carpe diem summer 2014.

just a list of things i’ve done to keep track of them 🙂 and for anyone who’s doing something similar this summer, maybe some of these will help you come up with ideas or inspiration or motivation or something lol. ^-^ (also my other blog too)

1. went to see a musical in my little sister’s school :3
2. went to a karaoke place and sang foreign songs we don’t understand or know the lyrics to xD :B
3. made a new friend~ (with a baby in our neighbourhood :B)
4. started organizing my huge, huge digital photo collection 😮
5. had board game nights with the sisters :B (played Clue and Game of Life)
6. bought a 1000-piece disney photomosaic puzzle! (haven’t started it yet though haha xD)
7. continuing to learn a new language~ (so fun when i can pick up on people’s conversations without them knowing i know what they’re saying HAHA :3 — not that i’m an eavesdropper or anything! :O)
8. went to the African Lion Safari! 😀 whoo~
9. tried to have a “yes” day (where you say ‘yes’ to everything you get asked! :O it can be an amazing way to discover unexpected new opportunities. :3 one thing leads to another and all~ [safety first though! haha xD])
10. joined a musical theatre class — got assigned a song for musical theatre 😮 trying to think up choreography ideas for it with my sister :3
11. danced to Just Dance at the shopping mall in front of an xbox display thing they had set up outside a windows store
12. tried out new organic frozen yogurt place! mixed almost all the toppings they had there together for quite an exciting flavour LOL ugly pictures coming soon 😛
13. bought a new board game to try (Quelf, anyone?)
14. bought a bunch of new accessories, necklaces and rings and stuff :3
15. visited the flea market and just walked around looking at all the stalls~

here is another list i came across the other day:
http://hellogiggles.com/single-girls-totally-doable-summer-bucket-list
some of these sound really fun! 😀 so, take a look for more ideas ^-^

here are a couple of my favourites:
10. pick a summer anthem (which we did during our first carpediemsummer back in 2012! 😀 haha, we picked the “carpe diem” song from phineas and ferb, naturally. and learned a choreographed dance to it. and we sang + danced it everywhere! be it playgrounds and parks, the garden section of wal-mart, busy streets of downtown, or just on our own in our living room. LOL! it was really silly. but awesome, as most really silly things are. :B)
15. learn the handshake from parent trap
16. celebrate an obscure holiday and go all-out (we were thinking we could also make up our own holiday! 😀 and go all-out. haha.)
26. make fake character personalities and use them at bars (though we don’t frequent bars, we could do this somewhere else where we meet people LOL i’ve always wanted to try this xD just to see what happens :P)
40. go somewhere for every letter of the alphabet (sounds really interesting! o: going to try this one for sure.)

catch-up post. about musical theatre class. :)

so, as mentioned before, in the spirit of carpe diem summer, i joined a musical theatre class with my sister a few weeks ago. :O

here’s what i was going to post after our first class a few weeks back:

“so we just attended our first musical theatre class the other day, and it was pretty fun! 😀

everyone was really nice, and i was surprised to discover that despite my lack of any acting/singing background, i was not the least experienced person there! ^-^ and also despite being younger than most of the other people in the class, we were treated pretty equally 😀 and we fit in pretty well, i think. :3 
 
so yeah, it was really fun. and i felt really comfortable there.
until they all started naming these famous musicals and talking about singing and things (something i have no experience in D: nor proper knowledge of) and then i felt a little silly because when they said “larger than life”, i thought of backstreet boys, when they said “seymour” i thought of final fantasy x, when they said “jekyll & hyde”, i thought of this:
 
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and out all the (about five) musicals that i knew of, three of them i knew of because of glee! xD oh my goodness, i’m so un-deep. :P”
 
haha. but no, the class is actually really fun, and the people are all amazing, and i’m glad we made this spontaneous decision to join it. ^^ now. hopefully i won’t be completely embarassing during the performance at the end of the class! ^^” hehe…
 
BUT! speaking of the performance 😀 we got so lucky with the song they gave us~ judging from all the musicals they were naming the first class, we figured we’d get some famous song we aren’t really familiar with and have to learn it from scratch but we got like one of our favourite songs that we’ve been singing since we were kids! 😀 as a duet too! yay~ we even have the song listed as songs to practice for fun in our carpe diem summer’s to do list from earlier! 
 
how serendipitous~
 


 

one of the problems i had last summer, and the one before, was…

[ the little adventure blog ] our mission: never stop finding new things to try

one of the problems i had last summer, and the one before, was keeping track of everything i did. i mean, at least for 2012, i had the journal and i used it regularly, but i lost track of all the pictures we took~ they just ended up scattered all over my laptop/desktop computers and only today (about two years late!) did i finally gather them all into one place, to select the photos i wanted to include on this post.
it’s funny because i always planned to keep a blog somewhere of everything we were doing during the summer of 2012. i think i started at least three different blogs (wordpress, blogger, tumblr), but they all ended up not getting updated on time. >.<” (an example being this little adventure blog (both on wordpress and tumblr), which was pretty much based on the same idea (keeping track…

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i joined a musical theatre class :<

so one of the things i’ve always loved was the idea of working on a huge project together with a lot of people, and then finally presenting it to an audience (like they do in those movies about performances and stuff xD).

i used to be one of the quieter kids back in elementary/middle school, so even if i was part of some of the school plays and performances, i always felt like i was kind of on the sidelines, or not really there.

and in high school, i didn’t join many clubs, nor take any drama classes, or anything, so.

i often felt like i kind of missed out on that feeling of a “performance”, haha.

