والترحال دعىة إلى التيقل
من ا رحة فدع الأوطان واغترب
ما في المقام لذي عقل وذي أدب
وانْصَبْ فإن لذيذ العيش في النَّصب
سافر تجد عوضا عمن تفارقو
إن ساح طاب وان لم يجر لم يطب
إني أ ريت ركود الماء يفسده
والسيم لولا ف ا رق القوس لم يصب
والأسد لولا ف ا رق الغاب ما افترست
لممَّيا الناس من عجم ومن عرب
والشمس لو وقفت في الفمك دائمة
والعود في أرضو نوع من الحطب
والتِّبرُ كالتُّرب مُمقى في أماكنو
وان تغرب ذاك عزّ كالذىب
فإن تغرّب ىذا عَزّ مطمبو


A call to travel

There is no rest in residence for a person of culture and intellect,
so travel and leave where you’re residing!
Travel! You will find a replacement for what you have left.
And strive! The sweetness of life is in striving!
I’ve seen that water stagnates if still becomes pure if it runs,
but not if it doesn’t flow If the lion doesn’t leave his den he cannot hunt,
and the arrow will not strike without leaving its bow
If the sun stood still in its heavenly course
then people, Arab and non-Arab,it would bore
Gold dust is as the earth where commonly found,
and in its land, oud is but another wood in store
If one travels, he becomes sought out
If one travels , he is honored like gold.

- Imam Shafi’i

Always believed in the power of traveling. None better than Imam Shafi’i to reinforce my belief.

(Thanks to Norishikin for sharing this. I’m officially hooked to his poems now.)

'Death is not the opposite of life but an innate part of it. By living our lives, we nurture death.' - Haruki Murakami

Lost a brother today, someone I held close to my heart. The plans to travel together, the dreams we shared, the times spent in camp, mugging on the floors outside of the bunk till reveille, the times we mugged in uni from noon till dawn the next day, the tennis sessions, the late night talks, it all seemed like just yesterday. Gone too soon. Way too soon.

If I had a relationship where nothing was ever wrong and we were never debating or arguing, I don’t think we would ever grow. There’s no change.

Jack Dorsey, Co-Founder of Twitter, CEO of Square, Introvert. #introvertswillruletheworld

There’s no reason why everyone has to listen to records in hi-fi. Having the violins on the left and the bass on the right doesn’t make the music more profound. It’s just a more complex way of stimulating a bored imagination.

Haruki Murakami - Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

I disagree, Mr Murakami.

Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that you’ve never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more. You share hopes for the future, dreams that will never come true, goals that were never achieved and the many disappointments life has thrown at you. When something wonderful happens, you can’t wait to tell them about it, knowing they will share in your excitement. They are not embarrassed to cry with you when you are hurting or laugh with you when you make a fool of yourself. Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful. There is never any pressure, jealousy or competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around. You can be yourself and not worry about what they will think of you because they love you for who you are. The things that seem insignificant to most people such as a note, song or walk become invaluable treasures kept safe in your heart to cherish forever. Memories of your childhood come back and are so clear and vivid it’s like being young again. Colours seem brighter and more brilliant. Laughter seems part of daily life where before it was infrequent or didn’t exist at all. A phone call or two during the day helps to get you through a long day’s work and always brings a smile to your face. In their presence, there’s no need for continuous conversation, but you find you’re quite content in just having them nearby. Things that never interested you before become fascinating because you know they are important to this person who is so special to you. You think of this person on every occasion and in everything you do. Simple things bring them to mind like a pale blue sky, gentle wind or even a storm cloud on the horizon. You open your heart knowing that there’s a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible. You find that being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure that’s so real it scares you. You find strength in knowing you have a true friend and possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end. Life seems completely different, exciting and worthwhile. Your only hope and security is in knowing that they are a part of your life.

Bob Marley said it, so you better believe it. Jah. Man.

Introverts, in contrast, may have strong social skills and enjoy parties and business meetings, but after a while wish they were home in their pajamas. They prefer to devote their social energies to close friends, colleagues, and family. They listen more than they talk, think before they speak, and often feel as if they express themselves better in writing than in conversation. They tend to dislike conflict. Many have a horror of small talk, but enjoy deep discussions.

Susan Cain (via skeletales)

[Yup, that about sums me up.]

(via wordpainting)

Introverts will rule the world.

(via teachingliteracy)

semperjeep:

putthison:

The Man Who Thrifted A Ferrari
Who’d have thought you could thrift a Ferrari?
Matthew R. is an inveterate thrifter. He says he works seventy hours a week, and he’s been buying and selling second-hand clothes since 1998. Not long ago, he started a consignment service, Luxeswap, and not only do their auctions often crop up in our eBay picks, but I’ve personally trusted him to consign a number of clothes in the past. He’s one of the best menswear sellers on eBay. But truly: I had no idea.
This week, Matthew bought a Ferrari. With thrift store money.
Here’s how it happened…
Matthew started thrifting in the late nineties, and quickly learned that when he found something good that didn’t fit him, he could sell it on eBay and make a little dough. The first item was an Emporio Armani sportcoat. It sold for fifty bucks. Like most of us, Matthew took the extra money and spent it on clothes and small indulgences.
In 2007, he read a book called One Red Paperclip. It was written by a man, Kyle MacDonald, who traded a paperclip for a pen for a doorknob for a camping stove and on and on for a year until he had traded for a new house. Matthew thought: how could I turn my own little hobby into something special?
So he started a savings account.
His business money went into a business account. His personal money - the money from his own personal purchases - went into the savings account. And year after year, that money grew.
Then, last week, he took the money and bought a Ferrari.
Matthew says: “This car was born of things that nobody else wanted. Things that people discarded. I wanted to be able to say I thrifted a Ferrari. And I did.”
A genuinely remarkable achievement.


As somebody who has purchased from Luxeswap, I guess I can say I helped buy that Ferrari.

Not in Singapore.

semperjeep:

putthison:

The Man Who Thrifted A Ferrari

Who’d have thought you could thrift a Ferrari?

Matthew R. is an inveterate thrifter. He says he works seventy hours a week, and he’s been buying and selling second-hand clothes since 1998. Not long ago, he started a consignment service, Luxeswap, and not only do their auctions often crop up in our eBay picks, but I’ve personally trusted him to consign a number of clothes in the past. He’s one of the best menswear sellers on eBay. But truly: I had no idea.

This week, Matthew bought a Ferrari. With thrift store money.

Here’s how it happened…

Matthew started thrifting in the late nineties, and quickly learned that when he found something good that didn’t fit him, he could sell it on eBay and make a little dough. The first item was an Emporio Armani sportcoat. It sold for fifty bucks. Like most of us, Matthew took the extra money and spent it on clothes and small indulgences.

In 2007, he read a book called One Red Paperclip. It was written by a man, Kyle MacDonald, who traded a paperclip for a pen for a doorknob for a camping stove and on and on for a year until he had traded for a new house. Matthew thought: how could I turn my own little hobby into something special?

So he started a savings account.

His business money went into a business account. His personal money - the money from his own personal purchases - went into the savings account. And year after year, that money grew.

Then, last week, he took the money and bought a Ferrari.

Matthew says: “This car was born of things that nobody else wanted. Things that people discarded. I wanted to be able to say I thrifted a Ferrari. And I did.”

A genuinely remarkable achievement.

As somebody who has purchased from Luxeswap, I guess I can say I helped buy that Ferrari.

Not in Singapore.