Thursday, April 28, 2016

Read: Brené Brown's The Gift of Imperfection

Title: The Gifts of Imperfection
Author: Brené Brown
Publisher: Hazelden, 2010

This is a book on topics such as self-compassion, acceptance and gratitude. Other themes that were discussed in this book are courage, boundaries and compassion, love and belonging.

The author, Brené Brown, discussed what authenticity is. She developed a definition of authenticity as the daily practice of letting go of who we think we are supposed to be and embracing who we are.

The concept of the DIG Deep button was explored and discussed. She suggested DIG Deep as a practice of authenticity. DIG Deep represents:
1) Get Deliberate
2) Get Inspired
3) Get Going

I wonder if it was because I have read her most recent two books, it was relatively faster to read this book.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

29 June 2015: Express bus to Boston and James Hook Lobster and Co



29 June 2015 (Mon): 

It was time to leave for Boston after spending a few days in the neighbourhood of Lynn, Nahant and Swampscott.

Special thanks to the thoughtful people at Oceanview Bed and Breakfast, I learnt that I could take the Express Bus 448 to South Station, which was the place that I have to take a bus to head to New York.

James Hook Lobster and Co

I had been told that James Hook Lobster and Co is one of the highly recommended places for fresh lobster rolls in Boston. Therefore, to experience the lobster rolls for myself, I walked to 15 Northern Ave from South Station. The fresh lobster roll was delicious. This classic fresh lobster roll is essentially a hot dog bun filled with fresh lobster meat, dressed in celery and mayo. One roll costs USD$16 before taxes and is considered affordable given its serving of fresh lobster meat.

I ordered a clam chowder to go with the fresh lobster roll. That was a lunch to remember while I was in Boston.



James Hook Lobster and Co
15 Northern Avenue
Boston
MA 02210

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Places: Commonwealth and Holland Village heritage tour



A new heritage tour which takes participants to parts of Commonwealth and Holland Village was launched on 20 March 2016. Find out more about an experience of this tour here: Places: Commonwealth and Holland Village heritage tour



Commonwealth + Holland Village Tour

Every third Sunday of the month

8.30 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.

Holland Village MRT Station (Meeting Point)



To register

www.myqueenstown.eventbrite.sg

Email myqueenstown@gmail.com

Or call Queenstown Community Centre at Tel: 64741681


Monday, March 14, 2016

Places: OH! Potong Pasir





In a neighbourhood where almost everyone knows everyone who is a resident, have you ever wondered what the experience would be for a stranger to join an art walkabout of the neighbourhood? Here's a glimpse of an art walkabout during the OH! Potong Pasir event. I observed that residents could easily tell that I am a stranger to the estate. Or was I too self-consciously?



Whatever it is, check this out:



Places: OH! Potong Pasir







OH! Potong Pasir

12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 March 2016

2 p.m. - 10 p.m.

(Last tour leaves at 8 p.m.)

Each tour is about 2.5 hours in duration.

Admission: 

S$25 per person 

S$45 (For the "Director's Cut tour on Saturdays)

Meeting place: Potong Pasir Community Club.



http://ohopenhouse.peatix.com/view









Tip: Please wear comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing. Bring along a bottle of water. It will come in handy on a hot day especially.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Read: The Five Rules for Successful Stock Investing

Title: The Five Rules for Successful Stock Investing
Author: Pat Dorsey'
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey

A comprehensive guide on the subject matter. This book outlines the five rules for successful stock investing. These are:
1) Do your homework
2) Find Economic Moats
3) Have a Margin of Safety
4) Hold for the Long Haul
5) Know when to sell

This book discusses the five rules with clarity and with depth. This is a book that I would find a good read and a good addition to one's library.

Monday, March 07, 2016

Lincoln's Landing at Swampscott



Breakfast is the meal of the day that I consider important enough that I will make sure I will take. I could miss lunch and dinner but not breakfast. When I was visiting Nahant over one of the weekends in June 2016, I learnt about a place in the neighbourhood that served delicious breakfast. The omelettes from Lincoln's Landing are noteworthy to consider.




Here's sharing a few photos of my visits to Lincoln's Landing at Swampscott for anyone who is interested to look for a place for breakfast in the area. I like the cosy and homely interior decor at Lincoln's Landing. I felt I was enjoying breakfast in the comfort of my own neighbourhood even though I was actually miles away from home. 

