2013 Resolution:回顾与检讨

这阵子感想感触特别多。
部落格的草稿也丢了好几次,都是不完整的思绪。

2013 has been a year of changes.
I am somebody who the early-2013-me would never thought where I'll be. 
没有记错的话,这篇Samsung Note是一个人游走云顶等待跨年时写的。
先不聊这些2013 Resolutions是不是达成了,
此刻其实更在乎那份一个人的勇气… 似乎销声匿迹了。

曾经完全不介意只身孤影的,吃饭、看戏、逛街,从来不觉得是个问题。
二零一三怎么了?
现在如果没有人陪,宁可自个儿在家煮点什么随便吃了;
如果没有人陪,戏,就不看了;
逛街更是非必要根本就不出门。

其实不看偶像剧,有时候是因为怕看到自己。
感觉一样有点可怜的自己,可是好不好,现实里是不会有人跑出来营救的。
和戏里的角色相比… 只是更难过而已。
而今天这篇…… 是连看五集《我可能不会爱上你》的结果…


这阵子很迷茫。
我想,我感恩我所拥有的一切;可有时,却质疑自己到底值不值得拥有。
一下子发现自己也迷失了自己的价值,那很可怕。

不过其实不管心里是多么的lost,全无方向,日子还是照过呐,呵呵。
回来:
二零一三决心要做的事,当时定了笼统的五项。

第一项、成为一个称职的饮食治疗师

一月份要开工了!!!大声欢呼吧!

第二项、保持活跃的生活习惯

平安夜生病的时候足足睡饱两天两夜,接着失眠睡不好到现在,终于也继续我的25分钟运动操了!再来大声欢呼!
自第一份工作,到辞职以后的日子,其实真的都算是维持着的!

第三项、维持与守护个人原则,同时要谦虚

那是主要针对职业道德方面的。离职的原因,一大部分是为了这个的。*大声欢呼!*

第四项、维持良好品性,并继续成长

我真是把自己想得太厉害了,目标也订得十分笼统。这点,实在不确定有没有达至…

第五项、珍爱家人与朋友

这根本是必须做的事情,不分析了。


二零一三是个大混乱。
很多事情都变了。
到头来,想的越多,越摸不清自己要的是什么、是为什么走到今天这一步。

可我确实,是幸运的。
最迷茫的时候,我的老弟还有宝莲都在。还能说什么呢?

感情方面,说得老掉牙的四个字——“宁缺毋滥”,都说腻了。
还是老样子。还是很笨。呵呵。

今年里,另一个深刻体会,也是《我可能不会爱上你》情节里,程又青说道对于所谓单身贵族,节庆大日子等,其实只会带来莫名的空虚感。
尤其今早清晨六点咳醒之后,
还自个儿走路去了菜市场,
碰到中学老师便在路上聊起天来感叹人生,
花了一整天的时间在打扫、看戏、拔江鱼仔,
到现在深夜了却还精神奕奕的…… 我,还算是个少女嘛?!*晕*

多写无益,女孩我们来把握青春吧!



星影 笔
备注:近来看华语戏较多,脑袋暂时转了语言格式 :p

Dé Coffee Room @Cheras with Catherine

It's a nice little cozy cafe, located in Cheras.
As it is located off main street, look out for the Challenger Sports Center in Taman Cuepacs, it is right next to a mamak place.
 
I was visiting Catherine in Cheras. We usually hang out in café during university time. So I suggested that she look for a nearby café. She found this place from this site.  
It's year end, christmas time soon! 
Simple menu, they serve coffee, tea and some other beverages.
The food menu is rather limited. 
 
I was already all starving after long hours driving from Klang to Cheras, then to find this location. Time for some food!
Weekend menu: fresh salmon bagel for Catherine 
I had ham and cheese instead.
We both agree that the bagels were good, especially with the sour cream spread. It moistures the taste bud, lightens at the same time flavours the bagel.
Refreshing lemon grass 
 
Cappuccino for me, as always.
Smooth and aromatic.
I'm not professional in tasting coffee but this is definitely not a bad one ;)
There is limited number of tables and seats as well. Not much crowd but some regulars I guess.
I don't recall how many hours we spent there, catching up. It was in all a pleasant experience there.

