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Five things I’ve learned in the past weeks

1. Often, you don’t expect to do what you need to do. Be prepared. Opportunities don’t wait.

2. Never put complete trust in anyone or anything. Double check it yourself.

3. Perfection can cause procrastination. While quality is important, it’s better to achieve 80% of what you aim to do than not do it at all.

4. Never let anyone think your time is worth less than theirs.

5. When possible, please everyone. When not, learn to be immune to those who cannot be pleased.

It’s not *just* a few minutes

So someone told me, “It only takes a few minutes of your time” as though that few hundred seconds meant nothing. 

I would love to explain my view on time, just that I was too stingy to spare any. It’s hanging over my head so I thought I’ll write it down

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In 2 minutes, I could make delicious egg sandwich. It’ll fill my stomach and fuel me to work for hours.

In 10 minutes, I could call my mother and talk about things. The value of that 10 minutes cannot be measured.

In 15 minutes, I could watch a good TED talk. It could change my view, improve how I do things or help me make better decisions. Again, I gain immense value in 15 minutes.

In 20 minutes, I could’ve swim 16 laps non-stop. This 20 minutes of exercise makes me physically fit to work and do things for people I love for days, weeks and months ahead.

So yes, a few minutes mean a lot more to me than most people can imagine.

Burger Lab private party

Colin’s comfort food is burger so when I tasted the best burger ever at Burger Lab I HAD to take him there. Except that he will never queue for anything.

Ren Yi kindly invited us for a private party at myBurgerLab It was exactly the kind of party I like: amazing food, getting to know interesting people, good conversations, cooking and chatting in kitchen and a even lil’ surprise birthday burger-cake for Jane!burgerlab

Pecah Hati

I teased him about something and he said

“Putus asa”

“Give up?” I asked, cluelessly

“Oh! No. Errr…”

“Jatuh cinta”

“Fall in love?!” I exclaimed

“How to say heart broken in Malay?” he asked, obviously didn’t want to make another mistake

“Pecah hati” I tried to trick him.

“Bullsh*t!”

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His Malay is bad but not that bad. haha.

How I deal with people?

How I deal with people?

  1. General rule: Be nice to everyone 
  2. Be nicer to people who take the effort to be extra nice to me. I never forget kindness.
  3. Ignore people who are not nice.
  4. When attacked, eliminate. My time is better spent on doing no.2 than wasting time on someone who really don’t deserve it.
  5. When in doubt, be nice anyway until no.4 happens because you never know they can be no.2

So far, they work quite well for me.

10 things about Nepal

For the past four years, I have visited many countires – Paris, Munich, Berlin, Bangkok, Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai , London etc- for work and for holidays.

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Unfortunately, it seems that this fast paced world leave me little time to record all my virgin trips. Now all that remains are heaps of private photos in Flickr and scattered memories. I’ve decided to at least write 10 amusing things everytime I visit a new place. It shall begin with Kathmandu, Nepal.

1. Heavy development
Kathmandu is developing heavily after 10 years of political standstill, possibly in the expense of the environment and health. At every corner, there will be widening of roads and construction of a new building. It makes the air horribly dusty and dirty. If you were to visit Nepal soon, please get a face mask.

2. Bumpy roads
Roads are very bad. Sitting in the car makes me feel like an upside down pendulum of an grandfather’s clock.

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3. Cabs do not run on meter
And has no air-cond.

4. Sights worth seeing if many hours of car ride away
I’ve wanted to see Chitwan national park, Lumbini the birth place of Siddarta Gautama and Pokhara, apparently the most beautiful place in Nepal. I’ve checked on Google map that its 4 hours ride away but turned out to be longer due to the bad roads. So we plan to go back soon.

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5. Nepali food are mostly Indian
I’ve enjoyed their Nepali set also known as Tali plate. It includes rice, dhal, acar, curry vegetables and yoghurt.

6. Well-dressed
Most Nepali, despite being poor, are well-dressed. Ladies especially clad bright coloured saree and punjabi suits. I’m so in love with their clothes!

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7. Small houses
Houses build many centuries ago are so small you will have to bend to get in.

8. Animals everywhere
There are goats and cows everywhere. It’s funny and sad to a city girl like me to see goats chained like a pet dog.

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9. Nepali looks like Chindian
It’s unique how some women has chinese slit eyes and Indian sharp nose and skin colour. They look so exotic. All in all, Nepali generally looks beautiful.

10. Their plate number is in sanskirt
or possibly their Nepalese writing? And this is one of the best taxi there is at the airport

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