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Whatever that doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

It’s been a season of head-over-heels, back-breaking, sleep-deprived, responsibilities-overload, Ridiculous-complaints, but patience-growing, body-understanding, spine-alignment, better-health and death-defying season.

:D damn drama, this Amanda.
Seriously, these words cannot even begin to describe what I have gone through these 2 months.

Started with the chiropractic treatment, turns out I have non-textbook categorized scoliosis (basically it’s not so bad that it cld categorize as that, but neither is it so mild that it’s negligible), I have 2 2nd phase degeneration (takes over 10yrs to develop) (a bit too young for that) misalignment in the spinal area between my shoulder blades and lower back (think slipped disc). my neck is a little too straight for my own good.
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That means, I need to stop wearing heels so that the 50yrs old will thank me. need to go for adjustment 3 times a week for first 3mths n whatever follows follows, which amounts to nerve hyper-sensitivity, which I felt caused the REM images to be so vivid, and light sleep becomes consciousness (for the past 2 months). I have no life, n as a form of therapy, the heart wld induce the body to cook (for others) therefore further reducing rest time (cooking! the marketing, the cleaning, the smell.. heavenly but not good for a open concept studio, at the same time)

on and we top it up with demands at work. well, everyone faces them. except that this happen to be a real tight semester w Prefects training n investiture at the same season. did I mention about how effective and on time some Indonesian ppl are? but well, the training went fine, the investiture was over, many thanks to great people that are involved.

the usually don’t come at all PMS hormones swing that is regulating and therefore pretty on-the-ball these 2mths? nobody likes to deal with hyper-happiness in the mind on 1 day (bcos the events for that day went well, PRAISE THE LORD!) and tearing the next bcos the family members n loved ones of the finalist for master chef came n visit (so touching! u know! family support! how long have they not seen each other and how much it meant to them. … )

oh, did I mention the still-unknown cause of the inflammation/rash at the back of the left knee, thigh? cld have been the seats of the flight, or attack frm “tomcat” insect, known to have caused death, w poison 12 times more potent than snake bites.  the traumatizing effects of seeing a muscular, well-sculpt female leg (nice thigh n calves btw) plague with a bigger than palm-sized, ugly, red-black-peeling-dark grey patch. yes, I absolutely love my legs. but praise the Lord, besides the discoloration it’s not giving me any problems now.

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all these…

and frequent flying, of 6 times in that 2 months. I really don’t like flying, but I’ve found ways to cope w it.

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

Wanted to do the Serenity Prayer for the longest time. set it as my wallpaper.
I knew that the thigh is pretty much the only reasonable space for the next tattoo.
didnt get around to doing it bcos I was thinking, next time cellulite develops, it will look bad..

with that patch, forget it man, there’s no uglier thing that could happen to my legs. so there we are!
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even had a whole dilemma to put leopard or not, same, it’s something I wanted. but obviously didn’t happen.

it’s the term break, since I’m not going anywhere (other countries/state as a holiday break) I really should do something that I had wanted to do. :)

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I can’t change, the courage to change the things I can, the wisdom to know the difference.”

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I wonder how old I wld be when the next finds itself on me. From the mind to the body.

thanks for coming by.

Be Blessed
Love,
Amanda

p/s: did I mention I’m doing dental braces, next? :D sure am thankful I am fit n strong, not weak and dainty.

Mask

Was preparing for the Korea trip and the idea of bringing and using mask came on.

Not like facial mask for the pimples and acne, but facial mask for disease spread prevention.

the lengendary N95:

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and the Surgical mask:

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I came to know about the N95 mask during the SARs season.
Didnt exactly used it, dont remember why too.

 

So… My thoughts were Surgical Mask is sufficient. Dont really need to get N95 for my Seoul trip.

Then my bff knocked me awake.

 

13.     Are surgical masks useful?

– Normal surgical masks are not effective in filtering fine particles (i.e. tiny particles that are 2.5 microns or less in width), although they can reduce the discomfort cause by haze by providing a barrier between the wearer’s nose and mouth, and larger irritant particles in the air.

14.       Are surgical masks the same as N95 masks?

– Surgical masks and N95 masks are different and were made for different purposes. Surgical masks were designed to protect the surrounding environment from the user’s own spit or mucous. Healthcare professionals use them (e.g. in an operating theatre) to prevent their own germs from infecting the patient.

