Health, Jibber Jabber

Cold Phase Four

It has been four days since I caught a cold from D. I was counting my blessings the first three days because all I had was some sneezing, a slightly sore throat and mild congestion. In comparison, I was doing rather well.

Today, things took a turn for the worse. I woke up from a restless night sleep, my head feeling heavy and pressured. After I read (an activity which is also a habit), my vision got blurry. I do not feel that well and I do not like it.

Maybe I should give up the struggle to stay upright and active; and go take a nap. It is, after all, a luxury I can afford.

Health, Human Nature, Simplify

Calligraphy, Math & Python

I am one of those people who will never get tired (nor too old) of learning and improving my skills.

This morning, I practiced calligraphy on unwanted paper. This way, I may reduce and recycle the paper mountain ever so slowly and also improve my brush strokes. Writing Chinese characters has always been a challenge to me since my primary school days. In my younger days, I could never find the time nor patience to achieve a decent standard in calligraphy. Maybe now…

In the afternoon, I did some online mathematics quizzes. Damn, it felt like playing an intriguing computer game. After that quick hour of math, I went on to the next challenge I set up for myself. I began to look into and try to learn a programming language called Python. I already know six human languages, why not learn a non-human one and see how far that goes?

It is never too late to learn something.

Food & Drinks, Health, Simplify

No Breakfast

I grew up believing that breakfasts are the most important meals of the day. That one’s life will be unhealthy and duly shortened if one skips this very important meal.

One of my unpleasant childhood memories would be the mornings when I had to force myself to eat before school. There was also that disgusting feeling of having to puke afterwards because I ate hastily and under pressure…

According to this article, my responses toward breakfasts were not entirely abnormal. I have always believe that my body knows itself well. That I do not eat breakfast because I just simply do not need that meal so early in the day!

So from now on, I shall not feel bad for not having a meal in the morning. It is okay if lunch becomes the first meal of my day.

Belgium, Creative Business, Health

Third Option

Yesterday, I phoned the local hospital to make an appointment for a medical check-up. The call went first to a language option menu where I may choose Dutch, French or English! Ten years here and I suddenly have an option of using English to book my appointment.

Well the funny thing is that I chose Dutch in the end. It just felt more normal speaking Dutch to a Flemish receptionist. And I have practised the sentences so many times in my head before the call. Besides, I have had made similar calls in the past years without encountering any issues.

The English option offered by the hospital did surprise me. This may mean that the hospital is becoming more global – possessing experts who cater to a diversity of patients. A good thing then.

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A Healthy Pace

A lot of people experience the accomplishment complex during the end of the year. Most of us have sadly ended up procrastinating over the grand plans and wishes we have made in the beginning of the year, and now feeling extremely guilty for being an underachiever.

Not me man… I have learned from the flu of 2018. From now till New Year’s Day, I shall pace myself and not overdo anything. Life is too short to be running around like a headless chicken and jeopardizing my precious health. Saying no, delaying things and taking baby steps are the way to go…

Food & Drinks, Health

Warm Honey Water

I woke up with a sore throat this morning, suspecting that I might have been infected by D’s mom who was having a coughing fit this past weekend.

Well, there is nothing I can do about it but to let it run its course. To sooth my aching throat, I am drinking warm honey water. This warm drink is an age old remedy which helps lessen the effects of coughs and colds. I drink to a speedy recovery.

Creative Business, Health, Simplify

Simplification Of Personal Finances

I strongly believe that one’s personal finances should be simplified in steps as one ages. This simplification process is the best deterrent to any stressful confusions, possible deceptions and costly negligences. Therefore, close those unnecessary accounts, choose the services of a no-bullshit financial institution (I know, these are so rare), do not let greed or jealousy guide you, and stop making life-altering financial decisions by age 53!

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Ikigai is a Japanese term for “a reason for being.” The word ‘Ikigai’ usually refers to the source of value in one’s life or the things that make one’s life worthwhile. The word roughly translates to the “thing that you live for” but it also has the nuance of “the reason for which you wake up in the morning” similar to a daily purpose. Each individual’s ikigai is personal to them and specific to their lives, values and beliefs. It reflects the inner self of an individual and expresses that faithfully, while simultaneously creating a mental state in which the individual feels at ease. Activities that allow one to feel ikigai are never forced on an individual; they are often spontaneous, and always undertaken willingly, giving the individual satisfaction and a sense of meaning to life.



Old Medicine

Since this summer, I had a stubborn insect bite on my leg which refused to heal. For months, it will occasionally become itchy and inflamed. Fed up and bothered by this, I decided to use a very old salve (probably many years expired) that I kept around because it was something I grew up knowing. I started the experiment of applying Nixoderm on my little annoying skin infection in the beginning of this week. What you know… the damn thing is actually drying up?! Healed by some expired but trusted old medicine.

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Fat Pants

Hell, I think I am gaining weight from consuming all the pies, cakes and sweet things I made with the overload of apples, pears, figs and walnuts.

And they say fruits and nuts are good for you. Dang it… I am wearing my fat pants and they are not loose! Argh!