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Yesterday I conducted a coaching demonstration.

I struggled.

Striped bare.

Wintry cold.

Naked.

Thank you for the feedback

Oysters cry

Cliched Caterpillars die

Wrapped in White

I wiped away tears of humiliation

I am an island

For whom the bell tolls

Today I celebrate my weakness

In my weakness

I will be made strong.

I can see no way out but through

For whom the bell tolls?

It tolls for me.

Dont feel sorry for me.

At Tajimaya during Restaurant Week

Tip: Best cure for feeling sorry is to celebrate. And feed off another’s creativity. Shout out to the young chef who cooked tis meal. Notice the handcrafted mushroom from radish.

You’ve received countless whatsapp by now.

Two golds for men high jump.

Can we have two golds without a tie-off jump?

He got it.

Barshim (Qatar) and Tamberi (Italy) share high jump win although both did not clear 2.39.

Internet right now is trending that they are sharing their gold.

But examine carefully, Barshim of Qatar has never won an Olympic gold yet.

Ask the right questions. Think win win. You never know. Instead of a leg injury, they got two golds.

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/sport/athletics-can-we-have-two-golds-barshim-tamberi-share-high-jump-15356186

If life (or your mom) gives you sour pomelo (pamplemousse), make pomelo salad with lime and mint leaves or leftovers (chicken) from your fridge.

Serve salad using the thick pomelo skin as bowl. Or …

Wring the pomelo skin like a stress ball and be tantalised by the exotic citrusy refreshing fragrance of far away sun-sea lands like Thailand or Vietnam.

Constraints such as sustainability force us to be creative

Pomelo or 柚子 sounds like abundance in Chinese, making it a festive gift. Ipoh pomelo are light and sweet costing $10 but cheaper less sweet pomelo go for a third the price.

Quote from Steve Jobs in Wired (1996):

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people.

Unfortunately, that’s too rare a commodity. A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.”

https://www.wired.com/1996/02/jobs-2/

Im a hoarder. After being inspired by Netflix series: Marie Kondo, The Minimalists and Home edit, I decided to clear my closets.

Today I chanced upon a glass teapot I bought 4 mths ago and made myself a pot of lemongrass/screwpine tea.

And realised that in my cupboard, I had 24 different types of tea. The canisters of most were already rusty, so I cant give them away. But it was shocking that I could make myself a different cup each day. Yet, I drink Arabica coffee every morning, when I had so many choices in my home pantry.

Why am I not taking the pause to edit and enjoy the resources I have ?

Are there resources in your closet which you are not aware?

An idiom rings through my head “curiosity killed the cat”. Where I learned it, I can’t recall, but its a comforting to my risk averse self.

Until, this year of change? Is it true? What about luck or serendipity leading to discoveries?

Checking the origin of the phrase, curiosity killed the cat, I discovered, there is a second part. “Satisfaction revived it”, alluding to the fact that a cat lands on its feet, unharmed.

What thought is ringing in your head? Explore it, dig out its truth. It may be time for a rejoiner.

Crisis as catalyst for change.

Do you have “words of wisdom” ringing in your head, which have outlived their usefulness? Such as “dont talk to strangers”, “people are out to get you”.

An idiom rings through my head “curiosity killed the cat”. Where I learned it, I can’t recall, but its a comforting to my risk averse self.

Until, this year of change? Is it true? What about luck or serendipity leading to discoveries?

Checking the origin of the phrase, curiosity killed the cat, I discovered, there is a second part. “Satisfaction revived it”, alluding to the fact that a cat lands on its feet, unharmed.

What thought is ringing in your head? Explore it, dig out its truth. It may be time for a rejoiner.

Crisis as catalyst for change.

Do you have “words of wisdom” ringing in your head, which have outlived their usefulness? Such as “dont talk to strangers”, “people are out to get you”.

1. Polling can be created on paid version of Zoom as well as MS Teams. Share results of polls to members. Example as an ice-breaker on generation diversity.

2. “Break out rooms” in Zoom for pair-n-share.

3. Whiteboard on Zoom for Affirmation to a group member, brainstorm or leaving feedback. Eg. Pose a question such as “Your favourite Leader”. “Annotate” function allows you to save the screen in a folder as a keepsake esp if its a “Affirmation” card.

4. Padlet is another tech whiteboard on its own. Used in the same way as above to write affirmations for someone or feedback. Create columns eg “I like” vs “I wish you could”. You can also load photos/images for sharing eg ice-breaker instead of bringing an item to class for “Show and Tell”, ask participanta to share their favourite item, or what they had for lunch.

5. MURAL – Post-its for brainstorming eg in case study. Alternatives are Miro and Google’s Jamboard.

6. Kahoot for simple exercises to test recall of information and understanding.

7. Menti-meter to survey the room eg years of experience. Sharing of expectations. Polling can be done. Brainstorm of ideas.

8. Classroom Screen for timers eg to track time taken for an activity or break

9. Wheel of names – for awkward moments where no participant wants to share. Round robin – cold calling.

10. Url shortener: https://www.shorturl.at/

11. How to download videos – Sign up for premium account. Add ss to youtube.

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