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  • On fear

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    3 min read

    Fear is our instinctive reaction to protect us from harm.

  • Liberty of time

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    2 min read

    Time is a unique currency.

  • Otsu garden

    Useful writing

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    3 min read

    Many of us were taught to be persuasive when we write, but is that useful?

  • Bali beach

    Mindful memory

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    3 min read

    Being mindful makes our brain more receptive to creating memories.

  • Hiroshima, 2018

    How to read

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    8 min read

    Consuming information doesn’t mean you are learning.

  • Miyajima Torii Gate

    Illusion of transparency

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    2 min read

    There is a gap between what we experience and what others think we are experiencing.

  • Fishing at Lake Biwa, Kyoto 2018

    On silence

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    2 min read

    People often don’t say what they think.

  • Having an opinion

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    We all have opinions, but are our opinions justified?

  • Lake Biwa, Kyoto 2018

    The fallacy of efficiency

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    2 min read

    Being efficient doesn’t mean we are productive or performance well.

  • Kyoto, 2018

    Website redesign for 2022

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    5 min read

    2022 marks the 20th anniversary of this site. I redesigned the site to celebrate the milestone.

  • Vulnerability

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    2 min read

    Being vulnerable is to be exposed to the possibility of being attacked.

  • Compartmentalising

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    I have a habit of compartmentalising my routines.

  • Mac iCloud Drive

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    Some thoughts on having the Mac file system on iCloud Drive.

  • Economy class

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    4 min read

    This is about a song by KAFE.HU,《经济舱》.

  • JD delivery

    Online shopping in China

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    8 min read

    Shopping online in China is a unique experience.

  • Once I Thought of Ending It for Good

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    5 min read

    This is about a song by Mika Nakashima,《僕が死のうと思ったのは》(Boku ga Shinou to Omotta no Wa).

  • Don’t Be Afraid

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    This is a translation of the song by Summer aka Momoko,《不要怕》.

  • I Really Want to Love This World

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    This is a translation of the song by Hua Chenyu,《好想爱这个世界啊》.

  • Life is short, shoot more

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    Why waste time taking photos of things that aren’t meaningful?

  • Hanyu pinyin input on macOS

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    I discovered a quick way to key in Hànyǔ pīnyīn tones on a Mac.

  • Fear

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    3 min read

    We encounter fear on a daily basis. How do we face and overcome our fears?

  • Dark mode

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    3 min read

    If you have dark mode or night mode enabled on your desktop or mobile browser, you’ll be able to see the effect on this site.

  • Hiroshima, 2018

    You Have to Believe This Isn’t the Last Day

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    This is a translation of the song by Hua Chenyu , 《你要相信这不是最后一天》written for those affected by the coronavirus.

  • Standing work desk

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    3 min read

    I have a habit of standing while I work so I use a standing work desk.

  • Being positive

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    I’m often told that I have a very positive outlook in life.

  • Newborn’s dream

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    This is a translation of the song by GALA , 《追梦赤子心》.

  • How I blog

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    3 min read

    People ask how I blog. As someone who enjoys studying workflows, this is a topic I’m glad to share.

  • Shortness of time

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    We all know that time is limited, yet we are guilty of wasting it.

  • Why I switched from Ulysses to Bear

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    9 min read

    Bear replaced Ulysses as my writing app. I’m delighted to have found true love in Bear.

  • Tough

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    This is a translation of the song by Mayday , 《顽固》.

  • Why blog?

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    When I blog, I write down my stream of thoughts. The more I write, the more I think.

  • Dust in the Fireworks

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    This is a translation of the song by Hua Chenyu, 《烟火里的尘埃》.

  • Moving to Shenzhen

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    I took a crazy leap of faith and moved to Shenzhen, China.

  • Taking social risks

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    Many of us are social averse by nature, especially in the Asian society.

  • Chinese provincial abbreviations

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    8 min read

    Single-character abbreviations are used to describe the Chinese province things originate from.

  • China vehicle registration plates

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    12 min read

    A quick guide on car vehicle license plates in China.

  • 10 Habits to Constantly Improve Yourself

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    Become a better person by applying these habits to your life.

  • Photography Habits

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    5 min read

    Photography is a never ending journey of learning and growth.

  • Most powerful motivation

    The most powerful motivations

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    4 min read

    We often procrastinate because of a lack of motivation.

  • Dancebot, my first Kickstarter

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    8 min read

    I funded my first ever Kickstarter in just two hours.

  • Shooting with a 24 mm lens

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    Shooting with a 24 mm lens, my experience thus far.

  • Social media

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    7 min read

    We expose ourselves to jealousy and envy many times daily.

  • Getting Things Done

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    Everyone has their own ways of getting things done.

  • Habits in 2016

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    Review of my post about setting new habits in 2016

  • Journal

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    I have started writing an online journal on this blog.

  • Being bold

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    6 min read

    Dreams remain dreams when people fail to be bold.

  • Declutter

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    Have greater awareness and put in a little effort to reduce clutter.

  • Illusion of having something to lose

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    5 min read

    When we die, we leave everything behind.