– N95 masks were designed to protect the wearer from airborne particles. Studies have shown that they are at least 95% efficient against fine particles that are about 0.1 – 0.3 microns, assuming good fit on the wearer’s face.

Source: https://www.moh.gov.sg/content/moh_web/home/pressRoom/Current_Issues/2014/haze/faq–use-of-masks-and-availability-of-masks.html

 

So meaning to say Normal surgical masks protects others from us.

N95 masks protects us from others.
“at least 95% effecient against fine particles that are about 0.1 – 0.3 microns.”

 

so that was it… Hmm… :)

thank you Ms Leee~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 
Thanks for coming by

 

Be Bless,
Love,
Amanda

His Ways…

It was about a month and a couple of weeks ago, was just doing the regular prayers.
Committing and praying about the plans ahead.
Who dont right? :D
Was asking the Lord about the future, sharing the doubts, asking where to go after my years in Jakarta are finished.

Through the conversations with friends and colleagues, plenty of opportunities were available.
Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, (just heard recently) London.

But thats the thing about having opportunities, its really not that easy to decide.
Especially considering Singapore is a good ground and my parents are still here.
So how?

It was a long stretch, been praying about it for a really long time.

So that night, after an interesting encounter, I felt a prompting in the heart, Korea. (nope, dunno if its South Korea or North Korea).

It was like a burden has been lifted off.

Although its clear that it would not be easy.

I thought I should visit South Korea as a birthday trip as well.
2 items were bugging in my heart, the future in terms of career and the future in terms of marriage. Who knows what that prompting was for right? only “God knows” as they said.

I went ahead and made plans. Even choosing not to have the refund facility available for flight tickets purchase, (dumb dumb…) so I die die will go.
I purposely chose the flight that had a stopover in Japan.

THEN!
The MERS scare came along.
Not just about making wise decisions (despite of prompting) regards myself,
but also the need to think about the home
and the students in contact.

albeit there is a 3 weeks gap before getting back into classroom.
and that South Korea has one of the best medical and cellphone tracking system
and that the advise was to observe if there were more cases, if there is means initial measures were insufficient, therefore should avoid.

So… me of little faith, I went back to the Lord again… :D
and as we know, He doesnt answer us as and when we want and His ways are always higher than our ways.

I thought I could do the lots thing to appease myself.

and having been with the Lord for years, I know… He won’t give me an immediate answer. :D
So I listed a couple of possibility and a blank.

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and we know which one I picked:
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:D Its a joke. :( but well. :) I am not surprised. cos thats Just how He is. :)
With faith.

thanks for coming by

Be Blessed
Love,
Amanda

Jeju-do Olle Routes

OH MY GOODNESS!!!!
There are like so many things to see and do in Jeju!

Interesting waterfall, caves, structures and formation..

In the end, instead of trying to do everything, I settled with doing the Ollie Routes.
The easy ones of course. :D albeit long distance ones.

Olle Routes are routes marked out in Jeju-do (Jeju-island) itself. Meaning from the start point, you’ll get to walk free and easy, guided by blue and yellow arrows on rocks and orange and blue ribbons on trees. Pretty awesome a?

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While there are bus, I heard its not extremely good. and their Taxi fare goes by calculation of km multiply by an amount. :( seems confusing to me.
oh well..

guess thats the good thing about getting on Olle Routes

http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_4_12_13.jsp

Go check it!

thanks for coming by

Be Bless
Love,
Amanda

The Itinerary

Yes! I am very excited about the Korea trip.
Looking forward to feeling another city.
Initial plan was:

Day 1:
Garosu-gil / Sinsa-dong
Pyeongando Obuja – Pyeongan cuisine – Sinsa Station
Dosan Park – Apgujeong Station
Coreanna Art & Culture Complex – Apgujeong Station
Olympic Park – Olympic Park Station Line No. 5, P550

Day 2:
Insa-dong – Anguk Station, Line No.3, 328 (Cultural Shopping)
Samcheong-dong, Anguk Station, Line No.3, 328 (traditional house, quaint cafes)
Bongeunsa Temple No.3, 318 – Samseong Station
COEX Mall No.3, 318 – Samseong Station
Seoul Metropolitan Library – City Hall Station No. 1, 2
Ewha Woman’s Univ. & Sinchon – Line No.2 241 (University fashion)
Gureum Cafe (Night lights) – Dongjak Station Line No. 4, 9

