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Big Crash in Life: When I broke my femur

It has been a while since my last post and I'm not even sure if anyone still on Life Journal. But for the sake of the record, I shall write about this.

They say everyone has a big crash in life, and mine just happened a few days before my 31st birthday. Spent my birthday in a hospital located not even in my own country (it’s in Philippines). Not the most fun time spent but at least the nurses were kind and helpful.

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It will be a few more months before I can go back to my favourite activities (skydiving, hiking, running) but I’ll try to stay upbeat and optimistic. To be positive is to make some progress. This is what I realized and will keep in mind. Also I'm thankful to my friend who flew to Philippines to take care of me during my overseas hospitalization. She is indeed an awesome friend.
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After a month resting at home, my ankle recovered about 80%. I still can't squat both feet at the same time and coming down hill still incurs pain around the ankle, it's way better than 2 weeks ago. Gaining back your mobility and agility feels wonderful, if you had been in the past involved in any accidents that left you immobile, you'd understand what i mean. Even being able to turn a little bit of your toes or heel makes you feel that you're making progress.
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Second week into inactivity

Since I sprained my left ankle 2 weeks ago, there is little thing I can do. I found out yesterday that my right calf feels more muscular than the left ones, flabby. Funny thing is when I met up with fellow hiking mates for dinner, one of them actually slimmed down. So evidently, we’re not hiking for the sake of staying in shape since we consume more after hiking. I think we’re more the type of wanting to be fit and athletic, with a bit of adventurous spirit. I’ve signed up for full marathon and should be training for it. But I’m not particularly anxious of getting back to the field soon. Sprained ankle can take long time to heal though the upside of it is it’d mostly fully recover (about 85%). There is still half a year to go for training and I should be able to prepare for the marathon by then. 2 weeks in and my foot is still slightly swollen. It can bear weight now, mostly, though not for long length of time or uneven surface. Another week and I think I’ll be more stable then.
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NELL in Taiwan -Beautiful Stranger-

So I went to my dream concert and the experience of it was superb, beyond any words to describe. The concert was held in Taiwan, a 4-and-half-hour flight away from my home country. When I was contemplating on whether to make this trip or not, my friend’s timely vacation at Taiwan helped me decide it. I was leaving it to fate; if my friend could help me buy the ticket, I would then go or else wait for another chance. I guess it was also a call of fate then since my friend effortlessly bought it.

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And here I’d leave Habitual Irony’s live version for your reference.
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January is the month when most people are full with resolutions

I always think that instead of a clean, modernistic, sophisticated country, I’m attracted to places that are messy, heterogeneous, or worse, licentious. That’s where I ended my 2016 in. Pattaya might be one of those places with its ill repute of being the capital of sex tourism. This is not a place for conservative, for you see every now and then a young girl is hand-in-hand with an old bugger (in 60s or 70s); taking a walk at the infamous Walking Street, you see all kinds of girls in skimpy dress soliciting male passersby (hey not everyone goes there for the dirty fun right). If you’re a male passerby, you would constantly get “menus” on sexual services shoved under your nose. Oh and the “menus” are very exhaustive and explicit. You know exactly what you’d pay for an “act” you desire. There was one pimp insisting me to try on the services lol It’s quite a happening street to be honest. And again, not for kids and conservative. I saw tourist groups from China bringing their children in 5 or 6 years old to this place and was thinking what the hell did they bring them here for. If you’re curious enough to go into a Go-Go bar, pick the foreigner ones. That’s your preference though, Thai girls in Pattaya are too dark-skin to my liking.

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Basically a great stay at Pattaya. I feel safe and free there, it’s definitely a place for people like me. Will go back soon. Oh and Hello 2017, may this year be a fruitful year as we’re all turning 30 this year. J
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December is my Birthday month.

And here is another end of year.

