TDP Daily Prompt: Good Tidings

Good Tidings: Present-day you meets 10-years-ago you for coffee. Share with your younger self the most challenging thing, the most rewarding thing, and the most fun thing they have to look forward to.

“Man, you’re only 14 years old, that’s pretty damn crazy dude. You’ve still got so much stuff to experience, to learn. You know that skateboard you wanted to do? Fuck man, its the most fun we’re ever gonna have, stick with it dude. By now my ankles are so tight and messed up from basketball its just not as easy. Maybe you’d have better luck haha And sketching dude. fucking skeeeetch. that’s still the weakest part of my technical skills, and its definitely worth the time to get that leveled up man. I’d say work harder overall, but that’s just not us, is it? Always looking for the easiest way of doing things so we can get back to having fun.

You’re gonna meet some amazing people along the way, but you already know the one person that will change you the most. You haven’t reconnected with her yet, and the first time you do it’ll be awkward as hell, but she’ll grow on you. It’ll still take you guys another few years to really click. Know that she’s always had a crush on you. Kinda cool to think about, isnt it? The girls you’ve got a thing for now? You don’t even talk to them anymore, but unknowingly there’s a girl out there, that you haven’t seen since you were eight years old, that still thinks about you. Man she’s awesome, and you’re totally gonna screw it up but was it worth it. She’ll push you to places you haven’t gone before. She’ll open up new worlds to you. Seriously, its the most fun, the most rewarding and the most challenging thing you will ever do.

Oh you’re gonna love this too. Marvel starts making their own movies which are all freaking awesome. Dude the games man. I’m so glad you decided to step into building PCs last year, because that’s something we still do. You know that Batman film you’re looking forward to next year? That’s amazing and you’ll start following Nolan’s work. Man, I can’t wait until you see Inception &Interstellar! I’m jealous of you man, you can still experience things for the first time. Don’t stop cooking, its therapeutic. Be in the moment, its your natural place to be. Start meditating because that really helps you grow as a person. Learn coding too. That C++ for Dummies book you’re going to get? Stick through it. That’s something I regret not doing. Keep shooting that basketball too, that sports gets you through some tough times. Linkin Park is still awesome. OMG you’re about to go to your first LP concert!! Man you’re gonna love it. Here check out some music from 2014:

Dude you have so much to look forward to, its gonna be fun. There’s gonna be tough times, sure, but we’re still surviving so it’s not all bad. Just remember, know yourself, trust yourself and believe in yourself, man. It’ll all turn out alright. Or not, who knows haha”

infinity

Finite Creatures: – At what age did you realize you were not immortal? How did you react to that discovery?”

I don’t remember exactly when I realized I was not immortal; it very well might have been something at the back of my mind since a very young age. I’ve been to my fair share of funerals already: my great-grandmother on my mum’s side lived close to 100 but i remember her last few years; a great-uncle passed away in my early teens due to lung cancer; my grandfather (dad’s side) was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer but fought for a few years until he passed away around 2007; an uncle a few years later due to…unfortunate circumstances; and my grandfather (on my mum’s side), who I was really close to had a stroke last year.

Looking back, I don’t think I’ve really coped with any of it. All these deaths affected me profoundly, and has instilled in me the believe that I won’t be alive forever from a very young age and thus have to enjoy everything while I can. Because of this I don’t plan ahead all that much, instead choosing to take everything as it comes, “living in the moment”. Yes, I made plans to go to college, decisions for my career, but I don’t think I believed in them all that much: If i was going to die anyways, why bother? I’d much rather have fun, play and just enjoy every living moment, doing what I want when I want. It seems to me that the responsible thing to do was to plan it all out and work towards it, but my heart just wasn’t in it.

There are so many experiences out there that is out of my grasp that I yearn for those experiences instead of the limited perspectives we are privy to enjoying on this planet. I want to travel the stars, visit foreign and exotic planets; I want to explore places yet unseen, untouched by humanity. The universe is so vast and unimaginably infinite, yet our lives are so short that we can never appreciate all there is to experiences while stuck here in this tiny little corner of the galaxy. Are we destined to become a spacefaring race? Or are we doomed to live out our existence just here on planet Earth?

“I don’t want to be human. I want to see gamma rays, I want to hear X-rays, and I want to smell dark matter. Do you see the absurdity of what I am? I can’t even express these things properly, because I have to—I have to conceptualize complex ideas in this stupid, limiting spoken language, but I know I want to reach out with something other than these prehensile paws, and feel the solar wind of a supernova flowing over me. I’m a machine, and I can know much more.

John Cavil, Cylon Model Number One, “No Exit”

Heavy thoughts (lol) I’ve no illusions that I will get to see the world as I wish it to be, not in this consciousness anyways. This “Me” might not be immortal, but his ideas could be, and that’s why I believe I chose to pursue product design as career path. Bringing the unimaginable to existence, sculpting reality into what I would imagine it to be, all while pushing the boundaries of what is physically possible. Ideas are forever, and I hope some of mine can resonate into the infinite 🙂

Love actually is all around

“Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion’s starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don’t see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often, it’s not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it’s always there – fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know, none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge – they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that love actually is all around.”

from the movie Love Actually

prompted by In Transit

Quieting the Internal Obnoxious

“Oh think of all the people that would be there…” “You’re not ready for this exam, you still don’t know X, Y and Z…” “This drawing isn’t up to par…and there’s no time to fix it…” We all have that voice in our heads, that obnoxious commentator who is a constant critic of our every actions. If I had a big day ahead, the ideal situation would be that I’m 100% prepared for the day, I’ve mentally fortified myself and have accepted my emotions.

