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:
- Learn to solve a rubix cube
- Learn to play the drums
- Learn to cook pancit
- Learn a new language
- Learn to code
- Learn to fly a plane
- Write a screenplay
- Learn to ride a motorcycle
- Go hunting
- Learn to knit
- Learn to silk screen a t-shirt
- Re-learn Chopin Waltz Opus. 64 No.2
- Get the confidence to sing
- Complete a spartan race
- Try to solve Einstein’s house problem
- Learn to decorate a cake
- Learn to shoot video footage with a drone
- Exhibit video mapping and projection
- Go rock climbing
- Speak at a conference
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”
The secret to winning is not what you think it is. It’s not the coach. It’s not the star. It’s not the money. It’s not a strategy. It’s something else entirely. Continue reading “Seven Traits of Elite Captains”
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 Diamond, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Jennifer Lopez, Celine 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”
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.
Continue reading “The Royal Wedding – a new era for the monarchy”
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”
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.
Continue reading “Branding a brandless company – Muji”
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”
Today, I took the dreaded GO Train. I prefer the bus because it’s more comfortable and less crowded. But because of time, I had to take it in order to make it back to Hamilton in time for a meeting at 6:30 pm. Continue reading “There’s no romance on the GO”
Today, I went to the doctor. And like most experiences, you aren’t really expecting a whole lot of customer service even though it’s a one-on-one job. Continue reading “Lovin’ Their Jobs”