Tuesday, January 31, 2012

My Bubble: Taste of Taiwan ~ Final Day

It was our last day in Taiwan as we spent another half-a-day in Kaohsiung's popular attraction, Dream Mall. It is both the largest shopping complex in Taiwan and in East Asia. A major recreation landmark that combines shopping, leisure, dining, arts and culture within a 9-storey building with a roof-top theme park, home to the Hello Kitty Ferris wheel that takes 15 minutes to finish one rotation. Too bad, we didn't have time for it.

Anyway, our priority was more on food exploration and a last minute shopping for snacks to take home. Grabbing a long delayed dose of freshly brewed coffee, we headed to its Starbucks outlet where lo kong managed to draw an additional free coffee from its New Year's lucky dip.

With a little shopping behind us, we headed for the food court before heading to the train station to catch the high-speed train back to Taipei to catch our flight back to Kuala Lumpur.

Monday, January 30, 2012

My Bubble: Langkawi Is Beautiful But Not Its People!!!

Lo kong and I just spent a short 3D2N stay in Langkawi last week. Being a last minute plan, we opted to drive all the way to Kuala Perlis which is about 495km from Kuala Lumpur ... approximately 5.5 hours' drive on the North-South Highway. Unfortunately, using a Garmin GPS proved to be unreliable as it took us through the longer trunk road via Alor Setar instead of directly on the highway via Kubang Pasu.

I've learned the hard way a second time! Never trust your GPS 100%!! It tends to take you on a longer route even when the target is just a stone throw away.

Anyway, with a free and easy mindset we didn't mind the longer drive but we were really bumped by the delayed ferry. We missed an earlier ferry by minutes and the next one was delayed by half-an-hour. There was also no system at all to board the ferry ... no indicated gate, no queue line with the old, young children and mothers with babies all pushing and shoving to get into the ferry. It was also no consolation looking at the condition of the ferry that I could hear my heart thumping aloud! There was no pre-departure safety briefing and I could see all the life-jackets tied-up together under the seat. Seriously, do we have time to untie them and figure out how to wear the life-jackets during an emergency???

We finally arrived in Langkawi ... thankfully safe and sound 12 hours after we started our journey. After being hoodwinked into renting a junk Iswara, we headed straight to lo kong's employer-owned apartment in Padang Matsirat. This time the caretaker really takes the cake ... a complete disregard to the meaning of punctuality. Despite reconfirming our appointment upon arrival at the ferry terminal in Kuah, we had to wait an extra 45 minutes for him to deliver the apartment keys and when he finally arrived, he came loaded with excuses!

I have to conclude that the locals in Langkawi are just way too laid-back and super-slow to an extent of having a lackadaisical attitude! They don't even bother a hoot eventhough they've acknowledged that they were blocking our car!!! What?! Are they that almighty we have to wait for them?!

Being a festive season, they were also acting like highway robbers ... twisting and turning their words just to squeeze every extra ringgit out of the visitors. They declared a working weekday as a holiday and some even claimed since it was the Chinese New Year the extras were their Chinese New Year 'ang pows!'

Langkawi today is no more the same when I first visited years ago. The locals are no more as friendly and warm as they were then. A duty-free haven, the local fare wasn't cheap. Imagine a coconut going for RM5 each on a tropical island. I'm puzzled!

The blazing sun wasn't inviting at all to step outside, much less onto the beach. We only walked the streets after sundown and confined ourselves mostly within the shopping complexes doing a little bit of shopping ... 2 bottles of Black Label with loads of chocolates plus their popular anchovies snack. Lo kong also bought a running hydration pack and a backpack which were going for a steal. As for me ... hmmmmmm ... NOTHING???

Without doing much time still flies. We checked out on Friday after lunch, boarded a 4pm ferry and started our drive back to Kuala Lumpur with a detour to Kuala Sepetang fishing village for a much anticipated seafood dinner. Unfortunately they were sold out by the time we arrived. We still had a sumptuous seafood dinner along the way back to Taiping town ... 'twas lo kong's return to his 'kampong' for the very first time! No idea if he still has any other relatives living there though.

