Single Malt Whisky

I’m not particularly fond of Whisky, but I have been trying single malt whisky from time to time. I guess it’s something of an acquired taste.

There’s no finer substance than single malt whisky.

There’s enormous pleasure in a fine glass of single malt whisky. It’s not the pleasure of a new iPhone, or a car, or a fine meal – though it’s just as carefully made. No, it’s more like that satisfaction of managing to play the most difficult passage of the concerto you’ve been working on. Or finding the perfect phrase to prompt a tear from the reader’s eye. Or finally killing that end-of-level boss, I suppose.

It’s an earned pleasure. You’ve worked for it. Practice, practice, practice.

via Matt Gemmell

I guess I have much to learn.


Don’t be late. Seriously.

No, you are not ‘running late’, you are rude and selfish

This is something that a lot of folks, especially Malaysians, should read. I say Malaysians because we’re famous for creating the term “Malaysian Time”. Some folks think it’s funny and acceptable, but it’s just plain wrong.

It’s understandable that traffic jams, and bad weather can cause delays, but let’s not forget, when someone is punctual, it means that person has taken the time to factor those things in and left earlier to get there on time. That’s time with the family that has been given up in order to be punctual.

I read a great article on the importance of punctuality a while back, and I’m amazed that this isn’t taught at school. Mandatory reading if you ask me.

George Washington’s passion for punctuality was born from his youthful study of “The Rules of Civility” – his repeated copying of maxims like “Undertake not what you cannot Perform but be Careful to keep your Promise.” For Washington, being on time was a way of showing respect to others, and he expected to be treated with the same level of respect in return.


Opportunity costs in life

Eric Kim recently wrote a great blog post titled “opportunity costs in street photography”, but it’s more like an awesome post about opportunity costs in life.

I’ve recently been thinking about “opportunity costs” in my life. For every ounce of energy I spend on something (lusting after a new camera, wanting a new smartphone, etc) is an ounce of energy I could have invested elsewhere (reading a book, writing an article, spending time with loved ones).

There are lots of opportunity costs in our lifes, both in terms of time+effort and money.

The sad thing in life is that we can’t have it all. We only have limited resources. We need to choose wisely.

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.

Apple Thoughts

On the iPhone 6 Plus

Oh boy. While I’m doing my best to focus on minimalism, there is a huge temptation that just landed, and I mean literally huge. Yes, I’m talking about the iPhone 6 Plus.

I hate being the hypocrite, but phones have always been my main weakness. Since selling my iPhone 5S, I’m rocking a beat up old iPhone 4, which along with a carrier subsidy, should give me enough reason to drop the cash for the iPhone 6 Plus (64GB, silver, if you must ask).

Being totally honest with myself, ignoring the odd bendgate article that pops up, I guess I’ll eventually cave and buy it, but until that happens, I must say I’m surprised that I’m enjoying my iPhone 4. It’s a beat up old thing by this point, especially since my mom dropped it and cracked the display, but I’m having a kick out of using it minimalist style, similar to how one might enjoy your favourite cassette mixtape on an old Sony Walkman that you dug up.