New Zealand is still dear to my heart since my visit in April. Therefore, it was shock to see in the news that a magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck Christchurch early this morning. Miraculously, no fatalities or injuries were reported so that is great news! Hope the residents there can get back on their feet quickly and rebuild the city.
A magnitude-6.3 earthquake today hit Christchurch, New Zealand. Although less powerful than the one that struck in September last year, it is much more devastating. Many buildings in the city were demolished, including its iconic cathedral. The casualty toll currently stands at 63, but is expected to climb above 100 in the next few days. Today's earthquake struck 45km west of the city and is only 5km below the surface. This aftershock is much closer than the quake that registered five months earlier. My condolences to those affected and I hope the city can rebuild from this unfortunate episode! -PTS
Happy New Year! With the arrival of 2022, it is time to put my resolutions to work: Improve my golf game with a sub-30 handicap (yes, I am that bad) Remaster my butterfly stroke in the pool Become an advanced chess player by scoring 1500+ on Chess.com Write more blog posts by finding a focus topic(s). No world peace this time, but each goal carries with it a deeper meaning for me -- hence the excitement. Let's get started! - PTS
I recently finished a self-help book called The Magic of Thinking Big , by David Schwartz. The title caught my attention as I have had first-hand experience on the topic. My expectation from the book was to see if there are consistent means to induce big thinking and in turn, derive its benefits. It turned out there is no magic pill on how to think big. Instead Dr Schwartz provided a few lifehacks that resonated with me: Believe you can and so you can. Self belief is key to success. If you believe you are good enough, then you are on the right track to attaining results. This message reminded me of Morpheus telling Neo in the Matrix , "Don't think you are. Know you are." This has been my mantra for some time so the chapter served as a good reinforcement on self belief. On the flip side, if you believe you cannot, that is equally self-fulfilling There is no excuse for mediocrity. Whether it is health, intelligence or the age-old "age" (pun intended),