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2017 New Year Resolution

In a true Popcornaday tradition (one that I invented just a sec ago as I’m typing), let me post my New Year Resolution for 2017 before the first month comes to an end!

1. Go on vacations and keep expenses within budget.
Kick the habit of treating foreign bills like monopoly money when on holiday.

2. Be healthy.
Limiting myself to eating 24x junk food/year, having tea without sugar, and aiming to walk 10,000 steps each day.

Strapped and ready to track

3. Learn a new skill.
Driving and/or cooking a proper dish.

4. Cross 1 thing off my bucket list.
I have 100 things to choose from. Anything from sky-diving to spotting a whale.screen-shot-2017-01-26-at-11-26-12-pm

5. Become a Morning Person.
Setting alarm clock at 7 a.m. daily. (With 15 minutes snooze allowance.)

6. Be involved in a community.
There are 2 communities in mind; Cell Group and Toastmaster Club.

7. Better financial planning.
At least 30% of my monthly earning shall go to savings.

8. Try out 24 new restaurants this year.
It’s a conservative number since I tried about 50 new restaurants last year. But because I’m resolved to have better financial planning, I should reduce my eating-out frequency too.

9. Set aside time for things that matters. 
Being intentional in meeting up with people I want to invest my time in. Prioritising Time Alone With God over my Netflix addiction. Setting aside 6 hours of sleep.

10. Volunteer.
I usually donate to a cause I believe in. This year I want to go beyond and put in physical effort to help others or cats.

12. Read 24 books.
Currently reading my 2nd book of the year. I have to finish it this week to meet the timeline.

14. Read the old testaments.
I’ve read the New Testaments last year. Now onward (or backward) to the heavy duty stuff.

15. Buy 1 thing that will make my life more efficient. 
A new laptop would be good.

16. Hold on to my personal mission for the year. 
Matthew 5: 14-16. Light of the World. City on the hill cannot be hidden.

I sense 2017 will be an awesome year, one of breakthroughs and expansion. January is ending and we have 11 months to go. Let’s make them count!

X,
Mel.

P.S: For this year’s resolution I actually refer to an article in a magazine I recently subscribed to. It’s the only magazine that I read cover to cover.

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[#caturday] The Human Cat

It’s been such a long week for me, and I’m so glad Saturday is here (though it’s almost ending already). Managed to catch up with my friends over brunch today and bumped into a human cat at the corner street.

That's me.

That’s me.

Happy weekend guys!

Cheers,
Mel.

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[#traveltuesday] Jakarta – Introduction

What better way to start the #traveltuesday theme than to begin with my birthplace, Jakarta!

Jakarta is the capital of Indonesia. Indonesia is the country that owns Bali. In case you’ve never heard of it. Now you know.

Jakarta is not the kind city that will be on people’s bucket list. It is a chaotic city marks with bottleneck traffic, overpopulation, high poverty rate yet hosts some of the most laid-back, friendliest and easy-going people in the world!

We spend half our lives getting stuck in traffic.

We spend half our lives getting stuck in traffic.

If you’re ever traveling to Jakarta (most likely on a business trip or you’re feeling extra adventurous) one thing you should not miss is the noodles! Noodle houses are ubiquitous in Jakarta and each noodle house has its own unique recipe so no two places taste the same. That also means you have to try as many noodle houses as time permits. The price per bowl ranges from US$1 to US$5.

Bakmi Akong!

Bakmi Akong, a small family-run noodle house.

Of course we have many other food that are really awesome like Martabak (pancake-ish), Pempek (Fish Cake), etc. I don’t understand why Jakarta has not become a food destination. Okay, maybe the poor infrastructure and horrendous traffic is a big tourist-proof. Nonetheless, Jakarta is definitely a city that welcomes travelers!

IMPORTANT: When taking taxi you must only hail for BLUE BIRD. You have to make sure the word “Blue Bird” is on the cab because not all blue cab with a bird logo belongs to the company. Yes, Indonesians like to trick you like that.

Other than that, enjoy the warmth of its people, depth of its cultures and the glorious food!

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Cheers,
Mel.

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Half Marathon.

It’s the month of July! We’ve crossed over to the second half of 2014. This is the best time to revisit your New Year Resolutions in case you’ve forgotten or diverted away from them. This is the second chance to dig up your Resolutions and realign yourself.

I hope this is not your progress graph.

I hope this is not your Resolution progress graph.


Referring to my 2014 New Year Resolutions, I’ve only managed to clear one item from the list. I feel like I need to re-strategise and edit my list a little due to the unforeseen circumstances. So here is version 1.1 of my 2014 New Year Resolution:

1. Stop procrastinating. Start planning, keep a to-do journal and stick to it.

2. Save 10% of my income monthly. Learn to manage my finances. Based on my current plight, live with a budget of $10/day.

3. Have daily time alone with God, at least 10 minutes a day. I need spiritual nourishment. Make time for God.

4. Contact 3 old acquaintances to catch up and send out minimum 10 postcards to anyone, including a stranger. P.S I’ve sent 1 postcard to an acquaintance.

