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“Happy” Makes Me Happy :)

Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” has made a lasting impression on people around the world and, as a result, we can see many videos that recorded different locations with people smiling and dancing to the catchy tunes. FYI, Pharrell had previously made a full day’s worth of footage of him and a bunch of strangers (and celebs) singing this song in various locations. The song is the OST of “Despicable Me 2”.

I like watching these videos because I also get to see different parts of the world and how the local people act and express themselves through music –which I think is the most universal language in the world. If you haven’t been to any of these places, well, it is also a good teaser to inspire your next trip.

So, cheers to Sydney, cheers to Montreal, salute to Firenze, sláinte to Dublin, prost to Cologne, egészségére to Budapest,  santé to Paris, gezondheid to Leeuwarden, etc… Hopefully the video will inspire dance-off in many more countries! Definitely looking forward to seeing one from Asia. After all, smiling and dancing are the best medicines in the world. Enjoy the videos!








IMHO, the song is a well-deserving single for an Oscar!

When life gives you lemon…

when_life_gives_you_lemon…don’t just make lemonade!! Lemon is antioxidant, refresher and fountain of youth. Every part of it is good and useful, and I have developed a routine for this. My brother is also having his own routines with lemon (and it’s not like we planned it together.. LOL).

I started this after I thought about getting Vitamin C injection (which is quite expensive… well, at least it would cost me Rp 500k per shot). Now I have been using lemons for 2 weeks and have felt the result on my skin and digestion system. If it’s like this for a month, will increase my dose in consuming lemons and increase budget for lemons (Rp 15k/ piece). I think it can replace chemical mask and night cream, but we’ll see. #lovinglemons #healthylife #secret

My Yoga Journey and 10,000 Reasons to Hold On to It

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It’s been almost 1.5 years since I practiced yoga regularly –between 6 and 8 hours a week. The hobby started after I came back from my NYC trip in March last year. 2012 was a tough year for me, as I found myself so anxious about my future and goals in life. Although I had a good job as a business journalist in an international media company, I found the environment was hostile, political and the working hours were not tolerable at times . I was going through what I called “a quarter-life crisis” and I needed something that I could hold on to.

Two months after that, I found myself jobless, confused and lonelier than ever. I have always been a lonely soul, but at that time I was at the weakest point of my life. My only refuge was the Mind and Body class, where I could be still, practice yoga and think only about my “present”. I honestly think yoga is a sport –if we’re allowed to call it that– for loners.

Part of my journey was to find the right instructors. It wasn’t easy, but since I had all the time in the world, I managed to move from one class to another until I found the perfect time and teacher for myself. Before I knew it, the hobby became a habit, and I created a weekly schedule at 3 different gyms. I picked two instructors who are not only gifted, but also “speak” my body language and have the right chemistry. See, I also believe that teacher and student should have good chemistry in order to communicate well. We can’t please everybody, therefore, different people have different approach and receive different responds from other people.

From that moment, too, I made a decision to give my heart a break. I used to love fast-paced life, drama and constant challenges in my life; whether it is in professional or personal relationships. Since that moment, I decided to act better, to choose better for myself –even though that means less “fun” and “thrill”.

I found myself happier ever since. I practice yoga only for health reason –not spiritual reason– but surprisingly I found myself closer to God. Maybe that is because I had become a better listener and have surrendered my future in God’s hand ever since.

So, if you ask me today how much I love the sport and what it means to me, well… I can’t tell you how much, but I can ask you to join me. After almost 1.5 years –around 400 hours of practice– I couldn’t say that I am a master. I have more to learn, until I reach 10,000 hours of practice and maybe decide to join teacher training one day –in Bali, India, or Europe, it doesn’t matter.

Whatever happens, this will be a testimony I made for myself. It will remind me whenever I’m down and weak that I am stronger than I thought. And that I can hold on to it for the rest of my life.

I hope you will find your own refuge, too.

Namaste.

Newsblog

JG

Look at today’s online newspaper… Doesn’t it remind you of something?

That’s right! The blogger page that you created many years ago… 😀

So, what’s up with that? Why is the online media following the format of blog?

I really want to learn more about electronic media/ publishing. I hope I will be able to understand it more. The world, trends, etc are always go full circle. We repeat the good ol’ days without even realizing it, tweak them and label them as “current”.

What do you think?

Don’t Ignore

God said, “just wait” but you go ahead and miss more things along the way.

God said, “come to Me” but you seek other relieves and lose yourself along the way.

God said, “be grateful” but you want what others have and feel miserable.

God said, “you have enough” but you want more and become busier than ever. In the end, you lose precious time.

We are here only for 90 years max, so bear with it. Don’t ignore the good voice inside that’s scolding you when you lost your way. Like a candle that burns inside, it can (and it will) die if you blow it.