1.
Goal in focus Keep Running 8 people are doing this
43 entries 22 cheers
14/02/2017
  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 5 cheers 2017-06-21 01:39:41

    June 20th

    Back to running yesterday evening. It was a challenge-myself run. I convinced myself to run just 10 minutes; it was just for the start to lace up and get out of the house.

    My trick to run long is to start off slowly. It's energy management. So I kept on running slowly but not too slow on the way back home, until I reached home drenched in sweats. The time was still the same as before and the pace was not too slow.

    As I am doing yoga too, I will try to run at least 3 days a week, yoga is easier to do right now.

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    joyjoei Doing 2 cheers 2017-06-04 12:59:03

    June 3rd

    32-35 minutes, back to running on the road after taking a break for nearly 2 weeks. The tight hamstring was completely gone but I was in love with doing hot yoga at home around lunch time so I still avoid going out for a run in the morning. However, I will try to run at least twice a week.

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    joyjoei Doing 3 cheers 2017-05-22 05:19:18

    May 22nd

    Out for a morning run. Same distance. Approximately 32-35 mins.
    Phew! Felt so great after skipping it yesterday!

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    joyjoei Doing 3 cheers 2017-05-20 03:09:22

    May 20th

    Saturday morning: Finally, I didn't miss my morning run. Left the house at 6:30 am. Biked to my parents' and left my bike there and started running from there. Ran on the road alone for 35 minutes and on the way back home, I saw my sister, niece and nephew; they were on the way for their morning exercise so I joined them. Walked and ran with them for another 30 minutes.

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    joyjoei Doing 4 cheers 2017-05-12 01:55:15

    May 12th
    Same distance but ran better than yesterday. I almost skipped because I exercised a lot already yesterday but seeing that the fog was very thick and I love this kind of morning so I decided to get changed and left the house. After running, I rode my bike around the village for 30 minutes. Felt so great!

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36 entries 29 cheers
15/02/2017
  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 5 cheers 2017-06-23 01:31:36

    June 22nd


    • Midday hot yoga for 30 minutes. Had tried new poses as well and enjoyed doing it.


    At first, I thought about doing just 15 minutes but after stretching and starting to sweat, I could go on a bit more by trying new poses and doing it slowly. When doing things slowly, I found out that I enjoyed doing them more and could go on with it a bit longer. So, I try not rush things but you know old habits die hard.

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    joyjoei Doing 4 cheers 2017-06-21 12:21:29

    June 21st


    • Morning : did yoga for 10 minutes

    • Evening : went for a bike ride + did yoga for 5 minutes

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    joyjoei Doing 2 cheers 2017-06-21 01:48:01

    June 20th


    • Morning : did yoga for 30 minutes + planks

    • Evening : went out for a run for 41 minutes

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 1 cheers 2017-06-12 04:15:48

    June 10th - 16th

    Saturday : 40 minute-yoga + planks

    Sunday :


    • In the morning, helped Dad with his construction work & cleaned the front and back yard from 7:30 - 10:00 am.

    • In the evening, went for a bike ride with my niece and nephews for an hour.


    Monday : 30 minute-yoga + planks

    Tuesday : 30 minute-yoga + planks

    Wednesday :30 minute-yoga + planks

    Thursday : 45 minute-yoga + planks

    Friday :

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 3 cheers 2017-06-04 13:05:33

    Saturday-Friday (June 3rd-9th)


    • Saturday : 32 min-morning run + 5 min-yoga + planks + 10 push-ups

    • Sunday : 5 min-yoga + leisure bike riding in the evening + planks

    • Monday : 10 min-yoga + planks + push-ups

    • Tuesday : 30 min-yoga + leisurely bike riding for 30 minutes + planks

    • Wednesday : 40 min-yoga + leisurely bike riding for 30 minutes + planks

    • Thursday :

    • Friday :

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3.
Set daily goals 5 people are doing this
66 entries 20 cheers
09/03/2017
  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 3 cheers 2017-06-23 01:33:58

    June 23rd


    • get up at 4 am

    • meditate

    • read for an hour

    • yoga

    • planks

    • write in my journal

    • learn new English words for an hour

    • gratitude

    • push-ups

    • go for a short run in the evening

    • go out for a bike ride with my niece and nephew

    • go have a chat with my parents

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 0 cheers 2017-06-22 01:55:47

    June 22nd


    • get up at 4 am

    • meditate

    • read for an hour

    • yoga

    • planks

    • write in my journal

    • learn new English words for an hour

    • gratitude

    • push-ups

    • go out for a bike ride with my niece and nephew

    • go have a chat with my parents

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 3 cheers 2017-06-21 05:35:01

    June 21st


    • get up at 4 am

    • meditate

    • aread for an hour

    • yoga

    • planks

    • write in my journal

    • learn new English words for an hour

    • gratitude

    • push-ups

    • go out for a bike ride with my niece and nephew

    • eat more fruits

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 10 cheers 2017-06-13 13:16:33

    June 14th


    • get up at 4 am

    • meditate

    • read for an hour

    • yoga

    • planks

    • write in my journal

    • learn new English words for an hour

    • gratitude

    • push-ups

    • go out for a bike ride with my niece and nephew

    • eat more fruits

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 4 cheers 2017-06-12 04:19:34

