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Goal in focus Keep Running 12 people are doing this
65 entries 30 cheers
14/02/2017
  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 1 cheers 2017-10-19 03:04:40

    I've been back to running 3 days in a row now. Just 8, 10 and 15 minutes each day. I don't want to do a long run yet as I don't have the time but still want to add running to my morning. After running, I lifted weight, did planks and a few poses of yoga.

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    joyjoei Doing 4 cheers 2017-10-12 22:29:59

    Out yesterday morning for a short run. It was nearly 30 minutes. I didn't know the exact time as I didn't wear my watch. Not sure if I will go this morning.

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 1 cheers 2017-10-10 23:25:57

    Not running much lately if compared to before but still trying to do at least twice a week. I feel mostly tired and sore to the bones after the day ends from working in the garden and helping out my Dad around the house. So when waking up, what I want to do is just stretching to get the kink out of my body. After the sore is gone, I can do the chores around the house enthusiastically and lift the weight when I walk past the lifting set. I am still keeping fit but I don't run as much as before.

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    joyjoei Doing 3 cheers 2017-09-09 13:51:19

    40 minutes on Saturday morning.. It was a great slow run.. Love the misty morning.. Will do it again tomorrow..

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 4 cheers 2017-09-08 05:58:55

    I have been running on and off again but yesterday and today, I finally went out for a short run. It was short but the pace was a bit fast. Love it!

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4 entries 16 cheers
23/06/2017
  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 4 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 6 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 4 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 3 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 2017-10-19 03:17:22

    Yep. Have been doing it for 3 days now after running. And didn't forget to do planks before ending the workout.

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 1 cheers 2017-10-10 23:28:58

    Not every single day but still managed to do it 4-5 times a week.. When I was tired or lazy, I just picked the poses that I liked and then it would lead to other poses.

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 5 cheers 2017-09-08 06:01:48

    The past 2 weeks, I missed it a day or two but on the day I managed to get back to the mat, I did it for 15-30 mins.

    On lazy day, 5-10 minutes is still on. I mostly missed it on the days I went out for a run. So, not feeling guilty here..

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 6 cheers 2017-08-23 03:55:28

    Yep! I am still doing it nearly every day. Mostly I did 20 minutes a day, 5-10 minutes for lazy days and 30 for guilty day.. It depends on the mood but I won't miss it more than a day..

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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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55 entries 23 cheers
01/04/2017
  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 1 cheers 2017-10-19 04:18:04

    This week from Monday to Wednesday, I was out helping my sister driving to other provinces. She is a sale representative and she has to have long drives each week to meet her customers. And this week, she had to go alone so I volunteered to accompany her and drive for her. Actually, we switched driving. First day was the longest. We went to Narathiwas which took 2.5 hours to get there and 2.5 hours back. While she was working, I loitered at a coffee shop, reading and going on the net. The second day was a bit shorter but still long. We got home around 8 pm, left home at 7:30 am. I was beat and slept like a dead dog. Yesterday, we went to another province but it was half way of the trip of the first day so we got back home around 4 pm. After having early dinner, I got to bed and slept 10 hours straight..
    Today and tomorrow she will be working in town so I can be home doing my things..

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 0 cheers 2017-10-19 04:18:04

    This week from Monday to Wednesday, I was out helping my sister driving to other provinces. She is a sale representative and she has to have long drives each week to meet her customers. And this week, she had to go alone so I volunteered to accompany her and drive for her. Actually, we switched driving. First day was the longest. We went to Narathiwas which took 2.5 hours to get there and 2.5 hours back. While she was working, I loitered at a coffee shop, reading and going on the net. The second day was a bit shorter but still long. We got home around 8 pm, left home at 7:30 am. I was beat and slept like a dead dog. Yesterday, we went to another province but it was half way of the trip of the first day so we got back home around 4 pm. After having early dinner, I got to bed and slept 10 hours straight..
    Today and tomorrow she will be working in town so I can be home doing my things..

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 3 cheers 2017-10-10 00:11:14

    Hello there!

    I am sorry that I left it way too long to get back here again. It's been a month. I'd talked myself into getting back to write and update my goals nearly everyday lately. But after you procrastinated something, you kept procrastinating it. And it's become a habit. And now I am trying to break this habit.

    I got back here because it felt like at last the black cloud has been lifting up.

    After seeing the doctor and drinking up veggie and fruit smoothies I make for Mom daily, she is getting stronger and vibrant again. The coughs are fewer and she doesn't feel as exhausted as before. She breathes better and doesn't feel like a whistle was in her lungs while breathing. She still keeps up with her daily exercise by walking around the house, going out for a bike ride when it doesn't rain and doing yoga when she feels like it.

