Trip to Kota Kinabalu in 45 phrases

November 30, 2011

Some videos I took when I went to Kota Kinabalu a few weeks ago before my assessment. I think I should do it more often because I realize videos are better in capturing the moments than photographs in some ways. Now I'm glad that we learned iMovie last term. Doing videos is funner than what I thought it'd be.

Enjoy :)

Open you eyes. Open your heart.

November 27, 2011

You think this is just another day in your life, it's not just another day, it's the one day that is given to you - today, it's given to you, it's a gift, it's the only gift you have right now, and the only appropriate response is gratefulness.

Begin by opening your eyes and be surprised that you have eyes you can open, that incredible alive colors that is constantly offered to us, for pure enjoyment. Look at the sky, we so rarely look at the sky, and so rarely note how different it is from moment to moment basically how it's coming and going. We just think of the weather, and even if weather we never think the many monsoons of weather, we just think of good weather and bad weather. This day, right now, has unique weather, maybe a kind that will never exactly in that form come again, the formation of  clouds and the sky will never be the same as it is right now. Open your eyes, look at that.

Look at the faces of people whom you meet, each one has an incredible story behind their face, a story that you could never fully fathom, not only their own story but the story of their ancestors. And then this place and this moment, on this day, all the people you meet, all the life from generations and from so many places all over the world, flows together and meets you, like a life giving water if you only open your heart and drink.

Open your heart to that incredibly gift that civilization gives to us, you flip a switch and there's electric, light, you turn on forces and there's warm water and cold water, and drinkable water, it's a gift that millions and millions in the world will never experience.

These are just a few of the enormous number of gifts to which we can open your heart, and so I wish you that you will open your heart to all these blessings, and let them flow through you, that everyone whom you will meet on this day will be blessed by you, just by your eyes, by your smile, by your touch, just by your presence. Let the gratefulness overflow into blessing all around you.

And then it will really be a good day.

I was thinking to only type a few sentences of what he said initially but when I really started typing it all I wanted is to continue typing each word he said although I'm not even sure if I type it correctly or not, because they're so very beautiful. Do watch the video because it will give you a magical feeling that words I type could never do.

Sometimes I feel like I'm a 80-year-old grandpa, wanting a slow life, a really really slow one, where I can walk so slowly, observe everything so carefully, listen to old and beautiful songs all the time, no jobs, nothing to worry about, do not have to think and catch up with the latest fashion and technology, stay at different places peacefully, wouldn't have people keep asking me "when are you gonna do this? when do you want to finish this? Why are you keep procrastinating? You don't have so much time left." when all I want is to laze around and read something inspiring.

Some mornings when I pass by the streets with people playing guitars or performing I really really want to stop by, watch and show some appreciation to them for bringing some life and joy to the boring streets, but most of the time my mind says "you have no time darling, you're gonna be late to school!" and so I have to join the crowd who walks past these performers as if they are transparent, continue walking and feeling sorry to the performers for not showing any appreciation to their effort and passion. I hope they understand.

For the first time I wonder if I was born in the wrong era, haha, it's really contradicting, sometimes I'd want myself to be really confident and fashionable and crazy and wild and adventurous all at the same time, and lead a hectic lifestyle, at least it makes me feel like someone is really living their life and doing something in their life by trying all the things people are afraid to do, because life's only once. While sometimes I want something completely opposite. But I guess I could do both, or I should, like a mixture and balance of both of them.

After all, I'm only young once.

A Trip To A Culinary & Bakery Art School

November 12, 2011

So yesterday when I was having dinner with my friends, Windy looked at her phone and then said "Oh hey my friend asked if I wanna go and visit her school tomorrow, they're having the open house tomorrow!"
Her friend is studying in a culinary & bakery art school in Singapore - At- Sunrice, I've heard of it because one of my friends from Malaysia is also studying there! I saw some of the photos she took in her school, everything they make looks really professional. Since we're having our project week now (which means there's no school), why not?

Lunch at RamenPlay before we went there together with another 2 friends.

I like the food here! hehe

Then we went to the school, we were just thinking to see how the school looks like, taste the food if they would be having any demo etc hahah. ah but when the people at the registration booth asked us what course we were interested in, only I realized open houses are usually held for people who are interested to take their courses! Shamefully I told her we just wanted to look around, wasn't even brave enough to say that we all are actually already enrolled in other universities, thought that's quite rude. Thankfully they're all friendly hehe. We were a little bit late and they had already started the tour, we then were brought to the room where the others were and walked around the place.

The entire area is not very big but everything's really new!

Some students & instructors had some live demonstrations.

We also went into the library and they showed the cooking kit, uniforms, shoes, textbooks etc that every student must have. And wow, art students have countless brushes with different sizes and uses, while culinary students have countless knifes with different sizes and uses! If I'm not mistaken they have about 30+ different knifes! Can you imagine x.x
But then it's really cool. hehe.

When they asked a few of the students to share their experiences, I realized we are pretty much the same, the culinary students and the art students. Both need a little more courage to make the decision than the others as people always think that this path is gonna be difficult and it's not promising bla bla bla. Out of 4 students who shared their experiences, two of them studied something else before this, and both realized they weren't happy doing what they were doing so they decided to follow their hearts. I'm pretty sure some students there must have struggled a lot like how I have, the battle between mind and heart. But now I'm confident I wouldn't regret in the future because I'm really happy doing what I'm doing now, and happiness is always a direction, at least for me.

Met my friend as well and we chatted for quite a while, I can't believe the last time I saw her was about one year ago! (When we went to New Zealand together) Sigh. Time flies. 

and before going home... we had some tarts! Orange chocolate tart, double chocolate tart, apple cinnamon tart! hmm yummm!

We all love fooooood! :)

p/s: Another few hours I'll be going to the airport and be having a short vacation with my family! I'm really excited! We're bringing 4 cameras in total omg hahaha. And then come back and rush my works for my assessment ._. 

If I Die Young

November 5, 2011

a penny for my thoughts, oh no I'll sell 'em for a dollar 
they're worth so much more after I'm a goner 
and maybe then you'll hear the words that I've been singin' 
its funny when you're dead how people start listenin'
Sometimes I wonder how many people would regret for not saying what they wanted to say, not doing what they think they should have done, if I were dead. If you're going to die tomorrow and everyone knows it, there'd be an immense difference. But why wait? people always wait until it's too late.
Funny when you're dead how people would start appreciating your presence.
But it doesn't matter anymore, cuz you're gone.
Come to think of it, maybe I'm one of them too. Human.


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