My life has taken a few insane turns, but none holds a candle to November 7, 2008. On this date, I said goodbye to my family and boarded the plane to Singapore to study. That is how my journey away from home started. This year marks the 10th anniversary and so invites more solemn reflection. … Continue reading Ten years, in ten moments
As 2017 was drawing to an end, I set a resolution to read more, and did just that in 2018. This year has been educational for me (and profitable to book vendors), as I purchased a variety of texts. I have looked back and selected five books I enjoyed reading and would recommend them to … Continue reading [Book Review] Five books I enjoyed in 2018 and why you should read them
"Come on! Trade with me! You know you want it!" Backed up by a knight, his rook was staring down mine across the river, shoulders puffed up in defiance. The soldier was gladly offering himself to the altar for the greater cause. I, however, was much less inclined to engage in the exchange. I needed … Continue reading How to win
Small things can have big consequences, and some tiny incidents can alter the course of human history forever. Below are three snippets that show just that: How Alcohol Saved Europe from the Mongols Ögedei Khan was the third son of Genghis Khan, the man who probably needs no introduction. After Genghis Khan died, Ögedei became the supreme … Continue reading Three times a small something changed world history
This book came to me highly recommended by a close friend whose judgement I trust. So I fished out the last bucks in my wallet and bought it. Manson's The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is now the third book I have ever read in one sitting, after Orwell's 1984 and Coelho's The Alchemist. To be truthful, … Continue reading [Book Review] The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck aka Not Your Typical Self-Help Book
Once upon a time when things were simpler, I went down the dark path and tried dieting. I was really psyched. You know, good health for body and mind and all. Plus, I was exploring the possibility of a career in modelling. I figured I'd fix my body first, then my face, then my posture. … Continue reading Snickers, broccoli, salmon, or hot choc?
In 75 BC, Julius Caesar, then 25 and unaccomplished, was captured by pirates in the Mediterranean sea and held for ransom. Caesar was insulted at the amount and demanded that the pirates ask for more, which they did. While his friends raised the sum, Caesar joined the pirates on their ship in games, exercises, and … Continue reading The piston and the brake