Exit 148 to Taiping
Kuala Sepetang Fishing Village ... 25 minutes after Exit 148
Seafood Porridge ... just off  Exit 148

With some help from our not-so-reliable GPS that gave conflicting directions at times, we headed out of Taiping using more of our instinctive navigational skills. After a one-hour stop-over at the popular Tapah R&R to catch a few winks along many other travellers, we finally reach home on Saturday morning at 6am ... 12 hours after departing Kuala Perlis!

Affirmation: I Am Open To The Flow ...

Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. So love the people who treat you right, forget about the ones who don't and believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said that it'd be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.

I am living ... I am thankful!! How can there be anymore complaints?!

This is my affirmation for the week ...

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Random Bubbles ... Tastes of Taiwan ~ Day #4

It was New Year's Day on our 4th day in Taiwan and the second night in its second largest city, Kaohsiung which Aunty Elaine incidentally found out was formerly known as "打狗 Dǎgǒu" which literally means "beat the dog!" Drawn by this unusual name, I even bought their specialty biscuit "打狗 Dǎgǒu" biscuit. Catch this touching story of how this particular biscuit was conceived by a grieving mom in honor of her late son's wishes.

If you do not understand Mandarin, I believe just by reading the supporting translation and her poem could as easily brought tears to your eyes.

Lo Kong and Uncle Chew completed the Jong-liao-shan New Year Marathon in the morning. It was held some 45 minutes away from Kaohsiung and it was long wait for me under a surprisingly blazing sun! Both completed their respective marathon in 6 hours with lo kong suffering from a swollen feet. He still hasn't fully recovered yet to-date and he's due to run the Standard Chartered HongKong Marathon this coming weekend! He really does deserved to be called a Marathon Maniac!!

After some rest at our rundown hotel, we headed to 旗津 Cijin Island which is renowned for its seafood street. We took a 10-15 minutes ferry ride from Gushan Ferry Pier. Although we weren't much into any other local attractions, the island does offer a nice clean beach as well as the Seashore Park, Windpower Park, Cihou Lighthouse, Tianhou Temple and the YM Museum of Maritime Exploration. Aunty Elaine treated us to a hearty live seafood dinner as a reward for a job well-done to the two marathoners. Yummy!!!

We checked out the night market there after dinner before heading back to town to visit the Liuhe Night Market for a second time ... this time with lo kong in tow. Dinner wasn't really digested yet but we still embarked on another "jalan-jalan cari makan!" to chowdown among others ...

their ultra popular 'Black Pepper Pork Bun'
piping hot 'Siew Long Pau'
gloriously inviting 'Braised Pork Trotters'
freshly prepared 'Candied Sweet Potatoes & Taro Cubes'
the plentiful 'Grilled Prawns & Crabs too!'
their unique 'Oh-Chien' 
~ Oyster Omelette that comes with veggie in it!

Gosh! It was so unfortunate that amidst all the food tasting, we missed this popular must-have favorite!

We actually missed their famous 'Coffin Bread!'

Saturday, January 28, 2012

What Am I Grateful For This Week ...

Our life is so much about giving, receiving, appreciating and forgiving. Gratitude is actually an essential part of the process of forming our positive mentality and attitude. When we are less affected by things, people or situations that are not to our liking, we deserve a good pat on our back because being thankful has elevated us to this state.

As I appreciate my wonderful journey in life these days, I know I am far from mastering gratitude totally. Much still trouble or affect me but at least I appreciate the fact that I am growing each day. I am grateful that I am making improvements! I am grateful I have made positive changes! I am grateful I am a better person than I ever was!

A week's passed and it's as good a time as any to make some reflections. What are you grateful for this week? Do you have a gratitude practice? Let's share aloud!!!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Law Of Attraction: Your Survival Kit To A Purposeful Life

You may or you may not have heard about the law of attraction. But even as you begin to try to understand this natural law of the Universe, the secret is already out! You have been using it practically every day in your life.

Are you shock? Don’t be because if you look back and analyze all that you have attained and experienced in your life till now, you will be able to see a connection between them and your personal attitude towards life. You would be surprised to find that you have actually attracted some of the things that you currently have.

