10 Minutes

What can you do in 10 minutes? Finish a breakfast? Take a shower? Journal the day’s happenings? Create a system, and let it became your habit. Eventually, the habit becomes second nature. Starting today, I’m going to read 10 minutes before bedtime. Winding down from the ubiquitous screens everywhere, and easing myself to sleep. And […]

Twenty Twenty

It’s the time of the year where resolutions are set. It’s also the time of the year where lofty ambitions are not scoffed at. I don’t have any goals or expectations this year. I’ve experienced enough in the past decade to know events in life come and go, as they like. 2019 was a whirlwind […]

Midnight Diner

“The setting of Midnight Diner is a small 12 seat Izakaya called “Meshiya” in Shinjuku, Tokyo. Despite the restaurant’s strange opening hours, 12 am to 7 am, it is popular with the busy nightlife of Shinjuku.” Wikipedia Available on Netflix, I highly recommend to give it a spin. Just 20 minutes-ish an episode, it’s the […]

Failure Is Better Than Regret

I came across this immensely meaningful quote, of all places, in the YouTube comment section. We all have regrets. And we all have experienced our shares of failures and setbacks. Though failures and hard to swallow, it was those things we didn’t try that really lingers in the mind. The “what woulds”. Rather than live […]

Birkenstock Sandals

Some things get better with time – wine, denim, leather, and Birkenstock sandals. I’m a big fan of the iconic German brand. Got my first pair about 8 years ago and I’m convinced it’s the most comfortable sandal – once you’ve broken them in. I just started wearing my third pair, a gift courtesy of […]

Viva Monocle

It’s like reuniting with an old friend – familiar, yet a little distanced after spending time away with each other. The understanding, though, is still apparent. I first chanced upon Monocle magazine more than a decade ago. Whilst serving national service with long days and pretty much all the time in the world, I devoured […]

Minimalistic Fire Extinguisher

Absolutely beautiful. Never image an unity object such as fire extinguisher can be so strikingly minimal and elegant. The problem is – in a minimal home with similar design ascetic – pared-down, design-free style, would the fire extinguisher blend so much into the environment that it’s harder to spot? (via: Spoon & Tamago)

Beautiful People Do Not Just Happen

The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not […]