    June 12th


    • get up at 4 am

    • meditate

    • read for an hour

    • yoga

    • planks

    • write in my journal

    • learn new English words for an hour

    • gratitude

    • push-ups

    • go out for a bike ride with my niece and nephew

    • Finish The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 1 cheers 2017-06-22 02:45:50

    June 21st : 10 minutes in the morning + 5 minutes in the evening
    June 22nd : 30 minutes around lunch time
    June 23rd : 30 minutes after lunch

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 1 cheers 2017-06-12 04:12:02

    June 9th-16th


    • Friday : 30 minutes

    • Saturday : 30 minutes

    • Sunday : -

    • Monday : 30 minutes

    • Tuesday : 30 minutes

    • Wednesday : 30 minutes

    • Thursday : 45 minutes

    • Friday : 30 minutes

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 8 cheers 2017-06-07 06:06:23

    June 7th : 40 minutes

    Managed to increase 10 more minutes today. On the day that I don't feel like doing it, 5 minutes is more than enough but today time flew..

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 2 cheers 2017-06-04 13:03:01

    May 30th : 30 mins
    May 31st : 30 mins
    June 1st: 5 mins
    June 2nd: 20 mins
    June 3rd : 5 mins
    June 4th : 5 mins
    June 5th : 10 mins
    June 6th : 30 mins

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 0 cheers 2017-05-31 03:38:54

    May 29th : 5 mins : just quick 5 minutes before taking a shower. I was busy babysitting my niece and nephew while my sister was away for work.
    May 30th : 30 mins : back to my routine. Did it 30 minutes in the afternoon. It was very hot in the room but airy so I sweated profoundly.

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5.
Gratitude 3 people are doing this
79 entries 29 cheers
14/02/2017
  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 4 cheers 2017-06-23 01:38:52

    June 22rd


    • accomplishing my morning routine; reading, meditating, writing, memorizing English words with my niece before she went to school.

    • finishing a long-pausing book "Expats". Finally! And enjoying it a great deal at the end.

    • Cozy rainy afternoon while reading and sipping several cups of green tea

    • Doing yoga for 30 minutes. I'd exceeded my intention.

    • Getting back to writing here again after slacking off for a few days.

    • Watching the new season of Wenthworth. I got hooked and went to bed pretty late!

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 3 cheers 2017-06-21 02:36:23

    June 21st


    • The piping water is getting on running today. The pipes had been broken and the water stopped running for 3 days.

    • A huge pile of laundry was done after the water was getting back on.

    • Listening to live music played by my niece before she left for school.

    • Emails from Dave

    • Getting up at 4 am to read, write and meditate

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 3 cheers 2017-06-16 03:41:39

    June 16th


    • It's Friday!!!

    • Finishing Wuthering Heights

    • Waking up at 4:30 am without an alarm clock (because I forgot to set it!)

    • My first up of tea with oat biscuits and a funny chat with my niece before she was off to school.

    • A long quiet hour for reading and finishing the book

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 1 cheers 2017-06-12 12:40:19

    June 12th


    • Spending the whole afternoon reading "The Thirteenth Tale" and finishing it.

    • Doing yoga at noon for 30 minutes. I was all soaked up with sweats.

    • Falling asleep while reading. A blissful, short nap..

    • Starting a new book tonight

    • Hot lemon tea

    • Morning routine : reading, writing and meditating

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 3 cheers 2017-06-08 03:49:40

    June 7th


    • talking to my best friends

    • increasing yoga time to 40 minutes

    • learning new vocabularies

    • making infused water to drink after doing yoga

    • watching a movie before going to bed

    • napping in the afternoon

    • bike-riding with my nephews

    • yummy coffee cookies!

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42 entries 19 cheers
01/04/2017
  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 2 cheers 2017-06-22 02:35:38

    How many books have you read at one time?

    It depends for me. If I get bored with one, I will move on to the next and then to the next. I am reading 4 books now; the fourth one is left in the bathroom.

    I am going to finish "The Expats" first and then "Books, Baguettes and Bedbugs" and then "The Hobbit" but after finishing the first 2, I will look for one or two more books to replace those 2. I barely read one book at a time, unless it's captivating and can't put it down. Some books, I need a break while reading them so I will have have other books laying around while taking a break.

    Like "The Expats", I'd taken a break from it for a few months but after picking it up again, I can't put it down and need to finish it before looking for other books to replace it.

    Reading books this way helps me stay on track with reading. While taking a break from one, I still have other books to keep me engaged. Otherwise, I might fall off the track and it will be hard to get back on again. Having a reading goal is one of the trick to read more for me too. I like completing with my last year self..

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 2 cheers 2017-06-16 08:00:59

    June 16th



    • I am sitting here soaking up with sweats in front of my laptop. I was just finished doing 30 minutes of hot yoga. Doing it at 2 pm was really hot and it made sweats break easily. It hasn't stopped falling down my body yet so I decided to sit here and write waiting for my body to be dry. I am getting better at yoga now (if I manage to do it each day). At least I won't feel dizzy easily when doing the poses that I have to bend my head downward. It's easier for me to do it daily as well, as I don't need to hurry getting it done within the few hours after waking. I can laze around the house, reading a book before deciding to exercise. I choose to do it after lunch as it's very hot around that time even though the room is airy. And when I start to sweat, I feel energized and I can go on with it until I do all the poses I want to do. I am glad that I can do it at least 30 minutes a day this week. But I won't force myself, if I don't feel like it, I will tell myself "just 5 minutes today".. I still miss going out for a run but right now I find it's easier to do yoga at home at the most convenient time I choose to do.


