Time is money….

So I have decided to leave my job because I was no longer enjoying it. I loved the people and sometimes the things I do, but overall I wasn’t enjoying it. I know people always say to me “but at least you’re getting paid…” , well for me, time is money as well and just as important. If you are spending 50% of your day unhappy, that is time you will never get back and also time which you could have spent doing something you enjoy. I am lucky in the sense that I don’t have rent or any of such expenses to pay for so I can do that. But if you have the opportunity I think its important to remember…

“You work to live, not live to work”

There’s always going to be some aspect of your job you dislike, but if one day you feel that you are no longer motivated to go into work and you’d rather do other stuff you feel you’d enjoy more (despite less pay) then go for it if it is possible. Life is about enjoying, sometimes ups and downs, but an adventure what we can all learn from.

For me I found that I wasn’t being challenged at work anymore, I felt I wasn’t progressing the way I would like, it just didn’t feel right for me anymore, so I decided to make a change. There is no point in complaining about the same thing constantly. DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT! I realized that I always wanted to do more than what I was doing at work, but I was just waiting for the opportunity… if you want something to happen you have to MAKE IT HAPPEN! Unless you change something in your life, nothing will change the path you’re walking. You are in control of your life, remember that!

Now I am feeling much better with myself and I can focus on what I truly enjoy and I am focusing on my own projects which I didn’t have time to do when I was working. It’s a game of give and take. You may be losing out on some things but the gain may be better than you had imagined.

This is what I truly believe in…

Happiness is not something you can just chase as a goal. Happiness isn’t something you can HOPE to have. Happiness is IN THE MOMENT. Happiness is A RESULT of what you do or WILL do. Your actions will determine whether you will be happy or not. So take a moment and just think what makes you truly happy and follow your instincts. Time is too precious to spend being unhappy or stressed, especially if you are spending more than 50% of your day feeling like that.

Go on, live a little. Cherish every moment and do things you enjoy.

Yours truly,

This Asian One,

xxx

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Is it just me…?

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or when you’re working at a desk all day, on the computer, you feel peckish all the time?! I’m a terrible one for snacking… especially after my lunch I always feel like munching on something sweet!! So I’ve decided to ONLY have dried fruits in my drawer! So whenever I feel like snacking, I can only have dried fruits! I know they aren’t the healthiest since dried fruits have higher concentration of sugars BUT because of that they also have a higher concentration of nutrients!

So what I do is every time I have enough of my fruits, I would have a small sip of water and swish it around my mouth to get rid of the bits that are stuck to my teeth. And if possible I would go brush my teeth. In saying so though, it’s not like i’m eating 24/7 (however likely it may seem!), most times I get peckish around lunch hours and I always brush my teeth after lunch! But remember that max you should brush your teeth is 3 times a day, otherwise it may cause irritation in the gums… So to ensure I don’t have all that sugar stuck to my teeth I make sure to eat my sweet dried fruits after my lunch and then I brush my teeth after!
There will be times when you won’t have to luxury to brush your teeth, so just have a bottle of water handy and swish some water around your mouth a few times. Better than nothing!!

Have a super Tuesday!

I’m back and here are some updates!

Good morning world! (as oppose to “Hello World!” … get it? *programmer joke*)

I’ve been slacking with blogging… but I’ve decided to get back to it! I’ve since graduated from Computer Science and I’m now working! Woo go me! But it’s very difficult to get hired by companies at times because I lack the experience that’s required. Also, I’m terrible at the technical challenges. So in order to improve myself and get better at it, I am on hackerrank.com doing challenges there whenever I can! The contests they have on there is also fun to participate in if you have the time! I highly recommend it!

Computers and jobs aside, I’ve been having some issues with my gums and teeth for a while now.. and I’ve always been so cautious of what I eat because of it. And nothing I do seem to help it get better.

I’ve been eating very “healthy” and trying out many different diets… ranging from mainly fresh fruits and vegs and cutting out gluten and processed foods, eating milk kefir, making kombucha, intermittent fasting.. You name it! But none of it seems to help. It’s rather frustrating.

