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Goal in focus Keep Running 9 people are doing this
56 entries 29 cheers
14/02/2017
  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 2 cheers 2017-08-06 03:46:09

    Sunday morning : August 6th, 2017

    I intended not to bring my watch today. The time was about 30 minutes. It was a lazy run again as I still felt sore from yesterday's run. I went slow both ways enjoying the morning run.

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    joyjoei Doing 1 cheers 2017-08-05 11:23:04

    Saturday morning : August 5th, 2017

    40 min-morning run.

    I planned to do it the night before but when it was time to leave this morning, I was a bit hesitant as the weather was so cozy to sleep in. But then I told myself that I hadn't run for a few days and there was no excuse not to do it again.

    I left the house a bit late but it was still grey outside due to the rain. Actually, I love this kind of weather; no sunlight and a bit gloomy.. So, I lingered on the road. Ran slowly and enjoyed the view.

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 3 cheers 2017-08-03 23:40:49

    Thursday morning : August 3rd, 2017

    A quick 23 mins. I started off a bit fast and finished faster. Just wanted a short, quick morning run and I will save the longer, slower run for the weekend..

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 2 cheers 2017-07-31 00:16:53

    Monday morning : July 31st, 2017

    23 mins

    I was busy last week so I didn't make time to update my goals but I still made time to go out for a run, though not every single day. However, the love of running is coming back.

    Told myself to have a quick run this morning and yes.. it was quick but it was fun and refreshing.

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 2 cheers 2017-07-23 02:21:43

    Sunday morning : July 23rd, 2017

    40 mins

    I wanted to do it yesterday morning too but I woke up with sore legs and sleepy eyes so I let myself sleep in and told myself that I mustn't miss it again tomorrow.

    So, this morning I got up at 5 am to read and get myself ready for the run. I left the house at 6 am, aimed to run longer than usual so I started slow and went a bit farther than my regular u-turn.

    I am going to miss it again on Monday and Tuesday morning, both yoga and running as I have to babysit my niece and nephew while my sister is away for work. But I will try a few poses before they wake up.

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23/06/2017
  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 3 cheers 2017-08-02 01:12:51

    Beneath a scarlet sky by Mark Sullivan

    Based on the true story of a forgotten hero during one of history’s darkest hours.

    Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He’s a normal Italian teenager—obsessed with music, food, and girls—but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior.

    In an attempt to protect him, Pino’s parents force him to enlist as a German soldier—a move they think will keep him out of combat. But after Pino is injured, he is recruited at the tender age of eighteen to become the personal driver for Adolf Hitler’s left hand in Italy, General Hans Leyers, one of the Third Reich’s most mysterious and powerful commanders.

    Now, with the opportunity to spy for the Allies inside the German High Command, Pino endures the horrors of the war and the Nazi occupation by fighting in secret, his courage bolstered by his love for Anna and for the life he dreams they will one day share.

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 5 cheers 2017-07-19 05:17:50

    Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

    Introducing one of the most famous characters in literature, Jean Valjean—the noble peasant imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread—Les Misérables ranks among the greatest novels of all time. In it, Victor Hugo takes readers deep into the Parisian underworld, immerses them in a battle between good and evil, and carries them to the barricades during the uprising of 1832 with a breathtaking realism that is unsurpassed in modern prose. Within his dramatic story are themes that capture the intellect and the emotions: crime and punishment, the relentless persecution of Valjean by Inspector Javert, the desperation of the prostitute Fantine, the amorality of the rogue Thénardier, and the universal desire to escape the prisons of our own minds. Les Misérables gave Victor Hugo a canvas upon which he portrayed his criticism of the French political and judicial systems, but the portrait that resulted is larger than life, epic in scope—an extravagant spectacle that dazzles the senses even as it touches the heart. - Goodreads

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    • spatz
      spatz 2 cheers 2017-07-19 05:20:09

      @joyjoei I'm reading this via DailyLit at the moment. It does tend to ramble on about whatnot at times...

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      • joyjoei
        joyjoei Doing 2 cheers 2017-07-19 05:29:50

        @spatz I've read comments and learned that it was a big book to read but it was worth it. So, I want to give it a try. Please let me know how you feel about it after finishing the book. It's gonna take me a while to read this book.. Thanks!

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      • aenea
        aenea 2 cheers 2017-07-23 00:22:46

        @spatz love dailylit! been awhile since I utilized them though - thanks for the reminder :)

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        • spatz
          spatz 1 cheers 2017-07-24 19:32:45

          @aenea I love it, too. It's acting up once in a while - like just now for me - but overall it's very nice. Hope you can enjoy it!