    • I'd just read through the last page of "Wuthering Heights" this late morning. I quite enjoyed the book, even though it's confusing and complex for me because English is my second language. I will read it again to understand the story more but not right now. Honestly, I am still thinking about Mr. Heathcliff and am still wondering while he had to die so soon. He was mean and vengeful but why I like him quite so much? I am trying to read another book I've started before this book but I couldn't concentrate on it. Is this call "book-hangover"? I still live on "Wuthering Heights" and my mind keep wondering back to it and the characters in it.

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 2 cheers 2017-06-13 13:27:00

    June 13th



    • Went out to the library with my sister-in-law today and went to pick up my nieces at their school. It was raining so hard when we drove back home. Outside the car was all white with heavy rain. So, I drove slowly until we got home safe.



    • Started reading the Thai book I borrowed from the library but fell asleep in a few minutes. I don't think I will finish this one again as I have started reading other 2 English books and I am enjoying them a great deal.



    • Spent an hour jotting down new words from the novel I'd just finished reading and looking up meanings and synonyms. I've planned to do this everyday in order to increase and remember new words. Hopefully, my writing and reading will improve immensely.


    • As I don't go out for a morning run recently, I try to do yoga every single day, at least 30 minutes a day. It's going well and I start to enjoy doing it. I pick lunch time to do it so I can sweat heavily from the first 5 minutes I start doing it.

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 3 cheers 2017-06-12 04:32:17

    June 12th

    I mostly slacked off on this goal during weekend as I intended to sit in front of my laptop less than I did during weekday. Instead, I wanted to disconnect, stay offline, spend time outside, go to see my parents, chat and have long breakfast with them, clean the front and back yard for them and play with my nieces and nephew.

    So the past Saturday and Sunday, on the way to my parents', I biked to buy some foods to have breakfast and a long chat with them. Brought my own tea as nobody drink tea, except me. Dad had his coffee, Mom her hot milk. I want to make this our bonding time so my Dad won't whine at me that he doesn't see me during weekday.

    Now, it's Monday and I am back on my routine. But if it doesn't rain in the evening, I will bike to water the plants for them. It's just 2 minute-bike ride.

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 2 cheers 2017-06-07 03:46:42

    June 7th

    This morning, I sat copying new words/ sentences I highlighted from a novel I had just finished reading into a piece of paper. Then, I looked up for the meanings and synonyms and typed them down in my laptop.

    Doing it this way, I have learned that it's easier for me to remember new words and my vocabularies have escalated. Actually, I have done this on and off since leaving university. But this morning, I realized that if I did it often, it would be easier and quicker for me to read English novels.

    Reading skill has improved tremendously since I've focused more on my reading goal and so have other skills in English. While writing, I kept telling myself that I should have done this more often and on a daily basis.

    Learning English is like running, yoga, writing, and other goals I want to turn into my deep-seated habits, I need to do it constantly and on a daily basis. Though, there are times that I will be sidetracked, I have to keep pulling myself back again, if I want to get better at it.

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22 entries 26 cheers
15/02/2017
  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 3 cheers 2017-06-12 04:47:55

    Saturday and Sunday outing again with my nieces and sister-in-law. Mom refused to go with us as she had engaged in something else.

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 7 cheers 2017-05-31 03:57:27

    On Sunday, we took Mom out to the mall and we let her pick what she wanted to eat. She wanted the steak again. So we went to Santa Fe' Steak in Central. After eating, we venture into the bookstore and then before going back home, my niece wanted to eat ice cream. So, we went to Swensen's. Got back home with full tummies and happy hearts!

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 0 cheers 2017-05-31 03:51:08

    I babysat them a few nights while my sister was away in Bangkok for work. It's actually our fun time together when their mom is away for work. We went out biking, read books and played in bed before sleeping.

    Now, their mom is back. I am back to my old routine again!

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 3 cheers 2017-05-20 12:54:33

    Saturday outing with the gang, to the library to return and borrow books, to Homepro for shopping and lunch..

    And then home to read the books we have borrowed..

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    joyjoei Doing 8 cheers 2017-05-11 12:21:27

    Riding a bike with my sister, nieces and nephew around the village.

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32 entries 30 cheers
15/02/2017
15/02/2018
  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 2 cheers 2017-06-22 10:28:52

    34/50 : The Expats by Chris Pavone

    I didn't intend to finish this book by today but the more it was at the end, the harder I can put it down. There were so many twits and turns near the end.

    I had started this book a few months ago and at some parts I was confused and bored with it so I put it down and moved to another book. But a few days ago, I got back to my bookshelf and saw this book, I picked it up again, wanting to read something different and really wanted to finish this book so I read it where I had left off from last time. I managed to finish half of it in 2 days.

    It was fun and unpredictable. Maybe, my reading skill and attention span get better so I could finish it in an unexpected pace..

    I love how the author weaved words into phases, sentences and the story itself.. I think they are sophisticated and refined..

