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life is free

25 Jun

Everyone complains about anything they can and say nothing is free. Think again, are you sure nothing in this world is free? Can you think of anything in your life that was free and you didn’t have to pay a single cent for it? I can think of one very important thing. It has four […]

via Quote 17 — Chaotic Shapes

we all know of the saying, nothing in life is free… but life itself is free. it is a gift bequeath by our parents. 

an idle life

31 May

london 4.53pm 22.2C cloudy wednesday 2017

yesterday, i had a really long sleep. went to bed at about 9pm and slept till about 9.30am this morning. hmm, it is rare to sleep for 12 hrs and i really love it. so restful.

and that is why i did not blog yesterday. not that there was anything to say haha. i went to sainsburys and bought a chicken just to make a curry out of it to try out the  curry pack that i bought recently. hmm, not enough chili in it, so i shall add chili powder next time. i do like a spicy hot curry.

today is also the same, uneventful. and very peaceful just enjoying the day and having no plans, or obligations. i have a feeling many people get a bit restless, anxious , if they dont have anything planned. they cannot handle a day when there is nothing they need to do. just sit back and enjoy it.

but i think many get really stressed about it, feeling they are missing something, or that their life is not exciting enough, or they are wasting their life, that they are stagnating. it seems to me that society has imprinted this into everyone’s minds. society frowns on an idle life.

olden days

18 May

london 5.57am 9C cloudy/sunny thursday 2017

interesting things that the internet can throw up. i had this posted by twistedsifter on my wordpress reader. a carved lion from a single tree trunk, and may be the longest such carving. the previous holder was this carved tree trunk depicting the scenes in a famous chinese scroll painting featuring scenes along the river during ching ming. and it led me to see the wikipedia entry showing the scroll and it is possible to enlarge it and see it in great detail… something which i would imagine is quite difficult to do with the original scroll. there seem to be a lot of commerce going on, with people buying and selling, and transporting stuff, and also a lot of restaurants with tables set out for customers to eat. in fact there is no scenes of people eating or cooking in their own homes…it would seem all the buildings lining the river bank are commercial buildings no private housing at all. maybe the old days are not so different from nowadays where commerce will take over the river banks and only the rich can afford to build housing with water views.

Ching ming is when people clean the graves and happen around 4-5april. interesting that in the scroll all the trees are bare of leaves. and this is in april, does it mean winter lasts till then in the old days? (more likely that city is quite far north and so winter is later there) and no scenes of anyone cleaning graves in that scroll painting. it looks like any ordinary day in fact…nothing special to distinguish it as ching ming. makes u wonder why it was titled a day in ching ming. (i know they spell it with qing ming. but i really cannot pronounce anything beginning with q. and for that matter anything with x either. ) for an english speaker, the q is pronounced like que, as in queen, queer, queue. so qing would be pronounced quing. i wonder who first determines the transfer of chinese words into the alphabet. to introduce x, q, is crazy.

its a nice life being retired

4 May

london 11.09am 12C cloudy thursday 2017

yesterday was a cloudy day, so i stayed in all day, and felt sleepy at about 8.30pm and thought i shall just take a short nap, but when i next woke up it was 3am, and noticed simon sleeping next to me. he must have  come back from essex. at least i thought he went yesterday and i thought he would be gone for a few days, as he tends to do when his work shift allows him. but i dont really know his schedule of work, so he might have gone to work and it might be this shift is a long 10hour shift, who knows really…  

this morning, i woke to find he has gone. i am glad he did it so quietly that it did not wake me up. not sure if this time he has gone to essex, leaving before the traffic charge imposed by us being in zone one kicks in at 7am. i must say i dont bother to keep up with his work shift patterns, that way i dont have to worry about him. i always believe a person must be free to go and come whenever he likes.

 my friend john had gone too, back to the usa. i think he enjoys staying here, because i dont place any restrictions on him about when he comes or goes. and he is not expected to tell me what he is doing either. haha. i am very easy about these things. 

 anyway i went online for about an hour after i woke up  and then went back to sleep and woke up now and it is about 11am. what a nice long sleep i had. very refreshing and i can do it because i dont have any appointments etc anymore. isn’t it great? one of the joys of retirement. and one of the joys of not needing to work.

in case u think i must have a big pension, to be able to afford it, i can tell you it is not necessary to have a lot of money to retire. so many times we hear of financial experts saying u need a large pension pot to be able to sustain the lifestyle u are used to. but i say you will not want to live that kind of lifestyle u had whilst working. the travelling, or spending. like me , you might find you dont fancy doing those things or buying those things anymore. those who lie awake worrying about it can rest easy. my own experience tells me there is no need to have a large amount of money to live a happy retirement.

though i must make one caveat, you must be living in the uk after retirement. this is because u have the nhs. and if u receive your pension in £s , then at least the exchange rate wont affect u too much. as people retiring in europe now realise, the drop in the exchange rate can affect their income significantly. of course the £ could go up too, but i think i can predict that the trend is a lower £. it is traditionally the only way a country can offset its overspending. by letting the value of its currency slowly drift down. you might say that is cheating its people but it is a way of collectively allowing everyone to pay for it. haha.

