Skip to main content

Posts

Some Good Books To Wind Down The Day With

Here are some great books that are good for relaxing the mind before bedtime.Visions of Japan by Kawase Hasui. This guy was a genius who created hundreds of stunning woodblock paintings of rural Japan back in the old days. Guessing he travelled like crazy and mostly on horseback.  Pretty sure Toyota wasn't around back then. If you're not familiar with his art, google his name for some amazing prints. I have them all over at home and even as my phone's wallpaper.
Leave the concrete jungle behind! The River Cottage Cookbook.  HF-W is a hero of mine (and Tim Ferriss as well). Briliant UK TV series on sustainable living in the countryside (smallholding) Beautiful book with amazing recipes and updates about his projects and the evolution of River Cottage. Only disturbing thing happens in the TV series: slaughtering the livestock after feeding and petting them and playing with them and bonding for months.  I'd go ovo-lactogetarian or something...
KL - A sketchbook. Always had …
Recent posts

Stocks I Invest In

*Disclaimer: I'm not a professional trader and am not advocating or recommending any stocks. Trade at your own risk.When we reduce distractions, unecessary expenses and useless material things, our savings and cash flow will increase. So, how to invest that money in order to maximize returns?For me, I don't really trade actively, but prefer do some medium term investing in a few companies. Here are the stocks I'm holding right now (currently all Malaysian stocks traded on the KLSE):Aeon Credit
Provides microfinancing for small purchases, usually household items all the way up to motorbikes. This is helpful for fresh grads, small business owners or rural households who may not have access to credit cards or bank loans. Of course, a lot of millenials are also using these facilities to fund their latest gadget or smartphone purchase, which could be very very bad for their personal finances in the long-term.MYEG
Provides electronic services for government related transactions.…

30 Day Challenge #1 - Updates

Recap: 30 day challenge of eating no sugar or white carbs and no missed workoutsThe first 12 days went almost perfectly.  I ate mainly meat, fish & veg. Had light meals and some fruit in the evenings.  I went from 86.9kg to 83.5kg - a 3.4kg weight loss.  Training was basically a daily 5 minute HIIT workout but I managed to get two 4km runs in there as well.The next 12 days were a disaster. During the Chinese New Year family gatherings I ate a lot of rice and noodle. There were about a half dozen beers and cider in the mix as well.I also missed every single workout after that. There have been many work related projects and CNY events to deal with and I've been pretty burnt out. Of course, these are just circumstances that are shared by almost everyone who has a full-time job and kids (and I don't even have kids!). Life gets in the way, and sometimes it ain't easy.  I make no excuses for failing. Knowing that I screwed up big time and I have to do better next time, the 3…

Everything we know about addiction is wrong?

What if everything we thought about addiction was wrong? This is an informative talk by Johann Hari that made me think about my addictive and unconscious behaviors, the worst of which is probably spending hours surfing the internet aimlessly.

I know, he's a disgraced former journalist due to plagiarism. But there's stuff to be learnt here despite the fact that he dismisses chemical hooks being a source of addiction.

Here's a summary of my key takeaways from his talk:

Chemical hooks may not always be responsible for addiction. Accident patients are given diamorphine while recovering in hospital, but don't get addicted. Grandmothers don't get addicted after hip replacements.  During the Vietnam war, it was estimated that 20% soldiers were using heroin, but when they came home, they didn't need rehab or experience withdrawal symptoms. 90% just stopped using drugs.

Rat experiment:
Scientist places a rat in a cage and provides two types of water - plain water & …

The secret to a meaningful life...

Some simple rules to improve your quality of life:Have at least 20 minutes of face to face conversation with:1. Your spouse or partner - every day
2. Your siblings and close friends - every week
3. Your parents, grandparents and mentors - every monthJust take the time to catch up, update each other, gossip and chit-chat about life.If distance is an issue, Facetime works too.Because the secret to a meaningful life is more meaningful relationships.

About

My name is Leonard Lee and I live with my wife and 3 cats in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  A former national chess player, I was selected to represent the country decades ago but pulled out to focus on studies (not that it helped my grades much).In college I started playing football (soccer) and would continue to play the beautiful game until a couple of ACL injuries required surgeries, and I was convinced to quit contact sports.Since then I've done some aikido, running & biking.  Have finished 2 Olympic distance triathlons and am hoping to complete a full Ironman someday.Have never posted good times or improved my aikido due to being overweight for most of the past decade.  No excuses here, lack of discipline and impulse control really adds up over the long-term.My life changed when earlier this May I was diagnosed with testicular cancer (pure seminoma).  When I felt the initial swelling I actually joked that I was following in Lance Armstrong's footsteps, but then that soon t…

Thoughts About Work

It's Monday again, and back to the weekly grind for many of us.  Do you get excited about getting back to work or do you countdown to the next weekend?I personally don't know too many people who have full-time jobs that they're happy or passionate about.  It's also tough being a fresh graduate in these economic times, with student debt, high stress work and low starting pay. Many opt to forego money and pursue their startup dreams. Neither road may offer much security in this day and age.Recently I heard someone on Tim Ferriss's podcast mention something worthwhile:
No matter how tough or unpleasant your job or business is, think of it as performing a crucial function in your life: character buildingIt helps me get through the week, more often than anyone knows ;)Updates: Day 2 of the 30 Day Challenge #1 is going well.  Avoided rice/noodles and did a short run yesterday.