003 晨跑新发现:科伦布市中心     A Morning Run Discovery: Colombo City 

就算只是在异地公干一两天,我也习惯带上跑步鞋去晨跑。这习惯让我发现科伦布 (Colombo),这城市的美。

入目所见,市容整齐,街道干净。不论是繁忙的都市大街,或是老旧的僻静小道,至少在我慢跑一小时所到之处,干净的程度不亚于新加坡,令人欣喜。斯里兰卡人在保持环境整洁方面的表现亮眼,令人刮目相看。

海岸就在市中心不远处。 沿着海岸线的步行道上的人虽然不多,但有老有少,有男有女,或是结伴,或是独行,感觉治安良好。

在步行道的尽头,有一片是狭窄的沙滩。没见人弄潮,因为印度洋的潮水力道强劲,告示牌写着不宜游泳戏水。只见几只不知天高地厚的流浪狗儿在沙堆上戏耍。

我深深地被这里的海浪给吸引了。它时而娴静,时而娇嗔,时而澎湃,像极了颇有性格的女子。

在步行道的另一端,我原以为只是钢骨水泥的建筑物,不料是火车道! 当列车沿着海岸线徐徐经过,真别有一番风味。

户外晨跑的习惯,让原本的出差公干更有意思,也更叫人起劲地开启一天的工作!

陈惠谦

 2017å¹´8月1至2日

 002 Fennel for healing        

Having read Sebastian Liew’s “From Leaf to Life”, I became intrigued with fennel as a herb and attracted to its said benefits of promoting intestinal well-being, relieving sinusitis , reducing uric acid and eliminating tiredness of the eyes.  Health concerns that I considered relevant to my body conditions.

Fennel is said to be rich in Vitamin A and many other antioxidants. Here are two types of fennel seeds I found in a regular vegetables stall in a wet market. I was asked if I wanted the big fennel (大茴香) or the small fennel (小茴香). Not knowing the difference, I bought both. Anyway it merely costed me SGD$1 for the two small packets.

I turned the seeds into fennel tea, simply by filtering with hot boiling water. Immediately, I recognised that fennel is a spice that is commonly found in Indian cuisine, an acquired taste that is not quite to my liking. Between the two types, I found the big fennel to be more palatable to my taste, having a stronger herbal taste than a spice.

Both fennels produce an immediate effect of relieving bloatedness, a condition I had to deal with after a colonoscopy check up two days ago. Also, I found that it is also effective in the producing a clean stream of urine shortly after drinking.

I was cautioned by a good friend that I should not brew the fennel in such a simplistic manner.  Her advice was not to drink the first brew and reduce the amount I used to just a small pinch. It seemed that like the way most teas are treated, the right thing to do is to fry the fennel seeds with salt before brewing.

That would be too troublesome, I thought. Perhaps, I should buy fennel tea off the shelves in the supermarket. I could not find it in Fairprice Finest and Unity pharmacy. Fortunately, it is available in Cold Storage, costing no more than SGD$6. 

There is no known side effects of fennel. Let’s see if I can share more of its benefits  in a month’s time from now. Meanwhile, if you have other useful information to share on your use of fennel, please let me know.

William W.K.Tan

1 Aug 2017, Tuesday

Written in Colombo, Sri Lanka

001 Living a life true to myself 忠于自己的人生 è‡ªåˆ†ã®æœ¬å½“に望む人生を過ごす

1. One of the top regrets of dying people, it seems, is to have lived a life others expected of them and not lead the life true to themselves.

2. 据说对将死之人,最大的遗憾之一,是为了顺应别人的期许而过了一辈子,错过忠于自己的人生。

3. 死にゆく人が人生で一番な後悔の一つは、他人の期待に応えようと生きて、自分の本当に望む人生を過ごさなかっただそうです。

Reflection

Admittedly, I am guilty as charged for not leading a life completely true to myself. To be true to myself, I probably have to rethink and make tough decisions about work and relationships.

But again, a bigger question is whether I have thought through what I truly want from life with clarity.

Without an answer to this question, it is a folly to commit a mistake of thinking “I deserve better” when what I should really do is to cherish the people and work opportunities I perhaps undeservingly have now.

It is a worthy thought to live life to the fullest without regrets, but it must not be used as an excuse to make selfish choices in life.

29 July 2017, Sat

William W K Tan