A Bite of Stoicism

In the line above lies a simple truth all of us need to be aware of: we are all biased.

And that bias comes from our own thoughts.

It is our own minds that are responsible for creating “stories in our heads” — the thoughts that add spices to events that are basically neutral; the thoughts that give rise to certain emotions.

So emotion is the result of the narative we ourself “craft” in our own minds. It is our own responsibility.

Having said that, whenever you see something, it’s important to be aware that what you think you see in your mind is merely a perspective. Your own perspective, so to speak, and that perspective is not the truth itself.

That is something Stoicism teaches us.

It’s about mindful about what things really are and what things look like in our mind, and stick to the truth.

Leaving for Pangkalan Bun

So my 9-day leave from work is over, and I’m on the journey back to work, started this morning. A 2-hour bus trip from Pematangsiantar to Kuala Namu international airport is completed, and a 2-hour flight to Jakarta is next.

Backpack is ready! 🙂

See you in Jakarta, then… 🙂

Just a little update, I stay at Amaris Hotel for a night before continuing my flight the next morning.

My room #517

The hotel pick up service from the airport is longer than I expected, probably due to the traffic. It should be better.

Coffee or tea? I would pick coffee, definitely. 😉
Well, let’s have some ramen! 🙂
Night view from hotel window
Hotel floors
This is… extra! 😉

Another cup of coffee before sleep? Let’s do it! 😀

On 25 August, the journey continues with a flight from Jakarta to Pangkalan Bun. After around an hour up in the air, we finally land.

Iskandar Airport at Pangkalan Bun
Airport Small Resto
Packed fried rice. Not bad…

From Pangkalan Bun, I’m heading to Amin Jaya, the spot where the biogas plant I’m working at situated. Means of transport? Travel bus.

My Ticket!

So that’s it. Long journey, right?

Time to get back to work. Let’s have fun doing it.

Wish you all very good days… 😉

Some Plants and … Books!

Euphorbia milii
Cactus, definitely 🙂
The Flamingo flower

Just some photos of the plants around the house. Colorful and exotic, aren’t they? 😉

By the way, I found some old books on the shelf; books that once in my to-read list. I would love to read them again, definitely. The following three are the most interesting:

Books on Photography, Writing, and Philosophy

Some Snapshots at Pematangsiantar

The following are some snapshots I took using my phone during my one-week-annual-leave at Pematangsiantar.

Mussaenda frondosa, as Google calls it 🙂
View at the side of my house

Those views are taken at the Bah Bolon river bank at the side of my house, not very far from the street called Jalan Lintas Tengah Sumatera.

I love all what nature gives in photos: sky, trees, green leaves, water, and definitely light!

Look at the sky. So beautiful! 🙂
The Bah Bolon river

All those components put together make beautiful photos — in my view. What do you think?