01 July 2015

CURRENTLY No. 03

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Currently No. 03 -

READING
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. Can I just say how super happy I am to be reading fiction again?! I've read mostly non-fiction last year that I almost forgot how it is to be completely engrossed in another world. Ahh, my heart. Hehe! If this is too young adult for you, check out Waiting for Doggo by Mark B. Mills. It's an easy read with a Vince's Life vibe to it.

WRITING
Now? Uhh.. Shjnedcredjn... Hmm. Yeah. I should be. Oh wait, I'm replying to a Whatsapp. That counts, right? :p

LISTENING
Where Are Ü Now by Jack Ü with Justin Bieber. I actually quite like Justin Bieber (enough to watch him twice in concert, hahaha!) and this song (and video) just goes to show how far he's come. Can he please just look like a malinis (clean) good boy all the time??? #Belieber #NoShame #PleaseDontBlacklistMyBlog

THINKING
Oh no, I only have 13 minutes to pop this blog entry out. It would suck not to continue this segment third week pa lang. By the way, yay! Third week doing this!

FEELING
Better than the past 2 days (I caught a bug going around) but my throat's still sore. I wish there was Jakeman's here! Ay wait, that should be for wishing. Haha!

LOVING
That it's July! Should you need a good reason for starting something, we're now officially in the second half of the year. If you want to make this year memorable and haven't done anything about it yet, now is the time to hustle.

WANTING
To understand the Greek crisis. I also want to know how Cyprus is doing. Importantly, I want someone (or a website) who would patiently explain it to me. Know anyone or any site that can do this??

NEEDING
Something like Momentum Dashboard but for the desktop. Is there such a thing???

WISHING
That I had Hermione's Time-Turner. That way I can finish my books, blog, and sleep all at the same time.

What about you, guys? How's your week going? Any book or song recommendations? Feel free to share below!






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30 June 2015

AM I LIVING IT RIGHT?

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I've previously touched up on this topic here but I feel it deserves a lengthy discussion. It might be a quarter life crisis, or just the stirring in my soul... Either way I wonder sometimes about the outcome of a still verdict less life. Am I living it right? Thanks John Mayer for perfectly encapsulating my sentiments!

Did you ever have that yearning to have a quick peek at the future? See where the choices you've made led you? Watch how everything, hopefully, fell in place? Sometimes I find myself wishing that such a device existed just so I can confirm I'm on the right track and that I'm gonna be okay. But alas, it's impossible to hold guarantees in life.

In fact, if I learned anything in my 26 years is that life has a wicked sense of humor. Our lives are written (or rather, we are writing our lives) in such a way that it makes Forrest Gump seem like a snoozefest. Timing, although often unfavorable, is always perfect in the grander picture. We always come full circle. Poetic justice, good karma, and the like are no strangers to finales. There's comfort that it will all make sense one day - at the right place and at the right time. But, still "everything happens for a reason" is no reason not to ask myself if I am living it right. Living a good life must be a conscious effort.

Diplomatic, indecisive, segurista - I've been referred as all these and more. To an extent, I agree with it because I've always strived to find the balance, to always aim for the mean. But is this strategy doing me more harm than good? There are instances I wish I had the balls to bluntly speak my mind, regardless of whether it might hurt someone or exacerbate the situation. But the truth is, as much as I want to go "f*ck this shit", I'm afraid that doing so might ultimately screw me over. So, yes, basically, I'm just scared of making the wrong move.

I keep reminding myself that I should be more confident with my decisions, okay fine, decision making skills. That in trying to be loss-averse, I end up being opportunity-averse. And isn't what's to gain 10x better than whatever it is that can be lost? 

My problem is, as my boyfriend lovingly pointed out, that I want everything at the same time. I grew up believing that the world is mine for the taking - and it is -  but not all at once and not all with the exact same intensity. Don't get me wrong, it is possible, but unless you're really really lucky, life's timing isn't in synch with the timeline in our heads. As much as we want to encircle "all of the above", or in my case, the mean, there are circumstances when we can only choose one. 

And that's where my hypothetical balls need to come in. It's being able to set and commit to priorities. It's knowing myself well enough to know where my values lie. It's trusting my decisions and not wavering in my choices. I know everything will fall in place, but if I don't do anything right now, will I be there when it does?

I guess that's the thing with living it right. You have to live it for it to be right. And I say live in big block letters because you do have to live boldly and not shortchange yourself as you strive for your best possible life. I mean, really, is there any other way to live? 




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25 June 2015

WHERE TO EAT IN BROOKLYN

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When Waris Dirie said that "Brooklyn's good. Brooklyn's funky. Brooklyn's happening." I think she may as well have been talking about the food. After all, it would be a travesty to serve this hip neighborhood with unimaginative, lackluster food. Stereotypically known to be the home of creatives and various ethnic groups, this borough oozes with that vibrant Big Apple appeal. Unlike Manhattan, however, its atmosphere is more relaxed and laid-back, making it the perfect backdrop for after-work chow or Saturday brunch, that is, if you can get a table.

