Archive for December, 2010

I love Marc and Angel Hack Life and one of their productive list is such an eye-opener that i hope they don’t mind that i stole this article:

When we were young life was easier, right?  I know sometimes it seems that way.  But the truth is life still is easy.  It always will be.  The only difference is we’re older, and the older we get, the more we complicate things for ourselves.

You see, when we were young we saw the world through simple, hopeful eyes.  We knew what we wanted and we had no biases or concealed agendas.  We liked people who smiled.  We avoided people who frowned.  We ate when we were hungry, drank when we were thirsty, and slept when we were tired.

As we grew older our minds became gradually disillusioned by negative external influences.  At some point we began to hesitate and question our instincts.  When a new obstacle or growing pain arose, we stumbled and a fell down.  This happened several times.  Eventually we decided we didn’t want to fall again, but rather than solving the problem that caused us to fall, we avoided it all together.

As a result, we ate comfort food and drank alcohol to numb our wounds and fill our voids.  We worked late nights on purpose to avoid unresolved conflicts at home.  We started holding grudges, playing mind games, and subtly deceiving others and ourselves to get ahead.  And when it didn’t work out, we lived above our means, bought things we didn’t need, and ate and drank some more just to make ourselves feel better again.

Over the course of time, we made our lives more and more difficult, and we started losing touch with who we really are and what we really need.

So let’s get back to the basics, shall we?  Let’s make things simple again.  It’s easy.  Here are 60 ways to do just that:

Life is not complex.  We are complex.  Life is simple,
and the simple thing is the right thing.
– Oscar Wilde

  1. Don’t try to read other people’s minds.  Don’t make other people try to read yours.  Communicate.
  2. Be polite, but don’t try to be friends with everyone around you.  Instead, spend time nurturing your relationships with the people who matter most to you.
  3. Your health is your life, keep up with it.  Get an annual physical check-up.
  4. Live below your means.  Don’t buy stuff you don’t need.  Always sleep on big purchases.  Create a budget and savings plan and stick to both of them.
  5. Get enough sleep every night.  An exhausted mind is rarely productive.
  6. Get up 30 minutes earlier so you don’t have to rush around like a mad man.  That 30 minutes will help you avoid speeding tickets, tardiness, and other unnecessary headaches.
  7. Get off your high horse, talk it out, shake hands or hug, and move on.
  8. Don’t waste your time on jealously.  The only person you’re competing against is yourself.
  9. Surround yourself with people who fill your gaps.  Let them do the stuff they’re better at so you can do the stuff you’re better at.
  10. Organize your living space and working space.
  11. Get rid of stuff you don’t use.
  12. Ask someone if you aren’t sure.
  13. Spend a little time now learning a time-saving trick or shortcut that you can use over and over again in the future.
  14. Don’t try to please everyone.  Just do what you know is right.
  15. Don’t drink alcohol or consume recreational drugs when you’re mad or sad.  Take a jog instead.
  16. Be sure to pay your bills on time.
  17. Fill up your gas tank on the way home, not in the morning when you’re in a hurry.
  18. Use technology to automate tasks.
  19. Handle important two-minute tasks immediately.
  20. Relocate closer to your place of employment.
  21. Don’t steal.
  22. Always be honest with yourself and others.
  23. Say “I love you” to your loved ones as often as possible.
  24. Single-task.  Do one thing at a time and give it all you got.
  25. Finish one project before you start another.
  26. Be yourself.
  27. When traveling, pack light.  Don’t bring it unless you absolutely must.
  28. Clean up after yourself.  Don’t put it off until later.
  29. Learn to cook, and cook.
  30. Make a weekly (healthy) menu, and shop for only the items you need.
  31. Consider buying and cooking food in bulk.  If you make a large portion of something on Sunday, you can eat leftovers several times during the week without spending more time cooking.
  32. Stay out of other people’s drama.  And don’t needlessly create your own.
  33. Buy things with cash.
  34. Maintain your car, home, and other personal belongings you rely on.
  35. Smile often, even to complete strangers.
  36. If you hate doing it, stop it.
  37. Treat everyone with the same level of respect you would give to your grandfather and the same level of patience you would have with your baby brother.
  38. Apologize when you should.
  39. Write things down.
  40. Be curious.  Don’t be scared to learn something new.
  41. Explore new ideas and opportunities often.
  42. Don’t be shy.  Network with people.  Meet new people.
  43. Don’t worry too much about what other people think about you.
  44. Spend time with nice people who are smart, driven, and likeminded.
  45. Don’t text and drive.  Don’t drink and drive.
  46. Drink water when you’re thirsty.
  47. Don’t eat when you’re bored.  Eat when you’re hungry.
  48. Exercise every day.  Simply take a long, relaxing walk.
  49. Let go of things you can’t change.  Concentrate on things you can.
  50. Find hard work you actually enjoy doing.
  51. Realize that the harder you work, the luckier you will become.
  52. Follow your heart.  Don’t waste your life fulfilling someone else’s dreams and desires.
  53. Set priorities for yourself and act accordingly.
  54. Take it slow and add up all your small victories.
  55. However good or bad a situation is now, it will change.  Accept this simple fact.
  56. Excel at what you do.  Otherwise you’ll just frustrate yourself.
  57. Mature, but don’t grow up too fast.
  58. Realize that you’re never quite as right as you think you are.
  59. Build something or do something that makes you proud.
  60. Make mistakes, learn from them, laugh about them, and move along.