The law of attraction builds on the principle of “like attracts like” and the attraction relies a lot on your thoughts and emotions of any kind which subsequently of course is dependent on your reactions to whatever happens next. Most people with you and me included have been conditioned through our years of upbringing to possess latent or dormant fears buried deep inside our subconscious mind. Unfortunately for the select few who put loads of energy worrying about them, these fears will eventually manifest themselves in their lives at some point of time. If you can see how some of your fears have created the life situations you do not favor, you will realize that you have the power to survive and change your life the way in the opposite direction. And that is using the law of attraction as your survival kit!

Your thoughts and emotions are the fuel to your fears and the more you worry about them the stronger they are to overwhelm you into being. Instead of using your thoughts and emotions to fuel the negative, why not use them as an energy source for all your good intentions in life. Here is a list of items in the law of attraction survival kit that will help you power your desires into reality.

1. Accept change and accept the responsibility ~ take control of your life.

2. Find your life purpose ~ it adds value to your life and it is a roadmap of your inner being.

3. Activate the things you want in life by identifying your desire ~ clarity strengthens attention.

4. Give your desire the due attention ~ have an action plan ready.

5. Reprogram your mind ~ clean up your thoughts towards positive thinking and one of the best ways is using positive affirmations every day.

6. Be thankful ~ appreciate everything that you have created.

7. Have faith ~ the more doubts you eliminate the more you allow your desire to happen.

8. Enjoy the process of your everyday life ~ create beautiful happy memories to be cherished long after you have achieved your desires.

9. Practice random acts of kindness ~ a random act of kindness is an expression of abundance. It dissolves your thoughts and feelings of lack.

10. Believe and celebrate with the world ~ believing passionately is a conviction and the more you share about it with others, the deeper is your belief.

Copyright © Wenny Yap 2012 All Rights Reserved. This article may be reproduced with my written consent, provided my name and link remain intact.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

A Note Of Awareness #30

The secret is already out! You have been using the law of attraction practically every day in your life whether you know it or not. You would be surprised to find that you have actually attracted some of the things that you currently have.

The law of attraction builds on the principle of “like attracts like” and the attraction relies a lot on your thoughts and emotions of any kind which subsequently of course is dependent on your reactions to whatever happens next. Most people have been conditioned through years of upbringing to possess latent or dormant fears buried deep inside their subconscious mind. If you put a lot of your energy worrying about them, these fears will eventually manifest themselves at some point of time. If you can see how some of your fears have created the life situations you do not favor, you will realize that you have the power to survive and change your life the way in the opposite direction.

The law of attraction will be your survival kit to live your life purposefully and successfully!

Image taken from LarryBroughton.net

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

My Poem: Love Melt My Heart!

“Love, love changes everything … Nothing in the world will ever be the same.” ~ from Andrew Lloyd Weber‘s “Aspects of Love”

Love raises our consciousness and returns us to the life of joy. It opens the doors to happiness, success & dreams-come-true!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Affirmation: I See A Great Year Blowing My Way!!

I am a Water Rabbit and according to last year's forecast, it was not supposed to be a good year for all the Rabbits. I beg to differ however. It had been such a wonderful year for me and I am thankful for the amazing improvements in my life.

This year of the Water Dragon is forecasted to be a good year for all the Rabbits. I am so looking forward to more amazing improvements in my life. As is where is now, I already have my sight set on seeing the many wonders on foreign for the next 8 months while there are 4 major writing projects in hand to keep me busy.

This is my affirmation for the week ...

Gōngxǐ fācái! ~ I Wish You Great Prosperity!!!

龙年吉祥!~ Lóng nián jíxiáng! 
Good Luck in the Year of the D

Happy New Year of the Dragon. 龙年快乐!~ Lóng nián kuàile!

The Dragon is magnificent. In China, the Dragon is the imperial symbol, the sign of the emperor and the male element of Yang. The Dragon is also synonymous with power and wealth.

The Dragon year falls on the following years: 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000 and 2012, the year of the Water Dragon.

It is said that people born in the year of the Dragon carry a natural charisma and are gifted with power and luck. They have high standards of excellence, confidently strive for success and are filled with energy. At their worst, they are egoistical, ambitious, conceited and demanding. They will stop at nothing to get what they want. They can be successful as actors, singers, bankers, financiers, politicians, pharmacists and quite comfortable in the place of many other professions. Some famous people born in the year of the Dragon are Bruce Lee (1940), Florence Nightingale (1820), John Lennon and Cliff Richard (1940) and Sandra Bullock (1964).

