Discovery of New Interests

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As the climate starts to warm up a little, the city starts to emerge from the silence of winter. Mornings are awaken by the lively sounds of chirping birds while people start to take their coffee or beer outside of their house. Squirrels are out skittering from one front/ back yard to another, looking for food or maybe just a mate. A few days ago, I was bemused when I saw a pair of ducks in the canal while crossing the bridge. Where did they come from?

I made a surprising note about myself recently. I was stressed but for a different reason. For those who have not already guessed, I am usually hard on myself and my focus in always about achieving more in life. This word ‘achieving’ is set in a context where the milestones are measurable. The progressiveness is usually scaled according to money, status and power. Having been in the position of a so-called home maker for almost a year and a half now, my perspective of life is finally taking a turn. When they say old habits die hard, they were not joking.

So what am I stressed about this time? The stress here is not something negative as I am excited about my new projects. I would like to 1) try my hand in baking bread and 2) planting herbs. Since I am enrolled in a new school for French classes which happens three times a week, classes and homework have kept me well occupied. I need to block out some time to kick start my mini projects.

Who would ever thought I would be interested in baking bread! However, times have changed and I am really starting to enjoy the art of cooking where your food is your creation. I have seen beautiful pictures of homemade bread on my friend’s facebook. I am such a sucker for food that even a picture could trigger off the greediness in me. She shared a recipe with me and I just need to get down to realizing it.

Bread baked by PY. How to resist?

Bread baked by PY. How to resist?

I have read, heard and seen people planting their own vegetables and herbs in their backyards. That’s how far it went. The thought of having my own mini vegetable farm never crossed my mind. I could only imagine causing them an unjustified death. Yet this time round, the ‘mother nature side’ of me decided to take a bold stand. ‘Try it!’ says her. I do not have my own yard but I do have a small balcony so I could start from there.

This is a beautiful moment for me as I am able to experience something different. I am finally starting to discover some interests of my own. Hurray to that!

Signing off with love,

Esther

Unguided Ramblings

I woke up staring in the direction of the window. The sun is up and the glare made it obvious that half the day has passed. I checked my cell phone that guards by me throughout the night. It has been my faithful alarm clock but since it is the ‘holidays’, it is on vacation as well. The time reads 1:15pm.

‘What time did I go to bed last night?’ I asked myself.

Holiday is pretty much defined as ‘a day on which one is exempted from work’. My holidays are based on Dan’s holidays because I do not have work, not officially anyway. Since last weekend was Easter, Dan had Friday, Monday and Tuesday off, which means late nights with no morning disturbances. Recently, I do not seem to be able to go pass 2am. My eyelids start to feel heavy and I start to act like a two years old grouchy kid. I know it is time for bed. So after sleeping for almost 11 hours, why do I wake up feeling numb? Where is that little brewing excitement in me when I actually get to sleep in because I know that I do not have to worry about the day and its schedule?

A few obvious reasons for being upset with myself for sleeping in:

  1. I have wasted half the day. What can I really do in the next 4 hours before the sun goes down?
  2. I am such a lazy arse. How can I sleep in till such a time when I don’t even work?
  3. What am I going to do today? What’s there to look forward to?

As we can see, I am hard on myself once again. The rational part of me knows that my body needed the sleep and that is why it could turn off the power button till rested. However, it is point number three that pokes at me consistently. My day seems the same every day. While many are envious that I do not have to work, I would remind them that the grass on the other field always look greener. I would not say that work is the key to happiness but I would say that it gives an outline to one’s life or something to focus on. A holiday escapade, as a solution to stressful work, is at least something to look forward to. When winter is all cold and gloomy, you appreciate the summer sun and warmth. When you are used to living in high-rise apartments, you appreciate the beauty of low-rise apartments. When you are surrounded by sky scrapers, you look at vast grasslands in awe. When you are busy in life, holidays and time-offs are like having sweet desserts where you savour every bit of it.

