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    the Cezanne Study

    Throughout his life, Paul Cezanne painted numerous still life pictures. They were fruits on the table of disproportion. I don’t really understand his ideas ,but I love his color style.  This year I am going to study his still life pictures in depth. This painting was the kick-off. Hopefully, it would lead me to more and more oil painting in the future. I wish I was a regular oil painter but could never succeeded yet. 

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    How to liberate ourselves

    The entire universe has no meanings at al whatsoever. It is our own minds that give the meaning to everything. When nothing has true meaning, it follows that there is no fact in the world, either. Nietzsche once said there is no fact, only interpretations. We have been mistakenly regarded opinions as facts, and we torture ourselves as a result. So, when we no longer regard opinions as facts,  we are liberated. We no longer get mad when other people disagree with us. We stop trying hard to change other peoples beliefs. We then have time as well as energy to focus on improving ourselves.  We listen more to other…

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    I dare you to try Thai a-la-carte

    For those who have been to Thailand for several times, you might have been all too familiar with Pad Thai or Tom Yam Koong already. I suggest you try eating at a Thai a-la-carte (ตามสั่ง) food shop. This is where local people actually eat everyday (not Tom Yam Koong). Besides, it’s cheap and delicious. You can find Thai a-la-carte everywhere on the streets of Bangkok. Some of them are inside the building. Others are along the pathways. In case you are too concerned with hygiene, you can also find them at the food court inside the malls. In general, there are two types of Thai food shops. The first one…

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    Self-Actualization as a Life Goal

    According to a famous psychologist, Maslow, humankind have different levels of needs. The highest level of needs is to be self-actualized. In this regard, we can think of self-actualization as the ultimate goal of human life. The top of the mountain where everyone aspires to reach. At low level, people need foods, clothes, houses, cars and all material things. When people fed up with these physical stuffs, they aim for social status such as to be recognised, to be famous, to be part of a community. Beyond social needs, we want to be self-actualized, meaning to be able to achieve the full capacity of our potential and also help others…

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    I recently went to have my wristwatch repaired

    A month ago, my wristwatch stopped running. This watch needs no battery because it ran on motion power. Something must have gone wrong inside the watch itself. I bought this watch some twenty years ago out of my own savings, since I was just a graduate student. It was not an expensive watch. This was quite amazing for me to realize that the watch is still working up to recently. It turned out some stain accumulated inside the watch chamber over the years has caused some friction inside and interrupted the energy generation mechanism. So, it needs to be cleaned and one of the parts needs to be replaced. It…

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    Flow moments

    Flow is a term coined by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, a psychologist describing a mental stage in which a person is so engrossed with the task at hand that he or she loses track of time. People in flow moments report that they feel so happy. It is a kind of happiness that is so internal or even spiritual. Anyone who can experience flows as part of their jobs are so lucky, because they can be happy at work and they don’t have to seek happiness outside. Their jobs entertain them. For me, I often experience flow moments doing two types of work. The first is writing. I love to be in a…

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    The Life of Leo Tolstoy

    Leo Tolstoy was one of the greatest novelists of all times. I particularly love the simplicity of his writing style and the realistic aspect of his novels. Recently I have looked into his personal biography. To my surprise, I felt highly resonated with his private life. At the university, he got addicted to gambling. After graduation, he went to war and became so enraged with the degree to which the governments had control over the lives of their citizens, including sending them to war and die. He became an anarchist. Later, he got sick with the corrupted church and became an atheist as well. At one point, he realized that…

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    Live your life to the maximum

    Everybody will die eventually. There is no exception. This fact gives us despair. So, we have been pretending not to aware of death so that we can go on with our daily life without worry. However, there is also an alternative. We don’t have to fool ourselves we live forever. We can accept death at face value. We just have to learn that the fact that we feel despair about death is just a matter of opinion. It is just a viewpoint and therefore biased. Instead of thinking that we are going to die anyway, we can think that what  are left with is the rest of our lives. What…

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    What do Thai people actually eat for breakfast?

    When you ask Thai people what they normally have for breakfast, you will get a variety of answers. We don’t have a consensus as to what our national breakfast is, either. Some experts say we don’t even have one. Many of us skip breakfast altogether. When I think of a typical Thai breakfast, I think of a bowl of boiled rice or porridge, perhaps with minced pork or shrimps on top. However, I myself seldom eat them. Due to time constraints, especially those who live in the city, many Thais have to find something to eat on the way to work. Barbecued pork with sticky rice come to mind. They…

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    We were born to be happy

    Epicurus is my favorite philosopher. Although he lived in ancient time, his ideas are still pretty much relevant and applicable to modern lifestyles. For me, the core concept of his philosophy is that the purpose of life is for us to be happy while we are still alive. He argued that when we die, we do not exist. If we do not exist, we cannot feel. In other word, he did not believe in life after death. So, we should be focus solely on our present lives. He also held that before good and evil, there were only pleasure and pain. We feel that something is good because it gives…