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Hey peeps!

Once again this hesitant writer has taken yet another blogging hiatus. I am sorry for the lack of updates, there’ just too many, I don’t know where to start!

To the uninformed , I’ll be leaving for the States next Wednesday, the 12th of August so mark your calendars!

I’ve enrolled in the University of Central Oklahoma in the School of Liberal Arts, majoring in PR. It’s in a town called Edmond, just 25 minutes away from Oklahoma City. So I won’t be that far away from civilization, just far enough to not be too distracted. It’s the mid west after all.

Its been long time coming and I’m thankful that everything has gone smoothly thus far. There were a few hiccups along the way (travel clashes, visa application) but it all worked out in the end.

I am excited, going off to another country, venturing out into the unknown. It can be a bit daunting and I admit, I am a tad bit intimidated.

But at the same time, I can’t wait for it. To be in an environment where I can be completely mobile and not feel boxed in.  It is scary, being on my own and not having anyone to turn to for help. Having to figure stuff out for myself but I think it’s time I face the reality of growing up and not shy away to my corner.

So I’m lapping up the opportunity and am prepared to undertake whatever it is that is coming my way.

Check this space to see how I’m doing = )

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MARK VICTOR HANSEN, a well known motivational speaker and the man responsible for feeding avid book readers with Chicken Soup for the Soul, says this “By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you want to be. Put your future in good hands–your own,”.

And so I will. I’m even going to go as far as posting it here on my blog so I can remind myself  and the people around me of the things I want to achieve.

I’m at a crucial phase in my life.

I’m at a point where the things I do, the friends I’m with, the choices I make and the things I say will all culminate in shaping me into the person I am going to become.

It’s really now or never.

No more hiding behind the security of a safe and sheltered life.

No more depending on parents to ascertain life altering decisions.

No more “going with the flow”.

Life is what you choose to make of it and I hope to slowly but surely lift the foggy veil that is hindering me from seeing the things I want in life and work hard at achieving the things I already know I want out of life.

It is especially hard when you’ve led a somewhat comfortable life like I did, where plans are already laid out for you and the people in your life (in my case, it’s my family) has expectations of you.

Having said that, I am glad that my parents are the type to leave important decision makings to me.

They didn’t force me into a particular field of interest or come up with a list of ridiculously impossible achievements for me.

They didn’t even plan which college or Uni for me to enroll in.

There was a time I used to think they were rather complacent in the handling of my future and I was constantly worried about where I am going to go, what is going to happen because there was no plan, no direction. I felt aimless.

But now I see the wisdom in their decision because they didn’t want me to be complacent. They wanted me to worry so I will be the one to dictate where my life will go.

Because at the end of the day, you choose the path you are on and you choose who you are going to be.

And I am thankful for that.

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I know, you know
We don’t see
So our truth wait, patiently

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I walk the streets with a song in my head
We ebb and we flow so
Got my toes and my pup at the foot of my bed
My heart always seem to know
Take the glitz back I want the soul instead
Cause I’ve found some kind of fairytale

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I used to hover outside my truth
Always worry about what I’d lose

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Spent the last two years getting to what’s real
Now I can see so clear
I hope you feel just life I feel
Cause I’ve found some kind of fairytale

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NoLiTa flat on rent control
That’s the life I choose
Can’t drag me to the fashion show
The poses that I see through
Rubies in the afternoon
Cause I’ve found some kinda fairytale ; )

A few days ago my dad said something to me during breakfast that appears to be somewhat of a rude awakening for me.

He looked up from reading the papers and said to me “Josh, you’re turning 22 this year. Friends your age are starting work and stressing over  their car installments while you’re still in college,”

I gave him an acknowledging glance and replied in my usual, casual sardonic tone “Ahh, but that’s the beauty of it,”

He just shrugged and resumed reading his paper.

It took me a while to realize it but my dad wasn’t trying to talk down to me by noting my friends’ fast climb up the ladder to adulthood for the benefit of being spiteful.

He was actually, in his own way, trying to remind me that I have a life to get back to. That there’s still so much he knows I want out of life but for some reason, he’d noticed that I had grown complacent.

The truth is, I’ve been resting on my laurels, so content with living life one day at a time and enjoying myself that I have completely forgotten about my goals and how to go about accomplishing them.

His sudden remark brought me back down from cloud 9 and the next thing I knew: I was panicking.

