Friday, December 31, 2010

Creating a better future in 2011

Forget the past and create a better future.

Today is the last day of 2010 and of course you, me and everyone else wish to have a another great year in 2011. Maybe even  a better year with more accomplishment. 

However, as I drove pass the house I have been living in for the past 11 years with my parents, many memories came flooding back to me. At that moment, I only have one wish in mind. If only someone is able to grant me just one wish, only one wish. I only wish for my dad to be here right now to enjoy our new home with us.

Two years have passed since he left us and physically, we have moved on. Deep in my heart, I am still wishing that incident two years ago never happened. Does that mean I have not forgotten the past and will never be able to create a better future?

Anyhow, I am not going to dwell on that today for New Year's celebration awaits me!

Happy New Year folks! 
See you next year...

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Autumn in Hong Kong (part 2)

 Hong Kong, the busiest and certainly one of the most congested city in the world. There are people at every single corner of the street and everyone walks faster and speak even faster. 
*WARNING* Do not attempt to stay in Hong Kong if you've the characteristics of a turtle.

 Lan Kwai Fong is a place where people come for drinks and F.U.N. It was so crowded when we were there because the world was actually celebrating Halloween. People and Ghost were seen partying in the bars, pubs and even on the streets...

 We were in a truly packed mall in Wong Kok. I managed to buy nothing because the crowd was too much and there isn't a space to even stand and breath... 

So, the best thing to do in Hong Kong? Cari makan (EAT) of course!!
 We asked around and the locals directed us to this famous dim sum restaurant at Sham Shui Po's Tai Po Road. Very easy to reach there... just take the MRT to Sham Shui Po station and walk to Tai Po Road. It is situated right in the middle of the road.

Here's the menu... I can't read a thing because everything is in Chinese!

 Super delicious!

 I love it!

We visited several tourist destination in Hong Kong and this is one of them...

We are now in a tram... moving high up... towards a place called Madam Tussuad's Museum

Where Bubbles danced with Madonna!

 and hung out with martial arts STARS!

 Bubbles with Jet Li

 and Diana... she was seen dating Aaron Kwok... whoaa... scandal!!

 Me? I had a debate with Einstein... 

 Bubbles continues hanging out with martial arts STARS and were seen learning some stunts...
*when are you going to show me those stunts??**

Whoaa... so tall!!

cai dan ceh (cycling) with Leon Lai... another scandal!!

Also, if you're a fan of Disneyland... please don't forget the World of Disney in Hong Kong!
I had so much fun catching up with my childhood bestfriends!!

Who says Hong Kong Disneyland is boring?
Maybe you went with the wrong people :P
I had the GREATEST times in HK Disneyland!

It is actually pretty easy getting around in Hong Kong. As long as you are able to walk, please take the MRT to ALL destination! It's very easy.
There are maps, signs and even photographs of every destination in Hong Kong...
Check out the photographs...

Of course, our main desire in Hong Kong is Cari Makan (EAT)
So, we tried varies local favourites and managed to list our own favourites...

 This wanton is really as what the boss promised. The size of a pingpong ball!!

We also tried the local cafe....

 absolutely delicious and one of a kind PORK BURGER!
*WARNING* Non-halal content

 This is roast goose... amazing... indescribable... nothing I have eaten in my own country...

It was a pretty amazing trip and although I was a little homesick but I felt sad leaving all the good food behind! I will be missing all those delicious cuisine for a long long time...

Thank you Bubbles... it was you who made it so amazing...

Please go to Autumn in Hong Kong (part 1) to view exciting moments in Macau.

Say hello to 2011 in style

Soon, we will be saying good bye to year 2010 and welcome in year 2011 with open arms!

Time again for new tasks for next year...

1. Again... Be happy, Stay happy... and spread happiness
2. Living my passion; Doing what I love and enjoy every moment of it
3. Travel to a romantic destination with Bubbles

Simple and hopefully easy to achieved!

This year has been marvelous with several huge changes in my life. No changes are bad changes but interesting challenges to experience. 

I will be seeing myself a more experienced and inspiring leader in profession in 2011. At home, I will aim to be even more loving, caring and understanding to the people I love. Next year will certainly be another great adventure to add into my life journal.

Highlights of year 2010

** TWICE... we were on top of the world...**

Sears Tower, Chicago

 The Peak, Hong Kong

**My dream came true**

 Alas, I met my childhood best friend!

 Had a GREAT time with mom in Taipei, Taiwan

**Some great moments with WONDERFUL friends**

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

6 Steps to Tackle Procrastination

Is there something you’re procrastinating in your life now? 

For example,
• Finishing your work
• Getting a new job you’re passionate about
• Looking for your soul mate
• Losing weight
• Starting a business

Procrastination is one of the biggest time wasters in life. When we procrastinate, we waste away valuable free time and put off important tasks we should be doing until it’s too late. When that happens, we panic and wish we started earlier. I know a few chronic procrastinators, and unfortunately they spend their lives in the cycle of delaying, putting off important tasks, procrastinating, avoiding work, and doing work only when it’s inevitable. It’s unfortunate because they are disgruntled with their lives and they often self-victimize about their situations, when they have put themselves there in the first place.