Just remember, if you ever are trying to locate this place, go off the main road.

Dé Coffee Room (Foursquare)
Address: Lot 997, Jalan Koop Cuepacs 3F, Taman Cuepacs, 43200 Cheras, Selangor.

Large mirror? Selfie time! Haha!

cheers,

二零一三尾声 【Live in the moment】

人生走到了第二十三载,虽然有点不愿意在生理年龄还没正式进入第二十四年,在一个月之后还是要老老实实地认了自己是二十四岁的。

不少人都知道我是已经搬离有爸爸妈妈的家,某种程度地离开了爸妈给我的摇篮,到外面去寻找自己的天地。那是从来没有后悔过的决定,更不是一朝一夕的想法。但无论未来路怎么走,那家依然是我的避风港。

我是幸运的,是幸福的。一直都有良朋益友的关照、款待;尽管当时的我还没学着珍惜,还搞不懂怎样感恩。无可否认吧?所有的事情都需要学习的。

好想年年生日都在观星园
夜里看着满天星光
醒来时放眼遥望大地
近年来的起起落落,向来感性十分的我,不自觉地开始可以比较从容地放下。
不解是否变得不那么在乎。另一个角度来看,不那么轻易地把心交出去,是比较有保障的。
已经不再向往轰轰烈烈,黄小琥的歌一般,我老了吗?(笑)

人来人往,该留的,自然会留。
还是会怀念那个敢爱敢恨的自己,爱得那么深,完全可以把自己交出去。
一直觉得自己很幸运。从来都碰上好人,都没有轻易地开始过。
谢谢你们,真心的。

还是是因为那时算有点病态的爱吓着了人?莫名其妙的。吓到你们,抱歉了厚。我只是比较忍不住,爱就觉得应该坦荡荡的。
还是很喜欢The Corrs的“All the love in the world”,有唱到心声的(笑)。


我的人生还在变。今天不知明天事。使命感跟责任心更让我觉得每一个决定都要好好地作。
终于大学也在2013告一段落了
第一份工作,也让我给辞去了。那一开始的热忱,热血地想要以自己的专业来好好回馈社会。那三个月里,学会了,也领悟了许多。更让社会抹去了一些… 懵懂无知(?)

第二份正式的工作将在2014年开始。"Good things are worth waiting." 凭着这句话,从交了履历表,等到接到该部门的面试通知,再到面试当天,最后是那漫长的三个星期去等待结果。真得来不易呀!总之是对Ms Ng,我的大学mentor万分感谢。还有所有在那段时间里跟我聊过事业的你们,谢谢你们。=)

……是遗憾吗?这两个月的空窗期,除了找工和面试,都没有好好地找一份part time。

想过把文凭放一旁,去闯。管他是在咖啡厅里窝着,或许到岛屿去打份工。对科学的热忱如果真的不能有结果,就不要强求吧!...是这么想过的。

人生就那么一次
你还犹豫什么?
没有谁的人生是完美的。而所谓完美,也只是一种说法。感恩一路上遇见了不少接受我的残缺的你们,让我也开始学会相信残缺的美。

自小最引以为傲的本质,是我的真(这一段话要写下来还真需要一点勇气 xD)。
违背良心的事,伤天害理的事,有违我本质的事,不能做。
就算犯了,也不能不忍,不能不坦诚。
否则会很挣扎,心里会纠结。
加上狮子座的傲气,这颗赤子之心,一定要保存下去。

那天心血来潮给自己买了一朵花
当下选了朵白玫瑰
白玫瑰开了几天,房里一阵芬芳
后来我又买了一朵,不料花还没盛开前就已经枯萎了…
世事难料,人类很渺小的,胸怀大志是好的,但一定要了解自己能力有限。
还没到的未来,任你怎样猜,那仍是还没到来的事。
“If you stay in the past, you'll be depressed.
If you stay in the future, you'll be anxious.
If you stay in the present, you'll be calm.”
反复地在网络上看到类似的一段话,有点相辉映,共勉之。

今年的圣诞会跟美珍在七号呆着吧?谢谢你总让我暖暖的。


星影 笔

What's believed vs Scientific findings

Despite being a graduate, we are always reminded to be a life-long learner. A degree course is more of a good set of skills that empower you to have critical thinking, to not simply take in ideas, to digest and process information.

