Dear friends and readers,
May this golden dog year brings you abundance happiness and luck.
Be healthy and smile always.
Gong Xi, Gong Xi!
Yee sang, CNY cookies and dishes… wait for me ar!
p/s: Missing Chester on time like this 💕
First thing first, Happy New Year 2018! 🎊
I’m starting the first post of 2018 with an exercise topic…
We all know exercise is good for health. I’m pretty sure we’re all brought up with this knowledge. But why can’t most of us find time to exercise? I’m one good example. I struggled to even exercise once a week.
Over the years, I’ve tried jazzercise, yoga, swimming, badminton, ping pong, tennis, futsal, cycling, joined a budget friendly gym (RM10 per hour!!!), exercising at stadium and park, and as well as in my home sweet home.
How’s my 2017?
I think it was a neutral year for me. Lots of ups, and also lots of downs. And this is what life is all about. 😏 All the hardships and fun days are priceless lessons, especially failures. This year, I spent a large bulk of my time learning who I really am, and why I am the way I am.
When I was editing my old blog posts (due to Photobucket and also changing this blog to a secured site), I found that I talked bad and curse a lot of things in life. I was full of complain and negativity. I won’t delete those posts, instead it will be set as reminders of who I was and how I improve from here on. I would like to apologize to everyone and everything. I’m so sorry for what I did or said to all of you. Now, allow me to love all of you! ❤️
What’s an eye warmer? An eye warmer is an eye mask that warms the eyes.
I first discovered this eye warmer packet when I stayed at Ana Crowne Plaza, Osaka a year ago. Since it was complimentary, I took a couple home because I’ve no idea what it does and I’m eager to try it.
When I was writing about my Nara trip early this year (2017), I first mentioned about goshuin-chō 御朱印帳 and that it’s the best souvenir one can get for oneself from Japan. At that time, I was visiting Todai-ji 東大寺, my very first temple visit in Japan, where I came across this seal book. Although I came to know about goshuin-chō (pre-trip) and decided not to get it (pre-trip also), I was in deep dilemma when facing the real deal. “Should I get it or should I not get it?” Ohh I asked this questions many times in my head and to my travel partners.
My heart told me to get it because it’s a very unique momento as one can only get it in Japan.
My mind told me “Hey, it’s expensive!”. “You need to pay for the seal book and also the seals.”
In the end, I went with my heart. ❤️
Did I made the right choice? Wholeheartedly a big YES!
For those who has never heard of goshuin-chō, you must be scratching your head by now. Allow me to explain what it is and the thrills of collecting goshuin 御朱印 (seals) at temples and shrines as well as watching getting it sealed.
Goshuin-chō 御朱印帳 or also known as shuin-chō 朱印帳 is a seal/stamp book. ‘Go’ 御 is an honorific prefix. As the name suggest, it’s a book where you get the pages stamp with special seals of the temples and shrines you are visiting. The book has an ancient style format called orihon 折本 which was and still is use in China and later Japan for Buddhist texts. The orihon is a folding book style, folded in continuous zig zag format like an accordion or concertina. I, myself own a small orihon printed with Buddhist mantras.