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October 6, 2010
I started on my “Things that make me happy” photo project earlier this year, with the goal not only to list, but also to capture with my lens, a hundred things that make me happy.

I thought why not tackle two of my life list items (the other being to “Take more (and better) photos on my DSLR”) at once.

So, here I am at #45.

Unfortunately, I feel like I have stalled a little bit – both creatively and emotionally.

Seems it is much easier to pinpoint things that make me unhappy rather than happy these days.

I need to (as the new F&N Seasons ad exhorts) drink in some positivity!



April 10, 2010

Someone called me “oddly interesting” today. Or rather, apparently my blog is.

I thought it was such a unique compliment. Made my day! 😀


50% there!

April 9, 2010
From my 43 things: Visit 100 great cities (and towns) before 40.

Although, I can’t believe the milestone 50th destination on the list is Batam, Indonesia, a mere 40 minute ferry ride away. As one of my friends puts it, “Going to Batam isn’t a vacation, it’s like going to the zoo”.

50. Batam, Indonesia
49. Mevagissey, United Kingdom
48. St Austell, United Kingdom
47. Ventimiglia, Italy
46. Monaco
45. Nice, France
44. Paris, France
43. Cambridge, United Kingdom
42. London, United Kingdom
41. Freiberg, Germany
40. Osaka, Japan
39. Hong Kong
38. Chiang Rai, Thailand
37. Margaret River, Australia
36. Kalbarri, Australia
35. Geraldton, Australia
34. Cervantes, Australia
33. Perth, Australia
32. Salzburg, Austria
31. Burghausen, Germany
30. Garmisch Partenkirchen, Germany
29. Fussen, Germany
28. Nuremberg, Germany
27. Munich, Germany
26. Hualian, Taiwan
25. Taipei, Taiwan
24. Toronto, Canada
23. Orlando, USA
22. Miami, USA
21. Pennsylvania, USA
20. Syracuse, USA
19. Ithaca, USA
18. New York, USA
17. Melbourne, Australia
16. Sydney, Australia
15. Brisbane, Australia
14. Beijing, China
13. Nanjing, China
12. Suzhou, China
11. Wuxi, China
10. Shanghai, China
9. Redang Island, Malaysia
8. Fraser’s Hill, Malaysia
7. Genting Highlands, Malaysia
6. Johor Bahru, Malaysia
5. Malacca, Malaysia
4. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
3. Los Angeles, USA
2. San Diego, USA
1. San Francisco, USA


From my 43 things: How to start blogging again

April 9, 2010
“Finding my voice again”

How I did it: Well, can’t exactly say I’m done, but I have been blogging rather regularly – at least a couple of times a week – since 3 January. I guess now that the first Quarter is through, it is about a good a time as any for a review. (Oh yes, I have become that much of a corporate drone.)

I’m glad it’s kind of becoming a habit (or addiction!) for me, so hopefully it sticks.

Since leaving school, I haven’t had much chance to use words to express myself. Now much of my practice comes from trying to get things done via e-mail. But being confined to phrases like “kindly note”, “please revert by” and “we will proceed accordingly” isn’t exactly the best breeding ground for creativity.

When I started trying to write again, I found myself stuck for words for even the most simplest of thoughts. That was sobering. But there’s no secret to it, just discipline in terms of really putting into words what you want to say. Doesn’t matter if it sucks.

I started off maybe with a lot of pictures and few words, but now I can’t seem to stop the verbal diarrhoea!

Lessons & tips: I once picked up a great tip from the prolific Jodi Picoult (whose writing I admire immensely):

“Writing is not about being inspired, waiting for the muse to strike. You can always edit something bad. You can’t edit something blank. I’m always writing, even when I am not at my desk.”

I placed this at my workstation back when I still wanted to be a TV writer. But it is excellent advice, nonetheless.

Resources: Scrolling through my old blog posts was motivating. I realized how useful they were at documenting my life and my thoughts at any point in time, and they were great fodder for jumpstarting the memory.

Like, how a girl friend conveniently forgot that she fell into four feet of snow while getting off the bus while we were in Ithaca. And the exchange buddy didn’t remember it either. Normally, I would start doubting whether I imagined it all, but there it was, recorded in full glory!

Of course, you need to have a good blog host and WordPress I think has served me excellently.

It took me 90 days.

It made me


Bucket List

February 2, 2010

I stumbled across a list I started slightly more than a year ago on, but which I never went back to again.

Well, I did one thing that was on the list right : the paper-saving programme we ran in the office was quite the success (that was my “Start an environmental programme in the office” goal which has now moved to the “I’ve done 2 things” tab).

I also think I had some ballroom dancing lessons, but probably tried to block out the entire experience.

But what surprises me is:

a) How my goals pretty much stay the same year on year (cross reference my 2010 resolutions), and

b) That I could actually be on my way to completing some of them this year!

Now, the number one thing to do on my list? To follow-up regularly on the list on


Right now, Pig is motivated.


How to start an environmental programme in the office

February 2, 2010

“Just by education and provision of simple (free) tools, we reduced paper consumption by 48% from the previous year and increased recycling.”

How I did it:

  • Set up a recycling programme by providing recycling bins and collection for paper
  • Set up collection point for paper that has been printed on one side and can be reused
  • Encourage others to set double-sided printing or from re-used paper tray as default print settings
  • Run awareness campaigns on climate change and promotional events (eg. Earth Day)
  • Provide regular tips on saving paper
  • Gain their commitment to save paper by pledging to save the earth
  • Audit checks and regular reporting on our current status

And it could not be done without the great support of the team and colleagues.

It took me 9 months.

It made me Proud

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