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 3 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 2 cheers 2017-06-23 03:05:53

    The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

    “There are books that are suitable for a million people, others for only a hundred. There are even remedies—I mean books—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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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 1 cheers 2017-08-06 03:46:56

    Sunday morning : 10 minutes after running.

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 3 cheers 2017-07-31 00:33:51

    Last week

    I think I missed it a day or two, mostly on the day I went out for a run. After running, I felt like I had conquered the world already so I mostly didn't feel like doing hot yoga afterwards but there were still days that I did 15-20 minutes of yoga after a short run..

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 3 cheers 2017-07-19 04:15:33

    Wednesday morning : did it 15 minutes after a short run. This is what I want to do everyday; out for a run to break sweat and then back home to do yoga for 15-20 minutes. Hence, my exercise for the day will be complete.

    So, today's workout is perfectly well-planed. Good job, Joy!

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 1 cheers 2017-07-18 13:27:13

    Did it yesterday for 30 minutes. I thought I missed it as I already went out for a run already in the morning but managed to do it for 30 minutes.

    But I missed it today!

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 2 cheers 2017-07-16 07:50:45


    • Friday : 30 minutes

    • Saturday : 20 minutes

    • Sunday : just 5 minutes

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50 entries 22 cheers
01/04/2017
  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 5 cheers 2017-08-02 01:39:48

    I've been busy going out nearly every day, doing things for my family and on my own so I've skipped coming here to update my goals but I am still doing them.



    • I went out for a run at least 3 times a week. Left early so I could finish it early; it felt so great after doing it, though the distance wasn't long. 25-30 mins was good enough for me.



    • I did yoga nearly everyday too. On the day I was lazy, I did it just 5 minutes and that was enough. A few poses is better no pose at all.



    • I just finished reading a book this morning. It was a classic, a bit slow but it was pretty good. Now I am moving back to reading the Hunchback of Notre Dame. It's been on the shelf resting for a while now, while I was reading other easier books.



    • The weight goal. Damn, it's still the same. The number is the same but the body is slightly slimmer and toner. I could see a bit of six-pack forming on the surface of my abs!


    • Still creating things, mostly sewing. I wore my new new dress yesterday; I finished sewing it last week. Finally! I bought the fabric a few months ago and after coming across the design I like (just a simple one), I decided to make it. I will make another one today.. I love the feeling of the flow while creating..

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 0 cheers 2017-07-23 02:55:27



    • Sunday morning : out for a run for 40 minutes. I left the house around 6 am so it was not too hot and I could linger on the road a bit longer. Hopefully, I will do it longer next week.



    • Out running errands in town with my niece and sis-in-law. Been out every week, once a week at least. It's been good to see something different.



    • Have spent my free time sewing now, mostly in the afternoon. It's good to get back to sewing again. I've not done it for a while. And when I have started it, it seems like I can't stop it! I love designing and creating things in my head while sewing.



    • I've got head-louse from my nieces!!!! Argh!! The youngest one got them from school and the older one from the youngest one and now it's my turn!! Just knew about it yesterday and I am getting rid of them. Been washing and combing my hair religiously!! The itching is less now. But I know there are still some taking up residence in my head!!


    • Got a new translation work this morning. It's been a while. Need to write more regularly. I don't want my English to get rusty even though I don't have a lot of translation works lately.

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 2 cheers 2017-07-17 01:19:04

    Got up at 4 am today. Read for an hour. Meditated for 20 minutes and then got ready for a short morning run. Did it for 27 minutes.

    I wanted to start early so I could come back home in time before my niece went to school. She is going to have mid-term exams this week from Wednesday to Friday so I wanted to quiz her some new English words while she was having breakfast. I didn't want to force her but I could find way to trick her into enjoying learning new vocabularies. This girl likes challenge so it's easy to lure her into loving to learn English.

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 7 cheers 2017-07-16 07:55:41

    While I was running this morning, I told myself that I should be doing this more often. I love running but I kept choosing an easy option to stay fit, yoga. Because I didn't need to get out of the house but every time I went out for a run, I felt so great and felt like true myself again.

    So, I kept telling myself while running this morning that I should be doing this at least 3 times a week. It doesn't matter if it's 20 or 30 or 10 minutes; I just need to leave the house and do it more often. So, tomorrow, hopefully, I will lace up and leave the house for an early morning run again. The running joy has to come back!

