Two weeks ago I was dogsitting my friend’s 6 month-old Corgi, Bay, for a week. I had never owned a dog prior to that, let alone dog-sitting. I love dogs though. They’re smart, loyal, and they make awesome companions to us humans. I was hesitant at first but with the help of my man I could pretty much master dog-sitting in a matter of one day! Dog-sitting was no simple task but I got lucked out because my friend’s dog was an obedient fur-kid. He made it easy for a first-timer like me to take care of him. That one week experience gave me the idea of the kind of commitment one should consider when owning a dog. Owning a dog (and generally all pets) requires good leadership skills but people often dismiss this. Owning a dog teaches you a lot more things than you think. Leadership is one of them. You’ll be surprised at the things that your dog “teaches” you about being a great leader.
I’m not the type that always keeps up with current trends, be it fashion, TV shows, yada yada yada. But when it comes to self-enrichment, I’m your girl. I take inspirations from anyone and anything. Curiosity has led me to different people and situations and for me that’s a blessing. Back then in the pre-internet craze era, my sources of inspiration are my family and books. Nowadays inspiration come at my fingertips in the form of podcasts, blogs, social media and Youtube videos. The amount of inspiration I can find is endless and I love it!
In my pursuit to stay inspired, I commit to feed my brain and soul with nothing but inspirational and motivational information everyday. Without further ado, here’s my list of Inspiration of the Week.
Hey peeps! I hope you’re all doing great! Things are well on my end – I’m currently enjoying a cup of hot coffee and some Jazz music. Can’t complain about life right now 😀
I don’t know if you notice but I haven’t posted any workout or health-related posts in a while. I took some “time off” from writing health posts because I’ve been sick since last August. I wrote about it briefly in this post. Don’t worry, I am now healthy and am back in my normal crazy self! XD
I used to believe in the existence of the so-called perfect wedding. My belief system changed when I had my wedding back in October 2016. The preparation itself was smooth but on the actual wedding day? It did not turn out as I hoped it would be. First, our officiant was late so we had to cut things short. Second, I fell sick that I had to miss the after party. No first dance, no family pictures, no couple photos. On a scale of 1 to 10, I would give it a 7.5. It wasn’t a disaster but, you know, it’s not perfect. The next few months were filled with anguish and disappointment. I couldn’t accept the fact that my wedding didn’t run as planned. Shoulda woulda coulda.
We were two teenagers who met at high school. Together we pushed through the highs and lows of high school life, went separate ways for over a decade, and somehow the universe decided to reunite us again in the town where we first shook our hands and asked each other’s name. My bestie, Vee, just came back from the United States for good. It’s been a month since she landed here and we’ve been hanging out almost every week. We live close to each other now – what a sweet coincidence.
Last week we went out to check out a spa place in Jakarta. Vee was dying to get a body scrub treatment done, which coincided with my month-long desire to get a full body massage (another sweet coincidence?). So both of us went, leaving our hubbies behind. Jokes! Our hubbies were busy that day. What was planned to be a spa date turned into a whole day of cafe-hopping, finished by a little shopping treat. It’s only proper if I call it Ladies Day, isn’t it?
When I visited Bali last December (see my previous Bali post here), I dragged my man to try a new spa in Ubud called Shinto Spa. I first discovered about this spa from an Indonesian magazine and as a spa lover for life I knew I had to go there.
Shinto Spa does not kid when it says it’s the best Japanese-themed spa in Bali. Although it has a higher price point compared to other local spas, their price justifies the kind of service that you receive. I’m a firm believer that cheaper price doesn’t always mean better deal – sometimes price speaks quality. First of all, the place is neat and clean – this is the standard that I always go for everytime I go to a spa. Second, they have trained masseuses and beauticians. I was already aware that this spa fell on a high-end category so I knew what I got myself into (big splurge).
When one thinks about Bali what most definitely first comes to mind is its gorgeous beaches. No wonder major Balinese cities like Seminyak, Kuta, and Nusa Dua never run out of tourists who wish to enjoy the wonderful scenery of Bali beaches. It’s almost a crime to not visit the beaches while you’re in Bali. Most of my past trips to Bali typically involved water sports activities – I never stayed too far from beach area. But last December, my man and I decided to spend four days in Ubud, a town located in the mountains – an hour drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport. Ubud isn’t as crowded as other places and it has a cooler weather, which is a huge plus for me as I couldn’t stand being in too much heat.
I use make-up regularly. I love it and I always have fun doing it. For some people it’s a waste of time but for me it’s a little “me” time ritual that wakes me up in the morning. However…removing make-up is not as fun as applying it. If you think one cleanser is enough to take it all off your face, think again. Throughout the years I’ve tried various make-up cleansing products, all with the promise of removing makeup in one easy step. Heck no. I couldn’t even get it off after two cleansing process! So after years of experimenting, I came up with this 4-Step Cleansing regime that is effective in removing all traces of makeup.
Wait. Hold on. Whaaa?! Did I just say four? Yes indeed! I know it sounds too much but so far this method works the best for my skin. I have oily-combination skin and I occasionally get breakouts. After I started implementing this into my skincare regime, I noticed improvements in my skin and I don’t get breakouts as often (only during periods).
So this is a tad late but Happy 2017 frandsss!! Brand new year, new look, and new spirit! Resolutions, goals, plans…some of us may have everything written down. Whilst I’m a fan of having everything planned ahead of time, I also like the idea of letting things take their course and be on their own flows. 2016 had its ups and downs but I’m grateful regardless. I survived 2016 and that’s all what matters! (lol)
I just got back from a tranquil weekend in Bali and I’m still on a lazy relax mode (which explains this week’s lack of updates). I will post more details on my trip very berry soon (you don’t want to miss it!).
Let’s dive into this week’s selected awesome links and faves, shall we?!
A few faves from this week…