It doesn’t have to be that way at all. You can take conscious action over procrastination to create the life that you want. Here, I will share 6 useful steps to tackle the procrastination bug:

1. Set goals that you want
If you’re not springing into action, there is probably a lack of desire towards the goal. Rather than push yourself through with the process, let’s start off with the very basic. Do you want this goal? If your answer is “no”, that means this isn’t a goal to pursue in the first place. If that’s the case, pressing on isn’t a solution. Ditch those goals, get back to the drawing board and start forming new goals. Identify the goals that really inspire you.

2. Understand why you want the goal
Understanding why you want the goal will help you get clear of your inner motivations. Whether your goal is weight loss, to change a job, to find your life partner, ask yourself: Why do you want this goal? Write down as many answers as possible, until you feel a strong drive and motivation. The objective is to connect you with your inner desire for the goal. This ‘Why’ is the fuel that’ll drive you towards your goal. If you don’t have a good ‘Why’, you’ll eventually face a lack of interest and give up halfway. With a strong ‘Why’, it’ll drive you to accomplish anything you want to, and overcome whatever is ahead.

3. Develop a clear plan with specific deadlines
A clear plan with specific deadlines is crucial. If you don’t have that, you won’t know the effects day-to-day procrastination has your end outcome. In your mind, there is a foggy idea of what you need to do and when you need to do it. Since there isn’t a clear idea of what needs to be done by when, your impression is that even if you procrastinate for a little while, nothing gets impacted. So you let yourself relax, thinking you can get to it later on.

However, every time you procrastinate, something is implicated. You just don’t know because you don’t have a clear plan outlined. Develop a plan to achieve your goal. Your plan should include the steps you need to take and specific deadlines for each task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date.

4. Break your work into little steps
I remember when I was working on my 1st ebook, The Personal Excellence Book, a few months ago, I would procrastinate on it day after day. It would be months before I realized that I was never ever going to get to it unless I did something different. I realized I was putting it off because I saw it as a huge task and it was mentally overwhelming.

So then, I broke down the project into phases such as researching, deciding on the topic, creating the outline, drafting the content, writing the chapters, and so on. Suddenly, the whole thing seemed very manageable. From there, I just focused on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I moved on to the next. My ebook was launched just a few months ago with pre-sales being maxed out in the first couple of hours.

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. It’ll be so simple that it’s easy to start!

5. Drop the perfectionist mindset
As contradicting as it may be, a perfectionist mindset leads to procrastination. Have you ever thought put off your work because you feel like it’s too much work? That’s the perfectionist side of you thinking – in your mind, you see the work to be done in a certain way, to a certain level. However, if you think about it, that sort of mindset doesn’t serve you. For what it’s worth, doing just a wee bit of something is better than not doing at all. Just start off small. Even if it’s a lousy draft, it gets things started. It’s from that 1st draft that you build on to the next draft.

When I write my articles, I always split the work over several days. My objective when I first write it is not to get everything right, but just to get the key ideas down and have a brief outline. It doesn’t even have to look a certain way – editing comes in the later stages. I find that this system of writing makes me a lot more productive than trying to finish 1 whole blog post in 1 sitting.

6. Create accountability
The more accountable you are to your goal, the more better. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects. This creates an even stronger motivation to stick to your plans and achieve your goals. For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

This article was originally published on
Written on 11/09/2010 by Celestine Chua. Celestine writes at The Personal Excellence Blog, where she shares her best advice on how to achieve personal excellence and live your best life. Get her RSS feed directly and add her on Twitter @celestinechua.

Friday, November 19, 2010

2010 is almost coming to an end

The year is almost over. Again, it’s time we sit comfortably in our own thinking space and reflect the year’s events. What were achieved? What were placed aside until more time but never found the right time?
My resolutions for the year 2010 were pretty easy to remember, although not as easy to accomplish. It was to:

1. To be happy and stay happy
2. To spread happiness
3. To love and be loved

Reflecting back to the emotional roller-coaster of the year, my conclusion is being happy is easy, staying happy isn't. We are all born to experience the pure delight and pleasurable feeling of happiness. As a kid, it’s easy to feel happy. However, as we proceed to adulthood, more and more discontentment in life causes an imbalance inner feeling to occur. Nothing is ever enough. Nobody is ever good enough.

So, this year I’ve learn to be contented with life. 

To accept who I am, the true me. 

To be grateful for every waking moment feeling the warmth of the sun shine, for the time spent with loved one…

To have family & friends who stay true to me and always there to support my back.

To be loved truly, madly and deeply by Bubbles.

However, to stay happy is the actual challenge. There is still one particular area in my life that is still bothering me which causes so much emotional rollercoaster that I am almost numbed at heart. This one particular area has been so draining that it stole the sunshine and cheerfulness in me, leaving me a different person… empty and hollow.

Having just finished the book EAT PRAY LOVE by Elizabeth Gilbert, it has given me inspirations for my next year’s resolutions. It is a great book about a woman’s desire to search for life. To search for a deeper meaning in her life. To live her life. To truly be herself and her needs. Her adventures truly moved my heart in ways that I am unable to interpret with words.

So, the only one thing for me to do now til we say goodbye to 2010 is to seriously consider my own desire. 

 One of the highlights of 2010 will be a special trip to my childhood dream...

 and to meet my childhood best friends!
Thanks to Bubbles for making it happened...

Another highlight of the year would be our gals quick getaway trip to Krabi. It is just so impossible to get everyone together on a trip that this opportunity doesn't come very often. It is definitely a blessing!

 And not forgetting the amazing adventure with Bubbles in Chicago!

Chicago is where I can freely express who I am... bare-naked me... and I am talking about spiritually, not physically!