It's the time of the year, hey. When you look back, how do you think you have spent 2013?
I kinda wasted a good portion of the year, and I do not really want to dwell on it. 2013 is a fantastic year for me nevertheless, travel was the highlight.
So what am I gonna do next year? I would definitely want to tackle my chronic shoulder pain. It started around September progressively, it hurt so much I could not sleep on certain nights. To counter, I've been going for massages. They do help but my bank account is hemorrhaging so I have to find a cheaper alternative. We probably will opt for yoga and I hope we would proceed with partner yoga. The promotional video of Equinox
for partner yoga is amazing I really fell for it.
Other than that, I guess I won't be aiming for anything high but for a happier and fuller life. I will try to adhere to the stuff I found online. Check it out:
25 Things Happy People Do Differently:
1. Stop worrying, if it is supposed to happen it will.
2. Allow yourself to be a beginner. No one starts off being excellent.
3. Don't let your happiness depend on anything outside of yourself.
4. Stay close to everything that makes you feel alive.
5. Listen to your body, it will lead you to unlimited health.
6. Surround yourself with people who see your greatness.
7. Make peace with your past.
8. See all setbacks as growth and expansive opportunities.
9. Comparing yourself to others will hurt your health and steal your joy.
10. Don't give up, EVER.
11. You always have a choice.
12. Stop chasing what’s not working.
13. Believe wholeheartedly in miracles.
14. Don't postpone joy.
15. Trust the universe, there is a plan greater than yours.
16. Wake up every morning with a grateful heart.
17. Remember things take time.
18. Always trust your gut.
19. No need to change people; just love them for who they are.
20. Don't resist change.
21. Forgive yourself.
22. Your life is a creative adventure.
23. Release expectations and enjoy the journey, there is no destination.
24. Just do you.
25. You're not broken or damaged. You are perfect just the way you are.
Rae wrote @ 17:51
35 and Counting
His birthday was a low-key one, with me cooking. This might turn out to be a tradition; me cooking. I prepared a typical Chinese birthday dishes on the eve and on the birthday, Korean royal cuisine.
Chinese red eggs: Eggs - New start, Red color - Prosperity & good fortune
Sweet & sour fish: Fish - Abundance & affluence
Mee Sua chicken soup: Mee Sua - Longevity
Ddukjjim (Boiled stuffed rice cakes) in the making.
Korean cuisine shouted so much aesthetic value in them.
Rae wrote @ 16:50
Should I, Should I Not?
Christmas present for myself, perhaps?
I'm really nuts about these Prabal Gurung heels. How gorgeous they are, right!?
Do I want this? YES. Do I need this? TECHNICALLY YES, TO ADD SOME COLOUR TO MY OTHERWISE SIMPLE WARDROBE.
Conclusion: Yes, buy?
Two weekends ago we had a mini breakaway at Pangkor Island and took the opportunity to visit my parents. It was a pleasant trip at the beach. The beach was great; the day was overcast, the sand was soft and the water was crystal clear and warm. The BF enjoyed mini crab-watching. We had great food. Aldo loves the BF. Coco ignored the BF, characteristically. All is good.
Aldo was satisfied with some foot-patting.
I know I need a tan.
View from our room.
One of these monkeys stole our potato chips.
The bird we saved from a crab.
Rae wrote @ 16:34
Leaving luxury retail industry did some wonders to me. No longer being surrounded by brands and labels along with my man's affinity for simple living, I'm steered towards being thrifty. It has become so much easier to break free from the system of being dependent on brands and labels to define who you are.
However of late, I've been quite addicted to following a couple of stylish girls on Instagram and boy oh boy, the jellyness of me grew. The girls decked in fabulous clothes (with hefty price tags on) and live the life of every girl's dreams. The girls are pretty and young, and pretty successful in their own right (why do some girls have it all, goddamit!?).
I should stop stalking them. They make me feel very lousy about myself for not having the capacity to do so.
Don't get me wrong. I'm pro superior brand=superior quality. I appreciate Egyptian cotton for my bedsheets. Such things feel and look so much better and no doubt will last longer. I just don't like to spend it for the wrong reasons. It's always good to stop living to impress others. Ahem.
Simple living appeals to me in many ways. The idea of self-sustenance is right up my alley, I like the idea of having my own vegetable/herbs garden and perhaps, a pond full of fish. I like the idea of not chasing money like crazy.
That life is very ideal and to achieve isn't easy as I'm so tied up with the social norm. My man has his own vices in spite of. Our home is full of clutter. He likes fancy watches and fancy cars and fancy tech stuff (which boys don't?) but he has greater control of the temptation unlike me. I know how I am, I'm easily swayed. And I should start small and slow. Here's a few points I'm sticking myself up to:
1. Stop the habit of rewarding myself after each successful task/job/whatever that is.
2. Every cent matter.
3. Ask myself earnestly if I REALLY WANT it or NEED it. (The answer is usually 'WANT')
I hope I'll reach where I want to head.
Rae wrote @ 03:10
This year is an odd year; things that were right in the previous years are now wrong and vice versa.
I spent half a day running around at the medical centre to get myself checked. I've never felt so broken. At a tender of 32, I have to lower my cholesterol level (6.9, however my HDL is crazy high at 3.6, making the ratio against LDL 0.8 which is uber optimum). So no more bacon, pork, ice-cream, KFC and all the nice naughty stuff out there. Life suddenly lost its meaning.
Apart from being diagnosed with hyperlipidemia; my spine scan came out pretty severe, with very spasmic back muscles. My spine chart was so colourful even I knew it wasn't right before my Chiropractor explaining anything to me. Orthotics are recommended to support my collapsed feet, 6 weeks of chiropractic and rehab for my back.
To cheer myself up, I went to a hot stone massage after and that totally kneaded my muscle aches away although that was short-lived after a stupid call from work that got me stressed again.
Truth be told, I'm off-tracked this year. Despite not falling sick as often as I did before (I had fever a few times last year and who could forget my epic battle with tonshitlitis when I was working in Singapore?), I could see I go flabby easily. There's no motivation or any new work-out or exercise that attract me. So how~~~
Rae wrote @ 22:07
As Fast as The Falcon
Another month has come and gone and October is here. A few more months it will be Christmas and then a new year will roll around.
It has been quite busy for me after returning from Sydney. The new job is keeping me alive and busy, there are new things to explore and play around.
I hope you guys have been good. I'm just logging in to let the www know I'm still well and alive. So there. Hopefully I have more things to share the next time. :)
Rae wrote @ 19:02
The Tourguide. Well, Kinda.
The BF's best friend and girlfriend were here last weekend so both of us played tourguide. Funnily Bangsar Village was in their must-visit list thus it has become the butt of the joke throughout the whole trip. We discovered a little gem of a eating place; Old China Cafe
The trip was short and sweet and we definitely foresee more trips ahead!
Rae wrote @ 15:02