Having Fun Right Now

Another Family Planning to Travel the World!

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Singapore?

Singapore, and Malaysia in general, has always been on my list of go-to destinations.  Something about the look and feel of the city always mesmerized me – the vibrant colours are absolutely breathtaking.  Of course, there’s more than just the vistas that Singapore is known for.  The food – from hawker centres, to the rice dishes, Wall’s ice cream and the chili sauces are all high in my books.  Singapore has a vast history which tickles the dormant anthropologist in me (e.g., the Jackson Plan is interesting early racial segregation), while the growing pop culture scene is an exciting blend of religions, histories and cultures thanks to its sea port upbringing.  I’m not sure if Singapore will make it into our final travel plans, but hopefully it remains a contender.

Of course, I also just want to drink a Singapore Sling while listening to Tom Waits’ Shore Leave… in Singapore.  Luckily, there are travel articles detailing exactly where, and where not, to get your gin fix.

Anyway, the Internet has a vast expanse of reasons to visit Singapore.  But, for your enjoyment, here’s a beautiful video titled The Lion City II – Majulah by Photographer and filmmaker Keith Loutit that shows how much Singapore has been growing and changing over the past three years:

The above video is a sequel to The Lion City a tilt-shift video that apparently tackles the crushing heat of the city (maybe not the best video to prove why I want to go but the visuals are nicely shot):

1 Second Every Day

Here’s a different take on the round-the-world video.  In this one, a couple spends six months travelling the U.S., Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Australia, Japan and England.  The difference is that they filmed their adventure one second every day for six months which makes the jumps between shots both jarring and interesting at the same time.  It’s neat to see how much their travel changes in a matter of seconds.  Most of those countries are places we’ll be visiting, and some of the shots in the video are definitely things we want to do!

What Predicts Children’s Fixed and Growth Intelligence Mind-Sets?

I just read an interesting paper in the journal Psychological Science that shows a parent’s view of failure is more important to a child’s growth than the parent’s views on intelligence.  Specifically, the paper concludes that, “Overall, parents who see failure as debilitating focus on their children’s performance and ability rather than on their children’s learning, and their children, in turn, tend to believe that intelligence is fixed rather than malleable.”

In other words, it’s important that parents don’t let kids think that their minds are fixed (i.e., they can’t do better simply because of who they are), but rather can always grow and overcome their failures if they keep trying.

If you’re visual, like me, you should click on the following image from Carol Dweck’s book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.  It does a great job showing the difference between the two mind sets.

From Carol Dweck’s Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

Which one are you?

Just Sitting Here

It’s always amazing to see what others have accomplished in their lives.  Their amazing victories are out there for all to see – be it world travel, winning a gold medal or writing a book.  What we don’t see is all of their hard work, self-doubt and outright failures along their road to success.  This little comic from owlturd.com ends with a similar note – don’t just sit their and imagine, do it.  (Great, now I have Shia LeBeouf in my head).

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Inspirational Travel Video

I love watching these videos since it gives me a sense of what my family will be encountering during our round-the-world trip.  This one is of a couple that travelled to 17 countries in a single year.  Have a look and be inspired!

If It Were My Home

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in another country?  Well, wonder no more!  A website titled If It Were My Home attempts to compare your country with another in a wide variety of data points.   For example, here’s a small number of comparisons between Canada and Costa Rica:

If It Were My Home (Canada vs Costa Rica)

Of course, the comparisons can be a bit sketchy since we’re not only talking about averages within an entire country but also comparing statistics that are collected differently in different parts of the world (e.g., unemployment isn’t counted the same way everywhere).  Nonetheless, the site is an interesting look at the grass on the other side.

Life From Above and Beyond

Travel photographer Trey Ratcliffe created a beautiful short film titled “Life From Above and Beyond.”  In it, he uses three years worth of beautiful drone footage he’d taken from his amazing trip around the world.  The video is set it to Alan Watts quotes from the book Tao of Philosophy and to music by the always-wonderful Hans Zimmer.  An absolutely amazing inspiration for the sort of film I’d love to make after our family world trip!

https://youtu.be/0pokPdMxfWg

Run, Baby, Run!

Okay, not necessarily specific to travelling the world, but I thought it was a fun video that’s somewhat related to this blog — below is a 3D printed animation created 100% in camera, on location, with no green-screen or digital trickery involved.  Filmmaker Eran Amir makes a 3D printed baby run over water and sand on a beach, a main street in a small town, through the avenues of a city, over a bridge and through a market. The entire thing was created on-location in three months.  Amir also has a making-of video to show how the running effect was created.

Spine of the South

Here’s a destination for our travel wish list — the longest mountain range in the world, The Andes.  Below is a beautiful time lapse video by photographer Eric Hanson. Hanson took hundreds of thousands of photos during his seven month trip along South America’s Andean spine, capturing some awe-inspiring skies and landscapes from Ecuador to Patagonia.

No Excuses!

If I had a dime for each person who told me that they wanted to go back to school and learn something specific, but couldn’t because of the apparent cost, I’d have a whopping 95 cents on me (counting the nickels and dimes that were already in my pocket).  Well, now you don’t have an excuse.

The No Excuse List (http://noexcuselist.com/) gives you a variety of mostly free places on the web where you can learn almost anything that your heart desires.  The list includes categories ranging from cooking, art, music and languages.  Want to learn a particular topic in physics?  Head over to Khan Academy!  Want to learn Spanish?  Try Duolingo!  Or maybe you want to get into photography this year?  Then Cambridge in Colour might be your answer.  Check out the website and see what free things you could be learning right now.

We always complain that we don’t have enough time and money to learn new things.  Well, this solves the money problem.  What about time?  I dare you to try this out: at the end of each day for the next week, count the number of hours (in 15 minute increments) you spend watching TV, YouTube, Facebook, Reddit, playing solo games, etc.  Now imagine taking that time and converting it to learning a new language or other awesome life skill?  Who knows, if you set your schedule a little better and cut out digital distractions, by the end of the year you could be speaking nearly fluent Italian or making beautiful art in Photoshop!

What are you going to learn this year?

 

 

 

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