Simon Z

Ask me anything   "Keep moving forward."

My name is Simon. I blog about finding purpose, lifehacking productivity and self-improvement, social inequality, food, dance, and the amazing people in my life. It's all a bit random but you might find something interesting along the way. :)

Personal Goal: The 4 things we should say more often to live happier lives:
  1. Thank you
  2. I'm sorry
  3. Forgive me
  4. I love you

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My first meal in Singapore: Laksa noodles and Kaya toast (buttered toast and coconut curds) for breakfast

My first meal in Singapore: Laksa noodles and Kaya toast (buttered toast and coconut curds) for breakfast

— 14 hours ago with 2 notes
#me  #food  #nom  #noms  #singapore  #photos  #laksa  #toast box  #marina bay sands 
Quote of the night: Minki says in response to the Woody doll: “you know he has a resemblance to that guy in bareback mountain”

Quote of the night: Minki says in response to the Woody doll: “you know he has a resemblance to that guy in bareback mountain”

— 1 day ago with 1 note
#movies  #me  #woody  #toy story  #brokeback mountain  #seoul  #korea  #photos 
The sign reads: “Thank you for getting hammerd here tonight”

The sign reads: “Thank you for getting hammerd here tonight”

— 2 days ago with 1 note
#me  #photos  #drank  #alch  #alcohol  #hongjik  #seoul  #korea  #hammered 

I’m walking around with a friend around Hongdae to check out the shops and nightlife, and he suggests that we go to Hongjik University to show me the campus life. He says that Korean college students spend all their time partying and it’s way more lively than any frat party night at an American University. I don’t believe him but as soon as we walk through the university gates on this Wednesday night, we see a few student stands selling cocktails. A little further, and there are two huge concerts in the middle of a major night market. My friend identified the artists that we’re performing as Crayon Pop and we watched a set, another performer (a rapper) came up. We’re walking to the night market now to get food. He says this is weekly event that we stumbled on. Not kidding when he says Korean university is all about partying.

— 2 days ago with 5 notes
#me  #seoul  #partying  #performance  #kpop  #night market  #photos  #hongjik  #hongjik university  #korea 

americaninfographic:

Lucid Dreaming

melatonin scares the crap out of me but i’m going to try it

— 2 days ago with 96 notes
#lucid dreaming  #reblog  #infographics  #melatonin 
The family I lost in North Korea. And the family I gained. →

While in Seoul, I got the chance to catch up with a friend after he finished his 2-year service in the JSA. I did some reading afterwards to learn more about life in North Korea and found a pretty inspiring TED talk. Check it out.

— 2 days ago with 2 notes
#joseph kim  #korea  #jsa  #seoul  #north korea  #south korea  #ted  #videos  #links 

So I’m just sitting down on a bench with Jin Hyung in Seoul and all of a sudden all these people set up cameras and set people up with makeup and run through a bunch of takes in front of me. In the scene, he’s yelling for a girl named Suyeon to be careful and runs after her. They run through 6 takes and leave in less than 10 minutes, with all the camera equipment.

— 3 days ago with 3 notes
#me  #korea  #seoul  #kdrama  #cameras  #filming 

thatscienceguy:

John Conway first theorized that it would be impossible to create a forever-expanding universe using these rules, which was proven wrong by a team at MIT, creating the “glider gun,” which is featured in the third gif. 

Since then, thanks to computers, people all over the world have added new designs to the database, creating amazingly complex designs.

For example Andrew J. Wade created a design which replicates itself every 34 million generations! Furthermore it is also a spaceship (permanently moving pattern) and not only that, it was also the first spaceship that did not travel purely diagonally or horizontally/vertically! These types of spaceships are now appropriately named Knightships.

The simulation has some interesting properties, for example it has a theoretical maximum speed information can travel. Or simply, light speed - as that is the limit in our own universe. The limit is set to 1 cell per generation - after all how can you create something further than 1 cell away in one generation if you can only effect your immediate neighbours? And yet you can get things like the ‘stargate’ (Love the name, huge SG fan here.) which allows a space ship to travel 11 cells in just 6 generations.

Some smart people have even designed calculators, prime number generators and other incredibly complex patterns.

You can create your own patterns here: http://www.bitstorm.org/gameoflife/

All gifs were made from this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2vgICfQawE

(via programmingcode)

— 4 days ago with 4077 notes
Flying problems

I really suck at flying. Today, I left the hotel in Beijing with 1.5 hours to spare (overslept my alarm by an hour), arrived at my check-in gate 50 minutes before my flight, ate at an airport restaurant until 15 minutes before my flight and barely made it onto my plane (I’m pretty sure I was the last one).

— 5 days ago
古话说“不到长城非好汉” (an old saying says “if you do not visit the Great Wall, you are not a great man”).

古话说“不到长城非好汉” (an old saying says “if you do not visit the Great Wall, you are not a great man”).

— 1 week ago with 1 note
#古话  #不到长城非好汉  #Great Wall  #great wall of china  #sayings  #photos  #me  #china  #travel  #if you do not visit the Great Wall  #be a man  #be as swift as the coursing river  #chinese  #landmarks  #nature 
fastcompany:

Insights from the time-diaries collected from Americans over the past 11 years show we’re shifting in our priorities.
If you can’t catch a breath during the frantic daily grind, don’t blame it on not having any free time.
Americans actually have more leisure time, are less rushed, less stressed, and sleep much more than we think we do. According to sociologist John Robinson, or better known as “Father Time” to his colleagues, most people have around 40 hours of free time per week.
Robinson, a professor at the University of Maryland and director of the Americans’ Use of Time Project, has been studying how people spend their time for more than 50 years. In 1972, he became one of the first social scientists to collect detailed time diaries of people all over the country. According to his massive studies and research, Robinson tells Fast Company that modern Americans only merely feel like we are working more hours and we also tend to exaggerate about our work hours since the actual hours on the job have been decreasing steadily for the past 40 years.
If this is the case, then why don’t we feel like we have more time and what exactly are we spending our time on? Below Robinson gives us the major findings from decades of time-use and social attitudes research:
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NTS

fastcompany:

Insights from the time-diaries collected from Americans over the past 11 years show we’re shifting in our priorities.

If you can’t catch a breath during the frantic daily grind, don’t blame it on not having any free time.

Americans actually have more leisure time, are less rushed, less stressed, and sleep much more than we think we do. According to sociologist John Robinson, or better known as “Father Time” to his colleagues, most people have around 40 hours of free time per week.

Robinson, a professor at the University of Maryland and director of the Americans’ Use of Time Project, has been studying how people spend their time for more than 50 years. In 1972, he became one of the first social scientists to collect detailed time diaries of people all over the country. According to his massive studies and research, Robinson tells Fast Company that modern Americans only merely feel like we are working more hours and we also tend to exaggerate about our work hours since the actual hours on the job have been decreasing steadily for the past 40 years.

If this is the case, then why don’t we feel like we have more time and what exactly are we spending our time on? Below Robinson gives us the major findings from decades of time-use and social attitudes research:

Read More>

NTS

(via sunchigiggles)

— 1 week ago with 136 notes

I just emptied a huge portion of my checking account paying for my own tuition for this last quarter from my internship savings. I feel proud to be able to pay my last quarter’s university bill on my own.

— 1 week ago with 4 notes
#me  #personal  #finances  #university  #tuition 

Shanghai, you are literally ridiculous. Vue + M1NT.
There are literally sharks in this motherfucking club.

— 2 weeks ago with 2 notes
#sharks  #in the club  #photos  #me  #shanghai  #clubbing  #Vue  #m1nt