0421: Pensieri de Lunedi: When Passion Chooses You

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My sister once said that she’s amazed as to how I can put so much passion into any work I do even if it is not my true passion.

Time and again I have fought the path I chose for myself. A “love affair” with Marketing was what I thought I’ve had for the past ten years of my life. But no matter how much I tried to leave, I found myself  driven by it. Being the devil advocate that I am, I tried to reason with myself that perhaps it’s that sense of familiarity and achievement that keep me coming back. Now I realise, it is something far great than that.

The past year has been about creating new beginnings and new dreams. My disappointments and regrets have inspired me to take a step back from my own life. It was time to go deeper and set aside everyone’s opinions and needs. It was time to focus on myself and what I truly want.

With a lot of prayers and self-assessment, I realised that Marketing has chosen me and it is a tool I can use to teach and inspire children later on. I have been led to this path and I am finally embracing it. Last Wednesday, I was with my team finalising a campaign I will soon launch and as I saw it come together, it brought me to tears. And I told myself, “I want more of these moments. This is the kind of legacy I want to create.” 

“Courage is fear that has said its prayers.”  Only God knows where he wants to take me but finally I did something for myself. And I can’t wait for the journey I am about to take in the Big Apple.

 

0331: Pensieri de Lunedi: Night and Day

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Repeat. 

(Photo taken at Port Road Knight, Melbourne)

 

0317 Pensieri de Lunedi: Beautiful Girl

I know how much it can sometimes hurt,
You feel like the whole world has made you the ugly girl.
Take it from me that you have to see it first.

So before you trade in your summer skin for those high heeled shoes, 
To make him want to be with you.
Let me remind you one more time…
That just maybe, you’re beautiful but you just cant see.
So why don’t you trust me,
They’ll see it too you beautiful girl you

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Truth is, there are really times when we feel like the ugly girl. In fact such moments are no stranger to me. Despite being able to fight my weight issues, shadows of my past still linger.  But I can’t let them get through me. I need to make a conscious effort to tell myself that I am beautiful in my own way. I don’t need the world love me. I just need to be happy with myself.

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To Sara Bareiles, your music has truly been inspiring. It is rare nowadays to come across an artist whose craft is so raw, genuine, and soulful that it actually changes lives. Your music speaks to so many women and I do hope to get to watch you in person sometime in the future.

0310 Pensieri de Lunedi: Take Time to Live

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Take time to live. Make time for things that make you whole. Doing so will only inspire you to work and create even more. 

Have a great week!

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Coffee, Beer, and Love in Melbourne

To travel is to live.” – Hans Christian Andersen 

The best way to experience a new place is to immerse yourself in it…its lifestyle…its speed…to breathe, smell, and taste the city for everything that it is. It is never enough to just see a place and say that you’ve already experienced it.  Do what the locals do. Eat where they eat. Move as they do. That is the only way to be changed by it.

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One of the things I love the most about Melbourne is their cafe culture.  A coffee lover at heart, the possibility of running into a small, charming, and impeccable coffee shop is endless in Melbourne.

My search for the perfect cup of Flat White started at Twenty & Six Espresso. (http://www.twentyandsix.com.au)

(Tote by Joan & Klaire @https://www.facebook.com/joanandklaire)

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Their flat white was comforting. It had the right amount of creaminess and the coffee wasn’t overpowered.  Their Fried polenta with braised mushrooms, asparagus, ricotta, salsa verde, and slow poached egg was refreshing and hearty.

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Next stop – Manchester Press and I must say it didn’t disappoint. This was by far the best coffee  I have ever tried. The atmosphere was perfect. It’s an old warehouse converted to a coffee shop. It was my ideal place – a casual, no-frills coffee shop. I loved their artistry and how organic it was.

(https://www.facebook.com/manchesterpress)

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The best Flat White ever! Perfect ratio of creaminess, bitterness, and sweetness. I took my first sip, closed my eyes and said to myself, “Oh this is a beautiful life!” 

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For a rather indulgent snack, we tried their Fruit bagel with  mixed berries in mascarpone and pistachio. 

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|Blue Chiffon top: Forever 21| Floral Pencil Skirt: Stradivarius| Tote: Joan & Klaire| Stardust Silver Flat: Suelas|

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Sunday mornings will not be complete without a trip to the famous  Queen Victoria Market where fresh flowers…

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and charming souvenirs are readily available. It was also great for food tripping because of the overwhelming choices of artisanal cheese, sandwiches, pastries, and wine.

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When I travel I love to look for one of a kind items and stores and the iconic The Block Arcade was the perfect place to visit.

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Its mosaic-tile flooring, carved stones, paintings, and boutique shops took me back to the 19th century.

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 One of the busiest streets in Melbourne is Swanson St. Aside from holding most of the major landmarks, it showcased how Melbourne expresses freedom and beauty through art. This is also one of the reasons why the city spoke so much to me.

One of the best ways to see the area is to start your route at the Degraves area. Grab lunch or coffee here and make your way to the National Gallery of Victoria. It may be a long walk but it’s well worth it.

