Recently, my 90 yr old mother in law received orders to be isolated in a hotel room with her son. They were detected to be in close encounters with someone who had contracted the covid virus.

Thankfully she tested “negative” in the 14 days.

Resilience of the human mind. I am so impressed that she pulled through. Reading the Chinese newspaper, albeit missing her daily walks. She is a “quarantine orders survivor”!! Thats quite an achievement for a very active person.

Although 14 days zoomed past for me, time crawled for them. Time is relative.

The biggest surprise I had was how fast the 14 days went.

I asked myself, what did I achieve?  Did I build habits?

Was I a good steward of my time, my voice, my emotional energy?

*I had a lot of wins*

Quality time with family. Brought them to zoo and river safari.

Toyed with a podcast

Participated in daily prayers

Learn cords on guitar

Debunked myth of “the greatest romance of the century”. (ok, I was derailed by youtube)

ASK

How do you measure your time on earth?

Whats something small you can do daily to cumulate into big impact?

Today I visited the art exhibition Soul of Ink: Lim Tzepeng at 100.

Did you know that Singapore artist Lim Tzepeng started his career as a farmer, then teacher, principal before turning to full time painting at 60 yrs old when he retired.

Initially he mostly did calligraphy and we bought a few pieces of his work 10 yrs ago when he was relatively unknown.

Lim inspires me as one who constantly reinvents himself. As the curator Low Sze Wee describe him, Lim “continues to seek progress and breakthroughs with the spirit of a young man”.

Happy Birthday Mr Lim.

Soul of Ink: Lim Tze Peng at 100 is open to the public at The Arts House from 15 to 30 June 2021, 11am to 6pm.

Admission is free but registration is required.

Photo credits: himself

#limtzepeng #art #creative #portfoliocareer #retire #retyre

How do you think about work?

Understanding your preference in work vs rest of your life has many benefits from:

⚘Understanding your style

⚘Understanding tradeoffs between life and work and taking control

⚘Creating Options (and removing blinders of problems)

Types of Flexstyles | Knowing Your Flexstyle: The Good and Bad Ways We Manage Relationships Between Work and Personal Life

https://www.informit.com/articles/article.aspx?p=1149382&seqNum=2

Chihuly glass sculptures are often seen as chandeliers in hotels and palatial homes.

Chihuly has now pivoted outdoors with the recent covid and partnered with prestigious gardens such as Gardens by the Bay to display these magnificient glass bursts of passion outdoors.

How about you? Are you pivoting to new partnerships? Rethinking your business model? Finding new outlets to display your talent while still retaining the essence of who you are?

Catch them in Singapore Gardens by the Bay from 1 May to 1 August 2021. See you there.

Yesterday my neighbours T&D gave me a box of Alphonso mangoes which they acquired from Little India- Tekka Market ahead of India’s lockdown. Good thinking.

I was the lucky beneficiary as they know I like the lovely fragrance of Alphonso. But I declined saying I will only take one or two as they spoil easily. Not to be deterred, the resourceful T gave me suggestions of pressing them to juice, making lassi – Indian yogurt drink.

I decided that I shall cut one immediately. To my surprise, I realised that the firm Alphonsoes are already ripe. Unlike Thai mangoes which are sour when firm, Alphonsoes are sweet when ripe.

I have been keeping them past their shelf life, no wonder the previous box had to be thrown away.

Recently, someone, on hearing that I was taking another certification reflected. You dont need another course. Its time to just do it.

Why do we hoard? We hoard to store for a rainy day. Some items are perishable, and cannot be hoarded. They spoil or past their prime. We say No to chocolate cake. I dont like chocolate, its too heaty for my body. Extra calories with no enjoyment. I say no to alcahol and cigarettes. I say no to risky behaviour that I will regret at leisure. I say no to losing my temper.

I say yes to …

What am I saying yes to…

Do it. As Nike yells!

Now! My self-coach is yelling.

Now.

Thank you T & D for your message in the mangoes!

#mango #now #TIME #procrastinate #validate

This video produced by the National Geographic shows two different basketball players reaction while blind-folded.

The first lady was an amateur and made to believe that she had good shots while blind-folded, while previously, she missed all 10 shots.

Second time around, when blind-fold was removed, she was able to get 4 out of 10 shots with positive encouragement.

The second guy was a keen basketball player, and able to get 9/10 shots in. While he was blind-folded, he could not get any shots in. When blind-fold was removed, and he played again, and crowd’s negative reinforcement made him miss his shots.

Wow.

What will you do differently today having watched that video?

Is there anyone you will affirm? How about start affirming yourself?

Bloom where you are planted, and other gardening myths.

Sun loving Vanda Ms Joaquim

Some orchids love shade, some like the Vanda Ms Joaquim love the sun. Sun and rain.

Are you sun loving or shade loving? Are you a houseplant or you grow better on turfs like the Japanese rose? Introvert vs Extrovert.

Knowing your personality tendencies is not an excuse for your behaviour but understanding how you tick and not try to be like someone else!

#orchids, #vanda #preference #personality #types #typology #Jung #introvert

Today, I read with great sadness of the passing of Prince Philip.

Not a British citizen, my source was the Wikipedia, instead of the BBC or the tabloids, which are more balanced accounts.

How could a man, used to commanding ships, known to drive his officers hard, accept being recognised mainly as a consort “amoeba”, supporter of his wife, ie working in her family business, as the royal family is known. His wife is the boss.

Yet, I am filled with admiration, that the most outstanding of all his duties, making speeches etc, the one I give him credit for was that of being a guide to his wife and his grandsons.

What his life taught me is, a title, being King, but a bad one is nothing to lust for. Being clear about your roles and not be offended by what tabloids claim, even untruthful comments that he interfered or gave people unwanted advice into their love lives. (He did not.)

Despite the hardships of his early life, how as a baby he was smuggled out of Greece in a fruitbox when his family was exiled due to the Greco-Turkish war. Being seperated from his family, (his mother was sent to an asylum), Prince Philip, by today’s definition, had a challenging childhood. Yet, I’m surprised at how he managed his “gremlins/shadows” rather than “meltdowns”. Perhaps it also speaks of the tolerance of Queen Elizabeth and her clear sense of duty.

He had a clear soldier’s mission. I surprised myself today by my admission that I would put Queen Elizabeth and the late Prince Philip in my list of heroes.

Steadfastness is a virtue I intend to cultivate. Carve your own role.

What’s a virtue you have, despite challenges?