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Gunung Datuk Rembau – First trek of the year

January 31, 2016 Leave a comment

 

 

Gunung Datuk Rembau is located in Negri Sembelan in the Seremban state of Malaysia.  I had started hiking in 2015 attempting the beginners hike of Broga Hill which is ~400m high.

Gunung Datuk Rembau at 800m (2900ft) is twice that and it was my first hiking trip of the new year.  The climb to the top of the summit took us almost 2 hours.  We started at 6:30 am in the morning.  To reach the summit, we had to climb vertical ladders and this is the most risky part of the climb.  The view of the clouds and the scenery from the summit is awesome.  You can catch the sunrise and a  breathtaking, birds eve view of Seremban from the summit.

I had carried only 1 litre of water and would recommend that you carry atleast 1.5 – 2 litres of water for such a hike.  Certain parts of the trek were challenging and we had to be careful with our step as we only have tree roots for support. This is a good hike for beginners as it has a clear trail to reach the top.

Along the trek you can hear some beautiful bird sounds and monkey calls.  We were a group of 32 people and we enjoyed the trek!

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Quote Me

January 29, 2016 Leave a comment

Do you have a favourite quote that you return to again and again? What is it, and why does it move you?

 

I love this quote because it reminds me that true beautyis in our inner nature and essence and we don’t have to seek for it anywhere. If we recognize this truth then our beauty will shine forth revealing the divinity that is hidden beneath.

 

Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in the mirror

Khailil Gibran

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2) http://captainjillsjourneys.com/2016/01/28/quote-me/
3) https://jdcgzm.wordpress.com/2013/01/04/daily-prompt-quote-me/
4) https://theeclecticeccentricshopaholic.wordpress.com/2013/01/04/daily-prompt-quote-me/
5) https://myvividvisions.wordpress.com/2013/01/04/my-lifestory-in-my-favorite-quote-ii/

 

Categories: Books

Learning style

January 18, 2016 1 comment

What’s your learning style? Do you prefer learning in a group and in an interactive setting? Or one-on-one? Do you retain information best through lectures, or visuals, or simply by reading books?

 

Reading books is the primary source of my information. In college I learnt in a group. The advantage of this method of learning is sharing, discussion and better understanding.

Today there is a wide range of information on the internet and self-paced learning is a reality. Moreover, higher institutions like MIT are also offering their classroom content free online. So there is no dearth of material for a keen student.

However, to really assimilate the knowledge that is learnt, one has to experiment and make mistakes.  This is the best way to imbibe knowledge and understand the fundamentals of a subject.   There is no substitute for ‘learning by doing’.

However, some content may not be verified to be authentic and one has to use one’s judgement when learning online.

Studying a new concept one-on-one is difficult as there is less room for questions and discussion. The most important requirement for learning is a blank mind with no preconceived judgements. This allows curiosity to flourish and questioning leads to better knowledge.

I have found that in a classroom there are children of all types. Some are relatively quiet and can listen. But there are children who are hyperactive and need active learning or exercises to stimulate their learning. So it is a challenge for educators to cater to a wide mix of students in a classroom and design the lesson so as to benefit everyone.

 

Other interesting posts in this category:
1) http://acookingpotandtwistedtales.com/2016/01/18/not-by-rote-please/
2) http://confessionsofasahmsite.com/2016/01/17/teach-me/
3) http://christinegoodnough.com/2016/01/17/lessons-everywhere/
4) http://teepee12.com/2016/01/17/binge-learning/
5) https://wyrewitterings.wordpress.com/2016/01/17/learnng-style/
6) https://allisonveneziowrites.wordpress.com/2016/01/17/learningstyle/
7) https://jottingsandwritings.wordpress.com/2016/01/17/daily-prompt-learning-style/
8) http://pavlostog.com/2016/01/17/learning-style/
9) https://fluffypool.wordpress.com/2016/01/17/how-to-feel-intelligent/
10) http://clearshave.net/2016/01/18/mixture-of-learning-styles/
11) https://awlscribe.wordpress.com/2013/12/08/daily-prompt-learning-style/
12) https://suestrifles.wordpress.com/2013/12/08/learning-style/
13) https://mandyblake95.wordpress.com/2013/12/08/learning/
14) https://yichinglin.wordpress.com/2013/12/08/playing-together/
15) https://mauldinfamily1.wordpress.com/2013/12/08/daily-prompt-learning-style/

 

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Now You See Me

January 14, 2016 1 comment

You have a secret superpower: the ability to appear and disappear at will.  When and where will you use this superpower? Tell us a story

Now, its awesome.. to be gifted with this superpower – the ability to make myself appear and disappear at will!