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 3 cheers 2017-07-14 00:42:34

    Managed to get up at 4:30 am again today and didn't miss morning routine. Forced myself to go to bed early after watching 2 episodes of "The Affair". It felt like I've conquered the world already, though haven't exercise yet. (but I am already in the outfit!)...

    Going to keep on sewing again today. I will make a few pairs of shorts for my nieces, nephew and some for myself. I'd avoided doing sewing for a while. I did want to do it but I didn't make myself to make time for it until a friend sent me a piece of beautiful fabric and then I started to sew again.

    Now, I have sorted out old, unworn clothes and started to re-purpose them. I even think about sewing some simple short pants and give them to an orphanage near my home.

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42 entries 32 cheers
15/02/2017
15/02/2018
  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 2 cheers 2017-08-02 01:07:14

    44/50 : The Awakening by Kate Chopin

    Why it ended like that?

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    joyjoei Doing 2 cheers 2017-07-31 00:29:39

    43/50 : Behind the Curtain by Beth Kery

    Love this book. An emotional roller-coaster ride and sizzling hot. I finished it in one day.

    An easy, quick read but emotional chaos during and afterwards.. Impressive..

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 4 cheers 2017-07-23 09:33:26

    42/50 : Sarah's key by Tatiana de Rosnay

    I love the book even though it was predictable; the story was still sad and interesting. I love reading about WWW II, Paris and Holocaust.

    Right after reading the book, I watched the movie. I was a bit disappointed as so many details were omitted.

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 4 cheers 2017-07-19 04:39:13

    41/50: The Professor by Charlotte Brontë

    This year I have challenged myself to read more classics and I start to love it after getting used to its style of writing (or maybe my English has been improved and I have started to understand the books I am reading more).

    I can't make haste reading classic which is one of its charming, I think. I have to be patient and go slow in order to understand the story. It has tested my patience and improved my reading skill.

    While reading "The Professor", I am reading "The Hunchback of Notre-Dame" at the same time. The writing styles were different; I prefer "the Hunchback"; it was more compact and precise but "the Professor" was short and easier to read with uncomplicated words, though the sentences and paragraphs long and confusing. I finished it within a week, eager to know what's next and how it ended.

    At first few chapters, I think it moved pretty slow but once the Professor met his future wife, the book started to move fast and the story more interesting. I love how she described Brussels and its surrounding; I could clearly see the pictures.

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    • aenea
      aenea 1 cheers 2017-07-23 00:59:49

      @joyjoei i had not heard of this one - the only thing by Charlotte Bronte I've read is Jane Eyre. I'll have to look it up. Sounds intriguing.

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      • joyjoei
        joyjoei Doing 0 cheers 2017-07-23 05:36:24

        @aenea I read from Goodreads that it was her first book but was published after she passed. I have started Jane Eyre a long time ago but haven't finished it. It is because I wasn't used to reading classics then and found it difficult to understand but I will get back to start it over again..

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 2 cheers 2017-07-14 06:05:35

    40/50 : All Cheeses Great and Small: A Not So Everyday Story of Country Folk
    by Alex James

    The book went slow and tedious at some points but I love how he romanticized his life in the farm. I am living in a village and I can relate to that. I love exploring cities but it never suits me to live long-term.

    Finally, I finished this book; I'd started it a while ago. It was quite a rambling of this and that; his musical life, his farm, his family, wife, kids, works and chaos when he first ventured into a farm life.

    Nothing groundbreaking but it kept you engaged. It's not the book to finish at one setting but you keep going back for a few pages or a chapter to sneak a peak in his life in the farm he bought while he was in his honeymoon and his tales about his other life, his musical life.

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16/05/2017
  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 1 cheers 2017-07-19 04:50:47

    5/10 : Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

    6/10 : The Professor by Charlotte Brontë

    7/10 : The Awakening by Kate Copin

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 4 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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32 entries 14 cheers
14/04/2017
  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 2 cheers 2017-07-23 09:37:20

    Sarah's key : English and French

    Watched it right after reading the book. It seemed good if I didn't read the book first.

    But watching it after reading the book, I was disappointed as so many details had been omitted.

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 0 cheers 2017-07-13 04:42:53

    Prison break : Season 5

    I watched 9 episodes in one day.. Always love this show!
    Why only 9 episodes? I want more!

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 1 cheers 2017-07-11 08:12:17

    Southpaw : English

    Boxer Billy Hope turns to trainer Tick Wills to help him get his life back on track after losing his wife in a tragic accident and his daughter to child protection services.

