Letters of Life

Month: July 2012

Lassitude (or Taking a HIIT)

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is something I’ve been dabbling in lately. Twenty seconds of intense, all-out activity followed by 10 seconds of less-intense recovery for a total of eight sets (or just four minutes) of this high-low intensity pairing. Apparently, this kind of intense exercise causes a longer after-burn in between training. All I… Read More ›

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I’ll Bring You More Than A Song

There’s a Mandarin song I recently had to learn to sing properly for church worship. It wasn’t a particular favourite, but I worked on singing it right. Word by word, I took the song apart so I wouldn’t twist the Mandarin words out of shape by treating it like an English song. My confidence grew,… Read More ›

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My Book List, Or A Day in the Life of.

Unlike some, I can’t digest more than three, four, books at a shot. So thankfully, my list will be short. But before that. Lists are always preceded by ‘Before thats’. Laundry is always at the back of my mind. I take the heavy basket of clothes from one of the bedrooms and empty the contents… Read More ›

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When Style Bunny Meets The Elk

Elks are a highly adaptable species of deer, found mostly in mountainous regions and forested habitats native to North America. These rugged creatures came to mind when I was reflecting on how I came to befriend a few outdoorsy types a couple of years back. I thought about influence, and whether it was possible for… Read More ›

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A Georg Jensen Watch For Cambodia

A thing of beauty is a joy forever. — John Keats. The Vivianna bangle watch by Georg Jensen is a thing of beauty. Designed in the early 1960s, this open-bangle watch remains a work of iconic watch design; the cool stainless steel encircles the wrist magically without a clasp, and the dial reflects light as… Read More ›

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Fools One, Two, And Three

A long time ago, there was a game called The Fool’s Errand. It was written by early game designer Cliff Johnson first for the Apple Macintosh. After reading metaphysical poetry in the daytime, I loved getting on the Mac in the long winter evenings just to play the meta-puzzle game at college. After I graduated,… Read More ›

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More Things To Do This Summer (Part 2)

For my readers in the Northern Hemisphere who are, I hope, living things up in the summertime. Because the top post here still remains the Top 10 Things To Do This Summer. Here are more. 1. Go on a short vacation with friends of the same gender The word ‘summer’ and ‘roadtrip’ go together like… Read More ›

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These Golden Hours (Part II)

Here is my song for the asking Ask me and I will play So sweetly, I’ll make you smile This is my tune for the taking Take it, don’t turn away I’ve been waiting all my life . . .                              … Read More ›

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Validation

Validation: 1. Finding or testing the truth of something; 2. Affirmation, support, or confirmation. Validate comes from the root word valid, which has its Latin root in validus: “strong, effective”, which in turn comes from the word valere—be strong, or valiant. So when someone says something good about you or your skill, or what you’ve… Read More ›

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