Friends are another important aspect of life. I never beg to differ but recently, the sense of loneliness felt greater than before. Quite a number of good friends whom I have made during my stay here have returned to their own countries. After returning from my trip to Singapore, it made me more conscious of the missing puzzles in my life. Making a new friend is like courtship. You meet up with the person once or twice and if the chemistry is there, you continue pursuing this new relationship. However, if the spark is missing, you just have to laissez tomber.

This is just a rambling blog since I don’t feel too well. I need to release my tangled thoughts and unsettled feelings so this is my dumping ground. I probably need to find myself some activities where I find purpose and I find friends. Or maybe just pick up new interests. That shouldn’t be too hard, should it?

A French music video to share:

Lisa LeBlanc: Aujourd’hui, ma vie c’est d’la marde (Today, my life is shit)

 

Signing off with love,

Esther

Endless Amazement with Snow

I kind of understand now why some people in Montreal do not like winter. When winter stretches almost six months long, it can be frustrating. We are in March and everyday I wonder if spring is here. Despite my one month escapism to a tropical island, I still look forward to put on a fancy outer layer instead of my same old winter jacket.

Last week we had a snow storm. Snow still amazes me a lot especially when there is whole lot of them; when they cover the roads and eventually the cars along the roads. Hopefully that’s the last snow storm we are having this winter as it needs to makes space for other seasons!

A snow storm in Montreal in mid March.

A snow storm in Montreal in mid March.

A street full of snow.

A street full of snow.

Signing off with love,

Esther

Stuffing Oneself with Food

So much about trying to blog about my trip while being in Singapore… Now, I am back in Montreal and it has been two weeks! While leaving Singapore and changing the biological clock of my body have been hard, being back in my cosy nest with my dear boy is comforting.  The first week was spent recuperating from jet-lag and I found myself adjusting back to my routine in the second week.  Inevitably, I had to start cooking once again. I am not complaining since I am starting to enjoy the process of stirring up dishes of my preference. However, I do get frustrated when my end product doesn’t satisfy my taste buds.

How can I cook the local yummy cuisines of Singapore and Malaysia? My cousin-in-law who is a chef and runs his own small Chinese restaurant told me as a matter of fact, ‘the food outside tastes great because of mono sodium glutamate (MSG)’.

Part of me refuses to acknowledge this fact of unhealthiness. Yet there is certain truth in the correlation of the tastiness of the food and the amount of salt and MSG found in it. Despite all that is being said, I still miss the food back home! I thought I should just reminisce these glorious food.

Top 10 food I miss in no order of preference:

1. Chilli Crab

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This creature from the sea comes in different shapes and sizes. No doubt, the bigger and heavier it is, the more expensive it gets.  Aside from cooking the crab with chilli sauce, you may have them served with black pepper, salted egg or even butter and milk. Put away the utensils because this dish is best eaten with bare hands. Tuck in!

2, Satay

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You may order a plate of 8, 10, 12 etc. sticks of satay. These are skewered and seasoned meat which are freshly grilled and served when ordered. The common meat used is chicken, beef, pork and mutton. Enjoy this stick of meat with a special peanut sauce together with ketupat (packed rice) and diced onions on the side.

3. Hokkien Noodles

These are fried noodles cooked in Hokkien (Fujian) style. This dish looks simple but the smell is tantalizing and teasing even to the non hungry soul.

4. Chicken Rice

The rice gives off a wave of aroma which is enough to make one salivate. You can choose to have either steam or roasted chicken. Having a mix of both is an option too! In Malacca, instead of a plate of rice, you will be served balls of rice.

4. Char Kway Teow

Char Kway Teow

This is a dish of stir fried flat rice noodles with light and dark sauce. Other ingredients include bean sprouts, Chinese chives, lap cheong (Chinese sausages) and cockles. Some people react negatively to the cockles because of the distinct taste and smell so do not take it if you do not like it.