    I brought her to see the doctor yesterday. It was her second appointment with this new doctor. Yesterday she got her third oral chemo. The doctor said her blood tests were all good and promising which was not the same as her first time seeing the doctor. The side effect was just her black fingers and nails, nothing serious and disturbing. She is stronger and more energetic. She even keeps up with Dad for their daily cat and dog fights. This gives us a good sign and hope. 1 more session of oral chemo and then 1 CT scan to see how the cancer doing, whether it's spreading or dying. Mom said if she was still able to live well like this and nothing hurt, she was okay that the cancer was living inside her. Just let her live with it harmoniously.

    And we now have booked a train trip for her and the kids to Hua-Hin. It's a break for everything, from work, from endless doctor's appointment and just to get away; it's so exciting to have something to look forward to again. Even though after the trip, the next appointment is up again, it's great that Mom is strong enough to travel. Bravo!

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 5 cheers 2017-09-08 06:58:58

    On August 28th, I brought Mom to the hospital for her doctor's appointment. She has been treated for breast cancer for 4 years now. It started from breast, lungs, bones and now livers. I was a bit shocked when the doctor said that it was now at the livers too. I knew about the spreading since she was first diagnosed 4 years ago, so it's not new. But the symptom from the lungs start to show; she coughs more. At first, we thought it was because of the change of the weather but after seeing the doctor, the doctor confirmed that the coughs were from the cancer at her lungs.

    We listened to the doctor with no surprise because we knew that it was spreading. She was in stage 4 when she was first diagnosed with breast cancer. Now, she has to take oral chemotherapy after meeting with the doctor. It's her third session of chemo. The first and second were by injection.

    Now, it's the second week since she's taken it but there is no massive side-effect yet, which is pretty good and we are very grateful for it because the side-effects from her second chemo are still in active.

    Mom was calm and cheerful, talkative even, after leaving the doctor's room. She went for shopping while I ran the errands for her at the hospital. On the other hand, while waiting in queue for her medicine, I couldn't stop my tears from falling after leaving the doctor's room. People looked at me but said nothing. It was cancer ward so we had encountered pretty the same thing. I tried swiping on my phone reading various things while waiting to take my thoughts away from learning of the spreading to the livers.

    On the way back home, we talked like we just got back from our shopping spree. She didn't know that I cried while she was not around. She said she had been given more time than she had expected 4 years ago. And she is immensely grateful for it.

    But after seeing the doctor and hearing about her diagnosis, she is willing to fight it more than before, more than when she was first diagnosed. She is willing to give up the foods that feed the cancer and eat more veggies and the veggie juices I make for her daily. I'd made them for her before but she never finished it each day, saying it was not tasty; it was like she was giving up.

    But this time, she eats everything I make for her. I am doing a research and studying herbs for alternative treatments. I've planted more veggies in the backyard and have learned a lot about the veggies and fruits that can stop the growing of cancer, or even cure it. I've borrowed books from the library for her to read. We read and study together. The more she learns and knows about the alternative healing, the more she is willing to eat and drink up what I've prepared for her. She is taking better care of herself now, much better than before.

    The coughing is less and she is willing to exercise on a daily basis. Her mental health is awesome, much more stronger than mine. She is a stress-free person, always makes jokes and and makes me laugh. It's easier this time because she is will to cooperate. I am very hopeful that she will get well soon. Actually, she is getting much better and stronger than the day we went to see the doctor..

    Each morning, I go to see her. Make fruit and veggie juice for her. Make herbal tea for her and dad to drink during the day. Encourage her to go out for a bike ride and exercise when possible. Stay with her for a while to talk and laugh. Clean the house and tend the veggie and herbal garden. Late in the afternoon, if it doesn't rain, I would bike to water the plants and have a chat with her and dad.

    This has become my daily routine. And as result, my health has been improved too. I drink up juice and herbal tea with her while she is taking them. We get healthy together. I also make the juice for my sister before she leaves for work and herbal tea for Dad and my brother. Cancer makes us, the whole family, closer. I've learnt that I don't need to wait for them to get sick to take care of them..

    I am a bit busy lately but I am still here!!

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 5 cheers 2017-08-23 04:45:10

    I am sorry for my lack of updating my goals. I've spent most of my time in front of my sewing machine rather than with my laptop.

    However, I am still on track with (some of) my goals.



    • Back to running this morning. Did it for 26 minutes. Felt great every time I did it. But why don't you do it often, Joyjoei?



    • Did yoga nearly everyday. The length of time depends on the mood, level of guilty and motivation. But still doing it and loving it!



    • Finished 4 books lately. 1 Thai book and 3 English. Reading is my daily habit so I have no problem with reading goals.


    • Sewing. Did it nearly every day. Except the days that I was sick and went out. I love refashioning old clothes for myself, my sister, my nephew and my nieces. Love the look of my youngest niece when she saw her new clothes; she doesn't mind even though they are refashioned. Sewing helps me be more creative and my skill gets better because I love experimenting with fabrics.