I've listed below four eateries I enjoyed and would recommend to you in a heartbeat. Give em a visit should you find yourself in Brooklyn. :)

1. Five Leaves


Located in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Five Leaves is the brunch hot spot. I say this because of the massive queue that never seemed to shorten during the Saturday noon Trina and I went there. They take no reservations, so coming here on an empty stomach is pretty much a gamble. A gamble I was willing to take upon seeing their menu the night before and setting my eyes on the Moroccan Scramble. Five Leaves serves quintessential brunch staples like eggs, sandwiches, and pancakes but adds their own spin to it. The only downside is really the queue, but everything else was great. Oh and hey, we spotted someone who may or may not be James Franco dining there too!

Five Leaves is located at 18 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222, United States

2. Luke's Lobster


Okay, fine, Luke's Lobster is everywhere. But if you're in the DUMBO area and looking to snack into something, this offers the perfect bite. Ordered the Taste of Maine to sample all their rolls (shrimp, crab, and lobster), and OMG it was sooo good! The crustaceans tasted really fresh, it was seasoned well, and the bread that cradled it was just right - light but with a hint of crisp. Just looking at the photos is making my mouth water! Best part? These are harvested from sustainable farms so you don't have to feel guilty as you order seconds.

Luke's Lobster is located at 11 Water Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201, United States

2. Roberta's


Your first meal after a 24 hour flight is often the most looked forward to. Lucky for me, Ia lives across the best pizza place this side of Bushwick and she knew of its "secret" item - the Bee Sting. It's a seasonal pie that isn't on the menu but you should definitely ask for it or else miss out on the tomato, mozzarella, soppressata, and honey (!) goodness. Aside from the winning combination of toppings, Roberta's crust is also really good - crisp with a nice chew to it. GREAT pizza served in a backyard garden that came straight out of Pinterest? Roberta's it is.

Roberta's is located at 261 Moore St, Brooklyn, NY 11206, United States

4. Cafe Mogador


Ia and I were hoping to try something new in Williamsburg, but all bets were off when she mentioned this moroccan cafe she tried previously. Good thing she liked it and didn't mind going back! Cafe Mogador serves freshly cooked authentic moroccan and mediterranean cuisine which reminded me a little of my favorite SG eatery, Artichoke. We had the Mixed Platter consisting of tabouli, eggplant & tahini, hummus, and arabic salad to start and the Lamb Tagines for the main. The lamb was so tender but we didn't really get to touch it much because we were already so full from the mixed platter. Don't let its looks fool you, it's very filling! We almost missed out on it had our super cute waitress not rush to key in our order to secure the last portion of eggplant & tahini. She's the best! The star of the night though, was the pot of moroccan tea. Not only was it served in the prettiest tea pot, it was, in Ia's words - the best tea ever.  

Cafe Mogador is located at 133 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249, United States

Hope you enjoyed this mini food tour of Brooklyn! Please feel free to share your experience in these places below! Like it? Don't like it? Have Brooklyn favorites of your own? Drop a line below, I'd love to hear from you!







PS- Photo of the exterior of Five Leaves was taken from their FB page.



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24 June 2015

CURRENTLY No. 02

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Currently No. 02 -

READING
DKNY PR Girl and social media heavy weight Aliza Licht's new book: Leave Your Mark. Definitely a must read! It's very informative and it's drawn from experience so the tone is very conversational - not boring at all. However, I'm dying to put my nose back under a fiction novel again! Last week's All the Light We Cannot See and The Girl on the Train got me good!

WRITING
A to do list. I have favors to do for a couple of friends and errands to run for this blog (naks, back to blogger mode, hehe!) and I wanna accomplish them all within the week.

LISTENING
La La La by Naughty Boy ft. Sam Smith (Oliver Nelson and Tobtok Remix) - This remix is sooooo good!!! I've been listening to this since last Saturday, shout out to Caloy's iPhone.

THINKING
If I'm living it rightttt ♬ But seriously, I learned something this morning about someone I met previously and it's tugging at my perspective on life and how I'm living mine. On one hand, I want to seize the now because what if tomorrow never comes? But on the other hand, what if tomorrow does come and I'm totally unprepared?

FEELING
Like I'm myself again. :) Really excited about some prospects and I'm looking forward to going out this week.

LOVING
That the article I wrote for SSI Life Online is now up! Nothing better than seeing your name on a magazine, even if it's a digital one! Read it here.

WANTING
To find the correct plugs for some grey areas of my life.

NEEDING
To clear my blog backlog.

WISHING
That my excitement, focus, and drive won't waver as I go through this challenging yet fun and worthwhile road. ;)

What about you, guys? How's your week going? Any book or song recommendations? Feel free to share below!





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