life

The Perfect Morning

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The gentle breeze of the ocean air fused with the gentle calm of the waves signals it's time to wake up. There is no alarm clock—it just feels natural to wake up to chase the light of day. Excitement starts to brew to another day of adventure—another day of living. 

And as I go deeper into a meditative state of the mind, I'm just so appreciative of this "perfect day" that is to come. A conflated mind layered with traffic jams of ideas begins to converge into a narrow road...leading to pure silence. It's time to wake up, smell the coffee, and go out for my morning run. 

Daylight is creeping up with the ocean to my left and the mountains to my right. No music is necessary as the orchestra is playing in the background surrounding me—children laughing and peddling their bicycles towards school, the ocean waves beating against the battered rocks in unison, and the angelic sound of nature.

ZzzzzZzz! A cold shower! It's been a tradition, and it's my perfect way to start the day off. And even after years of cold showers, you can never get old of that instant rush of chilling frost over your warm body. Goosebumps. That feeling when you know you're alive and human. Goosebumps turn into smiles, and you realize your day has started. It's time to live. 

On eating healthy...

 Feeeeeeed Meeeeee

Feeeeeeed Meeeeee

Trying to eat healthy...oh I'd rather try Mt. Everest.

Speaking of New Year resolutions and breakthroughs, I am still waiting for that one pill where we can swallow to be able to snack on endless In-N-Out animal fries while still maintaining that 8-pack. I guess science hasn't caught up with technology yet.

But looking back to the times when I ate healthily, slept dreamily, and exercised vigorously...I' felt like Superman.

Current state:

Exercising vigorously? Check

Sleeping dreamily? Half-check

Eating healthily? 1/3rds-check

2018 is off to a fantastic start!

My 2018 Reading List

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Here it is...52 books in 52 weeks (wish me luck):

  1. The Sympathizer
  2. A Walk in the Woods
  3. Autobiography of Malcolm X
  4. Sapiens
  5. The Everything Store
  6. Tao Te Ching
  7. Brain Rules
  8. Art of Learning
  9. Atlas Shrugged
  10. On Writing Well
  11. Checklist Manifesto
  12. How to Talk to Anyone
  13. Total Recall
  14. The Compound Effect
  15. Personal MBA
  16. Turning Pro
  17. The Wisdom of Crowds
  18. Principles
  19. The Dip
  20. How to Fail at Almost Everything
  21. The Road Less Traveled
  22. The Culture Code
  23. A River in Darkness
  24. The Kindness in Strangers
  25. The Journey in Between
  26. On the Road
  27. Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man
  28. In a Sunburned Country
  29. The Power of Myth
  30. Radical Acceptance
  31. Tiny Beautiful Things

(to be continued)

New Year's Resolutions

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...they never work.

However, as we gathered around the hot pot table last night with a mouthful of enoki mushrooms and Chinese cabbage, we pondered at yet another year that was and looked ahead towards 2018. 

And while the highlights of the night were spent scrolling through our friend's Coffee Meets Bagel profile, it was fun (and a bit scary) to think about how we'd like to spend the next decade of our lives.

While nothing is for certain, health is an area that will become even more important for our physical and mental health. I had a mentor who once told me when I was 26 that while I was my superhuman Asian metabolism would start showing its sign of wear and tear when the clock hit 28. And he was right.

While I could rattle off numerous goals that may or may not be fulfilled, what's most important is a continuous effort to maintain the relationships that matter. Because at the end of it all, it's the thing that matters the most.

And then the clock hit 2:00 am, and we were finally back in San Francisco—3 hours past my bed time. I can't do this anymore...