What is success?

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of the intelligent people
and the affection of children;
to earn the appreciation of honest critics
and endure the betrayal of false friends;
to appreciate beauty;
to find the best in others;
to leave the world a bit better
whether by a healthy child,
a garden patch,
or a redeemed social condition;
to know that one life has breathed easier
because you lived here.
This is to have succeeded.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Don’t take sides. Don’t be spoiled. Don’t gossip

“…Not to have sided with the Greens or the Blues [at the Chariot-races] or the gladiators with the long shields or short ones; to endure hardship, and have few needs; to do things for myself and not meddle in the affairs of others; and to turn a deaf ear to slander” – Marcus Aurelius
Marcus Aurelius is giving me goosebumps. In short, don’t take sides, don’t be spoiled, don’t gossip.

Look up at the stars

“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.”

-Stephen Hawking

Wine ambition

Enjoying the view of Duomo river before touring the port winery.


While Porto was beautiful and port wine sweet, it didn’t inspire me to enjoy wine like Paris did. There, I told myself I’ll make wine-drinking a habit when I get back to Kuala Lumpur.


So I went to Shakespeare and Co., bought and finish reading Jancis Robinson’s ‘24 Hours Wine Expert’. Yet I haven’t really explore drinking like she suggested. Oh, so many things to do, so little time!


#porto #portugal #throwbacktuesday #wine #resolutionnotachieved

Lonesome Tomato

This lone tomato plant managed to grew between two bushes of basil & survived long enough to produce a fruit 🍅

It’s now in my tummy. Oh, freshly plucked tomato is so sweet. I must plant more soon and make caprese!