Sunday, February 26, 2017

Weighlifting Fairy OST

With my growing fondness to Korean novela and their music, I have added new tracks to my running playlist. Yey! The songs "From Now On" and "For Some Reason These Days" were from the original soundtrack of Korean romantic-comedy drama Weightlifting Fairy Kim Book-Joo

I don't know about you but listening to this music will surely keep you heart upbeat and your feet in brisk running pace, pushing you to run few distance more till you reach your distance goal. 😆💪😀 

Credits to the youtube channel owner of both songs. Thanks for sharing this two cheerful tracks, now I have something to look forward in my running workout.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Hedonic Threadmill

Came across "Hedonic Threadmill" while listening to one of the Sunday messages from Christ Commission Fellowship(CCF) which I also posted in my previous blog. For those who are going through quarter-life or mid-life crisis or any random time in your life where you felt you are in burning pursuit of the true meaning of happiness, you would definitely bump into this term.

According to Wikipedia, Hedonic threadmill also known as hedonic adaptation, is the observed tendency of humans to quickly return to a relatively stable level of happiness despite major positive or negative events or life changes.

Investopedia defines "Hedonic Threadmill" as the following:

The tendency of a person to remain at a relatively stable level of happiness despite a change in fortune or the achievement of major goals. According to the hedonic treadmill, as a person makes more money, expectations and desires rise in tandem, which results in no permanent gain in happiness.

On the negative flip, suppose something tragic happen to you like denied promotion, an accident or bankruptcy, initially you might feel depressed but slowly as time progress you'll adjust to your circumstances. Soon you'll learn to find happiness in other things, because humans are adaptable beings.

On the positive note, this means after getting that promotion you worked hard on or being married to the love of your life, for sometime you'll be leaving your dreams in cloud nine, but after sometime happiness declines. You'll then think to be really happy in your married life you need to have kids, buy house of your own and so on. And the list will continue to grow. So in order for a person to maintain the same level of fulfilment, he needs to acquire more than what he acquired before. This sounds miserable to me because it will be a never ending pursuit to happiness. tries to explain the power and problem of adaptation. The author Amit Amin provides evidences how adaptation can stop giving human happiness. Here's some of it:

While its true that being physically attractive increases self-esteem and opportunities in life, it's not enough to sustain satisfaction. Being attractive may lead to higher expectation in terms of friends and partner. But success in relationships has no direct correlation to physical attributes but more in character and behaviour. Oftentimes less attractive people can be more grateful.

We desire money not for the sake of having money but for what money can give us. Yes money cannot buy happiness but it can buy things to make us happy. But the more money we get from our jobs, the more things we need to sacrifice like time with family, more stress and the like. Also wealth can be inversely proportional to appreciation. The more wealthy a person becomes, his appreciation to simple things decreases. They would require bigger houses, more stylish cars, fancy restaurants for dinners, more expensive shoes and bags, more lavish trips etc.

Humidity after a clear day is correlated with reduced vigor and happiness. Sunshine after a cloudy day is correlated with increased mood. But sunshine after sunshine is correlated with nothing. When we experience sunshine most of the time, eventually we tend to take if for granted.

Marriage + Children
Studies suggests that having children increases meaning and purpose in life which could be the reason why people choose to get married and have kids. But this is not a one-size-fits-all, for others they can find meaning in life through their career, helping others, raising advocacy and awareness etc. We just need to strike a balance on each other's choices in life and there is nothing wrong whichever side you opt to belong. As not all married people are happy, just like not all singles are miserable.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Michael Ramsden: Jesus Satisfies

What does it mean to truly live?
How do we measure what it means to be happy, fulfilled or satisfied in this world?
Why is it that as we see wealth going up in a nation, reported level of happiness goes down?

Image courtesy of Youtube
With all these questions unanswered, often we fill our lives with all kinds of distractions to distract ourselves from the problem of our own emptiness. So we are looking to be entertained through television, drinking, partying or anything that can momentarily hold our attention because something within us seems to be missing.

The Bible tries to answer this through the book of Luke 12:13-21 - The Parable of the Rich Fool. In the story the younger brother wanted Jesus to divide the estate. Why? Same reason why we want money, because of the things it can buy and the satisfaction it can bring to us.

There are so many things we try to bring into our lives to make us happy. We consume, buy, build things hoping to feel fulfilled.

In verse Luke 12:15 and Isaiah 55, God is not questioning our desires for fulfilment and satisfaction, He is questioning where you can find it. Life does not consist in the abundance of possession. For even if you have more than enough, your wealth will not give you life.

What are the things that you are pursuing?
Where is your energy, creativity, money, labor, gold going?
More importantly, does it satisfy?

Christ came into this world, He alone can meet the deepest desires of our heart. 
He alone can satisfy us. 

For full message, you can visit Christ Commission Fellowship youtube channel via this link.

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Basic Korean I Learned from Watching Korean Drama Part II

Still cannot get over Korean drama so last week I found myself marathoning sports drama Weightlifting Fairy Kim Book Joo, inspired by the Olympic gold medalist Jang Mi-ran.

Its quite fascinating to watch the lives of athletes - their discipline in training, commitment to their sport, frustrations and at the same time how they have fun.

