Thursday, June 23, 2016

In Recovery and Detox for my Body and Soul

I am grateful for this blissful month and I am thankful for so many reasons!

This month is all about giving love and reminder of how fortunate we are to be living a life where food is abundant, your loved ones are most of them alive, and a shelter on your head and a bed that is not made out of rubble. This month allows for a deeper introspection and reflection on how comfortable life have been.

This numinous month is simply about being spiritual and getting close to higher power. Be it fasting, giving alms, donation, cutting out clutters and other activities just to devote time kneeling and incessantly supplicate. I am loving the process because it makes me feel emotionally calm, stronger, and clears my mind of worldly worries, and physiologically heals through detox and maybe fat loss for some.

In this divine month too that our repairs and renovation works are 95% completed. I am feeling satisfied to see my cabinet in the kitchen and toilet fixed with quartz top which I am utterly happy about because it saves the worry of being worn out or warped like our previous wooden counter.

See, this renovation and repair works all began last year and while I hated it, it was actually a blessing in disguise. Last year, I had my bedroom painted for and a few weeks later, the air-conditioner was beyond repair. As a result, we had to replace the entire system and to do so, it involves breaking the ceiling as the piping goes through it. The next thing we know, we had to replace the false ceiling too.

We had the wiring fixed after the air-conditioner replacement. While we were at it, we decided to fix new lightings in our rooms. As the property matures, the old lightings looked stale and we wanted something fresh and brighter. So there you go, another phase, which we have to slowly move our things here and there in our house as we do not wish to face the hassle of moving out to a temporary home and then moving in again and cause major logistic trouble. Time effective, but not so much on the cost.

The project closely associates with the project management triangle. So we decided to take it very, very slow. Hence, taking approximately more than six months for all these to complete.

As the kitchen and wardrobe has faded and worn out, we have them replaced too. Kitchen is not really my place but I am liking the fact the oven has a rotisserie which gives me some sort of motivation to cook. Then again, it is always good when it is new!

Now, we are left with the paint job which is really unavoidable because with all the hacking going on, there's bound to be markings that need to be removed. Consequently, I am busy this week to have it completed before next week.

So while we spiritually recover, so does our home!

While it is not me who paid for these, I am thankful this is coming to an end so that we could focus on something else. All I want is for everything to be functional for this home and that is all. While the upside of this lies at the end of this process, I am actually happier to clear my old items along the way. It includes my used books, clothes, accessories and bags.

Relating back to this month, it makes me feel extremely blessed to be surrounded with so many things. So much so, it makes me wonder how much I would have accumulated if I had not spent my money on them! I mean, I have old clothes that does not suit my lifestyle anymore, but I could really imagine how it could be fashioned by someone suitable really. What I am giving away are classics and some are branded and I really, really hope, my donation items - although non-monetary, benefits those who aspire to dress in style. In times of joyous occasion, celebration and festivity, every single one of us deserve to look good and colourful. All I ask from you is to take care of them as much as I did!

Training wise, it was hampered by externalities but as the relationship between my team and I matures, I am feeling a little bit more driven now. It has only been my first season and some things are just unavoidable this year. Honestly, I would give myself a round of applause for at least staying really. I thought I would probably put my paddle down after six months or so. Back then, I did not even have the drive nor guts to commit especially with my inferiority among alpha males. Something must have went right when I went through conscription! It is the semester break and if it had not been for fasting, I would have been updating this space from the gym.

If any of you ever cared to read my personal segment here, thank you so much! This space thrived from being a personal avenue to channel my deepest thoughts, feelings and my high and lows. In any way this space has helped you, I can only be happy that it did!

Have a wonderful week everyone, wherever you are!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Beijing 2016 - The Forbidden City

I arrived at Beijing early in the morning, greeted by smog but cold weather. It was hard to ignore the smog when it dried and irritated my eyes and nose. Thankfully I was prepared with eye drops and nasal spray because I was just afraid the smog would last throughout the trip and affect my mood.

The first place I visited after breakfast was Tiananmen Square and The Forbidden City.

The Forbidden City to some may seem to be just another historical palace but this UNESCO Heritage Site plays an important role in the evolution of ancient Chinese history.

It was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty between 1420 to 1912 and now houses the Palace Museum. It served as the home of emperors and their households as well as the ceremonial and political centre of Chinese government for almost 500 years.

Located adjacent to modern political centre of China - Tiananmen Square, The Palace Museum is the most visited museum in the world!

Be prepared for a long walk, make sure that your shoes are well tied, comfortable and that you have a bottle of water with you.

Photo contributors: Lim Amira & Farhan Junid

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Sydney 2016 - Sydney Fish Market

Scenic, vibrant and full of character, Sydney Fish Market (SFM) is the largest seafood market in the southern hemisphere and one of Australia’s most iconic tourism sites!