 

 

Fourteen more days and its Christmas once again… I know it’s better to give than to receive but its so much greater to get the gift you badly want. If only i have rich and generous friends who could give me my Ultimate Christmas Wish List…

A basketful of succulent and big strawberries… I love strawberries. A Lot.

Snoopy Dolls. I collect Snoopy items and a Snoopy dolls wearing a Balenciaga is wonderful and one of a kind.

Bookshelf, A big One. I need this for my other books.

Snoopy Journals. What can i say, i really love Snoopy!

A Robert Pattinson a.k.a Edward Doll.

A Banane Taipei Canvass Bag – It’s Like Having a Birkin Bag – Eco Style!

An Earrings Organizer. My earrings need a home.

I PAD – I really, really want this!

FLIP – It would be nice to have one.

Chanel Nail Color 509 – Paradoxal – Lovely color. For the witch in me…

some phots by CZV – Chuvaness

It was in the 74th minute of the Liverpool – Aston Villa match last night that Fernando Torres and Olalla welcomed their new baby boy – a healthy baby they named Leo. Although Nando missed the match, he was doubly happy as he saw his son for the first time and Liverpool won against Aston Villa 3 Nil.

BIG SISTER NORA

…AND THREE BECOMES FOUR

thanks IML Image Group for the photo

I have only been to one country in Europe and though I love Germany at first sight, my life-long dream of going to Paris will always be in my blood until such time that i will step off the plane and only when my foot touches the Charles de Gaulle airport will i be able to be free of my Paris-induced fantasy.

So where do you think will i go once i’m in Paris? I can almost imagine myself Carrie-Bradshaw-like as i walked the cobbled-stone street of my dream city…

My cravings for Paris is like my cravings for a Laduree Macarons. Last week, there was an episode of Gossip Girl where my favorite bitch-heiress Blair Waldorf is eating macarons while in a bath and another where she stuffed her bag with a macarons! And it makes me to think of Paris…

And only a Laduree Macarons will do for me…

I love arts and i wouldn’t miss a day or however long it will take me to explore The Louvre but i wouldn’t mind spending a lot of time there. And i would want to see the pyramid made famous by Dan Brown and see if there really is something there…

Next to fireworks, another thing i love is fountains. I feel calm and peaceful whenever i see one and i wouldn’t miss going to Stravinsky Fountain. This is a one of a kind fountain because it consists of sixteen separate sculptures inspired by Stravinsky’s music.

I love Louis Vuitton like any other girls and eventhough i will not be buying anything, just browse, i still want to go to Louis Vuitton in Paris…

I may not know Jim Morrison in my lifetime because he died at a young age of 27 but i love his music and his poems and call me crazy or what but I always wanted to see the famous graveyard in the world, the Pere Lechaise Cemetery and Jim Morrison grave is there.

Noticed the line below his birth and death year, Δαίμων εαυτού” means the protector deity that lived inside the man from the birth till the death and took care of the personal evolution and prosperity, something like a guardian angel. So the “κατά τον δαίμονα εαυτού” basically means “according to what conscience suggests being right”. Isn’t it ironic, Morrison’s conscience might have suggest that suicide is right!

I have always been intrigued by Nicholas Flamel even before I’ve read about him in Harry Potter. The idea of immortality fascinates me and when a friend of mine told me that Flamel’s house in Paris still exist, can you imagine my excitement. I am so going to visit and stay at his house.

This house, which is now nearly six hundred years old, is also the oldest house in Paris, and a historic monument. Flamel lived here with his wife, Pernelle, and provided free lodging for the poor in exchange for a daily prayer as Flamel was a pious Catholic. And you can still stay in this house for free, poor or not. There’s a great deal of mystery, legend, and history surrounding Flamel. And some even think he and his wife are still alive …

Of course, what is Paris without the Eiffel Tower. And surely this is a grand sight especially during night time.

to be continued

I love IMAX 3D especially if its a movie i want to watch and a 3D of it would be spectacular. But a 3D Porn? Yes, i’m afraid it has come to fruition and it’s only a matter of time that such genre would capitalize on this movie technology.

The World’s first eye-popping 3D porn flick ’3-D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy’, will be released in May 2011. This 3D pornographic film has a plot based loosely on a Chinese classic erotic story called The Carnal Prayer and it is also a reworking of 1991 Hong Kong cult movie “Sex and Zen”. Stephen Shiu and a group of Hong Kong film producers are racing to be the first to produce this World’s First 3D porn flick.

But the Americans doesn’t want to be left behind, already, other major 3-D erotic movies are also in the works. Adult entertainment firm Hustler is rumored to be working on a 3-D adult spoof of the blue aliens in “Avatar,” (James Cameron must be cringing by now) and Italian director Tinto Brass plans to film an IMAX 3-D version of his classic 1979 erotic film “Caligula”.

As far as i’m concerned this medium is a big “eew-factor”. Who would want to watch a 3D porn in an IMAX theatre, with other movie-goers (excited and panting moviegoers) around you? Isn’t the reason why porn is a vice is because you want to do it in private? And do you really want that “thing” 3ditized in your face? Come on, only the pervert would agree to this. And i for one, wouldn’t want to seat in those seats occupied by the people who would watch this porn flick. Imagine the mess. And those 3d glasses must be glued on and should be disposable.