While I enjoy seeing this cheerful and entertaining KDrama, I also learned new words and phrases I could add to my Korean vocabulary:

Mister - Adjusshi
Uncle - Samchon
Sorry - Mi Ahn hae / Mianhaeyo
Awesome - Dae bak
Hello(on the phone) - Yeoboseyo
Really? - Jinjja?
That's right / Absolutely - Georeomyo
I miss you - Bugoshipuh / Bugoshipuhyo (formal)
Are you okay? - Gwenchanah? / Gwenchanahyo? (formal)
Don't go - Gajima
I'm hungry - Baegopayo
Let's eat - Bap mukja
It's delicious! - Massh iss uh yo!
Please - Joo Sae Yo / Sae Yo (formal)
It's delicious - Mah Sit Sso Yo
Long time no see - Olen-maniya
Nice to meet you - Mannaseo bangapseumnida

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Five Things I Would Tell My Younger Self

1. Sleep
While sleep is still in your favour -- take daily afternoon naps, appreciate early bedtimes and enjoy waking up late on weekends and school holidays. When you become an adult especially when you enter the workforce, sleep will be an expensive commodity. Let's not get into the time when you become a parent, by that time sleep is a luxury.  

2. Spend time with the right people who are worth it
The time we spend with people we love is always well spent. Play with your siblings while you can. Hug your dad. Say 'I love you' to your mom. Help family with household chores. Eat meals together. Travel and explore the world. Bond with your friends. Make fun memories. You never know where your career might bring you in the future, so savour the moment with them.
Family is not an important thing, it's everything. --Michael J. Fox

3. Stop trying to impress others
You are fearfully and wonderfully made by God --Psalm 139:4
The earlier you realise this, the lighter your life will be. Give up on what others will think about you, not because you don't care but because these people don't. It's such a waste of time. Focus your energy on how God accepted and loved you even at your worst. You can't do anything more or less for God to love you more.

4. It's okay to make mistakes
The biggest mistake you could ever make is being too afraid to make one. Take risks, if ever you stumble, get back up and try again. Mistakes are proof that you are trying, just don't make the same mistake twice. Learn from it.

5. Keep going
Even if you don't know what lies ahead, just keep going. Attend that class with terror professor, believe me you might encounter worse than that when you have an unreasonable manager. Prepare and come to that interview, the first step to getting hired is showing up.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Music: Goblin OST

Getting hooked on the 16 episodes of the romantic fantasy Korean drama - Guardian: The Lonely and Great God aka Goblin, it is inevitable not to get absorbed on its soundtrack as well. I can listen to this full album all day long despite the lyrics don't make sense to me. The melody and Korean words(which I don't understand) stringed to form all these heartfelt music is enough to bring back the memorable scenes of Goblin series. 
Someone please save me from this Korean fever addiction!

1. Chanyeol & Punch - Stay With Me
2. 10cm - My Eyes
3. Lasse Lindh -Hush
4. Crush - Beautiful
5. Eddy Kim - You Are So Beautiful
6. Sam Kim - Who Are You
7. Syou - I Miss You
8. Jung Joonil - First Snow
9. Ailee - I Will Go To You Like The First Snow
10. Urban Zakapa - Wish
11. Kim Kyung Hee - And I'm Here
12. Han Soo Ji - Winter Is Coming
13. Kim Kyung Hee - Stuck In Love
14. Roy Kim, Kim Ye Ji - Heaven
15. Mamamoo - Love
16. Heize - Round And Round

Credits to the owner of the youtube channel for this compilation.

CCF: Jesus The Light & Life of the World

Bro. John Arradaza

The book of John is full of profound truths about Jesus and His deity, and John wrote it in a manner that readers would clearly understand it. Unlike the other three synoptic gospels - Matthew, Mark and Luke; the book of John is written in a way that is spoon feeding us with truths. Not only does it narrates the story of Jesus Christ, it also provides conclusion to the reader, so that we may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God and that by believing we may have life in His name.

“Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” — John 1:3-5
John 1 takes us back to the story of creation - Through Him all things were made – that encompasses pretty much everything. All things, living and non-living alike were made by Jesus Christ. He made the heavens and the earth, He made the plants, the trees, the animals and He made you and me.

“God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth” — Genesis 1:17
Our universe is a manifestation of how big, magnificent and wondrous God is. All the gargantuan balls of burning gasses billions of miles away were made by the breath of His mouth.

“By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.” — Psalm 33:6
Meditating about this truth may keep us wondering — Why go all the trouble of creating the universe and all that is in it? After all, God did not need it, He is all sufficient and need nothing from anything or from anyone. The Book of Genesis account us how God created everything. There’s one repeating theme in chapter one and that is God says it and it happens. God says let there be light and there was light. God says let the water be gathered into one place and let there be dry ground and it was so. He also said let there be vegetation and there was vegetation, let there be animals and there was so. This is repeated several times in the account of creation. However, when it came to mankind, it was a little different. God did not just utter a word, but from dust of ground He breathed into his nostrils the breath of life.

“Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” — Genesis 2:7
While God being sufficient and Almighty Himself, still took time to create all the heavens and the earth and every living thing on it including us, human beings, all because of love.

“God saw all that he had made, and it was very good…” — Genesis 1:31
When God looked at His creation, here is what He was saying, “What I have made is blessed and it is a blessing. It is good because it is an expression of Who I am.”

Each and every thing that is created was good and has a purpose, even the mosquitoes and the ticks - even those things that in a fallen world cause pain and destruction — they were all good.

Do you realise that the sole purpose of creation was the expression of the love and glory of God. God did not need creation — but His love needed an object to be loved. Love is not love that has no loving expression — and the immense love of God looked for a place to be expressed — and that place was you. All of creation is motivated from, caused by and is an expression of love. That is why it was ‘very good.’

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