Being considerate in public places

There are times when I miss to be in Japan because of their manner (besides the manga and anime culture).

First, the peace while riding a train.
Today the young chap in front of me listening to a music with his speaker phone and do a muted lip sync with occasion of air fist and patting his chest.
I ran this scenario inside my head:
A. Bro, can you play BIGBANG song?
B. Bro, can't you afford earphone?
C. What is the title of the song you're listening to?
I did look around in case this is a prank 😝

Secondly, is sense of guilt of creating inconvenience to others.
Yesterday I ran with my friend at McRitchie reservoir. If you have been there before, you notice that path can be quite narrow at some section.
So usually we will keep left because on our right there will be runners from other direction.
When running, I usually try to keep the pace constant, so taking over, if I can and the situation allows, is common.
But what happened to my friend and I yesterday was on the narrow path, group of students wearing one of the top university in Singapore running top were running side by side. Next to us could be a slope. Logically, if you're driving and about to take over but you see other car from other direction, you will move back behind the car you about to take over. Otherwise you'll crash to the car from opposite direction, right?

Well.. seems like those kids have no logic driving experience. My friend brushed shoulder to shoulder few times while I managed to do some ninja moves avoiding them.

Back to my train journey, I decided to take out my earphone, do it obvious enough in front of him and play my playlist.
I saw him lowering the volume and bringing up the phone to his ear after that, although he started to sing not just muted lip sync. *sigh

Thanks for reading my rant this week.

So in public places, can we be considerate to each other? For world peace ✌🏼

Mid year reflection

I did it..!!

And the rest are history.. below was my day

KM 22: I thought I signed up for 21km run? 

KM 21: the finish line is not here yet? 

KM 16: oh.. my.. it’s so hot. Legs are giving up, then heard someone called my name.. extra boost of power to the finish line! 

KM 15: yay.. 6 more to go.. but at this rate seem to exceed 21km. Should I go to toilet here or at the last U-turn? I think my left foot has blister.

KM 12: oh.. saw a familiar face on the other side. Then not long after that the 2:30 pacers.. let’s go! (And didn’t take long I lost sight of them) 

KM 10: see.. not bad isn’t it. You worry too much before the run worrywart. Oh.. it’s Pokémon XY Dream Power .. wohoo! Feels like someone gave me an energy ball. 

KM 6: finally I can find the pace I comfortable with then passing a runner who was walking. Suddenly that runner was started to run *stomp stomp* ah that surprised me. Not long after that back yo walking (=_=!) Another runner passed me and that runner, and he did the same thing trying to overtake the runner. But both of us were running contantly and in the end, he gave up overtaking.. interesting situation eh? 

KM 0: don’t you think you should stretch more? And ten thousands other questions popped, as if I have super long check list. 

🙂 

I have a very busy mind hey.. it’s “just” 21km. It’s not my first time, and I still have few more to go before year end. But somehow I still get the jittery before the run which I don’t get for the shorter distance. 

Flashing back, the longest run I ever ran was 2km which 5 laps in the running tracks, then 6km when I was running Yellow Ribbon with my colleagues. Then followed by Shape run 5km few years later. 

Anyway.. After 1 banana, 3 gels, plenty of energy drinks and water, 2 toilet breaks, 2 Grab rides, BIGBANG and anime OST as running playlist, 3 hours of running, I finished the race. 

Oh wait.. 1 meals, 1.5 hours of Japanese class, 40 mins MRT ride and 10 mins walk, I *finally* completed the “race”. 

For all the pain, will I still do it again? Yes. I really curious whether the not-so-athletic me will be able to complete full marathon and triathlon. It looks like still long way(yyyyy) to go, but through each event, I learn to know more about myself. 

Perfect or working solution?

“I’m not aiming for a perfect solution but I’d rather have a working solution” is what my colleague told me based on his past experience, when I was discussing about project I’m leading. 

In my personal life context, I have to say that being a perfectionist (to some extent), I usually did a thorough research and compared different approach or products. But I also realize that often I called it off because I can’t accept available options, whether they are not good enough or far from what I imagine. 

The other key deciding factor for me is the learning cost. While time is something we can control, money is the tricky part. If the money factor to get it is not huge, I’ll probably just going to get it. 

