My Saga Continuous Part 4 (The Little Prince and Old Town Ipoh)

“You can only see clearly through your heart”
– Fox, The Little Prince-

images.jpeg

My third daughter, Allana gave me an illustrated version, hardbound copy of the book ” THE LITTLE PRINCE”.

It was so sweet of her to do that.

The Little Prince taught us that life is only worth living when it is lived for others, not for oneself and that it is important to look beneath the surface to find the real truth and meaning of a thing. It is the fox who teaches the Prince to see with one’s heart instead of just with one’s eyes.

Apart from that, “The Little Prince” taught me three valuable lessons in life.

1. SELF – DISCIPLINE

‘“It’s a just a question of self-discipline,” the little prince explained later. “First thing in the morning you look after yourself, you brush your teeth and wash your face, don’t you? Well, the second thing you must do is to look after the planet.”’

The Little Prince lives on his asteroid in peace, taking care of his volcanoes and watching his sunsets.

Do we get annoyed over the little and repetitive things that we are bound to do regularly?

How do we take care of the things that we have and the people around us?

Reading and writing require a lot of self-discipline. Over the years I learned that in reading you appreciate the value of “waiting” that eventually taught me to be more disciplined. When reading, I do not open the last page and sneak on the ending unless I read through all the pages. I wait patiently until the last page.  I also learned that reading will help us practice daily habits of discipline. Like for example, I do not jump on the next book unless I am done with the current book I read. Even though I must admit that certain books may not really be interesting at first, and you just want to simply drop it. But, no, don’t – every book no matter what it is bound to teach us a lesson or two.

Writing on the other hand taught me to value, appreciate, and take care of the things and the people around me. As I write carefully, I am as well very careful about how I treat people around especially my loved ones. I do not speak ill easily from them. My father used to tell me “if you have nothing good to say, just keep quiet”.

My children and I share the same passion and love for reading and writing. That may be the reason they have stayed grounded and disciplined despite all the challenges every single youth faces.

It would be really wise to teach our kids to love reading and be passionate about it.

We discovered an amazing bookstore last Sunday as we took another round of stroll in Old Town Ipoh.

IMG-20190825-WA0010

Its “heaven on earth”  for book lovers like us. It used to be a bank back in the ’80s, and the shop has retained its original structure and even utilized the vaults as bookshelves.

IMG-20190825-WA0006

And to my surprise, they are cheaper than most bookstores around, (mostly by 50%, I wonder why). I can stay there all day long and I wouldn’t mind.

IMG-20190825-WA0012

They also house an amazing collection of specialized artworks, which is very interesting and pleasing to all lovers of art.

IMG-20190825-WA0004

2. DON’T BE QUICK TO JUDGE OTHERS

‘“[My rose] filled me with her fragrance, she had brought joy to my life. I should never leave her. I should have recognized what a sensitive sweet soul there was under all her rather silly games.’”

Do we judge others based on what they say rather than what they do?
We are quick to judge people based on their appearance. But as I fell in love with Old Town Ipoh on my second visit, I realized that the popular saying “the first impression is lasting” may not always be true. It is therefore imperative that we take a second look at people before we create an impression about them on our minds. The Little Prince, was very quick to judge the Rose, but it was only when he left his planet that he realized how precious the Rose is for him;  and that no matter how many roses there would be in other planets, his Rose would only be the one made for him.

Do we need to wait until we lost the ones we love before we realize how much they mean to us and how much we need them in our lives?

Or are we so quick in judging others that we lose the chance of meeting and being with wonderful people who may help us get through life?

I had the chance to finally meet one of the founders of PERAK WOMEN FOR WOMEN SOCIETY over the weekend.
We discussed my upcoming project ( which I will announce here very soon) with them and in support of the foundation.
She is a very nice and amiable woman who’s heart is in for helping victims of violence and somehow ending it.

We live in a fast-paced world that helping others may be the least of our concern now, but Ms. Yip, is probably an exception, as she devotes most of her time running the foundation. This warms my heart. We still have people around who genuinely believe in giving and sharing, and that there is hope for humanity.

Living in a foreign country may be deemed to be very difficult at first.  We have to adjust to the culture and its people. And I just thought if I judge people so quickly here I would have probably missed one of the best opportunities I would have in my life: share my gift of words to those who truly need it.