6. Fried Oyster Omelette

The omelette consists mainly of small oysters  cooked with a batter of starch and egg. The spicy chilli sauce mixed with lime juice is a must-have as it provides the intense taste.

7. Fried Carrot Cake

This is definitely not the carrot cake that we have at a café as a dessert with cup of aromatic coffee.  Instead, it is made with radish cake, stir-fried with eggs, preserved radish and other seasonings. You can choose the ‘white’ or ‘black’ version. The latter is sweetened by sweet sauce.

8. Popiah

This is one of the healthier dishes and the quantity is just right for females who are afraid of the extra calories. The thin layer of skin is made from wheat flour. The ingredients wrapped in it consist of stir-fried turnip with bean sprouts, French beans and lettuce leaves. If you like it spicy, request for chilli to be included.

9. Teochew Porridge

@ Joo Seng Teochew Porridge

@ Joo Seng Teochew Porridge

Being a teochew girl, I have always enjoyed a bowl of hot teochew porridge with side dishes to go with it. Teochew cuisine is known for its lighter cooking style hence the dishes are usually steamed for example steamed promfet and braised duck. I usually do not stopped until my second bowl of porridge!

10. Xiao Wan Mian (or mini hotpot noodles)

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Nothing fancy about this dish as you can find them in almost any hawker centres but I just love it! It comes with a bowl of soup with meat, fish cakes, crab sticks and an egg in it. Is it important for the noodles to be cooked just right so that it has a chewy texture. Even though Singapore is freaking hot and humid, it doesn’t deter me from having this bowl of delicious hot soup and noodles!

Other must try food are fish soup noodle (with milk), roti prata, wanton noodles, ee-mian, century egg pork porridge and the list goes on.  Those who are thinking of visiting Singapore and Malaysia, you may want to lose a few pounds before the trip as you will put it back on within matters of days.

@ maxwell market

@ maxwell market

Signing off with love,

Esther

The Little Details about Sunny Singapore

Many more details to come… 

I officially touched down in Singapore on the first of February, Friday, 30 minutes after midnight. Despite an hour and a half of delay on my first lap of flight from Montreal to Chicago, I still managed to arrive in Singapore at the designated time. As a waft of local accent floated around me, I breezed through the automated clearance gate knowing that I am home.

What struck me first, needless to say, was the climate. The air smelled different. Instead of the clean, crispy smell of winter, my nose twitched to the strong earthly flavours of heat and humidity. My eye lids grew heavy as I prepared myself for the night. I assumed that my exhaustion from a gruelling 23 hours plane ride would knock me out completely regardless of my environment. Confidently, I chose to do without the AC and left the windows open. My assumptions were wrong. My body reacted to the perturbing heat and city sounds. It had been a long night.

Jet lag struck for the next few days. I was tired both day and night hence I took things slow i.e. I had only one activity a day. On the first official day of landing, I caught up with a girlfriend whom I will not be seeing for a long time. We treated ourselves to local Teochew Porridge. The stall is located opposite Beauty World, Bukit Timah. The second day, we made plans to head down to Chinatown for what I call the ‘Chinatown Squeeze’ (to be elaborated later) and the third day, a simple steamboat at my cousin’s place.

Teochew Porridge

When introducing Singapore, there are three main things to summarize this tiny red dot – the climate, the people and the food. Aforementioned, the climate is one where you feel sticky all the time, like post stick pads. In terms of people, the recent heated debate has been whether Singapore, as a country, is ready to accommodate 6.9 million people by year 2030. This is definitely a conversation for another day as this sole reason is enough to make me grateful to have the opportunity to step out of this congested country. Every year, my family and I have this tradition to head down to Chinatown to bask in the Chinese New Year atmosphere.  Numerous stalls selling various goodies have been set up along the streets resulting in a non stop shopping. The main excitement? To squeeze with the rest of the population while walking down those narrow streets. Imagine heat, humidity and crowd. You wouldn’t want to be caught in there for too long.