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    joyjoei Doing 0 cheers 2017-07-10 22:57:06

    Shame : English

    A man's carefully cultivated private life is disrupted when his sister arrives for an indefinite stay.

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    joyjoei Doing 0 cheers 2017-07-10 22:52:56

    Song to Song : English

    Two intersecting love triangles. Obsession and betrayal set against the music scene in Austin, Texas.

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 2 cheers 2017-07-04 02:12:02

    I got the book!
    But haven't started it yet..

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 4 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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11/04/2017
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11/04/2017
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Lose 5kg 8 people are doing this
3 entries 10 cheers
24/03/2017
  • joyjoei
    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
    joyjoei Doing 15 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
    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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16 entries 9 cheers
23/03/2017
  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 6 cheers 2017-08-05 11:44:02

    Last week, I made myself a simple dress and the fabric was still enough for a pair of shorts for my niece. So, I made them for her. And today we accidentally wore them at the same time..

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 1 cheers 2017-08-05 11:37:29

    After looking up at so many websites, I got inspired and wanted to turn old t-shirts into something cute for my niece.

    I didn't have a pattern. Just some ideas in my head and I didn't measure the size, just roughly estimate it because my niece was not around. It turns out the pj bottoms fit my niece's long legs perfectly..

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 2 cheers 2017-08-05 11:32:10

    I got an old striped, long-sleeve t-shirt and wanted to refashioned it into a pencil skirt but when I cut it and try it on, it was pretty short so I changed my mind; I turned it into a pair of pj bottoms for my niece instead.

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    joyjoei Doing 8 cheers 2017-07-23 02:36:53

    Sewed 3 more funky pants for my niece.
    I hate throwing away old & still usable fabrics so I sewed them together to make Pj bottoms for my nieces and nephew..

    There will be more next week!

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    • Andia
      Andia 3 cheers 2017-08-02 19:24:41

      @joyjoei oh my goodness I love this goal and how you update it. Love all the pictures. I was your goal stalker during my break. Lol you are inspiring! It makes me want to go out and buy a sewing machine again.

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      • joyjoei
        joyjoei Doing 2 cheers 2017-08-03 23:38:12

        @Andia Thank you! I love creating things. And I want to get better at sewing and try different designs and styles.. So I have to keep sewing..

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    joyjoei Doing 2 cheers 2017-07-19 04:53:44

    Shorts or pj bottoms for my sister and her 2 kids..

    The fabrics were from my niece's old mattress cover when she was a baby. Hate to throw them away so I re-purposed them...

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 5 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 3 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 6 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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18/03/2017
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Have killer Abs 2 people are doing this
1 entries 13 cheers
12/03/2017
  • joyjoei
    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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09/03/2017
  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 4 cheers 2017-06-22 08:24:54

    Cozy reading and working area on a raining afternoon..

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    joyjoei Doing 10 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 5 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 5 cheers 2017-04-02 13:23:12

    Flowers from my auntie's house

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

    Some shoots from my gym this morning..

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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.

    — Unknown

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    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.

    — Unknown

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    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

    “Self-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 3 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.

    — Nicoke Addison

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23/02/2017
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    joyjoei Doing 7 cheers 2017-07-31 00:55:02

    Last Saturday, we joined a charity event for biking and running called 3gether bike and run for life. It was organized to raise fund to build new buildings for cancer patients and their relatives to stay while they come for treatment at the hospitals, when they have to stay long but have no place to stay or can't afford it. The hospital provide accommodation for them for free but now the old buildings are being packed and in need of new ones.

    Therefore, 3 universities from the North, Northeast, and South of Thailand organized this event to raise fund to build the buildings. The running and biking started from the North, Northeast, Central and then the South of Thailand. The locals of each area could join it at their convenient spots and distances. When they reached the South, we checked the time and spot convenient to us and waited there to join them.

    It was the first time that we did it together (my sister, my 2 nieces, my nephew and I). We loaded our bikes in the back of my brother's truck and headed into town on Saturday morning. We chose 6.7k biking as it was the first time for the kids. We, my sister and I, wanted the kids to experience new things and meet new people. After reaching the finish line, I could see the joy and happiness on their faces. They had a lot of fun biking in town with loads of enthusiastic bikers.

    Getting back home, my nephew told my sister that he wanted to do this again..

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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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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 8 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 12 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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18/02/2017
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    joyjoei Doing 5 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..  
    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..  

