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Learning about Learning from Breakfast

A breakfast made some time ago.

A breakfast made some time ago.

  1. Made scrambled eggs, toast and bacon a good many times these few weeks and realise I can probably only manage 1 or 2 variables changing during each attempt. Today’s change was doing 9 eggs vs 3 and throwing some mushrooms into the mix.
  2. Realising “practice makes perfect” is obvious but having the opportunity to practice is equally important, allowing you to experience the effect of changing different variables and settling into a workflow.
  3. This leads us to the next question, how do I insert more opportunities to practice “insert-skill-here” more often? This is probably the toughest to realise and do, requiring one-level-up thinking and behaviour.

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Its Okay to be Lost

I’m okay with being lost.

I don’t have to know where I’m going, or how I’m going to get wherever. I don’t have to worry about when I’ll see whoever and when I’ll earn whatever.

Just had a friend tell me he was feeling lost in life and I kinda realised that I imagine myself to have progressed past that point but I really haven’t progressed, I only changed my attitude to being lost. Happily lost I would say, but taking care to ensure that my attitude and direction are correct and moving slowly toward an indeterminate goal.

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2014 In Retrospect

I didn’t manage to reflect upon 2014 because it just wasn’t high on my to-do list, I realised I also missed 2013. Upon hindsight, I think it is important to take a look at how I performed my obligations this year and what can be improved.

First, here’s my year in photos just like I did in 2012. I decided to pick one photo a month. Too many things happened this year and I’m thankful for all of it.

January

I think January was a most peculiar month. I was probably a few months into my new job. I think I am surrounded by exactly who I need. These pictures remind me of the state of relationships and unlike pictures, the memories hold much more depth and detail. I am not sure what else went on but I remember enough to make me appreciate the way things are now.

The Wife who has supported me in all I do

The Wife who has supported me in all I do

My parents who have supported me in all I do as well

My parents who have supported me in all I do as well

The sous vide machine, which has supported my meat-eating habit.

The sous vide machine, which has supported my meat-eating habit.

February

In February I mostly took out my camera at cafes and social gatherings. I think I spent a lot of time and money at cafes with people. I picked out photos with some significance to jog my own memory in future, pardon me if they are not interesting to you.

Waffles

Waffles

Fries

Fries

Coffee

Coffee

March

March was a pretty interesting month photo-wise. It had the wedding of the year for me definitely, had quite a lot of fun. I also did 2 other shoots. One pre-wedding and one actual day. I think I must have spent many hours this month processing photos.

Being a placeholder for the couple. Looks pretty and pretty fierce here.

Being a placeholder for the couple. Looking pretty / pretty fierce here.

Cheryl Cheong's wedding

Cheryl Cheong’s wedding

Jon's Wedding

Jon’s Wedding

April

April was quiet photo-wise.

Completed Side-Project

Completed Side-Project

Dinners at Tomi with Family

Dinners at Tomi with Family

Some more Cafes and Cofdee

Some more Cafes and Coffee

May

YX went overseas quite a bit. Some more cafe and Coffee!

Somewhere...

Somewhere…

Coffee & Cafes

Coffee & Cafes

Yosemite

Yosemite

June

June camp happened, some side-project progress, life-changing sushi.

Cafe & Coffees again

Cafe & Coffees again

June camp. It was a great amount of talking and gaining new perspective.

June camp. It was a great amount of talking and gaining new perspective.

Sushi.. oh man.

Sushi.. oh man.

Putting the block through the band-saw

Putting the block through the band-saw

July

L'usine x 3 or 4

L’usine x 3 or 4

This has to be one of the big things that happened. A cast iron pan for searing. It's heat capacity is insane!

This has to be one of the big things that happened this year. A cast iron pan passed to me by my sister for searing. The heat capacity on this thing is insane!

Housewarmings

Housewarmings

Pho-tograph

Pho-tograph

Life-changing croque monsieur

Life-changing croque monsieur

The motley crew in Vietnam

The motley crew in Vietnam

Favourite shot from Vietnam

August

This was a crazy happening month. Friends got wedded, more cafe-ing, Rocher Died, yeah, crazy month.

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Shopping with YX

Shopping with YX

Side-project

Side-project

The Lous!

The Lous!

Kindle

Kindle

Shoot for the grads

Shoot for the grads

Some of my karanguni and side-projects

Some of my karanguni and side-projects

Friends got wedded!

Friends got wedded!

Rocher died. Miss her

Rocher died. Miss her

September

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Zoo outing with YX, ZJ and Mom

 

Kids always pester me to take photos with the macbook :)

Kids always pester me to take photos with the macbook 🙂

Burger Party

Burger Party

Burger Party

Burger Party

Burger Party

Burger Party

October

This was my birthday month. Many celebrations, staycation, everything was made special by everyone!

Everything important is in this photo

Everything important is in this photo

Sloth and Rabbit on staycation

Sloth and Rabbit on staycation

Sloth and Rabbit on staycation

Sloth and Rabbit on staycation

The loveliest wife..

The loveliest wife..

Birthday in the adoptive family.

Birthday in the adoptive family.

Had a fantastic time in perth

Had a fantastic time in perth

Had a fantastic time in perth

Had a fantastic time in perth

Had a fantastic time in perth

Had a fantastic time in perth

November

YX’s turn to be the birthday girl

The Birthday Girl

The Birthday Girl

Cafe to the end of the year!

Cafe to the end of the year!

Party party again

Party party again

December

Family trip to Penang was the highlight of this month!

Building Lego in Penang

Building Lego in Penang

Many meals and times spent together. Great family trip I really enjoyed.

Many meals and times spent together. Great family trip I really enjoyed.

Compulsory penang shots

Compulsory penang shots

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The kids being kids

The kids being kids

Special outing with this one

Special outing with this one

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She'll look back and cringe at this one! heh

She’ll look back and cringe at this one! heh

Housewamings

Housewamings

This is a little addition to my tools.  Been very useful and enjoyable so far

This is a little addition to my tools. Been very useful and enjoyable so far

 

Some thoughts on the year ahead

  • Not enough goals and milestones to measure my progress, leading to me feeling like I didn’t achieve anything. Shall document more in 2015
  • Even less talk, more doing
  • More doing what I’m supposed to do when I’m supposed to do it
  • More purpose-ful-ness, meaning more planning and more thinking about life-goals and targets
  • Sleeping earlier
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Tired of Life

I know somewhere in some corner of the globe someone is fighting for his/her life. Could be against disease, against other people, could be just against the ongoing nature of time. It seems so self indulgent and almost wasteful to even entertain the thought that my life is unsatisfying and tiresome when another person would give anything for a day more with his loved ones, to see another sunrise, to never grow old or to see their child grow up. Perhaps at this point I feel nothing is important to me and nothing I’m doing now is really important to me as well.

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I’m still still standing in motion, waiting for the next wave. Getting a little impatient.. There must be more that just this..

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Growing Upon Me

Today a chunk of glass, brushed aluminum and electronics came in the mail. I noticed how cold and lifeless it seemed, devoid of character, identity and purpose. That was a little depressing.

Then i realised how much I like how physical objects grow on me as I use them more and more. This is the first chapter ready to be written.

Looking forward to the next few years of creating, consuming and entertaining ahead.

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