Editor's Letter

When we were kids, March was always a month that we looked forward to, because it was a month where we would get a week-long school holiday break. So, in the spirit of the March holidays, we at Thoughtworthy have been taking a much-needed breather for the past few weeks; a little rest can go a long way!

The end of last year got really hectic for us. As November to January were blitzing by like a bullet train, we never had time to stop and ponder if we were on the right track. We were barely hanging on trying to meet deadlines, as we produced videos at what felt like an uncomfortable and unsustainable rate.

As the train eventually slowed down, and things were no longer a blur, we could finally see our surroundings clearly again: Our apartment was a mess, and a bunch of things that we’ve been putting off — from personal errands to work-related administrative tasks — were piling up.

There’s a Chinese saying “休息是为了走更长远的路”. The direct translation is “The purpose of taking a break, is so that you can go further in your journey.” (Believe us when we say it’s a lot more poetic in its original form)

Guided by these words, instead of riding the wave and taking on more work, we chose to take it easy and use the time we’ve found to realign our focus. We’re positive that it’ll help us go further in our journey.

So, you’ll be seeing the theme of rest and rejuvenation in our comeback work. For March’s newsletters, we’ll also forgoing heavy, information-rich content, and instead opt for more light-hearted ones.

We’re excited to get going again, and we hope all of y’all find the calm and rejuvenation you need to ace the remainder of March.

Brain Teasers

If you’re looking to kill some time, we have a couple of logic puzzles for you today that will give your brain a good workout. If you’re not into brain teasers, and prefer to spend that time making something in the kitchen, then check out our delicious Curry Popcorn recipe instead.

Puzzle #1

Alice was walking in a forest and came across two strange beings, a lion and a unicorn.

The lion always lies on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. He speaks the truth on the other days.

The unicorn always lies on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. He speaks the truth on the other days.

Lion said: “Yesterday I was lying.”
Unicorn: “So was I.”

On which day did they say that?

Puzzle #2

Four people (A, B, C and D) want to cross a bridge, and they each take 1,2,5 and 10 minutes respectively to cross it.

The bridge is too old, so only a maximum of two people can cross it at a time, following the slower person’s pace. (e.g. if A and D cross the bridge together, it’ll take 10 minutes)

They have ONE single torchlight, which is needed for anyone to cross the bridge because it’s too dark.

What’s the fastest way for all of them to cross the bridge?

(Answers to both puzzles can be found at the end!)

Curry Popcorn Recipe

Not in the mood to solve puzzles? Learn to make some delicious curry popcorn instead. We made these Curry Popcorn in the beginning of our latest YouTube video and they’re honestly so addictive!

INGREDIENTS (Serves: 2)

Popcorn:
⅛ cup popcorn kernels
½ tbsp ghee (or other high heat cooking oil)

Seasoning:
1 tbsp curry powder
1 tbsp melted butter
¼ tsp salt

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Heat a saucepan over medium heat and add ½ tbsp ghee.
  2. When the ghee has melted, add ⅛ cup popcorn kernels. Mix well for the ghee to coat the popcorn kernels evenly.
  3. Cover the saucepan and wait a few minutes for the kernels to pop. Briefly shake the saucepan when the kernels are popping.
  4. Pour popcorn out immediately into a large bowl once popping stops.
  5. Pour seasoning over popcorn and give it a good toss. Enjoy!

Spoilers!

Answer to Puzzle #1

Thursday.
As there isn’t a day where both the lion and the unicorn would be lying, at least one of them must have spoken the truth.

They both speak the truth on Sunday. However, the lion would then be lying in his statement, so it couldn’t have been a Sunday. That means one of them is lying, and the other is telling the truth.

If the unicorn was the one telling the truth, then it would have to be on a Sunday, but we already know that isn’t the case. Thus, the lion was the one speaking the truth, and that day is a Thursday.

Answer to Puzzle #2:

The fastest way to get all four of them across the bridge is 17 minutes.

Send A & B across first. That’s 2 minutes.
Send A back. That’s 1 minute. (3 minutes so far)
Send C & D across. That’s 10 minutes. (13 minutes so far)
Send B back. That’s 2 minutes. (15 minutes so far)
Send A & B back across. That’s 2 minutes. (17 minutes in total)

Did you manage to solve both puzzles?

Go outside... without going outside.

After a long year, we’ve become so accustomed to wearing masks, social distancing, and staying home whenever possible. But, even the biggest homebodies among us need some time outside of the house.

Here are a few interesting links for those of you out there who are still stuck at home, and not by choice:

If working at home is a little too quiet for you...

and you’re sick of listening to the same beats on your Spotify playlist, then add some life to your room with this mix and match ambient noise generator. Choose from volume-adjustable ambient sounds ranging from waves crashing at the beach to a crowd at the coffee shop; it was surprisingly effective in improving our focus when left playing in the playground. Check out A Soft Murmur.

If you miss the sounds of nature...

There’s something about being in nature that feels so relaxing. If you’re like HL, then you’ll find Sounds of the Forest to be utterly fascinating. Timber Festival, an annual UK-based celebration of forests and trees, created SotF after the festival had to be canceled due to COVID-19. Grab some headphones and enjoy these top 10 most listened to forest sounds.

If you need a change in scenery...

Maybe being stuck at home isn’t the problem, you just wish that you could enjoy a different view from time to time — a view that’s not whatever’s outside your window. WindowSwap allows you to open a new (browser) window to a view of an actual, physical window from another part of the world.

Chocolate Mug Cake Recipe (Super Easy)

Being stuck at home is a lot better with some dessert. Can we interest you with a fast, super easy to make, and delicious chocolate mug cake?

Chocolate Mug Cake

INGREDIENTS (Serves 1)

1/4 cup almond flour
2 tbsp cocoa powder
2 tbsp honey
1 tsp oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Mix all the ingredients together and pour the batter into a mug.
  2. Microwave on high for about 45 seconds, or until cake looks firm but slightly fudgy.
  3. Enjoy with toppings of choice!
NotesHL likes to undercook the mug cake slightly as residual heat will firm it up further even after it’s been removed from the microwave. The timing depends on your microwave, so experiment with it!

* Adapted from Downshiftology