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Goal in focus Keep Running 13 people are doing this
75 entries 32 cheers
14/02/2017
  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 2 cheers 2017-11-24 02:10:44

    Wednesday & Thursday : a short run, approximately 17 minutes, same distance, same pace.
    Friday : 21 minutes. Same route but a bit longer.

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 3 cheers 2017-11-21 12:43:29

    Still keeping up with running. 3-4 days a week. 25-45 minutes. Depends on the day of the week. If it's weekday, I run shorter than the weekend.

    I am using the Nike running App to keep track with my run. It's petty helpful. I should have used it sooner.

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 3 cheers 2017-11-11 03:32:43

    Saturday morning :

    After taking a break from the 10k run on Wednesday, I got back to running this morning. Didn't plan to have a long run but managed to run for 1 hour.

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 2 cheers 2017-11-08 23:08:32

    Wednesday morning, I ran my usual 30 minutes in my village. And then during the day, I joined the fund-raising run with my sister. It was a 10k run from one check point to the next and took us 1 hour 50 minutes.

    The fund-raising run was organized by a Thai famous singer and a runner named Toon. His first run was 400 kilometers and it was a huge success. He ran to raise fund and donated the money to one of the hospitals in his hometown. But this time he aims to do something bigger; he wants to run from South to North, passing 22 provinces and aims to raise 700 million baht and donate the money to 11 hospitals nationwide.

    It was the 8th day yesterday when we joined him. We started at 11 am and finished nearly at 1 pm. We walked and ran as there were so many donors along the road waiting for him. He had to stop to receive the money and other means of donation. Quite a number of runners ran after him yesterday. Some started at the check point, some joined in along the road.

    Now, it is the 9th day and he has run 335.06 kilometers, passing 3 provinces and entering the 4th at the end of the day, with the amount of donation at 131,293,170 baht. And along the way, while taking a rest at a check point he would go to a school in the area to give scholarship to students. The money for the scholarship is out of his own pocket.

    Each day he starts around 4 am and finishes around 8 pm, running 50 kilometers daily. So there are 5 stops each day. This run is planned to end on December 25th.

    I am so glad that I had the chance to join the event. It's a great experience to participate in something huge and meaningful for the benefits of others.

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 1 cheers 2017-11-07 22:27:32

    It stopped raining this morning and looking out from my window, I told myself I must go out as it was densely foggy outside. I decided to take my phone with me so I can take some photos.

    I ran the same distance as yesterday so the time was approximately 30 minutes.

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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
    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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58 entries 24 cheers
01/04/2017
  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 2 cheers 2017-11-30 23:27:19



    • I've missed running for nearly a week now. It's been raining ceaselessly day and night. When waking up, I was so hopeful that I would be able to going as I didn't hear the rain falling down on the rooftop. But now as it's time to go out, it starts to rain again. Damn! So I will have to do indoor exercise instead; yoga, weight training and abs works..



    • Yesterday I went to Southern book fair with my sister-in-law. We both are book lovers. She reads Thai books, I English. As expected, there were not many English booths but I still managed to find some cheap books that I like to read. I got 4 with just 7.55$. Quite a good deal and I am proud of myself! I've been reading 4 books currently. When I get bored at one, I move to another. I will finish all the books I start. When the books get boring and full of so many details, I would take a break from it and move to the next one. So the books I've started this year will be finished next. If I push myself to finish the book I was reading at the time, I would throw it away and never finish it. I told myself, maybe I just need a break from it and I should move to other books that interest me differently.


    • It's December 1st today. This day last year, I was travelling to Vietnam to visit a friend for 2 weeks. Damn, I miss travelling, haven't used my passport yet this year and I hope to wear it out next year. I really hope I will go somewhere new next year.

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    • Airos
      Airos 1 cheers 2017-12-01 08:18:34

      @joyjoei I adopted a 100 page rule for books: I always read 100 pages, then decide if I wish to continue or not. I figure if after 100 pages I am not interested, it totally okay to walk away from the book.

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 3 cheers 2017-11-03 03:59:22

    I woke up with the rain falling on my rooftop. I secretly felt happy that I didn't need to go for a run. Ah..bad runner! I will do it tomorrow though and hope that it won't rain.

