Blessed New Year super people!
Hope you had a great start to the brand new year. So much to look forward to this year, and am truly blessed to be able to share the journey ahead with you. Here's a simple little video for you :-)
Meantime, here's my template for a quick review on 2015 and resolutions for the new year ahead. I hope this will help. Feel free to use and share. :-)
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What is your #1 goal for 2016? :-)
Mwahahaha. Here's a 1-take video of our lil' wacky experiment, just for fun. Please please pleeeeeeeease.... leave your brains behind when watching this and please do not try this at home.
With Microsoft preparing to unveil its Lumia 730 “Selfie Phone” and other players like Sony, OPPO and Lava also cashing in on the selfie phenomenon, all eyes are on IFA 2014. Indeed, it will be interesting to see what the manufacturing giants will unveil at the biggest tech show in Europe this week.
Meantime, in conjunction with this narcissistic craze, here's a tribute to some of the most amusing shots of all time. IMHO. From creative selfies and failed wefies to funny dogfies, catfies and other amusing animal self-portraits - these are my top 10 favourites. Have a smiley day ahead! Hehe. :-D
#1: The OMG selfie
#2: The classic wefie
#3: The tipu punya selfie
#4: The failed selfie
#5: The "effortless-underwater" selfie
#6: The "are-you-nuts?!" selfie
#7: The professional selfie
#8: The "look-ma-no-hands" selfie
#9: The photobomb selfie
#10: The "what-the-..." selfie
So which did you like best? :-D
My parents are Malaysians, and although they come from very diverse ethnic backgrounds (mum is Kelabit and dad is Chinese), they seemed to have some pretty quirky unifying behavioral traits. I’m not sure if I can enlist them as typical to “Asian parents” per se (your feedback is most appreciated), but these were some of the things/practices I grew up with. Welcome to my childhood.
p/s: Mum/dad, if you’re reading this, I love you veeeeeeery much, so please don’t take this the wrong way. :-D
#1: They speak louder on outstation and international telephone calls
Apparently, the further the geographical distance, the harder it is for the person on the other line to hear them.
#2: Word of the day – STUDY
Question of the day – “Have you studied yet?” Anything apart from studying is unacceptable and a total waste of time.
#3: Holidays are an opportunity to get ahead of others in school
Holiday? What holiday? Tuition = A way of life.
#4: Anything less than an A+ is unacceptable.
In your report card: A = average, B = bad, C = crap, D = die, F = there is no such thing. Oh and if you don’t get at least an A for Mathematics, you are a disgrace.
#5: No matter how well you did at school, they always know someone whose kid did better than you.
#6: Second most important word of the day – EAT
“Finish your food”, “Don’t waste your food”, “Do you know how many children out there don’t have food to eat?”, “Eat first”, “Eat now”, “Eat while it’s hot”, “EAT!!!!”
Oh and plus, your food will always has rice in it, no matter what. Maybe that's why now, I can't live without eating rice at least once a day.
#7: If it’s not on sale, don’t buy it.
#8: They think they’re doctors, even though they’ve never set foot in med school.
#9: They want you to study hard and be a Doctor. Or a Dentist at the very least.
#10: Every conversation with them turns out to be a life lesson
So how many of you also grew up with the rotan (cane) for discipline, Tigerbalm as a solution to most things, and a piano/organ in the living room? :-D
Although some reach it earlier than others, the plan is to get there eventually. Here are 20 signs that are a good indication that you’ve grown up.
1. Your relationships are less dramatic than they used to be
2. You are a lot calmer
3. Your health appears to be important to you
4. You’ve raised your standards
5. You have a higher tolerance towards your parents, and make an effort to spend more time/stay in touch with them
6. You have fewer friends, but the ones that you spend time with, are real
7. You have no time for trivial stuff
8. You’re not bothered about what people think of you
9. You are able to focus on the solution, rather than stress over the details of a problem
10. You are not afraid to ask for help
11. You are not afraid to admit that you are wrong
12. You choose to be more positive
13. You’ve accepted what you can’t change and change what you can’t accept
14. You are no longer bitter about your exes
15. You appreciate your time at home
16. You are able to celebrate the success of others
17. You are able to turn jealousy into fuel for success
18. The phrase “Stupidity is not a handicap” makes sense to you
19. You often begin sentences with “Last time…” and “When I was younger…”
20. You gain weight with ease. Even breathing makes you fat
Growing up in a rather strict Christian family environment, my siblings and I were granted minimal access to TV and radio. At that time, “internet” wasn’t even part of our vocab, so as kids, our form of entertainment included:
1) Main getah (jumping “rope” made out of rubber bands)
The “rope” is woven by rubber bands and is used to challenge one’s ability to jump over it, as the height gradually increased with each successful attempt. Not recommended for people with hairy legs.