I would say that based on the limited period of a few days when I was staying near Swampscott area, I easily vote Lincoln's Landing as the best place for breakfast for anyone staying near the Swampscott area! I had breakfast from Lincoln's Landing only once during my short stay in the neighbourhood yet my positive impression of the food there remains in my memory. 


Omelette with Veggie and Mozarella.
The tasty potatoes complimented the omelette.

The food from Lincoln's Landing is delicious.Even though I had breakfast earlier the day, I was happy to have my second serving of breakfast for the day at Lincoln's Landing. Lincoln's Landing opens at 7 a.m. each day. 

This is a place we could also consider to get take-away lunches from. On one of the mornings, I got a turkey sandwich from Lincoln's Landing for myself for lunch!

Lincoln's Landing
156 Humphrey Street
Swamscott
MA 01907
Tel: +1 781 593 5565

Sunday, February 21, 2016

26 - 28 June 2015: Beautiful Nahant





Nahant, Massachusetts, is a beautiful place. Words may not do enough justice to the place. Neither would photographs. Whatever it is, please find my humble attempt to share snapshots of glimpses of my experiences at Nahant.

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How to travel to Nahant from Boston:
- Take the train via the Purple Line to Lynn station. Call a taxi (e.g. Toms Taxi) to travel from Lynn station to the desired location.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Read: I ate Tiong Bahru

Source: Goodreads.com


Title: I ate Tiong Bahru
Author: Stephen Black

This book reminded me of my occasional visits to Tiong Bahru. While it was not the usual book I would read, I was pleased by my adventurous choice of book to read.

This self-published book puts together anecdotes, historical information, personal experiences and insights related to Tiong Bahru in an expressive and lyrical way.

This palm-sized book was pretty entertaining to read such that I had finished reading it over an evening, on my way to Changi Beach and subsequently on my way home.

Reading I ate Tiong Bahru triggered my recollection of Tiong Bahru as a visitor, non-resident of the area. I was drawn to find out where Galicier that is known for selling traditional Nyonya kuehs. My memory bank did not recall anything related to Galicier while I was reading the way. It was only after I had read the entire book and sat down to do a search on this confectionery did I realized that I had been there! Galicier serves very delicious delicacies. I like its unassuming interior design. Visit Galicier at Block 55 Tiong Bahru Road.

The chapter titled I'm a Kway, You're a Kway reminded me of my personal experiences exploring Tiong Bahru during an art walkabout event known as OH! Open House, Occupy Tiong Bahru that was held in Feb 2012. I cannot quite recall if I had eaten any kways back in Feb 2012 during the art walkabout. Whatever it was, the chapter stated that guests to the walkabout were treated to kways and a lot of reflections and discussions on the key message behind I'm a Kway, You're a Kway.

It was a pleasure to read about the architectural style of several of the buildings found in Tiong Bahru area in this book. Overall, this is a book that sets me intrigued with this place named Tiong Bahru, and makes me yearn to visit it yet again. A pleasure to read this book.

Monday, February 08, 2016

26 - 28 Jun 2015: A weekend learning songwriting


26 - 28 Jun 2015: A meaningful weekend learning songwriting took place in Nahant. Nahant is beautiful and tranquil.

This is one of the meaningful learning experiences which I find no amount of words could aptly describe the experience and do it justice.  Just go for it and experience it for yourself!

If I were to share my testimonial, I would simply sum up by sharing that I wish I had attended the seminar much earlier. If I had done so, I would have an easier and more fun way to appreciate music theory and songwriting. Having said so, I am very grateful that I have attended the seminar. Many thanks to the seminar instructor, Duncan, and the course organizer.

Here's a link to the seminar's website for anyone who is keen to find out more:
http://www.understandingofmusic.com/seminars/the-understanding-of-songwriting-seminar/

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Read: Glasser's Take Charge of Your Life

Image source: http://wglasserbooks.com/books.html

Title: Take Charge of Your Life: How to Get What You Need with Choice Theory Psychology
Author: William Glasser
Publisher: iUniverse, Inc., Bloomington (2011, 2013)

This book is likely to resonate with people who have read Victor Frankl's Man's Search for Meaning. In this book, Dr William Glasser explains choice theory and how practising it could guide one to take charge of one's actions. In an accessible fashion, Dr William Glasser illustrate how we can choose our attitudes in any given set of circumstances, to choose our actions.

