so i really did it again

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2017 Japan Vlog 2 

i really love this picture my guy took of me, i was so close to the deer and we were just staring at each other or more like me staring at him(she) and being creepy LOL

so second installment of my travel diary is ONLINE rn! I DID IT AGAIN! i have to say shamelessly i’m proud of myself being so efficient and delivering something out of nothing!

i wish i’d recorded more clips so i have more to elaborate but i couldn’t have asked for more as a first timer, basically i’m like can’t wait to shoot another travel vlog, been thinking about if i should settle down next year’s Japan travel timeline, hummm, bit greedy huh?

and before any destination close or far ahead, live everyday as happily as possible, be amazing, feel amazing, because we all have one life, we all live once, equally.

i shot the video with Canon G7X mark II, edited with Final Cut Pro X, please go have a watch, give it a like, subscribe and comment, it’d make my day:)

 

xoxo

 

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you know what, why no just write a post about it!

as this four-day national holiday comes to an end, i have to go back to work tmrw…… my feeling right now is more like numb, UGH i don’t want to feel or know that i have to get back to office, but complaints end here, period.

a fellow blogger friend if i may call her that myself, Julia from Walhallavagen left a hearty comment on my “coming-back” post and it encouraged me greatly that i’m actually just not overthinking and typing another post in such short period of time, wow.

first off, my guy went back to visit his family so i’m along in Taipei w my family, i have so much time and let’s see what i’ve used all my time in the past four days.

— Day 1. declutter my phone and laptop, organize my room and stuff, luckily i kept my promise and keep things under control since my last huge clean-up like 3 months ago so it was quite a swift process. I did it, i can maintain things under control! I also upload / backup and organize all the photos taken at Japan trip.

— Day 2. burning my brain cells trying to be a youtuber JK LOL, i literally learnt from scratch from watching iMovie editing tutorials from YT and just got on with it, it’s FUN.  i can feel that more practice will make the process easier/faster, i have so many ideas that i want to finalize… btw actually getting my hands on the editing work makes me even more admire some of the content creators i’ve been following religiously, just to name a few, i highly recommend them in terms of video content, editing quality and general vibe:

CaseyNeistat, Claire Marshall, Estee LaLonde, Fran Meneses, LaMadelynn, Sara Dietschy, sunbeamsjess; to name a few, i’d love to know some of your fav creators too, hit me up! 

— Day 3. finally updating my MBA to OS High Sierra, i just straight up skip Sierra altogether, hahah, i honestly procrastinate it too well:S everything’s fine with the update, and my startup disk storage somehow free up 30GB of space, hooray! I also set up FCPX which i intend to use on my next video editing, so excited about that! i’m hoping to make the video in following Saturday, it’ll be a shorter one which i shouldn’t have that much pressure on. ohhh almost forget to mention i watch full season one of “The Good Place” and I LOVE IT!!! i’m not a gal of comedy but this gem is no typical comedy, i can’t give away anything but just to say if you’re into good black humor and smarty dialogue with a twisted  setting of your afterlife good place bad place thang ANNND some weird cartoonish shit element, give it a go, you might end up like me binge-watching:D

— Day 4. so today i catch up with latest episode of Outlander (#305), the story has finally moved on to another climax and i couldn’t help but feel all soppy and eyes watery, i still love a good old intense love story. later in the afternoon i decided to go on YT again (yeah this is literally my go-to place for anything from entertaining, inspiring to educational purpose) and check out some vids on how-to-sketch cuz the other day i saw a friend sharing his quick sketches of landscapes and cathedrals during his travel in Italy and i thought to myself; wow that’s so interesting to do you know, and it didn’t look very hard, i mean i can take  up a camera and shoot and edit i can surely start to learn drawing, drawing has always been a skill i wish to have but i have zero confidence because i do it badly and thus i didn’t want to try and that perfectionist mentality is rubbish, it’s a poisonous negativity to prevent a person from doing anything that he or she could have accomplished and i waited too long to realize that in life. so i got a pen and i got some notebooks, what’s the waiting for?

right now i got some random house music playlist on Spotify as my BGM and realize how chatty i am! technically it was a very relaxed and chill weekend, i get all the me-time although i still get sorta panicky or annoyed about life’s trivia but overall i did stuff and accomplished goals slowly, step by step, one may never know how the road maps out ahead, and i’m open to surprises.