Day 3:
Dongdaemun Market – Dongdaemun, Line No. 1,4 (Shopping Malls Street)
Namdaemun Market – Hoehyeon, Line No. 4, 425 (Traditional marketplace)
Myeong-dong, Line No. 4, 424 (Clothes & accessories, Cosmetic & Skincare Shopping)
Seoul Tower – Myeong-dong Station

Extra fillers.
Itaewon-gil – Line No.6, 630 – (Foreign shopping, leather, fur)
Hongik Univ (Hongdae) – Line No.2, 2A (Club Culture, Weekend flea market)
Munjeong-dong – Line No. 8, 818 (Outlet shopping)
Times Square – Yeongdeungpo Station, Line No. 1, 139 (Gigantic shopping mall)
IíPARKmall – Yongsan Station, Line No. 1J (Electronics paradise)
Sawore Boribap – Apgujeong Station
Gaeseong House – Apgujeong Station

Then upon spending time, realised that:
Samcheong-dong and
Samseong Station
are actually very different, very far away.

So it became:

Day 1:
Garosu-gil / Sinsa-dong
Dosan Park – Apgujeong Station
Coreanna Art & Culture Complex – Apgujeong Station
Olympic Park – Olympic Park Station Line No. 5, P550

Day 2:
Insa-dong – Anguk Station, Line No.3, 328 (Cultural Shopping)
Samcheong-dong, Anguk Station, Line No.3, 328 (traditional house, quaint cafes)
Seoul Metropolitan Library – City Hall Station No. 1, 2
Ewha Woman’s Univ. & Sinchon – Line No.2 241 (University fashion)
Gureum Cafe (Night lights) – Dongjak Station Line No. 4, 9

Day 3:
Myeong-dong, Line No. 4, 424 (Clothes & accessories, Cosmetic & Skincare Shopping)
Seoul Tower – Myeong-dong Station


While everything is relatively easy to find online, there are still somethings that do stumble me.

Like when I’m at the Gimpo International airport, where is the subway station for me to switch, to take to Incheon International airport?
I didnt know that the AREX Train connects the Subway train.

If I want to trek my way up from within Namsan Park to the N Tower, how do I get to the Namsan Park by foot?

Which is the faster way to the airport from my apartment? The landlord said and drew on a map, “after the second intersection, turn right” a… I dont recognise anything on the map………

So how? …

:/ Some answers are found, others? I guess to be found. :D

after reading more, it became…

 

30th June 2015

Dosan Park Apgujeong Station Line 3, 336 Exit 2 Bus No.3422
Coreanna Art & Culture Complex Apgujeong Station Line 3, 336 Exit 3 Bus No.3422 / 141
Garosu-gil, Sinsa-dong Sinsa Station Line 3, 337 Follow map & walk
Samsung   d’light Gangnam Station Line 2-D Exit 8
Olympic Park Olympic Park Station Line P5, 550 Exit 3

 

1st July 2015

Insa-dong Anguk Station, Line 3, 328 Exit 6
Samcheong-dong Anguk Station, Line 3, 328 Exit 3
Seoul Metropolitan Library City Hall Station Line 1,2 Exit 5
Ewha Woman’s Univ. Ewha Woman’s Univ. – Line No.2, 241 Exit 2, 3
Gureum Cafe Dongjak Station Line.4, 9 Exit 1

2nd July 2015

Myeongdong Gyoja Myeong-dong, Station, Line 4, 424 Exit 8
Myeong-dong, Myeong-dong, Station, Line 4, 424 Exit 6
Namsan Park, Seoul Tower Myeong-dong, Station, Line 4, 424 Exit 3
All That Jazz Itaewon Station, Line 6, Exit 2

 

So this is what it is, from the looks of it, parks, cultural places and landmarks takes preeminent compared to shopping. :D

But with the MERS scare… I really hope it will push through… :(

Thanks for coming by

Be Bless
Love,
Amanda

That OCD

Planning for this Korea trip has been quite a journey…
Not just the selection of location part, even the reading through and putting things into proper pieces took its toll on me.

Lets talk about me first.
Yup,
ME. :D

I’ve always pride myself in being an introvert, a person with OCD symptoms.
This whole journey of planning for the trip really put things into perspective for me.

So, I’ve intended to spend a weekend working on the itinerary. Having started reading on physical books, I was glad Im more or less ahead.

Friday came, I chilled out, cos I wasn’t in the mood.

Saturday came, still chilling,
then its 5pm, ok, time to start, so I started on it. Had to do a Seoul one and a Jeju one.

Collected the information into a notepad.