Chinatown

 

Chinatown Squeeze

Beside Chinatown, there is a famous food center called Maxwell market where you will be spoilt for choice. You can find many of the local food there such as Char Kway Teow, Hokkien Mee, Rojak, Popiah etc. Definitely one of a kind where is it hard to find these flavors anywhere else in the world besides, maybe Malaysia. A shout out to foreigners who are visiting the country, ‘Get a seat before buying your food’. It may not sound like a considerate thing to do but one has to adapt to the culture. I saw quite a few foreigners walking around with their tray of food, lost and exasperated. Les pauvres.

popiahhandmade dumplingsIt is great to be home to spend some time with my family and friends. It is also a good opportunity for appreciate Singapore and its uniqueness. The next few write ups would probably revolve around my home country and its culture so stay tune!

Wishing all a Happy Chinese New Year!

Wishing all a Happy Chinese New Year!

Signing off with love,

Esther

 

Mouse in the House

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A mouse sighting in the house two days ago has caused me to in an uptight state. Why? As much as I am thankful for a responsible landlord who wants to stop the problem, the idea of having five sticky mouse traps in the apartment is making me nervous. The last thing I would want to do is to get rid of a dead mouse or maybe a family of them.

So how did this special mouse survived the harsh winter and landed in our apartment on the second floor when our neighbours on the first floor have yet to report any unusual sightings? These rodents are tiny creatures and they are able to squeeze through any visible cracks and holes in walls, floors or even drainage pipes.  In our quest for clues to where the mouse may be, we looked through all possible corners of the apartment, especially behind the fridge and cabinets. Apparently, mice love to dwell and breed within walls. Mice are capable of breeding once they reach four weeks old.

Pet mice are cute and I wanted to keep them as pets before. However, having wild mice (also known as ‘house mouse’) in the house is a whole new different story as these wild rodents bring with them diseases like Salmonella (food poisoning) and Lymphocytic Chorio-Meningitis (LCM).

Prevention is definitely more advisable than control. However, since the infestation has already started, what are the viable ways of getting rid of the mice?  What is considered humane and what isn’t?

The use of traps

It is considered as one of the most effective control methods if there are just a few mice in the house. The several advantages which come with it includes not having to use hazardous poison and ensuring that the mice is disposed off appropriately, dead or alive.  The way to use a trap is to bait the mice with food. Didn’t we think that mice love cheese? Surprisingly, they react better to peanut butter, chocolate or bacon bits! I found various kinds of mouse traps online and I do have my preferences:

1. Snap Mouse Trap – Once touch, the spring-loaded bar swings down rapidly and breaks the mouse’s neck or spinal cord. My take: Not voting for this as I find it too cruel.

My take: Not voting for this as I find it too cruel.

2. Mouth Mouse Trap – An evolved version of the snap trap. The trap has a set of plastic jaws hence it is supposed to kill the rodent in a softer way.

My take: Does it make a difference if the jaws snap harder or softer? What if the snap doesn’t kill the rodent in one shot? Does it mean that it will die a slow death? Probably not my preferred option as well.

  • 3. Sticky Trap – The ones we have at home now. Made using synthetic adhesive applied to cardboard, the bait is placed in the center to attract the rodent. Animal activists have been against this trap as the trapped rodents die a slower death.

My take:  I agree with the animal activists but from another point of view, at least there is no blood spillage. Much said, I am still keeping my fingers crossed and hoping that the mouse has decided to pack its bag and leave.

4. Electric Mouse Trap – One of the new inventions, these trap send out powerful electric charges through the mouse. This is supposed to be considered more humane as the rodent dies a less painful death as compared to other traps.

My take: Manageable. I do think that electric shocks are less painful and brutal than the snap away trap.

5. Live-Catching Mousetrap – Trap them alive and you may release them thereafter. However, note that they may still die from dehydration and starvation in the wild. Also, leave them at least 2km from your house or risk them finding their way back.

My take: My preferred option as I do not need to dispose off any dead carcasses and these rodents are given a second chance to live. Even if they are going to die in the wilderness, at least it is natural!

