About Eric Alagan

Short Bio

An aircraft engineer, logistician, and former corporate executive, Eric Alagan is also a keen observer of people. He writes humour, literary historical fiction, and geopolitical thrillers.

He spends a typical day reading, writing, and revising his manuscripts. He is also an exercise junkie and enjoys his daily walk-a-jogs.

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If you have the time, go for the long haul below πŸ™‚

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WELCOME!

The above picture – Paris, December 2008 – when he still had (some) hair. Road biking – a lifelong hobby – not as fast as before but 2 out of 10 times, he beats his 90-year-old aunty (especially when she has a 50 kg rice bag strapped to her back).

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His business blog – BusinessΒ  Courses and TipsΒ for Entrepreneurs and Managers. Check it out πŸ™‚

His blogging schedule: Fridays (As of 1 August 2019)

Monday & Friday – Excerpts from his forthcoming literary historical fiction – Vel Paary: The Tamilakam War

Wednesday – Potpourri. Flash fiction; Haiku.

More to come…

All good wishes.

(UpdatedΒ  23 August 2019)

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What others say – from some good friends and kind souls

Eva MatsonΒ blogging as gabrielsfury

Christy Birmingham blogging as Poetic Parfait

Paul Grignon blogging as Paul Grignon

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If you would like to know more about him, click on the links below:

KYM & SUE – He’d the ugliest secretary but the prettiest mechanic work with him.

Silver Earrings & Tattoos – He’d no problems employing gangsters.

The Youngest MRO Engineer – He almost tripped up the Singapore system.

Turkey Shoot – He worked in a high risk environment where people got killed.

Unhappily Ever AfterΒ – Generous as he tries to be, some “professionals”Β don’t learn.

The Interview – His first job interview.

On-the-Job Training – Sometimes, the worst is for the best.

Macho Len – You’ve all come acrossΒ the workplace tough guy.

A Shrewd Businessman – He learns from everyone.

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711 thoughts on “About Eric Alagan”

  1. Done! Thank you, Eric. Best ~ HuntMode ~ It is in the comments and I was gentle and courteous! πŸ™‚

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  2. Hello, Eric, I have nominated and awarded you the β€œVery Inspiring Blogger Award.” No pressure to follow the rules, to respond or just accept. Just thought you might like to know you came to my mind. Looks like you got this from Alexis, as well. You see! You are inspiring, plus you do haiku!
    Here’s the link:
    http://chasingrabbitholes.com/2013/04/24/golden-letter-a/

    Best ~ HuntMode

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  3. Hi Eric! I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! Check it out here: http://alexiskrystina.com/2013/04/22/i-got-one-the-very-inspiring-blogger-award/

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    • It is so lovely that you landed this award which you had been hoping to receive. Very happy for you. Thank you also for thinking of me and passing it on πŸ™‚

      I could not resist leaving that comment behind – 4 ft 9 inches and with 10 tattoos – a beautiful work of art, I’m sure.

      All good wishes, Eric

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    • haha thanks again!

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  4. Hi Eric
    Heartfelt thanks for liking the post you read at Free Little Words. It was a pleasure to visit yours. I am new to this thing called ‘poetry’ and I don’t know if I do it any justice after reading some of yours but I will continue to try.
    Kelly

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    • Hello Kelly,

      Thank you for following me back here.

      Your poem “It Hurts to Love” was simple and went straight to the core – so refreshing compared to some poems which are so layered that the poet loses his readers.

      All good wishes with your poetry attempts,
      Eric

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    • Thank you. I do try but children’s literature is my forte so simple is what I do best and rhyming verse. When I read ‘layered and deep’ it leaves me floundering. I wouldn’t be able to write a poem like that if I tried.
      Thanks for replying.

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  5. Hi Eric, I’ve nominated you for the Word Press Family Award. Thanks for all you do. Here is the link:
    http://chasingrabbitholes.com/2013/04/22/friends-who-become-family/

    I know how precious our time is, please participate or not as it fits…

    Best ~ HuntMode

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    • Hello HuntMode,

      It is always nice to be in someone’s mind, enough to win an award. That calls for congratulations to you and me πŸ™‚

      Thank you and all good wishes,
      Eric

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  6. Glad you liked my poem, Eric, because it brought me here. Very, very nice site. Lovely haiku – always a sign, for me, of a good writer. I can’t believe those old stereotypes about engineers are still in effect, but there’s nothing more enticing to a smart girl than a sensitive engineer- I know, I married one. I look forward to reading more of your work.

