December 31, 2020
This year marks a very important milestone in my life: my ability to return to a retro tech that is still useful today.
Let me explain. I had always been a tech savvy person. It’s in the sense that, I like to keep myself up to date on the newest technology. It’s not just a part of my job but also my love for innovation that may make my life easier, more convenient, environmental friendlier, and so on.
This year, as I have been renovating my house, I constantly found myself surrounded by what my father who…
There are some amazing advise to life from a renowned 5-star hotel chain.
We all know that the Ritz-Carlton is a renowned 5-star hotel chain — known for its absolutely caring services and first-class facilities. Personally, I have stayed there only once. Yes, I felt great. The level of comfort was unsurpassed. I felt like I was the only guest in the hotel, given its staff’s level of care for my wellbeing.
As I read The New Gold Standard: 5 Leadership Principles for Creating a Legendary a book by Joseph Michellia, I learned about how this, not just a hotel…
Nana is the love of my life. I knew that since the first time I saw her in Shanghai in the summer of 2011. She was much younger than I: she’s very bright, shiny, and happy. I knew that she was the one since I first saw her, and that feeling has never changed. Five years have past, and the only thing I regret about our short encounter is that I never get to tell her how much I love her.
Brutality wasn’t strong enough a word to describe that summer in Shanghai. Being hot and humid was one, and…
In my darkest hours, during which I was choosing between living and dying, I found the perfect method to help me make such a decision — travel.
I had no hope and nothing to lose, so I decided to go on for just one more year. Apparently, relocating myself from the place where I was constantly reminded of mu misery was an obvious choice. But where to?
I decided to go on a road trip.
Unnecessary things are, essentially, distractions — Anonymous.
Why all of a sudden everyone is into becoming a minimalist?
The original version of this article (with more details and typos) was written 4 years ago when I was thinking of becoming a minimalist “by accident.” I was about to move from a 3-year apartment to a new place and got so frustrated with so much stuff that I had no idea how to take them with me to a new place and still find them useful.
The truth is, there is a cost for maintaining everything. For instance, in addition to…
It’s one of those moments in life where you’d say “enough is enough,” leave a full-time job, and travel the world.
That moment happened to me a few years ago.
It’s the time of uncertainty. Upon getting my doctorate at mid-30s, having nowhere to go because of the academic job market, I decided to travel the world with the limited amount of cash that I had…which meant that I would have to travel super light to be able to get on the low-cost flights without paying extra and possess the fewest items so that I could roam without a fixed…
“I am so glad to have met this version of you.”
These 11 words have gotten me thinking long and hard about how I have come from being no use to no one to a person that someone is glad to know today.
It’s true: I would not want to know any other versions of myself except this one.
The previous versions of me, as I remember clearly, are some of the worst shit shows. Even though my intention wasn’t always all bad, the way I interacted with people was condescending. …
First, I can’t tell you how happy I am to be alive right now to write this post.
A couple of years ago, my mental condition went from good to bad within weeks, and from bad to worst within days. I had no reason to live.
Long story short, I went from having a career of my dream to being unemployed, and from that to being “unemployable.” Needless to say, I was in a stage of total despair. It didn’t help although I tried to cheer myself up by thinking “No one kicks a dead dog.” Even though I was…
I recently received an email from a former colleague.
This colleague witnessed firsthand my personal disaster. “She still thinks I am alive” was my first thought upon seeing her email. Well, at the time, I was that close to physical end my life.
First, I Almost Died: Then, I Didn’t Have a Job
Afterward, I went into a long period of unemployment, during which I had nothing else to keep myself busy but ruminating about the past — the past that I regretted which was, in no way, helpful from a therapeutic and clinical psychological standpoint. …
*Disclosure: I am not getting paid by Medium to write this article. I wish I did.
Months ago, I didn’t think that signing up for a platform like Medium would do anything to change who I was: A sad grown-up who lived in my own self-loathed universe.
That said, I signed up anyway (even without a special promotion or discount to entice me) because I was fed up with constantly getting junks fed to me by Facebook. So, I quit Facebook for good — and joined Medium.
Over the past few months, I have been experiencing some really inspiring pieces…
I research urban problems through the multi-facted lenses of design, anthropology, and social psychology. I like to sing, play guitar and read books.