SFM is the largest market of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and the third largest seafood market in terms of variety in the world. A working fish market, SFM sources product both nationally and internationally and trades over 13,500 tonnes of seafood annually - with up to one hundred sustainable seafood species traded every day and approximately 500 species traded annually.

Head to Sydney Fish Market to see oysters freshly shucked on-site, then take to the waterside to enjoy a platter of fish and chips cooked to order!

Sydney Fish Market incorporates a working fishing port, wholesale fish market, fresh seafood retail market, a delicatessen, a sushi bar, a bakery, a gift shop, a fruit and vegetable market, a florist, a meat deli, a beverage outlet, a seafood cooking school, indoor seating and an outdoor promenade for visitors. There are daily wholesale auctions for Sydney's seafood retailers.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Having My Pet for Glamping with Glamping Hub

Glamping is more than just being out in the nature. It is a journey. It is about growing up, taking chances, discovering the hidden corners of the world, and most significantly, it is about recognizing the power and pure beauty of the simplest things in life. Especially doing it with people you love, animals you care and of course, with Glamping Hub!

It is amazing to find out that Glamping Hub has launched its new curation - Glamping Hub for Pets, which is perfect for pet owners who seek splendid outdoor time with their beloved animals! I can bring my cat and your dog along to stay with us, enjoy our time in the wild with our little pet! All without scouring through for a pet friendly outdoor accommodation.

Glamping Hub for Pets is a curated collection of pet friendly glamping accommodations that makes pet travel easy. Glamping Hub luxury outdoor accommodation portal allows pet owners to plan a luxury camping trip with our pets anywhere around the world. A variety of handpicked, pet friendly rentals are featured, including tree houses, cabins, tipis, and yurts, that all cater to nature lovers like us traveling with our pets.

Glamping Hub features over 500 listings, and it will double its inventory by the end of this year internationally! While majority of its listings are based in the United States, over 80 countries will be added in times to come, just as you had seen in my recent glamping trip in Melbourne!

Each unique glamping site featured has a beautifully curated profile that gives you all the information you need to confidently book a getaway with your pet. Glamping Hub has definitely made traveling with your beloved pet simple and enjoyable! I look forward to my next stay with Glamping Hub!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Loving My Beoplay A1 by Bang and Olufsen

You see, I have fond interest in traveling. Not because it is a way to flaunt - although you see me posing in every corner of the city. Rather, it is an opportune time to see different sides of the world in flesh.

When it comes to experience, it is important to ensure that all your senses are engaged with the best things in life. Be it your sense of sight, touch or taste, it has to be tastefully engrossed with the finest. Likewise for your hearing!

I am loving the Bang and Olufsen's new Beoplay A1! The new Beoplay A1 is the smallest Bluetooth speaker to date from B&O PLAY. Designed for life on the go by award-winning designer Cecilie Manz, it fits comfortably in the palm of your hand and packs a punch well beyond its size.

Beoplay A1 combines its elegant yet simple design with signature sound by Bang & Olufsen, a speakerphone for taking calls out loud, and up to 24 hours of battery life that keeps the music playing long after most competitors have gone silent.

Designed for everyday adventures, Beoplay A1 comes with a beautifully contoured aluminium dome, which gives it a light and elegant appearance and forms a strong protective housing for the technologies within. The dome conforms seamlessly to the double moulded polymer base presenting a completely smooth and continuous surface.

As part of the design, there are no protruding buttons or legs to snag, and the surface of Beoplay A1 is completely smooth and robust enough to handle the bumps and scrapes of everyday use. It comes with a soft leather strap inviting you to carry it everywhere, attach it to a rucksack on the go, or to hang it anywhere in your home.

It feels good on the hands, the weight resembles a lot on how much is invested in this product and its solidity gives you no fear in bringing it everywhere, from serene time in the tub to hardcore rock climbing adventure. I would definitely bring it in my subsequent travel!

This rechargeable Beoplay A1 delivers rich and wonderful soundscape that I for one cannot lose hold from this luxurious portable speaker, even to sleep! Thanks to a new aluminium Cone Mid-Woofer using a powerful neodymium magnetic system and high peak power amps, the Beoplay A1 delivers a full range deep bass to as low as 40hz and enough stamina to keep the music playing for hours on end. Especially for high powered individuals who enjoys music as much, this is ideal for conference calls too!

Beoplay A1 has a built-in speakerphone for taking calls out loud, and the patent-pending rimmed design on the speaker’s bottom edge enables the microphone to provide uniform 360-speech sensitivity. This enables the person listening to recognize voices perfectly, no matter where people are speaking in proximity to the microphone.

Beoplay A1 launches in Moss Green and Natural and are available at Airport Duty Free, Apple Premium Resellers, Bang & Olufsen store in Hyatt (Singapore), Challenger, Newstead and leading
independent retailers.