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15/02/2017
15/02/2018
  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 0 cheers 2017-10-19 03:22:18

    55/50 : สมองเศรษฐี โดย ขุนเขา สินธุเสน เขจรบุตร

    Finished another Thai book. It's kind of a how-to book. I read his former book and was interested in this one too so I decided to give it a try.

    The book talked about how the brains of millionaires worked, how they thought, their mindset, etc. There were quite a lot of useful tips to use but it's the kind of the book you have to read again and again to adopt those tips to use in your daily life.

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 3 cheers 2017-10-09 23:33:07

    54/50: The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James

    I picked this book because I checked the rating from Goodreads and it wanted to give it a try. I wanted to try Henry James as I'd never read his books before. His writing style was quite good, the sentences not too long and not confusing like other classic writers. The story was okay, not too bad, not that good. Many times I felt annoyed with Isabel Archer; I think she was a highly self-important person. Too stubborn to accept that she was in miseries and too stubborn to go on with it. The beginning was engaging; it was like the feeling when you were trying new things but later you found out it was not that convincing. After I read half of the book, the rest felt like it was a chore as the story kept going on with nothing new much. I felt flat after reading it and relieved to send it back to the shelf..

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 2 cheers 2017-10-09 23:16:23

    53/50: The promise by Lesley Pearse

    I ordered this book online from one of the used bookstores I looked up in the net and I've been its regular customer since I found the site. The books are pretty cheap here and in good condition. If I order over 600฿, the delivery is free. I get roughly 4 books from 600฿. Though, the selection of books is quite limited, there are still something good to read.

    It was wartime story again, happened in England and France. The writing style was slow and full of details. While reading it, I also read other books so I wouldn't send it back to the shelve and let it sit there unfinished. But honestly I enjoyed the story, though slow and full of details; I love good details. This book gave off different perspectives and feelings during wartime which was different from other books. The scenes during the war were gloomy but hopeful, the romance not to cheesy, a bit predictable but still good. The characters were wonderful and highly moral. This book was well-researched that was why the slow reading was bearable. I took a rest when it got too slow but however slow it was, I meant to finish it.

    As I'd never tried this author, I looked her up in Goodreads and found the rating was pretty high so I decided to try this book. And I think I love her style and I've ordered her other book. One of the things I am sure about her books is that they were well-researched and they took readers to several exotic places in only one book..

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 2 cheers 2017-10-09 22:50:34

    52/50: Lady Chatterley's lover by D.H. Lawrence

    It's my second time reading this book. As I am trying to challenge myself to read more classics this year, I got back to my shelve to see which book I wanted to re-read.

    I couldn't remember it much from my first read but from the second, I could got a lot whole more of this book. I love D.H. Lawrence's style of writing. Though slow, it's neat, honest and straight. The sex scenes were explicit and some were surprising. I didn't expect them to end up together but there were some hopes that they would.. I love bittersweet novel..

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 5 cheers 2017-09-08 07:47:37

    51/50: Written on the Body
    by Jeanette Winterson

    When I ordered the book, I thought she was the same author as "The Glass Castle". I love this book so I ordered it without considering other things. I love her style and I didn't care much what the book was about; I wanted it to surprise me.

    But when I checked it today I've learned that it was Jeanette Walls who wrote The Glass Castle.

    That's why it was slow and a bit tedious which was not a page-turner as The Glass Castle.

    But this one, though slow, is still a good read. It's arty, passionate, erotic, sensual and longing. I think I will try her other books too if I stumble across them..

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16/05/2017
  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 1 cheers 2017-10-10 23:31:41

    8/10: Lady Chatterley's lover by D.H. Lawrence
    9/10: The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James

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  • 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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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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23/03/2017
  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 1 cheers 2017-10-19 13:49:05

    Made 2 beanbags for my niece and nephew from Mom's sarong. They are my first try. I will look for more fabric to make another one so the kids won't fight over them..

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 2 cheers 2017-10-19 04:41:14

    Door stopper made from cement and old rubber hose. I used old KFC bucket as a mold. The cement was left from my Dad's construction work.

    I can use it for weight lifting too. When I do squat, I hold it with 2 hands. It helps add up the weights. This is my kind of kettlebell but I don't dare swing it, just lift it up and down..

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 2 cheers 2017-10-11 00:09:41

    Made bag hanger out of old wood. Painted it. And used various hooks I could find in my storage.

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    joyjoei Doing 2 cheers 2017-10-10 23:40:25

    My sister gave me some of her old dresses because she knows that I could refashioned them into something new. So last week, I turned them into skirts for my nieces. As she loves wearing skirts, those new skirts really made her day.

