Underestimating Gaia

With the gutting of the EPA and the reversal of attempts to protect the environment, the White House pretty much just gave the entire world the middle finger when it comes to going green.  At this point, it is not so much a surprise. We all saw it coming. Looking at all the ammunition fired…

The problem of eating

It is kind of strange that prior to coming to the US, “eating” had never been much of a concern to me. I just eat what my family cooks and what is available at the food centers outside. Paying attention to “eating” only became important when my wife was having our first kid. The worries…

On Learning One’s Language

If someone told me 20 years ago that I would write this article, I would have laughed at his face. I hated learning Chinese (Mandarin) and didn’t feel that it would be anything useful. In Singapore, everything that mattered was and still is taught in English. However Singapore made it compulsory to learn a 2nd…

“Honesty” in relationships

When we talk about honesty in relationships, it usually refers to what is being said. In this modern age, I think it extends quite a bit further than just that to have a successful relationship. Am I qualified to talk about this? Perhaps. My wife and I had been together since 17 and married for…

The ideal parent?

I have often heard people around me say “I’ll wait till I am ready to have kids”. If that is true, no one will have kids. One thing I can say for certain though, is that I have two and my eldest is now 6 years old but I am just about as clueless about…

Fish in the pond

Would you like to be the small fish in the big pond or the big fish in the small pond? There is no “better” place to be, it is just a matter of preference. Both have its benefits and shortcomings. For those who do not know the meaning of this question, “fish” and “pond” represents…

Pondering the meaning of life

“Meaning of Life”, a question as profound as it is basic. I am no philosopher but I am sure this question should have at least popped up once in anyone’s head. Is there a meaning to life? Why am I on this world? Why was I born? What should I do? There are as many…

Striving to be a responsible eater

Food waste makes me sad and in certain cases invoke a sense of disgust. Just to be clear, I am not talking about the inevitable waste from production, transport and processing either. Just take a casual trip down to the nearest restaurant and simply observe the tables around you. Food waste galore; plates of leftovers,…

A Gamer’s Musings: Honor among gamers

I shall start this article with a script excerpt from one of my favorite animes of all time. Sword Art Online: S1, E19 ~20 min: 所詮ゲームだからなんでもありか。殺したければ殺すし、奪いたければ奪う。そんなふうにいうやつはいやほど出くわしたよ。一面ではそれは事実だ。俺も昔はそう思っていた。でもそうじゃないんだ。仮想世界だからこそ守らなきゃならないものがある。俺はそれを大切な人に教わった。この世界で欲望を身に任せればその代償はリアルの人格へを帰っていく。プレヤーとキャラクターは一体なんだ。 Anything goes just because it is a game? Kill if you feel like it, rob if you feel like it. I had met more people who thought like this…

A Gamer’s Musings: Religion

I consider myself an Atheist. I do not believe there is divinity or that there is a need for it. So what does a gamer have to say on it? I was born as a Buddhist and followed my mom to the temples regularly when I was young. At some point in time, the question…