I always enjoy watching movies with a nice message, and tonight I had the privileged to do just that.
Too often in our lives, we worry about insignificant problems and complain about our so called ‘1st world problems’. We get frustrated over unanswered prayers, things that we simply want and never actually need.
Meanwhile, there are millions out there crying their hearts out for a single loaf of molded bread, or even a glass of contaminated water. Needless to say, as much as we hear about this, this is something we won’t fully understand until we’re put in their shoes to experience this for ourselves.
That been said, to our best knowledge and understanding, I think the least we can do is to show empathy. and through that feeling of pity, we can use that to take action and do what we can to aid them, to our very best.
Sometimes I wish the world was unified in their thoughts, attitude and character. Maybe then, there won’t be ridiculous disagreements or people letting each other down. There wouldn’t be differences that result in bullying, and no one would be left out.
but then again, if the world was the same in every way, there wouldn’t be growth either. Steve Jobs wouldn’t exist, and neither would James Dyson. So much happens in this world because we’re all different, and we’re all given an unique set of talents & attributes that makes us who we are.
Even so, I just wish there was less disagreements. Maybe people just need to make more of an effort to understand each other. To not just think they’ve considered other people’s opinions but to actually dwell on it as if it is as important as your own.
“Instead of saying “I don’t have time” try saying “it’s not a priority,” and see how that feels. Often, that’s a perfectly adequate explanation. I have time to iron my sheets, I just don’t want to. But other things are harder. Try it: “I’m not going to edit your résumé, sweetie, because it’s not a priority.” “I don’t go to the doctor because my health is not a priority.” If these phrases don’t sit well, that’s the point. Changing our language reminds us that time is a choice. If we don’t like how we’re spending an hour, we can choose differently.”—So much truth in one short paragraph.
Maybe life was never meant to be easy. Maybe life has to be set out in such a way to always test your patience, your persistence, and your determination. Maybe life is meant to be a tough, meant to be challenging, because how else will you get the opportunity to grow?
Maybe, most importantly, life lays a path in such a way for you to fully appreciate your opportunities to the fullest. In a way that allows you to truly be thankful for the friends that support you through anything and everything. In a way that allows you to feel such a privilege, and such strong feelings of satisfaction when you are finally offered that position. In a way that emphasizes the wonders of the world and furthers your faith.
Funny how $10 looks so big when you take it to church… and so small when you take it to the store. Funny how laborious it is to read a chapter in the Bible… and how easy it is to read a best-selling novel. Funny how we can’t think of anything to say when we pray.. but we don’t have any difficulty talking on the phone or over the back fence with a neighbor.
On second thought, maybe these things aren’t so funny after all. Perhaps they reflect our mixed-up priorities. Maybe our problem is that we’re viewing our commitment to God through the wrong end of the telescope. ———————————————————————————————————
When I try to personally and professionally develop myself for my future, I think about reading success stories, attending seminars, going to workshops. I consider traveling, striving for new challenges, and trying new activities.
Perhaps whats more important, and what will develop myself most as a person is to just set my priorities right and devote time on what matters.
With that in mind, I think I’m ready to commit to this new leadership role. I’m still unsure about whether time management would be an issue, but I want to give it a go. I think it’s a part of his plan.
Its better to try and regret, rather than to regret not trying.
Started with the supervisor quite pleased with my thesis work up to date. Although I personally feel that progress is slow and really need to amp it up, it was nice to hear some words of encouragement.
Soccer after that ended with a convincing win too. The best part however, wasn’t the number of goals we scored, or the number of goals I scored, but it’s the opportunity I have to play together with a full team of selfless individuals. The ones that will lay a pass off to another to increase the chances of scoring, even if he himself had a decent chance already.
The day ended with a call back. A call I was waiting for all day. Actually, a call I’ve been waiting for for the last 3 months. I hope I do myself proud in the remaining stages.