though not businesses, because they can raise their prices and maintain the profit. i have noticed that in this system the companies gain a lot , they never have to pay inheritance taxes, and they can find lots of ways to offset tax. and what is more they are subjected to a fix rate of tax, the business tax of 15% or so. and likely to go down too. unlike personal taxes that can go high to as much as 50% or more, if u include national insurance. the playing field is skewed towards companies and businesses.

it pays for any rich person to make himself into a business. i can foresee a time when there wont be any rich person as such. he will be a family business. and all the sons and daughters will be named as beneficiaries of that company, maybe with shares to it. or with trusts created for them that will ring fence the amount of tax they pay.

but as for us individuals , we continue to enjoy our lives because wealth is not a big factor in how much u enjoy it. once u reach a certain point in income, your happiness does not increase in proportion after that. if u still think it does, i hope u do find out one day that it does not and that u can be very happy even though u dont earn a lot of money. 

added. of course i just realise that your idea of retirement may be entirely different to what u read here about what i do. to you, what i am doing may be a living hell . haha. looking at what i do, it is not a lot. a lot of things happen in my mind. i have long ago stopped measuring my life by how much and how many things i do or see or how busy i am. to me being busy is hell… to have every sec on my life accounted for and planned for is hell. but maybe not to you. to have nothing planned or to have no goals may be hell to you. in which case of course my kind of life will not be for you. 


a good word for celebration

12 Feb

london 4.53pm 4.4C cloudy sunday 2017

rather nice of sainsburys to give us all a bit of light relief, with this gift for valentine’s day.

i think i can see how these marketting ploys can make it useful for people to find things to do and make their lives filled with something to celebrate. hence we have this coming valentine day for lovers; other countries might fill it with saint’s days so make it link to a religious figure, and it might be practically every month has some saints to commemorate and so an excuse to feast or run up a procession. it punctuates the existence of their lives with celebration. and it allows each month to be sprinkled with special days that lifts them above the normal.

its quite a good ploy to mark a special day and make life for everyone a bit more interesting. anniversaries are another way to make a day special. food days are also another ploy. like the coming pancake day. it is joined up with a religious day, called shrove tuesday. its the day before the start of lent. and it has shades of mardi gras. (fat tuesday) . maybe in other countries it is called mardi gras. who knows really. but both celebrates the last day u can feast and indulge yourself before lent brings in fasting etc. you might call it the christian equivalent of ramadan. but it does make for variety in the year, breaking it from being just day in and day out of monotonous existence for people.

if it gets people buying and consuming, so much the better for the economy and the merchants. its a good excuse to persuade people to consume. and consumption is the bed rock of our economy really. it literally makes the world go round.

for eg,i see on the tv, lidl advertising 12 roses for £3. at this time of year , roses are not in season, and no one normally would be buying them. but hey, we have a day when it is nice to give it to a loved one and though spending £3 wont break the bank for an individual, but when these individuals add up to many, many doing it,  it can be a life saver for the florists and people involved in their production and their livelihood. it may well sustain a large proportion of their families and relations and friends that get the bounty that spreads from it.

sigh, it is just having something to do. really. it kinds of reinforces for me my theory that life is just trying to amuse yourself and find something to do in that interval between being born and dying. being alive and coming into existence really is the only thing. it is so amazing, many dont realise it. life is amazing. just being born and having life is the pinnacle of life. after that it is all downhill really… haha. in a manner of speaking. by that i mean nothing else to do after that but  just spend it enjoying it from then on.

it is 11.07pm 6.3C now. this post has taken that long to write, because i went to bed and slept in between. haha. 


new cooker

18 Dec

london 3.56pm 8.3C sunday 2016 fog

the new cooker has arrived. it has a ceramic top, double oven, with grill in the top oven, and have a fan in the bottom one. no timer though. and it is narrower. brand is miele milano e50. i have googled miele, it seems to be a pricey brand. this one costs £250 which i could not find online at all. simon bought it from argos. i forgot how long my old oven lasted, simon said it was here when he first came to the flat when we first met. that was 2000. so that oven has lasted me about 15yrs, which is not too bad a time. i have lived here for 25yrs and so far this is my third cooker.

and it seems simon has got the buying bug. he tells me he tried to hoover the kitchen and said the two hoovers i got did not work. well, one is good for hoovering, the other is good for hose vacuuming… but he would not know that and so he thinks they dont work. so he says he went and ordered a new one. !! 

ah well, i suppose it is nice to have new stuff that works fresh instead of second hand. simon does not believe in recycling stuff. he is typical of a lot of people really. they all like new stuff… new is king. ah well, we are now doing our part to keep the modern economy running haha. we are becoming consumers. does married life make people more consumers? i wonder? it certainly seems to have affected him. 

