June 25, 2016

31 Questions That Will Change Your Life



So, I stumbled upon this questionnaire from lifehack.org that claims will change your life.

1. Are you doing what you truly want to do? Maybe. The thing is I don't exactly know what I truly what to do right now however I try to like the things going on my way. So maybe I'm fine.

2. Do you have a dream to follow? Yes. Generally, my dream is to have my own garden when I am retired. Just like my mother. Life's good when you have your own garden - grow plants and them them flourish. :p

3. Are you proud of what you’re doing or what you’ve done? Yes, absolutely. It's surprising how life unfolds for the better in the long run. 

4. How many promises have you made and how many of them have you fulfilled? I don't count promises. As far as I could remember, the time I learned by heart the cliche that promises are meant to be broken, I try to stop myself from making people expect things from me that myself could not even cope up. I know the feeling - I have felt them many times.

5. What’s the one thing you really want to do but have never done so, and why? The first thing that came up in mind is learning how to play the drums. I remember my brother even asked his friend to teach me how to play the drums every weekend at home but I never really got into it. His drum set is just sitting at home. It's sad.

6. Have you ever failed anyone who you loved or loved you? I might have.

7. Will you take a shot if the chance of failure and success is 50-50? Of course. I'm a juggler.

8. If you could travel to the past in a time machine, what advice would you give to the 6-year-old you? Keep reading and enjoy the simple joys in life.

9. Will you break the rules because of something/someone you care about? Depends on the situation. It's not wise to break the rules all the time and otherwise.

10. Have you ever abandoned a creative idea that you believed because others thought you were a fool? I abandoned my "creative ideas" because they just don't amuse me in the long run. I thought so.

11. What would you prefer? Stable but boring works or interesting works with lots of workload? Interesting works with lots of workload! It's all about satisfaction.

12. Are you afraid of making mistakes even though there’s no punishments at all? I am not afraid however it should not be repetitive (because if so then there must be something wrong),

13. If you would clone yourself, which of your characteristics you wouldn’t want to be cloned? Hm, that is a tough one. I like my characteristics. I have lived with it, honestly. I am a bit obsessive compulsive but sometimes it helps me with things and sometimes it does not at all however there are always ways to fabricate the unlikely things.
 
14. What’s the difference between you and most of the other people? I have no idea and I don't wanna point out things because, honestly, what is the point? Everyone is different and similar however your perspective is.

15. Are you making some influences on the world or constantly being influenced by the world? Both. I know that whatever I do has a ripple effect to the ones close to me and they ripple through. The same as other people has influenced me and it will also ripple through. It is how it works for every human being.

16. The thing you cried for last time, does it matter to you now or will it matter to you 5 years later? Maybe or maybe not. I would not know. At least I have a story to tell and it would hopefully become a lesson to whoever I share it with.

17. Is there anything you can’t let go of but you know you should? Yes, probably.

18. Do you remember anyone you hated 10 years ago? Does it matter now? No.

19. Which makes you happier, to forgive someone or to hate someone forever? To forgive someone and move on from it.

20. What are you worrying about and what’s the difference if you stop worrying about it? For how long will I stay in this country. There's no difference if I stop worrying about it. I know, I worry on uncontrollable things. 

21. If you’d die now, would you have any regrets? No.

22. Which one would you prefer, having a luxurious trip alone or having a picnic with people you love? Having a picnic with people I love!

23. Who do you admire and why? I admire a lot of people and the reason is because they are great in what they do.

24. Is there anyone who inspired you and made you who you are today? Not just one but sure there are a lot plus good and bad life experiences. 

25. What’s the thing you’re most satisfied with? Generally, I am satisfied with how I can sleep better at night because that means everything is fine.

26. When was the last time you laughed and what did you laugh at? I laughed at myself because I have a defective speech that sometimes I change the syllable in a word unintentionally. Good thing it happens rarely. Mostly when what I talk is different from what I am thinking. Isn't it weird and funny. Haha, self.

27. Are you doing anything which makes you and people around you happy? Maybe. I mean who would do something that makes other people unhappy?

28. Is there anyone who you love or loves you? This makes me think. Maybe. I mean, I am not that bad. I think. I hate this question.

29. When was the last time you really talked with your parents/family? Last weekend in Abu Dhabi.

30. If happiness is a currency, how rich do you think you are? I am earning dollars.

31. If today’d be the end of the world, what’d you do? Relax and rewind - I must be satisfied. Life well spent. 

June 24, 2016

Ice Breaker #10: I was once mistake for...

Somewhere in Old Dubai area
I was once mistaken for a serious person. Well, not just once but I think most of the time. It's probably because I talk less and (most probably~) I have a bitchy resting face. Plus include my casual mood swings that has nothing to do with anyone but myself alone. (Sorry not sorry!) 

It's funny how people start to think that I am mad when I am not. It mostly occurred during college when my block-mates would just keep quiet and look at me and say sarcastically that everyone should shut up because I am already annoyed when in fact I was just staring blankly at something random and thinking about food. From then on I have been aware of how would people think about me but that did not last long. I never cared what other people think of me by the way I normally look when all my facial muscles are relaxed. It's just how I am - that's what makes me me! :p

My close friends would know this better.



