Time catching @ Coffee shops, Tel Aviv Day 1

Sitting in a little cozy coffee shop on a rainy day makes me want to write a blog instead of code. ūüôā
Sunday, is a work day in Israel. It’s a perfect day to hop around the popular spots since most people are at work.¬†I’m jet lagged and¬†wanted to get some work done so I decided to hop around different coffee shops instead. I must admit, my first realization on this trip¬†is having a job that allows me to work from anywhere and everywhere around the world is pretty darn awesome. Knowing my own personality, it helps me relieve my own stress of frequent travel (definitely a first world problem!) and minimizes¬†impact on work productivity.

My first stop – Cafelix

A quaint little coffee shop that specializes in artisan roasting of specialty coffee. It offers a good selection. You can ask them for items that are not on the menu such as flat white which is my favorite. I checked out the location at Levinsky market. There aren’t many sittings here but if you are able to get the sitting upstairs, it’s a quiet two people corner that is tucked away from the crowd that goes in and out of the shop.

My next stop – Aroma Israel

One of the largest coffee chain in Israel. Don’t let the word “chain” fool you, they still is able to deliver quality. Israelis love their cafe shops and most of them would tell you this one is worth checking out. They also serve food here, so a perfect lunch spot if you are in the mood for some food with a dose of caffeine. Opposite to the previous experience, this place is huge.¬†There is no problem finding a seat (at the location I went)¬†for sure.

Sitting at these coffee shops helped me feel like the time has finally slowed down for me to enjoy the moment. This sounds kind of odd because 2016 was an¬†great awesome year, so much has happened especially in the last quarter. ¬†It’s exactly for that reason why¬†I feel like time has flew¬†by and I don’t know where all the week days/weekend went. There was an occasion constantly to look forward to and I forgot how to enjoy the moment in the process. I have¬†a craving to relive¬†some of the memorable experiences except there are more in the making. They do say “time flies” when you are enjoying what you do. But Time, can you slow down a bit for me to catch up with you?¬†

Jet Lag – A Blessing in Disguise

Jet Lag – A Blessing in Disguise

I used to hate jet lag and cringe every time I think about my trip return. As I’ve gotten older (against my will!) and my responsibilities grew (inevitably with life), I realized I get¬†a lot¬†more done if I just get up¬†earlier¬†in the morning by an hour. You can argue that you get the same amount of work¬†done at night when you sleep late. I used to think the same except my efficiency proved me wrong AND there were¬†always last minute obligations¬†that¬†interrupted my evenings of productivity.

SO¬†I figured out the easy part,¬†I prefer to get up early in the morning. Now the difficult task,¬†I can’t sleep early enough. I may have succeeded a few attempts¬†of getting in bed early¬†but I was never able to sustain it. Yeap, I felt¬†good for a day about sleeping early and next day I go back to my “good” old routine. It seemed that my body was just wired to go to sleep past¬†midnight! o_O This was a vicious cycle that was almost impossible for me to break. Well, that was until my most recent trip!

After I got back from my recent trip, instead of complaining about my¬†jet lag, I started to appreciate it because it helped me break out of my late night sleeping habit! ¬†HARRAY! ¬†It looks¬†like I’ve been¬†able to sustain it pretty well this time. The trip¬†was to UK which has a time difference of 8 hrs with Pacific Time Zone. So around 5pm, I was starting¬†to feel tired and by 8pm I was¬†ready to pass out! The first day was¬†extremely difficult¬†to stay awake but I knew I had to stay up until a reasonable¬†hour or else I’ll wake up ridiculously early and won’t be able to get back to sleep. On the first day back, I fell¬†asleep a little past 9pm and I was able to sleep until 5am without waking up. Next day, I went to sleep at 9:30pm and woke up around 6. The day after I was able to sleep at 10:30pm and got up at 6 as well. I find my¬†body/mind functions very well with 7:30-8 hrs¬†of sleep so anything additional would be somewhat of a waste in my opinion.¬†Everything I¬†used to do such as workout, read, late dinner, well I took this opportunity to change them up a bit. Late night dinner became¬†early dinner (or rather ON time dinner), end of day workout became¬†early morning workout, reading/learning is also a lot more effective in the morning than at night! ¬†ūüôā

Haven’t thought about how to deal with jet lag¬†from other continents yet but I would probably attempt the same routine. Now days, I feel totally recharged in the morning¬†and I’m getting a lot more done¬†before noon and¬†THAT FEELS¬†GREAT!¬†ūüėÄ

There is always something positive to every unpleasant situation and this is the benefit I got out of jet lag.  A blessing in disguise, shall we agree? XD

International Women’s Day – Thought Provoking

https://vimeo.com/121374149

After watching this, I had the urge of writing another post. I saw the news about this a while back but did not know the full story. This documentary made me feel nauseous and it made me realize that there are still many cultures out there that suffers from severe gender inequality issue.