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    • Hello Christine,

      Thank you for the return visit and kind comment.

      Yes, unfortunately the literary circle in Singapore is somewhat ‘closed door’ and keeps out people who are not ‘arty-farty’ – a phrase coined by a former President of Singapore, who was himself an accomplished writer but did not have the right ‘letters’ after his name (in fact, he did not have any letters after his name).

      I do agree that smart girls always get their engineer πŸ™‚ Lisa got me πŸ™‚ – Frankly, she was such a catch, I kept throwing myself at her feet – it worked!

      Yes, I believe we’ll see each other more in Blogsville – I enjoyed your poem and shall return to savour somemore.

      All good wishes for the weekend,
      Eric

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  7. This tells you Eric how slow I am in connecting properly but glad I have now finally pulled up a chair to your table and shared the food of the Master.

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  8. Would you like to take part in the ligo haibun challenge?
    http://call2read.com/2013/04/13/ligo-haibun-challenge-peace/

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  9. Hi! Thank you for stopping by my blog, and for the “like” on my recent post. I am happy you enjoyed it, and I appreciate your visit to my site.

    I enjoyed your blog very much. Your poetry and fiction are wonderfully written and fun to read, and I look forward to reading more. πŸ™‚

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  10. Ha, Ha. My husband is an engineer so I understand your description of yourself. And that engineers do NOT write! Well you do, looking forward to reading more…

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    • Hello Jane,

      Thank you for your visit and comment. I’ll get around to your blog later today.

      Cheers, Eric
      P/s Yes, someone must inform all engineers – “You people can’t write and should not write. Go engineer some — words!”

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  11. Popped in on your ‘Bedpost’ prompt. While I might write something…I just am not ready to do more blog hopping, as I am participating in National Poetry Month with a daily prompt for April, two other flash fiction prompts and several other weekly prompts besides posting a short daily piece. Traffic is all well and good. But too much is mind-boggling.

    Continued success in all you do. Thanks for visiting.

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    • Looks like you have a heavy schedule. No worries and you’re very welcome to pop in when you catch the time.

      All good wishes to you too,
      Eric

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  12. I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your blog, and thank you for taking the time to read and follow mine. Here’s hoping the week is treating you well!

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    • You are very welcome and glad you enjoy my posts.

      Yes, I’m “following” your blog and am sure we’ll “see” more of one another’s works.

      All good wishes,
      Eric

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  13. All engineers move fluidly …I’ve got one as a husband. While he may not write the way I do (poetically for better or verse), I think there is a creative side to all – formal or informal.

    Another interesting site to bookmark.

    Thank you for your visit.

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    • Thank you Jules for your visit and comment.

      I’ve met engineers, economists and accountants – all writing prose and verse. And they bring refreshing view points.

      All good wishes,
      Eric

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  14. Thank you for dropping by my blog! Looks like you have a great one here yourself. I’m looking forward to reading more of your posts. Have a great weekend!

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  15. it’s my honour to share with you the”one lovely blog award”;
    http://amazinglybeautifullife.wordpress.com/2013/03/29/thankyou/

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    • Congratulations on winning this award and thank you also Srijana, for passing this award my way.

      Chocolates to be eaten in pairs – okay, that’s a new one for me πŸ™‚

      All good wishes dear and happy dreaming in English (with Nepali subtitles)
      Eric

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    • same to you trust me on the chocolates its just awesome πŸ™‚

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  16. Eric, looks like you are getting to be VERY popular – so glad for you! I thought to change up your day – you’ve been tagged ~ go here and see if you wish to play with me ~ http://chasingrabbitholes.com/2013/03/26/ive-been-tagged-by-knowledgeknut/ HuntMode ~ πŸ˜‰

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    • Thank you, it looks like plenty of fun
      Now, if only I can find the time
      I know it might be a commodity, time
      But it’s worth a lot more than a dozen a dime
      Can I take a rain cheque, hope with you it’s fine
      But once again, thank you, it’s all in great fun πŸ˜€

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    • Eric, absolutely take a rain check, snow check, better yet – go for sun! I believe our time is our most valuable commodity. For me, it was a first and I enjoyed it, though it took a lot more time than it initially looked. Thanks for giving it consideration – I admire your work and wanted others to find it! Best ~ HuntMode

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    • That’s very gracious and thank you for wanting to expose my blog to more readers. If you wish to, feel free to re-blog any of my posts.

