Saturday, December 31, 2016

I'm Learning Swedish!

I started learning Swedish in October this year and am actively using Duolingo as one of my study materials. I'll be jotting my progress as I go along (scroll down, please). I'm progressing really well and here's what Duolingo has to say...

This is a screenshot from my iPad on 29 Nov showing my fourth day streak (see orange flame on the top, left-hand corner of the pic). I'm playing the "Double or Nothing" which is an attempt to double my five lingot wager by maintaining a seven day streak.

My fluency according to Duolingo
1%: 24 November 2016
2%: 29 November 2016
3%: 29 November 2016
...to be continued.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

World Vision Sponsored Child Visit in Myanmar

Earlier this month, in the first week of November, I went to Pyapon in Myanmar to visit my sponsored child organized by World Vision Malaysia. It was one of the most amazing and fulfilling experiences in my life.

My boy, TZ, is 11 years old and in this picture, he's with his beautiful mother. He's such a dashing young man and also very intelligent. He wants to be a teacher and headmaster when he grows up. He's also a very good storyteller. The interpreter was laughing so hard when she tried to translate what was said into English. I asked him whether he read "The Four Foolish Men" (the title of his story) from a book or was it his own story, and he said he created it on the spot for me.


I told TZ I will be learning Burmese and writing to him in the language. My textbook, phrasebook and dictionary ordered from BookDepository.com have all arrived! 


I will be sharing more about this trip very, very soon. Meanwhile, do check out World Vision Malaysia, and perhaps, sponsor a child (or two) too!
Visit World Vision Malaysia

Friday, August 26, 2016

Podcasts I Listen To

I recently started listening to podcasts and I'm trying to make it a regular daily practice. I'm targeting to listen to at least three shows per day covering a variety of subjects such as innovation, technology, languages, books, photography, project management to name a few. Five reasons why you should make listening to podcasts a priority.

This week I've listened to the following podcasts:
HBR Ideacast #539: The Connection Between Speed and Charisma (26 August 2016)
Bill von Hippel, professor at the University of Queensland, on how the ability to think and respond quickly makes someone seem more charismatic.

HBR Ideacast #538: How Work Changed Love
(19 August 2016)
Moira Weigel explains how the changing nature of work has reshaped the way we meet, date, and fall in love. She's the author of 'Labor of Love: The Invention of Dating" and is completing a Ph.D. at Yale University.

PMI: Influencers - Part 1: New Perspectives
(7 June 2016)

Listen in to the beginning of this series on "PM Influencers" to discover new thoughts on increasing your PM effectiveness, told to us by professionals who are influencing PMs around the world through their thought leadership on projectmanagement.com.

BBC World Book Club: Tan Twan Eng - The Garden of Evening Mists (5 June 2016)
This month we're in The Book Lounge Bookshop in Cape Town, South Africa and talking to the  Malaysian novelist Tan Twan Eng about his Man Asian Literary Prize-winning novel, The Garden of Evening Mists.

The haunting tale, set in the jungles of Malaya during and after World War II, centres on Yun Ling, the sole survivor of a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp in which her sister perished.

Driven by the desire to honour her sister's memory through the creation of a lush and sensuous garden Yun Ling falls into a relationship with the enigmatic Japanese gardener Aritomo and begins a journey into her past, inextricably linked with the secrets of her troubled country's history.
World Book Club invites the globe's great authors to discuss their best known novel.