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Here’s one of the things I would totally do and blame on my other half if it ever snows in Sydney:

This is worth a major ROFL!

Til I see you next time – take care and be safe ūüôā

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Having been away for so long, I’m back and I can’t promise that this will remain short, but I will certainly try!

Let’s go back to way before Christmas. When Christmas is around the corner, a headache ensues on what to buy for others. I’ve always been one to be prepared to buy gifts that the person will like or appreciate so buying ahead of time is important to me. With that said, we only buy things for people we know. But what about¬†strangers who need our help? Do you spare a thought for them during the season of giving?

My friends and I encountered this dude on one of Sydney’s street malls, and I have to say, what he does is extraordinary and creative. I’ve attached a video below for your viewing pleasure:

This is the first I’ve seen of a person who has such deepset interest in such an art. How can one not feel the need to give him just $10 for such hard work? I believe that hard work pays off, and I want to not only give gifts to my friends, but commit a random act of kindness.

Yes, even purchasing something! Goes in line with what I was out to do anyway – shop and buy presents! The only difference is there is no present for anyone but myself and to give myself a warm fuzzy feeling inside for contributing to amazing art ūüôā

See below for what I bought – perfect for Christmas!

How does this:

Become this?

Here’s how; see this cut side?

Place it on your hand like so:

Use your pointer finger and push the opposite un-cut side:

And VOILA!

That’s it! Hope you enjoyed that, and I’ll write again soon. Here’s his website if you’re interested to see more awesome stuff – click here . This can be made into furniture too… GO TAKE A LOOK!

‘Til then, take care and don’t rest on your laurels!

It feels as if it’s been a long time (and it has!) since I’ve last written a word here and I feel it is time to indulge myself in a little bit of writing – one I’ve been depriving myself of¬†due to¬†a new-found love. Explanation (which I think I owe more than anything to anybody who reads this dry and crumbly place I call a blog) below:

I admit that I am sometimes prone to lazyness,¬†and am¬†afraid it has taken over¬†me¬†after I bought my iPad. Yes, I have become “one of those people” who own an iPad. If it’s any consolation, carrying it around while I’m outdoors is a no-no for me. Like most people, I carry it to bed with me every night. Which leads to my current obsession.

Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre Foods!

Recommendations from friends made me source for it on YouTube (and a lack of television at home – I know, how can anybody live without one GASP) led me to utilise my iPad in bed while watching Andrew Zimmern stuff horrific things down his throat. I’m totally obsessed with where he goes and what he does. From rubbing guinea pigs on his body to eating potatoes that were previously crushed with his feet –¬†how is that not entertaining?!

Here’s something new:

Advise is a verb, advice is a noun!

So, I shall write by practicing this new knowledge.

” What you know now that you didn’t know then…”

This was what was plaguing my mind for the last few days. 

On top of that comes the punch. Would you still give the advice you gave someone all those years ago? Or would you have told them something completely¬†new now with what you currently know? Say, maybe you’ve mature over time and had some changes happening in your life¬†which in turn¬†changes the way you look¬†at things¬†(all over again or yet again – things change over time constantly no matter how much we dislike it!).

With that said, I have to admit that in an ideal world I would love to live without regret. Alas, every action has a consequence and sometimes, not everything I do has awesome consequences! Hey – we’re all only human right? I certainly don’t know how I feel about giving people advice now.

In fact, I am absolutely petrified that the advice I give might cause them a misfortune that I personally don’t want to be responsible for. Not that I want to shed responsibility and neither should they take my advice understantably so because everyone has a choice. But just the thought – what if?

Ah… “What if”… The two little words you ponder over at least a million¬†times in this life when making a decision. I thought about any advice I’ve ever given to someone and the latest would be advising some friends of recent relationship developments¬†or breakdowns. I believe that being able to do what you like without sacrificing your personal happiness is important. For example, if someone is constantly not happy in a relationship, they should break things off.

Harsh (and simple), I know, but look at it this way (Disclaimer: This is just my opinion! Not really any advice you should, but could probably¬†take…) :

  • Why should you be with someone who makes you unhappy? That’s unhealthy in the emotions file, and if you think you deserve to feel unhappy then you’re warped (unless you killed someone and haven’t been caught then you deserve it – 100x).
  • You can’t just HOPE for things to turn out awesome or just the way you want it to. That other person in the relationship? He/She still has their personal goals or ideals too! *shocker*¬†This also includes wanting to change someone –¬†I mean, what’s the point?¬†‘Nuff said!¬†
  • If you can talk about it, then talk about it. It’s your life and if the issue could be resolved simply by talking, why squander the feelings you’ve developed by keeping your mouth shut?

As an afterthought, what if someone breaks up with their other half because they followed the advice and feel a thousand times worse than they did before?

I have been told that when I advise someone, I usually advise them according to what their situation is and not what I think they should do. In my opinion, that’s the only way relevant to someones’ problems. Giving someone your own opinion as compared to giving it some extra thought and¬†advising them according to what their situation entails? Miles apart.¬†

I guess you can’t do it all the time, but if you can, then I guess you’ve struck a balance – good for you! At the end of the day, I think it’s all about balance in life. There’s no right or wrong way, thus no definition of what balance is! My definition of it is¬† this – if your thoughts and feelings sit right with you, then that’s balance enough for me.

Work has been a handful since one of colleagues left very suddenly, leaving two of us to split some work. This means one and a half persons work to be done each day! However as all deadlines for the weekend was yesterday (Thursday) I am happily taking the time out to blog because I haven’t updated for quite some time and I feel that it is my duty to do so just for the fun of doing some writing (which I haven’t done in awhile and miss terribly).

