Vietnam Trip

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Notre Dame Cathedral Ho Chi Minh

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Hand Painted key chain and photo frame at flea

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Decoration plants in awesome shapes. Couldn’t buy them due to import restrictions

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A couple in rain on the bikes. Haven’t seen so many bikes anywhere together.

No better way to start a travel post than by pictures. I had an absolutely memorable trip to Vietnam with Jessie. Totally last minute and abrupt.

Ho Chi Minh is a beautiful city. More vivid and developed than I thought and far less crowded than I was told. People are friendly except for some flea shop girls :-)

Its a mecca of cheap and good quality stuff. The make authentic duplicate items at throw away prices. Tommy Hilfiger T-shirts for $10! Crumpler bags at $25 all with 100% authentic material at Saigon Square.

Anuj Choudhary:

Original Sin, ideal for vegetarian :)

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Went to Holland V today for some work, we passed a street full of eating place, which is different from the crowded Holland V area. Then, decided to have lunch at Original Sin, a vegetarian restaurant serving western food.

Sitting next to the fence with rain falling on top

Tada!

Basilico

Close up shot of the Basilico

Veggie Lasagna

The food was really nice and so was the service. Not so crowded place as most people chose to sit inside. Overall, this place has been my new brunchin fav :)

Next week, I would love to try PS Cafe at Demsey

Xoxo

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Eatography 2nd week of April

Anuj Choudhary:

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Usually I eat out on weekend, actually everyday I eat out :D but weekend I go to nice “restaurants” to splurge on food. Because I love going to such places (of course, not denying) and I love taking food pictures. I do go out so often that my food photo collections are now definitely growing so fast. I upload all of them on my Pinterest and the number of “followers” keeps increasing so I have to catch up with that :D

From now on, I will update this blog at least once a week with my foodie pic (for the week). Excited!

This week, I went to Manhattan Fish market (again), ate a similar dish, small flame instead of small grill (fyi, small grill’s portion is a lottt bigger)

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Yummy as always. Loving the fish :)

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Sinful vanilla Chockie brownie. >.< (not my orderrrrrrrrr)

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The pomodoro technique

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Further to my quest of finding a good way to act upon your motivation( yes you can be motivated and still not doing anything) and converting your thoughts into actions.

Use the pomodoro technique( download instruction from their website) and combine it with any task management products like

Asana.com or
Producteev.com or
Remember the milk or
Pen, paper and a file :)

Use pomodoro.me for timer or

Search for “focus booster”
I am too lazy to put the hyperlinks but google them.

Simply by listing the tasks on a piece of paper as first thing in the morning and following it using a timer will do wonders to yours productivity and you will be proud of yourself, which in turn will make you feel happy and lead to more productivity!!!

Happiness and work can co-exist :)

That’s a thought worth wondering for a pomodoro :)

PS: if you hate the word pomodoro, just call them pomies or poms :D

The funniest physicist :)

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I haven’t read many biographies, but I am sure dick’s is one if the most fascinating ones. I will call it a successful life if I can have half the fun he had, 10% solidarity in character and a percent of his success in anything I do.

A story of a man of science full of mischief and life. He found his true calling in having fun and enjoying life. Always challenging his capabilities and overcoming his shortcomings in the most simple of ways. He gave everything his best shot and quite often came out victorious. He derived pleasure from the experience of doing something rather than kill himself for the goals.

As a man of logic and science, he believed in reasons behind doing things and looking for the best out of everything. In his brazilian experience he was able to define the deficiencies that plague our cog-in-the-machine Indian education system.

Before he delivered his last lecture, he had picked every single lock, worked on the first atomic bomb, championed getting laid at clubs, punched a son-of-a-gun on the face, played in rio dance fest and composed for belle, painted nude girls and sold the pictures in a gallery, metal-coated plastics, had out-of-body experience, got married thrice, had two great kids and won the bloody noble price( which he wanted to giveup as it will be a lot of bother)!

The most important of all would be his simple ways, respect for others, love of life and belief in eternal friendship. He was one of the greatest genius of his time and the biography reaffirms the fact that no matter how smart you are, it takes time and effort to figure things out. So, stop worrying and enjoy life.

Mr. Dick Feynman, I bow to thee.

Papillon – definite endurance and will power

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Do not give up and settle for anything less than you deserve. Sometimes, the society with kick you in the groins and throw you in the gutter. Fight back. If you feel society is selling shit to you, don’t buy it. Fight as hard as you can. Fight till you succeeded or die trying with your head held high. It’s a far better end than rotting yourself to death while cursing the whole society.

Papillon had to withstand very harsh circumstances to even have a chance of getting his freedom. Papillon had a rage of punishing the ones who sent him down the drain. That rage kept him going. He was ready to face the consequence of trying and failing rather than succumb to the fear of failure.

He tried, failed and suffered, tried again, failed again and suffered again, yet again and again until he succeeded.

There is something very important to be learned from this story that applies to even out daily lives in the current advanced society. Do not settle for anything less than you deserve or doing anything other than your hearts Desire. Don’t follow to herd. Don’t listen to your parents, peers, teachers, if they don’t listen to you. Define your motive and chase it with all the rage that you have. Don’t be afraid of failing. By not doing what you want you have already failed. There is only success in your way. You have to find your peace, and it doesn’t necessarily come with wealth.

It’s very important to be able to respect yourself and the only way of doing it is to achieve what you truly desire.