 

I never had to deal with rodents in Singapore. However, we are usually infested with ants, lizards and cockroaches. I can hardly say one is better than the other. As much as a pest free house is ideal, all these are just works of nature.

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Signing off with mousy love,

Esther

Hey you 2013!

Welcome 2013! May this year be filled with love, comfort, warmth and prosperity!

Dan and I were brainstorming for ideas on what to do for countdown. A rule that I stick with – It has to be different from the last. We thought of organizing an activity with a theme in the day and end off with the countdown at our place. As we tossed through the various ideas, went through various themes like sports, board games etc, nothing seemed to resonate with me until Dan said, “We could also head up to Quebec City.”

That was how we ended up spending two days one night with his brother and his family in Quebec City. We were warmly hosted by the family with two energetic children filling the apartment with their enthusiastic babbles and contagious laughter. My sister-in-law prepared a meal that was thankfully apt for the evening. Spare ribs with rice. Fats + Carbohydrates = Warm. Food is definitely one of the main factors needed to embrace an evening of -10 degrees Celsius. The other essential would be one’s dressing. Last winter, being a noob, I was always raising a white flag and retreating indoors after an hour or two.  I didn’t want to get my ass frozen. Once bitten twice shy. This time round, I layered myself like an onion. For the top, I had a long john as my first warm layer, followed by two long sleeved blouses, one inner jacket and finally a sports winter coat. For the bottom, I had a long john and a snow pants. I have to thank my husband for insisting that I get a snow pants for his wisdom has made its point once again.

At about 10pm, Dan, his brother and I headed out with our homemade ‘Final Countdown’ drink which was specially fabricated by Dan. It was a mix of Canadian whiskey, maple liquor and chamomile tea. Drink in a shot, the alcohol warms you up slowly while leaving a taste of maple sweetness lingering in your mouth. The main event happened at a place called ‘Grand Allée’. Despite the cold and mild snowing, there were already many people gathered at the selected ground. What surprised me more was the sight of people of different ages present to soak in the atmosphere. There were young children all bundled up, chugging along with their parents. There were elderly couples who strolled with ease on a ground so familiar to them. I turned to Dan and exclaimed, “We need to party till we are old like that!”

If you like modern trendy songs, you could camp at the site where the DJ sits high on a raised platform, mixing songs of beats that hype up the scene right away. The guest DJ for that night was DJ Boy George, one of the top 100 DJs in the world in 2012 according to a poll done by DJ Mag. He was ready to make the floor dance! Even though we love trendy songs, we preferred some traditional music for the holidays. We chose to party out at the site which had local Quebec folk music. A life animator in a furry winter hat took the stage with pumped up enthusiasm, “ Vous êtes bons!”. He introduced various local performers who churned the crowd with their live performances with musical instruments like the harmonica and the violin. A group did a tap dance but the music was too loud and we could not really hear the rhythmic movements of the feet. We danced the night away with endless snowflakes descending upon us. When the clock stroke 12, we were presented with a minute of dazzling fireworks.

Fireworks 2013

Fireworks are no rare sight for me though not very common either. Nonetheless, every time I have the chance to witness the beauty of it, I would admire the spectacular sight with awe. Standing amongst thousands of people gazing up into the sky, I thought to myself, ‘how lucky am I to be here today.’ Another day just passed. Another year is here. Honestly, there is no literal difference in 31st December and 1st January. However, we hold the power to make the difference in each and every day of our lives. With conviction, I silently cheered myself in making 2013 yet another wonderful year.

That is how we ended off the evening.

That is how we ended off the evening.

Happy New Year to all!

Signing off with love,

Esther

A White Christmas

Changes happen so fast that sometimes we need occasions to remind us of the changes we have been through.

