CHASING MERRY-GO-ROUND

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“Love doesn’t make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile”.~  Franklin P. Jones

I was standing at the front of the merry-go-round ticket booth for about 15 minutes, trying to decide if i am brave enough now to repeat the ride i had with my officemates and a friend a year ago.

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I looked up at the swirling lights, mesmerized by the dazzling multi-colored star rolling up and down, the screams of people inside each of the compartment as the circle reached each quarter turns do little to convince me to ride again, reminding me of that overwhelming feeling, which starts from my toes to my stomach.

I turned my back on it, but it took only 5 minutes before i was walking to get a ticket, decided i have to do it, in defiance to my worries and fears. But before i reached the window, a japanese couple got there first, looking excited and seemingly unaware of their surroundings as they happily await for their turn at the ride, holding hands, and sipping shake from each other’s plastic cups.

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The cashier ran out of change, and have to go ask for some at the nearby kiddie duck ride, as i stand transfixed at each of the compartment come to view and seemingly dissapear in a blur as the machine turned faster and faster. I’ve finally decided i am too full with streetfoods for the ride. I proceeded towards the music.

The night sea breeze felt awesome as i tried to find my way at the crowded area near the stage to watch the cultural presentation. Costumed performers sat waiting at a makeshift dressing room near the back.

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I bought a shake at the little shack, looking at all the toppings you can choose, from marshmallows, Nips to sprinklers and rice munchies, which was be topped by a swirl of chocolate. The burst of sweetness and cold in my mouth jerked me from a dream-like state of being surrounded by light and the cold wind.

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A couple make faces and took a selfie beside the large christmas tree, the lights illuminating their faces and their clothes, giving them a yellowish-red glow. They checked the pictures and they laughed together.

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I moved towards the food stores, the aroma from motley display of grilled seafoods that will be soon someone’s dinner caught my my attention. I snapped a pic and moved on to the next stall before
i added lots of inches to my already not-so svelte waistline.

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I had last 3 pieces of kwek-kwek (boiled quails egg in orange batter, deep fried) before heading home.

On the way home, I chatted someone on messenger and told him i wished he was there with me. 😉 Would be nice to take selfies together under the huge christmas tree and ride the merry-go-round too. 💕 Maybe i’ve just seen a lot of love around tonight. 😉

Love, your Island Girl