Is the Dragon your animal sign?

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Random Bubbles ...

Uncle Tetsu's Cheese Cake ...
I'm right at the end of a 30-minute QUEUE!!!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

My Bubble: Tastes of Taiwan ~ Day #3

There was a little panic that morning when lo kong and Uncle Chew was getting ready to head out for the No, 4 Freeway Marathon. We had arrangement with the taxi driver from the day before to pick us up at the hotel but regretfully he never turn up!

The hotel front-desk was very helpful by describing the destination to another taxi driver waiting outside the hotel. On the way, there was almost another panic when this unsure taxi driver almost stopped short of the race site! Luckily, we had the organiser's contact number handy and arrived perfectly as scheduled, thanks to the additional 15 minutes lead-time we had allocated.

After the marathon was flagged off, I explored the nearby area just to kill off some waiting time and found a cute little eatery 'Morning Kitchen' for breakfast. Without Aunty Elaine around and being an illiterate in Mandarin, I had to use my finger and my jumbled-up Hokkien & Mandarin to get my order through. It was a great light breakfast with Taiwanese Goyza and a cuppa coffee.

Along the way I was so delighted to have found a fruit shop offering the giant Custard Apple as well as the Pineapple Shijia. If I could I would have bought more home because the price was so so much cheaper compared to what we found earlier at one of the supermarkets in Taipei that was selling at NT$199 each.

Looking for a taxi and taking one back to our hotel proved to be another challenge again. We were in a big rush to get back to the hotel as we needed to check out as soon as possible and head on down to Kaohsiung for the second marathon the next morning. I find it very odd that the taxi drivers in Taiwan are not familiar with roads including a 3-star Holiday Inn Express. The taxi driver had to make several calls to his peers in order to get us back.

Anyway, all ended well as we arrived into Kaohsiung late afternoon and checked into the lousiest hotel on our itinerary. From the outside it looked alright plus it was located just right opposite the MRT Station, Koahsiung Train Station and a short distance from the bus terminal. The interior of the hotel was so rundown with an overpowering musty smell even before entered our room. Well, for a rate of NT$1000 per night plus the convenience in location, we can't really complain much can we???

That night we had Taiwan's popular Pork Rib Rice for dinner before we headed to Kaohsiung's Liuhe Night Market at the nearby Formosa Boulevard Station minus lo kong who wasn't up to walking before his next marathon the next morning. Again, it was a continuation on street snack exploration ... food, glorious food again! This time, apart from pork pork pork ... there was plenty of seafood too. If you are curious at what this night market has to offer and most of the street snacks we tried there, it'll be pretty neat to check out my 'kwai lo friend' Nino's blog at My Kafkaesque Life.

What Am I Grateful For This Week ...

Gong Xi! Gong Xi! The Year of the Water Dragon is just round the corner as the Metal Rabbit bids farewell. All Chinese from around the world will be celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year come Monday, 23 January. Here in our multi-cultural Malaysia, it is not only celebrated by the Chinese but by all the other races as well.

This is why I am grateful that I am living in a modern, multi-racial and multi-cultural country that is considerably peaceful, safe and free from devastating forces of nature. I am also thankful that Malaysia is a gastronomical paradise resulting from its multi-ethnicity ... there's just so many choices of tasty food to enjoy! To top it all, I am grateful that we have a lot of public holidays here to chill and de-stress due to the many celebrations and festivals of the different races. In fact, our country ranked 7th in the top ten list of countries with the most public holidays.

Another week whizzes by, leaving a trail of moments to be thankful for. What Horace had originally wrote as a phrase in one of his odes, "Carpe Diem" has through time grown into a popular aphorism. Translated, it means to "seize the day!"

We should always bear in mind that there are no throw-away moments in our days. Every one and any one of these moments are important because they create an impact on our life ... good or bad it is entirely our own perspective. Just as Emmet Fox said, "The art of life is to live in the present moment, and to make that moment as perfect as we can by the realization that we are the instruments and expression of God Himself."

