Travelling and Windsurfing

Travelling and Windsurfing

by Toh H L

When I was younger,

I windsurfed 3 times a week.

It was excessive,

but the hope was to reduce the appetite.

About 8 years ago,

I bought a new surfboard,

the urge is still there,

the mind is willingly,

but, alas, the body is uncooperative!

beach foam motion ocean
Photo by Pixabay on

I still retain the hobbies of travelling,

hiking and a bit of mountain climbing.

These activities not only exercise

the body but the mind as well.

Planning a travel itinerary,

requires a lot of brain effort.

Somehow, these hobbies releases

the happiness hormones, ie dopamine, endorphines, serotonin and oxytocin.

It’s a bit addictive, but we are

merely triggering and tickling its release

to feel what Louis Armstrong sung….

“What a wonderful world.”

by Toh H L

Wandering grandpa…

Wandering grandpa…

Hold my hand (Photo by Pixabay on


Hold my hand

least you get lost!


I read about a grand father who wandered many kilometers away from home. Getting lost may be the first sign of Alzheimer’s.


“My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She’s ninety-seven now, and we don’t know where the hell she is.”- Ellen DeGeneres


Slowing down in life

Slowing down in life

Slowing down in life (Photo by Tomas Ryant on


what’s that drumming

in thy chest so fast

one has no control.


what’s that buzzing

in thy head and veins

exploding to the very core!


what’s that aching

contracted muscles

begging to be kneaded.


It’s not the siren behind one,

but signs to beware!

How they creep in

insidiously with age…


“You know you’ve reached middle age when you’re cautioned to slow down by your doctor, instead of by the police.”—Joan Rivers

Too generous a teaspoon salt!

Too generous a teaspoon salt!

Adding salt (Photo by DapurMelodi on

I was watching YouTube. This Italian granny chef was showing how she whipped up her dish.

Here she goes in the video…

“Now, a teaspoon of salt over the meat…” And she sprinkles … generously ( definitely more than one teaspoon)!

“Saute the garlic and onion in a little oil.

Stir in the meat and… and, add a teaspoon of salt…” There she goes again shaking the king of ingredients all over the pan… I am pretty sure that was more than a little teaspoon!

“Now, let’s do the pastry to wrap the meat.” Needless to say what she added to the flour…


I wonder if aging and loss of taste- buds, contribute to this phenomenon. Not to mention its added risk to those with hypertension!



On another note, when giving hot drinks to the elderly, make sure it is not piping hot… and burn her lips, mouth and tongue!

She may not realize the heat till the burn hits in!


Old? Who is old?

Old? Who is old?

happy elderly couple in love with fresh flowers in forest
Old? (Photo by Gustavo Fring on


Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter. Mark Twain