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The Kindness Of Strangers

Some days, life is just surprising. And I love it.

My little gifts...

This is the little package I received this morning, and some of you may know the sender: Shionge, author of So Shiok…! The best part? Shionge and I never met (although we came close to last year when she traveled to North America with her family!) and she sent me these little gifts out of kindness!

A while ago, I blogged about Four Little Things and I mentioned my old Tiger Balm (万金油) that I bought long time ago. Shionge commented and offered to send me some from Singapore, where she lives — Tiger Balm, although widely used everywhere in the world and found throughout Asia, is manufactured in Singapore, so I guess she’s very familiar with it! I thanked her and we exchanged addresses.

And today, I found this little package in my mailbox. When I started to open it and noticed all the little things she packed, I felt like a kid on Christmas day! I found some chocolate and some sweets, two pots of Tiger Balm (one red and one white), a small Singapore magnet, beautiful cup pads, a small bag… all that nicely package with a small note with it. I felt surprised, grateful and it found myself smiling. This was pure kindness. Shionge, you made my day!

This isn’t the first time fellow bloggers surprise me. When I first started blogging, I would find help in forums and some people went to great lengths to give me a hand. I think of Jack Book, for example, who would correct my Blogger template and email it back to me. He even created a hack for me (Blogger only… I used Blogger at the time). How sweet is that?

A few months ago, Renny, author of RennyBA’s Teralla, sent me a small troll, all the way from Norway. I replied by sending some fudge. I loved the attention and it was a nice surprise. Oh, and the troll is doing well, he adapted to Canada just fine although he still speaks Norwegian from time to time!

Some reviewed or awarded my blog (see my “Fame…!” page). Some helped me solve coding problem or create hacks on the Digital Point or the Bloggeries forum. Some of you guys read almost all of my posts and follow up.

All that out of kindness.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

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