20 things I wanna change about myself

Just sat in a talk by Eric Feng, who is a very good speaker i think. He has this affect of making me grin like a silly schoolgirl when he talks. I like that.

Anyway, he said something about how it’s difficult to change 20 things about yourself in one go. But what you need to do is to change small and change often.

Inspired. I’m going to try it.

First, what 20 things do I want to change about myself?

1. Stop making lousy excuses for why i need to skip my gym sessions and actually go to the gym.
2. Eat less chocolates (cut down by 75%).
3. Come into the office with a smile on my face.
4. Bitch less (30% less would be a reasonable target).
5. Jump to positive conclusions rather than negative ones.
6. Practise my pastel art more (at least once a week).
7. Read at least 1/2 a book a month.
8. Watch less tv (cut down by 50%).
9. Nag my husband less (cut down by 20%, eh that’s a reasonable target already k!)
10. Dine in with my parents/family more often.
11. Sleep 1 hour more every day (preferably sleeping earlier, rather than waking up later and being late for work).
12. Setting a list of at least 5 task items to be completed for each work day, and actually completing it (instead of blogging about it! =P)
13. Stop getting laughs at other people’s expense.
14. Pray more often.
15. Clean my room twice a week as opposed to once a week.
16. Do laundry twice a week as opposed to once a week.
17. Be more confident of other people’s ability to do things independently (i.e. be less of a control freak).
18. Donate more money to charity.
19. Pick up a charity to volunteer and help out with (i’ve stopped for too long).
20. Practise facilitation skills more (like up by 25%)

waaahhh…didn’t realise i could come up with 20. I’m quite surprised, as I thought i was perfect the way I am. LOL.

okay i’m going to start with no.1.

I already have a gym bag packed. And today i will not make an excuse for not going to the gym!

I’ll report back tom!

20 things I wanna change about myself

Just sat in a talk by Eric Feng, who is a very good speaker i think. He has this affect of making me grin like a silly schoolgirl when he talks. I like that.

Anyway, he said something about how it’s difficult to change 20 things about yourself in one go. But what you need to do is to change small and change often.

Inspired. I’m going to try it.

First, what 20 things do I want to change about myself?

1. Stop making lousy excuses for why i need to skip my gym sessions and actually go to the gym.
2. Eat less chocolates (cut down by 75%).
3. Come into the office with a smile on my face.
4. Bitch less (30% less would be a reasonable target).
5. Jump to positive conclusions rather than negative ones.
6. Practise my pastel art more (at least once a week).
7. Read at least 1/2 a book a month.
8. Watch less tv (cut down by 50%).
9. Nag my husband less (cut down by 20%, eh that’s a reasonable target already k!)
10. Dine in with my parents/family more often.
11. Sleep 1 hour more every day (preferably sleeping earlier, rather than waking up later and being late for work).
12. Setting a list of at least 5 task items to be completed for each work day, and actually completing it (instead of blogging about it! =P)
13. Stop getting laughs at other people’s expense.
14. Pray more often.
15. Clean my room twice a week as opposed to once a week.
16. Do laundry twice a week as opposed to once a week.
17. Be more confident of other people’s ability to do things independently (i.e. be less of a control freak).
18. Donate more money to charity.
19. Pick up a charity to volunteer and help out with (i’ve stopped for too long).
20. Practise facilitation skills more (like up by 25%)

waaahhh…didn’t realise i could come up with 20. I’m quite surprised, as I thought i was perfect the way I am. LOL.

okay i’m going to start with no.1.

I already have a gym bag packed. And today i will not make an excuse for not going to the gym!

I’ll report back tom!

ihlara valley walk walk

we went for a 4km trek by the Ihlara valley. it was by a river. the weather was cool, the air was crisp and all the colours of the world seemed more vivid than i could every imagine!

my breathing slowed, my heart’s steady rhythm lulled me as i walked. it felt like the earth was about to stop spinning. just to allow me to enjoy the wonder of this beauty…forever. it was liberating to be outside, exercising my legs, and letting my lungs do what it was meant to do, to breathe in fresh crisp air, pumped by nature’s natural airconditioning.

not once did i think about work or the office. but i find my mind now, wandering back to the dirt path of ihlara valley, where it seemed i may have left my bliss for good.

ihlara valley walk walk

we went for a 4km trek by the Ihlara valley. it was by a river. the weather was cool, the air was crisp and all the colours of the world seemed more vivid than i could every imagine!

my breathing slowed, my heart’s steady rhythm lulled me as i walked. it felt like the earth was about to stop spinning. just to allow me to enjoy the wonder of this beauty…forever. it was liberating to be outside, exercising my legs, and letting my lungs do what it was meant to do, to breathe in fresh crisp air, pumped by nature’s natural airconditioning.

not once did i think about work or the office. but i find my mind now, wandering back to the dirt path of ihlara valley, where it seemed i may have left my bliss for good.

