I turned 40 so what?

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I forgot to post this. Enjoy…I’m 41 now ūüôā

“Life begins at 40” and so it says but I know a lot of people who dreaded the big 4-0 but not me. I turned 40 this May and frankly I still feel that I’m still the old me. Although I grew older, my state of mind remains young and vibrant. So what if you are forty? It only means that you had 40 years of life experiences both good and bad. Honestly, of all the bad things that happened in my life at least I got some good out of it. ¬†I learned.

Instead of worrying about numbers and lines appearing on your face, let us ponder on life and share the things that we have learned along the way.  Life lessons are best shared by people who experienced them first-hand.

Here goes:

  • If you want to learn to cook, start with the recipes of the food that you love to eat.
  • You cannot force your child to do anything, you can only influence &¬†guide them.
  • You cannot be really angry with your child even whatever they do. A mother’s heart is eternally forgiving.
  • You feel a different kind of freedom when you learn to let go of things that you are attached with or keeping for a long time. You will realize how easy to let go of material things once you decide to.
  • We sometimes worry too much when the problem is just simple.
  • I see myself ageing but the child inside me remains. It’s the true fountain of youth.
  • Most of the time, if you want things done, do it yourself.
  • If you can do something about it, do it. Complaining is more stressful.
  • You can always feel when you are about to do something wrong. It’s your conscience.
  • Do not waste time, money and energy to look pretty. Be beautiful from the inside.
  • Feel good by giving to those who need and extend your help when you can.
  • Smile! Wrinkles develops more when you frown.
  • Be contented. This is the secret to happiness.
  • Grey hair? Color it and have fun doing it.
  • Dress and act your age.
  • Be responsible in everything you say or do.

This list will go on and on. The best thing to do with your life is make everything worthwhile. Do not worry and stay happy.

I am forty, now more mature than when I was twenty. And so my adventure begins…

College bound

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My daughter turned 15 last January. I have been behind her back now that she’s on her last year in high school. ¬†It was time to decide on her college degree.

As I have said in my previous blog, I’m currently an “online” mom. Helping my daughter decide which college course to take is a little bit difficult because of our distance. ¬†Today, ¬†I did some search on Google for some articles on how to choose the right college course. Honestly, nobody taught me this when I was in high school. Yeah, they have this career orientation but it was not enough. It didn’t prepare me for the harsh realities of life after college. Also, I just picked the course which my high school buddies was going to take. In short, I might have made the wrong choice.

Now that I’m a mom, I find it a great deal to spend time and help my daughter out in planning her future.

Here are some points that I ask my daughter to answer before choosing the path to her lifelong future profession:

1. Reviewing real life professions- I’m doing this in reverse. Instead of asking her what course to take, I asked her which job she thinks or feels that she can do and enjoy doing it. So, I gave my daughter links to the list of top paying jobs of 2014. After choosing at least 10 kinds of jobs, we can now link it back which program she can take to be able to apply for that job. Honestly, I prefer to teach my kids to be entrepreneurs. I don’t know why schools don’t teach us to be bosses anyway. Most of the time, we are taught how to be employees rather than employers. In the end, it’s really all about making money.

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2. Selection- Showing her a list of courses, I asked her to choose at least 5 and rank them, 1 being her first choice and 5 being her last.

3. ¬†Assessment- Is this the course what she wants? ¬†Will it bore her or will she get fed up with it after some time? Choosing what she wants will get her more chances of enjoying working with it in the future. I learned my lesson when it was too late already. Got myself in a course where I was just studying it to pass. It didn’t give me any gratification. I didn’t feel excited to learn. So this time, I will make sure my daughter will like her college program and not be pressured by her peers.

I want my kids to develop long-term planning and good attitude towards work. ¬†Just taking any course isn’t good enough now a days. Life is not as easy as it was before. We will all end up working just to pay for a living. Providing the best education for our kids is like arming them for the future. ¬†It’s the best gift that parents can give to their children and our children to theirs.

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His Royal Sharpness

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Believe¬†¬†me when I say, I am not into endorsements. I have lately taken a liking of buying things online since it’s more convenient (and I am lazy to go out) but not necessarily practical. It is still better to buy what you can actually see in the stores or probably have been highly recommended by your family and friends.

I recently bought a set of Pro V Contour Knives (as seen on TV) on Souq.com but returned it only after 3 days. I took out 3 knives (paring, fillet and steak knives) which I think I will use regularly. Surprisingly, these “stainless steel” knives start to rust.

item_XL_4702964_1322707I learned my lesson well. Before you buy anything online, make it a habit to check the product reviews. You will find loads of reviews online. The best reviews, of course, are from the buyers themselves who made home videos while showing you how they test the product. Souq did a great job, by the way, with their customer service. I got a refund 2 days after they picked up the item.

Now, I still have my knife problem unsolved. I believe that every home needs a good set of knives.

Ceramic_Knife_and_Peeler_Set_Red__03991.1375162383.1280.1280 Ding! I remembered receiving from a very dear friend (who will remain anonymous in this blog) a Kyocera ceramic set for my birthday last May- a knife and a peeler. I didn’t want to use them because it really looked fancy and dainty and I didn’t want to break them.

Looking at my veggies for salad on the left and a dull old knife on the right, I decided to try out the ceramic knife for the first time.  OMG! It was amazing. It was very sharp and you do not need too much effort. I was in a slicing frenzy!  For the first time ever, I was happy to slice anything in the kitchen. I even tried to fillet a fish with it.

After washing the knife, I looked at it and carefully returned it to the box and kept it like a treasure. I highly recommend to you these ceramic knives. I even see them being used in Junior Masterchef Australia- by kids. It comes in different colors and sizes too. The knife grip is also engineered to the natural contour of your hand.

This is officially my first ever endorsement!