Day 33: #Celebratelife365

So happy the pitch today went well! Client was happy, very excited. The best part of it is that we will use social media platforms besides Facebook. It has become a “pay to play” platform, and no longer a good to use, but must have social broadcast channel. New challenges fire up new energy and motivation. And personally I am one who likes to explore, but often what I can do with my team is very dependent on the client. We are very thankful this client is so opened to taking our recommendations and try new platforms. Of course, I am also glad that she likes my strategies and recommendations. 🙂

#celebratelife365 #thrive

Day 32: #Celebratelife365

Every incident is a learning experience. A bad thing can be good, a good thing can be bad. I learnt that there is no definite black and white to one thing. A bad experience can teach you to be more alert in future, and while a good experience is definitely something welcomed, but it can also lead to complacency.

This came out of a conversation with a friend today. It’s a good reminder. Thankful for good friends, friends who help make you a better person.

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Day 31: #celebratelife365

Oh wow! I’ve just realized my #celebratelife365 project is now into day 31. It’s been a month already!

I still remember more than a year ago there was a #100happydays project. It went viral! I love it, and I took part in it! Everyone wants to be happy, and sharing photo updates are so common now that people are more inclined to pick up. That’s one campaign that I can still remember, and a brilliant use of hashtag strategy.

I work with various brands nowadays, and I work out a different strategy for them. However my project has NOTHING to do with any brands. It’s really a reflection and execution of my personal views of life and the world . If you insist, “I” am the brand.

Someone asked me my age, because she was curious. She said I am much more matured then my age. People who are close enough to me will know I’ve gone through some major ups and downs in life. A broken marriage, and the arduous journey to singlehood. Being a caregiver for 10 years of my life, fighting endless battles for my loved ones. Losing people closest to me, and it’s one after another. All these taught me to grow up faster then my peers. A friend used to tell me my life is too full of drama. And my reply is always the same, I didn’t ask for all these drama. They just happened. And in my best friend Queena’s words, she said to the reporter regarding her illness, “it’s your life, and you just have to live with it.” 

After learning more about Buddhism, I learnt to appreciate these challenges more. Besides living with it, I’ve learnt to see them as important lessons in life. As much as I don’t wish for these things to happen, but when they do, I’m glad I learnt how to manage these difficult situations, and survived! I have skills my peers don’t have. I learnt to move on much faster and not harp on what happened. I can devote more time and energy to think of how to make things better, or ease the situation. Instead of panicking, I’m calmer then others. These are one of my greatest assets, though some people do think I’m rather cold when there is a crisis. I’m not cold, I’ve just learnt how to compartmentalize my emotions and thinking better. (Though my friends will probably say I’m a crazy woman always saying funny stuff to make them laugh, doing nonsensical stuff sometimes just to entertain them.) People who doesn’t know about my personal life wouldn’t think I have such a “drama” life when they deal with me on a day to day basis.

It’s because of my past all the more I want to see people happy, and share laughters. Cherish what you have in life and not lament what you don’t have. You are richer then what you think. I hope my sharing brings happy thoughts to your mind, and puts a smile on your face.

Cheers!

#Celebratelife365 #Thrive

Day 30: #celebratelife365

Today is 5th April 2015, it’s been 2 years since the boy left us. Many things have changed, but the love remains. For the past 2 years, I’ve woken up at around the time you left us. No alarms, I just woke up. Last year I went for a run, this year I laid in bed until I fell asleep again.

You were a brave boy, it was a tough and long fight, but you never gave up. Many people says I’m a tough cookie, but I know I am no where near you. Each time things get tough, I’ll always remind myself you will never let me give up, like how you never gave up. Even during your weakest times, you were there for me, caring for me, giving me your support. I was never the best sister in the world, I never did the things to be the most well-liked sister. There were times that I had to make tough decisions that were not too pleasant but you never held it against me. You have one of the kindest hearts, and so loved by everyone. We are siblings, but you were far more outstanding in so many ways. I’ve always been proud to have such an intelligent brother like you, and this will never change.

I promised you I will try my best to continue what you have left behind. I’m not as smart as you, but I can try as hard as you to succeed. Like how you made it in the army to finally becoming a commissioned officer.

嘴巴不说,不代表不想念。

外表看不出,不代表不忧伤。

泪水唤不回至亲,行动却能发扬你的精神。

这精神,代表你的存在。

Thank you for being my brother this lifetime. 来世轮回,我们再见。

I celebrate for being a blessed girl, to have you as my brother.

#celebratelife365 

I’ll #thrive even more, for you.