      The sun-cheque sounds like a better deal, I agree πŸ™‚

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  17. I nominated you for the Most Influential Blogs of 2012 (yeah a little late). Come read about my adventures accepting it: http://greenwalledtower.wordpress.com/2013/03/27/a-w-a-r-d-s/

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    • What an adventure! The most creative piece I’ve ever read re: acknowledging, nominating and responding to awards.

      Very well done and clearly illustrates the awards are very deserving, David.

      Thank you also for your kind words in passing on the Most Influential Blogs of 2012 my way.

      High five,
      Eric

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  18. Hi I have nominated you for the The Dragon’s Loyalty Award, which you highly deserve! details to be found here :http://willowdot21.wordpress.com/2013/03/19/the-dragons-loyalty-award/ love for now willow. xxxxx

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  19. Thanks very much for the visit!

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  20. Your systematic lay out of postings is clear and though your Page is long, it is absolutely not boring. What a gift!,
    No wonder I had to scroll so far down to get to post my “Comment” – you draw lots of followers.

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    • Hello Jasey,

      Yes, 500 comments does lead to a bit of a scroll-down. Happy that you did not find this long page boring.

      Thank you for “following” and encouraging me all this while. You are my foremost “supporter” – having been with me since I first started this blog.

      Luv and hugz,
      Eric πŸ˜€

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  21. wanted to thank you once again for the kind appreciation of my blog and its selection as the blog pick of the month. 10 new appreciative bloggers are following my blog, thanks to you. Looking forward to new haiku, poems and the next episode of Fallen Grace:)

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    • Oh my dear Padmini – You are very welcome πŸ™‚

      I am so grateful that you returned with such feedback and to specially thank me. The other person I previosuly featured, Ian Grice – a true kind soul – did the same. Thank you so very much and I appreciate this gesture.

      I am sure you will treasure your new “followers”.

      I believe that if people stopped being so self centred and helped each other out, even in small ways – we can enrich our lives.

      God bless you and family,
      Eric
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    • Dear Padmini – Can I have your permission to use your testimonial in my next Blog Pick of the Month? Thank you, Eric

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    • yes, sure:)

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  22. Just in case you didn’t get my reply on Calebs Eye, I thought I would come here and say OK for the haiku. Thank you so much. I feel honored by you.

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    • Hello Carroll,

      You got my message yesterday, I believe, and I remain thankful for this thoughtfulness.

      Look out for the haiku tomorrow πŸ™‚

      — Eric

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  23. I’m glad I discover your post very early and has never stopped since. You must have quarreled with your creator on what talent you want, so they pack all in and there you have it – do what you want. LOL. Your postings varied vastly with different genres, suspect you must be a multi-faceted person in disguise. LOL.
    Always look forward to what is the next surprise !

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  24. rarelysimple said:

    Hi! I’ve nominated you for the ‘Shine On’ blogger award – you can check it out here: http://rarelysimple.wordpress.com/2013/02/25/the-shine-on-award/. Have a nice day!

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    • Hello Francesca,

      Congratulations to you on landing this award. Such recognition by fellow bloggers is always a highpoint in any blogger’s week and certainly lends encouragement to keep blogging.

      Thank you also for nominating my blog. This is well appreciated and a great start for me this week.

      All good wishes,
      Eric

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  25. Hikari Yori said:

    It is a good discipline πŸ™‚

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  26. I love your title. I feel the same. Written words never die… At least I hope not.

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    • Thank you Jessica for your visit and comment.

      Taken at a certain level – nothing created dies – be it thoughts, words or actions.

      But as you say, that too can shift πŸ™‚

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  27. Hi Eric,
    First of all, thanks for the ‘likes’ on my poems of late; it’s great to see your name again after my ‘vacation’ for a few months. I’m busy reading your many accomplishments and entries on your blog….you write really well. I hope you continue with your contributions and accomplishments. Your 33 word exercises are very interesting!

    tom at The Poet’s Crafts

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    • Hello Tom, and welcome back πŸ™‚

      You’ve been gone for some time and have been missed. I’ll be hopping over to your blog after this.

      Thank you for your ever kind words and glad you find the 33-word micro-fictions interesting. Feel free to join in.

      All good wishes,
      Eric

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  28. Hello Eric, and thanks for the lovely and amusing coffee break with a cake. I like your site and style of writing.