So folks, seize your day! Everyday!! Because each day is a fresh opportunity to try again what we've failed before or to start something anew. Give thanks for every moment as they are God's gift to you!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Law Of Attraction: On Common Ground With Buddhism

According to the law of attraction, we create our reality through our thoughts. It is not just through our conscious thoughts but also in our subconscious state where our beliefs, attitudes and feelings reside. As I was scavenging through various quotes and sayings online recently for practices of living intentionally, I was intrigued by one of Buddha’s sayings that seem to run parallel with the teachings of the law of attraction.

Buddha said, “We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.”

Indeed Buddha’s philosophy aligns beautifully with the law of attraction as both teachings carry similarly strong emphasis on perception, thought, feeling and action. In Buddhism, to walk on an enlightened path is to observe the right thought which means not to harm anyone including ourselves, things or animals through negative thoughts, cravings or ill will. Instead, we are to cultivate a generous spirit of goodwill, love, joy and gratitude. Our speech should never be critical, harsh or malicious but to be gentle, kind and truthfully appropriate at the right time and place. Both Buddhism and the law of attraction exert on happiness, meditation, compassion and thankfulness for all the blessings we already have.

Practitioners of Buddhism and the law of attraction believe in cause and effect, although Buddhists believe a little differently that the causes do not necessarily have to be from our current lifetime but can be from our past lives. They called it karma but most of us can relate to the oft-used statement that said “what goes around comes around.” Karma is basically the manifestation of our volitional tendencies and whatever we create are based on the choices that we had made in the past.

Believe it or not, we are constantly creating causes that result in effects. Henceforth, if we can focus on making desirable causes by breaking free from our bad habits and to change for the better to make good ethical decisions, we reap what is desirable.

Buddhists also practice the use of powerful intentions to achieve what they want, normally through chanting of their affirmations. Isn’t it also true that the law of attraction teaches us to practice positive affirmations in order to maintain a positive thinking for the successful manifestation of our desires?

Buddhism and the law of attraction teachings may have many variations but whatever they are, both are grounded on positive thinking and ethical behavior and reasoning. What harm is there to put it to the test and direct all our energy and intentions into being a positive influence in the world. Looking forward, if all our positive energy starts to reflect back to us, then we know we are on the right track because our awareness has been shifted to a higher level of genuine acceptance.

Copyright © Wenny Yap 2012 All Rights Reserved. This article may be reproduced with my written consent, provided my name and link remain intact.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

A Note Of Awareness #29

The law of attraction says, “We create our reality through our thoughts.” According to Buddha, “We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.”

Buddhism and the law of attraction teachings may have many variations but whatever they are, both share a common ground that teach us about the benefits of positive thinking and ethical behavior and reasoning. Practitioners of Buddhism and the law of attraction believe in cause and effect and that we are constantly creating causes that results in effects that may or may not be to our liking.

Henceforth, if we can focus on making desirable causes by breaking free from our bad habits and to change for the better to make good ethical decisions, we reap what is desirable.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

My Poem: Sweet Offerings

To be ever thankful for all of God's blessings is to be humbled in all expectations. Life is a more quiet peace, colored with happiness and joy as I learn of my true purpose in life. This is the legacy that I want to leave behind.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Affirmation: I Plan My Work & Work My Plan

Everything is going well in my life. Some may be planned while some are not. I am enjoying my life as I plan my work and work on all that I have planned for myself ... blogging, writing, reading, exercising, travelling and best of all, just eat and chill!

This is my affirmation for the week ...

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Random Bubbles ...


Saturday, January 14, 2012

What Am I Grateful For This Week ...

Today's Saturday already?! Oh my oh my ... time flies even faster when we're so busy in the thick of things. It is time for another reflection of the week passed. As usual, this post is the easiest entry of the week. I'm never at a loss for thankfulness.

How about you my dear blog-friends? Do you practice a gratitude exercise in your life? Adopting an attitude for gratitude can be life changing ... trust me!

Here's my list of random gratitude for the past week;

1. I am grateful for the wonderful ideas I'm receiving to write my articles on the law of attraction and cash gifting.

2. I am grateful for all the payments received for my writing projects at hand.

3. I am grateful that I am improving my running distance each week ... I've finally passed the 10km distance again after such a long time break.