This just isn’t enough at times though, so what else would I do?

Physical Exertion

Physical exercises is a great way of being present and processing emotions. A late run at night, just out on the courts shooting buckets, skateboarding; these are all activities that clears my head very well. The combination of concentrating on physical movements and having to be in control of my muscles put my mind at rest, allowing me to process my thoughts more clearly. It is a form of meditation, and it works wonders.

Music

In moments where I want some peace and quiet, I turn to Classical music. Beethoven is a favorite, and Bach’s Air ‘On The G String’ is also a go-to. For a more contemporary approach, Jason Mraz’s new album, Yes! is also a great album to listen: it is mellow, whimsical and a great way to sit back and relax.

Daily Prompt: Verbal Confirmation

Verbal Confirmation:

To be, to have, to think, to move — which of these verbs is the one you feel most connected to? Or is there another verb that characterizes you better?

To think

“Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.”  – Mahatma Gandhi

To realize:

“I am who I am; no more, no less.” – Terry Goodkind, Wizard’s First Rule

To Be

“Time isn’t precious at all, because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time but the one point that is out of time: the Now. That is precious indeed. The more you are focused on time—past and future—the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is.” – Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

 

 

Daily Prompt+Blogging 101: Making it Personal

Haven’t posted in a while due to an overabundance of school work, but I saw this prompt (and the Blogging 101 assignment) and it sparked me to do a little bit of writing:

The Great Divide: When reading for fun, do you usually choose fiction or non-fiction? Do you have an idea why you prefer one over the other?

I used to be a purely fiction reader. I remember, as a kid, I would skip class and go to the library to read these English Magic Key series. It featured 3 main characters, Biff, Chip and Kipper going on adventures revolving around a magic key. As i grew older, i graduated to actual novels (without pictures on every page!!) some of my favorite series were the Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter and the Lord of the Rings series. Wouldn’t say I had an unhappy childhood but there was enough stress and family stuff that cracking open those pages brought a release I couldn’t find elsewhere. After hitting 13 and building my first PC, i discovered a love for tech and science-fiction became a part of my library. Space Demons, i, Robots and the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy were some of favorites growing up. Fantasy and Sci-fi have become a mainstay of my reading lists, and I always enjoy discovering new lands and explore the magic in these worlds.

As I have grown older though, I have started injecting some non-fiction into the mix. Some recent favorites have been Steve Job’s biography , Phil Jackson’s Sacred Hoops, and Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers. It serves as an extension of my learning process: in conjunction with  browsing the internet to acquire new information, non-fiction books acts as an alternate source. It is an avenue of personal growth, because it introduces new ideas and new ways of thinking. I love expanding my store of knowledge, and reading is an invaluable way of doing so.

While I always strive to learn more, escaping into a fantasy world where heroes can overcome any hardship and challenge is just pure joy. I definitely prefer reading fiction over non-fiction if only for the escapism. I’m highly attached to the ideals and romanticism novels gave me as a reader. It has shaped who I am today: my code of justice, my believes about romance, my sense of morality. Essentially, how I view the world. It might be idealistic to expect life to work out as in a novel, but what’s the fun in being highly realistic? If there’s one thing novels taught me is that there isn’t a challenge to tough to conquer, and the tougher the quest, the more rewarding the outcome. Strive for the stars and we’ll get there eventually 🙂

Remembering the sounds of summer

Autumn used to be my favorite time of year. Summer in Hong Kong is hot and humid, and i used to detest it with a passion: I cannot stand the summer heat, and fall brought along clear blue skies free of tropical storms. It was crisp, breezy weather and wonderful. I have grown to love the sunshine since, though: very pleasant memories were made in the heat of summer, and I now associate it with beachy songs that remind me of the times spent by the water. Chilling, relaxing and having a blast.

As a last hurrah, here are the songs that was on my playlist this summer: Continue reading Remembering the sounds of summer

Sunday Indulgence: Chocolate Fried Chicken

Ah Sundays~ a day of rest and relaxation. Its the day of the week to let loose and do something out of the ordinary. I’ve been wanting to go try a new restaurant in Downtown LA for a while now, and finally got a friend to go with me: ChocoChicken, a contemporary take on fried chicken that serves chocolate fried chicken.

Continue reading Sunday Indulgence: Chocolate Fried Chicken

New hobby: Skateboarding

Ready, Set, Done – Today, write about anything – but you must write for exactly ten minutes, no more, no less.

 

I’ve recently started skateboarding, a hobby I’ve always wanted to pickup but never actually got around to it. A friend also wanted to try, so we decided to get boards together and started practicing. It has now become one of my favorite activities: I love going out in the middle of the night when no one is around and just cruise around the neighborhood; I love the challenge of trying to learn what is seemingly just a simple jump (I still can’t ollie yet, but I’m almost there!!); I love the wind rushing through my hair on my way to class. The mixture of what is seemingly freedom, recklessness and awareness just hits a spot within me that I can’t control: I want to go faster, push it harder and just keep on riding.

Its been only a month or so, but I’ve already fallen in love with this sensation. One of the highlights of my week is riding downhill from the bus stop to campus everything Thursday night for the night class I am taking: that one mile long stretch of road is just a joy to go down.

Aaaaaaand that’s time.

Connections

“Through our eyes, the universe is perceiving itself. Through our ears, the universe is listening to its harmonies. We are the witnesses through which the universe becomes conscious of its glory, of its magnificence.” – Alan Wilson Watts

Isn’t it amazing? Despite all the odds, we are currently making a connection. Can you even begin to imagine the chain of events that has led to this very moment in time, all the things that had to go right for this moment to occur? Continue reading Connections

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