20190825_162253

The PWWS shop has been transformed into an amazing and colorful shop as they are soon to touch down on the ONE MILLION STAR.

20190825_162309

It feels so good knowing in my heart that I am part of greater advocacy and endeavor.

A Sunday walk in Old Town Ipoh for the second time around has made me appreciate the place even more and witness its hidden beauty and treasure.

20190825_164256

My meeting  (details of the meeting will be posted soon) with Ms. Yip ended on a very beautiful note as I took another stroll along Old Town Ipoh.

20190825_164039

I discovered special gems like this local artist who creates beautiful tiny miniature houses.

20190825_164048

There is also a “MINIATURE WONDERS ART GALLERY” which houses handmade three – dimensional miniature artworks depicting the OLD CHINA. It has “Terracotta Warriors and Horses”, “Tang Dynasty Royal Banquet”, “Along the River During the Qingming Festival”, and a lot more.

20190825_165430.jpg

“Terracotta Warriors and Horses”20190825_164927.jpg

“Tang Dynasty Royal Banquet”

20190825_165141.jpg

There is also a fancy tattoo shop in the corner.

20190825_163126

3. RELATIONSHIPS MATTER (In fact it makes life worth living)

‘“What exactly does ‘tamed’ mean?”

“Well, it’s something too often forgotten,” said the fox. “I suppose it means: to make some kind of relationship.”

“Relationship?”

“Yes,” said the fox. “I’ll explain. To me, you are just a little boy like any other, like a hundred thousand other little boys. I have no need of you and you have no need of me. To you, I am a fox-like any other, like a hundred thousand other foxes. But if you tame me, you and I, we will have created a relationship, and so we will need one another. You will be unique in the world for me… If you were to tame me, my whole life would be so much more fun. I would come to know the sound of your footstep, and it would be different from all the others. At the sound of any other footstep, I would be down in my hole in the earth as quick as you like. But your footstep would be like music to my ears, and I would come running up out of my hole, quick as you like.”

What kind of relationships do we have? How are we as a partner? Wife? Husband? Son? Daughter? (etc)

Relationships really do matter. It’s vital and important as we live our lives. And it is with this thought that I continue to support PWWS’s project “ONE MILLION STARS TO END VIOLENCE”. The deadline for the stars would be on October 31, 2019.

20190706_115517.jpg

48 Comments

  1. ivor20 says:

    Oh What a glorious read Mich (it took me a while) and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole article, and all pictures with footnotes, were fabulous….

    Liked by 2 people

    1. michnavs says:

      Thanks Ivor…i wanted to write a separate blog for each shop but i found it more interesting to put them altogether as one alongsidr with my sidenotes on The Little Prince.

      Liked by 2 people

      1. ivor20 says:

        Your wrote a wonderful article Mich… well done

        Like

      2. michnavs says:

        😊😊😊thanks Ivor..

        Liked by 1 person

  2. That Tattoo sign would make a great tattoo on someone’s back.
    🙂

    Liked by 3 people

    1. michnavs says:

      Lol..yeah..that would be interesting..

      Like

  3. calmkate says:

    three very wise points, nicely written and illustrated Mich!
    Love those tiny houses and I’m guessing you’re going to fund raise for that group … good for you 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you kate…i love those miniature houses …all made of recycled materials…

      Liked by 2 people

      1. calmkate says:

        wow even better, what a talent!

        Like

  4. Loved reading this Mich, what a precious gift your daughter gave you in that little book..
    And what great lessons you have chosen to teach within your text my friend..
    Bookstores and libraries I love… I am in seventh heaven lol.. Also love to walk around museums and art galleries..
    Love and Blessings your way Mich… Take care of you ❤

    Liked by 1 person

    1. michnavs says:

      Oh, i am so happy you do love bookstores and libraries…museums and art galleries are really wonderful too…my world stops when i am there..

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Mine too Mich ! 🙂

        Like

  5. Jules says:

    I have always liked The Little Prince… another lesson I remember is the drawing that he made – where adults thought it was a hat, but it really was a snake that had swallowed an elephant. It doesn’t matter that a snake couldn’t actually do that. When I taught I always spoke to children of their art in positive ways. I like that color, those lines make a nice shape, tell me more about what you drew.