5. Think of full story and write it down. Deadline 20 Nov.

6. Update this blog at least once a week. You guys are my witness.

7. Read 15 books. Checked! Currently on my 19th book for the year.

8. Write a Travel Journal entry.

Seems like I need to increase my gear for the second half of the year. That’s the good thing about doing this mid-year evaluation, so we’ll know what actions need to be taken! Resolution aside, I’ve signed up for a 10km marathon in August. It’s my first time running in marathon although I know 10km is barely a marathon. Still, it’s a start of something new! Cheers to the greater half of the year!

x,
Mel.

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Coping With Unemployment.

Being unemployed can be one of the worst or best situations ever, depends on how you look at it and how you spend your time while you’re going through it. I have been unemployed for 2 months since I got laid off from my post at an advertising agency. One of the most common questions I got from friends is, “how are you spending your time?” and here’s my post on how I cope with unemployment.

1. Start doing what you’ve always wanted to do and do it consistently.

For me this is blogging. I’ve always loved to blog but when I was working I kept getting distracted from blogging. Now that I have all the time, I make it a point to blog consistently as you can see from my “How To Survive Mid 20s Crisis” posts.

2. Read a lot of books, listen to sermons. Feed your mind.

Never let your mind go idle because it’s easy to be beaten when you have too much time to be unproductive. Always equip yourself with the necessary mind-food. It can be by reading newspaper or staying updated with the latest technology news, but be careful not too spend too much time on the internet. Internet can be a form of distraction. If you find yourself feeling bored or low when you’re not online, it might be a signal to spend more time on the real world.

3. Be discipline. Do things that you dread to do.

Laziness is an enemy. Sure, it’s nice to take a break, but give yourself a time frame and once it’s time to get back to doing the dull stuff, be sure to do it. Be discipline to do things that you dread to do now but you know it’ll be good for you in the long run. It could be sending hundreds of resumes daily or waking up early everyday, practice self-control and do them. Remember discipline is delayed gratification and that you’ll receive the pay off when you stick to it.

4. Show up at every opportunity.

I’m currently reading Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project and one of her resolutions is to simply show up. This is the best chance for you to show up at your friends’ events, connect with your family, and give your parents who is living faraway a visit. Or if you received a call for an interview at a company you’ve never heard of, just show up (after making sure it’s a credible company and not someone trying to set you up). You’ll never know what opportunity it will bring by showing up.

5. Take control of your finances.

One of the things I’ve learnt from this experience is to save for rainy days. Previously, I wasn’t very good at saving, as a result now I’m seeing how my bank account is fast depleting. Manage your finances at this time, do not overspend. It’s fine to indulge a little on something you like (gotta keep living!) but don’t spend on something that you don’t need or you can’t afford. Think before making a purchase. Buying that overpriced heels for an interview is not a good excuse.

6. Do more of what makes you happy. Real happy, not a cheap thrill.

Unemployment sucks but don’t let it gets you down. If running makes you happy then put on your sneakers and run. If helping people makes you happy, then volunteer for a cause. If you can’t think of what makes you happy, then think back what made you happy as a kid. I used to be so happy playing with my soft toys and narrating their stories, I don’t do so anymore because I’m happier to blog now.

That’s about how I cope with my unemployment. It’s not easy having people asking what I’m doing all the time and not having a precise answer to it but I realized being unemployed is a blessing in disguise because it saves me from purposeless life. This is like being given a second chance to think about my direction, see where my mistakes were and grow from there. If you’re a fellow unemployed, I may not know how your situation is, but stay hopeful and believe there’ll be light at the end of this tunnel!

Cheers,
Mel.

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Chapter 14: Travel While You Can

How To Survive Your Mid 20s Crisis.

Chapter 14

Guess where I’m blogging from? The airport!

Ok, I am not flying to anywhere fancy. I am going back to my hometown for a short break but still it’s nice to be sitting at the airport lounge, smelling the airport air, waiting for my flight. Most of my friends hate airplane food, but I actually look forward to it.

When you are busy working, having limited days to take leave, how many of you would save up all your day-offs for an overseas trip? I know that’s what I did and now that I have more time on my hand, I have the privilege of travelling.

If you have some time off, you should book a flight to anywhere. It can be to a neighbouring country or a continent away. No matter where you go, travelling will bring about a new perspective and open your eyes to things that you would not see/learn if you just stay where you are.

Travelling is an adventure. You’ll never know what you’re gonna learn or who you gonna meet. I have done quite a fair bit of travelling in my lifetime and the best people that I’ve met are usually people I met during my trip away from home. Keep your heart open when you travel and take in all that that place has to offer. Learn to receive, and then learn to give by sharing your culture to a foreigner or your travelling experience to friends back home.

Do not be afraid of the unknown. Make use of the time that you have and embrace the World. Once you start getting busy, you might not have time to travel. Don’t wait till then to make plans.

To be continued.

P.S: I will have limited internet access while in my Hometown. In case I’ll go missing for a bit, I’ll catch up with the blogging once I’m back later next week. Cheers!

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Chapter 13: Take Action

How to Survive Mid 20s Crisis.

Chapter 13.

I found this image/quote through tumblr.

Source: Sweatywisdom.com

Source: Sweatywisdom.com

“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” —Dale Carnegie.

I couldn’t agree more with the quote.

To be continued.

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