August 23, 2014

Stop growing, kids!

Angus
Angus

I spent the past weekend at Ipoh with my aunt's family. As usual, I am so looking forward to see my nephew. He grew up a lot compared to the last time I saw him. He became more approachable & playful as he learned to walk. It's fun to play with him and see how he tries to imitate the way we adults speak. It's very, very hard to take pictures of active & playful kids. Perhaps it's not a wise decision to test my lens on a kid like him who dislikes being photographed.

Angus
Angus

The 2-month old baby Jayden cries whenever he wants to. Angus didn't want to take his afternoon nap but to play with me all day. I also woke up early everyday so I wouldn't miss going out for breakfast with my aunt. Can you feel me? Nah, I wasn't complaining because I was also having lots of fun.

Angus
Angus
Jayden

August 11, 2014

The Grumpy Cyclist

The Grumpy Cyclist
Oliver James
Chucks & Flats
Peanut Butter & Banana Pancakes
*BURPS*
It doesn't always have to look nice, no?

Nice interior with bicycles theme. It's also a bicycle workshop. The cafe is quite small with limited seats & I wondered if they service the aircond regularly. The fluffy pancakes made it worth the wait! I ordered Oliver James — Scrambled eggs on pancakes with toast + bacons while JY had Peanut Butter Pancakes with banana.

August 10, 2014

Let's Slow Down Life

K West, Sisowath Quay

Not so very long ago, humans -- like the rest of the animals and plants on earth -- moved through our natural cycles at nature's pace. Time was marked by the passing of the seasons, the life cycles of human, animal and plant life. But today, the world is moving so fast around us. With each additional device, new social network, news channel and latest trend, we’re becoming more distracted and more overloaded with information. As a result of our constant connectivity and expectation of speed, our overall well-being is suffering; our attention spans are getting shorter, our communication skills are deteriorating and we’re generally less happy.

More and more it feels like our lives have turned into a grueling race toward a finish line we never reach. No matter how fast we go, no matter how many comforts we forgo in order to quicken our pace, there never seems to be enough time.

People want to slow down because they feel that their lives are spinning out of control, which is ironic because speed has always been promoted as way to help us achieve mastery over the world. “The major cause in the speed-up of life is not technology, but economics,” says Schor. 'The nature of work has changed now that bosses are demanding longer hours of work.' After a long workweek, the rest of our life becomes a rat race, during which we have little choice but to hurry from activity to activity, with one eye always on the clock. Home-cooked meals give way to frozen pizzas, and Sundays turn into a hectic whirlwind of errands.

We have quickened the pace of life only to become less patient. We have become more organized but less spontaneous, less joyful. We are better prepared to act on the future but less able to enjoy the present and reflect on the past.

If I can’t slow down the speed of information, technological advances or societal tendencies, I can at least control my own speed. So in an effort to live a more well-balanced life, I’ve been making an effort to slow down in everything I do.
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