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The Road Not Taken

 
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Here on The Classics, I curate timeless texts that continually inspire my writing and, at the same time, provide perspective to the meaning of life. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

 

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trotted black.
Oh! I marked the first for another day!
You knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

 

– Robert Frost

 
 
 

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My first ever Valentine’s

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Can’t believe it’s the last post of NaBloPoMo February 2013 for the week already! Time really does fly …
 
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Prompt of the day: How did this Valentine’s Day
compare with Valentine’s Days of years past?

Well of course it’s different! In my 22 years living on this planet, this is the first time I’ve spent a Valentine’s Day with a boy! On a real date!! Okay that actually sounds more depressing than I thought.

For our Valentine’s, Stanley and I had a simple yet unforgettable date night: Exchanged gifts, had long and meaningful conversations, and shared a pleasant dinner at Momento.

 
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I got a custom-arranged flower bouquet! Thank you babe for the beautiful white roses :) By now I can’t keep count of the many bouquets I’ve received from you. I love them all.

 

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As you can see, I didn’t even dress up for the night like I probably should. Nothing too extravagant as it was a weeknight. We both had to sleep early anyway.

We’re saving the fancy dinner for Saturday night instead, although to us it didn’t really matter what we’re doing on Valentine’s, or on any other night. As long as we’re spending time together, we know we’ll have a pleasant time.

When it comes to gifting, I have a thing for not buying stuff – especially to the people I admire or treasure. Considering the vast artistic skills I’ve adopted in college, I don’t think purchasing stuff is a good-enough expression for the recipient to know that they’re special.

I draw vector portraits now and then, but on this special occasion, I wanted to make something a little bit more different than what I usually do. Something I can actually build with my physical hands …

 

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These cuties are our lovely cupigs!!! (portmanteau for cute, pigs, and cupids)

The laughing one represents Joy and the one that looks like it’s daydreaming represents Gentleness.

Fortunately V-Day happens to fall on the 14th – just five days apart from our anniversary date on the 19th. So Joy and Gentleness are just a sneak preview of what else is to come. Until then, I shall keep the whole set of products a secret from Stanley :)

One clue:

 

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Stanley’s anniversary gift last year

 

*sealed lips*

 

I’m just glad we’re in the same time zone this year on Valentine’s Day. No more long distance nonsense, no more late flower deliveries, no more “Hello? Hello? Hello? Can you hear me?! I can’t hear you!!!” replays on Skype.

 

This is as blurry as Skype’s gonna get.
This is as blurry as Skype’s gonna get.

 

How was your Valentine’s Day? Are you postponing your dinner date for the weekend too?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Muchaluva,
Stace.

 

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TGIF! {The 7th}

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Yay! We made it to the seventh week of the year (plus Valentine) (and Chinese New Year)!

 

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– Image courtesy of Angie McCullough via Pinterest 

 

IF YOU’RE NEW HERE, TGIF! IS MY PERSONAL COMMITMENT TO CULTIVATE AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE THIS YEAR. THE WEEKLY TGIF! LIST IS WHERE I SHARE WITH YOU THE LITTLE (OR BIG) THINGS I’M GRATEFUL FOR IN MY LIFE (LIKE THESE THINGS FROM LAST WEEK, OR THE COUNTLESS BLESSINGS NOT LISTED HERE). IN DOING SO MY HOPE IS TO INSPIRE YOU TO DO THE SAME, BECAUSE I BELIEVE THAT THERE IS ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS SOMETHING BE THANKFUL FOR.

 
 
 

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Had my first Valentine’s Day celebration ever last night!

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Had a lovely Teppanyaki dinner with my family and Stanley the other night at my favorite restaurant, Miyama (at Hotel Borobudur).

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Years later their food still fuels my appetite. Didn’t get to capture every bite I’ve taken that night, and for that unfortunately I can’t really write up a post for Recommended Restaurant :( Some all-time a la carte favorites: shishamo, agedashi tofu, grilled hotate, yaki zakana, and the matcha and black sesame ice cream scoops.

 
THESE.

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Loving my flexible hours. Funny thing is everyone of us have them if we always plan ahead and stay organized. I plan to get up as early as 6:00am as soon as possible so that I can finish off my commitments for the day early and still have my flexible hours to work up a sweat, get creative, take a nap, or just blog.

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Week 26 lesson for the spirit to keep running
Week 26 lesson for the spirit to keep running

 

I have a healthy blood pressure. I went for a checkup today and found out that my measurements are 100/80. Systolic is perfectly healthy, but diastolic is borderline (check WebMD to see what I’m talking about). All the more reason I need to relax, cool down, take it easy, worry less, and smile more.

 

♡ I have and enjoy good health – a simple yet overlooked blessing. I tend to take advantage of my metabolism by eating unhealthy foods at unhealthy times (say, crackers at midnight). Even though I can’t look into the mirror and say out loud “You’re a runner” yet, I keep in mind that I’m on my way. In two years I’m going to run a marathon, and this year I’m going to go halfsie. Might as well take good care of my health for the long haul.

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Stretch!

 
A friend lent me this compact, no-nonsense book.

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Yeah I know I totally failed at my 2013 goal to read one book at a time. But like all plans, they change. Now I just aim to finish every book I’ve started reading the first ten pages of. This book is one of them.

Plus: I think it’s a blessing in disguise. When my friend and I were talking about it, she offered to lend it to me. I didn’t ask, but she gives. Sharing is caring.

 

Are you keeping your eyes on things you’re already blessed with? Make sure you do (and not just for keeping your blood pressure down). Have a great weekend :) 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Muchaluva,
Stace.