    She likes wearing things handed down from her Mom as they make her feel connected to her mom.

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 6 cheers 2017-08-25 04:29:46

    Refashioned my niece's old dress into a skirt. It took me 10 minutes to finish it. She loves it as it's very comfy.

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 7 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
    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
  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 1 cheers 2017-10-19 04:20:13

    I haven't done this for a long time but I still keep up with weight lifting so I tried pushup this morning. I could push it to 5 which surprised me a lot. I thought I could do it just one or two.. This is good enough for a lazy bone like me..

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    joyjoei Doing 2 cheers 2017-06-21 01:48:51

    Tried it again yesterday after doing yoga. Just 5.. Booooooo!!!

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 2 cheers 2017-06-04 13:08:04

    Managed to do it up to 10 but not so strong yet. Some day 10, some day 9..

    But have made a big progress from yoga practice..

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 3 cheers 2017-05-28 03:22:18

    Sunday morning : 9
    Did it this morning, a week after doing it last time. At the 9th, I felt struggled so I didn't push to 10.

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    joyjoei Doing 2 cheers 2017-05-20 12:51:46

    Saturday:


    • After running : 8

    • Before taking a shower in the evening : 8

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Have killer Abs 2 people are doing this
2 entries 13 cheers
12/03/2017
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    joyjoei Doing 1 cheers 2017-10-10 23:47:11

    Killer abs on the way!
    I've noticed that just daily planks and few poses of yoga can make my abs look trimmed and toned.. Not as flat as in the image but how mine looks make me happy already.

    And I don't do much of the planks. Just 30 sec each side and I will be done with it. The important thing is I have to do it daily to keep the abs with me and the pot-belly away..

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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 23 cheers
09/03/2017
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    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
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    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 1 cheers 2017-10-19 04:22:47

    Drove to different new places with my sister for her work. It was like I had broken out of my own walls to see new things, try new coffee shops and drive new routes..

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    joyjoei Doing 1 cheers 2017-10-10 23:49:27

    Watching a new TV show : "Shameless"
    I love it! It's hilarious and downright honest.
    It makes me laugh and helps unwind my day..

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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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Travel 280 people are doing this
4 entries 25 cheers
22/02/2017
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    joyjoei Doing 6 cheers 2017-10-10 23:52:57

    Going to Hua-Hin with my sister, her kids, my oldest niece - Py and Mom.

    We have booked train tickets and accommodation. The kids have never ridden a train before so this is a great chance for them to experience something new. It's an overnight train. We will leave home in the afternoon and arrive Hua-Hin the next morning.

    We are so excited!

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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 6 cheers 2017-08-23 04:10:05

    Learned to sew dress with sleeves. I'd avoided doing it as I preferred wearing sleeveless tops/ dresses but I wanted to sew dresses for my sister so she could wear them to work. Here is my first dress with sleeves.

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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 5 cheers 2017-08-25 04:24:30

    I have been baby-sitting my youngest niece, Pincha for 2 days now. Her school is being closed due a sport activity for senior students. So, she came to stay with me during the day while her mom went to work.

    Yesterday, we made a necklace and bracelet and today we made anklets drew pictures. She loves it here as I have plenty and a variety of art supplies for her to play with.

    We love to be alone together..

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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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15/02/2017
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    joyjoei Doing 1 cheers 2017-10-19 04:28:11

    Short run + weight training + yoga + planks

    I've moved it up to do my workout first thing in the morning, not the very first things though. I got up at 4 am to read and meditate. So at 6 am sharp, I went out for a short run, to pump up my heart and when I got home, I did weight training, yoga and planks. The total time was 30-40 minutes. I don't want to have a long run like before because if I have a long run, I would miss weight training, planks and yoga afterwards.

    So, I use short running to kick-start my workout. I want to do it everyday so I have to do it short and make it inviting, instead of daunting..

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    joyjoei Doing 1 cheers 2017-10-10 23:56:19

    House works + gardening + helping my Dad with his construction works + running + yoga + weight lifting + biking + pushup

    These are my kinds of exercise. I switching things around. Not doing them all in a day but haven't missed doing some of them daily..

    My bones and muscles are screaming "Stoppppppppppp"..

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    joyjoei Doing 3 cheers 2017-09-08 07:15:57

    Still on track but the workout is not as intense as before. I switch around from running, biking, weight training, yoga and gardening..

    Just to make sure that I sweat everyday.. Furthermore, I am back to running again..

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    joyjoei Doing 3 cheers 2017-08-23 04:12:27

    Not making time to update my goals much lately but I am still on the track.

    Though, I haven't run often, I still kept up with yoga nearly every day, plus weight training and planks afterwards.

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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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Gratitude 3 people are doing this
83 entries 32 cheers
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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25/08/2017
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