Yesterday was a mix of emotions. It was the first time I was exposed to internal conflicts within a group of high importance to me, and listening to arguments amongst Adults. I witnessed those that raised their voices, those who broke down into tears, and those who were unable to control the situation. Some were understanding, but some were extremely immature. I guess age is an important factor, but definitely not the only factor in determining one’s maturity level.
On one side it was disappointing. I never expected conflicts like this to arise at a place where we all share the same path and all hope to reach the one and only goal. However, there was also another side that motivated me to do something about this. Perhaps there is nothing I can do now, but maybe in a few years time? or even 10?
This is probably the most stressful thing I’ve done this year. The first year I finally got around to doing it properly for the first time is also my last chance to apply. It also happens to be the year when the job market is the worst it’s been in a while. The worst part is that if i don’t get this, I don’t graduate…
I have friends getting interviews for Woodside, Shell, and all those big names already, I’m super happy for them but I want some interviews too! haha
I just hope we all find ourselves a job opportunity.
Now that I’ve been unemployed for 4-5months, I really miss seeing a decent cash balance in my bank account.
I wouldn’t really classify myself as someone materialistic, but there just seems to be a bit of life lacking without money. I’m unable to spend freely on food and experiences, and I’m unable to give or lend freely to friends and family. Having to be careful with how I spend my money, and how much on a daily basis is changing my attitude towards money too. I’m somewhat living against my morals too and that’s really not that enjoyable.
For now, I’m pretty busy with vac work applications and thesis etc, so I’m glad I don’t have to commit hours to a part time job. That being said, it doesn’t change the fact that…
To clear things up, I’m definitely enjoying shanghai up until now. The interns, work, my supervisor, the cheap living expenses are just a few to list. This post however, is dedicated to all the things I dislike about Shanghai. I just have an urge to write on this matter, so here goes.
1) The humidity - I think I’m more fussy than an average guy in relation to this, but I just don’t like sweating. I’m all in for sports, but if its just walking around the city, chilling and that sorta stuff, I prefer not to get all gross and sticky. Here in Shanghai, the hour to work and back always leaves me extremely sweaty. I have designated checkpoints where I go in for the air conditioning just to cool down, but some of the walks in this heat and humidity are just way too long. Gross.
2) The people - Rude. Regardless of whether its a shop assistant, a customer service counter or even a waiter/waitress, it seems like manners was the one thing they never got educated on. Pulling unsatisfied/annoyed faces at you, speaking loudly, inappropriate body gestures, the people here just don’t seem to care about customer service. In Shanghai, the people care for themselves. They would push and shove a hundred people packed inside a train past 120% capacity just so he/she can squeeze in to that one final spot. Is waiting an extra minute for the next train really that bad? A girl refused to help an old man carry some of his luggage because ‘that’s his problem’ and it may hinder her from getting out of her stop too. I mean, there’s no law that forces you to help others or to be selfless at times, but I thought people generally like to do good deeds for others? I guess not in Shanghai.
3) Pollution and hygiene - This is just gross too. Even if I can look past the people spitting casually on the streets, I don’t understand why smoking is permitted in practically all restaurants, and why everything just looks so dirty. I’m yet to pick up a set of chopsticks or spoon&fork that actually looks clean to use. The one pot we have in our kitchen is rusted on the sides. The bars and handle things on the train is always a bit sticky. I’m not remotely close to being a clean freak in Perth, but the stuff here is just gross.
4) The traffic - I wonder if the Chinese Government has ever questioned the safety of allowing the traffic light to be green when the pedestrian crossing lights are also green? Pedestrians are on the bottom of the priority list at all times. I’m not interested in being a figure myself, but I’m very interested to see the traffic incident records in Shanghai. Not that anything I find will be accurate though, I assume they’re all falsified so they can let this dual green lights thing slide. Seriously man, this place is crazy.
