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Entry # 101 : Your Journey Starts From Where You Stand

  Proverbs are proverbs – they are well known and generally true. I remember this popular one back from my grade school days posted on a wall of our classroom. On a colorful text it says, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. In case you don’t know, it’s a bimillennial quote…

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The Sun is Rising, Seize the Day!

As most of my closest friends already knew, my full-time career as an engineer has recently lead me to a major crossroad. And now, after making some very tough decisions, here I am in Japan for at least one year to practice my profession. While for some, working abroad sounds very tempting, but for me, it means…

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An Endless Summer

One full year is composed of different seasons. Though it may vary depending on different locations, the seasons that we are most familiar of are spring, summer, autumn and winter. Summer is the warmest among these four. Summer doesn’t happen simultaneously across the globe. The earth’s hemisphere whose axis faces the sun receives a more direct sunlight…

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To Infinity, and Beyond!

In daylights, in sunsets In midnights, in cups of coffee In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife In five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes How do you measure, a year in the life? How about love? — from, Seasons of Love It’s the last day of 2014. And tonight, as we make the…

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Origins

This blog has been live for more than half a year now. And with the few hundred people it reaches, I got asked a few times how I came up with the name “The opeN Notes”. I actually haven’t given much thought about it. “opeN” is simply my nickname in reverse. If you know me…

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The Story of the Rambutan

  Kindness is universal, a language that goes beyond someone’s ethnicity, age, gender, social status, title or religion. My visit to Thailand last month turned out really great. There were a lot of good memories I’ll definitely be looking back to: the places I’ve visited, the people I’ve met, the food I’ve tasted and the…

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Why We Fall

To learn how to ride a bike, we must first fall, it’s a step in the process we can’t skip. While it is true that training wheels could help, at some point we will still get scarred and bruised. Eventually we are going to fall, it’s inevitable. Unless of course we quit and just walk.…

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Life Lessons Learned from Biking

Biking does a lot of things to you, it makes you stronger, keeps you fit, increases your mental power and it takes you places, for free. But aside from the obvious health and travel benefits, biking is a never ending source of learning. You get to hear stories of different people and you get to…

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A Philosophy of Balance

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving” — Albert Einstein What is your typical day? It’s 6 in the morning, you are awakened by the annoying sound of your alarm. Once again, it’s Monday, the start of another work week. You are too lazy to get out of bed,…