I understand not everyone studies science, not everyone favours science. Similarly, while I love science, I do not enjoy and am not good in other fields. Human species live as a group, to complement each other. What's more, nobody's perfect and all knowledgeable about everything under the sun.

More than two months into working life, I understand it is getting more and more difficult to keep up with the current science and findings. Therefore, I try my best to attend any continuous medical education or health talk that I can. So far, there had been few continuous medical educations (CMEs) under the priviledge as a BP Healthcare Group staff. I've learnt more on specific topics such as Phlebotomy, as well as product knowledge.

More PUFA vs Omega-3 and Omega-6 ratio

Not long ago, I attended health talk presented by a pharmacist working with Provas, a brand of Omega-3 acid ethyl esters supplementation, organised as CME for the BP Healthcare Group staffs. As a representative of Provas, the pharmacist didn't exactly focus just on promoting the products throughout the health talk. On the other hand, he brought up important points regarding the ratio of dietary Omega-3 and Omega-6 related to health and diseases.

It was an interesting and inspiring talk as the speaker explain how our dietary fat intake has evolved since ancient age. In short, instead of focusing on increasing the amount of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) in our diet, the balance between dietary Omega-3 and Omega-6 plays an important role in the levels of inflammation which lead to diseases.
Source: http://healthyprotocols.com/image_ratio1.jpg 
Note that most omega-6 fatty acids sources are plant food while omega-3 fatty acids comes from seafood, especially fish. While the use of omega-6 oils or plant-based PUFA oil is in increasing trend, most people have good chance of taking higher ratio of omega-6 fatty acids which promote inflammation.

MSG being harmful vs MSG does not cause obesity, allergy or affect the brain

Next, from the health talk which was hosted yesterday at the Boulevard St Giles Premier Hotel, sponsored by Ajinomoto, we learn that evidence shows no harm from dietary monosodium glutamate (MSG). No, MSG don't cause obesity, MSG don't cause allergy nor causing adverse effects in brain. The popular misconceptions actually come from a poorly designed research and plenty of misleading articles by a scientist who has no background of nutrition and dietetics.
Source: http://content.newyou.com.ph
The answer is NO. Apparently, MSG is safe to use. Furthermore, MSG might be used in promoting appetite in group of malnourished or at risk of malnourish who've lost appetite.

Vitamin B17 cures cancer vs Vitamin B17 is a toxic drug

Source: Facebook
Today, I came across a post in facebook mentioning regarding Amygdalin, alternative names also include Vitamin B17 and Laetrile. The post claims Amygdalin being a cure to cancer, that having enough dietary Amygdalin can prevent cancer. However, with just a few clicks and search in the internet, I've read that the Cancer Research UK discourages the substitution of conventional cancer treatment with Amygdalin use. A research done back in 1982 (link) has concluded that Amygdalin is toxic and shows not therapeutic effects in cancer patients. In fact, Amygdalin use can lead to adverse effects as it will lead to metabolic product of cyanide, which is a toxic substance. 
While vitamins means the essential micronutrients in our diet, how could Amygdalin be grouped into vitamins? The scientific findings are great contrasts to what's promoted in the facebook post! 

Nutrition education as first step of an intervention

During the health talk on MSG, it was brought up that nutrition education is essentially important in advocating the right nutrition concept and practice. People might know something but never understand the reason to it. In my limited experience, most client when explained, they can recall to me in the end of a counselling session. Subsequently, the chance of practising will be higher as an assumption. 

Although these three health talks discuss different topics, I notice that these key points in the talks are often contrast to what's believed or perceived by the public. Then, the scientists start looking back at the past. Ancient people having dietary intake of omega-3: omega-6 = 1:1; older research have always shown no harm from MSG use; research back then has always reported toxic properties of Amygdalin.

Yet, all these public informations are misleading.

Is it time for us to step back and review?
What have gone wrong in the communication between scientist and media?
What have gone wrong in our research quality?


cheers,

Are you ready to be active?

Last post under the Exercise label I shared more on how I started running and friends who have been influencing me in maintaining the will to exercise.

