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Back from abstinence

In Daily living, Journey on January 26, 2015 at 9:57 pm

Hello!

I know it’s been loooonnnnggg time since I write my last blog here. Well, I’ve been busy and caught up with lots of stuff. But then again, maybe in the first place I’m not the type who write, really. I talk, a lot. But write? Maybe not so much.

But, I promise myself to write more when I first started this blog, and this year I’m gonna stick to that plan. Hopefully even more than before. Wish me luck!

So where should I begin to update about my life?
Let’s start with the biggest thing: I moved my arse off to Amsterdam, The Netherlands! I’m finally starting with my master degree in Biomedical Sciences at University of Amsterdam!

If you know me, you’d know that living in Holland is somewhat my dream since a long time. So now that I’m here, at first it feel really surreal. Like maybe I’m just dreaming and could wake up at any seconds, found myself where I was before. But after 6 months now, I am not dreaming for sure! This is really happening!

I feel so blessed and happy to be here. School is not easy, but it’s exactly what I want to do, so I enjoy it 🙂 The city is amazing! I fell in love since day 1 I took my first step in this country ❤

So next few posts will be about my new life and how am I settling in Amsterdam. 😉

I.J.G

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Ready for the real world (?)

In Daily living, Random, Unraveled on August 16, 2014 at 12:29 pm

Say we figure out how to lower the global temperature and find away to safely break down all the plastic we’ve dumped, all the toxins we’ve unleashed.

Maybe we find a way to bring population growth down to a sustainable level and resurrect species we’ve killed off. Wouldn’t that be wonderful?
Wouldn’t that be just peachy?

And if that’s the case, our little group, we become nothing but happy fools. That’s Plan A for humanity.

We’re launching Plan B. We’re the ones who love life so much that we have to pass it on. What is to come is a beautiful age, a heroic age.

The impending dystopia you talk about only looks like dystopia to those of us who’ve lived surrounded by privilege. To everybody else it’s called history. I need to be here for those people. They’re my people. I belong to them.

And then he left?

Yes.

And now you’re here.

Are we finished? Is it time? 

Yes. Are you ready to see what the real world looks like now?

Yes. Show me.

– Blueprints of the Afterlife
By Ryan Boudinot

Seriously a perfect ending to this amazing book. When I first picked it up I never thought it would be this good! Great reading indeed!

I.J.G

This is not a book, this is real life.

In Daily living on February 9, 2014 at 1:39 pm

Who are you?
Who am I?
Who are any of us, really?

We all have our public life, private life, and your secret life.
The one that defines you.
Well sometimes, it’s the people we think we know best, we don’t really know at all.

When you’re dealing with someone on the run, you need to be able to climb inside his head.
Think his thoughts. What would he do? Where would he go?
We are bound by our choices, we are more than our mistakes.

For us there is no victory, there are only battles.
And in the end, the best you could hope for is to find a place to make your stand.
And if you’re very lucky, you’ll find someone willing to stand with you.

This is not a book, this is real life.
And when things go bad you can’t just re-write the ending like you did with us.
The world’s hard enough as it is.
Can’t somebody say, “Hey, let’s be positive? Let’s have a good ending to the story?”

I.J.G

Reality check: Life’s short!

In Daily living on December 8, 2013 at 5:54 pm

Recently I just got a shocking news, my elementary school friend passed away. None of us believe it when we first heard it. I mean it seems only yesterday I still saw his post on social media, meaning he was just fine.

My bestfriend, Cindy, was the one told me about it. She asked whether I’ve heard the news. I was like “No, I haven’t heard anything. Are you serious? I mean what happened?”

Apparently there’s an accident at his work place that he fell down from third floor. No one was really certain about what went down, all we know was that we lost our friend. Just like that. Without any warning, nada.

He was a good guy, very kind and gentle. A nice friend. Yet he left so early. Like often people say, good people gone too soon. He’s indeed gone too soon.

The sad part is he was just got engaged not long before the accident. They just about to plan their life, their journey together. But I guess God has another plan. I can imagine how the fiancè must feel, I’ve been there myself. No matter what people said you can help but falling apart. Like the world closing in on you.

Since I’m out of the country, I can’t really come to the funeral. I can only givr my condolences from afar. My hearts goes to his family and loved ones.

This incident reminded me once again that life IS short. So live your life to the fullest. Enjoy the sunny breeze, feel the strong wind, dance in the rain, hug your loved ones while you still can. Cause who on earth knows what will happen tomorrow. Or whether there will be a tomorrow that you’re waiting for.

Life is too short to wake up with regrets. So love the people who treat you right. Forget about those who don’t. Believe everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said life would be easy, they just promised it would most likely be worth it

By: Harvey MacKay

I.J.G

Words is..

In Daily living, Random on November 27, 2013 at 8:21 pm

“There is always time to add a word, never to withdraw one.”
– Baltasar Gracian

Love this quote! It’s so true! Your words it’s like double blades knife. It can really powerful, either to lift someone up or push them off the cliff.

It’s all depends on you, what kind of words you would want to be saying. Is it a sugarcoat white lies or truthful though hurtful.

So think before you speak, because your words is powerful. It could be your weapon. Choose them wisely.

I.J.G

Line Games: Pokopang – The Moral Behind It

In Daily living, Random on October 31, 2013 at 5:20 pm

I’m down with flu and slight fever so I have nothing to do all day at home but lying on my bed trying to get as much rest as possible. Anyway, I keep playing this game, Pokopang, on my phone to kill time.

