Food & Drinks, Health

Ginger Root

A friend once told me that the Cantonese people are known for their heavy usage of ginger root.

So, maybe it is the Cantonese in me that is calling out for ginger lemon tea in order to suppress the beginning of a cough. For lunch today, I made carrot soup so that D may have something warm for his quizzy stomach. But I inadvertently spiced this with a bit too much grated ginger. Luckily, D’s fine palette is in a coma right now?!

At this moment, my brain is actively recalling and searching out recipes that include ginger root as one of the ingredients. Who knows, maybe this culinary preference is going to speed up D’s recovery and strengthen my immunity. One can hope…

Health, Simplify

Sick Days

D got really ill starting Saturday evening. By Sunday, he was down and out. He was not able to hold in any food, and was having sudden coughing fits which woke him from his naps throughout the day.

Although I was not feeling well myself, my household routines and restless character kept me going. After taking one long nap yesterday afternoon to make up for lost sleep, I just carried on with my weekend. I kept one eye on a sick and exhausted D, prepared food, and did my weekend chores. Most importantly, I made sure that I take care of myself so that I do not fall sick next.

It sucks to lose precious time because we are sick. No one wants to be weakened by illnesses and be reminded of our immortalities. But that is life. Once a while, we have to turn everything off and put life on pause. Rest and recovery.

Health, Human Nature

Average People

From an article entitled Why Most People Will Remain in Mediocrity:

  • Most people will never become truly successful.
  • Most people are not willing to fail.
  • The mediocre majority doesn’t value learning.
  • Winners act like winners before they become a winner.
  • You seek money and titles, not experience and transformation.
  • You spend more time being jealous than working on succeeding.

In conclusion:

  • Choose success over mediocrity.
  • Choose learning instead of entertainment.
  • Choose personal growth instead of jealousy.
  • Choose what you want, not what anyone else wants.
Creative Business, Health, Simplify

New Computer Time

Today, I reschedule my daily computer time. From now on I will only turn on my computer in the mid afternoon. This new adaptation means freeing up about two hours of daylight after lunch. Time for me to read, and to do non-computer related activities. I will adapt to this new schedule swiftly and perform my trio-continental tasks efficiently and effectively.

Choose life!

Health, Human Nature

Lazy Brain

I have wrote about this before. That people are getting stupider by the day because of our current technology.

Today I read a scientific research which claimed that the brain will conserve energy and not make the effort in remembering things, if it knows there is a computer in the vicinity! God damn, with our smart phones literally glued to our palms, does that mean that we are heading towards an eventual brain atrophy?

Health, Human Nature, Simplify


From the article My Incredibly Simple Guide To Stoicism—Learn Wisdom You Can Practically Use:

  1. We don’t control events, but we do control what they mean.
  2. Disruptions to serenity cannot be avoided.
  3. You must disrupt yourself.
  4. In good and bad times we have a choice.
  5. Make it a habit of looking inward.
  6. Being paranoid and fearful will destroy you.
  7. Anger will not help you.
  8. Everything takes up space.
  9. Practice poverty.
  10. You protect everything you have, why not your mind?
  11. Don’t wreck the purpose of your life by trying to impress others.
  12. Without proper training, you’re a fool.
  13. Your mind becomes what you think consistently.
  14. You don’t know everything.
  15. Think of your problems in relation to the sky.
  16. Forget stereotypes and labels: concentrate on character.
  17. Don’t sit on the sidelines. Do something inspirational yourself.
  18. There is never an end to the personal development journey.
  19. Work is good for you.
  20. Don’t make life harder than it is. It’s your choice.
  21. How you handle disaster is everything.
  22. Seek out obstacles.
  23. You have one job and only one job.
Belgium, Health

True Happiness

My mom asked me last evening how I am dealing with the autumn allergies. To which I replied, I do not have frequent allergies anymore. I also do not suffer from severe headaches, dizzy spells, serious heart burns nor long coughing fits. All these thanks to the ten peaceful years living here and learning  how to really take care of myself.

True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing. The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.

Health, Human Nature

Calm Down

After dinner this evening, my parents went to the Zwevegem International Beer Festival with D and I. My intention was for my parents to experience a unique and interesting European event. We had a good time drinking beers and people watching.

When we got home and everyone has settled in, I just have to check my email one last time. It happened then, the tablet slipped off my fingers and tumbled down the stairs, hit the concrete floor causing the screen to crack in several spots. As a result, I can no longer unlock and gain access to my device. The gadget cost me $300 four years ago. If I want to use it again, I will have to shell out around $50 to replace the screen.

It has been a long day of putting out virtual bonfires, a bit too much alcohol, a tired brain, an email addiction and life’s little accidents. I need to calm my soul, slow down and take more careful steps.