[Photo credit: http://flourbasic.blogspot.com/2014/01/lompat-getah-aka-zero-point.html]
I believe this was a universal form of entertainment for most children born before the 90’s and requires no further explanation.
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3) Batu tujuh (translated literally as seven stones)
Better known as “batu seremban”, the idea of this game is to flick one stone up while sweeping as many of the remaining ones before catching the stone that had been flicked. A quiet game of balance, speed and agility. A variation of this game uses tiny square rice pillows instead of stones.
[Photo credit: http://syahdinabatrisyia.blogspot.com/2013/06/batu-seremban.html]
4) Guli (marbles)
A border is set and players aim to hit their opponents’ marbles out. A non-violent game of strategy and accuracy.
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Sure, there was a host of other activities that proved to be truly amusing to us back then (waaaaaaay before the age of iPads and touch-screen phones). I remember playing with fighting fishes, flying home-made kites, congkak, jumping ropes and my ultimate favourite…
…playing badminton over the house gate. Classic.
As you’d probably guess by now, TV was a treat; and even more so when you have your church Pastor as a dad. A disciplinarian at that, mind you.
I remember having a 30-minute daily allowance to sit in front of the TV. That meant that I had to choose wisely. Very wisely.
You can imagine the dilemma I faced as a child, when my favourite shows like MacGyver, Nightrider and Airwolf were showing on the same day as cartoons like Voltron, Care Bears, Jem and Thundercats.
Then there was Transformers. Remember this?
Now that was the Transformers I grew up with. #nostalgia
In 2007, thanks to Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg, the first live action film of Transformers was born. Every 2 years since then, a new installment to the movie was introduced, bringing us to Transformers: Age of Extinction, released 12 days ago.
Despite being the worst-reviewed film of the franchise, Age of Extinction still proved worthy of some valuable leadership lessons.
In this movie, our all-time hero – Optimus Prime – proved that great leaders create loyalty, so much so that an Autobot actually said,
"You just want to die for the guy."
"That's the kind of leader you die following." - Crosshairs
A few of my favourite quotes from the movie:
Rule? Don’t make it sound so harsh. It’s wisdom. -Cade Yeager
At times, we tend to misinterpret valuable advice from leadership figures as rules, especially when they prevent us from acting according to our impulses. Never do something permanently foolish because you are temporarily upset.
I’m doing things out of my league. -Cade Yeager
In life, if you don’t risk anything, you risk everything. Successful people willingly do what unsuccessful people are unwilling to do. Don’t be afraid to push yourself to extend the boundaries of your capabilities.
You gotta have faith, Prime. Maybe not in who we are, but who we can be. -Cade Yeager
Every single thing that has ever happened in your life is preparing you for a moment that is yet to come. We are destined for greatness. However, that path to greatness requires effort and effort is only effort when it begins to hurt. Don’t give up.
Focus! Stop talking! -Shane Dyson
Stop talking and start doing.
"Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people." -Eleanor Roosevelt
Let me know what you think of the movie! Meantime, have a wonderful day ahead super people! Thank you for inspiring this post!
This week, my #babybaby and I attempted to record an unboxing video. Attempted.
Those who know my husband on a personal level will agree that he's got quite a bit of funny in him. This shoot, he decided to be generous and share a little of that funny with us. On camera.
I find it quite refreshing to be honest. But then again, it's my husband. So I'll probably still say that he's the best looking man alive, even when he's fat and wrinkly (although I secretly hope that it won't both happen at the same time). Anyway, this is what I chose to live with for the rest of my life, and I have absolutely no regrets. #marriedlife #ilovemyhusband.
