Tag Archives: Boston

What are our stories in autumn 2017?

This is part 1 of our autumn 2017 stories. On 20170813, I went for a medical test (a blood was drawn and I had to take a chest X-ray) for my work visa. Since their system has my fingerprints, I do not have to go for fingerprinting collection again. My sponsor paid for a fast […]

What is your checklist for flying?

I flew a lot in years 2009, 2010 (one of my flights made an emergency landing and I unexpectedly had the chance to visit the first Starbucks outlet), 2015, and 2017. As inspired by The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande, below is my ongoing checklist for flying. Buy the best (cheapest, direct-flight) tickets [1] Few […]

How to sleep anywhere and anytime when we need to sleep?

On 20161210, I would have only less than three hours of sleep in 24 hrs. This challenge has prompted me to seriously learn how to sleep anywhere and anytime when we need to sleep. Before that, I have faced many sleeping challenges. In Summer 2007, my sister and I slept at the Bangkok airport while […]

What are our dream home?

Nomadic is an adjective to describe my family and me. *** While I was an undergraduate student, I moved room yearly, desiring the more expensive single room because of a traumatic experience with my first year room mate who often disturbed my night sleep during exam period. Between 2007 and 2009, I moved many times, […]

How to overcome jet lag?

Jet set is pleasurable, but jet lag is painful. Both seem to come as a package of traveling across continents and time zones. Jet lag has caused my insomnia, and possibly a decrease in productivity, but I must be productive, creative and innovative in this life. It can take up to a day for each […]

How to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes?

At 20160527 night, I think I was first bitten by a mosquito in Singapore, a global hub [1]. Honestly, I felt worried and can only now pray that Little Princess will be fine and we need to prevent future bites by Aedes mosquitoes, active during daylight hours to dusk! My heart goes to every pregnant […]

How to win friends and influence people?

The first time I read the excellent work of how to win friends and influence people by Dale Harbison Carnegie was through a yellowish paperback book owned by now father-in-law. The lessons learned served me well as I embarked on my graduate study. Later, I bought the same book in bilinguals while I stayed in […]