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 2 cheers 2017-06-19 07:06:18

    32 & 33/50 : ΰΈŠΰΈ΅ΰΈ§ΰΈ΄ΰΈ•ΰΈ„ΰΈ·ΰΈ­ΰΈ›ΰΈ²ΰΈΰΈ΄ΰΈ«ΰΈ²ΰΈ£ΰΈ΄ΰΈ’ΰΉŒ / ΰΈ„ΰΈ³ΰΈ—ΰΈ΅ΰΉˆΰΉΰΈ›ΰΈ₯ว่ารัก ΰΉ‚ΰΈ”ΰΈ’ ΰΈ§ΰΈ΄ΰΈ™ΰΈ—ΰΈ£ΰΉŒ ΰΉ€ΰΈ₯ΰΈ΅ΰΈ’ΰΈ§ΰΈ§ΰΈ²ΰΈ£ΰΈ΄ΰΈ“

    Spent 2 days reading these 2 books. They are Thai motivational books with international & Thai inspiring stories..

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 7 cheers 2017-06-16 03:43:54

    31/50 : Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

    When I started this book, I was confused with the characters and its beginning so I put it down and thought it was not the right time to read it yet. Maybe, I had to get myself more acquainted with classics or get my English improved. So I started another book and finished it. But while reading another book, I felt that this book was taunting me to get back to it. So, upon finishing other book, I had to grab "Wuthering Heights" back from the shelf and continued at where I'd left off. Still, the reading wasn't smooth and I had to get back to Goodreads several times for more understandings and simultaneously was impressed with the comments and that made me want to understand the book more.

    While reading and struggling with the story, I didn't feel like I like it that much but I must finish it before moving on to the next book; I couldn't leave it unfinished for the second time.

    Just finishing it now, I was numb, speechless, unanticipated and more confused.. Why it ended like that and why he, Mr. Heathcliff, died so easily?.. I thought the villain like him should go on living for a longer life..

    It was dark, yes. It was mean, yes. And I was supposed to hate Heathcliff for his brutality, meanness and vengeance. But I couldn't help pitying him, understanding him and liking him a great deal.. I don't care about Cathy, both the mother and daughter; I think they are vain, senseless and weak..

    I should get back to read it again, not right now though.. I might love it even more.. because of its darkness and confusing..

    As they said.. understanding other people's darkness helps understand your own.. or vice versa..

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    • cia007
      cia007 1 cheers 2017-06-16 05:24:48

      @joyjoei have you seen the original movie? It's in black and white film- one of my all-time favorites....really compliments the book!!

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      • joyjoei
        joyjoei Doing 0 cheers 2017-06-16 08:02:36

        @cia007 No, I have not. I will look up for it. Really want to watch the movie after reading the book.. Do you like the movie?

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      • joyjoei
        joyjoei Doing 0 cheers 2017-06-16 13:40:12

        @cia007 Yes, I just finished the movie and I love it!
        Slightly different from the book but it's pretty good..
        But I don't think this one is the original one. It was made in 2009, starred by Tom Hardy..

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 3 cheers 2017-06-12 11:56:25

    30/50 : The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

    This is the second time I read this book. I didn't finish it the first time. I'd heard about how great this book was and the first time when I tried it, I found it too complicated for me and my English skill at that time was not yet capable of the book this thick and complicated so I put it back on the shelf for a few years and meant to read it again later when my reading skill and attention span have improved.

    While reading it, I was in awe with this novel and found it fascinating and thrilling; I was truly drawn with the story. It kept me going and I really wanted to know more and how it ended. As the story started to reveal itself, my heart was wrenching and at the same time I was surprised how it turned out..

    And I agree this is the book for book lovers..

    One of the great books and one of my favorites.

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    joyjoei Doing 6 cheers 2017-06-05 09:31:50

    29/50 : The Men in Her Life by Imogen Parker

    It was my second time reading it but I didn't remember anything from my first reading.

    A quick read as I couldn't put the book down. It took me a few days to finish it. I spent the whole Sunday devouring it. Love that there are different kinds of characters and the twisted humors inside the story. Always admire strong female characters, through their flaws, imperfection and honesty.

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16/05/2017
  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 3 cheers 2017-05-25 02:51:02

    4/10 : Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

    I can't believe the author was 19 when she wrote this masterpiece. Her style was neat, emotional pushing and pulling, well-reflecting and capturing. I didn't want to put it down when reading but at times I needed a break from the darkness, conflicts and heartbreaking. It's one of the most moving book I've ever read..

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 2 cheers 2017-05-16 12:45:06

    I want to challenge myself on my reading goal. I love reading but classic is not my cup of tea. Thus, I want to make it my cup of tea..

    So far I've made it to 3.. Big progress for this year..


    1. Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy

    2. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

    3. The French Lieutenant's Woman by John Fowles


    Now, I am reading Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

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2 entries 1 cheer
23/06/2017
  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 1 cheers 2017-06-23 03:09:11

    The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain, Jane Aitken (Translation), Emily Boyce (Translation)

    Heroic bookseller Laurent Letellier comes across an abandoned handbag on a Parisian street. There's nothing in the bag to indicate who it belongs to, although there's all sorts of other things in it. Laurent feels a strong impulse to find the owner and tries to puzzle together who she might be from the contents of the bag. Especially a red notebook with her jottings, which really makes him want to meet her. Without even a name to go on, and only a few of her possessions to help him, how is he to find one woman in a city of millions?

