Why You Should Break Up With Coffee

I remember my first cup of coffee in 2013.

Awaiting my first semester at university, the hours were long and relaxed. There was little to do but walk, read, think and blog – how lovely!

(Netflix, Youtube and amazing data plans were yet to be a thing thing).

I drank a kopi-o-kosong: black coffee, no milk, no sugar.

My mind was ablaze!

Strolling home in wide-eyed wonder, my imagination rippled in euphoria. The road beside me infinitely folded in on itself like a scene from Inception… in my imagination. Poor cars. Other mental acrobatics ensued on my 30-minute walk home.

A few weeks later, after more cups and reflections on this powerful drug, I posted this:

What a cute lil blogger!

Those rules were promptly broken, and here I am after 8 years of coffee consistency.

After exploring the experiences of Michael Pollan, I’m inspired to take a break to understand my relationship with this plant.

For a month.

Cold turkey.


I’ve started today, and the fog definitely settled in at work in the morning. I still feel very much myself, but just about conked out after lunchtime. Work had to go on, and I experienced a second wave of wakeful focus around 4pm!

As the days go by, I’ll be documenting my experience here.

I’m looking forward to weeks of better sleep and rediscovering my mind off coffee. Here we go!

The Einstein Pigeon is Coming

I saw some roadkill today!


Most pigeons I know would dart from oncoming traffic – why did this poor thing stay put?

It’s fascinating – we cull blur-eyed pigeons from the street every day, leaving the most neuronally dense pigeons in prosperis.

But beyond surviving traffic, pigeons don’t suffer much more selective pressure. Maybe the occassional battle to win some family’s bakchormee scraps , but there’s plenty of that to go around.

They’re smart enough to avoid the dangerous humans at lunch, at least.

They’re peacefully silent.

They’re not scary like rodents and roaches.

So they survive!

In a low pressure with enough resources to go around, so do we!

But would you want to be a pigeon?

Further Reads:

Are Cities Making Animals Smarter? – The Atlantic

Rats May Be Genetically Adapted to New York Living | Smart News | Smithsonian Magazine