IMG_2142I am happy that I got what I wished for this year – A White Christmas. Even today, there is snow everywhere, not just one to two centimetres high but at least ankle deep, all thanks to the magnificent snow storm in Montreal. The snow looked so white and clean (not those along the roads or side walks) that I have this urge to scoop a handful and put them into my mouth. I am not sure if my tongue would like it though

Want some snow?

There have been so many changes in my life in the last one year that even Christmas, ayearly affair, is immensely different for me this year. I would define this particular festive season to be calm and stuffed. I will explain the latter first as I know you relate to it fast. Christmas = festive season = love = lots of food. Who can resist the glorious food? As for the former, there has been a big shift from a zone of unfamiliarity to a zone of familiarity hence the result of calmness. Last year, it was my first time meeting Dan’s family and there were two challenges 1) they were almost strangers and our conversations were mainly introductions 2) one side of the family spoke French as their maternal language and the other side of the family spoke Spanish. Even though they were able to communicate with me in English, it still made a difference when you don’t speak their mother tongue. Over the year, several family gatherings have allowed me to build up certain bonds.

If you are in a similar situation like me in terms of feeling stuffed, fret not as the New Year is coming so that’s the usual time of the year to make some resolutions like to lose some pounds! While saying that, I am not a fan of New Year Resolutions but I do take the time to consolidate my year and set new intentions for the coming year. I have come up with five questions to reflect upon. They have been daunting yet refreshing. You are free to use them if you have not done a stock take on your life yet.

Questions to reflect on:

1)      Things I have done in 2012 and how am I proud of each of them.

2)      Things I am thankful for in 2012.

3)      What do I not like about 2012?

4)      What would I like to fulfill in 2013?

5)      What would I like to do differently in 2013? (so as not to have to repeat no. 3)

Initially I thought I should be able to get it done in a few hours. In the end, it took me three days to finish answering all five questions. I took a few hours each day to really ponder over a question or two. Coming up with an exhaustive list is confronting and it is easy to be distracted. However, it also allowed me to realise things which I have not realised before or things which I have taken for granted, for example, I am thankful that Dan has a job hence we are able to pay the bills and keep warm. I am thankful for the opportunity to learn and use a new language. I am thankful for having loving and supporting people around me. The list goes on…

How would my 2013 look like? I have no clue but I will have to embrace uncertainty and enjoy the process of life.

How will your 2013 look like?

Signing off with love,

Esther

Cold Invasion

Watching the beautiful snowflakes carpet the area around me, I sniff into my tissue paper wishing I was well. 

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I am living through one of my worst colds. It has been on-going for more than a week now. Fortunately, I decided to do the wise thing and that is to put a stop to my schedule and stayed home for the last 3 days. Out of 24 hours, I was awake for less than 6 hours. The other 18 hours, I was snugged up in bed, floating through both semi consciousness and unconsciousness.

My nose started to give me some trouble the beginning of last week. However, I was still functional hence in my world, life goes on. I continued to go for my classes and my language exchange sessions. I was tired but I did not want to lose time so I carried on with my daily activities. Last Friday, I skipped an evening French class as I was exhausted and could not even find the strength to leave the house. After a good night sleep, I felt better and I thought I should be ok. Unsurprisingly, I went out over the weekend. How can I miss a good friend’s and a cousin’s birthday party right? Wrong. The body started to protest. My near empty vessel pulled through Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday, I crashed with a major headache, an unpleasant nose congestion and a horrible toothache.

It was not too long ago that I got a prolonged cough which brought me to the clinic. This time round, going to the doctor shall be the last option on my list. I had to get well on my own. A girl friend suggested a home-made remedy for cold — raw honey + ¼ teaspoon cinnamon. Apparently these two elements have the antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties which deal well with the evil cold. While doing my research online with regards to my symptoms and cure, I found out an interesting statement by a writer of the article ‘How to get rid of a cold in 2 easy steps’. He said, “there is no cure for the common cold”.

“All of the remedies sold, at the drugstore or from your health food store, only alleviate the symptoms of a problem that shouldn’t be stopped in the first place!”

