Google Age

I feel very much like what Nicholas Carr wrote in an Atlantic article (2008) about how the “Google age” has impacted the way he thinks.

My mind isn’t going – so far as I can tell – but it’s changing. I’m not thinking the way I used to think. I can feel it most strongly when I’m reading. Immersing myself in a book or a lengthy article used to be easy. My mind would get caught up in the narrative or the turns of the argument, and I’d spend hours strolling through long stretches of prose. That’s rarely the case anymore. Now my concentration often starts to drift after two or three pages. I get fidgety, lose the thread, begin looking for something else to do. I feel as if I’m always dragging my wayward brain back to the exit. The deep reading that used to come naturally has become a struggle.

I took hours to read one research paper and the article ain’t long in the first place!

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Happy ‘Mooncake’ Festival!

Mooncake festival makes me think of lanterns, paper lanterns, that I used to have when I was a young kid. Our neighbourhood would conduct some activities to celebrate this event and feasting on mooncakes and savoring tea are to do without.

I remember some friends burning the paper lanterns using matchsticks and we stayed transfixed at our first lesson on Fire & Its Destructive Effects. During one of those years, I won the musical chair game and I got to realise, for the first time, that I was secretly competitive.

Growing up, it holds less of a meaning to me. I have outgrown lanterns, even those battery-operated ones. I could never appreciate mooncakes, with its slimy texture. One fine year, mom decided to make mooncakes and I was roped in to help. It was fun but I soon realised the large amount of oil that went into the making of those traditional mooncakes and promised myself that I would stay off it. So much for teaching me how to make mooncakes. =p I’m not so sure about those snowskin types. Perhaps, they are better?

Anyway, the copious varieties of mooncakes found in the market are just overwhelming. It does show the creativity of bakers nonetheless. To shop around for mooncakes is a great and exciting activity in itself!

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival.

[via Saveur]

It’s our 2nd year.

Today marked our 2nd year as a married couple.

And it almost feels like we are just married.

So, as you would have guessed it, we celebrated it by running together. 10km was all we could achieve. It was slow but steady. It felt superb. First 10km in 2011. What happened??!!!

Lunch was inspired by the dish – gong bao ji ding / stir-fried chicken with cashew nuts – and while I was still finishing the last bit of my meal, the phone rang and the caller informed me that I had a package to be collected. Curious, I went outside and thought he was already at the door. No one. Told the hubs and had him go out and take a look.

Moments later, the dear hubs came back with a vase of roses. Surprise!

Nice. =) Thank you for these wonderful two years! It has been … great!