well, it is a fact that if u are on your own you can live a more simple life. at least that seems to be so in my case. now that we are a couple, i just hope simon will settle down and stop buying new stuff.

but generally my life is beautiful and serene. 

i dont even know how to pronounce that brand name.

good habits

10 Dec

london 9.53am 13.4C cloudy saturday 2016. its really mild weather we are getting now.

i check my daily usage of electricity everyday by reading the meter and noting it down. this morning i was puzzled when i found we had used 7.3 kwh for yesterday. usually we use 2-3kwh a day.

the night before at about 11pm i took a reading and so comparing it with the reading this morning i could calculate that it seems we have used 3kwh overnight. i thought simon had come back from his shift work and did some cooking. or someone is stealing the electricity. then i saw the meter wheel whirling like crazy, whizzing around like mad. some gadget is using a lot of electricity. then i noticed it in the kitchen. the little top oven was set at 150C. and the light to show it is on is lit up.i immediately switched it off.

 the trouble was the marker on the dial is the same colour so it is difficult to see it moved from its usual top position when off. it seems simon had left it on when he left last night to work. and it had been on all night. switching itself on and off . that is why i did not notice it when i was in the kitchen last night. i was doing the laundry.

(i had a clue to this last night because i took a reading at about 11pm, and it was high. it was 4kwh used.  it should have alerted me to it. but i thought it was simon’s cooking… he does use up a lot of electricity when he cooks, and i had been doing the laundry too so it could add to it).

when the oven is off the light goes off too, and there is no way of noticing it. hmm, so i took a red marker pen and dotted all the cooker control buttons. that would make sure i notice if they are out of alignment and can know if anyone of them is on.

it makes me wonder if all those old people who keep saying they cannot afford the electric bills, or gas bills, may have inadventently left their appliances on all day. i know i am forgetful. and it seems simon is too. and even a person as alert as i am to these things can find it happening.

 (once i found the grill on, with the oven door closed, and was only alerted to it because it gave off a strong smell of burning. simon has forgotten to switch it off and closed the front oven door on it. when grilling we use the top oven, and u are supposed to keep the oven door open for that. lucky i was in and even then i was about to go out when i smelt that burning smell… because simon had gone to sleep). i mentioned it to him and i thnk that might be why he used the oven function instead . which turns out to be quite a good thing, at least the oven being on is part of its function. all we waste is electricity instead of getting  a fire.)

i must tell him to use the timer function everytime if he uses the oven. that way even if he forgets to switch it off, the timer will do it. i think if we all create good habits, like always use the oven timer, it might not be a bad thing. good safety habits pays off in the long run, because it will cut off accidents before it happens.

u hear of the phrase, an accident waiting to happen. well if u keep doing those bad habits behaviour, ( and u might not even be aware of them) maybe 9 out of 10 times u can get away with it, but u just have to come to the 1 in 10 and its curtains for you.

this reminds me of bad habits that cyclists or motorists do when they are on the road. and when i see it i say to myself that person is on the road to death . one day death will catch up with him/her.

i saw this woman with long white hair, on her bike and she just cycled across the road to the other side without looking back even. i can guess that she think she is cycling in the middle of the road, so no need to look back as everyone should be able to see her. a very false premise. she wasn’t in the middle of the road but to one side… any car could have lots of space to overtake her, and would as she never signaled even that she wants to cross the street… i think if she had developed a good habit of signalling wiht her hand everytime, nevermind looking back, because looking back and needing to twist the body to do so might be too much for an old person… just signalling without looking back is sufficient to warn anyone behind her not to overtake as it signals her intention clearly. i remember exclaiming in shock when she just cycled across in front of the bus i was in, i was sitting in the front on the top deck and got a clear birds eye view; without looking back or signalling, and mentally thinking that women will one day die from this.

anyway one day i read in the papers that she got involved in an accident on her bike and died. it was quite a few years since that time i saw her . so even with that bad habit of hers she survived quite a long time. living on borrowed time i think. most drivers saw her and avoided her, so that she lived in spite of herself; until that one time when a driver did not see her. 

the papers were as usual full of condolences and shouting out for more bike lanes and ‘something must be done’ sort of call … but i was secretly thinking well all those times when she did not cultivate a good habit of signalling her intentions may well have contributed to her death. the sad thing about it was no one told her about it, (we who see the near misses could not have stopped her and told her about it), and she obviously never saw the abrupt braking of the traffic behind her and the avoiding action and the near misses she generated and so she carried on without realising she had been dicing with death . 

you hear of cyclists  always complaining  it is impatient drivers honking them. let me say to the cyclist who think they are so good that if they constantly hear squealing brakes and curses following them, it might be their bad habits that is causing this, and the cyclist is not aware of it. heed them and examine your behaviour…the life it saves may be your own.

good habits are so important to cultivate and make a part of you so u do it without needing to think. it can save your life.

Digital StillCamera

i think it rather bad design that the knob marks are so invisible. now i have red marked them , i hope that kind of accidentally  leaving them on wont happen.