4. I am grateful that I am able to keep my blood-glucose level under control ... thankfully through all the running.

5. I am grateful for the beautiful cloudy weather this past week.

Everyone knows that gratitude makes you happier and healthier. If you invest in a way of seeing the world that is mean and frustrated, you're going to get a world that is, well, more mean and frustrating. But if you can find any authentic reason to give thanks, anything that is going right with the world or your life, and put your attention there, then statistics say you're going to be better off.

You can use a simple gratitude exercise that is convenient for you to put yourself in a better mood. It can be a quick exercise as quick as two minutes per week. Having really good moods are like gold dust, don't you agree?

What are you thankful for today?

Friday, January 13, 2012

Law Of Attraction: Your Reality Mirrors What Is Within

Please don’t be mistaken! It is not the law of attraction that is attracting all you want into your life but the power of your goal-seeking mind. If you have a clear understanding about this natural law of the Universe that almost everyone have taken for granted, you will believe that this statement is true.

The law of attraction had been laid down through the ages to conceptualize the conviction that “like attracts like” where positive and negative thinking bring about positive and negative physical results respectively. It partners with the most powerful creative force in the Universe … YOUR MIND! This partnership will do everything to create and attract all that you need and want as your reality. It turns you into a master manifestor. The truth of the matter is that you are already one because you do it every day!

The law of attraction is always at work in every aspect of your life, knowingly or unknowingly. Believe me when I tell you that everything currently existing in your life reflects back to you what is actually going on inside you. Your desire or fear, your dominant thoughts and feelings, they influence the images that you make inside your mind. Whatever you are aware of and whatever you focus on, you simply need to realize that your outer world is a reflection of your inner world.

The pictures you generate consciously, though often times unconsciously, are responsible for how you are creating your life. When you are focused on avoiding an unwanted situation or a bad thing, you are really creating that image in your mind. This is because your thoughts and emotions have been hijacked by your dire need to avoid them that your mind simply creates the image in your imagination as clear as day. As far as the law of attraction is concerned, if you are focusing on it so much you must really want it, right?

Looking onto the extreme opposite, you can consciously and deliberately attract a life of fulfillment by creating your feel good inner world. Although a positive thinker does not refuse to recognize the negative, you will refuse to dwell on it no matter what happens. Maintaining a positive mindset, you habitually look for the best results from the worst conditions. You know it is always possible to expect the best for yourself even though things look bad. Remarkably, if you are thinking positively and optimistic, your creative mind automatically responds with feel good imageries. Needless to say, your reality will mirror your new perspective.

"Reality is the mirror of your thoughts.
Choose well what you put in front of the mirror."

~ Ramez Sasson ~

Remember that nothing in the world created your disappointments and misery but your own state of consciousness that created the ugliness. People who do not fully comprehend the law of attraction may tell you, “Beware of the dangers of your thoughts!” However, firm believers of this natural law of the universe know the statement to be untrue. Your thoughts and emotions need not be your enemies at all.

Your inner state of consciousness is easier to control than what you perceive around you. It will be easier for your eliminate all the negativities from within you rather than from the outer world. Without doubt, the key is to rid the negative thoughts and emotions from your inner world. Continually dwelling in them breeds fear, sometimes paralyzing fear!

Copyright © Wenny Yap 2012 All Rights Reserved. This article may be reproduced with my written consent, provided my name and link remain intact.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

A Note Of Awareness #28

It is not difficult to understand how the law of attraction will work for you. It partners daily with your goal-seeking mind and turns you into a master manifestor!

Your mind is the most powerful creative force in the Universe. It will do everything to create or attract the reality of the pictures in your mind to you. The pictures you generate consciously, though most often unconsciously, are responsible for how you are creating your life. When you are focused on avoiding something “bad,” you are really creating an image of that bad thing in your mind. If you’re focusing on it so much, you must want it, right?

You simply have to remember that your outer world is a reflection of your inner world.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

My Bubble: Tastes of Taiwan ~ Day #2

On our Day #2 in Taiwan, our stomach just effortlessly made space after space to accommodate the variety of sumptuousness as we made our way from Taipei to Taichung. We took the bullet train from Taipei Station, arriving less than an hour later at our next destination for lo kong's first marathon in the 3rd developed economies of the Four Asian Tigers.