    (IΒ΄m trying leaving a comment as IΒ΄m not able to give likes to all the blogs I want to. ItΒ΄s a known issue already. Using another browser helps here and there, but not with all the sites, like yours.)

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    • Well, after leaving a comment IΒ΄m also able to give a like…

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    • Yes Deelia – it seems to work intermittently for you. For a long time, I experienced problems posting comments on blogs. But that problem has sort of gone away. Oh, well – cyberspace. Great that all is well, Eric πŸ™‚

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    • Hello Deelia,

      Glad you like my setup and writing. You have an intriguing blog too and I am also following you.

      Thank you for the WP link, I visited and found them thoroughly interesting and useful.

      All good wishes, Eric

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  29. Hello! Thank you so much for checking out my blog and not only reading one of my posts, but an extra couple or so. I really do appreciate it so I tried to spare some of my free time to read your blog.

    Boy, did I enjoy reading just your about page, I am certainly looking forward to the updated version again! And to reading your future posts.

    Have a great day πŸ™‚

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    • Glad that you are β€œHappy” πŸ™‚
      Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment in my blog too. Trust I’ll see you back again.
      All good wishes with your writing,
      Eric
      P/s I visited and left this comment in your About page – you might want to check whether it came through.

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  30. I wanted thank you for the follow and likes you gave my blog recently. It’s great to know someone likes what I’m putting out there, however little of it there is. I hope one day to have the library of a blog like you have. It just seems I can’t find the time, and when I do, I’m not quite sure what to put out there. Anyways, thanks again.

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    • Thank you for the return visit. Should I refer to you as Rod, Rodermus, Kyle, or ….

      I notice that recently you started extending your scope of reading (beyond sci-fi). I devour almost anything, done it all my life. It helps me now in my blogging. I’m sure with every blog post you will advance to the stage where you’ll be satisfied and attract many admirers. — You got me πŸ™‚

      If you don’t have the time to read full fledged books – blogs are a great start. Most posts are only a few minutes reads.

      All good wishes,
      Eric
      P/s: I posted comments on your blog page – What is this? – and another on your post – Writing on the thing that should be written on. If it did not come through, look in your spam folder. Yeah, I know – someone in cyberspace does not like my commenting πŸ™‚

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    • Kyle is just fine. Thank you for your words of encouragement, it’s always a great thing to hear. I haven’t been too active with my blog but I’m getting to the point where I can change that. As for the reading, I’ve always had wide tastes, it’s just in recent years sci-fi sort of monopolized my reading time; I will definitely start checking out more blogs, I agree that’s a good way to read more broadly no matter the length.

      I took care of the comments, it seems the spam filter is rather arbitrary. It’s let through some dubious things before, and yet blocked you. Ah, the logic of the internet!

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  31. hello eric. i was hoping for some experienced blogger advice. is there a way i could contact you?

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  32. ciao! luvFAB blog.
    thebestdressup

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  33. maryamchahine said:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog πŸ™‚ It looks like you have a nice blog here and I definitely agree with your blog name “written words never die”

    Wish you the best in your writing endeavors!

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  34. ajaytao2010 said:

    Nice reading about you.

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Browse through the category sections, I feel you may definitely find something of your interest.

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  35. Thank you for visiting The Baby And The Bathwater. I sincerely appreciate it.

    Having just read the first “chapter”, the “Fallen Grace” series looks very interesting. I hope to find the time to keep up with it.

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    • Hello Richard,
      Very gracious of you to pay a return visit. Thank you.
      Feel free to drop over when you catch some time.
      All good wishes,
      Eric
      P/s Left a comment for your Post – Purpose

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  36. Hello! Thank you for dropping by my blog and liking a post of mine! Micro fictions are a great idea! I’ll drop by and explore your blog soon!

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  37. Thank you so much on your like on my Metaphysical Self Defense Series, I’m poking around your site right now and so far I love everything. =)

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  38. Eric, so glad you stopped by http://www.chasingrabbitholes.com, not only for your generous like, but it enabled me to find you. I very much enjoyed the four “chapters” on Fallen Grace and looked forward to 2/7 #5. Your art and pictures just shine with sharp clarity. Best ~ HuntMode

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    • Hello HuntMode πŸ™‚
      Very gracious of you to pop over. Thank you also for your words of compliment.
      I enjoyed your post and will be visiting again.
      Hope that Episode 5 of Fallen Grace continues to engage.
      All good wishes,
      Eric

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    • Eric, you were so generous in commenting on my posts and I just found they all got shunted into the spam filter. Near as I can tell, it happened due to your email address format. Tried to send you a private message about this but went in circles. All your comments have been rescued and posted. Thank you! And, I’m enjoying Fallen Grace!

