Day 35: #Celebratelife365

I had a good dinner to end the work week. Went to Suprette in Kam Leng Hotel for dinner. Food was good, and free flow of fries! What caught my eye was the hotel’s decoration. It’s rustic, charming in it’s own ways. I did a quick research on my phone.

I’ve always loved doing staycations, especially in unique hotels. Kam Leng definitely got my attention, and the price is very attractive. Maybe, the next time…hmm

Nonetheless, always happy to discover a new place. I should go to bed now. Got a play to catch tomorrow. Looking forward to the show!

Goodnight everyone!

#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.

#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 22: #celebratelife365

Stayed out later then usual today, on my way home now. I haven’t done this for a long time. Thankful for the peace and security in this country, my home.

#celebratelife365 #thrive

Day 19: #Celebratelife365

No mistake in the header. It’s day 19. I decided to skip a day on 23 March 2015, because it’s a sad day for me, a Singapore’s daughter.

The mood is still heavy, the pain is still raw.

I was working on my final paper for my marketing course, and I came across this article by Arianna Huffington. Huffington post launches Huffpost Gratitude. It is an initiative to encourage people to give thanks, and be more appreciative. This is exactly the same reason I started this #Celebratelife365 project.

Today, I saw my results for one of my marketing module’s final paper. I did very well. But it would be even tougher if I didn’t leave in a safe and peaceful environment that allowed me to work and study in. I thank our founding father, Mr Lee Kuan Yew for providing us with a place we are all proud to call home.

He lived an eventful life. He made some tough decisions, and not pleasant. But as he lay there in the coffin, I hear kind words said of him. We get graded for our lives after we breathe our last. Thank you for living such an outstanding life, Mr Lee.

#Celebratelife365 #Thrive

Day 9: #Celebratelife365

 

I still have 2 weeks to the end of my NYU modules. It’s another student weekend, pounding hard on my notes and assignments. Mum cooked lunch today, it was spaghetti with scallops. It was good fuel to see me through work after lunch. But for some strange reasons, I was hungry an hour later after lunch. I have been eating alot recently, my metabolism rate seems to have gone up.

As I really need to do my work, I didn’t want to eat any food that will induce food coma. (okay, that’s an excuse. I was craving for sashimi, and those ikura! Look at the last picture, sashimi salad.)

I’ve always been a fan of anything Japanese. From the language, to culture, and also food. I’m pretty good at preparing Japanese cuisine. Haven’t done it for a while because it’s quite time consuming. I like to prepare most of the items from scratch. For example when making chawamushi, I would boil the kelps to make the dashi, and use it with the egg mixture, instead of getting instant dashi powder.

It’s been a productive day, and I am very happy. I would also credit this to the sleep I had yesterday. I wanted to work on my assignments yesterday while on leave, but I had bad menstrual cramps, so I ended up sleeping quite a bit, woke up for dinner and went to sleep again. I didn’t do any work, but I woke up feeling fresh this morning. I was well-rested. I’ve always been an advocate of sleep, so no, I don’t feel guilty. If I didn’t get the rest I needed, I wouldn’t be so productive today. Most probably I will still be trying to recover from my cramps today. (Thankfully it’s gone away!)

So many things to celebrate and be happy about today. Remember, you decide your happiness. No matter what happens, you can decide how things can affect you. Your car might break down, but it will give you the chance to take public transport and understand how people without cars commute. No matter how bad things might seem, it will always be a blessing in disguise.

Stay happy, #celebratelife365, and #thrive!

Sashimi for tea

Sashimi for tea

Chawamushi

Chawamushi

Sashimi Salad

Sashimi Salad. Look at those ikura!

 

Day 3: #CelebrateLife365 Happy Women’s Day

Happy Women’s Day to all beautiful ladies, wherever you are, who you are. Today is 8 March, and this special day, we give special attention to ladies.

Spent my day studying, and working on assignments. It’s been a really packed weekend, making full use of whatever time I can find to get as much done as possible.

But as my friends will know, a hungry Mavis is an angry Mavis.

It’s a very very late lunch today. And you can see, it’s a lot of food. (And I finished them.)

Close up Sashimi salad

Close up of Sashimi Salad

Sakae Sushi late lunch 8 March 2015

Sashimi treat for myself on 8 March 2015

Close up Sashimi Don

Close up of Sashimi Don

A little treat for myself on this day, 8 March 2015. Happy Women’s Day! All the more you got to remind yourself to #CelebrateLife365 and BE HAPPY!

#Thrive

Happy Lunar New Year! 新年快乐!羊年行大运!

小时候,过年感觉很忙。好多东西要做,摆放糖果,做最后的装饰。

转眼间,又是过年了。可是一年比一年不忙。可能是经历多了,只要每天过得平安开心就好。过年,讨个吉利,却不必铺张。只要能够跟家人坐在一起吃饭,大家过得好好的,也就已经心满意足了。

一年复一年。羊年的脚步逼近,我们也快送走马大哥了。

今年无法守岁,因为明天需要很早就起身。我,逸鏵就在这里祝大家”三阳开泰,如意吉祥”!在羊年里,大家身体健康,平安顺心。

Happy New Year!