 

nites guys, xoxo

 

hey i’m back and i made a youtube video, yeees that’s right!

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2017 Japan Vlog 01

sorry i’ve been absent i wasn’t feeling very inspired, not until this long waited/needed trip that took place 9/23-30 where we traveled Kyoto, Arashiyama, Osaka, Nara, Kobe.

before the trip i decied to get a canon g7x mark ii and i challenged myself to take better photos and shoot some clips which i did both and had a lot of fun tweaking camera settings, it’s not easy but it’s not that hard either once you get your hands on it and just start shooting!

i’m at home enjoying a four day national holiday and just yesterday i completed my travel jounral on Traveler’s Notebook ( i did it along the way in Japan so it was easier and more organized than having a pile to sort out when i got back, that’s the trick i guess!?) i uploaded/backed up all iphone/canon photos and watched some iMovie tutorials and just started editing LOL it took me hours and i was pretty exhausted afterwards but looking at what i’ve done it made this trip even more wonderful now that i have more memories to look back on:)

this was my second visit to Kansai area and i couldn’t be more grateful that my body’s in great healthy condition, our trip went well, had so much fun and wow just by saying these makes me smile:)

if you’re reading this blog post thank you for stopping by or if you just happened to fallen into the rabbit hole and have no idea what i’m rambling about, take your time and i still hope you enjoy your visit!

i feel like i’m talking to a friend with this message, just being casual and so regarding this blog after hiatus i still have no idea what to do with or nor there’s any plan to be laid out but something to be sure is that there’ll be a part two vlog coming up and a TN flip-through, so stay tuned, but only if you want to.

 

xoxo

 

 

 

Just saying… #TGIF

This could be the most random post ever, I wasn’t planning on writing one but I’m so distracted on last working afternoon in the office of year 2016 and I know I’ve been lacking any kind of motivation here on blogging which kind of sucks, I know and I apologize for that:(

First of all a quick recap of what’s been happening in the past few months! After coming back from USA business trip I was caught up in preparing Tokyo Travel with my boyf , the trip happened in early Dec. and I ended up being hospitalized for almost a week due to frostbite, don’t worry I’m almost all recovered with soft, new skin like a baby:D But man! It was hell of a trip and adventure and I really don’t have the time or energy to do any kind of grand journaling or blogging…… Then I was visiting Tainan & Kaohsiung last weekend and now we’re straight heading to counting down to 2017 ?! Where did all that time go???

I was talking to my Polish friend and we both agreed that this time of year is especially hard, like in the early Dec. you get so stocked about entering holiday season and feel like everything’s festive even the country or area you’re in is not but mentally, everything’s just extra lovely. but once you roll into the last week of Dec. you start to panic because somehow any sorts of goals or motivation simply get drained away with rush of time and you start to feel annoyed about 1. Not ready for the big countdown even you’re not actually going to do any extravagant celebration according to your past behavioral history. 2. Feeling impatient getting stuck in the limbo of 2016/2017 because you still secretly/stubbornly hold on to the idea that by clocking into 2017 everything will be better, you get your energy back on, positivity all that fantastic things, in logic you know it’s not true but it has always been a ritual with our brain processing like this. I mean, after a couple of days in Jan. everything will be back to normal, there never ever was a pumpkin to begin with!!! Does anyone out there feel the same??? Or is it just me …

Anyways, I tried to come up with at least some plans like go watch Lala Land tmrw morning, where to eat and what to buy at Costco so me and selient can cuddle up in house and get this over with lol maybe I’ll watch NYC Time Square countdown the next day like I always do. Ohh we have to finish Westworld too…… that would take up some time!

This is the last post of 2016, I hope you have a lovely weekend and celebration and a great start of 2017, Happy New Year!