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    joyjoei Doing 0 cheers 2017-06-23 03:05:53

    The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

    β€œThere are books that are suitable for a million people, others for only a hundred. There are even remediesβ€”I mean booksβ€”that were written for one person only…A book is both medic and medicine at once. It makes a diagnosis as well as offering therapy. Putting the right novels to the appropriate ailments: that’s how I sell books.”

    Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can't seem to heal through literature is himself; he's still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared. She left him with only a letter, which he has never opened.

    After Perdu is finally tempted to read the letter, he hauls anchor and departs on a mission to the south of France, hoping to make peace with his loss and discover the end of the story. Joined by a bestselling but blocked author and a lovelorn Italian chef, Perdu travels along the country’s rivers, dispensing his wisdom and his books, showing that the literary world can take the human soul on a journey to heal itself.

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18/03/2017
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23/02/2017
  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 4 cheers 2017-05-09 04:16:24

    Communicate. Even when it’s uncomfortable or uneasy. One of the best ways to heal, is simply getting everything out.

    β€” Unknown

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 0 cheers 2017-05-09 03:55:52

    Make your happiness and personal growth a priority in your life. The more you take care of yourself, the more you can take care of others.

    β€” Unknown

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 1 cheers 2017-05-08 03:28:02

    Busy, productive people are highly efficient with their time – they must be in order to survive. Being an excellent time manager doesn’t mean that you must become a workaholic. On the contrary, time mastery allows you more time to do the things you love to do, the things that are truly meaningful to you. Time mastery leads to life mastery. Guard time well. Remember, it’s a non-renewable resource.” ~ Robin S. Sharma

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    joyjoei Doing 1 cheers 2017-05-08 03:18:40

    β€œSelf-mastery and the consistent care of one’s mind, body, and soul are essential to finding one’s highest self and living the life of one’s dreams. How can you care for others if you cannot even care for yourself? How can you do good if you don’t even feel good? I can’t love you if I cannot love myself.” ~ Robin S. Sharma

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    joyjoei Doing 2 cheers 2017-05-06 01:12:54

    You may not realize it, but every action that you do today affects you in the future. Every action, whether it’s minuscule or significant; makes an impact. Try to be mindful of the decisions that you make, for time after time, they may begin to add up. When they do, make sure that it’s a positive outcome in your life.

    β€” Nicoke Addison

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25 entries 11 cheers
14/04/2017
  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 1 cheers 2017-06-05 13:49:31

    Devil's Bride : Finnish
    Anna is a 16-year old in a village where women are accused of witchcraft. It's based on the witch hunts on Γ…land, Finland in the 1600s.

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    joyjoei Doing 0 cheers 2017-06-05 13:47:13

    Back and forth : (Brazilian Portuguese)
    Four call center agents embark on a road trip through SΓ£o Paulo's south coast together and end up crossing paths with a man who is taking his child to meet his estranged mother along the way.

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    joyjoei Doing 2 cheers 2017-06-05 09:48:18

    Jonah (Brazilian Portuguese)

    Jonah has an aimless life and a childhood love for Branca. At carnival an unwanted incident leads him to kidnap and hide her inside the whale, the parade's main float. Throughout the week an intense and delusional love story unfolds while things get tough for Jonah who is not a criminal but has to face the kidnap consequences.

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    joyjoei Doing 1 cheers 2017-05-15 06:41:41

    The Next Skin (Spanish)

    A teenager who went missing and was presumed dead returns home after eight years to find a family deeply affected by his disappearance. Gradually, doubts arise about whether he really is the missing boy or an impostor.

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    joyjoei Doing 1 cheers 2017-05-15 06:34:07

    4 Minutes (German)

    An elderly piano teacher trains a young convict at a women's penitentiary.

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23/03/2017
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    joyjoei Doing 5 cheers 2017-06-07 00:57:47

    Installed another shelf a few days ago (the lower one). The original color was black but it started to peel off so I repainted it with an oil paint that I have in store, which is white. Hence, the color is different from the upper one.

    And I have moved all the books I haven't read yet and those I want to re-read and put them on the shelf so I will an idea what next I will read. The big book case will be for storing the books I've read but still can't let them go for donation.

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    joyjoei Doing 1 cheers 2017-05-26 03:00:48

    It turns out the new working table is a bit too high for me. When I sit and work at it for a few hours, my right neck hurt.
    After trying to find a solution for it, yesterday I had sorted it out. I attached swivel wheels to the leg of my wicker chair. It works wonder and is easier to move the chair when standing up.

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    joyjoei Doing 3 cheers 2017-05-22 05:39:27

    After getting back from running, I finally painted this shelf. I planned to do it a while ago but kept postponing it.
    I am thinking if I should do another layer; I will see how it turns out tomorrow morning..

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    joyjoei Doing 4 cheers 2017-05-05 05:03:27

    Add more hooks to the shelf because I don't want my favorite mugs sitting idly in the cupboard.

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    • jadedforever
      jadedforever 1 cheers 2017-05-05 06:32:37

      @joyjoei

      What is your favorite mug to use right now?
      I'm going through my cupboards while decluttering & maybe I can drink out of a different mug everyday while I'm at it! ;)

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      • joyjoei
        joyjoei Doing 1 cheers 2017-05-06 00:14:28

        @jadedforever The second one from the right.
        I like to drink tea with it. It's a Japanese mug I bought from a flea market.
        I am a cup/mug hoarder but I try to not to buy more every time I go to a flea market. But it's a habit that is hard to break. πŸ™‚

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    joyjoei Doing 1 cheers 2017-04-24 07:40:50

    Finally I made this jacket and cap hanger which I had planned in my head for a while but I didn't have all the materials I needed. So, on Sunday I went into town to buy the hooks, not the kind that I wanted but they were usable. The plank is an old book shelf.

