2014 Blog 297: Sometimes the wrong train gets you to the right station

Today, I watched a foreign movie “Lunchbox”. The movie brought me to the busy life in India. There is the close up look in India’s wonderful spices and cooking, and their lunchbox delivery system. It is interesting. But the story is really about ILa and Saajan, whose friendship started out when ILA’s lunchbox for her husband was mistakenly given to Saajan. Following circumstances found its way for them to find comfort in each other’s words. The two strangers have eventually quietly fallen for each other. I think it would be just a lovely book to read. But the movie gave a good visual experience. I would rate it 4 out 5.

How many times have you fallen in love, quietly?

2014 Blog 296: A Paper Clip 11 Years Ago

FullSizeRenderI saw this posting on a newspaper.. some 11 years ago. It says:  “Learn from a leading flight school”.    I thought it was calling me.  You see my dear reader, that I have always wanted to fly an airplane someday.   Maybe I am just influenced by my father.  He was in the Air Force, flying planes.  He has inspired me.  I don’t think I have ever told him that.  I’d like to fly a plane too…someday.  So I clipped the ad out of the newspaper,  and posted it on the magnetic fridge door.  It’s funny that even if we have changed houses and also even changed fridge, this piece of paper is still on the family magnetic board.  I guess, there is still the hope that maybe I can make time to get lessons.  11 years ago, I thought it was too expensive, and I didn’t have the money.  Now, 11 years after,  it is for sure more expensive, and I definitely still do not have the money.  11 years from now,  I will still probably don’t have that spare of money, and I will probably totally regret already because it would be way way more expensive by then.  And well… I will be older.   Do you think I should just take a loan, and take some flying lessons?   Is it worth it?  If I learn, I don’t think that could be my career.  If I learn, I don’t think I will be flying it for a hobby anyway, as it will be just too expensive.  So really, it is just one childhood dream.  If some kids dream to be an astronaut, or a ship captain.. mine was to be a pilot.

Hmmm.. should I just do it?


2014 Blog 295: Technology Distress

I think current technology has so much increased the pace of our everyday living. We are learning a lot of things and able to do things way way way faster. It is so cool that I can react at things immediately wherever I am. It is easy that I can broadcast my thoughts and feelings to the world. It is convenient that I can do quick research, gather information worldwide by just tapping my fingers. It is fast, convenient, easy. Everyone benefits from it.. including children. My 9 year old kid.. my spiderboy, has been using up heavy words and tell me things like he knows everything very well.. already. He starts thinking and speaking knowledgeable. Hmm, maybe it’s the school. I thought maybe they are really learning advance things these days. On the other hand, I think, the bigger factor is technology. Information is as quick and easy access for the children too. The video games are not all bad too at least for the mental improvement. I think the logical and analytical thinking is enhanced when playing video games. Imagine the planning that goes in their head how to get from point A to B. Imagine the tactics that are learned when loosing at each level and then winning it the next time. And many more. Children are learning too fast.. and therefore.. sadly, growing up too fast. I worry that soon, kids will eventually stop thinking like kids. I think we need to moderate this strongly, and save the childhood of this generation. I just think that they don’t need to grow up too soon.

Is it right?

2014 Blog 294: Would You Fight?

It has been about over 300 days since an old friend was diagnosed with cancer (stage 4). He was given a year. He has been living almost normal, aside from the occasional stomach pain. He would take taxi, go to the mall, or to a restaurant. Last summer, he literally said to her daughter “I don’t even feel I have cancer”.   I thought that was really great.  Really great.  He is still set to fly back to his home country in a few weeks, and perhaps live the rest of his days there.  Things were doing fine, until 3 days ago, he was sent to the emergency with severe stomach pain. He was given something to manage the pain and has stayed at the hospital since then. Last night, he started to rebel, that he just wants to go home already. He didn’t want to wear the oxygen mask, and has been requesting people not to try to prolong his life (and physical pain) anymore. He also explained that he wanted to die in the house, and not at the hospital. This is a hard day for our friend and his loved ones. We feel the struggle between fighting for life and just letting go.

Would you let go?

2014 Blog 293: Sleep Tricks

Today, we had a perfect weather. 20 and there is hardly wind. Just perfect. Too bad I was sick. I couldn’t go out for a bike or even for a walk. I didn’t go out to work, with the hope to catch up with sleep. But I just never fell asleep. The nap that I tried doing became more of just laying on the bed (or rather on the red couch).
So here is a question. How.. do you make yourself go on a deep sleep.. naturally? No sleeping pills. I know getting physically tired during the day, could give you a really good sleep. But not all for me. Biking and swimming mainly makes me sleep well. On the other hand, hiking, does not. It just keeps my mind kicking. Another way to get a good sleep, which my mom does is to drink warm milk in the night. She claims it does very well to her. Hmm, these are all I know. There might be some tea or herbal meds that can help with sleep. I should do some research.

Do you know a recipe for a sleeping potion?

2014 Blog 292 Fritillary, Liquorice, Loquat, and more

This flu virus that is still sheltering in my system is like killing me. I have not been sleeping well for 3 nights now. My cough is waking me every hour. My colds building up like a sinus and giving me severe headache. This morning, I think I finally slept at 4, for 2 hrs. When I woke up, my nose was all blocked and when I got up, my head felt like it was going to explode. So far the common cough med that take from the counter is not helping. So I shall be trying a bottle of herbal cough syrup. It is called Nin Jiom. I have not tried this before. It is made in Hongkong and made its way all the way to Edmonton. Its ingredients include fritillary, liquourice, loquat leaf, pumo, coltsfoot, thinleaf milkwart, platycodon, mentholum, fourleaf, indian bread, pinellia, snakegourd, ginger, bitter apricot, chinese magnoliavine…. all mixed together in honey.

Do you like try a never heard foreign herbal med?


2014 Blog 291: Face to Face with Walkers

Today was a great day (regardless if I am still sick) to go to Sylvan Lake, where the walkers were. It was windy, leaves have fallen, the lake making un-ending small waves. A mom walked by.. she looked dead.. she still got her hair rollers on. A dad walked by, wearing his suit, stained with blood over…also looked dead. The daughter walked by, looked so lost, still on her pjs, with blood and also looked dead. There were like two hundred of them spread out, some unseen. The runners had to run with all their might. We were in the decontamination area, safe from the walkers. We watched the runners got beaten by the zombies. There were some survivors who made it to the decontamination area. We stayed were we were.. safe as we thought. Until one dead man started walking for the children! We had to save them. But the dead mom and her daughter scrambled towards us. It was chaos.. for awhile. But we survived.

It was so fun at today’s Zombie Run.

Did you survived it too?


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