Hence the best formula is to let the body heal by itself. And how do we do that? We have to sleep a lot, drink lots of warm fluid and eat well (no heavy and greasy stuff). If I have given more significance to the onset of a cold, maybe I would have been able to avoid it in the first place or take a shorter time to recover. Since the superwoman in me likes to work till the last drop of breath, I need to pay a heftier price for my actions!

On the other end, there is also a good side to it. The process of being sick is painful yet it gives me a good reason to rest and drop everything else off my worry list. It is also a reminder for me to pay attention to the state of my immune system because every time the season changes, I catch some kind of a bug. I would like to enjoy the change in seasons and not cuss through it. Dan says that I got the REAL cold this time round and it is my initiation to be real Quebecoise! As I survive this round, I sure hope that my immune system gets stronger and fends off all those unwelcomed bacteria and viruses.

Hence for those who are feeling a little under the weather due to the change in temperature or other stress-related activities, remember to listen to your body. Do not use up the fuel because then you will need a much longer time to refill the tank and to get the engine started. As for me, I not am done battling with this cold yet. Maybe it is time for a warm glass of water and a hot shower…

Signing off with love,

Esther

Real VS Fake Breaks

Facebook is invading my brain!!!

As per every other unconscious moment, I always have this notion that I am a super woman. The super woman in my case does not refer to a super hero with the noble cause of saving the world. Instead, it refers to a woman with 10 hands, trying to juggle everything at the same time. When these hands start working nonstop, you will begin to observe the emission of smoke, followed by the deterioration of the control center. Finally, all the hands are entangled and superwoman is officially in a breakdown mode.

Taking breaks are necessary to manage the longer journey. However, taking ineffective breaks only leads to more restlessness and diminished motivation. There have been times where I told myself that I would take a quick 10 minutes break in between of my activities and what did I do? I surfed facebook. What happened next? 30 minutes went by just like that. I am not upset that I took a longer break than expected but I am disappointed that I did not protect my own time. I gave the precious 30 minutes to Mr. Facebook. What did he share with me? Pictures of Asian, Western, Mediterranean food etc. Updates on inspirations, frustrations and random daily comments. More pictures of babies, dogs, and a bruise maybe?

I have to admit that some of the updates are amusing and give me a good laugh at times while some other times, I can myself updated on someone’s life. Yet the rest of the time, I felt my brain rotting away with the influx of random information. As much as social media has gained significant popularity in our world today, being in control of this modern technology and being controlled by it result in a polarity outcome. Since I felt I was losing myself with the endless updates on facebook, I decided to take a break from it. Deleting my account did cross my mind but I decided that I still enjoying keeping myself updated once in a while.

Hence, to re-emphasize my point, clicking mindlessly on facebook has not proved to be an ideal way to take a break. The next myth I have, checking my emails and reading information on random websites is another good way to free the mind. *DANG DANG* This does not work for me too. Even though the information of the websites are of no relevance nor importance to me, there are still a lot of information that is being processed through the channels of my tiny brain. Instead of letting the mind rest, I am actually triggering it to work extra harder!

After stubbornly sticking to some perceived methods of relaxation, I decided to explore and take some steps of change. Much to my pleasant surprise, the simplest day to day activities are what free my mind. These activities include:

–          Cooking (excluding washing of dishes)

–          Packing the house (a cluttered environment reflects a cluttered mind!)

–          Ironing (I am probably hypothesized by the iron which goes right to left and left to right)

–          Watching dramas (I always thought wasting TV/ dramas is a waste of time. That assumption was made as I thought I had to always put my time to productive use. But hey! I deserve to let me imagination be taken to a different dimension too!)

–          Eating (always makes me happy!)

–          A cup of aromatic steaming coffee (with sugar and milk please!)

A break is meant for brain to rest isn’t it? It is therefore important to find an activity that takes your mind off the serious tedious to-dos list. Everyone has their own ways of having a well deserved break. I have discovered mine. What’s yours?

 

Signing off with love,

Esther