It is in human nature to always want to be better. It is in our gene and it is what makes the world develop. Exercise itself, is a medium to be better, to success. Hence, it is very important for one to learn what exercise really is and what does it to our body when incorporate into our daily life. 

As I mentioned, I started exercising frequently or routinely with running. I find this article about running very true: 10 Lessons Running Teaches You About Life by the Daily Runner. It is short and precise, people who has started running would agree and love it too.

Make up your mind

Among the 10 lessons, there are few that I personally like and emphasize. Running teaches me that it is me, who will define my own limit (as stated in the 7th lesson in the provided link). As a nutrition counsellor, we need to empower our client in believing in themselves. Each of us has the power to control and improve, it is really a decision that you can make, something if you can commit to put in effort, then you'll be harvesting success sooner or later. 
Once the first step is made, you are already half way there.

Be constantly inspired

Have you came across direct sales? Have you been to any of their inspirational talks? They have a point there, they talk about what keep them moving. Have you heard stories of how an extra size teenage girl turns into a slim pretty girl? Have you heard stories of how a cancer patient recover from diseases when he or she start incorporating yoga and healthy diet? In fact, exercise and healthy diet can prevent a pre-diabetic person from becoming diabetic. 
It is a hard truth that exercise improve health and personal well-being. Although you might not have the strongest reason to lose a few kilograms of weight, you are definitely responsible for your overall well-being.
It is one of the golden rules to be successful in life, which is to befriend people who can influence you positively. Keep up with a group of friends who exercise regularly, explore different kinds of exercises, make it a hobby.

Step by step

Finally, we need to avoid major setbacks. We can dream big and set our final goal, to be great and perfect. It is more important to know your limit and set short term goals along the way. We human being need to feel good. Enjoy and show gratitude for the compliments when people starts to notice what you've done good to your body. Girls, go get a pretty dress and enjoy the extra attention. Guys, go get a tank top and show off your extra fit body. 
Don't forget to reward yourself each time when a short term goal is achieved, you deserve it. Then don't stop there, keep it up!
Now, do you like how you are right now? 
Are you a tree? 
Go out there and maximize your potential! 

cheers,

Phobia

Having decided to stay in the living room overnight right now, reminds me of all those nights when I was hiding from something in the room back then.

It was the first time in my life that I'm staying out of home (excluding camps and trips of course). I was living in a condominium, 26th floor, always paid visit by big bugs. They come one by one. I have absolutely no idea of the bug species but it's black and big and is able to fly ( ><" ). When the bug decides to have a day trip in my room, I would scream and run out from the room. 
My housemate was just as afraid. One time, one bug loitered in her room and we spent the night in my room and she slept on my blanket.

That was time in Bukit Jalil, first year of university. Later during the final year, I had to find aplace in Seremban. The house was so old, it was maybe long time has been house for the lizards. Every night I listen to the lizardss chit chating.
It was a very hectic semester, I spent my time in the library until 10pm before calling a day. One night when I got home, I opened the door and a lizard fell right on my pony tail as I stepped in the room. 
And my furniture arrangement was weird. The bed is in the middle just so to limit access from the lizards. Then my wishes had always been, "dear lizards please don't fall from ceiling ".

Back then, it was the thought of those place being temporary home that kept me sane. The feeling of insecurity kills.


appreciate life,

Nuffnang Food Festival #NNFoodFest 2013

Both Rachel and I agree that it was an awesome weekend outing, it felt timeless, everything was wonderful and beautiful. As planned, I drove down to pick Rachel up then go straight to Sunway Pyramid after half day work. The event only started at 3pm. We had some durian puffs then meet up SiangYe and friends. I've known SiangYe and KarHong already. It was my first time meeting up Emily and QianQing.
Some flyers and cards together with one cutie macarons from Les Macaroon upon registration
We came on time, no need to queue long before everyone finished registering.
We thought all food booth only started at 4pm according to the schedule. The kind Nuffnang staffs told us we can actually start visiting the booths as some already started serving.
I remember vividly it was Keith who had explained to us when we started tw"eat"ing. Started with Crayon burger, which was serving mini size beef burger. Believe me, most booths are very generous in the amount of food. Although it's mini size, after three booths, we were all already feeling full.

