Cosplay Crissy

All 5 pictures above are digital camera selfies enhanced in Adobe Photoshop to saturate paint colours, enhance contrast and lighting, and finish the anime character look. You may guess who I’m cosplaying but if you’re unsure, here is the key:

  1. Rinoa Heartilly from FF8
  2. Kushina Uzumaki from Naruto Shippuuden
  3. BloodRayne from the video game
  4. Kagami Hiiragi from Lucky Star
  5. Russian doll
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Scarabs and Synchronicity

Last nite, I watched Cronos by Guillermo del Toro. This is a Mexican horror-drama movie with a refreshing spin on the usual vampire [read: blood] story. In the film, an alchemist created a golden scarab — a machine that gave the user eternal life. Admittedly, the flick was more entertaining than I expected and is now in my list of favourite horror comedies.

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Cronos DVD cover

Today, I visited my favourite Metaphysical store Visions to check an item purchased for the store that I was looking for. The crystal turned out not exactly to my liking so I had to pass on it but something in the store did catch my eye. Since I was also looking for a wear-able moonstone, I’m now the proud owner of the sterling silver scarab pendant pictured below. The beetle pendant has garnet head, which reminds me of the sun, and a moonstone body, which reminds me of Khepri.  Khepri is among the oldest of Egyptian Gods; he moved the sun into the sky every morning. Khepri (morning sun) was said to be an aspect of Ra (midday sun) and was represented in Egyptian mythology as a scarab-headed man.

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My lovely scarab pendant

The scarab is powerful ancient symbol of creation, rebirth, and renewal. For me, it’s a reminder that the Universe likes to make inside jokes with me by revealing synchronicities like this film and this pendant in the sequence presented. I appreciate the new necklace I have and I love the balanced energy emanated by the moonstone and garnet combo 🙂

New Certificates!

The 1st course I did on Udemy is “Elevate Your Tennis Game: Learn from Champion Andre Agassi.”  I went through the course 2x in 2017 because I’m an Andre fan who loves playing tennis! His course had 62 lectures and an hour of amazing video instruction which I eagerly watched! What I enjoyed the most is the experiences he shared and the wisdom he imparted while teaching me very technical tennis techniques throughout the course. Although, the promo material and syllabus mentioned a certificate of completion would be available, alas, I’ve never received one! I’ve even reset my course progress this new year and re-did the course a 3rd time [because it’s really a fun course], and I still didn’t get a chance to get said certificate, LOL!

Last week, I did Sean Berg’s Udemy course “Intro to Graphic Design.” Since I’ve worked on many graphic design projects for personal and professional use, this was a nice refresher!

The weekend following that, I also did The Science of People‘s “7 Scientifically Proven Steps to Increase Your Influence” and “Digital Body Language.” Both were taught by Vanessa Van Edwards.

I’m pleased that all 3 courses offered me certificates which I have now downloaded for my records 🙂

#BeAble

Happy Birthday, Kate!

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My sister Kate 

Q: What do you give someone who has everything?

A: Serenade for Kate

Yes, Toronto abstract artist and super kawaii girl Life by Kate on Instagram is my real-life sister. Today is her birthday!

Click the play button on the “serenade” link above to hear me sing Utada Hikaru‘s “First Love” song in Japanese! I only recorded half because I hope she records the rest of song on karaoke and dedicates it to me for some future time 😀

Please note: I do not speak Japanese. I am, however, a dabbler in Sumi-e [inkwash painting] and a Shodo student [Japanese Calligraphy].

It takes a long time to become young.

Pablo Picasso

Making Meaningful Moments

How fun can it be?
How much fun can I have in the process?
How many fun-filled friends can I meet along the way? 
How much fun can we have while masterminding together?

I flow on this joyous river,
and I experience the exhilarating feeling
of motion toward my JOYOUS expansion.

~ Abraham-Hicks

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Looking through my Facebook feed earlier, I found the quote above shared by one of my fave people there. Since it’s the new year, I feel there’s a palpable energy in the air. It could just be me being excited that spring is coming!

I love when the season turns and it gets brighter outside. I love warm weather! Whereas some people may experience SAD [seasonal affective disorder], I can empathize because I experience something akin to wanting to just stay-in a lot in the winter. Yes, I would go to gatherings and do social events but normally, they are gatherings inside places with central heating or inviting fireplaces! 🙂

On cold, winter nights, I find myself making good use of things like saunas, steamrooms, and heated indoor pools. As much as I love playing outdoor tennis, I limit myself to playing only when the ground is play-able. On days when it’s too slick or dangerous to play [like the courts having too many icy patches], I focus on weight training in the gym, alone. I find this wards off the seriousness I feel over the holidays.

Ultimately, that is what I enjoy — the camaraderie and the sharing of a meaningful moment with someone. That someone could be my partner, my students, the many random people I meet while playing outside, or the people I know from my tennis group that I see weekly during practices. That someone could also, and is often, myself! You see, I enjoy my own company that I enjoy being alone, public or otherwise.

I sincerely believe that life is about weaving together a series of meaningful moments. These moments can be silly, serious, fun, enlightening, playful. These moments can be found while you are alone, running at park, reading a book at a café, sharing a smile with an attractive stranger on the Skytrain, or sharing a joke with colleagues during your lunch break.

The point is, you make these moments, because you are a creator. Creative life force flows through you and people are magnetized to you by your energy. If, like me, you’re happy with what you’re getting, then please continue what you’re doing! But if you’re less than satisfied, figure out what makes you happy/happier, and then do that. The new year is the perfect time for starting new habits.

I hope that you find these meaningful moments. Make some great ones! 2018 is about making new memories, meeting new friends, and experiencing as much joy as you can. Thank you for letting me share my thoughts with you! Happy 2018!!!