January 31st, 2013
When I started to declutter my place, I didn’t have too much trouble discarding items. I do love the feeling afterwards.
The only things that I couldn’t throw away are those that are associated with my “family” and “friends”: ”I couldn’t throw away this plushy because it was given to me by my mum when I was 12, and not that book either, it’s from my dear friend from the States.”
But when I thought about it carefully, there is to be a funny gap between:
keeping these items because of its “value” (“because it’s from my mum!”)
the things that I do that give “value” to relate to these people
Why, instead of calling my mum every week, I would rather keep a plushy that she gave? (I don’t even hold that plushy a lot. It just rolls about on my bed.) If I really do not want to give out that book because it was a gift from a friend, does it really mean anything anymore if I don’t like the book, or/and am not very responsive in replying to her messages?
What is the true value of “value” if we can’t even use that valuable something to add value to our lives? Perhaps, it is just something else – unidentified – being mistaken as “value”.
And in that case, how many more things in life that we have attached these “unidentified something else” to, but mistaken or carelessly see them as the real meaning of “value”, eventually cluttering up our lives with “valuable items”?
January 27th, 2013
(I don’t know how the hell @LondonRealTV started following me, but thank god it did. I watched an episode before bed till 2am, and another at 10am once I woke up.)
“Time is a creative force that stops things from being irreversible The irreversibility of things is where creative opportunities lie.”
“Co-construct your future by bringing things together.”
“Science, technology and culture… work together… Attempting the unknown is creativity.”
“We should be very flexible about ‘what is a good idea?’.”
You would imagine that these quotes are from artists. In fact, they came from Dr Rachel Armstrong whose biography read as follows:
Rachel Armstrong is Co-Director of AVATAR (Advanced Virtual and Technological Architectural Research) in Architecture & Synthetic Biology at The School of Architecture & Construction, University of Greenwich, London. Senior TED Fellow, and Visiting Research Assistant at the Centre for Fundamental Living Technology, Department of Physics and Chemistry, University of Southern Denmark. Rachel is a sustainability innovator who investigates a new approach to building materials called ‘living architecture,’ that suggests it is possible for our buildings to share some of the properties of living systems. She collaboratively works across disciplines to build and develop prototypes that embody her approach.
She might have a biography of stuffs, but listen to her speak – she is just someone who is not boxed into the idea of “who I am, what I do”. Lively, explains science in a way that I can actually understand on a Sunday morning, hopelessly optimistic and just a generally exciting person.
Watch the video: http://www.londonreal.tv/episodes/dr-rachel-armstrong-earths-bright-future/
January 27th, 2013
I got my first Les Mis experience yesterday – on movie. (Yes, shamefully, I hadn’t watched the musical let alone read the book.)
Whilst I enjoyed the multilayered story, I was made uncomfortable and on a certain degree, questioned the fact that Marius who “pretended to be poor” and fought for the revolution, after the whole thing failed terribly, he married Cosette eventually in a beautiful home which I guess it’s his family’s and that they lived happily ever after. A friend said that that’s the self-indulgent part of middle class productions, no matter what the context was, the ultimate message was that we all would be seeking our own happiness.
I joined BERSIH movement since last April. Whilst I believed in the cause, was what I did – walking on the streets and spreading the word online – enough? Why did I believe in the cause in the first place – was it because I was a bored middle class where I needed some entertainment and hobby that made me feel good? Just like going volunteering for a day in Uganda, something that really just makes me feel like I’ve done something great and worth a pat on my own shoulder? And is this – being a middle class – OK?
(Does this relate to class, generation, upbringing…?)
January 25th, 2013
You must know someone who has the latest piece of technology, but it has never been fully utilised and reach its potential. In fact, if you know me, then I am one of the someone.
So my eyes were wide open when I attended the Creative + Digital event “Mobile Apps Showcase” #attheSpa yesterday, organised by @TheLoopVideo at IdeasTap HQ.
The apps that were showcased really went beyond the function of utility, and beyond my imagination. They were beautifully made, well-thought out, and gave information in a way that only an iPad app could give. They provided a whole new user experience.
Rethink the terminology of app. Make one very well.
Explore Shakespeare is the one particular app that got me really excited. It broke down the barriers between Shakespeare in a really contemporary way. Word clouds, mood charts, built-in Apple dictionary; visuals and sounds in comparison became outdated.
I shall be downloading the Macbeth one and use it before I watch the adapted theatrical version played by James MacAvoy in March. Can’t wait!
Explore Shakespeare App: Romeo and Juliet
Contemporary way of explaining Shakespeare
Image source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/appsblog/2012/oct/31/shakespeare-ipad-apps
October 21st, 2012
I am not a big birthday celebration type of person but this year, 2012, I am using it as an excuse to draw up a wish list.
If you are reading this, please would you be kind enough to help me a step closer to what I want to do?
- Travel funds: Airmiles, air tickets, hotel vouchers
- Memberships to art institutions (e.g. Tate Modern, Royal Academy of Art, Barbican other membership schemes that I didn’t know existed)
- A sturdy, lovely umbrella
- Camera accessories: tripod; flash gun; camera shop vouchers
- Books: Your favourite book – poems collections (Charles Bukowski?), personal development, or any Jonah Lehrer; Amazon vouchers; Kindle vouchers.
- iTunes voucher – to download and keep my favourite films
- Apple voucher – to get a new laptop
September 8th, 2012
I love the idea of not having many things, of not keeping things for the sake of it. So people like Colin Wright of Exile Lifestyle or James from Nomad Traveller are those who I look up to. I endorsed this idea to someone who is completely different from me in many ways, and the response was, ”They sound like soulless people to me.”
How do you define yourself?
How much you own / Numbers
Who you know / Names
What you wear / Look ?
Are you still
June 6th, 2012
It is a time of change, and there is a lot of cleaning up to be done:
- All those ticket stubs and programme notes that I collected in the last 5 years.
- All those magazines and journals that I kept, thinking that I would read them within the week.
- All those drafts that I planned to email myself (as another form of “Dear Diary”).
- All those drafts with topics that I thought were amazing to write about for the blog.
I would be pretty happy if I can clean all of them up by the end of June.
It is not as if I would start fresh, but I would have tracked what had changed and what had not, and I damn hope there is change in a good way.
September 23rd, 2011
Do you think you work hard?
About that person whose career you wish to have.
And work harder.
September 6th, 2011
I was tired. I felt that I was overworked. I couldn’t be bothered. I was very grumpy and only wanted to eat chocolate and junk food to try to cheer myself up.
I tried to work. Replied to an email and instantly regretted.
The email sounded pathetically foul.
Inked in my head was a piece of advice directly for me:
Just try to be careful about seeing it from the recipients point of view. Think about their agenda and expectation and then balance it with ours. You are very efficient which is great but give yourself an extra minute to think about these things before you write.
That morning, I decided to stop writing until I am 100% sure I am writing in the best tone.
It was a good decision.