But it didn’t feel like fast forward for me, surprisingly. If you have a lot of stuff on your plate and busy day-in-day-out, you should feel the time moving faster. In my case, for this year at least, it didn’t. I won’t say I feel accomplished, it’s not a fruitful year exactly (not yet), but I got to explore different job and work environment, which is great actually. You never know what type of work environment you look for until you are exposed to totally different settings. It is still a tad early to write a wrap-up for this year, with one feat waiting to be unlocked, but I’ll write a bit on the recent events.

I finished reading 神様のカルテ3 (“In His Chart” for the movies) and it was really good. I love how the characters evolved and how they interact throughout the series. I searched online and found that it is not translated to English (available in mandarin though), albeit 2 movies are adapted from the novels. Still, I bet the movies won’t do as good as the original works. Next time if I’m going to Japan anywhere near to Kanto area, I’d definitely visit Nagono Prefecture just to see if I can meet this author personally. He’s still a doctor at the municipal hospital of Nagano, an insane 24-hours/365-days hospital with passionate, diligent doctors. Because of the serious shortage in doctor, the doctors there have to work long hours continuously and suffer from severe lack of sleep; the main character being the most sacrificial. I like how humanly this work is, it moves you very close to the core of your heart. I especially love the relationship and interaction between the main character and his old friend, another doctor who suffered from separation from his wife because of the difference in emotional investment in patients. I highly recommend this work if you could read Japanese or Mandarin. Satisfying it’s J

I was introduced by my friend’s friend to be an interpreter for a Guppy annual contest held in Penang. For this year, the event organizer managed to invite 3 Japanese, 2 out of which are renown breeders in Japan, to be participants and judges. Guppy is something that I’ve never in my life bother to know about, so you know how puzzled I was when the Japanese told me about the guppy pattern and how they created it through breeding which type and which type. It never occurred to me that Malaysian Guppy Association is actually a successful one to be able to attract breeders from Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, UK, China, and Japan to gather together in Penang. The young breeders from Taiwan were especially excited as they got to meet the Japanese pioneers in Guppy breeding, whom they claimed idols. To quote what the Taiwanese breeders said, they see how the Japanese breeders did their stunt since they were small. It’s a close-circle kind of thing; you need to be in the group, to be same passionate about the fish to be able to share their joy and excitement. From what the Japanese seniors said, apparently guppy breeding is gaining little interest in youngsters in Japan as time goes by. One thing I’m kinda proud of is that, the Japanese seniors said Malaysian guppies are actually one of the best in the world now and they would like to make Malaysia a headquarter for breeders all over the world to come together.

One of the pioneers, a 62-year-old folk from Kyoto, has 50 years of experience in Guppy breeding. He claimed he loves guppy more than his wife lol Overall, it’s an eye-opening experience for me; something that I never know before. Having a hobby you are passionate about is great. It makes you having those shiny, curious eyes full with excitement. I also made a few friends from different country through this event. A couple from the UK, a region between Manchester and Scotland, was fun to hang out with. Though at first most people had no idea what they were saying, especially when one of them was asked to give a toast at the after party. When having a chat, they obviously slowed down their speech so I could hear clearly. Thankful for that and also their honest opinions about Brit Exit. They are interesting people. Oh and super strong in drinking lol

Ok, run out of what to write. That shall be all for now, ‘til then~
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Cause an update would be nice once in a while

I quit my last job as Production Planner recently and became an English-to-Japanese technical translator at a new company. My resignation notice was short, fewer than a month (old company requires two-month notice), since the new company was eager to have me on-board as it was going through a merger transition which would soon have a headcount freeze. Even though it was unfair to my old company, the remuneration package was good enough for me to tender the letter early.