    I made a list of things I want to do today. I kind of get lost not knowing what to do without a list. It's also good to get back to writing some down in my diary again. It felt like I have succeeded something crossing things off my list.

    I'm playing some old music while getting on with my day. It's kind of peaceful here.

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 1 cheers 2017-11-02 04:52:23

    After getting back from Bangkok, I was tired and needed more sleep to recharge myself. And then today I started to tidy up the house and put away travelling bags. Why does it take longer to fall back into my daily routine after just a week of holiday? Am I getting old? Or just plain lazy?

    However, I am glad that I managed to go out for a run 2 days in a row, do weight training, be back to the backyard garden, rake the leaves around the house and get back to reading and writing again.

    My creative energy hasn't been back yet so I am still feeling uninspired to create things. I want to update my blog and sew but I keep putting them off. Maybe tomorrow? One day at a time, huh?

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  • 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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52 entries 33 cheers
15/02/2017
15/02/2018
  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 2 cheers 2017-11-21 12:29:26

    58, 59, 60, 61

    58 : Rich Woman by Kim Kiyosaki (Thai translation/ re-read)
    59 : Nice girls don't get rich by Lois P. Frankel (Thai translation/ re-read)
    60: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
    61 : The Amateur Marriage by Anne Tyler

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 2 cheers 2017-11-04 12:01:48

    56 & 57/50


    • The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly

    • Hopeless by Colleen Hoover (re-read)


    2 more months and the reading goal still going on..

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 3 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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6 entries 9 cheers
16/05/2017
  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 0 cheers 2017-11-24 02:12:20

    I am reading "Villette" by Charlotte Bronte.. nearly half way through it..

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 0 cheers 2017-11-21 12:33:30

    10/10: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

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  • 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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1 entries 14 cheers
11/04/2017
  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 2 cheers 2017-10-22 22:45:42

    The Hua-Hin trip is starting today. We have planned to leave on a train. My mom, my niece and I, as first planned, would go only to Hua-Hin and get back home by a train; while my sister, her kids and her boyfriend would drive further to Bangkok as she has to get into her office for her monthly meeting and her boyfriend will take care of her kids while she's away but it turns out he has to leave for Switzerland for his business trip on Saturday night, leaving nobody to take care of the kids.

    So the plan is changed. I would bring Mom back home on the train as she has to do her blood test for her medical appointment next week. My niece will join my sister and her kids to go to Bangkok and after I bring Mom home, I will fly back to Bangkok to join them and bring them back home when my sister has to go to her office. But before that we would have a mini-trip in Bangkok; we have the whole weekend to do it before flying back home on Sunday night. And then my sister gets back to work.. I am so excited!

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0 entries 10 cheers
11/04/2017
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Lose 5kg 8 people are doing this
4 entries 10 cheers
24/03/2017
  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 1 cheers 2017-11-07 22:32:49

    I haven't weighed in ages and I don't think I have lost some weights but I feel fit and active from nearly daily running, weight training, yoga and helping around with Dad's construction work. It is a great weight training carrying and moving things for him. I slept like the dead after helping him moving a number of roof tiles to his construction site. At least I don't feel my thighs and upper arms getting too saggy right now..

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  • 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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25 entries 11 cheers
23/03/2017
  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 6 cheers 2017-11-06 13:15:46

    Made skirts from old tops and blouses for my niece. She loves wearing skirts and begged for more.

    My sister told me that she tried them on again and again and might be sleeping in one of them..

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 3 cheers 2017-11-06 13:10:36

    Made running belt after seeing them in Pinterest. I used scrap fabric found in scrap basket, only the zipper is new. The hook is from my old bikini top.

    Hopefully it won't rain tomorrow so I can go out for a run using this belt.

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 3 cheers 2017-11-04 12:24:55

    Made another beanbag for my niece. Took me 20 minutes to finish the whole thing. But I need to buy another fabric to make the case so it will be washable.

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 2 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..

    It's so comfy to sit on and I think I will make one for myself too.

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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 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
    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
    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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17 entries 25 cheers
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
    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
    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
5 entries 13 cheers
12/03/2017
  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 1 cheers 2017-11-24 02:13:03

    doing planks and 20-40 crunches daily.. mostly after running..

