If you subtract ‘wealth’ and ‘love’ from the picture, what is happiness? This abstract concept we all understand but not all of us experience.
The Titan arum is a flower of epic proportions. It can grow up to 3 metres in height and is the largest (unbranched) inflorescence, or flower, in the world.
Happiness is: when you're in a fogou and the moss is phosphorescent! ...and when you say to some innocent ramblers "Get out. My fogou."
Most ‘Westerners’ who have been to the likes of Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar will tell you that the people there are more friendly, welcoming, generous and kind than the citizens of their home countries; and as I neared the end of my 18 weeks backpacking in India and South East Asia, I wrongly made a... Continue Reading →
In this modern world of over-connectivity, it’s a wonder we can lose touch with someone at all. I predict that it won’t be long before a permanent digital connection will be made upon the first handshake with anyone we meet and we will have to seek special permissions from the powers-that-be to ‘unsubscribe’ from this ‘service’.
Some are more fortunate than others when it comes to experiencing loss. If you’re lucky, in your lifetime you’ll bury your hamster, then your grandparents, then your parents and eventually a friend or two. If you’ve got it tough, death will show itself in the wrong order and you may have to face the grief... Continue Reading →