 

 

Feline x Cafe = Love

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  • Time: Some weekend night in August, 2016
  • Location: Yaboo Cafe @ Taipei

This little guy is one of cafe’s cats, I hardly ever capture so many photos of him, he was just lazily lying on the big table and letting me do all the snaps. I just love his color so much and his attitude lol 

 

 

note to self #2 – Summer Chitchat

I have a confession to make, I’ve been very lazy on writing blogs. I set out to post regularly although I don’t have a fixed schedule I do have some ideas jotted down in my notebook, some photos taken…… I want to blame it on the weather, the heat. In Taiwan we’re losing spring & autumn, summer’s getting longer, hotter every year! It’s pretty cheeky to call it the nature’s fault, huh! But despite the laziness and everyday mundane life, I’m actually not that hating summer for the first time in very long years. Still on track of healthy diet and workout, slipping out of the so-called-plans doesn’t bother me like OCD had been nagging me at old days, I really keep that quote I found in Baum-Kuchen “The Journey is the Destination” in heart. Also, reading inspiring quotes from Michelle’s blogpost @ SEAWEED KISSES really encourages myself to stay in a positive mindset every time I can:)

Once again I diverted from what I have in mind wanted to talk about in the first place… So what is it then? On the last day of June I decide to write this note to self and pick up the left pieces and just go! Embrace summer, embrace heat wave whatever and most importantly enjoy summer life! Live it like we adult still have summer holidays!

Just think about all the things we can do, accomplish and plan in this season is getting me excited personally! I actually have quite a few “plans” on my plate right now and I can’t wait to adventure through and share with you guys whoever’s kindly taking time to read my words here on Mind Pool or for god’s sake, just talking to my inner self!

If you’re listening to music, listen more. If you’re reading a book, read another one. If you’re journaling thoughts down, journal more. If you’re hanging out with loved ones, cherish those time spent. If you want to travel, plan it like you’re last trip. We only live once in summer 2016.

 

P.S. Stay tuned and hit me up if you have any interesting summer ideas and whatever you’re up to! I’d love to know! 

 

 

note to self #1

I‘m in the office right now on a Saturday, because we’re having an adjusted extra day off next week for Dragon Boat Holiday. Not really much to do today, went out lunch with colleges and grabbed a hot caffe latte from cama for the afternoon time-kill. I’m done checking with all the social media stuff and I tried to find cheap tickets for a possible Tokyo trip end of year, but nothing found and I refuse to be bored so while there’s another couple of hours left why not “journal” here on the blog.

Well, selient is actually meeting me up 17:30 sharp and tbh I’m kinda nervous since we just had a major fight last night and we decided to meet today, talk it through instead of dragging on yesterday in emotional meltdown…… I’m like not sure about many things but don’t really know what to think, like is there an exact right or wrong in relationship honestly? However I’m pretty positive about that we’ll fix this-whatever it is again and life goes on, it’s not the easiest thing, life never is if you look closely but it’s okay, because over the past two years I’ve learned that love is complicated, it’s not romcom in real life but it is something more bittersweet and worth fighting for.

Where will I end up tonight? I can’t say, but I’ll keep journaling and drinking coffee that’s for sure. Sorry about the rambling, but I really need to write this down while sipping coffee.

 

P.S. That photo was taken with iPhone6 edited on VSCO & Word Swag 

 

 

PMS rant

I even bother to write down my brain rant, man it’s tough! This week selient went back home to deal with some family stuff so I was left alone in Taipei and got bored…… I mean I have things to do my own but for the past almost two years I’m so used to hanging out with him in the weekends and for the past two days I have to get used to being a person instead to two.

I should write in the very first part that this is not a proper/standard blogpost, but just as I typed down these words I ask myself what exactly is a proper post anyway? Funny. I guess what I’m trying to say is that Mind Pool is not where I set out to rant but the title Mind Pool totally justifies the idea of brain dumping, good or bad, inspiring or boring, who cares, I shouldn’t be setting myself with unnecessary barriers now that I’m the only person swimming in this damn pool:)

So back to girl talk/TMI stuff – period. I’m not that kinda girl who suffers terrible pain during period, I only get minor to medium un-comfort in which I would very much appreciate chairs instead of standing up degree kinda pain. However I fear PMS, I’m don’t know if I have PMS every time but mostly I can tell there’s something wrong if there’s one. My routine is headache, dizziness and fatigue, lost interest in everything and craving for comfort food, sometimes I get annoyed twice easily and my boyf to me could act like an ass but mostly it’s not his fault……

What I regret this weekend: Ate too much Korean food, drank Starbucks’ Key Lime Pie Frappuccino.

