Clouds and Sweet Treats

Brunei Style Blogger May Cho of The Mayden | Bomber Jacket, Fishnets, ankle boots, glasses, fashion blogger, style blogger, lifestyle blogger, storyteller
Brunei Style Blogger May Cho of The Mayden | Bomber Jacket, Fishnets, ankle boots, glasses, fashion blogger, style blogger, lifestyle blogger, storyteller
Clouds pooled above the capital on a particular Thursday and I decided it was a wonderful day to cleanse the stress that has clung to my skin over the past few weeks.

My solution was to feast on sweet treats and I asked my mother to be my date for the day, quickly clarifying that I would be treating her and that all she had to do was tolerate my blogging antics -- which is synonymous to watching me prance about for a half hour taking photos of the food from various angles before finally devouring it -- and drive me out of the house that has my spine chained to the ground.

She agreed, and we were set for a cloudy ice-cream date.

Brunei Style Blogger May Cho of The Mayden | Bomber Jacket, Fishnets, ankle boots, glasses, fashion blogger, style blogger, lifestyle blogger, storyteller
Brunei Style Blogger May Cho of The Mayden | Bomber Jacket, Fishnets, ankle boots, glasses, fashion blogger, style blogger, lifestyle blogger, storyteller
Brunei Style Blogger May Cho of The Mayden | Bomber Jacket, Fishnets, ankle boots, glasses, fashion blogger, style blogger, lifestyle blogger, storyteller
Brunei Style Blogger May Cho of The Mayden | Bomber Jacket, Fishnets, ankle boots, glasses, fashion blogger, style blogger, lifestyle blogger, storyteller
Brunei Style Blogger May Cho of The Mayden | Bomber Jacket, Fishnets, ankle boots, glasses, fashion blogger, style blogger, lifestyle blogger, storyteller
My mother and I have a myriad of common interests, from conversations with cats to literature preference to unapologetic singalongs in the car -- which was precisely the kind of drive we had that cloudy afternoon. I often tell people that my mother is cooler than I am for which I have various reasons, one of them being that her phone is the home to many of today's biggest pop hits and stars; Halsey, Ariana Grande, Charlie Puth, you name it. Today, she was feeling Ed Sheeran, so we sang loudly and badly as we made our way to the Magnum Bar.

After ordering our food, we seated ourselves by the glass window in a secluded corner of the cafe and she quickly demanded detailed accounts of my love life, my school life and my love life yet again. The start of university saw my dwindling effort to bond, going out early, coming home late, citing exhaustion as an excuse for her invitations to catch up when in reality, the fear of opening up to a human being whom I share blood and bones with is an oddity I was perplexed by.

And like all fears I cannot find sense in, I had turned my back and attempted to ignore it.

Magnum BSB Flatlay of Ice Cream
Magnum Ice Cream
That day, however, was me trying. After spending a good half hour taking photos of our food, my mum and I finally dug in. As she picked apart her meal, lamenting the sandiness of her red velvet cake and sipping her usual cup of Earl Grey Tea, quipping how mild it seemed compared to the way she seeps them at home, I noticed her sunken cheeks, her hollowed eyes and the lines on her face etched from sepia smiles and dying time. She was beautiful -- she is beautiful.

The clouds outside the glass window were gliding across the colourless sky and we spent hours chatting about love and life and the pains of taking good photos.

Bleak days don't mean bleak time, so it seems.

How do you like spending time with your mum?

MAY X

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