Having grew up in a developing country myself up to my teens, I did not know the severity of gender inequality. International Women’s Day was just a day off from school when I was a kid similar to¬†all the other holidays. After immigrating to North America, the degree of gender inequality that I was aware of pretty much revolved around corporate life and¬†this article below¬†highlighted some of the¬†gender inequality issues we face¬†in the tech field.

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-women-tech-20150222-story.html#page=1

Some of the situations they described sounded familiar but I don’t agree with the decisions these people made. If we were to leave every field that has gender bias, this would only amplify the issue, wouldn’t it? Also to keep in mind, the problem you face in one company may not exist in another or may not be as pronounced. Sometimes changing company may just be your¬†solution instead of changing to a different field.

For some of us, we are very lucky to be living in a culture where gender inequality is not as pronounced as many of the other cultures. We should all be grateful for this and yet not to forget that at some point in history, our grandparents or generations before that had to go through what some of these less fortunate cultures are going through today.

Question to myself and to all the other women, how have you dealt with gender inequality when you are faced with such problem?

It’s not an easy question¬†to answer especially when facing such problem in a professional setting. But one thing for sure, I don’t believe in walking away from problems and that goes for gender inequality as well, it is by¬†no way of helping the situation!

Great talk by Alain de Botton

I haven’t blogged¬†for over a month and seriously It seems like just two days ago when I wrote my previous baking post. Where do time go these days? I guess mine went to work and catching up with other personal aspect of my life. I haven’t really had¬†the time to blog some of my latest thoughts/interesting experiences. >.<

Instead of catching up on work right now(supposedly), I wandered off to the realm of wisdom talks by Alain de Botton. I’ve recently heard about this writer/philosopher¬†and started watching some of his talks. These two¬†really¬†stood out (maybe because I can relate to) and I highly recommend them. It’s insightful and I really enjoyed his explanations and some of the examples he gave.¬†Also the question/answer portion is very interesting as well.

As 2014 comes to an end

I decided to make a video using¬†all of my¬†picture highlights throughout the year.¬†I used picasa to make this video and it didn’t take long at all. The tedious part was going through my pictures and picking the meaningful ones I wanted to add.

It’s my first time making a video and I thought it was really fun!¬†ūüėÄ

Happy New Year everyone! This video is a tribute to those who have been part of my year of adventure. Thank you guys! ‚̧

Hope you enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed making it!

Simply feeling blessed

Simply feeling blessed

A few weeks back I took a weekend trip to Taiwan for my birthday. People have thought it was nuts for such a short period of time but even more so is spending a birthday by myself. ¬†I remember seeing some people’s facial expression whether that is a acquaintance or stranger I came across, they all seemed to have this I’m sorry kind of look.

There is something I came¬†to realize even though I think I knew this already before.¬†Although¬†I wasn’t physically with my close friends or family on my birthday but I felt loved and cared for even more so when I’m away. Distance doesn’t keep those who truly cares¬†away. They will find a way to send¬†their love and wish one way or another no matter where you are.¬†The trip was a present I picked for myself, even though I spent my birthday by myself, I wasn’t alone. I had friends from all over the place that sent me their warm wishes. I had people that have text, called or¬†emailed to let me know that I was on their mind. I was welcomed back with birthday gatherings and surprises. The strange¬†decision to many of spending my birthday by myself only made me feel more certain on how blessed I am to have such a wonderful group of loving and supportive¬†family and friends who truly cares.

I love this feeling, this moment and my life right now. It ain’t perfect but I embrace its imperfection. How can one NOT embrace life when there are so many positive individuals that surround us whom we can learn from¬†and share all those¬†great moments in life with!!

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Holiday season is just around the corner. I hope everyone¬†have a safe and wonderful holiday! My favorite time of the year. ūüėÄ Time to wear stretchy pants. ūüėõ

Great find when power goes out…

Last year we got hit by an ice storm in Toronto. This year we got hit by heavy rain storm in SF!

What’s with December?

Both times the power went out¬†and I seriously don’t know how people deal with no electricity? Although it was for a relatively short period of time. I felt like I couldn’t do anything. No power means no wifi and I couldn’t even get on my mobile network, no cooking, no hot water, no cleaning, no e-reading(forgot to charge it:S). Just when I thought there was not anything I could¬†possibly do at home. I found my stash of hard copy books which I have neglected for years possibly?! and within that pile of books, I found¬†an awesome one¬†I probably have been meaning¬†to read for a while but totally forgot about it¬†– The Alchemist! My next read! ūüėÄ

imageThanks goodness the storm has left us. As much as I’m hoping for powder in¬†Tahoe, I’m getting a little sick of the rain!¬†At least the ice storm was pretty in Toronto where as this rain was¬†just nasty! :/