5) The lack of heart for animals - A food stall owner’s cat is clearly too skinny and lacking nutrition. He was pretty fat, so why isn’t his cat? On the walk home from work, I walked past a dying kitten under a work trolley. Found him on a busy street, but no one else seemed to care and all continued with their own respective lives. Unfortunately, there was nothing I could do for him. The worst to date (and it’s only been a few days) was the walk home today. A lady was selling pets on a street stall, and every rabbit she had was locked up in a cage roughly the same size as their bodies. She also had one puppy for sale. He was actually super small and super cute, but I have never seen an animal more sad than he was. He had no energy to get up, and he just laid in his cage occasionally licking the 10mls of water that he was provided with. With the size of that cage, i doubt he could even stand properly either. If I found him in Perth, I think I actually would’ve bought him. Surely there is some form of RSPCA laws that applies here too?
A good part of coming to Shanghai was for me to personally experience the ‘bad’ side of China that everyone talks about. I wanted to learn from this so I can appreciate what I have even more. I’m not even half way through my short 1 month trip, but woah, I love the life I have been ever so graciously given. I am so glad to be in Australia.
I mean, I can write a post equally as long about all the things I love about Shanghai up to date, but that’s for another post another time haha.
Starting from an unexpected upgrade to business class. Woah, woah, woah. The business lounge had unlimited food and drinks, the plane seat turns into a bed, the tv was massive, the blanket was thick, and the service was just amazing. Just woah. I’d never spend my money unnecessarily on a business class plane ticket (unless it was for my own family members), but the free upgrade was just such an experience.
Then comes Hong Kong. The shopping was good as usual, and it was nice seeing my family again and playing with Aaron. I must say the email notifying me of my re-placement really made my day. However, I once again troubled my Dad. I will remember this favour.
To end the week was the arrival to shanghai. It has yet to stop raining and my thongs have like zero friction, but meeting the fellow interns has been such a great experience so far. Been trying to sit with a different crowd every meal and that’s making remembering names doubly difficult in conjunction with my terrible name-recalling memory, but I must say its definitely satisfying one of my intentions of coming to this internship, to meet people from around the world.
I came to a pretty solid conclusion though. The biggest 1st world problem is definitely the lack of internet. Having no internet on my laptop/phone for 2 days seriously messed with my life.
The biggest of worries is still yet to arrive, Monday - an interview on my Chinese. For now, I will just continue to learn CAD and hope that it will make up for my lack of language proficiency. I guess I can only pray for the best!
The last week I’ve been treated to two meals by two kind souls, both out of complete surprise.
Though I’m currently unemployed and the part where I saved money was great too, but the best part would’ve just been the idea of it as a whole. One treated as a lil thank you, and one treated just cause he felt the burden to.
At times like this, I always struggle to find the right words to say to genuinely express my gratitude. It’s one of those kind acts that I truly appreciated, and will always remember.
There will be bad days. Be calm. Know that now is only a moment, and that if today is as bad as it gets, understand that by tomorrow, Today will have ended.
So be a mirror reflecting yourself back, and remembering the times when you thought all of this was too hard and you’d never make it through. Remember the times you could have pressed quit – but you hit continue.
Be forgiving. Living with the burden of anger, is not living. Giving your focus to wrath will leave your entire self absent of what you need. Love and hate are beasts and the one that grows is the one you feed.
Be resolute. Declare what you accept as true in a way that envisions the resolve with which you accept it. If you are having a good day, be considerate.
A simple smile could be the first-aid kit that someone has been looking for. If you believe with absolute honesty that you are doing everything you can – do more.
Every nightmare has a beginning, but every bad day has an end. Ignore what others have called you; I am calling you friend.
It’s one of those things that take over your body and soul. It stops you from focusing on what needs to be done. It stops you from staying positive. It stops you from being happy. When stress takes over, it’s as if life can’t get any worse. It’s as if it’s you against the world. We’ve all had that experience before. ‘Terrible’ doesn’t even describe the slightest part of it. It’s one of those hopeless moments in life where you feel like nothing can make you feel better. Nothing can help lighten your mood. Nothing.
but that’s not true.
This may seem silly. This may sound childish. It may even be too optimistic for your liking right now, but there is a simple, even magical solution to help rid your stress. and believe it or not, it works.
A smile of encouragement at the right moments may act like sunlight on a closed up flower; it may be the turning point for a struggling life. Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, its the most beautiful thing on Earth.
