Brunelleschi’s Dome

Florence is a city that I will always remember for many reasons, namely for its architecture, for its history and culture, and for its gelato. But what will live on in my memory the longest will actually be the story of Filippo Brunelleschi, the architect, designer and sculptor of the dome of the Florence Cathedral.             We were told the story of Brunelleschi while on a walking tour we had signed up for. Our tour guide was taking us from one tourist attraction to the other, and did an amazing job in adding lots of colour to what we were seeing, all in the form of stories. It can be easy to pass a building, a statue or a cathedral, snap a picture of it, and move on. Storytelling, on the other hand, can make a place or a thing come alive, and she helped us to see Florence in…

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trevi fountain reflections

I just got back from two exhausting, but refreshing weeks in Europe. In 14 days, we boarded trains, planes, and subway cars that took us to the very best parts of  Rome, Florence, Milan, Paris, Lisbon, and Sintra. We climbed hundreds of steps to get to the top of the St. Peter’s Basilica dome, the top of the Duomo and Bell Tower in Florence, and the rooftop of the Milan Cathedral. We navigated our way through side streets and alleyways, up and down the hills in Lisbon, and across bridges that spanned the Tiber River in Rome, the Seine in Paris, and the Arno River in Florence. The trip marked my third time in Rome and yet, when I found myself standing in front of the Trevi Fountain for the first time since my last visit in 2018, it felt like I was seeing it all for the very first…

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temporary homes

A few weeks ago, I heard that my old yoga studio back home – Modo Yoga Markham – was closing for good, driven by losses they just couldn’t recover from being shut down so long due to the pandemic. They made a teary goodbye post on Instagram, announcing that it was, in fact, the end for them. I didn’t realize how much of an emotional bond I felt to the studio until it dawned on me that I’d never get to step foot inside again.             That yoga studio served as my first introduction to the practice. To this day, I still remember the introductory class I took. I remember the stiffness of my muscles as we flowed through the sequences, and how my body refused to bend the way others so easily did. I remember the beads of sweat that formed on my body and how cathartic each guided…

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watching “the farewell”

I have been on a movie binge for the past few months; it pretty much started when Ontario started its yo-yo lockdown phase. I’ve always had a strong love for great cinema, but with all the extra time that I had on my hands, I started checking movies off my “to watch” list at a rapid pace. I left no genre, no director, and no spoken language untouched.             I discovered the movie, “The Farewell”, one evening, as I was browsing for something to watch on Amazon Prime. Strangely enough, I had never heard of it before, despite the fact that Awkwafina had won the Golden Globe award for Best Actress the year before. I didn’t know what to expect but seeing that I was rapidly exhausting my options for movies, I figured that I’d give it a shot.             I didn’t expect most of the movie to be in…

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my book writing journey

My book – Learning to Learn: Why You Need to Leverage Your Curiosity – is finally published after two years in the making (one year of actual work and another year of hiatus). It was officially published on Amazon (in the e-Book and Paperback form), as well as on the Kobo store, in December 2020. This is a year later than the original publishing date of December 2019. I had decided to take a break when life and school got too hectic in September 2019 and prolonged that break all the way until September 2020, when I suddenly felt this motivation to get back into it and finish it off. I am so glad that I did, and I’m happy to be sharing it with you now. I’ve always seen this book that I’ve been working on as more of a passion project – a published book of words to…

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