So I was talking to my best friend and she said something which made so much sense. She said maybe what you think is healthy is not actually that healthy because you don’t eat enough of those things to get enough nutrients in your body to heal your gums/teeth. So I thought about it and that’s right, when I was younger, I never had such problems with my gums and teeth because I ate everything, I didn’t restrict myself from any foods. So now instead of “cutting” foods from my diet, I just eat whatever my body is feeling like eating instead of saying “no I can’t eat that”.
I’m also taking supplements for iron, vitamin D and daily vitamin tablets to see if they will help.

On top of that I also do oil pulling with coconut oil once a day for 20 minutes (I read that it’s suppose to help with getting rid of bacteria in your mouth and keeps your mouth clean!), but I haven’t seen much of a difference to be honest, however I will keep it up just because my mouth does feel very clean after I do it.

So I’ll keep this updated to let you know how that goes! Not like you care but it’s almost like a way for me to keep blogging 🙂

Have a super Monday!

Damn my love for challenge

So after spending the last week pulling my hair and killing my brains trying to figure out all the scripts we need to create this web server built on BASH, yesterday the head demonstrator posted the “skeleton” of all the scripts that we need… 2 days before the deadline. For those who only started the project on Friday, lucky them they don’t have to go through hell like some of us did. However for those of us who did go through hell, does that mean our blood spilled efforts have gone to waste?!
I had a look at these so called skeletons and they contained much simpler codes than my own. However I was not ready to just give up all my hard work and efforts to start all over again using his skeleton scripts!
My classmates and I messaged back and forth discussing our “discontent” with this. It’s quite unfair, to be honest, to those who actually tried to think of a solution from scratch! So after much debate I decided that I am just going to leave the rest of the project and not even going to use the skeleton that was provided! Because if I did that would mean I needed to first read it and understand what the scripts and codes are doing, and then figure out the blanks that are there.

Oh and did I mention that all this work is only worth 10% of the module?!

So I as I mentioned above I had decided to just give up and study for my exams instead because I’ve wasted enough time on this! However, due to my annoyingly determined nature of not giving up and taking on challenges… I couldn’t focus on anything else! I tried to study other modules but I ended up thinking about how to complete the assignment for the web server. So I caved in and continued it. My super complicated codes just got more complicated and I think I may have just earned myself an extra 1% if even after spending a whole Saturday and the first hour of Sunday on it.. yes I was up until 1am trying to complete it.

Was it worth it you ask??? Well, honestly, not in the slightest! But nothing could be done until I had exhausted all ideas and knowledge of how to write the codes! So now I can finally move on! I didn’t complete it though, but I know exactly why that is and that problem is something I don’t know how to solve as we never learnt about it in class nor did google give any good insights! so I guess I can finally put this behind and move to the next challenge!

SUPER UPDATE! I’m in BRAZIL!!

So I’ve been crazy the last few months and terribly sorry for my lack of posting, but yes I have been in Brazil! Haha madness! So where did it begin?

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I won’t bother going through crazy details but basically I applied to do a phd in Trinity College Dublin back in January and I got accepted in April 2015! I am working with the same supervisor I worked with when I did my undergraduate thesis (my final year project) there! So anyways, Fabio is his name and he tells me he will be going to Brazil for the summer (3 months) because he has a contract in Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (I will from here on in refer to this uni as UFRJ) to teach. So he asked if I would like to apply for the brazilian program they have for foreign students (basically they pay your flights to and from brazil and give you money to do part of your phd there!) so I was like HELL YEAH! But the problem was we didn’t know when we were going to hear back from the funding body so as well as applying for that we also applied for an irish funding which paid for my flights, accommodation and some food! Not a bad deal, right?! So I actually got approved by both funding bodies, hence I will fly back to Dublin on 27th August and then I will come back on 1st October till 20th February next year!!

Voila! Thus, here I am, in Rio de Janeiro, doing part of my research in UFRJ … I have never in a million years thought I’d be here right now haha! Got to just go with the flow of life I guess! I’ve actually already been here for 2 months so in my next few posts to come I shall share with you all my experience of brazil so far! Well I can for sure say that I love it here very much!!

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New watercolour tattoo design

Trying something new 😊 hope you like it. Thinking of getting this tattooed … Any suggestions where be nice?

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First trip of 2015 (part 4)

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