I would like to disappear from situations where there are arguments, anger, violence, hatred, gossip and other negative vibes.

I would like to appear near my loved ones, my family, my friends, ,my community who puts their selfish interests aside and work for the welfare of society.

I would also like to use this power to help the poor and those in need by doing surprise acts of kindness. I would also like to catch corrupt politicians and criminals red-handed using my superpower.

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1)https://nananettie1969.wordpress.com/2016/01/14/328/
2) https://myrandomlifeintexas.wordpress.com/2016/01/13/invisibility-superpower/
3) https://suestrifles.wordpress.com/2013/12/03/superpower/
4) https://paperdollsletter.wordpress.com/2013/12/03/read-at-peace/
5) https://jitterygt.wordpress.com/2013/12/03/pulling-a-rabbit-out-of-your/
6) https://mandyblake95.wordpress.com/2013/12/03/invisible/
7) https://crookedeyebrows.wordpress.com/2013/12/03/superpower-of-compassion/
8) https://victorsmind.wordpress.com/2013/12/04/now-you-see-me/
9) https://thatmontrealgirl.wordpress.com/2013/12/03/daily-prompt-evanescence/
10) https://breezesatdawn.wordpress.com/2013/12/03/fade-away/
11) http://robssurfreport.com/2013/12/03/hopping-madness/
12) http://hudleyflipside.org/2013/12/03/mockery-of-them/
13) https://shardsofsilence.wordpress.com/2013/12/03/atonement/
14) https://thebippityboppitybeautifulblog.wordpress.com/2013/12/03/e-v-a-n-e-s-c-e-n-c-e-photograph/
15) http://lifeisgreat0.com/2013/12/03/scary/

Categories: Books

Resolved

January 7, 2016 1 comment

Have you ever made a New Year’s resolution that you kept?

I believe that our life is not like rocket science where everything has to be planned and executed to perfection.  The fun is in the spontaneity.   But making some small plans and bringing them to fruition gives life some meaning!

In 2015, I did not pen down my resolutions but I did fairly well. First, the items that I accomplished:

  • Published a collection of my poems titled ‘Vibrant Vibes’ which is available in paperback on Amazon as well as an e-book Kindle edition. To-date have sold around 60 books.
  • Read interesting books like Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and Man’s Search for meaning by Viktor Frankl. I resolve to read atleast 10 books this year.
  • Active in Toastmasters and won the runner-up at the Area level Humorous speech contest but did not take up any leadership role
  • Volunteered with SGcares and Participated in Seagate’s Volunteer activity on AmCham day at FaithActs center
  • Played a lot of table tennis
  • Went for 2 hiking trips
  • Visited family every few months and made some trips with them.
  • Got a promotion on the work front
  • Went for ice skating and swimming

 

And the items that I have leftover are:

  • Travel to any new destination (other than India)
  • Read atleast 10 books this year.
  • Do some cycling and inline skating.
  • Publish another book
  • Get invited to speak at an event

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1) http://domesticatedmomster.com/2016/01/05/workout-wednesdays-jan-6-2016/
2) https://prachymohan.wordpress.com/2016/01/03/resolved/
3) https://zoelhernandez.wordpress.com/2016/01/01/new-years-resolutions/
4) https://jdcgzm.wordpress.com/2013/01/02/daily-prompt-resolved/
5) http://www.windchilde.com/bluedepth/2013/01/02/post-a-day-1213/
6) https://qtheadult.wordpress.com/2013/01/02/keeping-broken-promises-daily-prompt/
7) https://themercenaryresearcher.wordpress.com/2013/01/02/the-daily-prompt-resolved/
8) https://satiarenee.wordpress.com/2013/01/02/daily-prompt-post-resolved/
9)https://chikawithyeneyes.wordpress.com/2013/01/02/daily-prompt-resolved/
10) https://hopethehappyhugger.wordpress.com/2013/01/02/daily-prompt-resolved/

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