Catching up with my best friend is usually an ordinary affair. On Sunday, the talk was different. We talked about our families. She told me how her mom and dad met in Panama, not in China. Her mom was a Chinese key chain factory manager; her dad a computer technician. They adventured to Panama looking for a better future and it was easier than trying to reach the US in the ‘90s.
The conversation was nice until the subject changed to me. What I fear the most. Why can’t my friend enjoy the luxury of having a proactive listener? Why…
Time travel is a positive accident of journaling. After journaling for 16 years, I realized it was the act of journaling rather than the things I journaled about which helped me see the true essence of life.
I started journaling when my great grandmother started to forget me. The fact memories will someday fade away terrified me. Since then began taking notes about everything in case I started to forget.
As time went by, my journal became my memory box, companion, and eventually, my teacher. My journal was there to grief the loss of my loved ones; when I got…
There is an old belief that if you pierce your ears for whatever reason, even if it’s to wear earrings, you will be born a girl in your next life.
My mother never pierced her ears because she didn’t want to reincarnate as a woman.
“Ridiculous!” I said to my mother. If this were true, statistically speaking, it will take 3-4 lifetimes before all men become extinct. Not to mention places like Latin America; they would all be women by now.
“I simply won’t take the risk,” said my mother.
On the day of her wedding, she was wearing a…
I am one of the millions of people who find out about their dyslexia in their adulthood. The diagnosis came with a mixture of shame, anger, and grief, which soon transformed into courage, acceptance, and love. You become proud of yourself for finding ways to get things right despite it all, and you start to accept that you are and have always been different, and you start loving those differences.
1 in 10 people have dyslexia, but less than 5% of the people know it. Dyslexia is utterly unrelated to intelligence. …
After two weeks of using/testing the new Macbook Air M1 (2020), I can tell you that all the great things and bad things you’ve heard about the M1 line are all true.
My Macbook Pro 2017 battery was already starting to deteriorate after reaching the 500th cycle, and the final kill was updating it to Big Sur. I never intended to go for the first generation of the M1 chip, but given that I was computer-less and Apple offers 14 days no-question asked return policy. I decided to give it a try.
I went for the Apple M1 Chip with…
At this point, I had emailed every single rental available in the city, that allowed pets. There were few. Most of them did not reply or were already rented out.
Honestly, I don’t understand. If human babies and children are allowed, why wouldn’t landlords allow well-behaved pets?
We decided to change our search strategy, instead of asking if pets were allowed from the start. I wanted them to get to know us first. Be invested in us. They could see that these young professionals could pay their rent and take care of the place.
I have a love and hate relationship with my Kindle. I love physical books, but Kindle fits into my minimal and accidental nomad lifestyle. (We can debate this in another article.) I’ve owned a Kindle since 2009. Back then, it had a keyboard and an earphone plug! Now I own a 2017 Paperwhite Kindle.
I used to buy all my ebooks from Amazon, including classics. However, many of the classics are freely available because they are public domain, or the authors have decided to give them out for free. Yet Amazon still charges $1-$3 for them.
Instead of spending a few hundred more on the conventional setups I went with something adapted to my needs and saved myself a few hundred dollars.
I mostly used my iPad for taking notes by hand, writing, reading and watching videos. So I needed the setup to seamlessly change depending on my activity.
There are many offerings out there, but which one is the best for you and your budget? Firstly congratulation on your decision to buy a standing desk. Your back and body will thank you for this investment.
I’ve worked for many desk companies in the past (I still do). Standing desks can look quite similar on the outside and seem that the only difference comes down to price but let me tell you, there are many differences to the standing desk out there in the market.
Here are the 8 things you need to pay attention to when choosing your…
If you are one of those people whose motivations evaporates the moment you use one of your devices, let me tell you that you are not alone and that the problem has nothing to do with your motivation nor your ability to focus.
It was a Friday evening, I had just returned from a very long day of work and all I wanted to do when I arrived home was to sit down and write a story I had in my mind. I picked up my iPad, ready to get it flowing.
Then I saw a notification from my work…