Mystique of NYC

Every time I go to New York there is a certain mystique to it. My first Broadway show made me believe that magic is truly real. When I walked through Central Park I saw all these beautiful nuances—how many tourists have walked this path, how many relationships are built on these strolls, how many dogs pass through Central Park? I want to live in a beautiful Brownstone house. I can feel the energy of the people around me as I walk through Korea Town, China Town, through Washington Square Park, through Times Square. It’s different. The thing about New York is you see so much diversity—and you can never tell if someone is a tourist or real New Yorker just by looking at them. I am a tourist. I am a tourist of the world. I see beautiful cities and I immediately fall deep in love with the concept of the people, of the streets, of the homes, of the world that I could potentially live in if I moved to that city. Social media is weird for me because some days I feel like I am posting too often, and some days I feel like I don’t post often enough. I guess that means in the end I am posting just the right amount. I’m looking for magic and I think I found it in New York. (Watch out for a magic post next). For now, enjoy this fake #candid photo. #aesthetics

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Ever feel like you aren’t creative enough? What if you could purchase ideas? How much would you pay for just ONE new idea?

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I’ve always stayed away from books until I was forced to read them when I started university and boy, did they inspire me. I’ve been hooked ever since thanks to my intro to business Professor.

My goal is to read 50 books for 2018, a habit that Bill Gates has kept for decades. I can confidently say at the halfway point, I am on track thus far. I just started my 23rd book of the year:  The Go Point: Knowing When it’s Time to Decide.

Even if you just read 10 pages every day, you’d still be reading 15 books a year (average ~250 pages per book). Anyone else on a reading challenge? What is your favorite book(s)? Comment them down below. Let’s exchange book recommendations. Some of my favorite books are The Little Prince & “Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Success

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No one sees you

If no one sees you

Then you have the advantage of being overlooked

People who expect less from you

People mistakingly believe you do not have the resources to succeed

People think you are weak

Prove them wrong

Work hard

Work smart

Work with intent

If no one sees you, then give them a reason to

A light is only shown after it is surrounded by darkness. Now is your chance to shine.

Time for you to prove them wrong

Good Luck.

“Sometimes it’s the people who no one imagined anything of who do things that no one could imagine”


Grateful Day 58: I am grateful for “Quora”, a social media platform based on questions and answers. I use it consistently to practice my writing and share my opinions

Magic Day 27: Gaaaah. I missed another day… I know, I know, I suck…

Tomorrow is the last day and I’ll end this month strong!

This is yours

Some experiences are meant to be for you only.

Those moments of deep thought and solitude? A brisk walk around a beautiful country? That beautiful sunrise at the top of the hill you climbed?

Maybe that moment is meant just for you. Maybe the stars aligned perfectly at that moment so only you could experience that beauty and serenity of the sun slowly changing colors across the landscape—so far yet you feel like you can grasp that beauty right in front of you. Maybe it’s best to put your phone away and instead of taking a picture to share with others, that you keep this moment just for yourself, like a beautiful secret.

And maybe you don’t have someone there to confirm this reality with you, but maybe what you experienced was a beauty that is outside of reality in the first place. These moments are the best because they will forever and solely be yours.

This memory… This is yours, yours alone. And it is beautiful.

Time to Start Talking

Two days ago I wrote a post about knowing when to speak and knowing when to be silent.

Right now is not the time to be silent

Right now is the time to act and start talking

Being 16 hours ahead of America makes receiving news a bit weird…

But I still woke up yesterday to the tragic news about the Florida incident.

17 dead. 20 injured.

17 dead. 20 injured.

17 dead. 20 injured.

17 dead. 17 dead. 17 dead. 17 dead. 17 dead. 17 dead. 17 dead. 17 dead.

That’s more than the people in my cohort at Singapore

That’s more people than I can call my true friends

That’s 17 more than how many people should have passed away to the hands of that shooter…

It felt just like yesterday that I heard about the Vegas incident, and I was checking up on a fellow magician who currently lives there.

I still remember Orlando and how hurt and indignant my gay acting teacher felt, and how he asked us to please change the world for the next generations…

I wish I had the power to do something physically, but I don’t know how, and so I choose to write. And maybe that isn’t the most I could do, but it is still something…

Right now is the time to talk about solutions, to act in whatever way you can, to discuss the future and how we can prevent these tragedies.

Right now is the time to speak about what we care about, not ignore this event because it is easier to put it in the background.

Those 17 people die a second time when we fail to talk about their deaths. They die a second time when we fail to change.

Please stay safe out there everyone.

Sending love from Singapore.

Update: I have donated to the GoFundMe Stoneman Douglas Victim’s Fund that supports those affected by the shooting. If you would like to do the same, click here

Update #2: I don’t really like to talk too much politics about America, partly because I am not American, and partly because I don’t want to enforce my opinions. Jimmy Kimmel, one of my favorite TV show hosts, explains it really well in his recent video regarding this topic. Please take a look. I will let Kimmel speak politics for me.


Grateful Day 47: I am grateful for every day that I am able to sit down and write down my thoughts

Magic Day 16: I did magic at a Starbucks today.

 

Small Infinities

Today our Singapore troupe arrived on Bintan Island Resort, Indonesia

I sat on the beaches doing nothing in the afternoon

Just watching the waves shift

And the clouds drift

Watching these small infinities exist right in front of me

Isn’t it amazing

How we all carry within ourselves these small infinities?

Like our thoughts

And love

And possibilities

Like the way the clouds continually drift

We continually seek things to love

We continually seek possibilities and opportunities

We continually find within ourselves infinite thoughts of weird yet majestic concepts

You are infinite.


Grateful Day 34: I am grateful for a friend who is willing to accompany me on my adventures

Daily Magic Day 3: I performed magic today for a nice lady who worked at one of the recreation counters, named Yeni.

When I initially offered, she genuinely seemed excited and she gestured her other co-worker to come watch. I am always happy to see this type of enthusiasm, and was happy to see she enjoyed the magic.

I asked her what she thought about America and she told me she liked the people, because Americans were good people.

I also asked her about Singapore, and I’ll be honest, I don’t quite remember what she said. I still need to work on my interviewing skills.

She had only been in Indonesia for two years and previously lived in Singapore, and asked me if I was from Singapore

After telling her that I was Canadian, Yeni was not surprised because she noted that our accents were totally different. Isn’t it weird how we only notice other people’s accents, and not our own? Another post for that topic…

Let your demons out

stare at a wall in silence

meditate

be still

let all your demons come out

let your thoughts escape you and run circles

It’s okay

you may get scared

you may feel taunted and attacked

allow it to happen

allow yourself to freely think about the bad–and the good

let your demons out so they can no longer haunt you from the inside

you deserve better than to carry such toxicity around

and once you find peace in your stillness

Create Angels

Good Luck.


Grateful Day 30: I am grateful for being able to watch some quality Netflix shows with my roommates

(Still voting on what month challenge I should do for February. Click here to vote. 1) do magic every day for strangers or 2) jog every day)

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