June 10, 2016

None Of Them Make Much Sense Mixtape

It's the weekend and I am kind of trying to kill boredom. So I made a mix and it is just about anything hence the title - None Of Them Make Much Sense - or maybe they do? I don't know. Enjoy.


June 3, 2016

A Pattern of Life

You wake up in the wee hours of the morning on a weekend and thinking you deserve more sleep. Most days of your week starts at 6:30 am, dreading the get up to shower so you stay 15 minutes longer in bed, with closed eyes hoping the clocks were wrong. Until your time is over and the alarm seems to slap you in the face and you are ready for the day. It's a routine. So waking up hours before the usual time on a weekend seems to be wrong. Until your mind tries to wander around and you start to contemplate on things in general. Or, overthinking.

Are you happy where you are? I guess so. However, when someone asks me that question, I think twice. And it's okay to think twice when you are asked life questions like this... I guess. How are you coping? Are you satisfied with your life right now? How are you?

I can never be satisfied at 25. There are things to be experienced and done for the better and upcoming years. There is that thing that always makes you crave for more... it's like trying to grasp everything you can and experience it in one whole year. You think you're done but there are still more and it goes on and on. 

However your body, mind and soul can only carry enough. Just enough for you that your ego could not accept. It's difficult to manage but manageable.

Not quite sure where this thing is going but I know for sure that -- I don't wanna go nowhere fast. I wanna visit places, slowly.

Now go back to sleep.

May 20, 2016

Korean Beef Bowl recipe


Korean Beef Bowl recipe

Ingredients

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 kilogram ground beef
1 onion, thinly sliced
ground black pepper
spring onions, minced
cooking oil

Procedure

1. Combine brown sugar, soy sauce, ground black pepper, and ginger
2. Heat the cooking oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add garlic until it turns brownish.
3. Add the ground beef and cook until they are light brown. Once cooked, drain the excess fat.
4. Pour in the soy sauce mixture and onions to the skillet. Allow it to simmer.
5. Take a taste test -- add more pepper as you want or add pepper flakes.
6. Take a bowl of rice and serve it with the beef recipe on top. Add spring onions as garnish.

Enjoy! :)

May 9, 2016

Life Lately | 1


It was nice to be out for lunch with my teammates. My Fettuccine with Meat Balls is from Carluccio's, Marina Mall. 


Enjoyed too much of the photo booth with my colleagues at the Arabian Travel Market opening party at Rixos The Palm on a Sunday night. The loudest Sunday night I have been to in Dubai so far. 


Eating ice creams and taking naps with my sister Rachel and her husband Melbert at Mamzar Beach Park.


Trying to burn some calories as well these past few days... since the food that I almost eat everyday is fattening (or that's how I purposely think about it!)


Winding down in the evening with a cup of tea to relax my chaotic mind (sometimes~)


Watched two movies so far with my roommates -- Jungle Book (April) and Huntsman (May). I think we are doing it as a monthly activity!


 So far it has been a good life lately. How's yours?

May 6, 2016

The Friday Currently Vol. 4

My view at the gym - in Al Barsha 1, Dubai

Reading - I am starting to read 1984 by George Orwell. I am just a few pages in and so far it's interesting. Scary how some things in the book are somehow happening now or has happened before. 

Writing - This blog entry. It's been a while that I have not written anything except work e-mails. So I am really looking forward to update my blog with my Friday happenings... ;p

Listening - The Everly Brothers -- because I miss listening to old music! Back in the Philippines, we would play old music at home so loud all day. That's how some weekends should be! :p

Celebrating - my brother's birthday? Well, He is in Brunei right now and he is in fact working! So I just bought some nice Madeleines and a cup of coffee to celebrate life! 

Thinking - about planting again but how would I do this? There's no way for me to do gardening here. So I am wondering, when will I ever have my own garden again? Missing the home so much!

Smelling - Madeleine and coffee~

Feeling - a bit tired. I went to the gym this morning and made rounds in Carrefour. 

May 4, 2016

Thoughts on my first year work anniversary


Today marks my first anniversary at work. I didn't realize it until my boss mentioned it. It's weird how I was so excited yesterday that I am going to be one year at work today... And on the very day, I completely forgot about it. Nothing exciting happened on this day except that I cooked Lo Mien Beef with Broccoli however I still could not make something that is exactly as nice-looking as the pictures on the internet. It was definitely exciting from the start and ended up feeling okay about myself for not being very good at cooking. Nothing is perfect after all!

So anyways, one year... Wow. I remember asking myself how I am after a year of finally paying my own bills and doing actual adult responsibilities. you know, those serious and boring things~ Well, so far it has been fun to actually manage my own money. Keeping track of my money seems exhausting task to do but I look forward of doing my "accounting" on a weekly and monthly basis. I think I can say that I am proud to be frugal.

Work-wise, it has been very good. I can not believe a year has passed already. Exactly a year ago today, I had very little idea about how the company I worked for is all about. Until I learned... a lot. It's a very interesting company to be in - I feel lucky to be working there and proud of being part of it! There are so many things to learn and that means more knowledge and experience. For sure, I can say my work adds a little spice to the overall quality of my life in general.

Life abroad? Bittersweet. For sure, I miss home so much but I still think I am given an opportunity to know the outside world more. It's exhausting for an introvert like me to actually get out there but I manage. I always am open to new experiences and friendships. 

Overall, I am doing good! Looking forward to another year or maybe more years to come! 


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