Meantime, looking forward to your input on some travel suggestions! Don't worry, it doesn't have to be according to our bucket lists. We welcome all ideas!! Hehe. Happy watching! Mwah mwah! xx
Those who know us well enough will concur that #babybaby and I are one of the most boring young couples you could ever find.
Well, for starters, we’d pick home over a night out, movie in our living room over the cinema, bottled water over any form of alcohol, shopping for gadgets over clothes. Perhaps that’s why we ended up marrying each other. *laugh* Perfect, right?
I believe we can actually count the number of times we’ve been out to the movies with 10 fingers. Or less. This is over 2 years, mind you. So yes, we have a lot of catching up to do.
Last Friday we contributed one more finger to our movie counter through a date with the mutants via the highest-grossing film in the X-Men film series. Besides the fact that it raked in USD310+ million in just the first seven days of release, I must say that this seventh installment in the X-Men film series left quite an impression on me, a layman.
X-Men: Days of Future Past.
While I leave the proper review of this engaging movie to the X-Men purists, I’d like to share 6 powerful leadership lessons I learnt from Charles Xavier during my 131 minutes with the mutants. :-D
Logan, I was a very different man. Lead me, guide me, be patient with me. -Charles Xavier
Always be remember and be grateful to the leadership figures in your life who chose to see past your immaturity and focus on your potential, making you the leader you are today; be it at your workplace, your social circles or even your home.
I’ve been trying to control you since the day we met, and look where that’s got us. I have faith in you. -Charles Xavier
There couldn’t be a clearer definition of management vs. leadership. Leadership 101. Are you a manager who tells people what to do, or are you a leader who nurtures and empowers others?
Enough ripples and you change time, for the future is never truly set. -Charles Xavier
Never discount the small things that make the big difference. Every decision you make today will affect your future. Never do something permanently foolish just because you are temporarily upset.
“Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.” –Vincent Can Gogh
Your best is enough. Trust me. -Charles Xavier
No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress as a person or a leader, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying. Remember also, that when values are clear, decisions are easy.
The greatest gift we have is to bear their pain without breaking and it comes from your most human part, hope. -Charles Xavier
Leaders are dealers in hope. As a leader, your job is to keep hope alive. Never give up on the people you love, no matter how unlovable they might be at times.
“The man who can keep his focus on what he wants can achieve it without feeling the pain it took to get him there.” –Dennis Devader
Just because someone stumbles and loses their way, it doesn’t mean they’re lost forever. -Charles Xavier
Failure is never final. Every single thing that has ever happened in your life is preparing you for a moment that is yet to come. Like John Maxwell once said, “A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.”
Thanks for reading! Have you watched the movie and are there any lessons or quotes you'd like to add? :-D
Okay, this is totally random; but I'm having so much fun with this new toy that it would be so selfish not to share. Lol
If, by the time this video ends - you're still unable to grasp the concept of this "THING" - there's a picture right at the end which should help you visualize. Haha.
Thank you #babybaby for this brilliant buy. I wouldn't have thought about it on my own. Haha.
I dedicate this to all who are bold, brave, creative and fun. Enjoy!! :-D
It's been awhile since I uploaded my last unboxing video. Blame it on wedding preps, work, etc. (excuses, excuses, excuses...)
So post-wedding, now that we've pretty much settled in, I decided to make an effort to get back in the momentum of video uploads. Next, there was the BIG question:
What should I buy and unbox this month?
Side track a bit. Since we got married last February, we kept getting the same questions over and over again - "HOW'S MARRIED LIFE?", "WHAT'S CHANGED?" - so much so that I thought of just answering them once and for all (so you're NOT allowed to ask again or I'll have to 'ketuk' [Malay for "knock"] your head!
So. Tying it in to this month's unboxing, here are the answers to your million-dollar-questions. If you're a newlywed like us, you'll understand. *solemn-nod*
Some of you may remember that I wrote a letter to the Toothfairy...
...so I decided to go and see a doctor and he gave me this.