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Culture, Community, Country

In a world of increased mobility, do you feel if your country is the same as your culture, if your goverment synchronises with your personal values, if your religion or language remains part of the national tapestry and if your citizenship is your ethnicity?
There are still homogenous demographics remaining within several nations, despite the rise of multi-cultural diversity in Western societies and the historical mixing of different races within countries formed from the legacy of colonialism.
Thailand, Japan, China, both North and South Korea, Russia and Latin American nations have a high degree of having a shared spoken and written language, which further strengthens their sense of cultural heritage. Thailand is perhaps the only non European country in the world to be not subject to colonialism.
In terms of having less diverse populations, Japan does stand out due to their de-emphasis on accepting migrants and their geographical nature of being a string of islands. 
In contrast, Austra…

Reflections

The water supply to my neighbourhood was cut off unexpectedly last night. This unplanned event had several of my neighbours talking to each other. Not that they do not in otherwise normal circumstances. There was a Sydney Water website live update on this supply interruption, but it was more fulfiling with chat amongst the neighbours.
Have you ever written a letter to your Prime Minister?
When was the most recent time you gathered with family or friends just to talk of happy things?
Do you have a chill out from screen time regularly to admire Nature, smell the roses or dabble in some artistic pursuit?
Does it really matter if you did not know about significant happening in news from the media?
How did you stay in touch with your mates before apps like Facebook?
When was the last time you walked with your pet to the beach?
What is the most impressionable thing that gives a glow in your heart, despite the clutter and rush of contemporary routine?
How was your walk doing nothing today, and yet w…

Selective Reasoning

Selective reasoning....
My cause is more important than yours. I hurt more as a victim than other clamaints.The masses cannot do this due to breach of institutional and constititional laws, but the most powerful in the land can do anything.
We have to accept collateral damage for the greater good of our nation. Read: We can sacrifice the small fry to protect the big man, me, the one in power.What happens in state election outcomes does not apply to the national level, due to state issues.
What happens in state election outcomes will be echoed at national level elections, it is a warning sign.
Research can produce engineered outcomes, as long as we do not detail the sample size, pre-existing conditions, test limitations and who really sponsors the activity.I shall dish out my advice which is good for you, but I will not in practice follow what I say to you when I face the same situation.
To distract the masses within your own disrupted nation, make negative accusations of foreign leaders an…

The Past Twelve Months

CHRISTMAS 2018 Reflecting beside the lapping waves of a remote bay…….
It has been a year different from others, but yet rewarding and eye opening.
I have had an opportunity, albeit unexpected, to look more into my inner self, clear the decks of past practices, letting go of temporal distractions and enhance my appreciation of life.
The mind and the heart synchronized better, like the stars in an alignment to reaffirm and learn more important things.
Time is relative and the passing of time by itself, a man made concept.I got more in tune with my biological clock.I realized how much more our body can heal itself, how our potential is much unutilized, to avoid inflammation (in the widest meaning of the word) and to savour oxidation( in all implications of the word).
Some things are never done and seem repetitive in a cyclic process, but it does add to the transformation.Other things are done once and we move on.Some things will never be and others yet can be “Why Not?”
To break free, I woke up …

The State of the Barista Coffee Business

There are single origins and blends. Is the Australian retail coffee sector waiting for a shake up, more innovation and a less fragmented industry framework?
It is reported there are at least 650 micro coffee roasters for a nation with a population less than that for the greater Tokyo region.
The retail coffee business is said to be only growing at 5 per cent per annum. More players are entering an already crowded field that is crying out from a possible bubble. Some apply social media to enhance marketing and presence in a competitive field.
If you are a barista cafe owner, do you still depend on early morning turnover and the brunch margins? Labour costs make you think twice of offering cuppas at midnight, like they do in Asia. The multi business model of having a licensed bar on your rented premises is attracting customers, but it depends on which market you are operating in.
Coffee beans are a commodity in world trade and are subject to the vagaries and volatility of supply and prices…

Social Media Addiction and Downside

It is scary. The three apps I most often use are Instagram, WhatsApp and Facebook.
They are all owned by the same business entity, which has more customers than many corporates, more users than populations of many nations and more followers than some religions.
I ask myself, what happened to the pleasure of speaking on the phone? Increasingly we can use our fingers more than our vocal chords. 
Our life routines and special moments are punctuated by electronic images and words that can be disposed as fast as they are created, or so we think. The huge number of records of every human being having access to wi-fi grows exponentially and are not just kept by the person who created them. Data is over analysed but not necesarily for benign and progressive purposes.
Data is not just kept on an aggregate basis, but details can be sliced and detailed. 
The addiction to using apps can be experienced akin to the pleasure of drug induced states, gambling thrills and rewards of repeatitive behaviour…

Using Facebook

In view of the greater risks to privacy, security and integrity when posting on Facebook, I emphasise my policy when using this facility.
1. Not everything that happens in my life are posted on Facebook - when scanning my FB postings, you do not know all my friends, relatives and positive people in my life - many choose not to be seen, photographed or mentioned in Facebook. Several of my friends have asked me not to post them or their activities with me in real life on Facebook. You do not see all events I am involved in, and most of the time if a photograph appears, thay are not on line real time.
2. I shall use Facebook to share positive, significant, inspiring matters - and topics which need thoughtfulness, decision making and action to follow up with. I shall try my best not to post speculative, rabble rousing and false news from external websites. Facebook users must think more for themselves and not accept that news feed on Facebook is necesarily true, just like we do not fully t…