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December 2012

To live by, in 2013

Saw this on Google+ this morning and I thought it seemed pretty aligned with how I want to live my life in 2013:

1) If it feels wrong, don’t do it.

2) Say “exactly” what you mean.

3) Don’t be a people pleaser.

4) Trust your instincts.

5) Never speak bad about yourself.

6) Never give up on your dreams.

7) Don’t be afraid to say No.

8) Be kind to yourself.

9) Let go of what you can’t control

10) Stay away from drama and negativity as much as possible

Ending this post with my favorite shot from Christmas this year.

Christmas 2012

Here’s to a great year ahead! *clinks glasses of ribena

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Half the Sky

Some people read about the plight of others and are immediately inspired to change the world. Fortunately or unfortunately, I don’t.

I do not feel particularly upset nor outrage at what is happening. Mostly cause I don’t understand and I do admit that I don’t. That and the fact that I don’t know myself what I can do to make a difference.

There are so many causes ongoing currently, maternal health, education in undeveloped countries, marine life conservation, environmental conservation, trafficking and so on. Is each less important than the other? No.

I’m inspired and encouraged by modern day heroes and their good deeds but more often than not, I’m disheartened simply by the little acts occurring on a daily basis. Some would say, before thinking of helping others far off, look around you and first help the people around you. I say, while thinking of helping others far off, also act on helping around you. Start simply be smiling, little acts of kindness. Nothing too demanding. Absolutely doable.

How is this linked to saving the world? It is a vicious cycle isn’t it? Unhappiness, stress, mental instability and ultimately extreme cases that affects people in the community. Shooting incidents, murders and what not. Being entirely optimistic, I do think that these incidents could have been prevented if the offenders were happier in life and felt loved.

Yes it could be mental instability. How do you think mental instability comes about?

However insignificant, let us just do what little we can in making our community a better place to live in.

Back to the title of the post, I really do like how Half the Sky was written. What I liked most was how they ended by sharing with readers what they can do to play their part. Always good to know more about what is happening around the world.

Central Park @ New York City

It has been a dream of mine to visit the big apple for many years. I grew up watching Friends over and over again (yes I do know that the set was in LA), CSI NY and most recently, the first season of Gossip Girls. Thus, I came excited and full of expectations. Unfortunately, the NYC I had dreamt of is very much different from reality. That said, I’ve never been a fan of cities so it’s probably me.

New York city is very much a concrete jungle. One that is very well designed and organized I must say. Makes it absolutely simple to navigate the city. However, walking in between buildings all day long just doesn’t appeal to me. My favorite place so far is definitely Central Park.

The pond where I was really looking forward to feeding the ducks only to realized that we weren’t suppose to feed the wildlife. I know I probably could still go ahead BUT as a Singaporean, I’ve been brought up to follow rules and regulations. :P

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Cute little furry friends everywhere whom are totally not afraid of humans.

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Sat on the baseball stand for a while staring at the field just cause I’ve never sat on one before. Hurhur

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Carriage rides through the park. Reminded me a little of enchanted except that no one was singing and dancing.

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Gorgeous despite the pollution and the smell.

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The Bethesda Terrace complete with Christmas carols and a guitarist.

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The Bethesda fountain, dry.

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Walked along the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir at Central Park wishing I had brought my running shoes. Fantastic views!

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Interestingly, there were a couple of people protesting against horse carriage rides today. I really do like that people here take actions to enforce/fight for their beliefs instead of just whining and complaining over the internet.

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And my new found favorite place is the New York Public Library! Absolutely gorgeous! Till then.

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