    The Little Prince taught me to respect others creativity and to not be quick to judge or put my interpretations on another’s work. 🙂

    Lovely to see all those stars!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you Jules for sharing your thoughts about “The Little Prince” ..and yes, we are about to hit the one million very soon…

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Jules says:

        Will you still add extra stars if you receive more? I have 4 more, but was going to look for more ribbon… before I mailed them out. (fill the envelope.)

        Like

      2. michnavs says:

        We would love to have them Jules..and by the way did you see the message of Ms.Yip (one of the founders) she left a message for you in my previous post.

        Liked by 1 person

      3. Jules says:

        Yes, I did get Ms. Yip’s lovely message – Thank you. ❤

        Like

      4. michnavs says:

        Thanks again Jules..

        Liked by 1 person

  6. Winnie says:

    That bookstore is amazing, Mich.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. michnavs says:

      It is Winnie…you will surely love it

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Winnie says:

        Someday, Mich. 😊

        Like

  7. What wonderful lessons you’ve taken away from the book, Mich!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. michnavs says:

      Yes Di…thank you..

      Liked by 1 person

      1. You’re welcome, Mich!

        Like

  8. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful post, Mich! Beautiful pics, such important lessons to imbibe and all the good work you are doing. Bravo!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you too Punam for your continued support..

      Liked by 1 person

      1. You are welcome and you deserve all the support.

        Like

  9. Jade M. Wong says:

    I’ve actually never read The Little Prince, but I think I’ll pick it up just so my inner child will finally have the benefit of having read it 😅

    Thank you for taking me along your stroll through Ipoh (my mother’s hometown, actually!). I love seeing photos and hearing stories of my heritage. That bookstore in particularly is so cool! And the tattoo store sign made me laugh. And all the artwork, all the miniature scenes, everything was so beautiful. I hope the PWWS shop receives their one millionth star soon 💜

    Liked by 1 person

    1. michnavs says:

      The Little Prince is a must read classic tale Jade and i am sure you will love it.😊

      And what a lovely coincidence that Ipoh is your mom’s hometown…i am so glad to know we have something in common..that bookstore is amazing Jade..and yes that tattoo sign made me laughed too.
      Ipoh is such a beautiful Town Jade filled with rich history and culture.

      And yes we are touching down on our One Millionth Star very soo..

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Jade M. Wong says:

        Wait, do you live in Ipoh? And I look forward to wandering through the streets of Ipoh again one day.

        Like

      2. michnavs says:

        😉😉😉I do…😉😉😉😉

        Liked by 1 person

  10. Create Space says:

    Beautiful photos Mich, what an interesting place to live!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. michnavs says:

      Thanks Marie..

      Liked by 1 person

  11. What a wonderful read, Mich! And your photos are amazing!
    I’ve always loved The Little Prince book and the life lessons learned are so important!
    Thank you for sharing this post!
    (((HUGS))) 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. michnavs says:

      I am glad you enjoyed this one…”The Little Prince” is filled with life lessons told in such a way that is entertaining….

      Liked by 1 person

  12. Miriam says:

    What wonderful stories and messages you’ve shared here Mich So many little gems of gold. Thank you for sharing. Love the book your daughter shared with you, it was special indeed. xx

    Liked by 1 person

    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you Miriam…😊😊😊

      Liked by 1 person

  13. Scott Rainer says:

    How nice! This just took me floating away to another world, and one I came back, I was a happy person indeed.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you for saying that…i hope you enjoyed it..

      Liked by 1 person

  14. A wonderful gift your daughter gave you, the book Little Prince full of wisdom and advice which we all need to follow. Fabulous photos and amazing bookstore,.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. michnavs says:

      Thanks Nanette..i am glad you like it..

      Liked by 1 person

  15. -Eugenia says:

    Wow, fabulous post, Mich!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. michnavs says:

      Oh, thank you Eugenia

      Liked by 1 person

      1. -Eugenia says:

        My pleasure! 😉

        Like

  16. iidorun says:

    I’m catching up on my reading and so glad to have read this today. I haven’t read “The Little Prince” in a long time and feel these lessons you’ve so eloquently expressed here are so timeless. Thank you for this post and your continued advocacy for women and children. You are changing the world!! ❤️

    Liked by 1 person

    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you too Irma….glad to see you here ..

      Liked by 1 person

  17. wonderful collection of tips you share here Mich, thanks 🙂 and your blog is also a pleasure to read and discover! regards, Amy & Greg

    Like

    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much Amy and Greg😊

      Like

Leave a Comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s