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    joyjoei Doing 4 cheers 2017-05-19 00:42:54

    I have changed my mind again; formerly I wanted to use this area to sew and do crafty projects but I've turned it into my working area instead as it's airy and not too hot even though it's already late afternoon, with the help of a wall fan.

    Yesterday, I spent the whole afternoon working and reading here. It's quieter too as it's a bit far from the main road.

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    joyjoei Doing 2 cheers 2017-05-07 07:48:45

    Installed another shelf for my sewing kits in the sewing area and hung curtains using old shawls...

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    joyjoei Doing 5 cheers 2017-05-03 13:29:15

    This morning, I installed a shelf in the sewing area, with a few mug hooks underneath. It's easy as the wall is wooden. I can use the electrical drill. If it's cement, I have to ask my Dad to help me.
    When doing things like this, I miss my boyfriend! Argh!!!

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    joyjoei Doing 2 cheers 2017-04-17 02:36:56

    Changed new curtains in my room. Always wanted floor-length lace curtains but didn't want to buy new ones. I knew Mom had them but I had to look closer. After starting cleaning, tidying up and throwing things away, I finally found them!

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Thrive! 5 people are doing this
7 entries 19 cheers
01/03/2017
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    joyjoei Doing 2 cheers 2017-05-05 05:27:25

    Happiness comes out of contentment, and contentment always comes out of service.

    β€” Harbhajan Singh Yogi

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    joyjoei Doing 2 cheers 2017-04-27 06:46:56

    You Do You, Honey!

    Do things because you genuinely want to – not because you want to appear a certain way to others or to fit in. When you stop looking for validation from others, you free yourself up to pursue interests and hobbies that you may never have considered before – which will, in the end, make you a more well-rounded and interesting person. Your passion for the pursuits you have chosen will be attractive to others, because nothing is more appealing than someone who is genuinely having a good time. Think of the last truly and universally likeable person you encountered – did he need you to like him? Of course not – because he liked himself. Take back control of your self-image by worrying less about what others think of you and more about who you really are and how much you are enjoying life.

    From: iheartintelligence
    [http://iheartintelligence.com]

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    joyjoei Doing 2 cheers 2017-04-27 04:54:28

    Be honest
    A necessary thing to finding integrity, creating your own path, and reclaiming your life, is to be honest with yourself and others, no matter the consequences. Don’t say β€œyes” when you feel like saying β€œno”. Voice your opinion when you feel injustice is taking place. Express how you think and feel in general, so you can communicate your being with people, avoiding misunderstandings, and make it clear to others that you desire this or that kind of life. People are usually afraid to go against the current, and instead choose to compromise themselves, afraid that nobody will like them. But I am telling you: those who don’t like you for being yourself, don’t deserve a place in your life! Surprisingly, the moment you become honest, you’ll become like a magnet, attracting effortlessly like-minded individuals, who will accept you just the way you are and support you whenever you need their help. In the end, it doesn’t matter if you have plenty of fake friends β€” what matters is that you have real ones, even if they are just a few.

    From: the unbounded spirit
    (http://theunboundedspirit.com)

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    joyjoei Doing 7 cheers 2017-04-19 01:06:00

    Never let anyone convince you of anything negative about yourself unless it is for your own betterment. And, if what they have said is true, then thank them and take it in for consideration. But unless someone is trying to help you, don’t you dare, ever let anyone tell you who and what you are, because, on this planet, you are the unquestionable and supreme authority on β€” you. But it can be useful to ask yourself a few important questions. If you met your exact self as another person, would you like them? Would they be a good friend? Would they seem kind, generous and loving? Would they have time and patience, and invest in your friendship? Would you feel good in their presence? Would they make you laugh? Would you truly want to spend time with them? Would they be a good influence? Remember, no one on earth spends more time with you, than β€” you. Be a good friend to yourself. The best way to be a good friend to yourself is to be a good person. Be the kind of person you wish you had in your life, because who you are, is exactly who you’ve got.

    β€” Bryant McGill

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    joyjoei Doing 4 cheers 2017-04-17 00:21:11

    Some articles I read this morning and I felt inspired.

    To grow up mentally and spiritually, I want to :


    • Be honest.

    • Honor my promises.

    • Say sorry when I screw up.

    • Be the type of person I want to meet and spend time with.

    • Be the type of person whose actions, words and values always agree with each other.

    • Make positive contributions to others.

    • Be kind.

    • Be present.

    • Be someone who makes a difference.

    • Give as much as I can every day, but don’t allow myself to be used.


    • Listen to others closely, but don’t lose my own voice.


    • Not let fear shut me down; let it wake me up.

    • Not stress and overwhelm myself.

    • Be unapologetically ME.

    • Let go of changing just to impress people. Change because I know it’s the right thing to do for me.

    • Let go of needing everyone to like me. What they think and say is a reflection of them, not me.

    • Be with those who bring out the best in me, not the stress in me.

    • Let some things go, simply for the reason that they are heavy.

    • Let go of my temper.

    • Let go of petty grudges.

