Don’t give trouble to others

人に迷惑をかけなるな (hito ni meiwaku wo kakeru na)

That’s what my Japanese teacher (先生) told us in class.

She gave an example that she usually sits upright in the plane because she feels when she does it, it will give trouble to the person behind her.

How about if the person in front of you do it? It’s a trouble to her, but at least she didn’t do it to others.

3 lessons from Inside Out

Last week I watched this “Inside Out” movie and I loved it so much. There are many moments which I found them very touching.


Here are my fave 34:

  1. Every feeling has a role.
  2. Don’t alienate your feelings.
  3. Don’t kill your feelings.
  4. Don’t be scared to show it.

Have you watched it? If you have, what’s your fave? If not, go and watch it, I recommend it.

5 lessons from Food Wars – 食戟のソーマ

I’ve been reading this manga intensively lately because I find it inspiring. It’s been awhile since 弱ペダ and 東京喰種トーキョーグール.

Here are some of my favourites from this manga:

1. Be yourself
To Megumi Tadokoro-“Don’t think of unnecessary things, just make a dish that suits you!”

Megumi is Souma’s classmate, she’s a timid girl and easily panic. During an important match, Megumi who usually depends on Souma panics.

Sometimes we were unsure, for example, how can I complete the project or I don’t have the knowledge for it. Sit down and think what we know, we maybe do not have the best skill, but there is something we can do, for sure.

2. When you fail. Never loses heart.
Yukihira Jouichirou-“People put lid on their hearts, to protect their pride, self-esteem or whatever.”

Jouichiro is Souma’s dad whom he wanted to defeat. They had many battles and Souma lost many times. But he never loses heart, he counts his defeat, acknowledges it, learns from it and move on to be better next time.

That’s how we will excel.

3. Trial and error
To Mimasaka Subaru-“…repeating trial and error and failing many times…it’s that process which makes the dishes shine”

Mimasaka Subaru looks quite scary and intimidating but he has a great skill. Because of his past experience, he took the wrong path.

What Souma told him is very relevant to us when you replace the “dishes” from Souma’s word above. When we failed to get something we want, don’t stop there. Learn from others, learn from your past experience, you’ll get it someday.

4. Think out of the box
There are many events when Souma is creatively solving the problem he is facing.

A theme is just a theme. Understand it, think what can you do and how you can relate to it with your own touch. Then you’ll be fine.

5. Challenge the best
Only by challenging the best, you can climb up.

Do you read Food Wars too? If so, what’s your favourite moment?

from wiki:

Shokugeki no Soma tells the story of a boy named Sōma Yukihira, whose dream is to become a full-time chef in his father’s restaurant and surpass his father’s culinary skills. But just as Sōma graduates from middle school, his father, Jōichirō Yukihira, gets a new job in America and closes his restaurant. However, Sōma’s fighting spirit is rekindled by a challenge from Jōichirō which is to survive in an elite culinary school where only 10% of the students manage to graduate.

Are you enjoying your climb?

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Mission I’m Possible

My second attempt to a multisport event. The first one was Duathlon few months back. 

Swimming is my weakest. I trained a lot for this segment. But it’s still a long way to go. 

I was so nervous the day before the event. But in the end I pulled it through. I think, I just need to push my limit. 

Looking at my result, I feel accomplished that I was able to complete it. 

My friends told me to try the next category next year. Should I? 

Maybe I should. I started to like this sports. 

Soccer team

I just had a full week workshop with my company. Some colleagues were flying in from U.S., Japan, Korea, Australia, Shanghai and India while some of us are based in Singapore. The workshop was quite intense, lots of information needs to be churned. And I learned a lot.
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