(No, I'm not here to debate free will vs predestination, nor establish my position on said paradox. But I am going to muse about it based on my own personal journey thus far.) Sometimes I wish I could just get up and go. All of a sudden and out of the blue, spontaneously pack my… Continue reading “In Accordance With His Will”… By Choice
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2ivHgTV-R4 What a legend. What an absolute legend. Just two weeks ago, Barry Gibb (sadly the only surviving Gibb brother), at the age of 70, rocked it out on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury 2017. He still has the magic touch. What a song. What a voice. What a falsetto. I grew up listening to… Continue reading My Childhood Soundtrack
Summer of 2013, Tokyo: one fine day in July, I was taking the train from Tokorozawa to meet the Wilson sisters for lunch in Kichijoji, transferring at Kokubunji station. As I was waiting on the platform, out of the corner of my eye—and also, in the blink of an eye—I saw an old lady hobbling… Continue reading Fight, Flight or Freeze?
Yesterday, I was browsing YouTube for videos to watch whilst eating lunch and ended up watching a Japanese variety TV show hosted by famous comedians Downtown. It'd been ages since I'd watched Japanese variety and it only took a few minutes to make me realise how much I missed it. Japanese comedy is highly idiosyncratic… Continue reading The Grass Is Always Greener On The Other Side…?
Tintin and the Black Island. The first comic I ever read when I was 6 after receiving it as a present from Aunty Doris. Here's a recent photo of my tattered but beloved copy 20 years later: It wasn't long before I completed my Tintin collection, then moved on to Asterix. Read a couple of… Continue reading “Graphic Novel Scholar”? Naw, “Comics Geek”
I don't really have an agenda. In fact, it's been a while since I've written anything without one. Whenever I post a Facebook status, I'm very aware of the 2200+ friends who might see it. It becomes less easy to post flippantly and more pressure to say something that will (hopefully) elicit a laugh or… Continue reading An Agenda