He added, even if it’s not perfect solution to solve the entire situation, it could be a perfect solution for one thing we need at that point of time. If we need more in the future, we can always add something to it. 

For me, I like to minimize the number of touch point (or product) I have because I don’t want to spend a lot of time to maintain them one by one. 

However lately, my decision is influenced whether I’m going to regret for not doing it than aiming for perfection. What my colleague told me is kind of reiterate that sometimes we don’t need a perfect solution, do enough and go with it. Take the learning and improve. 

So, what is your approach? 

Do you remember why you started something?

I went to another art class yesterday and this time is about learning watercoloring. And in the classroom there is a quote which was teacher Nat‘s work, 

Remember why you started

It was beautifully written and decorated with her floral watercolor around it. 

I immediately withdrawn to it.
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Awareness (continue)

In my swimming class, my coaches always asked what did I do and how did I do it or how I feel after some drills. 

They will still tell me if I couldn’t tell them maybe because I wasn’t aware or preoccupied with other things while doing it. 

They always emphasize that we need to be aware about what we do and remember the feel of it. When we remember it, we are conscious and as we practice more, the muscle has better memory about the activity we do and we will transform from conscious competent to be unconscious competent. 

And to form a new habit it will take around 21 days (or so lots of people say, no wonder it’s 21 days challenge). So, when you’re keep practicing it correctly after sometime, you’ll (and your muscle) get the hang of it. 

And because of this, I also started to apply it when I run. I asked my running buddy for this and that, and ask myself, did I land my foot correctly, did I hunch, did I dehydrated and so on. As a result, I notice more things which I didn’t before. I used to think that I just run, to the finish line. 

Also when I do my brush lettering drills. 

Sometimes the basic is the same and when you apply it across other area, you’ll be able to make it better. 

So, lesson of this week is still about awareness. 

May Favorite Actor: Hiroshi Tamaki

First blog post in May after series of miss in April is about Hiroshi Tamaki (玉木宏) or Tamakin.

I was having dorama-rathon “Career” end of April while waiting to start my new role in a new place.

It’s been awhile I haven’t been watching his drama. However, when I looked at his drama/movie list, I realised that I watched his work for quite many.

It somehow reminds me 2 things

  • although you were doing quite well in different areas or things, people around you probably will remember more on the things you’re good at.
  • sometimes you just need to keep going. do your best, and whatever the result is, learn from it and move on. it’s okay to have bad results too. (some of his drama is so cheesy till I cringe :p I really enjoy his Career drama, he’s getting better)

Anyway, below are some of his photo from his works. Can you guess what was the title of his work from the photo below?

(image cr https://usagitoneko.wordpress.com)

To me, he would still be Chiaki Shinichi, Nodame’s senpai. ne..

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Rushing

I was desperately trying to get things one after another in my life.

I was holding on to something which had hurt me although my friends have been telling me to let it go. It was good to let it go. I should have done it sooner.

Sometimes I just need to be patient and remember that life doesn’t always go with plan A. When it doesn’t happen, don’t sulk. Something better will come.

Are you ready?

I’m going to have my first run in 2017 and it is 21km. Yes.. half marathon. Usually I like to start slow (aka, shorter distance) but last year I received notification from 2XU about loyalty rates and their finisher tee in 2016 was nice, so, without further ado, I signed up for 21km. 

I haven’t been running more than 15km before the actual day, and has been traveling as well. Doomed. I thought. Plus, 2 days before the race, there was a discomfort on my right leg.. 

There was a little hope that the run might be cancelled because of thunderstorm passing from the day before. (But someone might work hard doing no-rain dance)

Nevertheless, I still did carbo loading and prepare my gears and sleep earlier. Gels (checked), bib (checked), attire (checked) 


I woke up 1 hour earlier before the bus pick up time to settle my tummy. To my surprise, I felt good when I woke up without much time needed to gather my soul. And, my tummy was very cooperative too. 

My brother who is happened in town made a comment as I’m about to leave the house. Seems like today is made for you to run. 

Despite my heart is not ready for this run.

Turns out, it was a good run! 

So, good reminder for myself is, whether you’re ready or not, just waltz in.. don’t think too much and enjoy it.. If you completed it, then good. If you don’t, then do prepare better for the next run. 

Looking forward to more good runs in 2017.