For as long as I remember, I’ve always been a huge crybaby. As a kid, I used to cry watching Disney movies. There was always that one scene! From particularly tear-jerking scenes, such as when Dumbo snout-hugged his mom outside her prison carriage, to Little Foot telling his mom to get up when she was dying after an earthquake.
This year, I want to put extra focus on growing inwards and on a deeper level. I’ve been wondering how to become the best version of myself. I think throughout my life, as I experience things and absorb the world, I’ve met many versions of “me”. Some that I’m more proud of than others. But I want to know how to reach the best possible version ever, and what she is like.
I’ve slowly come to discover that the person I want to be doesn’t exist yet. And she will never exist until I actually make it happen and become “her”. The beauty in it all is that it’s entirely up to me, here and now, to choose my attributes.
So how do we become the change? Yes, it all starts with our mind. Continue reading
I went to Japan for two weeks with my family over a month ago, and it was one of the most exciting trips I’ve ever been on. Japan is such an orderly, secure and clean country. People are incredibly respectful, and they go above and beyond to offer you help. I’ve tasted the freshest sashimi and the most tender beef (also the most expensive). I’ve conquered their intimidating transportation system and traveled on their bullet train. I even tried their toilet seat sprays ;)
The Japanese has a strong spirit and is an inspiring example of the people doing their share for their country. Everyone is united in the respect they have for their land and their work tasks.
For the first time, I actually got a culture shock when I came back home to Canada. I thank Japan for their hospitality towards tourists.
Here is a brief video of our trip!
Today is my birthday. I’ve never written a birthday post before, but I have been thinking a lot about birthdays lately. I’m 27 years old, which isn’t old, but I guess I’ve reach that age where people aren’t so keen on becoming any older than they are. 30 is a big deal, and for me, it’s just around the corner. But there’s a lot of stigma around the big 3-0. For some reason, nobody want’s to be 30 (or 40, or 50…)! Continue reading
This post is actually inspired by the “Find your Magic” Axe commercial. You know, the one where every guy has their own kind of sexy, and it goes: who needs a 6-pack when you’ve got the nose, or a nose when you’ve got the suit, or the moves, etc.? And I loved it when it says “who needs some other thing, when you’ve got your thing?” Continue reading
A few months ago, I was following a link online that was raising money for childhood cancers. In the description, millions of dollars were already raised in a matter of weeks, surpassing the end goal by far. I had a moment of hesitation, whether or not I should donate. They already raised more than they had set out to raise. And what contribution would my $20, or even $100, be in the mist of the multi-million dollar sum? Continue reading
Highlight 1: Re-uniting with a good friend and my godson and their family, and seeing their lovely home and neighborhood.
Highlight 2: Beautiful water-side views.
Highlight 3: Sunburns and aloe vera.
Highlight 4: Games night-in. NBA finals (disappointing) with beer and delicious pizza.
Today is hump day (Wednesday). It’s one of those days that don’t exactly excite anyone, but it’s the “after hump day” that everyone looks forward to. Why? Because we passed the middle of the week. We managed to trudge up that glorious hill that is Monday and Tuesday, and on the other side is a direct downhill roll to Friday. Alas, the weekend! Continue reading
I attended a hot yoga class a few weeks ago, and aside from it being a sweaty experience, it turned out to be quite thought-provoking. The instructor said something at the end of the class that kind of intrigued me; so much so that I actually think I can quote her word for word:
“We all have two lives. The life we are living, and the life unlived. Between that, is resistance.”
For the rest of the day, I’ve been thinking about what she meant by that “second life” and what mine would look like. How would I live it and why isn’t it lived? By nightfall, I simply figured that perhaps my unlived life are all the experiences I haven’t experienced yet – both the good and bad. But then I was still bothered, because that doesn’t resolve the second part of that quote. Resistance. Maybe I still wasn’t getting the point. Until recently… Continue reading
I’m currently in New York as I start writing this post, and I thought how opportune it would be to write about the page “Humans of New York (HONY)“. HONY is run by a guy named Brandon, who originally started capturing portraits of people on the streets of New York and posted them on his website. After awhile, he started interviewing his models and he included a snippet of his conversation in the captions of the photos. I’ve been following HONY for awhile now, from simply seeing portraits of people without any background, to seeing a glimpse of their thoughts. And I must say, the captions are what gave this page a whole new potential.