Why I stopped learning Japanese – and why I’m going to start again.

As anyone who has learned a second language knows, it’s tough.  Really tough.  The mental fortitude and perseverance to push through when you feel you’re not making any real progress is enormous.  I studied Japanese for almost 3 years, took every opportunity to bore everyone in my family with what I had learned.  Then I stopped.   Continue reading “Why I stopped learning Japanese – and why I’m going to start again.”

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Surface Pro 2

As any of my (at time of writing, zero) Twitter followers will know, I was recently in the market for a new laptop.  I like to have one that is small, portable and with a decent battery life that I can use on the go, since I spend a fair amount of my time on trains going to/from work and/or Sydney. Continue reading “Surface Pro 2”

What to do when there’s nothing to do

“Time to lean, time to clean” A saying that was often passed around when I worked in hospitality. Often, between courses, there would be a lot of time waiting while guests ate. I learned very quickly in that job that there was no time doing nothing, there was always something you could be doing, and the best employees were the ones that saw what needed to be done, and did them without being asked. Continue reading “What to do when there’s nothing to do”