    • Let go of life’s little annoyances. Don’t let dumb little things break my happiness. Frustration and stress come from the way I react, not the way things are. Adjust my attitude, and the frustration and stress will be gone.

    • Remember to remain humble.

    • Let go of the idea that I am what I physically own.

    • Let go of wanting stuff I don’t need.

    • Let go of seeking happiness from outside myself.

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04/04/2017
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    joyjoei Doing 2 cheers 2017-05-26 03:02:36

    Love the black pillows and this cozy living room.

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    joyjoei Doing 4 cheers 2017-05-20 12:56:21

    This is my kind of heaven to spend my whole day..

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    joyjoei Doing 2 cheers 2017-05-07 07:54:15

    I've changed the goal from "Decor Inspiration" to "Creative Inspiration" because I want to keep things I want create here.
    And this morning, my friend shared some photos on Facebook. I love these 2 dresses and want to sew them.. Not exactly the same; I want sleeveless ones and I love the big pocket.

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    joyjoei Doing 1 cheers 2017-05-06 01:27:17

    Love this veranda.. cozy, breezy, full of trees..
    Nice for reading, writing and napping!!

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    joyjoei Doing 1 cheers 2017-05-06 01:11:55

    Bookshelves filled with old books, wooden chairs and table.. The antique style.. love all of them..

    Tangier home of writer and horticulturist Umberto Pasti.

    The World of Interiors, March 2012. Photo - Christopher Simon Sykes

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11/04/2017
19.
Lose 5kg 7 people are doing this
3 entries 10 cheers
24/03/2017
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    joyjoei Doing 4 cheers 2017-06-07 04:28:50

    It's been 2 months since I last updated this goal.

    Last Saturday, I went for a doctor's appointment and the doctor asked me to weight in; it's 55.1 kgs. 3 weeks ago, it was 55.9 kgs.

    Though, I haven't lose much but I am more comfortable wearing old shorts and dresses. I am not out of breath when putting them on like before. The abs get trimmer with (nearly) daily planks and the thighs smaller after switching to hot yoga. I've noticed that it burned faster than running and biking. I still love running though and try to do it every Saturday and Sunday morning (and weight training).

    Doing yoga makes me eat less than when I ran. I craved less sweets and carb (still want some occasionally but less). I don't deprive myself of anything I want to eat; I just have to exercise my self-control, everything in moderation; otherwise I will be out of control again if I completely avoid eating them.

    I have early dinner and after dinner I go for a leisure bike ride with my niece and nephew and I won't go to bed too late. If I sleep late, I might end up eating something before sleeping again. And I have early breakfast as I get up early.

    So, I am happy with this goal. The weight doesn't go down too fast but steadily. I don't weigh often but I measure my goal but trying on my old shorts that were tight when I started to put on weights. If I can get back to wear all of them, I will consider this goal accomplished.

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    joyjoei Doing 14 cheers 2017-04-01 11:31:05

    Went to see the doctor today. Last 3 weeks when the doctor wanted me to weigh in, my weight was 56.8 kgs. (Argh!!!), but today it was 55.5 kgs.!!!!
    Yay! I have lost 1.3 kgs..
    I have a bigger goal now; I want to weigh 50 kgs..

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    joyjoei Doing 6 cheers 2017-03-24 04:55:17

    The more I try, the more weights I gain. So, I gotta try harder. And I know why I keep gaining weights even though I exercise nearly every single day. I eat too much!!! My metabolism goes sky-high because of running and weight lifting and I am hungry often. So my weakness is food. My sister-in-law enjoys eating and she stocks up plenty of foods in the fridge. I don't blame her for that but I blame myself for my weakness for yummy foods. I can't stop eating. So, I have to pay more attention to what I eat. Exercise is not my problem at all. I can run twice a day if I want to but I will still eat twice as much..

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    • bob1623
      bob1623 2 cheers 2017-03-24 11:55:32

      @joyjoei I guess my question is, "do your clothes still fit?" If yes, then no problem. You are adding muscle and I bet you look good. And most of all, feel good.

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      • joyjoei
        joyjoei Doing 2 cheers 2017-03-29 02:48:26

        @bob1623 Some still fit but not all. That's why I need to lose a few kilos and get leaner. And yes, it feels so good to be able to run long and speed up again.

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Have killer Abs 2 people are doing this
1 entries 12 cheers
12/03/2017
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    joyjoei Doing 1 cheers 2017-03-12 03:02:39

    Before, I always had this goal on my list but never accomplished it. Close but never. And I was hesitant to add it on my list again but I thought "whatever, doing & working on it is way better than wishing for it".. So, here I am working on this challenging goals again..

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8 entries 6 cheers
23/02/2017
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    joyjoei Doing 3 cheers 2017-05-17 05:17:37

    Another local restaurant we tried after driving back from the library..
    Gosh, the foods were yummy!

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    joyjoei Doing 3 cheers 2017-05-17 05:11:44

    On Saturday after running errands in town, my sister-in-law and niece brought me to their favorite Japanese restaurant. It's a small restaurant on the fringe of town but the foods were really delicious.

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    joyjoei Doing 4 cheers 2017-05-10 06:39:45

    We had driven past this library called TK Park for a long them, on the way from home to town and wanted to drop by but hadn't make the time for it.

