Month: August 2019

  • Book Review: When Breath Becomes Air

    “When Breath Becomes Air” was a breathtaking read. I thought I could finish a short book in one sitting, but I couldn’t help tearing as I read through the second half of it. Why did I tear when reading the book? It forces one to think about life, and provides a good glimpse at how…

  • Privilege of Power

    Someday, the student will eventually surpass the master and the child will eventually outgrow the parents. There are many times where we are put in situations of privilege. These can include positions of power and control, or positions of responsibility. For all that leadership workshops market, there are really only a few principles that anyone…

  • The “Gaijin”

    Having been a visitor to Japan twice, I am still impressed by its breadth of tourist pickings and its hospitality. Just food alone, these range from the delectable yet simple delights of melons in Furano to the intricate kyo-kaiseki (Japanese traditional haute cuisine) in Kyoto. I would be greeted with the impeccable hospitality of the…

  • DreamCrush (not a game)

    I used to have many friends who had strong ideals. Sometimes, we would not agree with each other as our opinions simply do not converge. Of late, I’ve been sapped because, one by one, when conversing with my friends, they express the shadows of their former selves. The usual “narrative” goes like this (if you…

  • Bad Food Habits: Killing Health in More Ways than One?

    A friend recently opined that there was a case for a meat tax (particularly red) to help mitigate climate change. Taxes are imposed to discourage consumption, such as hefty taxes for smoking and alcohol consumption. If done right, taxes can be cost effective. This made me decide to go read more whether there could be…

  • Abilities

    A few days ago, I mused on Facebook about TOUCH volunteering its people as part of our nation’s birthday. Today is a video that I personally thought was very touching. When we look at people with learning needs and disabilities, we are often shrouded by the word “disability” so much that we forget they have…

  • A Thought on Mortality

    It is not every day that we think about mortality, even though it is perhaps one of few certainties in life. Recently, I had the fortune of reading a book titled “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End“. Personally it left me with more questions than answers. For someone who is under 30…

  • Welcome to the Scratchpad!

    Often we have thoughts that we may not be able to parse coherently at that point in time. Some of these are private, which I will clearly not make public musing about. However, there are a number of thoughts that we may all have come across at some point in our lives that someone else…