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    • You can email me at eric.alagan@Lcabooks.com

      Once my first comment is ‘rescued’ – all subsequent comments come through. Long story πŸ™‚

      Glad you are enjoying Fallen Grace.

      All peace and good wishes,
      Eric

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  39. Hello, nice writings; thank you for reading my post.

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  40. Thanks for checking out my blog and the β€˜like’ on my post of Four Reasons for Authors to Learn About eBook Formatting. I’m having a look around here . . .

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  41. hi eric! was so nice of you to drop by my blog(pls do visit again) and i’m glad you liked my poem ‘reverie’ πŸ™‚ thank u so much for the appreciation..looking forward to reading all your stories! adios

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  42. Hey Eric, thanks for visiting the brandnew home of my stories. You have a wealth of stories here! I’m looking forward to exploring at leisure.

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  43. Eric, thanks so much for liking my The Devil is in the details: Sandra. I will be returning to your blog, but for now, I appreciate the variety of writing here. Will be back!

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  44. It’s been quite long haven’t read your words, hope you are okay.
    God bless you my friend.

    Blessings,
    mei

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    • Hello Mei – with deep appreciation and thanks for your concern and well wishes. I miss you and all the people in Blogsville whom I ususually interact with as well. Be back soon,
      Eric.
      P/s Hope your writings are pregressing well.

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  45. Cik Eric,

    I’m dropping by to say ‘Hi’. I hope you are fine and that life is treating you well. I miss your writing and would love to read some more of yours. πŸ™‚

    In the meantime, take care, many blessings and much love to you, Cik. πŸ™‚

    Subhan Zein

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    • Hello Mas – I am up to my eyeballs with projects. Hope that I can get back to regular blogging once I’ve cleared the backlog. All good wishes, Eric πŸ™‚

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    • Subhan Zein said:

      Oh, wow! I didn’t know that. I must have missed it or something. Anyway, hope you and your family are fine. Take care, Cik Eric, and many blessings and much love to you. πŸ™‚

      Subhan Zein

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  46. Hey! I’ve tagged you in a game of blog tag. Here is the link to my blog if you would like to have some fun answering the questions.
    http://shalvikap.wordpress.com/2012/07/16/lets-do-the-tag-o/

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  47. Shafeeq Alsagoff said:

    Hello Eric! Finally I have found the time to go through your blog, and it certainly fascinates πŸ™‚ Please bear with me as my control of the English language is perhaps not as powerful as the other commentators here haha, I have to confess though, this paints for me a different picture of the Eric Alagan that I know, and that intrigues me to no end! Looking forward to exploring your writings, musings, thoughts etc.

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    • Hello there Shafeeq – this is a pleasant and wonderful surprise.

      You’ve always impressed me as ‘many cuts’ above – you know that and you know what I mean.

      As you probably guessed, we show different sides in different environments – you know me from the corporate world…

      Hope to see you around more. Meanwhile, keep well – “Arab” πŸ™‚

      All good wishes, Eric

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  48. You have a wonderful blog here, Eric! I’m gonna follow you and look forward to reading more of your stuff. πŸ™‚

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    • Thank you Shalvika. Hope my writing can keep the flame alive πŸ™‚

      P/s Left a comment in your post Home > please be kind enough to check your blog’s spam folder.

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  49. Thank you for dropping by and reading my Predilection. I dabble in poetry to help release the pent up words that don’t make it into my books. Nice to meet a fellow author.

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    • You are so right. Verse helps release that which prose corrals.
      Thank you for the visit and comment.

      P/s Your blog cautions about adult themes…Hmmm, hope it is not too graphic.

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    • P/s Left a comment in your post Suburbia 2012, You might want to check your blog’s spam folder. Anyway, here it is:

      It is the same in Singapore – we are lonely in crowds. People do the same – eyes averted, stingy nods of acknowledgement. Hey, wait a moment – what am I doing about it instead of complaining. I smile…and smile…and smile at people. Most ignore, some acknowledge. It is hard but it reflects poorly on them more than on me. I’m in control of my happiness – not them.

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  50. I really look forward to reading more of your work. Extremely impressive.

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