Serene: When The Child From Within Can Play


Serenity, that profound sense of peace and tranquility from within our souls, has nothing to do with the place we physically find ourselves. Instead, it is a state of mind we can conjure regardless of where we are or what we do. We could be sitting under that familiar tree close to where we live or we could be mobile doing something we incredibly love such as running through parks after parks. In both scenarios, we can certainly be Serene. We are most serene when we allow that inner carefree child to come to the fore and play from time to time.


Old Habit Die Hard: From Playing Teacher to Playing Student

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You can take the student out of the classroom, but you cannot take the classroom out of the student. This is particularly true in my own personal case, because even though I have already graduated from the graduate school I have attended, I do still maintain a study habit. Even though I am no longer in the university, I am still under its Clutch.  I think I can call myself as a ‘frustrated academic’.

For a couple of days now, I have been spending most of my leisure times sitting behind my desk and going through the journal articles and books, both in print and otherwise, that I have studied while I was in the university. One might say that what  I am doing is rearranging all these disorganized texts by putting them into certain places in a particular order, so that I could navigate them more efficiently. While there is a ring of truth to that, that is not all what I actually do.

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Transformation: When A Butterfly Becomes One

Butterfly One Summer

When we think of  Transformation, the image of a butterfly comes first to mind at least for most people. Yours truly is certainly not an exception. Every butterfly experiences and endures different stages in their life time. In every stage, they transform. They are constant reminder to each and every one of us that nothing in our lives is permanent. Like them, our life also knows different stages and takes a series of transformations with every stage we endure. The sorrows that our failures bring are as temporary as the joys of our triumphs. It is, therefore, important not to be sad too much when we loose, but at the same time, not to be excessively happy when we win. After all, as Aristotle once said, virtue is anything in the middle of two extremes.

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Renaissance: Leonardo the Midwife and Italy the Nest

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Simply put, Leonardo Da Vinci is one of the midwives of the Renaissance and Italy was the nest of this movement that has ushered the world into Enlightenment. Of course, there are more to it than simply that.

Last October, I received from a beloved friend a copy of Leonardo Da Vinci’s biography authored by Walter Isaacson for my birthday. Isaacson is a University Professor of History in Tulane who wrote biographical accounts of Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Henry Kissinger, amongst many others. His biographical account of Leonardo da Vinci is quite accessible to unspecialized readers like myself who are nonetheless intrigued and fascinated by history, and more particularly the  history the renaissance Italy, a period in which high creativity is at peak and its surge has ushered us out of darkness and slumber.

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Experimental: Gaudi’s Innovative Design Park Guell in Barcelona

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Like all Gaudi’s design, Park Guell in Barcelona is quite distinctive in which architect’s signature is conspicuously legible. One may say that Antoni Gaudi’s was ahead of his time and his architectural designs were still considered quite experimental back then. His works transcends and perhaps will still continue to transcend the conventions of time and space. They were experimental in the 20th century when his ideas were conceived and built and the 21st century minds are still trying to get used to them. They are old and yet remain to be new every single day.

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