Monthly Archives: October 2016


A mechanical engineer went to a police station to file a report for his missing wife:

Engineer : My wife is missing. She went shopping and not returned home.

Inspector: What is her height?

Engineer: I didn’t notice

Inspector: Slim or healthy?

Engineer: Not slim, probably healthy.

Inspector: Color of eyes?

Engineer: Never noticed.

Inspector: Color of hair?

Engineer: Depends on season.

Inspector: What was she wearing?

Engineer: Dress/ pants/ I don’t remember!

Inspector: Did she drive off in a car?

Engineer: Yes!

Inspector : Tell me the number, name and color of the car.

Engineer: 2016 Toyota Prius Hybrid. The electric motor with 90 horsepower, a lithium-ion battery. Full LED headlights, which use light emitting diodes for all  light functions and has a very thin scratch on the front left door
And then the engineer started crying…

Inspector: Lets search for the car.

I’m at a little cafe “Tiann’s” in Tiong Bahru doing my weekly marketing in the wet market.

I ordered two lattes, each costing $6.50 pricier than the delicious wanton noodles we had for breakfast. I’m going to nurse this latte.


I want to know. How do you trick your brain into exercising?


Look at this young overachiever at the recent car-free Sunday in the Central Business District.

Ready for Young’s suggestions?

1. Meditative Pace allows development of ideas

Charles Darwin’s strolls in Kent were important in development of ideas. The world’s greatest naturalist was a collector of stones. Not just a love of nature or departing from the maddening crowd. It’s “exercise in reflection – a kind of moving meditation”.

According to Young, exercise encourages innovation and problem-solving. He doesn’t refer you to these studies for you to digest and chew but presents ideas for consumption.

Walking (and jogging), rather than other forms of sports, is at a “more contemplative pace” and allows your senses to interplay with a tactile , vibrant world (as long as you’re not in a gym. But then you can read on your ipad or watch the news as I’m prone to do.)

This allows for a mood for creativity. If you’re walking on the streets of city life, try doing so without headphones, cautioned Young to prevent pedestrian deaths.

Loosen your mind and give it interesting things to contemplate in this state.

2. Vigorous sports promotes a sense of self

In recounting Homer’s Illiad and Odyssey, Young presents that in addition to toning muscles and increasing the heart’s efficency, exercise and competitions offers a firmer idea of “self” associated with bodily effort. Giving us someone to beat and offering us a comparison “self against others”.

Even if you’re an onlooker, we feel the pleasure in our success. (I guess for the team you’re rooting for. Is that the reason why so many people watch football? Not just for betting.)

Unlike Greek gods, we humans have a short life span. “The gods may feel no sorrow, but as should be accounted happy and worthy of song if boldness and power have gained him the greatest prize for the might of hand and foot.”

Pride in exercise. Not just fitness but a keen sense of our responsibility. We cannot wait for God to give us our souls – the self is something we must continually and consciously create.

(Forget for a moment that the existentialist author Albert Camus comited suicide). Recounted by Young, Camus once argued that Sisyphus rolling up the boulder to the hill for eternity, was happy because it was his rock. His duty and his task. Only we are the rock. Maybe so. I’ll leave youto nurse your latte over that one.

3. Transforming agony into art. Think “ballet”. Young cites martial arts and ballet that these art forms change the meaning of pain. As the meaning changes, so does the pain itself. For Descartes, the body is basically a machine. It’s not fused with the mind but made of a separate substance.

Pain is purely a mechanical process of stimulation and transmission. The brain’s job as a thinking substance is simply to receive it.

There are 9 other ideas captured in the book. My latte is finished. I encourage you to finish the book and tell me the rest.

I checked out Damon Young’s blog post. He is a philosopher and has written a book on gardening and philosophy. Can’t wait to check it out.

Do we make effort to communicate and understand each other?

You do? You’re outstanding! Give yourself a pat on the shoulder.

Let’s share a laugh.


Mad-hatter at Chelsea Flower Show 2015, London

(Shared by a friend, JT)

A Bank sends an e-mail to a borrower which reads:


Borrower’s reply:


Gotta run. I’ve work that is outstanding.
Take a break. Have some kitkat.
Bet you can’t find sake kitkat in your country.


Photo from my SIL AT, presents from the office