    Today, after getting back from the bookstore, picking up books for my niece, we dropped by to check it out. We have finally become members and borrowed some books. Walking around there, we felt like Alices in Wonderland. Though there are not as many books as big libraries in town, we are already in awe.

    So many books, so little time! And I've found a place to donate my books and DVDs.

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    joyjoei Doing 8 cheers 2017-05-06 12:57:55

    When we were in town today, we went to try a new restaurant named "Puri" and their homemade pizza and strawberry bingsu. Yummy!

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    joyjoei Doing 1 cheers 2017-04-30 06:03:46

    Tried a new steak with Mom. It's her first time at the restaurant. And it's my first time eating there with her.

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4 entries 15 cheers
18/02/2017
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    joyjoei Doing 4 cheers 2017-04-01 11:47:58

    Pushing myself to run for an hour this morning was quite a mental challenge to me. I love running but after I took the easy way out by running only 30-40 minutes each time I ran, managing to stretch it to an hour is out of my comfort zone..

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    joyjoei Doing 7 cheers 2017-03-12 02:51:33

    Went farther into another village this morning when going for a bike ride. I wanted to know what was more of this village so I kept on biking until I saw something new, something unusual. To see its people, houses and different rhythm of life. Then, I biked back to my village.
    As I left home early this morning, the air was still clean, fresh and misty. I could feel it when I biked into the thickness of the mist. The road was deserted and there were just a few bikers along the way. I love the stillness and the quietness of it. Both sides of the road were lines of rubber trees standing tall and still in the misty morning and soft sunlight..
    I love grabbing my bike and just ride away from home into the unknown and make it my new known..

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    joyjoei Doing 2 cheers 2017-02-26 06:11:18

    Tried another new route while biking on Saturday morning. There are plenty of new routes around my village which connect to others. So, I've made a mental note that each time I go for a long bike ride, I will try different routes..

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    joyjoei Doing 4 cheers 2017-02-18 01:41:49

    Stretch out of my comfort zone a little bit each day is what I want to do and make it a habit.
    So, today I went for a bike ride farther in the woods than my usual distance. I rode from my village to another. It was devoid of cars and people but there was no danger; just my thoughts about it. Not many cars or motorcycles passing by.. Β 
    So, I told myself 'let's go farther to see what's there.. and I did it!'..
    The feeling was exuberant to see something new; even though it's something ordinary.. Β 

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    joyjoei Doing 3 cheers 2017-04-11 07:40:48

    I am reading "Us" by David Nicholls and in the book he quoted Henry James from The Portrait of a Lady.

    Sometimes she went so far as to wish that she should find herself in a difficult position, so that she might have the pleasure of being as heroic as the occasion demanded.

    I love the quote so I looked it up for comments and rating at Goodreads and my desire to read the book has escalated. So, I checked the site I usually ordered books from and put it in my shopping cart. I am not going to order it now but will do it later after I've read (nearly) all the books I have previously ordered and received. I won't spoil myself by ordering every book I want to read at once. First in, first out. So, I will add this to my wishlist for my next purchase but first I will have to be done with the books already sitting on the shelves.

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8 entries 18 cheers
09/03/2017
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    joyjoei Doing 3 cheers 2017-06-22 08:24:54

    Cozy reading and working area on a raining afternoon..

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    joyjoei Doing 7 cheers 2017-04-05 14:52:19

    Some photos from my trip in South of Vietnam. I went there to visit one of my 43things friends. We met in 2005 from this site, a few years later I visited her and her family in the Philippines, a year after that she came to Thailand and then last year I visited her again in Saigon, Vietnam.
    Thanks, 43things for gravitating cool people into my life.

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    joyjoei Doing 3 cheers 2017-04-02 13:28:19

    Kids. And more kids!
    On the 2nd of April each year, we have family gathering. I love walking around and taking photos of my nieces and nephews.

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    joyjoei Doing 3 cheers 2017-04-02 13:23:12

    Flowers from my auntie's house

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    joyjoei Doing 14 cheers 2017-03-30 01:16:30

    Some shoots from my gym this morning..

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11/04/2017
26.
Travel 250 people are doing this
3 entries 20 cheers
22/02/2017
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    joyjoei Doing 6 cheers 2017-03-07 12:51:32

    Khai Island
    On the way to Lipe island, the speedboat stopped for passengers to walk around the island and take photos for 15 minutes. I was here before but it was a long time ago. So, it was always great to be back there again; its beauty is still the same but with a lot more tourists..

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    joyjoei Doing 6 cheers 2017-03-07 05:51:57

    My brother's family and I just got back from Lipe island yesterday. It was our mini-break from work and my niece's school just closed for summer break. We drove to the ferry, dropped our car there and took the speed boat to the island. We went there just to get away, chill out and unwind. Not too many extreme activities to do, just went swimming at the pools and beach and basked in the sun.. It was an awesome way to recharge our batteries..

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    joyjoei Doing 11 cheers 2017-02-22 03:44:11

    Last night, my sister-in-law told me that my brother was planning a getaway weekend trip in 2 weeks to Lipeh Island and asked if I wanted to join them. After learning about the time and period, I said 'yes' at once! I really miss an island trip, any island in Thailand because I had been an island hopper once when I was younger. And now it's really a great time to escape from work for a few days and immerse ourselves in the sea, sun and white sandy beach..
    So, we booked the rooms last night and now we are counting down!!!

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