As we strolled along, we saw the  Australian Centre of Moving Image, a popular venue for local artists to feature their work – from paintings, songs, and even unique food concessionaires.

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Even the cement flooring expressed so much creativity.

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Right across it is the iconic Flinders Station which is also parallel to…photo 2

St. Paul’s Cathedral. 

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After an afternoon of shopping (or window shopping) and sightseeing, it was great to relax by the Yarra River. Its serene path definitely felt like  small piece of heaven in the middle of the city.

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And to better appreciate the view, we had a couple of drinks at the famous Riverland Bar & Cafe. It truly was the perfect afternoon!

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One golden rule of mine is to watch the sunrise or sunset of every new place I visit and the perfect spot in Melbourne was the The Docklands. 

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My favorite area in the city is Lygon, otherwise known as Little Italy. Its energy  is just so vibrant and stirring that it could very well be my second home. The quaint shops, cafes, and restaurants never failed to awaken my senses. A must try in this area is the D.O.C. Espresso. (http://www.docgroup.netTheir pistachio muffin was perfect with coffee.

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Thirty minutes away from the city is St. Kilda. It is the perfect getaway from the hustle & bustle of the city.

(http://www.stkildamelbourne.com.au)

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It is a very picturesque area and I felt like a child being surrounded by swans, birds, and fairy penguins.

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One valuable lesson I learned from my partner is to be more adventurous and eat where your nose takes you. Il Fornaio was definitely a gem we were so happy to find.

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Their “From San Sebastian to St. Kilda” dish which has house made corn bread, vine tomatoes, pineapple glazed otway bacon, paprika crunch, and fried scallion was just AMAZING!

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Pair it with their local brew and you just got the perfect meal after an hour of strolling around the city!

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|Jeans: American Eagle| Nude Ballet Flats: DexFlex Payless| Accessories: personal gifts|

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Walking around different parks in Melbourne, I loved  how there’s so much space and greenery to indulge oneself in….how anyone can just pick a tree and read a book under the shade…how couples can just lie on the grass and soak the sun and the moment in….how children can just play carefully…

We truly fell in love with Melbourne and we will definitely be back.

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0302 Pensieri de Lunedi: Dare to Dream.

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…and in that moment when your dream is broken, do not lose heart, do not lose hope.  There’s still much to be thankful for. Embrace the moment. Keep your faith and tell yourself, “in God’s time.” 

(Photo taken at Huntervalley, Sydney Australia)

02.24.14 Pensieri de Lunedi: Sunset

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The sun sets and my tears start to fall. “One more second. One more hour. One more day.”, I tell the sun, but it doesn’t hear me. It slowly fades to tomorrow and I hold on to what is left of today. Because today, I still have you in my arms. 

(Photo taken last Feb. 21, 2014, 7:00PM above Malaysia)

The Great Ocean Road – Melbourne

Was it the company? Were it the sights? Perhaps both. Today, I am lost for words. I am simply at awe of how amazing The Great Ocean Road is.

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Endangered birds take flight at Port Road Knight

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Traveling with my sister is like seeing things through my own eyes but with more wisdom surrounding my every judgement.

(https://www.facebook.com/joanandklaire)

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Teddy’s Lookout offers one of the best views of The Great Ocean Road

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Simply breathtaking….

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We spotted 12 Koalas in the rainforest and this one graced us with  its playful nature…

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and charming smile. :)

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Our tour guide, Outback Billy allowed us to feed some beautiful birds which was a great experience.

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The most awaited part of the tour is the awe-inspiring 12 Apostles.

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but there are only 8 Apostles left now.

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A personal favorite of mine is our stop at the Loch Ard Gorge – a beautiful gorge with steps down the beach so you can enjoy a swim or a picnic. As Outback Billy described it, “it’s a place where you feel almost insignificant. You stare at the gorge and you marvel at the water. It is nature at its best.” 

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You get lost in the moment. You get lost in nature.

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Find someone whose love sets you free and see the world together.

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London Bridge :)

“There is a kind of magicness about going far away and then coming back all changed.”
― Kate Douglas WigginNew Chronicles of Rebecca

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***For those of you who want to see The Great Ocean Road, I highly recommend taking The Great Ocean Road Tour with Outback Billy. http://greatoceanroadtoursmelbourne.com.au/index.html

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0120 Pensieri de Lunedi: To let you be

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Because sometimes, the best thing we can do is to let them be.

0113: Pensieri de Lunedi: Follow the Sun

I found this song through a friend and it stuck with me.

There are years that ask questions, there are years that answer.” 

2014 started with many questions and the uncertainties can somehow be overwhelming but faith always leads us back to the right path and to faith, I hold on.

So as the song goes,

Follow, follow the sun
and which way the wind blows
when this day is done.
Breathe, breathe in the air.
Set your intentions.
Dream with care.
Tomorrow is a new day for everyone,
Brand new moon, brand new sun.
So follow, follow the sun,
the direction of the bird,
the direction of love.

 

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