2017, September 15

Three beautiful gardens at Hampton Court Palace

I was very lucky to have been able to travel to Kingston Upon Thames three times for work these past three years, and one of those times I was also lucky to get to walk through Hampton Court Palace’s world-famous gardens.

Head on over to Milliver’s Travels to find out from my travel article, “A Glance at Three of Hampton Court Palace’s World-Famous Gardens”, which three gardens have filled my heart with so much beauty and joy!

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2017, September 8

Study

I conducted a very exact study a few days ago while waiting to meet with someone, and my findings are as follows:

  • 13 out of 20 people will try to jump (unsuccessfully) over a large puddle spreading across the sidewalk
  • 5 out of 20 people will strut right through said puddle
  • 2 out of 20 people will take the time to actually go around it.
2017, September 1

Six Reasons to Smile – Summer 2017

This is my second blog post in the “Six Reasons to Smile” series, which I have turned into a seasonal one after a year of monthly blog posts.

Summer was a mix of good, of bad, of worse, and everything in between. I honestly still don’t really feel like talking about it, so I’ll simply leave you with the collage.

Here are the reasons I smiled this Summer:

 

Did you smile a lot this Summer? This month? What were your reasons? In case you’ve also captured them on camera, I’d love to see!

2017, August 25

Time for busting myths

Back in 2016, I attended the TEDxCluj event organized at the Florin Piersic cinema in downtown Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Its theme was myth busting and there were several interesting topics to listen to.

To see the picture I took of the sign stuck on the washroom door (it’s totally worth it!), visit Milliver’s Travels and read my travel article about it, “Funky Signs: Mythbusting at TEDxCluj”.

2017, August 18

I did it again…

Years ago, I got confused by the camera’s highlight mode and accidentally deleted all the pictures from a holiday. Every. Single. One.
Good thing was, I (ok, not I, but someone more tech savvy at the time) was able to recover them. Only about five came back faulty, yet still usable.

Then two days ago, I decided to make some space on my phone’s internal memory and on my memory card. I copied pictures onto my laptop and deleted the duplicates and empty folders from my phone.
Well, at least, what I thought were empty folders.
Apparently I haven’t checked a duplicate folder and deleted two week’s worth of pictures along with it. Because my phone decided to save those in its internal memory, and I forgot about them.

I only lost one and a half day’s worth of pictures from a recent trip this time around, but out of a two-day trip, that’s still a lot! However, I surely won’t be paying for someone to retrieve them, nor buying any data recovery software.
The three pictures I would’ve hated to lose have been e-mailed to a friend, so I still have them. Though less in amount than mine, I’ll copy mom’s pictures from the same trip onto my laptop.
And I set up auto-sync for my Google account, so it won’t happen again. Hopefully.

Still annoying though…

PS: please excuse any typos, typed this on my phone. I’ll correct them later.

2017, August 11

Do we have enough fun?

A while back, I read Giulietta Nardone’s blog post, Fun. Do You Really Have Enough Of It In Your Life?and copied her suggestions into a blog post of my own as a reminder, and to share with you guys as well. Obviously, I forgot all about it.

Until today. I was doing some light cleaning among my draft blog posts and after re-reading Giulietta’s words, decided to type away.

“If you would like more fun in your life, here are a few suggestions.

  1. Take charge of your own life.
  2. Make a list of what you like to do.
  3. Do things on that list.
  4. Make a list of things you don’t like to do.
  5. Don’t do things on that list unless you absolutely have to.
  6. Confront the mantra that you have to be serious most of the time. Or always at the beck and call of others.
  7. Figure out if your current activities are real fun or fake fun. It’s possible to be conditioned to believe that you are having fun, when deep down you know you are not, but don’t want to “rock the boat.”
  8. Rock the boat. It might seem scary at first. In time, it will be a blast.
  9. Decide to say no to things that are not fun.
  10. Decide to say yes to things that are fun or new things that could be fun.
  11. Ask everyone in your family what they find fun and try to find ways for cross fun activities to happen. Children and adults are equally important for the health and well being of a family.
  12. Put money away in your “have fun cookie jar.”
  13. Make time for fun things first.
  14. Forget what others think. They are not living your life.”

A blog post I wrote six years ago also came to mind, where I noted what I found fun in the past, at 10 years old, and how they turned into present-day’s having fun and achievements (I updated the list with a couple of items this year).

It took a few years, but I am doing my best to do mostly enjoyable things. I run and sign up for running events, I cycle, ice skate, watch movies or read, write… if friends seem draining, I make other plans, and if someone can’t join me for drinks or any activity I want to do, I do it alone.

There are two big lessons I learned in 30 years:
Stop waiting for other people when I want to do something, and just because no one else joins in doesn’t mean I won’t have fun alone.

What do you find fun? What do you still find fun from the things you used to do as a child? What do you find fun now as an adult?

2017, August 4

Quote on the purpose of being a writer

Not much inspiration lately, to be honest, which is why you’ve been seeing back-dated blog posts and missed blogging schedules. I don’t feel like talking about the reasons, aside from being busy, so I’ll leave you with this today:

last week, I read this quote by Sarah Manguso, on the NYT website, and love it.

“The purpose of being a serious writer is not to express oneself, and it is not to make something beautiful, though one might do those things anyway. Those things are beside the point. The purpose of being a serious writer is to keep people from despair. If you keep that in mind always, the wish to make something beautiful or smart looks slight and vain in comparison. If people read your work and, as a result, choose life, then you are doing your job.” ~ Sarah Manguso

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