Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The Squirrel Never Sleeps

"The Squirrel Never Sleeps" is a phrase coined by Felix in an attempt to dream of a code word for something. Or, he might be trying to indicate subtlely how complicated an instruction is.

Last night, I was giving him directions to a particular Newton bus stop.

Me: When you come out of the MRT barriers, you will need to turn left.
Felix: Uh huh.
Me: Go up the escalator.
Felix: Uh huh.
Me: You will see a bus stop on your left.
Felix: Okay.
Me: THAT is NOT the bus stop. You will need to look right and see a pavement cutting through...
Felix: Wah lao!
Me: Yes, you will see the pavement cutting through the grass.
Felix: Why did you mention the bus stop, if it's not the bus stop?!!!
Me: That's because it's the first thing you see when you get up and you are bound to mistake it for it!
Felix: ARGH! So complicated!
Me: But it's not the bus stop. You have to walk the pavement towards the big busy road called Bukit Timah Road!
Felix: Yes, and then I will see an old man with a walking stick.
Me: ...
Felix: And I will say to him "The Squirrel Never Sleeps."
Me: ...
Felix: And he will say "The Hamster is Hungry." and points the way to me.


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