I have a few students who confided in me that they were apprehensive about their upcoming vacations during the June holidays. You see, they are afraid their flights will end up like MH 370. Four years on, I am surprised of the effect the incident still had on the masses.

Doing the best I could, I tried to reassure them that flights are actually statistically safer than cars. And that’s all because of the near indestructible black box, which records all the data of the flight. “With each crash, future flights become safer”.

This is the chapter that justifies all the somewhat mundane monthly recordings and updates that I do on this blog. But what’s more difficult is radically accepting the reality and then rectifying the problem.

When I tabulated our expenses for 2017, I was quite shocked that we actually spent an average of $900 on food. The …