McD was there for me

But I want the strategy to work. All I know is that when I needed McDonald’s, McDonald’s was there for me. When no one else was.

via McDonald’s was there for me when no one else was – The Washington Post

I really like this piece by James Franco about McDonald’s. Say what you will about McDonald’s, but one thing I’ve always loved about McDonald’s is that it provided some comfort no matter where you were. If you’re traveling in some part of China and need to just step away from it all, eat something familiar, McDonald’s is the place to go. There have been many times where I just needed a place to sit, without going into the topic of whether I should buy anything or not.


Fountain Pens for Beginners

If you’re like me, you’ll read a lot, you’ll feel lost, and you’ll be intimidated. And then eventually, after months and months of reading stuff that you barely understand, you’ll decide to take the plunge and buy a pen and see what happens. You’ll make some mistakes, but eventually after some trial and error, you’ll start to realize just what these fountain pen aficionados are so crazy about. Or, you’ll give up because it’s too much hassle and regret having waster your money.

That’s why I decided to write this. My goal is to give someone who wants to try fountain pens for the first time a step-by-step guide on how to go from true beginner to early-stage addiction in a single concise article, all the while removing some of the intimidation and false starts that come with plunging in on our own.

The guys over at The Pen Addict have a great post for guys who are looking to get into fountain pens. It’s a good read.

As always, I always feel that the Lamy Safari is the best fountain pen for beginners. It was the first fountain pen I bought when I was just getting started.


DIY GoRuck style zippers

Goruck style zippers 1

A good friend gave me his Targus sling bag a while ago. The bag was in perfect condition, except that the plastic on zipper pulls were breaking, most likely due to age or a design defect.

I didn’t bother too much about it for a long time, but after a while the lack of something to grab and pull when working the zippers began to irritate me.

Interestingly enough, while researching the GoRuck GR Echo, I realised that I could copy their zipper pull design and fix the zipper pulls myself with some para cord and shrink tubing.

I found a useful guide on the process and it didn’t take me too long to fix up the zippers. The bag now feels as good as new. I’m pretty happy with the result if I may say so myself.

Goruck style zippers 2

General Minimalism Thoughts

Empty your life

I’m doing my best to focus on minimalism, but with stuff like the iPhone 6 Plus tempting me, it’s not easy. Every now and then, it’s good to have a nice reminder, though.

What would you do if your life was a blank slate?

If it were an empty container, with limited space, what would you put in it?

Sometimes we focus too much on accumulating trinkets and baggage in our lives, we forget that it’s important to let go of stuff too. Keep things simple.


The Railway Man

Sometime the hating has to stop