All posts tagged: Friends

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Nailing Onion Booty

Grateful for this beautiful day climbing out at Tung Lung Island with friends – especially Tash who’s come all the way from the UK to NZ via HK! Even more grateful I finished a project I was working on which I shall aptly name “Onion Booty”. 1) Because the topos has no name for it. 2) You have to use your ass to bump along up that crack! 😛

10 Days: Cambodia, Singapore, Manila

    “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” And within your years, your months, your weeks and your days. So many people questioned how I could possibly travel and make the most of my time in Manila, Singapore and Cambodia in 10 days. How can you afford it? You’re going alone?! Who will you travel with? Won’t you get bored? Isn’t it dangerous? Won’t it be lonely. I don’t know… You tell me. Was it worth it? I think YES! 🙂 Route: HK-Manila-Singapore-Phnom Penh-Siem Reap-Phnom Penh-Singapore-Manila-HK. 4 cities. 3 countries. Less than HK$4k in total for flights. BOOM. And that’s how it’s done! Special thanks and gratitude to: Ninang Lara for helping me FOF it in Makati, Trissy for our long over due catch-up, Tita Pinky & Fam for letting me FOF at their pad in Singapore, Tita Tet for introducing me to her bump for the first time, Santiago for being my first companion on this solo trip and letting me crash your …

Humans First, Titles Second

I believe: All conflict in this world happens because people stop treating each other like humans first, and titles second. This statement applies not just on a global scale with regards to political and military affairs but even on a day to day level when mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, friends, lovers, colleagues and strangers fight. One of my favourite words is the sanskrit or yogic “namaste”. Namaste means “the light (or the divine) in me, bows to the light (or the divine) in you”. I love this word because it so succinctly encapsulates how I feel about myself, about you, and about us all. We are the same thing, really. And by saying namaste I am letting you know that I recognise that, that I recognise you, and I recognise the “us” in all of “them”. After that, fine, you can start placing your titles and labels on people. That seems to be the way society and civilisation can operate. But don’t be naive to think that the name you place on people and things …

“But I love him/her so much!” – “Really? I think that’s bullshit.”

What I said was: I believe the best relationships are the ones where the two people involved treat each other as friends first, and lovers after. Why? Because don’t you find that when it comes down to our friends, we are so much more patient, so much more kind, so much more understanding… and forgiving? If our friend doesn’t pick up the phone, or call us back right away – do we batt an eyelid, throw a tantrum or give them the cold shoulder? No, not really. Unless, of course, there really is reason to and we have a genuine cause for concern (e.g. late night last night, a little inebriated, “just want to make sure she’s okay”). But even then we’d probably be worrying instead of accusing. When it comes to partners however, for some reason, we start to act a little selfish. Why is that? I think it’s because when we’re in a relationship, it really all comes down to fear. And an excessive amount of expectation placed on the other person to …

Day 365: 365 days of appreciation… and Love.

365 days of appreciation… Status: Complete. Feeling: Well… How to put into words? I am… incredibly, tremendously Grateful. I have had a lot of time to think about this day. I just can’t believe it’s finally here. Every day, for the last 365 – that’s Three hundred and sixty-five – I have counted down to this day. I have counted down to this day because that was the time limit I set myself. 365 days of appreciation. 365 ways to heal a broken heart. When I started this blog 1 year ago, I was in a very dark and scary place. The 24th of July was a heavy day for me. It was the day I said goodbye to my grandfather. And it was also the day I lost the most important person in my life. You could say it was a double whammy. And the closest thing I can relate it to is perhaps that sickening, heart-dropping, head-piercing feeling you get when you trip up and fall over. Except imagine that once you get …

Day 361: Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Padma Mayurasana Jumpbacks and Learning to breathe…