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This is a simple puzzle game where to draw line and join the same color blocks  (at least 3 blocks) to get it explode to attack the monsters. In order to get the higher score, you can upgrade your attack powers, get maximum of 3 helping animals to tackle the monsters and some tools to help me explode as much color block as you can.

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So anyway, when I am alone and bored, my unraveled mind starts to wonder. I got some insights about the moral behind this game! Yes, you got it right I can see some vague moral point from a game! That’s how random my mind can be apparently.

When you complete 1 short game, you’re collecting more and more cherries. You can use the cherries to buy helping animals, upgrade your attack power or buy some tools for you to use during the game. It got me thinking, you have to choose wisely!

1. Buying tools to help us get higher score

In this game, you can buy some tools like bomb (to explode all color block surrounds it), timer (extra time of course), rainbow painter (makes the same color blocks nicely line up), etc.

If you use your cherries to get tools to get help you get as much point as possible during the game. This is the same as in real life. You will try to get something to make your life easier, more convenient. In this game, it will cost you your cherries and sometimes until you don’t have enough cherries left to buy anything. In life, we also tend to spend our money for things we thought will be useful for us. But if we’re not careful we will end up “cherry-less“, spend all of our money. So we need to think wisely, when will will need to buy the tools to help us, which tools we need, which one most effective, and so on. And most importantly not to use up all the cherries we have.

And what I realised, sometimes even with the tools you’re not necessarily that higher score. You have to know exactly how to use the tools and when to use it. Or else, it’ll just cherries going down the drain.

2. Choosing helping animals

You can have maximum of 3 helping animals to help you tackle the monsters. You also using cherries you got to summon the helping animals. These animal carry their own attack power, and some of them has some additional powers like giving to extra bomb. So logically you will go for the animals that have highest attack power and as much as additional power as possible.

I summon almost all the animals available so it’s just a matter of which 3 of them I choose to help me during the game. Anyway, there’s this new animal for Halloween theme. It has the highest attack power compare to my existing animals, but this one don’t have additional power. But then I thought: “It has highest power though, it will give me higher score for sure if I use it!” So I changed 1 of the animal I used with this new one. I was playing for sometimes and then I realised I didn’t really get higher point! So maybe that additional power really important! So I changed back my animal with the previous one which has this additional power.

The moral of this is sometimes, it takes more than just strength, attack power. Sometimes you have to have something extra in your life. That additional power that will help you through.

3. One tool to get your friend’s animal to help you tackle the monster

In this game, there are friend points which you can use to buy a tool so that you can ask your friend’s animal to help you. The moral of this is rather straight forward, isn’t it? Sometimes, you need a helping hand. You can’t do it alone. You need someone to help you get through life, especially during hard times.

4. Lucky charm

Sometimes, during the game you get “Lucky”, it’s when suddenly your color blocks exploded and you got higher score, just like that. This applies in real life! Believe it or not, you need that little luck every once in a while. The unexpected but brings that happiness in you.

I think more than everything else, you have to have some strategy or moves in this games, choose which blocks to explode first so that you can get higher score.

So there you go! All you need is a little combination of strength, some things (or tools) that can make your life slightly better, a helping hand or friends, a little luck and of course your very own moves to know when do you need some tools, some helping hand, using your own strength or when you need a lucky charm.

I’m rambling…again!

I.J.G

Our imagination

In Daily living, Unraveled on October 25, 2013 at 9:43 pm

Our imagination loves to be filled with an object or to grasp at anything that is too big for it’s capacity. We are flung into a pleasing astonishment at such unbounded views and feel a delightful stillness and amazement in the soul at they apprehension of them

Quote by: Joseph Addison

I love this saying. Our imagination grasp at anything that is too big for it’s capacity. I agree! We have to dream big after all, right? In order to catch the stars, you have to try as much as you can to reach it. First thing first, believe that you will catch it someday. That will build that strong drive, a motivation, for you to keep going until you reach the destination, no matter how hard is the journey.

And once you get there, it will worth the effort. That delightful stillness of the soul.

I.J.G

Who am I…?

In Daily living, Random, Unraveled on October 25, 2013 at 9:56 am

The people close to me often said: “I know you too well that you will or will not do (something)”.

Somehow it got me thinking, how well can you know or understand someone?

Even the ones closest to you. Your parents, siblings, spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend, or your best friends.

How do you get to know them well? From their habits, body language, the way they talk?

Well, maybe.

For me, I can’t say I know anyone well, even my closest ones for that matter.

Most of the time, I don’t understand why my mom still crying over the bastard.

I don’t understand why my sister so defensive when people ask her simple question about her day.

They always say I’m ignorance, that I don’t care with my surrounding, that I am more logical. That’s why I don’t understand why people feeling what they’re feeling.

I admit that I am thinking more logically rather than using my feeling first. It’s easier. Things actually makes sense.

But I do care, maybe to the extend that most people do, but I really do.

I don’t think that I need to explicitly express myself to them, just to show that I care.

I don’t understand why does it matter to me, anyway.

I guess before you try to understand others, you need to understand yourself first.

The thing  is, more often than not, I don’t even know myself.

I.J.G

Independent

In Daily living, Unraveled on October 24, 2013 at 10:09 pm

I don’t like depending on people.

Because people leave, all the time.

Because at the end of the day,

all you have is yourself.

And THAT has to be enough.

I.J.G

Little candle

In Daily living on October 20, 2013 at 1:24 am

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“… the world can give you these glimpses as well as fairy tales can–the smell of rain, the dazzle of sun on white clapboard with the shadows of ferns and wash on the line, the wildness of a winter storm when in the house the flame of a candle doesn’t even flicker.”

― Frederick Buechner, Telling the Truth: The Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy, and Fairy Tale

I.J.G