What I wish that I know when I was

J.K. Rowling said that in her Harvard commencement speech. She said that she was racking her head what should she share in a commencement speech. So she thought that what she wished to know when she was at the same age with the graduates.

Her words made me think, what are the think I want to tell my younger self? Or maybe what would my future self would tell the present me.

(I’m sure that Luffy wouldn’t want to hear it. Because it won’t be fun anymore.)

One thing I can think of now, if I can tell my younger self would be, write more. Whether it’s a scribble, a diary, or just a shoutout. Daily if possible.

My sensei usually will ask this question during lesson, anything interesting happened in the past few days? And as usual, most of us will just smile at her. She will make a comment that we are not paying attention to life, and as if, living it in auto-pilot mode which makes us easily forget what happened around us, during commute, at home, or at work. She said, write a diary, write about the weather, clothes we wear that day, food we eat and so son. The year after that, you can read what did you eat and eat the same food this year. (Interesting idea ne)

I like to write diary. I was writing my diary in English when I was in junior and high school time. As practice. These days, I’m writing it in Japanese with same purpose in mind. As practice. When I’m in my hometown and found my old diary, I had a good laugh by reading them.

Two years ago, I wrote a time capsule message to the 2020 myself. Honestly, I can’t recall at all what did I write that day. I’m looking forward to the day to open it. Then I’ll write another one to the 2025 myself.

Back to J.K. Rowling’s speech, there is one thing that I like the most. It’s about humility to know that life is difficult, complicated and can be out of control. Even an adult might still have the greatest question in life, what I want to do. So, take your time as life is not a race to complete a checklist.

As my sensei always advised us in the class, try to do things differently, and as you get different result, you will find life will give you more colour. Like greeting her “good morning” when our class is in the evening, or keeping a diamond in a watermelon.

Just have some fun~!

Random notes from last week

Don’t you feel amazed when you started to tidy up some of your stuffs and as you look through it, you started to think, why it seems I was wiser yesterday?

1. I took out some pages from my agenda, it’s been half a year in 2017 but I still kept all the planner pages from beginning. It makes my planner thinner now. In one of the page I wrote few lines which I heard from a Japanese movie, Honnoji Temple.

Dream is not about possible or not possible. Nor big or small. But whether you want to do it or not.

2. When your kebab gives a quote of the day

There is two rules for being successful. One is figuring out what you want to do. And two, doing it.

3. Running long distance wasn’t my cup of tea, but as I ran together with my friends, I feel I can run forever

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 ✌🏼

To be more confident, follow these

  1. Do few baby steps, and do it right. It will make you feel good and confident.
  2. Once you get it right, add the intensity or steps or do it for longer period.
  3. If it wasn't going well, stop and reflect.
  4. Then repeat the last one when you're succeed.

Those were my swimming coach advice to us this week.
She often asked us, how do we feel, did we do this or that, and so on. Because it's easier to correct it when we, the doer, aware about what and how we do it.
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Running at our own pace

"Don't rush it. I know you want to finish the length of the swimming pool but I want you to focus on your stroke and follow the *beep* of your timer. Now you need to do it right and constant pace. Not doing it fast." that was my coach said to us during our lesson this week.
She also said that it's easy to just go faster but we will feel exhausted before the entire distance we supposed to cover.
This Saturday I went jogging with my friend and after 2km mark, I looked at my 735XT, it was showing around 7:40 but my heart rate (HR) was already at up high (zone 5) because of the hills.
Anyway.. my brain relates these experience to normal daily life that, sometimes we have different milestone than our friends, some might get married first, some might already have their house while others might have great career.
We run at different pace in our marathon called life.

  • There are times when you need to run harder during the hills till your lung screams.
  • There are times when you are just cruising at steady pace.
  • Or there are times when you're walking to recover.

But as long as you're still running, isn't it okay?

PS: I don't really get the science behind making use the HR data to run more efficiently. And according to my triathlete friend, try to be at zone 3 – forever running zone as much as possible.

The art of waiting

I don't always dislike waiting, because it actually allows me to read or play games while waiting. What I don't really enjoy is the outcome of waiting.
For example, you're in line for getting rare merchandise or limited food quantity for quite some time and when your turn is up, you don't manage to get it.
While some people have more patience, I find myself on the impatient side.
Can you wait patiently? Or you like to move fast?
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To be a neighborhood Spider-Man 

Have you watched Spider-Man? Do you like it? 

This post might have some references to the movie so, spoiler ahead. I’m actually not a big fan of Spider-Man, but I saw a lot of positive reviews from my friends. So, I decided to give it a go. (*ahem* at least I can see RDJ) 

Overall, it’s very enjoyable to watch this Spider-Man movie. So, here are the 3 key things I learned from it

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What’s your tactic? 

I was stuck. Playing Pokémon Shuffle. In one of the card mission to get Lucarionite. This has been quite sometime, so I decided to google it up. And some other gamers also experienced the same problem. 

Apparently, I misunderstand the mission instruction. 

Then, I saw a link about different stage problem and few ways of solving it. 

It made me think that a game can be very deep when it comes strategizing it. Well, most of the games I play is either puzzle or RPG, so naturally it comes with it. While I don’t play a lot of hack and slash game type, but I think it might have some tactics still. 

When it comes to test, I’ve been hearing it’s more about the tactics, like do this first, then pay attention to this and this. 

Of course learning about the exam material itself is important but if you know the tricks of the test, it seems easier. 

Do you usually try to crack it yourself? Or are you going to build a tactic?

PS: Now I’m thinking, does that mean if I know the tactics for life, it will make the test from life easier?