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Read More Books!

I love to read books since I was young, over the years growing up from primary, secondary, pre-tertiary, universtiy days, I read a variety of books. Somehow, once I entered into working life, I read less books although I picked it up again when I was in the financial advisory industry. Technology, internet and social media have reduced our time reading books, our attention time span has dropped tremendously.

That is something that keeps me reading, although on a lesser basis compared to my school days, it’s my writing/blogging on my photography/travel website/blog and my personal/technology website/blog. Accumulating my mileage of articles posted on both of my websites/blogs, I grew to unearth and self discover my journey in writing.

Packed with various genres of books from personal development, photography, travel, science fiction, Star Wars, National Geographic, non fiction history. Each and every book had some influence on my writing. Some of my biggest writing/books influences would probably be National Geographic Magazine, the little book of ikigai, Fernando Gro’s bookNo Missing Tools”.

In the year 2016, probably one of the most difficult years that I have ever faced in my life, I went back to reading different genres of books to get myself back on track, climbing my way up and out from the rock bottom. From 2016 till 2018, I added a few different books along the way, I am still finding interesting books to buy and keep! There was an article written by Michael Simmons, titled “The Way You Read Books Says A Lot About Your Intelligence, Here’s Why”. Based on the number of books that I have currently, I can and I am able to relate to the above article!

It’s time to read more different books, for self improvement, better knowledge and writing skills, than to get suck into the social media circus, too much complaining, too emotional draining, it’s getting more unhealthy and I need to reduce my time on it. I want to use social media in a more meaningful and useful way without abandoning them, due to the needs of modern social media marketing, digitial marketing, content marketing, publicity and awareness, using social media is an important channel in the current world we are living in.

At the most recent reading event, Read! Fest 2018 organised by the National Library Board, with this year’s theme “The Pursuit of Happiness”, I keynote lecture : How to be a modern travel writer in the age of Twitter and Instagram by Robert Twigger. His sharing was inspiring and encouraging, I wrote down his sharing and pointers on travel writing inside my travelers notebook.

One of my long term personal goals is to publish my own books and one of the books that I would like to publish are on my travel stories, adventures and explorations, through my collection of photographs that I took over my various travel adventures. I am still seeking, finding and working on this personal writer’s journey of mine.

Searching for more books on travel writing and hope to publish my travel book one day, on Hokkaido seeking ????, Komorebi and climbing up the mountains range with a “I am on the top of world feeling”.

Time to read more books! Time to push myself and create my own lasting legacy with my photographs, writing and books!

Seeking my own Ikigai

At the start of the year 2018, I shared and wrote on the changes that I wanted to make for this new year 2018 and setting my goals for year 2018, after reflecting on my year 2017. On the 10th January, the day it was marked as “Another year older (Again) in 2018”, I promised myself that I wanted to get a book on that particular day, a personal goal for myself. I wanted to buy a particular book on that day since it’s a milestone day for me. I went to Kinokuniya Bugis and it was out of stock, I was determined to buy it today and I went Kinokuniya Orchard and I managed to buy it!

A new book – The little book of Ikigai : The essential Japanese way to finding your purpose in life by Ken Mogi. This is going to be a significant moment, one of my goals for year 2018, finding my purpose, finding my direction, seeking a balance in the force.

On that day, 10th January, I started my personal journey of exploration, seeking my own Ikigai (????). Googling for the diagram representing Ikigai, I found a common diagram of four circles, intersecting together. Although it was useful, easy to use and explain, I was looking for something more therapeutic and closer to my heart. In the midst of my Google search, I discovered some gorgeous landscape photographs with the word “Ikigai”.

At that moment, I knew how I wanted to share on my journeys seeking my own Ikigai, through the landscape photographs (most likely using the monochrome landscape photographs) that I took in Hokkaido, Japan.

Flipping the little book of Ikigai, there was a note to the Reader (that’s me!)

The Five Pillars of Ikigai

Pillar 1: Starting small

Pillar 2: Releasing yourself

Pillar 3: Harmony and sustainabiliyy

Pillar 4: The joy of little things

Pillar 5: Being in the here and now

My personal journey of Ikigai exploration and discovery has started; I am finding my own Ikigai.