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    joyjoei Doing 2 cheers 2017-11-03 23:54:03

    Added 20 sit-ups to the routine.. It's easier for me to do sit-ups than planks.. But I will do both.

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 2 cheers 2017-10-22 22:47:17

    Still keeping up with running, planks, yoga and being more mindful with eating.. I am doing this with my sister so it's better to have a buddy to encourage one another..

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  • joyjoei
    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
    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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11 entries 23 cheers
09/03/2017
  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 1 cheers 2017-11-07 22:44:34

    When it rained so hard in the afternoon, I wished it stopped in the morning so I would go out for a run in the densely foggy road. I barely miss running on this kind of morning. And this one is one of the photos I took from my yesterday's run.

    I won't miss it this morning too. The crisp air is so inviting to run..

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 2 cheers 2017-11-04 12:14:46

    My pile of unread books. I don't think I can finish them all by this year. But at least, I won't panic thinking that I don't have any books to read next.

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 7 cheers 2017-11-03 03:40:28

    After participating in taking random, black & white photos for 7 days with Aloha in Facebook, I am reconsidering taking a photo daily again. Though, I don't think I can do it on a daily basis, I want to do it more often.

    This photo was taken after I doodled things in my journal.

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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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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 4 cheers 2017-11-08 23:20:45

    The fund-raising run I joined with my sister yesterday. We ran 10k in 1 hour 50 minutes. It started at 11 am and finished around 1 pm. It was like running in an open-air oven. At the beginning, the sun didn't shine but it was still hot. And there were too many people running on the road and those who waited to donate their money along the road.

    When we neared the check point, it started to shine brightly, as a result we felt like we were baked. We were burnt toast. Luckily it was the last kilometer that the sunshine was getting stronger. Otherwise, we might quit before reaching the next check point.

    However, it was an awesome experience to participate and be a part of the huge cause.

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    joyjoei Doing 3 cheers 2017-11-04 12:28:48

    Tried another bread recipe by adding whole grains and purple sweet potatoes.
    Yummy! I prefer this one to the white one..

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    joyjoei Doing 3 cheers 2017-11-04 11:14:29

    Learn to make bread with my youngest niece. It's my first time trying to make it. My sister likes to try different western foods as her kids like to eat them but I am keener for Thai foods. But today as we wanted to try her new stove, she thought me how to make it. The first one was quite a big success for me..

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    joyjoei Doing 2 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 2 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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22/02/2017
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    joyjoei Doing 1 cheers 2017-10-27 02:12:22

    Heading back home with Mom but still on the train. It was 2 hours late last night due to the cremation ceremony for our late King.

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    joyjoei Doing 4 cheers 2017-10-26 06:28:04

    Hello! We are still in Hua-Hin. It’s our last day here. I am leaving for home with Mom tonight but the kids will be going to Bangkok with my sister. After sending Mom home, I will fly to Bangkok to join them again tomorrow afternoon. Our trip hasn’t ended yet.

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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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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 6 cheers 2017-11-03 23:25:59

    It's Loy Kratong Day yesterday. Before we went out to float our Kratongs, we sat at the kitchen table and made them together. The materials were from what were left from the kratongs they made at school. My Mom had her own to float; while my youngest niece floated it with me and my nephew with my sister. Before we floated our kratongs, we made a wish to let bad things float away with the kratongs and wish good things come into our lives.

    Loi Krathong[a] (Thai: ลอยกระทง, pronounced [lɔ̄ːj krā.tʰōŋ]) is a Siamese festival celebrated annually throughout southwestern Tai cultures (Thailand, Laos, Shan, Mon, Tanintharyi, Kelantan, Kedah and Xishuangbanna). The name could be translated as "to float a basket", and comes from the tradition of making krathong or buoyant, decorated baskets, which are then floated on a river.

    Loi Krathong takes place on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar; hence, the exact date of the festival changes every year. In the Western calendar this usually falls in the month of November. In 2015 it was celebrated on November 25th; in 2016 it was celebrated on November 14th.

