Live in the Moment

Breathe. Look around. Speculate what’s going on around you. Observe the surrounding. Listen. Breathe. Feel your feet on the ground. Stay in the moment. All these sound good but not so practical for a long term. The scenery can get dull after a while, without a sound comprehension towards what to do with the information we have collected with our five senses, things can be pretty boring. We’ve been driving on the same road, seeing the same building, being in the same room, talking to the same person, we’ve done it all before, there’s nothing new to excite us. Living in the moment is a good reminder for all of us but it is not something we can constantly practice because the past is intriguing and the future is mysteriously fascinating.

History is learned to avoid past mistakes but why bother if now is the only moment that matters?

Future is contemplated to prevent unwanted situations but why bother if now defines later?

What I would suggest here is that instead of reminding yourself to live in the moment, discover why you would want to treasure your present and do your best to make your now count.




The Game of Priority

Ever since I started having a full-time job, I realized this game of priority is getting a lot trickier. Your priority might be the other person’s last concern. But it’s important to know where your stand is and take control of your priority, because if you won’t, then someone else will decide it for you. So, today I’m going to blog about the things I know about Priority:

  1. There will always be more tasks (you can’t do them all)
  2. It isn’t time management, it’s emotional management (be okay with how you spend your time, who you spend your time with and what you spend your time on)
  3. Urgent/Important Matrix (if you can’t decide, use this matrix to help)
  4. Know thyself (know what you want to accomplish, how to accomplish and by when to accomplish)
  5. Set boundaries (ask: Is this really necessary?)
  6. Control what you can (don’t let others dictate your path)
  7. Delegation (let someone else with the resources to help)
  8. It’s okay to pause and resume or fail and start over



My Interview with a 9-year-old Top Student

1.What’s your attitude towards learning?

I think learning is fun. I am curious about everything. My mom said I asked too many questions.

2.What’s your secret for achieving great results?

You said it’s a secret. I’m not telling you. *hands pressed on the mouth and giggled* Okay, I know what you mean. I read a lot of books.

3.What would you do after school?

Hmm…I do my homework?

4.What do you do on the weekends?

I attend drawing class, dance class, and mental arithmetic class.


Shame on me…

Upon the second month of working, I’m receiving more and more tasks every single day. Apart from high demands from the administration department, I have to deal with the students who crave for my attention and not to mention, the parents who are very much concerned with their children. At times, I wish to clone myself so that I can take care of every aspect of my role perfectly. As a recovering perfectionist, I must admit that I am exhausted and frustrated with myself. The constant nudge of “more can be done” is seriously nerve wracking. “I’m only human…,” I hummed.

Stealing a bit of time from my busy schedule to write this piece of blog post is a habit I thankfully can still stick to every Tuesday; however, many of my habits have sort of faded away. For instance, I stopped yoga. Ever since I hurt my back switching from dolphin pose to downward dog and vice versa, I seem to have convinced myself from stopping this intense 5-minute training. Shame on me.

I have also shamefully allowed my working life to take a toll on me in respect to pursuing my own selfish dream. I said yes to everybody and everything else and said no to my dream. I’ve said a lot of things like “not now, baby,” “I’m not in the mood, I’m tired,” “I can do it better if I were well rested.” The truth is, I don’t know if I’ll ever be well rested or I’ll ever find the “mood” to do it.” DO IT NOW, SOMETIMES LATER MEANS NEVER. I get it, but…There’s always a but.

I feel like I’m doing a lot of reflections in my head as I go about my day but I never actually wrote it down, or I never wrote it down in one place anymore. I used to have a habit of writing in my journal or to be exact, typing in my journal, I dwindled the frequency from every day in a week to once or twice in a week. And when I finally “found” the time to write, I’ve forgotten most of the things I’ve pondered or mulled over.

The following image is best used to describe my current state. Pray next year I will not be making this mistake again!



Chinese idiom (虎hu头tou蛇she尾wei); Meaning: Begin with tigerish energy but peter out towards the end.


Lesson learned: Start small and finish strong. Don’t be overly ambitious at the beginning. Learn as you go, take in only as much as you can, the rest will take care of itself.






Who Sits Next to Who?

It is often believed that in any setting, seating arrangement plays one of the key roles in determining the “success”. For example, in the office, where you are seated often determines the productivity and efficiency of your work. If you were seated with someone who is chatty, then you probably should be someone who sets boundary clearly so that the very assertive person will not disturb your flow. If you were seated with someone who is a little cagey, then perhaps you need to be more independent.

In July, I was assigned to be the class teacher for my 26 lovely students with various personalities. In school, teachers are not only the tutors of academic knowledge but more fundamentally, teachers should cultivate social skills in the students, especially for the young learners. We as adults often find ourselves in a disagreement with one another and we will usually attribute the factors to different backgrounds and experiences. Ideally, we will analyze our differences and try to talk sense to one another but we forgot that kids, too, will face conflicts with one another. It’s not always because they are impetuous or careless, but they too, have the ability to think, and so, having different opinions is a normal phenomenon. Besides, monkeys see, monkeys do. Through various exposure we give to our kids, we influence our kids, by molding and shaping their mindset of seeing the world, and inevitably, they think and talk like us.

As a class teacher, I see different kids with different attitudes and problems will not solve themselves by simply changing their seating arrangement regularly. If somebody is not in good terms with another person, I think the opportunity of learning arises. They get to learn to see that not everybody is the same, and we shouldn’t all be the same. We have different perspectives and different ways of dealing with problems and that makes us interesting. How do we set our personal opinions towards anything aside and simply focus on the task at hand? How do we train ourselves to be responsible for our own learning before we judge others? How can we adapt ourselves to our environment or to the people around us? Those are the questions that we should ask, instead of asking, who is sitting next to who. Because that is not going to change anything. If you have the wrong attitude, whoever is sitting next to you is going to complain about the same thing. The true power of seating arrangement is not to make you like the person sitting next to you and thereby makes your life more comfortable, but to make you become more aware of your own priority and responsibility.

All in all, the ability to adapt to any environment is a skill set we must all try to attain. Don’t give away the power of control to that environment or seating arrangement set for you, but harness that power to learn in all kinds of management and become a better you.