I find the style of writing of this book more accessible than William Glasser's earlier publication Choice Theory: A New Psychology of Personal Freedom. Perhaps this could be a more accessible book to start with for anyone who is curious to know about Choice Theory.

Monday, February 01, 2016

Places: The Jubilee Walk Exclusive Tour

National Museum of Singapore.
On 30 Jan 2016, I had the pleasure to attend one of the Jubilee Walk Exclusive Tours. Find out more about my adventures here: Places: The Jubilee Walk Exclusive Tour.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

26 June 2015: A morning in Lynn


26 June 2015, Fri:

Summer in Lynn meant that the skies are bright for a longer duration. When I woke up at 5 a.m., the skies were pretty bright already. The lovely host at the Oceanview Bed and Breakfast had thoughtfully laid out the breakfast table. When she learnt that I would be happy to have an early breakfast, breakfast was served.

The beauty of the beaches of Lynn on a summer morning makes staying near the beaches of Lynn a rejuvenating simple pleasure to look forward to every morning when I was there. Maybe the residents would have found the familiar seagulls too familiar. Yet to a visitor in me, I was learning to be aware of the songs and the voices of the seagulls. What were the seagulls communicating?


Oceanview Bed and Breakfast is located nearer the edge of Swampscott. The environment in some ways can shape our perspective. Away from the skyscrapers and the busy urban life, I was more attuned to the scent of the ocean-water and the sounds of the waves when I was in Lynn.

A Monument erected by the town of Swampscott
"in memory of the brave and heroic soldiers who died in defence of their country".

I was walking briskly along the beaches on the day of my first morning in Lynn. When I was back at the Oceanview Bed and Breakfast, I had the pleasure to know new friends. I felt thankful for the many opportunities to connect with new friends.


I had a taxi to catch to travel to the island of Nahant that morning. I had initially thought that I could take a public bus from Lynn to Nahant. However, I had realized that the best way to travel to Nahant was either on foot or by taxi.

I was informed that Toms Taxi is one of the best taxi providers in Lynn. The contact number is Tel: 781-598-6100.

The travelling time from Oceanview Bed and Breakfast to Nahant was probably about 10 minutes during non-peak hour. I had added a 20-minutes buffer time to allow for heavy traffic. Then I had aimed to reach slightly ahead of time. When I reached my destination in Nahant, I was way ahead of time!

Life seemed to have led me to visit Lynn and Nahant for a respite and a rejuvenating weekend. I am thankful to Life.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Teach a Life, for Life


One of my friends, Eileen Chai, has start up a Teach A Life, for Life project that aims to share life lessons learnt. A piece of original song will be composed based on the ideas shared in each of the life lessons featured in this project.

With a lot of encouragements and coaxing from Eileen, I had penned a post on her Teach A Life, for Life blog. The title of the post that I had written is Learning Opportunities Through Failures. If you are interested, check it out.


Friday, December 18, 2015

25 June 2015: A quick stopover at Salem



25 June 2015:

I had first heard about Salem from one of my friends who gave me tips when she learnt that I was visiting Massachusetts. Salem was, according to this friend of mine, famous for its witch trials.




On my way from Rockport to Swampscott, I decided I could have a stopover at Salem. Salem is a coastal city and it was the seagulls that drew me, not the stories of witches and witch crafts. Salem looked beautiful under the sunset skies. I would be happy to visit it again.



While I was in Salem, I came across a place that offered a ghost night tour. While I was keen to consider it, I did not eventually had the opportunity to attend the ghost night tour during my visit in June 2015. If you would like to check it out, please look for the Witch History Museum.



I was thankful for my decision to visit Rockport instead of Salem. I prefer Rockport a lot better. I guess I could go without witches and witch crafts? I was intrigued by a store in Salem that used a double bass as a decor for its display window. Would you be intrigued by it as well?


I had an awkward experience in Salem. I was looking for the Ladies and it was challenging to find a public toilet. I suppose I had visited Salem too late in the day? Nevertheless, I appreciated a quick and interesting stopover at Salem. No witch had I met!