Your memory will improve if you are able to practice a little meditation every day, withdrawing from the scattered mind. The conceptual mind that runs on thinking of good things, bad things, and so forth will get a rest. A little non-conceptuality can provide a much needed vacation.

~ H.H. the Dalai Lama

Craving seafood…

It’s snowing outside right now in Toronto, Canada. The Polar vortex has come back for another visit and the roads are a slushy mess!

This morning what I crave is some fresh fish. I love seafood. Lobster. Fish. Oysters. Clams. Mussels. Shrimps. Abalone. Crabs. You name it – I want them all if possible!

I don’t even want them overly spiced or flavoured. I enjoy them au naturel – maybe just a pinch of salt to bring out the flavour. Continue reading

Why visit Antarctica?! Reason No.4

The wildlife in Antarctica is abundant and precious. All of them are mesmerizing to me. From plankton to krill to albatross to penguins to seals to whales, they all live in a symbiotic relationship. I could just spend hours and days watching them go about their day.

One of the more entertaining animals in Antarctica are the seals. There are 35 species of seals in the world and only 6 of them live in Antarctica. The seal pups are adorable while full grown seals can be scary to be around. Continue reading

Spring time in New York City…

New York City has this incredible energy about it.

Maybe it’s because of the countless movies and shows filmed on location there or that the story is based in NYC.

Maybe because the Statue of Liberty was the landmark all those immigrants dreamt of seeing, decades ago.

Maybe because it’s the financial center of USA. Continue reading

I have a dream…

When traveling, sometimes I keep quiet and observe – people watch. Sometimes I want to participate and interact. Sometimes I want to communicate; listen and be heard.

From traveling I have met a diverse bunch of human beings. Not all of them are fellow travelers. Some are locals who have never been on a long distance bus, train or airplane – never left the town they were born in. Their background varies. Their age varies. Some inspires me. Some humbles me. Some makes me look at life from a different angle. Some distracts me and makes me stop thinking.

Regardless of the length of time we actually spent together – be it a millisecond or hours or days – I am grateful our paths have crossed. Continue reading