deep deep underground

this was the last thing i saw before descending 8 stories down deep into the earth…

with the view of fluffly clouds floating in the blue blue sky, i took a deep breath crouched down and went in. i’m not claustrophobic, nor am i afraid of dark spaces, but i do just prefer the outdoors. ask anyone, i’d always prefer to have the window open rather than sit in a space with air conditioning!

but we were at Derinkyu which had the largest underground city in Cappadocia, or Kapadokya as it is spelt in Turkish.

it was absolutely unbelievable. they’re not quite sure who first built it, but Jihan (our guide) said it was likely to be the hittites. why did they live underground when the weather in turkey is just absolutely fabulous? well because so much war took place in turkey, so many invasions, that they dug a deep underground city, a labyrinth of small alleyways, big enough to hold their horses, sheep, cows so that they can hide in times of war.

i remember something funny he said to us, ‘You know the Persians? well they liked to attack Turkey, again and again!’

it was and still is a feat of engineering marvel. i loved exploring the deep caves and Jihan was a fabulous guide showing us where the living rooms were, the churches, the missionary schools, the graveyard, the wine-cellar, etc. they were also so smart these trologlodytes- they’d shit into pots, and mix them in with herbs to kill the smell, and seal it in earthen jars, and when the war had ended and they moved back up onto the lands, they’d mix their shit with their animals shit and use it as fertiliser. So resourceful i think!

i CANNOT imagine living underground, though i nudged hubby and said, ‘Hey! I’m sure one day in Singapore, we’ll live underground too!’ I just hope i won’t have to shit into pots then!

deep deep underground

this was the last thing i saw before descending 8 stories down deep into the earth…

with the view of fluffly clouds floating in the blue blue sky, i took a deep breath crouched down and went in. i’m not claustrophobic, nor am i afraid of dark spaces, but i do just prefer the outdoors. ask anyone, i’d always prefer to have the window open rather than sit in a space with air conditioning!

but we were at Derinkyu which had the largest underground city in Cappadocia, or Kapadokya as it is spelt in Turkish.

it was absolutely unbelievable. they’re not quite sure who first built it, but Jihan (our guide) said it was likely to be the hittites. why did they live underground when the weather in turkey is just absolutely fabulous? well because so much war took place in turkey, so many invasions, that they dug a deep underground city, a labyrinth of small alleyways, big enough to hold their horses, sheep, cows so that they can hide in times of war.

i remember something funny he said to us, ‘You know the Persians? well they liked to attack Turkey, again and again!’

it was and still is a feat of engineering marvel. i loved exploring the deep caves and Jihan was a fabulous guide showing us where the living rooms were, the churches, the missionary schools, the graveyard, the wine-cellar, etc. they were also so smart these trologlodytes- they’d shit into pots, and mix them in with herbs to kill the smell, and seal it in earthen jars, and when the war had ended and they moved back up onto the lands, they’d mix their shit with their animals shit and use it as fertiliser. So resourceful i think!

i CANNOT imagine living underground, though i nudged hubby and said, ‘Hey! I’m sure one day in Singapore, we’ll live underground too!’ I just hope i won’t have to shit into pots then!

Goereme- the land of the fairy chimneys!

Cappadocia is famous for its fairy chimneys. Formed after years of wind and water erosion, of a plateau created by a volcanic eruption millions of years ago, fairy chimneys are formed when there is a layer of basalt on the top, more resistant to the erosion that the bottom layers, causing the formation of these chimneys.

We thought about it for very long and decided to spend our first morning on a group tour so that we got to see as much of cappadocia as we could in the short 2.5 days that we had.

The first stop was for a picturesque view of Goereme.

Alamak so cantik right?

We had a very earnest tourguide Jihan. He had a bad habit of answering my questions with, ‘Hold On, I’m planning to tell you about it (the question i asked) when we get to the next point!’ He was really sweet so it didn’t frustrate me really, i suppose i should wait so that everyone gets to hear what he has to say right?
lol.

Goereme- the land of the fairy chimneys!

Cappadocia is famous for its fairy chimneys. Formed after years of wind and water erosion, of a plateau created by a volcanic eruption millions of years ago, fairy chimneys are formed when there is a layer of basalt on the top, more resistant to the erosion that the bottom layers, causing the formation of these chimneys.

We thought about it for very long and decided to spend our first morning on a group tour so that we got to see as much of cappadocia as we could in the short 2.5 days that we had.

The first stop was for a picturesque view of Goereme.

Alamak so cantik right?

We had a very earnest tourguide Jihan. He had a bad habit of answering my questions with, ‘Hold On, I’m planning to tell you about it (the question i asked) when we get to the next point!’ He was really sweet so it didn’t frustrate me really, i suppose i should wait so that everyone gets to hear what he has to say right?
lol.