Worked all the way into 3am. Managed to more or less put Jeju one together. Refusing to go to sleep bcos I really want to achieve something, I pressed on…
Suddenly its 4:30am.

So I stopped and went to sleep.
Woke up feeling light-headed and heart heavy bcos what I’ve started on is not finished yet.
Don’t feel like working on it as theres that bitter taste.
Ignored it and then finally started on it in the evening,
went to sleep on time.

Went to work, came back. felt the nagging impulse to do it, but still the bitter taste is nagging, okay, I shall not work on it bcos I won’t feel good going to work the next day.

and so this whole nagging impulse and bitter taste kept going on and on.
To the extend that I felt like running away from it entirely (a.k.a fly back to SG and not be bothered about it cos I don’t have the things with me)

and of cos after a period of not doing anything and resting up, I got it finished in the end.
and thats the thing I realise about me.

I understood it is therefore important for me to divide up the task and take time to complete a huge project.

If I began on a task intending to finish it there and then, its not gonna end well.

OCD Cycle

 

Thanks for coming by

Be Bless
Love,
Amanda

Different Language

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Was watching Mr Bean’s Holiday on tv the other day. His adventure while he was trying to get to Cannes for the film festival.

 

and it struck me, how would it be like if I were to travel and spend a little time in lands of language I do not know…

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Those countries that Speaks Spanish,

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Japanese,

Korean,

heck, even Chinese,

or where I am now, Bahasa Indonesia,

 

hmm…

 

I think the euphoria when who ever I was seeking help from and I finally figure out something together. :D

Or it’ll just be damn frustrating.

 

:D

I’m too trusting to be experiencing all these adventure I think. Too innocent, naive and ready to part with my resources I think. :D

HA!

 

My life is boring, because I seldom travel without a plan. Its almost to the extend that I plan things down to the dot in the “i” and the cross on the “t”.

 

Well thats if I’m alone.

 

But if i’ve set time aside to explore, I believe I would :D *as I did in Hong Kong.
Then again these are still residential and “civilized” locations.

 

I wonder if I would survive if its a nature park or some island with volcano? :D

 

Whats your adventure like?

 

Thanks for coming by

 

Be Bless
Love,
Amanda

Awesome expats

OKay, now I’m going to introduce to you 2 awesome blogs.

They are really awesome.

More awesome than mine.

and when I say its awesome. its awesome.

:D

They are basically my colleagues blogging about their adventure as really an expat.
not the fake expat like me. :D

 

Matthew: http://mattinindonesia.blogspot.com/

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Amber: http://amberslifeinjakarta.blogspot.com/

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If you are looking for locations and sites in Jakarta to visit, thats their blog. :D Mine’s my boring old lifestyle blog. :D

 

Go check them.

 

thanks for coming by

 

Be Bless
Love,
Amanda

Baby on Craft

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the time has come…

For me to sit next to a pregnant lady, with a baby on an aircraft!!!!!!

Good Lord!!

But Praise the Lord! the baby wasn’t so much of a nuisance. :D

Although the baby was cute, I sure did witness how the mummy became “cute-tified” to bring out that smile in the child. :D Good Lord… Will I be like that when its my turn?

But I wonder how to children react to air pressure change, okay, maybe not react, cos most of them would probably cry.

I believe in the pinch nose, blow air backwards, towards the ear canal tactic. But how to teach babies to do that? So poor thing. Pain, cry. :/

Anyway, until then lar huh. :)

 

thanks for coming by

 

Be Bless
Love,
Amanda

Paris

Speaking of traveling… I set a vision for myself. I want to take a photo of the 12 apostles before it becomes dunno how many apostles left. :D

and was sitting in a car the other day, was pretty provoked by myself. Or probably the bus, after a meal w Iris, and I felt it in my heart.
I shall go to Paris and visit the Eiffel tower as a graduation celebration after my UniSIM.

 

Yup, UniSIM…. Its not going to be easy, hadn’t been, neither will be.

:D and on that note, nobody said anything about not going before the graduation. :D

 

HAHA!

Hmm… and I was strategizing, you know the French speaking people, they kinda not appreciate people trying to speak English to them? :D
Okay! I shall speak in Chinese the whole time that I am there. :D

HAHAHAA!

Or maybe Bahasa Indonesia.

HAHAHAHA!

 

ANyway. :D Just saying.

 

Where do you envision yourself to go?

 

Thanks for coming by

 

Be Bless
Love,
Amanda