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)

Singapore ArtSience Museum (2016)

2.  From Marina Bay gardens in Singapore (2016)


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).


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



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.

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.


Chickpea Curry

The recent food pics on my feed had me hungry.  I’ve also been cutting back a bit on my carbs but I just had the cravings for rice this week.  I decided to whip up some chickpea curry.  I don’t have detailed pictures.

I chopped up 2 large onions into quarters and sauteed them with a bit of salt and pepper.  They eventually break up when they cook so I wasn’t too worried.  Once it started to turn translucent, I added some 2 carrots (stew sized chunks), 3 potatoes (chunks) and 1 red pepper.  I wanted to add a bit of sweetness to the curry that’s why I used red pepper and carrots.   I also threw in some minced garlic and 1 can of chickpeas (rinsed).  I had some grape tomatoes so I threw some of those in too.  I cooked all the veggies for awhile until it started to stick to the bottom.

I cleared a spot in the pot, added a bit of oil and threw in some cumin powder. I let that cook for a bit in the oil  and then stirred it until all the vegetable were coated with it.  I then added 2 or 3 spoons of curry paste and 1 can of coconut milk (I used a reduced fat version).  I also added some sugar (I had a box of rock sugar so I just threw in a chunk).  Finally I added some water, a bit of salt and then let it simmer until everything was nice and soft.


I made enough for several meals.  The next night I decided to add some ground chicken.  I marinated the meat in sesame seed oil, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, pepper and corn starch.  I  browned it and when it was cooked, I added it to the chickpea curry that was reheating on the stove.  I had a lot of left over rice so I made a very simple fried rice with spring onions and garlic.


Zero points for photography but the food was decent.

Uhm, No – I Don’t Dance

I meet with a group of people from my job counseling firm every week.  We update each other on our progress and discuss issues, setbacks, good news etc…  Lately we’ve been practicing networking.  There’s one lady who is recovering from an illness and I’ve met with her separately a few times.  She does very well on her practice interviews but she feels very insecure.  She provides good advice to everyone but tells us she wishes she can follow her own advice.

But … she lavishes praise over me for spending extra time with her and credits me with helping her a lot.  She’s done this several times to our group.  To be honest, I was just there to listen and prod her here and there.  Yesterday we were working on practice networking meetings.  When she gave her feedback to our group, she told everyone we were like dance partners moving in sync.  She said she wished it had gone on longer than our 10 minute time limit because it felt so natural.  The other 2 people looked at me.  I looked at my notebook.  She kept going on about how wonderful it felt and how strong of a connection we had.  When one person asked a question about how we connected, she became like a mama bear defending “us”.

This is getting very awkward for me.

2 Simple Things

Here are 2 simple things that has make me feel better during this long job search.

  1.  I make my bed in the morning.
  2.  I wash and clear the sink of any dirty dishes and cutlery before I go to sleep.

I don’t remember where I first read about this.  At the end of a long day when things haven’t gone your way, you need a good night sleep.  It just feels better to get into a bed that’s been made.  You don’t want the unmade and messy bed to remind you of chores you should have done.  Making your bed in the morning is also a very simple way of crossing a task of your to do list.

When you wake up, you also don’t want to face a sink full of dirty dishes.  It’s easier to get on with your day without first doing dishes.  I just want my coffee and breakfast.

Now I have to admit, I don’t do this all the time. But I always come back to these 2 things and it seems to put me in the right frame of mind.