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Normal situation

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Yet again, violence. Deaths on the streets of Bangkok. Political chaos is the normal state of this country.

There are causes worth fighting for, but none worth killing for. Why do people kill each other just because of difference in ideologies and beliefs? They must have their reasons.

Oh well. There’s nothing I can do. The world is what it is. Don’t expect anything from anyone, and you won’t be disappointed.

“All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” –Blaise Pascal


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January 27, 2014 at 1:44 pm

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Avoid Bangkok

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Thailand has never been a peaceful country. Often, buddhism is used to paint Thai people as a friendly, easy-going, peace-loving bunch. It’s just a facade of a deeply flawed society, one filled with conflict.

In the current round of protest, the crowd keeps being bombarded with hatred-inducing speeches day in and day out. Thai education system raises people to be easily led. People happily go along with their leaders and stop thinking for themselves. Mob mentality often leads to violence. They are willing to do anything now. They fully believe that they themselves are the good side and that the opposite side is purely evil.

Now the protesters are freely closing down roads, creating chaos everywhere in the city that already has one of the worst traffic in the world.

Meanwhile, people’s rights are being violated. My freedom is being violated.

There have already been too many casualties. There will be more in days to come. Just like in other undeveloped societies, people are willing to kill just because of difference in political ideologies.

This is a dangerous time to be in Bangkok.

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January 12, 2014 at 9:36 pm

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Life continues

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New year. A symbolic beginning of something new. I really have no big plans. Last year I aimed to make 2013 the happiest year of my life. I think I succeeded. So more of the same. Will continue eating well, having fun with exercises, and living a good life.

Going on nearly 2 years of eating low-carb paleo. It’s working well. Stable weight, no hunger, no digestive discomfort, good energy level, good dental health.

My current exercises are short sprints and body-weight workouts. No schedules, no logs. I do when I feel like it. Keeping it simple. It works for me.

A good life is achieved internally. Key to happiness is a calm mind. I aim to constantly meditate. The clock is always ticking as I’m walking towards my death, as is everyone. Everyday could be my last on this Earth. Won’t waste time doing things I don’t like doing. My loved ones may also be gone any day. Won’t take what I have for granted.

In 2014, I will try to learn new things everyday. I must be open to changes. Be open to the fact that the knowledge I have may be false.

Life is unpredictable. Be ready for anything. Be wise to tackle challenges presented. Be courageous to do the right things. Let go of things I can’t control.

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January 2, 2014 at 3:56 pm

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