On being a doer, and 27 quotes on knowing thyself


This post is part of my series for BlogHer’s March 2014 NaBloPoMo challenge. See all my NaBloPoMo posts here.

Prompt of the day:
Do you do more for yourself or for others?
Prompt of yesterday:
Benjamin Franklin said: “There are three things extremely hard: steel, a
diamond, and to know one’s self.” Do you think you know yourself well?


On being a doer

Just a few days ago, I took a questionnaire at my church to see where I will best fit for public service vocationally. The results are surprising. I score highest on being a teacher and a doer (others are perceiver, encourager, giver, leader, and the merciful). Also, it is estimated that 60% of the churchgoers in the world are doers.

Ironically, I still look at myself as an undisciplined student of life, but I won’t ramble on.

For the sake of this blog post, let’s just focus more on the doer part. This is what the teacher said:

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Nota Bene




Everyone must choose one of the two pains:
The pain of discipline or the pain of regret.

(Jim Rohn)




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Why I love flaxseeds, and how I use flaxseed oil to save big bucks


The oil pulling craze is really taking on the public’s radar these days.


Regardless, flaxseed oil is one that I’ve been using for something else that doesn’t involve swishing it in my mouth.

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Maps made from real food


You’ve got to see this.

Longtime collaborators photographer Henry Hargreaves and food stylist Caitlin Levin joined forces in a fascinating illustration of different parts of the country … using the respective region’s signature foods.



Seaweed varieties from Japan

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Tomato galore in Italy


Look at all dat cheeeeeeese in France!


Noodles are the best. Love, China


Gone bananas in Africa


Burst of spices in India


… and it’s all corns in the United States.


Just look at the beautiful shrimps fof Australia, or the citrus fruits of South America.

Sharing their passion for all things food and travel, they’ve been using food as a medium to convey that love across their projects, including entire series of artworks based on eggs, gingerbread, as well as Oreo cookies.

Now that’s one idea to cook up in my own head.


P.S. Speaking of edible mediums, check out the girl who gets creative with coffee cup stains. For Pete’s sake, she drew Jay Chou.




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Self-confidence is a skill, and where to put your trust


This post is part of my series for BlogHer’s March 2014 NaBloPoMo challenge. See all my NaBloPoMo posts here.

Prompt of the day:
Would you say that you are your own best friend?
Yesterday’s prompt:
How would you rate your self-confidence? When is it at its lowest? When is it at its highest?
Prompt of the day before yesterday:
Who do you trust more: yourself or others?


As I grew older, I learn that friendship is not a given, but a flower bud that requires effort for it to sprout and to bloom.

Problem is, it’s easy to gain a certain level of expectations when you’ve invested so much of your time and energy to set aside your differences with a potential buddy, especially when that someone is difficult, or just isn’t reciprocating to your favor.

The reality is that often, things we do or say will go unnoticed, or simply taken for granted. This is because everyone values different things, and takes priority of different things. Thankfully with time, I accepted that I have no such rights to expect the friend, the relative, or anyone else on earth, to remember the golden rule 24/7.

Why not? Because I myself haven’t truly lived by the rule.

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Trying out Pho24


It’s been a very, very, very long while since I last feasted on a good pho.

Following an afternoon of shopping spree, 10 and I were strolling down the mainstreet dining of Gandaria City, where we first tasted the fooking good food from Fook Yew. We spotted a couple of enticing eateries to fend for our starving bellies, namely Basilico, Munchies, and Marugame Udon, but we neither have the energy nor the patience to wait in line, so we decided to give Pho24 a chance.


Apparently, the Nam Am Group-owned franchise has been around locally since 2005, with ten established outlets in Jakarta as well as the remaining 70+ outlets in Cambodia, the Philippines, Hong Kong, and South Korea. Though it’s dominated the Asian populations in its entirety, I think the staple Vietnamese dish has a particular allure that appeals to a worldwide audience and across all ages – it’s simple, it’s familiar, it’s inviting, plus it’s healthy.

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How to become a morning person


I’d be lying if I say I’ve always been a morning person.

I’m a natural night owl. After seeing that the most successful people in the world catches all the worms before anyone else does, I’ve evolved to become the earliest bird during certain periods of my life.

But for the past few months, I’ve been struggling with a vicious cycle of sleep disruptions, insomnia, daytime stress and a reduced ability to focus. I come alive at night, but pretty much useless during the day.

From my past experiences, it takes a lot of discipline and your own effort to convince yourself that tomorrow is going to be a good day as long as you plan ahead. I’m falling off the wagon (and glad that I’m not the only one), but eager to get back up again. Why? Simply because I’m healthier and more productive during the days I wake up at 5.30am.

So I’m lucky to find this super comprehensive guide to become an early bird again, as put together by the Greatist. They even have a 32-page handbook to get you more into the details.




Alrighty then. I’m going to take a warm bath now. I’ll take this slow.




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