Day 29: #Celebratelife365

Decided to go out in the evening at 5pm for a short jog today, it’s been a while since I last did an evening run. The weather has been really hot and harsh recently, and I can feel the heat burning on my skin. For many months, I have been wearing sleeveless tops and dresses because I find it too hot. It’s after my Las Vegas trip that I find the Singapore weather too hot.

I went out in the morning to Middle Road, and then to Orchard to run some errands. The weather was really hot, there’s no way I could jog in that. I saw a lady jogging, and I still cannot figure how she managed that.

Anyway I saw the skies were partially grey, but rain didn’t cross my mind. I looked at the skies again before changing into my running attire. (Just wanted to make sure it’s not that HOT.)

It was a short jog, I wanted to be back for dinner by 6pm. I like to sit by the pond after my jogs, to rest and look at the people and surroundings.

Punggol Park

Punggol Park

Although it’s always the same view, but I am never sick of it.

Shortly after I got home, it started to pour heavily. And the skies were not overcast when I reached home. I was in the shower and I heard thunderstorm and rain. I was lucky to get home in time.

The jog, the scenery, the rain. I love my life.

#Celebratelife365 #Thrive

Day 28: #Celebratelife365

It’s been a while since I felt so relaxed. No more cramming of readings and lectures during public holidays and weekends, and I can truly enjoy without a countdown timer in my head. Thankful for the Good Friday holiday, I was able to do something fun.

I made a trip to the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple today, more specifically the museum and explored the place. I visit the temple at least once a week to pray, partly because it’s so near office. I will go to the temple during lunch time, and then walk over to my favourite vegetarian shop for lunch.

I’ve been wanting to visit the museum, and I marked it in my calendar to do so today. There are 4 storeys to explore, including a rooftop orchid garden. I claim Buddhism as my religion, and find great pleasure and meaning in visiting temples. For the record, I’ve flew in to Chengdu just to see the Big Buddha in Le Shan and visit some of the famous temples in 2014. (One of the crazy things I do!)

Also, today is the 15th day of the second lunar month. I make it a point to visit the temple to pray and be a vegetarian on the 1st and 15th of the lunar month. I am very used and comfortable with being a vegetarian. I was once a vegetarian for 9 months. I did that after my grandfather passed away, and I hope by earning merits for my grandfather in his afterlife by being a vegetarian.

When I was still in junior college, someone predicted I will become a Buddhist. Back when I was younger in secondary school, I believed in Christianity, and followed my dad to the church. Big life events happened, one of which was my best friend passing away, and that changed my life. My godmother brought me to temples during weekends, and I gradually learnt more about Buddhism. I didn’t thought of myself as a Buddhist then. It was much later on when my grandfather fell very ill, and I was so scared, of losing him. I was in university then, and I was not ready to lose him. I was desperate. I prayed. I prayed hard for him. I prayed it’s not cancer, but some other illnesses which are more easily treated. God answered to my prayers, and he was found to have TB and not cancer. I thanked God for it, and kept to my promise that I will do more good for my prayers answered. And I got even closer to Buddhism, and eventually called myself a Buddhist.

I do not call myself an expert with Buddhism, I know too little. Although I took a term of Buddhism class, but that is not enough. It is a constant learning, and exploration. But I do know something. I have been a blessed girl, and I will continue to learn to grow empathy, and be kind to others. And we call this “merit”.

Merit for myself, merit for my family, merit for friends. Whoever it is for, as long as we try to be kind to one another, we can make this world a better place to live in. Thankful for Buddhism, I am constantly learning how to become a better person.

I always believe every religion is good, and it teaches everyone to practice good. It’s the calling of every individual. And I call this “fate”. I am not saying Buddhism is the best religion in the world, and everyone should believe in it. Believe in what is best for you.

Hope everyone had a good break today.

#celebratelife365 #thrive

Day 27: #celebratelife365

Today is “meet old MediaCorp colleagues” day. I saw 2 of them in 1 day. One of them near my office, and the other near home. And coincidentally they are both from NPP (Programming).

Brought back lots of wonderful memories, and I was quite close to one of them. It’s always good to meet old friends, and hearing them tell me I am looking even better then before and I glow! 🙂

I may not be friends with everyone in the world, but I know I have friends who I can call my world.

Thank you to all my friends who believe in me. Cheers!

#celebratelife365 #thrive

Day 26: #celebratelife365

Met a vendor today and learnt many new things about WeChat. How to use it for brands and achieving their marketing goals. Heard so much about O2O and today just made everything crystal clear.

Always great to learn new things, and especially awesome when they can be applied to work.

#Celebratelife365 #thrive