A smile is a language that even a baby understands. A smile is nearly always inspired by another smile. A smile helps you grow up in greater love for each other. A smile brings hope. A smile brings light.
Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful.
So have a look at the mirror, and smile. You see that person on the other side with the big smile? It’s not who you want to be, it’s who you are.
Last Thursday marked an end to quite a significant part of my life. I completed my last shift at Ohnamiya after working for 4 years and 4 months!
To quite a surprise, it did not feel like my last shift at all. I don’t know whether it was because I rushed off to Iron Man 3 as soon as I finished, or whether it was because the owner himself didn’t even know that was my last shift until 5 minutes before I finished, but either ways, it felt just like any other shift. Perhaps that was the best way to end it, to work just like I have in any other shift for the last 4 years.
Though I’m excited with all my free time from now on, I can’t deny that there is a feeling of melancholy. No more Hitomi family, no more Kazuma and Kengo, and no more chicken katsus.
Oh ohnamiya, how you have played a big part of my uni life, but its time to bid my farewells to you. I’m more than ready to move on.
Its so amazing because regardless of how long the separation has been, the moment we open our mouths, its like nothing has changed. We’re all still good friends, we’re all comfortable around each other, and we’re all able to have a great time together like back in the days.
The even more amazing thing but, is that even though the friendship is the same, each and everyone of them has actually matured so, so much. Some have started driving, some are working, and some are in relationships. Some have been on exchange, some have had vac work experience, and one finally turned 21. They all seem to have gained their respective experiences in life to change them for the better.
To watch your friends grow, it’s one of those indescribable type of joy.
It’s been a while since I last posted. The idea of this is so that I can one day flick back and reminisce on all my experiences and feelings that were significant in various moments of my life, so its time to get back into this!
A lot has happened in the last 3 months actually, it all seems to be a big blur of just lots, and lots of fun. Everything has been so great, but to keep this short, I’m just going to note a few that has really struck my mind.
1) I think this year will be seriously eye opening for me. Discipleship classes, youth committee, Cambodia mission trip, as well as all the books I plan to read and other voluntary/charity work I intend to do.
For the last 3 years, I’ve been waiting for this year to do more than just studying, more than just uni, and it’s finally come. I am so excited for what life has planned ahead for me! I really do think I will better myself this year through all the experiences I am yet to face.
Slowly dropping the two biggest things that have kept me at a ‘standstill point’ for the past 4 years, I’m more than ready to tackle new life challenges. All my time management skills, interpersonal skills, confidence, and anything else I’ve gained in the past 3 years will be used to maximise this years benefits :)
Once I graduate and start work, I may not have the time to grab hold of opportunities like this, so while I can, I’m making the most out of this.
This is my year.
2) You are blessed because you can be a blessing to others.
To my best attempt to follow through with this favourite quote of mine, I have always tried to do the most I can for my friends, and those around me. I’m far from perfect, but I’d like to think I do an ok job with this.
Little did I know, I’m just a small fish in a big pond. In a short few months, I’ve gotten pretty close to not just 1, but 2 incredible friends. Their actions make mine seem so insignificant, and their selflessness is something I’m yet to fully grasp.
If they can be such blessings for the people around them, I should be able to do the same for the people around me too. It’s a great feeling to be inspired.
Thank you friends.
3) Commitment is one of those things that is easy to say, but hard to follow through. I’ve seen countless examples of people, myself included, who felt so strongly and passionately about something at one point of their lives, failing to pull through once struck with life obstacles.
Words, as convincing as they can be, must be reinforced with action. Action, as persuasive as it is, must be consistent over time. Through a combination of all this, forms what we commonly know as ‘commitment’.
As difficult as this may be, and though there are many times I have failed to commit, there is one that has exceeded all expectations. The one thing I said last year that I was able to commit to, the one thing I said with so much confidence and assurance, is still the same this year. The only difference is that, I now feel more strongly and passionately about it. I am so sure this is something I can forever commit to.