10 milestones in 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR GUYS!! ❤ ❤

Can’t believe 2017 came and gone just like that! Can’t brain how each year goes by faster than the previous one and here I am, reflecting how the year has been – the good and the bad. Clearly, this was drafted before the year ended but like always, I can’t seem to complete it on time.

2017 was a year of pushing my limits, especially in my career. I was doing things I have never done before – to see what I can do and what I can’t. I’m glad it happened because now I know what are my boundaries.

#1 – Read my bible and pray everyday (almost!)

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For the longest time, I have an inconsistent growth in my spiritual walk with God. Some seasons, it can be so good and other times, so discouraged and meh. Some days, I pray in the morning, some days in the evening or none at all. So inconsistent! Every year, I pray and ask God for a deeper relationship with Him but my lack of discipline takes over each time.Read More »

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To My Future Self

Dear Claryn,

When you read this, you are in probably good health. Going about your daily life and thinking about what to do for the weekend. You are probably planning for your next trip with Marc or probably thinking of how to earn more money.

You are not going to think about how it is like to feel sick or how your body betrays you with illness. But I just want to remind you today, that you should be very grateful for your good health. Not having any sinus, headaches, coughs, gastric pains, vomiting sessions or flu. None of that. That’s God’s blessing upon you that you should never take for granted. When life isn’t as exciting as you wish, think of this. You are healthy and that’s a lot to be thankful for!

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How a Good Sunday Should Be

It’s been a long time since I feel that way. Maybe, it’s just a long time since I learnt how to be relax.

When it comes to the weekends, I usually capitalise the two rest days to do everything I need to do – church, social events and what nots – and surprisingly, I rarely use it to relax. Or how Marc likes to put it – Doing Nothing.

I already had a few concerns in regards to my health and well-being, so relaxing is the last thing that is on my mind. Trying to find solutions to my adult-ing problems is.

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Needing Some Downtime

My desk is filled with books, papers and random things that I can hardly see the surface of the table. My clothes are all over the chair and floor because I was so busy picking out a dress for a wedding dinner last Saturday.

I’m at this point where I’m so frustrated over the mess! Argh… and I feel that this reflects the current state of my personal life. I have so many questions, doubts and uncertainty on life. I have so many things going on, trying to settle it one by one. Oh gosh, why is adulting so hard? 😦

Then, I realise that I’m soooooo frustrated because (other than adulting problems!) it’s been WEEKS or probably months since I got to do what I really like. Responsibilities have been full on. My colouring book is half done, my brush pens are stored in one corner while the sewing machine is right in front of me; reminding me that I’m abandoning this hobby which I used to love years back.

I hardly have any down time for myself. 

No time for exercise. No time for reading. No time to blog. No time to practice the guitar.
NO TIME.

So, screw this adulting for a little while and let me indulge in some art for a bit. I finally understand how art can make such a huge difference in a person’s life. It inspires, it allows time for reflection, it recharges and it BUILDS.

AHHHH… 

So good. So good to be writing 😀
Now I’m all smiles again!

Life Lessons from a Car Accident

I got into a car accident just a week ago. I was taking the usual route back home after work, a route which I have been taking for the past 3 years. Suddenly, this young lady hit my car from the side as she was turning out and I couldn’t even avoid her.

Now, the case was very clear but because she was driving a BMW, I was of course intimidated and I allowed myself to think that maybe it’s both our fault. I decided to lodge a police report after much contemplation (more like advice from wiser people). It was a long stressful night as I was accident free for a very very long time, so I’m unsure of what to expect.

Everyone who saw my car told me that I didn’t need to worry because the damage of my car would be able to justify the story. It would be a straightforward simple case. But no, I told them I was sceptical because the system can actually fail you. Read More »

A story of a Boy

It was 7 p.m., just 30 minutes short of everyone breaking fast. Just like everyone else, we were seated at our tables with our plates filled with food, patiently waiting. This unusually quiet 7 year old boy who was two seats away asked for permission to use the washroom with his friend and so we let him.

5 minutes after, the two boys came back panting and they were so eager to tell me of their misadventures. I listened intently and observed that the boy was missing his two front teeth. He was so cute when he laughed.

However, beneath all the laughter, I wondered how it must be like for him back at the children’s home. He has been there for the past 3 years and I’m pretty sure his teeth-dropping experience happened in the home. 

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The Blue & Red Water Gun Story

Not too sure how the conversation came up, but we were talking about how our future kids will be like. It started off with how our future daughter would be like. Of course, Marc gave the only right answer: that she will be just like me.

Then I asked him, what if we had a son?

“Well, I hope that he will have the good traits of both of us.. and not the bad ones!” 
“Like what?”
“I don’t know what I would do if he inherits your indecisiveness!” 

To prove his point, he enacted a scene with a high pitched voice. Read More »

The Art of Doing Nothing

For a girl who can’t wait to retire early so she can be a tai tai and do nothing all day, I don’t do very well with an empty schedule. I come up with to-do lists when I have free time so that it would be a productive day, or so I hope. I put literally EVERYTHING on my to-do list, even relaxing things.. like putting on a facial mask! Lol. Unfortunately, when I only cross out half of what I’m supposed to do, I feel like I have failed and I bring these to-do items forward to the next day and the cycle continues.

Now, before you judge me.. I do this because I have zero discipline in life. Unlike my husband or any other normal human being, I do not have a single routine I keep in life except going to work and church. My shower time is never consistent, my order of getting ready is never the same nor my choices in life. One day I can be waking up at 6.30 am and the next day at 7.00 am. I hate routines.Read More »

5 Things to Consider Before Going To Yogyakarta

If you are just like me always on the hunt for good travel deals, then you would understand that it’s totally okay to check AirAsia’s page every once in a while 😀 Marc and I have been eyeing on a getaway trip during Chinese New Year because there are 2 public holidays during that week! But.. it was too expensive to go anywhere because of the peak period.

When we found out that there was a cheap promo to Yogyakarta (Jogja) 2-3 weeks before the departure date, we booked it immediately! The only other arrangements we did was to booked accommodation and asked my local Indonesian friend, Erik on how much it will cost to eat and travel for a day. The rest? YOLO.

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That’s what we did for ALL of our other travels anyway.
Fly there first, then plan.
BAD MOVE. 

We didn’t consider quite a bit of stuff which made the trip interesting in so many ways. As usual, we did it backpacking style but I don’t think this location is quite feasible with our circumstance.

To sum it up, here are the 5 things you should consider before travelling to Yogyakarta:

#1 – Tourist spots are all far away from each other

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The nearest beach from the city (Parangtritis beach) – 1 hour drive

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