleeping Buddha.

There was another deity in a different block. Check out the arrangement for Chinese New Year.


I found this statue to be pretty unique. It gives you the image of the deity being suspended.


All said, the thing I loved about this temple were the cool dudes at the entrance.



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Places to visit in Singapore – Buddha tooth relic temple – Chinatown

Simplest way to reach, uber/cab. Just mention the postal code (058840) and you get dropped over there. Simple!

Cost effective ways – equidistant from Outram park, Telok Ayer as well as Chinatown MRT.

Nearest places to eat – So many options at Telok Ayer street area… Dig deeper for Vegetarian places but Subway is there in case you are too hungry.

Time to view – 1-3 hours, depending on interest.

The temple has 4 floors and a terrace. Because it was raining, we did not venture to the top,but I heard there is a large praying wheel & botanic garden over there.

Not going into much details, the temple is super beautiful. There are over 100 Buddhas, some of them showing various mudras (finger positions), some carrying flowers/gems or items and even snakes.




We also loved reading the story of the Buddha while we walk through the third floor. There were also some bodyguards around various Buddha that looked more comical than imposing.

Overall a really good place to spend 1-3 hours even if one is not a pure Buddhist.