Looking Back at 2015


For sure, I hadn’t achieved a perfect score in the resolution scoreboard, but I done alot more, and self-realised alot more than my whole life put together.

I have so many  awesome”firsts” in 2015! Once I realised that there will never be a better time so why not now, and that I must be pro-active in getting what I want, opportunities I am looking for just came knocking at my door again and again and again.

I went for my first clubbing, and I drank my first champagne. I went for my first gathering with total strangers, and I met an amazing guy who made me realized I deserved to be loved no matter how imperfect I am. I attended several art performances and went to the circus, and I’d realised my wish for hotel staycations many times over, including upgrading to suite guest status.

I have also stopped paying homage to my large size by ditching pants and shapeless shirts for figure-hugging dresses and skirts, and exchanging my huge double bed for a new slim single.

When I realised that I was overdue on experiencing them, it did made me a little sad. But then I am also very grateful that I won’t be feeling the regret of never having experienced them now so it’s all good!

Several lessons were being taught to me this past 365 days. I’d learnt how to ignore what I cannot change, I’ve learnt how to love myself, I get it now that I deserve everything nice just as much as the next beautiful person.

My quality of life improved the split second that I allowed myself to enjoy being alive.

As 2015 drew to a close, for the first time in my life, I am reluctant to let go. That is how much fun I was having!

In 2016, there is more new and exciting experiences waiting for me, and old stuff for me to rectify. I can’t wait to embark on the next 365 days so let the New Year begin!



Figure it out ~ JR East railway app


When you are making your way around Tokyo city, chances are, you are on a JR East train traveling along Yamanote Line.  Every visitor to Tokyo would be orientated on the Yamanote Line, connecting you to the major attractions in the most straight-forward manner, looping so you can’t possibly get lost.

So then it make sense for JR East to come up with an app that brings info to their commuters. Train status, operation information of their 15 railway lines, directional know-how of their stations, train positions along the Yamanote Line, train departure information and even station maps.

JR East Railway App

And if you are not yet in Tokyo, why not play around with the app and imagine yourself zipping around the city in a JR East train? Chock’ful with so much info, that wouldn’t be too difficult.

No more worrying about your data on your holiday in Japan

Beginning February 2015, one of Japan’s telco provider, Telecom Square, Inc., has begun sales of their Wi-ho!®Prepaid SIM card. This service is aimed at solving the data woes of foreign visitors to Japan.

What’s new? You asked. Afterall, there are other telco operators already in the market now.

Well, for one, Telecom Square, Inc. is offering 1G and 3G data plans at a much affordable price of 4,500¥ and 6,500¥ respectively. It goes by how much data you use instead of by the number of days of hire, which is the current plan model offered by most telco providers. The plan lasts for 30days and promises strong LTE and 3G signal supported by NTT docomo network that covers urban and sub-urban areas in the country with a download speed of up to 150Mbps.

Still not convinced? Telecom Square, Inc. also offers 3 sessions of free telephone interpretation service. When you find yourself in a jam trying to put your point across to the waiter or salesperson, this service would make you sob with relief. Trust me.

Oh, and did I mention that it is pretty much plug and play? These babies are sold at the airports so just grab one once your disembarked from your flight, plug it in and use. It’s that easy. If you hit a technical snag or decides to buy one after leaving the airport, there will be several places in the city to get them too.

Wi-ho!®Prepaid SIM card

The past has passed

Nearly two months since my last post. Yup, slacked a little, but with so much that was happening in my life then, I rightfully claimed the time off. However, today we are not gonna chit-chat over what had happened the past 2 months of my life. They were extremely unpleasant, I had the pleasure of encountering some of the most unpleasant people in my life, lesson learnt, experience absorbed, let’s move along.

Today is April 1st, the beginning of a new month, beginning of the season of Spring in many countries, and so rightfully, a new beginning.

So what have I’d planned for the month of April? I know I would want to embark on a month-long project this time. A few ideas came up, and I’ve decided that I’ll run 2 concurrently, with one probably growing more than a month long eventually.

And here it is:-

April shall be …

Month of absolutely no unnecessary spending,
Month of discovering a item that I’d bought/own but forgotten

Do or Die

Yet again I stole a WordPress prompt and make it my own.

It was a coincidence really. I was reading the Minimalists blog last night and they were talking about how changes can occur if you use the right words to fortify the right attitude. Whenever we set New Year’s Resolutions, which word do we use? “Should” or “Must”? Of course we want to see results when we sought change, but how many times are we so adamant about it that it is get go from the first second?

Pretty much all the time we use “should”. I should start saving, I should start exercising, I should learn how to sew. It conveys the necessity to do something without much conviction. That’s setting ourself up to fail. But if we start to use “must”; I must start saving, I must start exercising, I must learn how to sew; it suddenly sound like your life depends on it to happen, “DO OR DIE!” it screams. The sound of urgency rings loud and clear. I am not saying it will sustain you the whole journey (Hooray to you if it does) but it sure gave you an extra oomph to get your first foot out of the door.