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Reboot

Posted by Louis on

Since about mid-2016, my life has been turned upside down, life changes, job changes, everything coming all at once. Now that the dust has more or less settled, it seems a good time as any to reboot this blog.

A new chapter, begun mid-2017, is slowly taking shape.

Off Beaten Track

Point of origin

Posted by Louis on

Been sitting in Draft mode since 3/2/2011 so I figured I should let it loose finally!

People often say that you need to know where you are from before you know where you are going to.

Now, because of my Australian accent and, strangely, not-so-genuinely-Chinese looks*, I am often asked where I was from? This happens even right here in Singapore, a place I have been living and working in for close to 9 years.

For a period of time while I was overseas, since my point of departure was Singapore and the fact that I have been in Singapore for more than a decade by now, it was actually natural to answer “Singapore” when asked where I came from. However, being rather pedantic about such things, I know deep down that this is not the whole truth. There is the matter of Vietnam, Taiwan and Australia.

Sometimes, I do wonder a little: where is my home?

There are certain allegiances that I feel compelled to follow: my cultural heritage (Chinese), place of my upbringing and whose values I uphold (Australia) or a place of convenience (Singapore)?

* This is in spite of the 100% Chinese pedigree for, well, at least the past 4-5 generations!? However, after 30-odd years, I do have a plausible explanation for this conundrum.

Off Beaten Track

A new year

Posted by Louis on

May be a little late now but wishing everyone who comes across this site a brilliant 2016 ahead!

Presumably this period is the time for making new year resolutions and what not. 🙂 Well, one of mine is to remind myself not to ignore small details, so as not to delay writing until a grand vision/message comes to mind. What this means is to expect to see more frequent and smaller snippets posted this year.

Bye for now!

Inspirational/Off Beaten Track/Reading List

Life lessons

Posted by Louis on

Just finished reading A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future: Twists and Turns and Lessons Learned by Michael J. Fox which I gather is an expansion of the speech he delivered to college graduates(?). It’s a small volume that many can probably finish in a night. I had known about about his struggles with Parkinson’s Disease but really had no ideas what a remarkable character he is. Currently going through some trying times but his attitude is really uplifting and inspirational. Now I am looking forward to reading his memoir soon too.

Off Beaten Track

Fastdiet second week

Posted by Louis on

It’s coming towards the end of the second week since I started the 5:2 “fastdiet” plan. So far I seem to be coping fine. Two observations: it’s important to get enough rest the night before a fast day, and generally it’s more likely to feel hunger at night. Naturally it’s best to avoid talk about or see food (e.g. cooking programs on TV, bread for next morning’s breakfast, etc.) during these times… However, I do note that here is a good incentive not to miss breakfast – which I tend to do – especially the morning after a fast day. 😉

Finally a self-note: to explore different recipes apart from salads for dinner from now on!