The food

I'd sincerely lost count of the types and amount of food we'd tried. Crayon burger, Ayam Penyet, baked cake from ANDYs, fish cake from AbsoluteThai, Crazy Potato, Nando's chicken, ...
Not to forget the desserts and beverages! Crush Food juice, Yakult, Liquid Nitrogen ice cream from NBrew, cupcake from MasterChef Australia/Astro, Cielo ice cream, ...
Rachel isn't a fan of macarons :p
The cupcake from MasterChef Australia/Astro was delicious
but melt real fast under the afternoon sun... 
Rachel's selfie skill- 10/10
Rachel, me, Cerdwin, Jmin
Thanks QianQing for the photo,
Nando's, Crazy Potato and
a Ninja Joe burger thanks to a Nuffnang staff who had given up to us!
Emily, Rachel and me. 

The people

It wasn't just the gather together with free food, beverages and desserts. It's also about meeting people!
Bumped into Summer with her boy friend while queueing up for Dolcie!
It's been a while after convocation. She stays in Kota Damansara, which means quite a distance from Klang.
Dear girl, I'll be sure to meet you up at I Love Yumcha one day.
We also met DanKhoo, youtuber!

The freebies

It was great that they were distributing free power bank! Too bad by the time my phone battery had gone down to less than 10%, it's already night time and all 100pcs were gone as well. Guess it means I can live without power bank after all?
Planet Popcorn were distributing free pack of new flavour popcorn, it's corn soup flavour. Had a taste just now, omnomnom I like it!

The movie RUSH

It wasn't all for the day. In between two tw"eat"ing session, we went for a movie break with the movie "Rush". Quite intense but very meaningful. There were lessons to be learnt.
source: www.impawards.com
There were horrifying scenes, mind-stimulating scenes, "ganjiong" scenes... though it started off in a very different way.

The "after party"

The night didn't just end there. We went SS15 to meet Rachel's college gang.
Some awesome bunch of people who I start to adore
We ended the night bumping into Jin from JinnyBoyTV, a Malaysian Youtube channel that has been producing quality videos. Sweet coincidence that we visited the same cafe although we don't get to meet him in the Nuffnang Food Festival as he visited Jaya One Bazaar instead.
Hello Jin! I'm quite a fans of your videos!
Hopefully one day we'll be able to meet Rueben in person as well.
Till then.

cheers,

Week day time-off

Today was a leave well spent! I've finally spaced out my room by moving the piano out. Now I have more space to do workout in front of the working desk.
Done my scheduled workout and feeling great!
It's always the first 5 minutes that I need to make sure I continue the workout, dear endorphins please kick in sooner! It was Total Body Circuit and was finally able to follow a bit more, constantly reminding myself to train the abs, to get rid of tummy fat. I can do it!!!

After showering and dressing, I went to runs some errands then stopped by June Home Cook, a Chinese kopitiam in Bukit Tinggi, Klang, for my favorite kind of breakfast.
Kopitiam coffee, thick and fragrant
Bun with pandan kaya and butter, served hot!
Lastly, the half-boiled eggs, no one can resist...
Dressing up for the day out with Rachel
We intended to visit a cafe in Kota Kemuning. Unfortunately, the shop was closed down for the day for maintenance. We then moved on to Sunway Pyramid straight away for the afternoon tea and movie.
RM15++ for one set of dessert and tea/coffee at Delicious
We had Lemon Meringue Pie and Peach & Banana Crumble at Delicious. It was very generous amount, we were stuffed half way through the desserts.
The Lemon Meringue Pie and Rachel ^_^ 
Peach & Banana Crumble served with ice cream
Internship, it was great time, I really enjoy the movie after so long.
The Internship, person rating would be 9.5/10
It's a story of two salesmen, after being turned down by the reality, picking the courage to chase their dreams once again. It isn't easy to start all over again, when one has learned that they are best at something, then realize it doesn't last. Not only they are courageous, they've helped the teenage or young adult team mates to be a better person. It is indeed an inspiring movie.
Rachel and me
Thankful for the company, love ya always ;)

cheers,

 
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