June 8th

It’s my birthday today. 36! Some of the major events that are happening today:

The PC party has a majority government for the provincial election which means Doug Ford is the Premier.

Anthony Bourdain has committed suicide, just days after Kate Spade took her life as well.

And I have injuries and bruises from rugby. Who would have thought that I would be playing with kids still in high school on my team? This is definitely a new era in hitting your mid-thirties.

As a challenge to myself, and to defy that saying “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” I am going to do/learn/explore 36 new things this year. It’s a revamped idea to a bucket list, which I am calling my birthday list. At the moment I have 20 items and will look to fill another 16 in the coming months. Check out my list:

  1. Learn to solve a rubix cube
  2. Learn to play the drums
  3. Learn to cook pancit
  4. Learn a new language
  5. Learn to code
  6. Learn to fly a plane
  7. Write a screenplay
  8. Learn to ride a motorcycle
  9. Go hunting
  10. Learn to knit
  11. Learn to silk screen a t-shirt
  12. Re-learn Chopin Waltz Opus. 64 No.2
  13. Get the confidence to sing
  14. Complete a spartan race
  15. Try to solve Einstein’s house problem
  16. Learn to decorate a cake
  17. Learn to shoot video footage with a drone
  18. Exhibit video mapping and projection
  19. Go rock climbing
  20. Speak at a conference

 

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A Turkish Bath

I’ve only done one body treatment. And boy was that a revealing experience. So, my lack of research into what a Turkish bath entailed was, of course, amusing when I got into the room to find out that I would be almost fully naked (except for a piece of cloth around my unmentionables). Continue reading “A Turkish Bath”

Janet Jackson Billboard Icon Award

Last night, the 52-year-old singer became the first black woman to receive the honour. She joins the club of Icon recipients along with Neil DiamondStevie WonderPrinceJennifer LopezCeline Dion and Cher. In her speech, she fully addresses the #MeToo movement with her speech: “It’s a moment when at long last women have made it clear that we will no longer be controlled, manipulated, or abused. I stand with those women and with those men equally outraged by discrimination who support us in heart or mind.” Continue reading “Janet Jackson Billboard Icon Award”

The Royal Wedding – a new era for the monarchy

A new era in the monarchy is taking place. As I watch the recap of the Royal Wedding one woman was being interviewed by a reporter asked her about her thoughts. She said, quite candidly, “she is the first black princess”. There are a lot of firsts happening today, Harry will now be known as His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel. Meghan will be known as Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex. She will be the first person to hold that title.

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Speculating the Future of Food

In a recent Monocle Minute newsletter, they featured California-based chef James Corwell who has created Ahimi, a tuna alternative made from tomato, soy sauce, sugar, water and sesame oil. This is coming after the stark realization that within the next 30 years, because of overfishing there may no longer be any fish in the sea. Which means we have to look for some seafood surrogates and realities about our precious ecosystem. Continue reading “Speculating the Future of Food”

Branding a brandless company – Muji

What I love about Muji is the simplicity in their designs. You can see it in every aspect of your home. There’s a sense of zen and cleanness about the look and feel of their products. In recent years this company has started to expand its product line to pre-fab homes to hotel chains in Asia.

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The power of Fortnite

I never understood the fascination with watching YouTubers play video games. My nephews are addicted to watching DanTDM play Minecraft and now are aspiring to be a gamer on YouTube. I thought it was a generational thing until I asked them about the Fortnite game. They told me that Ninja is the best player and that when they are ready to play the game, they will know how to use all the best moves because of him. Continue reading “The power of Fortnite”