Monday, April 10, 2017

My long distant run

Last weekend was one for the Vivicitta 2017 half marathon run.  This has been 2 years in a row when the company sponsored for the people who wanted to do the marathon. So anyone from the company would be able to join all paid by the company.
A year or so ago Bonnie wanted to join a marathon but I didn't want to do it. I don't remember what marathon that was. This year since I have told myself to try to get out of my comfort zone once in a while, so I applied for both myself and Bonnie when the opportunity arrived. We took the 10 KM run. I found out later that they had the 5 KM on Saturday. However, we only got two choices. Either 21km or 10km.
Yesterday, though we came a bit late and missed the photo session, we came in good time before the run started. There were phases. There was a period when I felt like quitting and and for 15-20 mins straight I was doing a small jog consistently. I walked a lot though.. :D In the end, we managed to get to the end in good time. Well, better than when I was jogging with friends. I never expected 7 mins average per km. When running on my own min 8-10 mins per hour. We did good I believe and proud of ourselves.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Split between being a minimalist or a hoarder (ehem... collector)

I used to collect pez dispensers. But thinking about how much money I spent buying those plastic stuffs and not to mention the space taken up I decided to stop and had to talk myself into not buying at times. I really don't need clutter. But I do not deny that collecting is fun. I know someone who collect thimbles although she doesn't sew. And one is a guitar pick collector. He at least plays the guitar. By the way if you are looking for  cool guitar picks check it out at GuitarCenter.

I am currently fighting off the urge to not order from Aliexpress a diy dollhouse. I saw a collegue posted a picture of a diy dollhouse that she got for Xmas. Of coursed I asked her where she got it, she said someone bought them from China. And of course the first thing that came to mind was aliexpress and ebay... 😆

I am confused. To buy or not to buy? That is the question indeed. They say life is too short so do and get what makes you happy. Though I'm gutted. I had a collection of half a dozens of tiny tin homes that I had to pack and store away. The things about this tiny thing, in numbers they do take space and takes all the time to clean. And I'm not that hardworking when it comes to cleaning up. 😁 oh goodness... how can one can not just buy? I think I will follow the advice of a master minimalist. I will sleep on it for a week or two. And if the urge is still there I'd buy one. If not, I simply forget about it.

Friday, April 07, 2017

Another day at work

The new face of my company's high end product.  She is Katinka Hosszu, the current pride of the country.

The potrait was taken by a phone's camera... would you believe it? :)  it was. Just need to keep it steady on a tripod of some sort. Just awesome.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

What's up

Past few months had been a drag. It was the longest winter that I had ever experienced so far in my life. It was just 3-4 months but since it was one of the coldest, and longest, by February we were all looking forward to winter so much. Then it finally arrived. Though it is currently drizzling outside (the pic taken a couple of days ago when it was all sun and shiny day) but still ain't that bad since my toes and fingers are not freezing at least. Anything above 5 degrees Celsius is considered good.

To be honest even though I felt that it was one of the longest winters, I still felt as if time just breezed by. How can that be possible you say? Day in and day out I've just been going to work and back. And past weeks, I worked longer hours. 4 out of 5 days by 8 am I'd be in the office; I like to start early so I don't have to feel rushed. Only to leave the office at 6:30 or 7 and some days 8 pm. Some days I wished I had more energy and longer focus period with longer hours in a day. Don't we all sometimes. So that's not the good part. The good part is that it is not permanent. We are having auditors in the summer so we are cleaning up some things in preparation for their arrival.

I quit Hungarian class for this reason and just learning on my own now and then. Hungarian class was after work for 3 hours and across the city. Can't afford the time and even the energy after a while. I was like a zombie and couldn't focus in class in the end. Holding on to the Mandarin classes though because they are held in the office at 8 am. 5 years ago I wouldn't have thought that I could be a morning person really. Even on weekends I'd be up by 7 the latest.

Next week is Easter break and I'm so looking forward to it !! :)

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

One of those times...

It has been one of those times when life has been pretty busy and stressful. It is 7:19 pm right now but I'm supposed to still be working. However, decided to watch some 'mukbang' videos (eating shows) on youtube and looking at cello for sale at just to distract my mind from thinking about work. It's one of the worst times. To do the impossible at work.

 Anyway, I've been away from my blog for months now. Not that I forgotten about it, but referring to the above, I was pretty bogged down with work. It's is interesting how hard you work, but because of other peoples; stupid planning you would have to suffer. That's the luck of being what my friend would call 'the bottom feeders'. It's hard to keep being positive and motivated. Especially you see little results or things go pretty slowly.

Just blowing some steam they say. Which is healthy to do once in a while. :) I will be updating again soon in a way better circumstance.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Early riser

With the exception of Saturdays and Sundays, I am usually up at the crack of dawn or much earlier. 5:00 am or 6:00 am being the latest. 10 years ago, I would be surprised to know that I would be addicted to waking up early. Who would have 'thunk'. Perhaps it comes with the 'getting older' thing.

Usually, I would get out of bed, make coffee and get back to bed, turn on my bedside gooseneck light , to sit and read or listen to an audio book while I sip down the coffee. I feel so much relaxed when I prepare in the mornings to work after this ritual everyday. It is way better than waking an hour or half an hour before leaving the house. Especially if you have kids to prepare for school.

I try to make this a daily habit as much as I can. The older you get, the less you need, I suppose it is not that hard to do after a while. Especially when you have decided on a way to live your life.

I am happy I chose to be a morning riser. In fact, it's 8 in the morning right now. I'm in the office since 15 minutes ago, and I decided to update my blog to get it started. :) I love my mornings!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Czech it out

I was in Prague twice this year.  Once to see the place for the  first time in Oct,  and second for a friend whom I had learnt a lot from in Nov.  Prague is such a beautiful city.  In many ways the same as Budapest - the metros,  the shopping centers, street musicians, artists...etc. But it has it's own charm. Similar yet different.

We already planned to go to Ceske Budejevice in Dec. Another part of the Czech republic.

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