Our night's stay at the 3-star Chair Man Hotel in Taipei was only passable with an errie sense as our room on the 6th floor was right at the fire escape. It may be a plus point to give us a family room with 2 queen-size bed in it but doesn't make much sense when there's only 2 of us. Uncle Chew was also provided with the same family room directly one floor below ours. I couldn't sleep well that night with the odd feeling inside.

Our room at RM180 per night came with breakfast. We checked out immediately after a quick chow-down and rushed for our second breakfast within the next 15 minutes at the King Seas Soya Milk, behind the Taipei Train Station.  Before I forget to mention, it was raining!

Upon arrival at our next destination, we checked into Holiday Inn Express Taichung Park, a modern hotel housed inside the Sunshine Plaza shopping mall, right in the heart of Taichung. It was a 20-minute taxi ride from the High Speed Rail Taichung Station. Our RM238 per night room came with complimentary breakfast and wireless Internet which we didn't have time to take advantage of except for Aunty Elaine who had not followed us to the Freeway Marathon.

Collection of the marathon race kit was on-site at the new No. 4 Freeway which even a Taiwanese taxi driver could not find. After several calls to the organiser with the help from the hotel front-office who then explained to the taxi driver, we made it to the running site which was pretty near the hotel. We made arrangement with the taxi driver to wait for us as we collected the race kits in case we can't get another taxi back. We also made arrangement for the same taxi driver to pick us up the next morning for the run just to avoid the whole hassle of finding the place again!

The rest of the day and night ... see for yourself!

My Poem: Life's Journey

I composed this poem almost two years' ago at the point in my life when I grew in awakening of the life that God has prepared for me. Past mistakes and bitter memories become lessons for me to embrace a more deliberate living to enjoying my life spontaneously.

Monday, January 9, 2012

My Bubble: Tastes of Taiwan ~ Day #1

This trip into Taiwan was never on my travelling agenda ... not in any near distance in time because lo kong always shot it down when I suggested it! Why? Probably it is due to the intimidation from their spoken language there. You see ... both of us don't speak Mandarin. Anyhow, I wouldn't call ourselves 'Bananas' just yet because we do command some sputterings of Hokkien, Cantonese, Hakka and we do understand a little of Mandarin to get us by.

** Our taxi drive had a laugh when Auntie Elaine explained to him what's the meaning of 'Bananas' **

However said, in the end, the itch to run marathons took us there!!! I am so proud of Lo kong for completing his back-to-back marathon successfully and he has qualified himself to a 4th level Marathon Maniac circle ... "Iridium Level".

The rest of the trip was a food trail, exploring the stupendous varieties 'xiao chi' street food, desserts and authentic dishes. Every waking moment was faced with a plate or bowl or a pack of eat from duck tongue, stinky tofu, sausages, seafood, pork rib rice, pork legs to beef noodles and so many more that our stomachs had no chance to empty itself!!

At the end of my very first day in Taiwan, I dare conclude that EATING IS A TAIWANESE'S HOBBY!!!

Affirmation: I Love My Life!

I am grateful for my wonderful life today. I am happy and I look forward to each unfolding moment with purpose, calm and joy. I love my life!

This is my affirmation for the week ...

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Random Bubbles ...

It smells awful ... but it tastes delicious.
I ate it TWICE!!
Use a mask if you can't stand the smell!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

What Am I Grateful For This Week ...

I had a fantastic week! It's time again for reflecting on the happenings of the past week.

We all know that we should give thanks for whatever and whosoever that have touched our life each day. Do you know that gratitude can help you find your purpose in life too? The main purpose of gratitude is to give thanks and appreciate the life that our Creator has given us and will continue to give to us. Life purpose and gratitude go hand in hand because every moment that we live our purpose is enjoyed and inspired.

Gratitude can be life changing. It keeps us connected with whatever that is working rather than dwelling in all that is not. If you rarely make the effort to feel grateful or to be thankful, you are probably familiar with a pervasive sense of boredom, frustration, dissatisfaction and emptiness. Practising an attitude for gratitude puts us in a vibration that can attract the goodness, wealth, prosperity and abundance that we deserve.

Here's my random list of gratitude this week;

1. I am grateful for an awesome 4-day food trail in Taiwan.

2. I am grateful that lo kong successfully completed his back-to-back marathon in Taiwan without much hiccup or injury ... maybe just a slightly swollen feet that have since cleared.