I usually take a break in between my duties so I always get started on something else with a clear head. For the past two weeks it hasn’t been this way. I would continue to do what I’ve been doing and a few new emails will pop up with more stuff! When I’m done with half of those, a few new ones will pop up yet again so this means no breaks in between, work all the way through. I even have lunch while doing work sometimes because I know that if I don’t, I’ll be swamped after lunch time is over.

What’s worse was my colleague left to go for a music festival that¬†she’s¬†already bought tickets for. For four days, I was doing the work of three people! It was daunting and stressful to the point where I forgot to eat lunch. BUT – I took it as a challenge and I got through it. It’s an awesome personal achievement (although there were moments where I want to break down and cry while pulling my hair out in frustration) which gives me great pride in knowing that I can take the pressure and I can probably work very well – if not better – under pressure.

With¬†my current predicament, it’s no surprise why I come home tired every evening. During the weekends, I¬†can be¬†seen vegetating at home. The call of the city and things to see just wasn’t even appealing anymore.

Unhealthy? Yes, I’d like to think so. My remedy is to visit the city to see the sights and enjoy myself as much as possible.

The only thing more unhealthy is having a day at work that’s not so busy. I feel as if I’m not productive enough and seek for things to do. And when that’s done, I don’t know what else I can do to make myself more useful.¬†

I realise that I am getting very¬†accustomed to the feeling of being busy – and liking it. This is a disastrous¬†recipe for a workaholic! Outcome would be awesome because I’ll have A LOT of things done.¬†Downside would be burning out from doing many many things without taking the time to relax and unwind. There’s got to be a balance and I need to find one!

As the world now knows, 1,400 Malaysians have been arrested.

Arrested for having a voice (and balls/guts might I add) to participate in a rally held in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, 9th of July 2011, advocating for clean and fair elections. Bersih means clean in Bahasa Malaysia which is also the name of the whole campaign.

If Malaysia is a democratic country, why is it that people can’t protest peacefully? For further emphasis, please see the videos below with further explanation:

This one features the Information Minister, telling us that “we are allowing protest… but the protesters didn’t want to disperse… police compromised… police succeeded in handling them gently.. THIS PROTEST IS ILLEGAL”. What the %&#* is he trying to get across by saying it’s legal, THEN illegal?!

What more, telling the journalist interviewing him that they are wrongfully reporting what was really going on and that the people in the video she was watching were “all actors”. Does a melee of hundreds of people; running around to avoid being sprayed by CHEMICAL WATER, look like actors to you? I’m sure the footage was Al-Jazeera’s!

Who paid them to be there voluntarily and have chemicals sprayed on them?

To add insult to injury; that is no doubt already fizzing from salt, the interviewer said that ” our correspondence officer came back to the office, sir, with chemicals in his eyes”.

HOW CAN ANYONE IGNORE THAT STATEMENT AND CONTINUE RANTING ABOUT FALSE ACCUSATIONS BY AL-JAZEERA, MAKING COMPARISONS BETWEEN MALAYSIA AND PAKISTAN/BURMA/MYANMAR? 

I am truly disgusted. If anyone who’s not Malaysian heard him say the word “bayar”, it just means pay. How did he get the position of Information Minister when he can’t think of an easy three-letter-word in English (the second language we learn in school year in year out too!)?

And by saying that the protest is illegal (at the end of the video) because there’s elections every five years?!

What a numbskull –¬†PEOPLE ARE PROTESTING BECAUSE THEY WANT CLEAN¬†AND FAIR ELECTIONS!!! Which part of the briefing did he space out on? All of it I reckon.

Oh, and not to mention the many accounts of spraying chemical water into hospital compounds and using force to subdue people…? All denounced when the Prime Minister said the below:

Really? Was there no actual force used?! What about this?

Will you allow someone who would lie internationally, lead YOUR country? What does that say about him, or you for that matter?

I believe that by settling problems/issues with violence is a sure sign of weakness. By contradicting yourself is another sure sign that you’re afraid, uninformed, and have no grounds to represent the people ¬†much less the country. There is no cause to stop people from protesting as the protest was done peacefully.

The only reason why there were casualties was because the FRU (riot squad) and police started throwing teargas and chemical water at people.

I went as far as to un-friend someone on facebook who commented that “after all the casualties, it was still pointless”. I bet you he wasn’t there. I’m not saying I was there, but I just plain don’t like people who rattle away about issues that their miniscule, mentally-incapacitated minds can never in a million years comprehend. Why should I associate myself with someone like that?

I know – opinions are like assholes, everyone has one. But no; not when I can help it, I shouldn’t have to listen/read someone’s dumb opinion.

If you can’t prove something, then keep it to yourself. Who’s to say what’s pointless when you obviously don’t share the same ideas that the greater good does?¬†

As I grow up, I realised a few things:

1. You can plan your life out like a map; your ducks in a row so to say. But things will change. Life will change. You will change. Circumstances will be different. And all that was planned will be shot to death. You can only have a goal and work (very hard) towards it.

2. You CAN do so much in one day – but that’s if you WANT to do it.

3. Sometimes, they ARE out to get you. So always watch your back.

4. You’d feel better being diplomatic than blowing your top off for all situations¬†– something I should do more often.

5. Know your shit so you don’t get caught out and you could possibly catch a bullshitter in the act!

6. Always read the news. It helps build better conversations with people.

7. Listen to what others have to say and¬†accept their opinions/thoughts even if you don’t full agree. Everyone; even YOU, have your own opinions on things. What makes yours right and others wrong?¬†

8. Don’t judge. We are humans and it is almost instinct to judge somebody from the get-go. However, we can always try not to. ūüôā

So. That’s what I’ve learnt and am trying not to do as I grow older. What did YOU learn?


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