 

so in the spirit of carpe diem summer,
my sister and I apparently decided to join a musical theatre class with a stage performance at the end i don’t know how this is going to go – the first class is today 😡 – and i’m a little nervous – i hope everyone there isn’t too much older than me – i have a knack for kind of embarrassing myself in situations, since i’m such a silly person LOL! – aaahhhh *fingers crossed* xD hope this goes welllll. wish me luck? :B

 

oh, by the way.
i have no experience in either singing or acting. oh my~

i love music~

and recently, these melodies keep coming to me lol. :B

maybe my next “new thing” that i try will be to learn how to write music, so i can write some of these melodies down? ^-^

:3

 

i have a problem.
i go through these…i don’t know, i call them “phases”. where i’ll be really into something for a while (a few weeks, or months, i don’t know, it’s different each time), but then it just fades~ until i re-discover it again later (in a few weeks, months, years, again, it’s different each time, and i’m not really sure how to control it).

this applies to a lot of things, and recently, i’ve been paying more attention to just relaxing, hopeless day-dreaming, learning a new language, (and apparently, trying to make music? ^^) than i have been to writing or drawing. :< it’s sad because now i have all these novel/story ideas sitting in my evernote files, getting all dusty and feeling neglected >.<;; but i don’t feel the same rush to finish them anymore, i don’t know. 3: what to do, what to do~

 

i wish i was as good as some people at sticking to things… i should work on that. ><

 

 

 

i want to make songs.

(and learn how to sing? XD haha.)

i’m back!

sorry for the hiatus. 😛

got a little pre-occupied with school and family and vacation-ing and obsessing over new celebrity crush. >.>;;

 

anywayyy.

i’ve been continuing to work on my novels though. :3 and will probably be posting some new excerpts in the coming week.

i also came up with a bunch of more new things that i want to try! (like learn three different languages!)

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i have this tendency… where i get bored of things relatively easily. >.<;; i mean, once in a while, i’ll come up with a big goal/dream of some kind, but i don’t have the dedication to stick it through, especially not for years and years. i think maybe two months or so (?) is my limit in working toward one thing, and placing it as high priority.

either way!

i really do want to finish at least one of the novels i’ve planned, and i think i’m motivated enough about this to actually see it through, so. 🙂 please, cheer me on~ 😛 i’ll do my best. ^^

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on another note. i have this new-found appreciation and awe for flying. (as in, on airplanes. not, like, magical flying. which is awesome too! but, you know, i’ve always had a thing for that. [hence, it wouldn’t be new-found…:B])

 

until later!

– rain~ :3

I’m not much for goal-setting…

I mean, of course we all need some goals, but the idea of mapping your whole life out in major goals, and sub-goals needed to reach those goals, is just too rigid and closed-minded an idea for me.
 
“With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now.” 
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
Life is for exploring, I think. And by boxing yourself into a pre-planned path, and not even just the path, but also all the directions you’re going to take while you’re on that path, is just too… limiting. (And also leads to feeling like anything that doesn’t fit into the plan as being something “wrong” or disappointing… sometimes, life has its own plans, you know? And I think it’s better to accept them, rather than fight them. 🙂 Sometimes, it’s even better than what we originally had planned.)
 
The Best Goal is No Goal – by Leo Babauta
 
 
So, while I do have some goals, such as preferred career choices, and some projects I want to finish (e.g. my novel(s)), the majoriy of the time I believe in living life by the day, by the moment, and trying my best to be present in the now, as opposed to planning for the future. I more or less believe that the future has a way of working itself out, and most of us think about it way more than we have to, or should.
 

“I paid attention to what was going on around me, which is what you need to do. Then you’ll start seeing the things you’re missing.”

           – Lacey Weatherford, Crush
 
And sometimes, we all need to take a few moments to relax. Take a walk. Meditate. You know.
 
You have to open your mind to going places you never expected to go. If you live without goals, you’ll explore new territory. You’ll learn some unexpected things. You’ll end up in surprising places. 
 
Anyway, on the topic of new things, and life’s little adventures, I’m working on this blog dedicated to finding new things to try within everyday life. Hopefully to maybe show people how even the littlest things can add so much more fun to our life! If we just stop to notice them.
 
There are plenty of little ways to expose ourselves to more spontaneity and randomness in our daily life, and just to take the time to explore. Because I believe the rule we were taught from my video game development class about the construction of video games —
 
“It’s about experiences: Learning new skills, exploring, challenges and competition. The longer those last, the deeper the experience.”
– Sean Murray, Hello Games (Joe Danger) 
 
— is true to our real life as well. And maybe you like the way things are right now, and you don’t want to quit your job, or go climb a mountain, or travel the world. But the point is, you don’t have to take such drastic measures, to seize each and every day. (At least, don’t think so.)
 
There are so many things to do, and little ways we can have more fun and stop ourselves from getting into a rut. I think the important thing is, just to keep your mind and heart open to the little things that make life special
 

Something new to do: Nanowrimo

So I ran across this Nanowrimo challenge thing yesterday, and I’m going to join it! 😀 Just for the heck of it. ^^ It sounds like fun, and of course, gives me something new to do, and discovering it in such a timely fashion (in the month of November itself! :O) must be some sort of sign. 😛 Or something.

Anyway.

Any thoughts on this challenge, by anyone who’s done this before, or is doing it right now :D?