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15/02/2017
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    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 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 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 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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15/02/2017
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    joyjoei Doing 2 cheers 2017-07-18 13:28:34


    • Monday : 27 min-morning run + 30 min-hot yoga

    • Tuesday : 27 min-morning run

    • Wednesday : 23-25 min-morning run + 15 min-hot yoga

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    joyjoei Doing 3 cheers 2017-07-17 01:21:29

    Exercise update


    • During the week, I did yoga everyday from 5-30 minutes.

    • Sunday & Monday morning : out for a short run.

    • Did planks while doing yoga.

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    joyjoei Doing 4 cheers 2017-07-11 08:29:47

    The weekend : out for a morning run for 30-33 minutes. Same distance and the pace was still good and acceptable.

    Monday : I did some kind of strength training. I helped my Dad with his construction work (he is a retired teacher and in his spare time he likes to build and extend our home and I am the one who is always around to help him). The works included of carrying heavy sand and stone with a wheelbarrow, mixing concrete and doing the leg works for him. I love this kind of weight training; it helps build muscles and tone my arms, tummy and thighs. And I slept like a log!

    Tuesday : back to doing yoga in the afternoon for 30 minutes.

    Wednesday : did yoga for 30 minutes

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    joyjoei Doing 0 cheers 2017-07-02 13:24:56

    July

    1st : did yoga for 5 minutes + planks
    2nd : went out for a morning run + planks + did yoga for 5 minutes
    3rd : went out for a quick morning run for 26 minutes + did yoga for 30 minutes + went out for a leisurely bike with my nephew for 30 minutes

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    joyjoei Doing 1 cheers 2017-06-25 12:34:22

    June 23rd : did yoga for 30 minutes
    June 24th : did yoga for 10 minutes
    June 25th : did yoga for 10 minutes + 36 min-run + weight training

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Gratitude 3 people are doing this
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14/02/2017
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    joyjoei Doing 5 cheers 2017-07-17 01:27:46

    The weekend : July 15th-16th


    • Tutoring my nieces and nephew for their upcoming mid-term examinations

    • A morning run on Sunday morning

    • Going out to the library and borrowing 2 new books

    • A belated birthday party for my nephew

    • Yummy cake, pizza & fried chicken

    • Starting a new book

    • Spending time reading, writing and learning new English words

    • Spending time with my parents

    • Running in the pouring rain on Saturday morning. It's been a while and I love it!

    • Getting better at doing yoga and loving it. Many poses are coming back!

    • Watching numerous movies and series

    • Coming across a new website to watch free movies. There are a huge number of new and old movies and series there.

    • Getting better at reading and the number of finished books have been accumulating.

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    joyjoei Doing 2 cheers 2017-07-14 01:09:48

    July 13th


    • Getting back to sewing again and finishing the polka dot dress, a bib and a pair of shorts.

    • Watching "The Affair" before going to bed.

    • Finishing a book and moving on the unfinished ones.

    • The whole afternoon spending sewing and creating.

    • Doing yoga after sewing.

    • Ordering 4 more (used & cheap) books!

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    joyjoei Doing 3 cheers 2017-07-03 00:23:15

    For the weekend :


    • Installed a new shelf for my new book.

    • Finished watching the new season of "Ray Donovan". Love it!

    • Finished reading "Every little thing" by Samantha Young

    • Went out for a morning run 2 days in a row. I want to get back to run in the morning again.

    • Spent time with my niece and nephew tutoring English to them.

    • All the books I ordered had arrived last week.

    • Found a new shop to buy cheap, secondhand books. The price is affordable, including delivery charge.

    • Started a new book. Reading several books at the same time.

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    joyjoei Doing 3 cheers 2017-06-25 12:40:10

    For the weekend


    • Went into town with my niece and sister-in-law to check out the library in the university, had lunch at a Vietnamese restaurant.

    • Picked up the book I'd ordered online.

    • Bought 2 books which were on sales

    • Lunched out on Sunday with my sister, her bf, Mom, niece and sister-in-law

    • Went out for a run. Finally!!

    • Slept in

    • Finished watching the new season of Wentworth. I couldn't stop until I watched the last episode. Hence, waking up late on Saturday morning.

    • Started reading a new book. A Thai book. It's so funny.

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    joyjoei Doing 5 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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12/07/2017
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    joyjoei Doing 4 cheers 2017-07-23 02:42:48

    I have started it!

    I did it with my youngest niece last week while babysitting her. The girl is now into art, water painting and coloring. So, it's an awesome way to spend quality time with her doing thing we share common with.

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