    In Thailand, the festival is known as "Loi Krathong" (ลอยกระทง). Outside Thailand, this festival is celebrated under different names, including Myanmar as the "Tazaungdaing festival", Sri Lanka as "Il Full Moon Poya" and Cambodia as "Bon Om Touk"

    credit: wikipedia

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    joyjoei Doing 3 cheers 2017-11-02 04:57:52

    Had fun dressing up the kids for their Halloween at school this morning. The little one was the most excited as it was her first time doing this.

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    joyjoei Doing 3 cheers 2017-10-26 06:29:54

    Traveling with the kids and Mom during school break is so much fun.

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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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15/02/2017
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    joyjoei Doing 2 cheers 2017-11-24 02:16:48

    Trying to keep momentum here. During the week I run 15-20 minutes a day, at least 3 days a week. And have a longer run during the weekend.

    Plus weight training, yoga, crunches, planks.. A little bit of this and that but trying to keep it up on a daily basis.

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    joyjoei Doing 1 cheers 2017-11-07 22:46:23

    30 min-run + 20 sit-ups + working with Dad on his construction site (it was like doing strength training for a week and I slept like a dog!).

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    joyjoei Doing 4 cheers 2017-11-06 13:17:03

    30 minute-run + weight lifting + 40 sit-ups + planks

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    joyjoei Doing 1 cheers 2017-11-04 12:36:35

    Had a short workout at home because it was raining again when I got up.

    So I did 40 sit-ups (20+20), a few poses of yoga, and planks.

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    joyjoei Doing 2 cheers 2017-11-03 03:43:13

    Woke up with sound of rain falling on my rooftop so there was no morning run today. Instead, I did weight training, 20 sit-ups, planks, yoga. Did all of these just in 10 minutes.

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14/02/2017
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    joyjoei Doing 2 cheers 2017-11-30 23:36:07


    • Went to Southern Book Fair and got 4 cheap books.

    • Watched a movie before going to bed last night.

    • My work. Cleared all the sell orders and made some profit.

    • Drove out. Left this 4 walls for a while.

    • Writing time. Here and in my diary.

    • Reading time and exceeding my reading goal. When I checked my reading goal this morning, I've found that I actually started this goal in February so I have 3 more months to finish this goal. But nope, I will finish this goal at the end of the year and start fresh at the 1st of January and I will do 60 next year.

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    joyjoei Doing 2 cheers 2017-11-08 23:28:30

    Wednesday


    • The Swiss chocolate and 2 boxes of Swiss tea my boss gave me.

    • Going out and joining the fund-raising run

    • Seeing so many people at the run and admiring their enthusiasm.

    • Lunch out with my sister, her boyfriend and my Mom.

    • An early cozy night after getting home from the run.

    • Cozy up in bed watching Shameless before calling it a night.

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    joyjoei Doing 1 cheers 2017-11-07 22:57:36

    Sunday, Monday, Tuesday


    • Managed to catch up with running. It mostly stops raining in the morning, though it still rains during the day.

    • The foggy road and the crisp air while I went out for a morning run.

    • Feeling fit and active again. I feel I have gained more energy after keeping up with running and weight training. I feel like my old self again.

    • Watching Shameless and I am at season 7 now. Love this show.

    • Writing in my diary regularly.

    • Learned to make different kinds of bread with my youngest niece. My sister is teaching her to participate and help around in the kitchen and it seems like she enjoys doing so.

    • Creating things. It makes my brain run wild.

    • Long and deep nap after working for my Dad.

    • The veggie beds my Dad built for me. He said I could grow whatever I wanted!

    • That it's been raining day and night so I don't need to go out to water my plants!

    • Most of my herbs are growing and I am harvesting them.

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    joyjoei Doing 2 cheers 2017-11-04 12:33:09

    Saturday morning


    • learned to make bread using my sister's new stove

    • a short workout at home on a rainy day

    • finished a book; it's my second time reading it

    • raining the whole day

    • discovered new song and downloaded them into my phone

    • wrote in my journal

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    joyjoei Doing 3 cheers 2017-11-03 03:46:29


    • got up at 4:30 am. Back to the old routine, baby!

    • Sat down to journal and make lists

    • read, read, read

    • listened to old music while ironing

    • tidied up my room and change the bed sheet

    • several cups of tea

    • a short morning workout

    • meditated for 10 minutes this morning

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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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