Switzerland, 2011

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Switzerland, 2011, a set on Flickr.

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what have I been up to?

Well, I nearly forgot I had this blog. On March 1, 2013 I started a video blog of sorts. I had seen a TEDTalk by Cesar Kuriyama where he explains his project of recording a second of his life everyday and putting it together into a montage. I really liked this idea, so I began my own video. Regrettably, I missed all of the previous adventures I had in Europe and around the US. But hey, I’ve got my whole life ahead.

Here’s the compilation from March 1 – June 7:

What else have I been up to?

More personal development! I’ve been attending Toastmasters International, various Meetup events, and reading a lot of personal finance and real estate investment books. Here are some recent ones that I’ve enjoyed:

Losing My Virginity by Richard Branson

I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi

The Art of the Start by Guy Kawasaki

Ahead of the Curve by Philip Delves Broughton

The Weekend Millionaire’s Secrets to Investing in Real Estate by Mike Summey & Roger Dawson

I got a professional Bachelor of Architecture from UT-Austin, so I’m trying to augment my design education by reading about investing and entrepreneurship. I have to admit I’m still only about a third into The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham. It’s so packed with information, so I find myself going through it one chapter at a time. Eventually I will finish it and then reference it now and again.

My friends have often asked me why I don’t read more fictions. Don’t these non-fiction books bore me to death? Well that might be the case if I wasn’t interested in the subject. But every now and then I like to read something like World War Z. I really enjoyed reading the A Song of Ice and Fire series, but book six won’t be out for quite some time. I still haven’t read The Lord of the Rings (but I have the book), so that will probably be next. At some future time I will start the Wheel of Time series as well, since I’ve heard good things about it. Mentioning these books reminds me of the Catalyst Project that I haven’t worked on in a while. Previously I had stopped working on the plot outline because I need a break from it, to come back later with fresh eyes, mind and ideas. Maybe it’s time.

Washington, DC

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Washington, DC, a set on Flickr.

I took a weekend trip to DC. I really loved it. It really does convey itself as the Capitol of the U.S. I had the feeling that I was walking through Rome in the days of the Empire (might be all that neoclassical architecture), with monuments everywhere, celebrating the heroes and leaders that shaped the nation. The metro system is the best I’ve been on (beats Paris and New York for me), but it is a small city with the entire wealth of the world’s #1 economy so it didn’t surprise me.