Waiting for our dear friend Arvind at La Petite Cuillere on St Denis. Montreal July 20, 2014.
This place has some board games and interesting grill cheese sandwiches. Not my favourite place, but Arvind goes here many times a week, sometimes to practice French with cute girls, sometimes for the food. It’s been almost two years since I last saw him, and it still feels like nothing has been missing since then - this is the kind of friendship I love.
Oh the guy in the picture, I don’t know who he is. But I love the way the sunlight shines on the pillows, you can see the lint and dust. He’s kinda cute, I admit.
If you are interested in learning photography, please visit http://www.ambientlife.ca/ for enlightenment.  High-res

Waiting for our dear friend Arvind at La Petite Cuillere on St Denis. Montreal July 20, 2014.

This place has some board games and interesting grill cheese sandwiches. Not my favourite place, but Arvind goes here many times a week, sometimes to practice French with cute girls, sometimes for the food. It’s been almost two years since I last saw him, and it still feels like nothing has been missing since then - this is the kind of friendship I love.

Oh the guy in the picture, I don’t know who he is. But I love the way the sunlight shines on the pillows, you can see the lint and dust. He’s kinda cute, I admit.

If you are interested in learning photography, please visit http://www.ambientlife.ca/ for enlightenment. 

Because it’s like this in Montreal. July 20, 2014.

Many painted pianos were positioned throughout downtown. This watermelon one was right outside of my old workplace, near Parc and Prince Arthur, outside of La Cité.

Another piano at Prince Arthur and St Laurent was painted with a creepy face, which made me not want to play; plus the fact that this Chinese guy was playing all these crazy classical masterpieces really put me to shame.

Wandering Through India: Agra

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Ya Agra is one of the most iconic symbols of India and probably the most visited place in India since it is only a few hours way from Delhi. Agra as a city doesn’t have much to offer and is pretty dirty, but the Taj Mahal was just a beautiful piece of art that surprised me. I figured it would be…

One of the best travel advice ever. Be a better person.

Maybe the 9-5 formula isn't conducive to 'maximizing' brain power

Circulating around my friend Hartley’s workplace, this article discusses our brain’s “diffuse mode” and “focused mode”, with the importance of balance:

The modes are almost antagonistic and our brain shifts between the two constantly without us knowing. 

Don’t be overly driven - you’re too persistent and always in chop-chop mode that your prefrontal cortex is potentially blocking you to insights that you may otherwise have to solve a new, complex problem. 

Don’t be a procrastinator and mentally run a marathon in dash-style, you’re also missing out on the diffuse mode. 

Do make a conscious effort to work, take a break, repeat steadily over days/weeks.

Do (negotiate with your boss to) work from 9-2, then take a long walk for a long time - I guess alone or call a walking meeting for an hour - and call it a day.

Recently my friend Kal from tandemic posted a picture of a team meeting taking place where everyone is standing on chairs, that’s calling for motor regions of the brain to stay steady and all sensory regions to stay alert so basically your whole brain is doing acrobatics and that’s just the best idea ever.

When I was in elementary school, every day an hour before school ended the whole class goes outside to play kick-ball: baseball but with a ball to kick. That was the perfect way to end any day. No anxiously watching the clock for the bell to ring; instead no one wanted the day to end. Every work place should do this, just sayin’.

This is new in neuroscience news! Enclothed Cognition: the clothes you wear not only affect the way people see you, but also how you feel and act. 

I guess that sort of explains how crazy I was during university days - my outfits were too colourful and mismatched - then I graduated and joined the 9 to 5 and became pragmatic. During my traveling days I only had five outfits to choose from, so I became less of a princess, I think ;) 

Go to foreign countries and you will get to know the good things one possesses at home.

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (via travel-quotes)

I am a hunter of beauty and I move slow and I keep eyes wide, every fiber of every muscle sensing all wonder and this is the thrill of the hunt and I could be an expert on the life full, the beauty meat the lurks in every moment.

Ann Voskamp (via awelltraveledwoman)