I’ve to make it clear that, though, the money is the main reason I quit my job. Even though I held a fair volume of grudges and disappointment against my old company, the time I spent there was fulfilling. It was challenging and fun, even though they came in a package of frustration and dissatisfaction. But I realised that I was more of a demanding person than I imagined myself to be. At least I was expecting more than my company management was. After I quit the planner job, I did a tarot card reading session. I did not regret about the decision to quit, but I wondered what would happen if I stayed. The reading result told me it’d be the same, with or without me. That confirmed my thinking about my last company – it wasn’t my calling to better its production and management status. Following my departure, another planner colleague of mine who worked for other floor also tendered his resignation letter. He was the one my company’s parent company depended on the most. Guess it was the last straw that broke the camel’s back. Since I’ve already resigned, I’d refrain from talking ill about the company anymore as it did really teach me a lot that I had not been able to learn before. Also, the Japanese supporters were helpful and kind during my tenure. I hope I can maintain the friendship with some of them.

Now move on to the new company. The work environment is great as nobody really cares what time you clock in to work and what time you leave. The benefit is good and there are plenty of free stuff available for employees. Coming from a micromanaging Japanese-style management to this company is like from hell to heaven, as my friend promptly puts it. There are gyms and clubhouses in every building. I love how the clubhouses have massage chairs as my chair at work is probably the worst among all the companies I’ve worked in. I dealt with it by putting pillows against my back and shoulder, and it is so much better than the first few days now. Not sure how long I’d stay in this company but I hope I’d acquire technical knowledge and more technical translation experience through this job.

Ciao for now. :)
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Fight like a Knight.



Sometimes I feel like a fool. Perhaps I really am. I question myself over and over about the choice that I made, the purpose in the choice that I made, and finding myself fail at figuring that out every time. I made a conscious effort to nail what feelings I’ve of this job, about the expectation I’ve of this career, about the obsession I’ve over this company. And I don’t know why. I did tarot reading a few days ago. The outcome of the tarot was predicting. It’s asking me to be patient, to be brave and resilient. Like the card up there, a Knight who perseveres, brilliantly fights on without hesitation. A Knight whose courageous thrusting forward stops at nothing. This is the solution of how I shall overcome the obstacles I’ve at my job. Personally I like it. The fact that I liked it means that I’ve much more attachment and devotion to this company than I expected. Though I still carry an unwavering belief that if I come to the realisation that this position doesn’t suit my personality or isn’t what I’m looking for, I’d quit in an instant.

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Going to hike Mt. Irau at Cameron Highland this week. Looking forward to have fun there.:)
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The silence of passing time.

I felt accomplished. That’s the feeling I went to bed with yesterday night. A holiday replacement on weekday indeed does wonder for working people. I got all my planned errands done: made a blood donation, renewed my soon-to-expire ATM card and credit cards, and sent my bike to automobile repair shop to get a thorough checkup. Also I finally finished reading The Lost Symbol, a novel I started reading in February. It was a satisfying read and I enjoyed it much more than Da Vinci Code. The author is extremely skilled in writing the story; it almost convinces you that what he wrote is true and fact. While I admit it cited truthful snippets throughout the story, I must say that I’m skeptical about the belief the book tries to put forth. It’s still an eye-opening novel to read though. A very exciting and thrilling ride at that one.

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Half of 2016 has almost passed and another half would soon arrive and end too. I’ll go as how my heart wants to. May my heart stay strong and positive.
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I stare at the blank word document and wonder what I should write. I told myself to write more but with each passing day and year, I find myself doing the opposite. Maybe everything is in my mind, maybe most things are trivial or trite to write about. Words in speech are indeed powerful tool but they’re also double-edged swords. Now I tend to act more than speak, as words invite adverse repercussions if not carefully put. But writing should still serve the purpose of letting my feelings out, so I should write.

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Talking about something fun (?), I’m going to Hokkaido with my parents and a friend in July. My father would be going along too. It’s still early but I already hope that he won’t have a temper tantrum during our trip. Past experiences told me that he isn’t someone to give in if the travel situation doesn’t favour him. I shall make a terms and conditions with him before we depart. I’m more worried that my parents would argue/fight during travel, as they usually do. The reason that I didn’t want my father to come along is that he’s a real wet blanket. But it’s too late to say anything now, let’s hope it’ll turn out OK.

That’s all for now, I’ll find time to update more.