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What Rice Can Teach Us

Southeast Asia is chock full of rich cultural differences: languages that skid and chop across the tongue and those that subtly slide off the end of sentences; marine environments and snow capped mountains; fashion marked by thick, textured embroidery or dress that is silky smooth and loosely fit; and a range of dishes whose ingredients can max out the color wheel, overload your spice cabinet, and confuse the seasoned cook. 3,138 more words

3 Quotes - Creativity

The comfort zone is the great enemy to creativity; moving beyond it necessitates intuition, which in turn configures new perspectives and conquers fears.

Dan Stevens… 97 more words


Alain de Botton: A kinder, gentler philosophy of success


Alain de Botton is a Swiss-British writer, philosopher, and television presenter resident in the United Kingdom.


We live in an age where our lives are regularly punctuated by career crises – it is easier to make a living, but harder to avoid an anxiety about what we do. 454 more words

“The pleasure we derive from journeys is perhaps dependent more on the mindset with which we travel than on the destination we travel to.”

- Alain de Botton, The Art of Travel 

Moments In Books

"an in-house language of intimacy"

being so dispersed, so all – over – the – place, so separate, so willy-nilly, so neither here nor there, so alone-ly, so nowhere, so bits and pieces, so nuts and bolts, so little-girl-running, so naked, so many, so where-are-the-car-keys-in-your-hand-you-goat, so shattered, so shaking, so breaking, so lacedup, so beat down, so waves, so atomic, so dancinginthedark, so don’t leave, so don’t comeback, so everyday is Dday, so hashtag, so doormat, so placecard, so pajamasarebusinesscasual, so hand me the wine, so hurting, so frantic, so manic, so where’s-my-money, so dogyears, so crack, so crycry, so quack, so mumbled iloveyou, so sorry shingo upande, so don’t pass the paper, so salty, so fierce, so lying in the rain, so please-let’s-live-quietly

Albert Camus

Embody The Moods

“We depend on our surroundings obliquely to embody the moods and ideas we respect and then to remind us of them. We look to our buildings to hold us, like a kind of psychological mould, to a helpful vision of ourselves…” — Alain de Botton, The Architecture of Happiness… 76 more words

The patient art of travelling

Day 1, 8.40am Platform 2 Glasgow Central to London Euston
Seat A34

I don’t know why it’s called the Quiet Coach.  It never is and today is no exception.  2,694 more words