I worked out great on Friday night but the following two days I’m so tired mentally and physically even up until now – Sunday night. Skyped with my lovely friend from Poland, Dominika who’s coming over to Tainan for a semester’s exchange SOON. Went to Costco with fam and the food tastes delicious because I haven’t eaten for months, that’s how to fall in love with something, again. I was trying to force myself go on exercise but it started to rain so I’m relived with a slight guilt, but it’s just my OCD messing with me, I need to workout in good state of mind/body, and building up habit is a long-term challenge, thinking this way makes me feel a little bit better. (padding on the shoulder)

At least I journaled my Roterfaden just now, I will be watching some more creative journaling/roterfaden review youtube vids the rest of the night. It did make me feel better to jolt down these rants than nothing, sorry if it bores you, appreciate if you hear me through. Nites.

 

 

Dating Journal #2_2016.03.06 Sun.

So the week before Japan trip has been hectic, I’ve kicking every tasks one by one in work in the speed of light hoping not to burden myself with trivial stuff and life’s been pretty full with my daily workout routine going strong. Saturday was divided into hospital appointments and Priska, I’m doing my best to be the best shape physically and mentally before the flight, I had a lovely time with Priska while selient was decluttering his place.

Sunday morning 0830. Me and Diana met up in Starbucks and ran our itinerary, I’m rather unfamiliar with Kansai area however we decided not to rush and just enjoy the trip, schedule-wise everything seems pretty fine, not much to worry about so we basically finished rundown before 1130 when selient came to fetch me.

I craved for a quick and easy yummy udon again, even though I just ate it the day before, Priska loved it too! This new udon place I’ve been obsessing over with is called 讚岐釜揚げうどん丸龜製麵@新光三越南西2館B1 serves the yummiest udon you can eat in Taipei, they said it tastes pretty much the same like in Japan’s original store which I’ll check out next week. I’m a noodle lover so basically I would love this place before I even tried anything.

I ordered yet again 明太釜玉うどん added some fresh scallion and white sesame to spice up a bit. Lunch wasn’t complete without another Onigiri, rice lover here too!

After lunch and a little walk around MUJI as usual, we headed back to selient’s, I was kind of dizzy and just not feeling very energetic generally, I guess it was because of the sunshine of spring, always making people want to yarn and curled up in bed. We watched two anime, ONE PUNCH ova (I never thought I’d enojy this so much and followed through the episodes now very much anticipating season 2) & DIMENSION W (super interesting with the sci-fi story setting and the cuttiest heroine robot ever I’m too obsessed like I never thought I would, great taste my boyf, giving him all the thumbs up!)

I felt asleep for a while, for dinner I wanted to copy exactly what I ate with Priska @ Rice Cafe杓文字 梅子小魚茶泡飯 I picked this set because I couldn’t eat anything fried and too spicy to damage my sensitive throat and condition but it turned out to be a pretty tasty choice, fresh and light, glad I have more options now:)

Following dinner came dessert time otherwise a date wouldn’t be complete, but since I’m strictly on my no sugary drinks routine, I shared 小確信紅茶牛奶合作社 正濃(Hot) with selient, we sat in the park and just chatted randomly, enjoying the night, it didn’t feel like a Sunday, probably because I’m going away for a week, left this journal, finished my work and I get to breathe some fresh air in Japan, can’t wait to be there just enjoy life for a short while, but I can’t even wait to go back with him.  xxx

 

Dating Journal #1_2016.02.21 Sun.

I didn’t plan this entry when starting the blog but I feel like relationship has been an important/big part of my life and I want to not only journal on traveler’s notebook but also blog about it, to express, to reflect and to remember—us.

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