3. I am grateful that my running endurance is picking up and recovery is a lot speedier.

4. I am grateful to discover the root problem of the breakouts on my face ... I have since discontinue taking Chia seeds and my breakouts have cleared!

5. I am grateful for MY WONDERFUL LIFE!!!

God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today.
Have you used one to say "thank you?"  
~ William A. Ward ~

Friday, January 6, 2012

Law Of Attraction: Do Positive Thoughts Heal?

Do you believe that positive thinking has power? Firm believers of the law of attraction will definitely argue in its truth because they know that miracle cures do occur where medicine and science cannot yet explain. They believe that the healing power actually lies within us.

Positive thinking makes us feel good but of course, it is naturally hard to maintain an optimistic frame of mind during our most critical hours or predicaments. However, science has managed to show that even the most negative people can re-wire their state of mind and focus to become positive thinkers. The power of healing is not possible without our own intervention. Treatments with drugs and medicines need to be supported by positive thoughts. Therefore, it will come as no surprise that positive thinking can help to support the healing of our ailments, whether they are physical or psychological.

I know the first question that strikes your mind is, “do we just think of happy thoughts and everything will become perfect?” Regretfully, it is a “No.” There’s a little more intricate explanation to this mind-body connection and it requires a little more effort from you to make it happen.

According to the law of attraction, our thoughts create and control our reality. Positive thinking is our mindset and it’s the way we look at the world around us. It’s a way of using our thoughts to help us move forward rather than letting them keep us feeling trapped and discouraged in our current state helplessness. All that’s needed is to start with one positive vision of the good health we are seeking.

The law of attraction states that we are all made up of energies that vibrate according to the quality of our thoughts and emotions we concentrate on the most. Everything is energy and everything flows in the direction where our attention grows. Our brain is a highly efficient system that is connected to every living cell in our body and this massive concentration of our positive thoughts and emotions will inevitably trigger a bodily chemical reaction. Our bodies do react to our positive thoughts which influence our endocrine system that offers a self-suggestive boost to our immune system.

Positive thoughts are essential to produce the positive results. Yet it must be reminded that relying solely on positive thinking can be damaging and dangerous unless practiced concurrently with a proper diet, exercise, meditation, prayer and entirely not to be forgotten, our prescribed medications.

We have all learned from the advocates of the law of attraction that positive thoughts without inspired actions lead to nothing. To sit on one’s laurel and expect our positive thoughts to turn our health into the pink is an utter waste of time!

Here are some simple steps to complement our efforts in maintaining a positive and relaxing focus on our healing process;

• Believe in the power of our thoughts.
• Think or speak aloud our intention.
• Close our eyes and imagine ourselves in the healing process or as we want to be.
• Be aware as our body begins heal from within.
• Feel the positive changes taking place.
• Acknowledge proofs that healing is being accomplished.

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

A Note Of Awareness #27

Firm believers of the law of attraction knows that miracle cures do occur which medicine and science could not explain. They believe that the healing power actually lies within yourself.

The power of healing is not possible without your own intervention. Treatments with drugs and medicines need to be supported by positive thoughts. People who are in dire situations or faced with terminal illnesses often felt helpless. Encouraging them to have positive thoughts and continually focus on the best possible outcomes certainly offers a better option than to dwell continuously in helplessness.

Some call it mind over body where your thoughts and emotions can affect your own health. You can use your positive thoughts to support your healing process or to prevent from getting sick in the first place.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

My Poem: Let Peace Be With You

I had written this poem in celebration of my own triumph over a sad and bitter period of my life. They say 'time heals all wounds' and indeed it does. It only lies in our hands whether to let it heal or to continue with the suffering.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Affirmation: I Trust In The Flow

It is 2012! It may be passed the time to reflect back on what took place during the past year but it is still not too late to do some stock-take to effect necessary changes for ourselves.

And most importantly now is the time to cast forward with new, fresh hope, optimism, opportunity and wonderment to the amazing year ahead before us, with a generous dose of New Year appreciation and all the possibilities yet to manifest and become our realities!

This is my affirmation for the week ...

Sunday, January 1, 2012


A celebrated year of many accomplishments bade farewell ...
Another year of limitless possibilities welcomes us!