Photo dump

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted pictures.  I’ve been taking pictures for ages but I don’t think I’ve improved my skills.  I think like any skill, I need to keep learning.  Sometimes things happen too fast and I’ve forgotten to change a setting in my camera or to hold my camera very still.  So I end up with an underexposed shot or a blurry shot.

  1.  From ArtScience Museum in Singapore (2016)
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Singapore ArtSience Museum (2016)

2.  From Marina Bay gardens in Singapore (2016)

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3.  Some guy from Taipei’s Pride Parade in 2016.  There were quite a few folks lining up to take his picture when he took off his tshirt. IMG_9779

4.  Vendor from night market in Kenting (2016).  IMG_7796

5.  Canada 150 CF-18 Hornet (demo) coming in for landing at Pearson Airport in Toronto after performing at the airshow.  (2017)IMG_1922

6.  F15 Eagle from Louisiana Air National Guard taking off at the London Air Show (2017).

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Ok – enough procrastinating.  I better make dinner and get back to finishing off a resume for a job application!

 

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Let It Go

I was sitting in the traffic yesterday waiting to enter into the highway.  It was late afternoon and the streets were jammed.  From past experience, I knew I had to get to the lane early and I did that a kilometer before.  It’s an odd intersection with only 1 lane going to the highway right after the traffic light.  There are 4 lanes.  The first 2 curve to the left to another street.   The 3rd lane goes to the highway although you can stay on it to go to that other street.  The 4th lane is the right lane and it turns right at the lights.  What also complicates things is that the cars from the right lane also want to move to the first 3 lanes. I’ve gotten used to cars who just want to cut in right before the lights because they didn’t know or didn’t want to line up early.

Just as it was my turn to go past the light and to the highway, a car on my left pulls up ahead of me to cut into my lane.  He can’t because of another car in front of me.  Eventually the car in front of me does move.  But the car on the left doesn’t move because he’s not sure if I’ll let him in.  Another driver leans on his horn and he eventually moves in.  As he does, one of the passenger gives me the finger.

A**hole.   Do I do what I usually do and chase him down to compare our middle fingers?  My right foot was ready to floor it and cut in and out of traffic to get him.  But I take a few deep breaths and let it go.  Maybe he didn’t know that I wasn’t the guy who honked at him.  Maybe he was having a bad day.  Who knows but I decided not to let him control my mood for the rest of the day.  Eventually I pass him on the highway.  I didn’t even bother to look at him or the passengers.  I guess I’m becoming a bit more mature.

My Writing Class

I’ve completed my writing course a couple of weeks ago.  I enjoyed it and I miss it. I did “dread” the weekly deadlines to write a 3 to 4 page story highlighting certain elements (e.g. dialogue, detail, mood…).  Sometimes I couldn’t figure out what to write.  But I always managed to write something.  What I found interesting was no matter how different my stories were, the instructor felt it was the same narrator. She thought my stories were intertwined.

The class was small and that meant there was more time for us to ask questions.  It worked out well.  The instructor was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic.  The readings she handed out were very useful and illustrated the themes of each lesson. She gave us some very good tips and advice.

One thing I wasn’t used to was reading my story to others and listening to other stories.  I was always nervous.  The instructor told us that when we’re editing our stories, read them out loud. Focus on the sounds and rhythm.  Sometimes a short sentence might work better.  Perhaps we want to use hard consonants to emphasize a point.  We read a passage where there was a series of short sentences.  The sounds of the sentences mirrored the passage of a man, in chains, walking down the hall.

There were days when I would spend hours writing and revising my story instead of focusing on my job search.  I justified that by telling myself it was a good investment of my time.  *rolls eyes*  I was glad to take the course.  It was a last minute decision because of the cost.  But it was worth it.  I have a lot better appreciation of the craft of writing.

 

Light My Fire

I saw this the other day and it struck a chord.

“Day one or one day?”

Will today be Day One of a consistent action plan to get to your new goal?  Or will it be “One day, I’ll get to it.”

I used to read a lot of business / motivation books early in my career.  Some of it was was probably fluff, but I didn’t care.  I just read to learn as much as I could.  I want to go back and rediscover the spark I had. I have no plans to be an executive or CEO of some company.  But I still want to make a meaningful contribution in whatever job I do.

The other day I attended a free webinar.  It was designed to sell you more stuff at the end.  But I got what I needed.  It reminded me to take responsibility for where I am in my life and to develop and execute a consistent action plan to move forward towards my goals.  The 2 presenters also warned against being complacent.  We always like to fall back to our comfort zone.

For me, it’s time to really focus on what I need to do to restart my career.  I should let doubt, negative emotions, distractions get in my way.

Sis problems

My sister’s health hasn’t been great.  She’s been to hospital a few times this year.  I’m sure part of the problem is her fitness and diet.  Like me, she doesn’t sleep well – perhaps less than I do.  I think I come from a family of insomniacs.  Whenever there is bad weather (rain, wind, thunder) – she doesn’t sleep.  She’s been like that since she was a kid.  On bad nights, when she’s stressed out – her blood pressure and heart goes crazy.  So I stay over.

I guess it works out that I’m not working.  All her blood work, heart, thyroid, urine have checked out so far.  It’s puzzling.  She has one more blood test to do.

Stay healthy everyone.  Go out for a walk.  Do some stretching.  Eat healthy.  Get some quality sleep.

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

It’s one of those days.  I had a lot of trouble signing on to LinkedIn using their 2 step verification process.  When I sign in, I get a text message with a 6 digit code on my phone so I can complete the sign in.  Today, that number didn’t show up until much later.  By the time I get it, I think it exceeded the time limit.  I thought it was a problem with my phone so I rebooted it.  I checked LinkedIn help and there isn’t a help desk.  I rebooted my laptop and forgot to save a document.  I tweeted LinkedIn.   I think the problem is with my carrier.  I scoured the internet to see if there was a problem.  Finally on the 10th or 11th time, I got in. Time lost – 1 hour.  In hindsight, I could have done something else.  But I was worried there was something wrong with my account.

It’s small stuff like this that seems to throw my day off.

p.s. has anyone had cortisone injections before?  I’m curious what your experience was and any side effects or long term effects.

 

My Heart is Like an Open Highway…

I have good days and bad days.  Being out of work makes those bad days worse than they used to be.  I do recover.  Sometimes it just takes a walk on a nice sunny day; reading a piece of writing; admiring a wonderful picture; listening to uplifting music or eating good food.  But it takes longer now and I am feeling more vulnerable.

I’m not looking for sympathy.  I just wished there was a way to rebound faster.  I need to get moving with life.