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World – one of the best films I’ve seen this year. And you know it’s good when you leave the cinema going, “…wow. i loved that.” And you stand at the bus stop thinking, “yea, that was really good…” And you get on the bus thinking “man, i’d love to watch that again.” And the entire bus ride you cannot help but feel the world outside is like a continuation of your thoughts and that wonderful film you’ve just seen. And then you get home screaming “Kaaaat [or replace this name with whichever is relevant to you!!] the film was soooo good!”.  So good I am still thinking about it… and am right now blogging about it. Highly recommended. Very much grateful! / Andres, good seeing you tonight. Quality catch-up indeed! =)  It’s all about the Orange Wednesdays 😉 Batman next! / Today, I realised separating my hands a little bit made my Padma Mayurasana jump backs so much better. Grateful for the eureka moment! Practice, practice, …

Day 360: Winning a Jansport Superbreak backpack, Coors Light Jean Claude Van Damme Advert and Being rickrolled again by Dom!

A couple of weeks ago I was doing research and stumbled upon this competition Jansport was promoting to win one of their Superbreak backpacks. I had time, and hope… but little did I know I had luck on my side as well =) Got this email today and found out that I actually won =D Hurrraaayyyy! Thanks guys. G-r-a-t-e Grateful! / This Coors Light ad just… Oh, it cracks me up every. single. night! hahaha. Grateful for the laughs and cheap thrills. Take my breath away *boom boom* /  Today, I got rickrolled good! Nice one Dom! 😉 / The moment Kim kisses her bodyguard… a whole new Dash episode I’ve never seen before… =O something to be grateful for… but no one can know!! =O =P

Day 359: Blackmill, Tita Dolly’s Bloom Book, The Owl and Pussycat, Shoreditch House Green Machines, Friends of Friendly Advice and The day Kat tried to trick me into sticking tampons in our fridge…

Blackmill – ohhhh I love that I found you today!! So beautiful I took 20 minutes out of my day to just listen, lie in bed and just… be… Mmmm grateful!! =) / Tita Dolly, yesterday I found a book on Indian Wisdom that my mom gave me when I graduated. Today, I found this book from you. And this time I actually read the whole thing from beginning to end… My favourite? “If you want change, begin it. If you want love, give it. If you want hope, embody it. Start immediately and do it flamboyantly. Once you’ve begun, don’t turn back. Change and growth can be painful and challenging at times, but as Lauren Bond said, ‘Every flower has to go through a lot of dirt.’ Life is about choices, growth and taking chances. It is about pushing through and moving forward. It is about loving courageously and not holding back. It is about finding a brighter, better way. You owe it to yourself and to the world to make the most out of the …

Day 358: Kat cleaning the house, The Stricklands driving me (and the last of my stuff!) back home, Otters holding hands and The day Andres and Behull come to visit…

Kat – thanks so much for cleaning the house. Spotless and smelling oh-so-good! G-r-a-t-e GRATEFUL =) / Uncle Mark, Donna, Gracie – thanks so much for having me round; for my kickass fake steak (haha) and helping me unload the absolute last of my stuff at home. So glad you got to see Wilber (our home – lol). And really, really hope Ali is doing okay!!! / Mom – thanks so much for my 365 days book on India Wisdom. I just found it again while unloading my boxes and re-read your graduation message to me… Weird, huh? That was 3 years ago… How much things have changed. I, for example, appreciated the beauty of this book so much more today than I probably did back then. But everything in it’s own time. I love you and thanks again for this. It really is wonderful… / When otters hold hands… oh my you just have to be grateful over and over and over again! Oh how this melts my heart. So precious… / Andres, Behull …

Day 354: Being able to work on Tom’s canal-side patio for 15 mins, Grilled aubergines, TechCrunch and Having a friendship network that actually spans the entire globe…

Today, grateful Tom offered to let Louis and I work on his patio and catch 15 mins of sun! / Today, I’m grateful for TechCrunch and finding this interesting map that shows me where all my friends are in the world… Intriguing… … … Though I have to say that looks pretty impressive. I love being a Global Nomad and TCK =D It has its perks =)  / Grilled aubergines = YUM! More please! x