I’m turning 22 and yet, I haven’t even made a dent on my list of things I want in life.

I’m still in college, going through the same mundane routine I’ve been accustomed to for the past 3 years.

That’s when I told myself I have to start pulling up my bootstraps and start building up my life.

Ergo, I started listing down things I want to be made into reality in the following years:

1. A Healthy Body

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This is something I’ve been working hard at and I want to keep at it. It’s not about sporting a six-pack or bulging muscles. It’s about being healthy and having a healthy, toned body allows me to have the longevity and strength to further attain my other goals in life.

2. Graduation

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I love my life in college. Probably more so than any student should but I need to move onto the next chapter of my education and the walk down the hall with “Pomps and Circumstance” playing in the background is long overdue.

3. A Steady Job

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I hope to find a job that I love that not only pays well but teaches me things about the world that any classroom couldn’t.

Then again who doesn’t right?

4. Perform A Gig

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I’ve been writing for sometime now and have recently began recording some of my tracks.

I hope to find an outlet where I can perform some of this songs and have the satisfaction of looking at the audience gratifying to every word and sentiment in my songs.

5. Love

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Yes. I don’t wish to stay single for long and though I enjoy having my options, there will a point in time when I want to settle down and start looking for the one who makes my mornings brighter and my nights unencumbered.

6. Visit New York and San Francisco

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I don’t need to travel anywhere exotic, though I may want to someday, but these two cities have been on my must-see list for a long time now and I know I’ll get there one day to see for myself the beauty of the concrete jungle and bask in the brilliance of its urban tenacity.

7. Travel

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I’d want to expand my knowledge of the world instead of just reading about it.

8. Marriage

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Waking up next to the one I love.

Braving life’s challenges together. The pitfalls, the relentless fights, the thrill of being a Mr and Mrs and the joys of monogamy.

I can’t wait.

9. Kids

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I love kids.

I’d want one of my own someday. Maybe two.

10. Peace

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The peace of knowing that I’ve accomplished my goals and growing old with the one I call love. And then going through the list of things I’ve done in life and marvelling at how I got to this point and thanking God for helping me through it all.

That just caps it all together wonderfully.

It’s that time again.

When the year draws to an end and everyone starts reminiscing on all the stuff that went down in the big ’08.

As I plop in front of the computer, forcing myself to update my blog (which I admit–I have been neglecting) I spend a few moments letting the events of this year unfold in my mind.

From what I’ve seen, it has definitely been an eventful year.

Some good, some bad, some I probably shouldn’t mention on this space  ; )

Lots of heartache, sadness, fights, PLENTY of drama and some friendships broken.

On the flip side, there was also lots of love, happiness, passion, harmony, new friendships formed and old friendships mended.

I got to discover new people. Good people. A little crazy, a little random and a little nuts, but good people nonetheless.

I also rediscovered certain friendships. Ones that I may have overlooked in the past but have somehow managed to find hidden treasures in.

Life is funny in that sense.

You may not get what you sought after, but you still get something worth keeping.

I certainly did.

At the end of day, you find that life really is worth living when you have the ones you love by your side.

Snapshots of 2008:

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Rocking out with the college peeps at Sam’s 21st, undoubtedly one of the top social events of the year–after the Year End Bash of course = )

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Goofing off at the Curve the the college circle.

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Glamming it up during the editorial shoot for the 4th issue of the Hailer.

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Seeking solice in the arms of the horny boy.

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Cam-whoring during church camp with the gang. (Did I really just string “cam-whoring” and “church” in the same sentence?)

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Being merry with old childhood buddies…

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…and embracing new ones into the circle. (That would be you Justin!)

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Caroling at Pyramid Tower with the best buds.

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Making the “Su Yin” face with the face herself.

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Being “lala” with the bestie and his BFFs who are now among my BFFs.

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With the drama mama and the bratty bro.

To all whose pictures aren’t here, it doesn’t mean I don’t love you–it just means we need to take more good pictures together!

Happy 2009 ya’ll!

Peace = )

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“OOOOWWWWWW….and FFRREEEDDDOOOMMMMM IS MINE!!!!,”

*singing Feelin’ Good loudly*

I’m FREE from studying.

Until next year at least.

BUT I’M FREE!!!

No more late night cramming and literally burning the midnight oil (my house suffered from power outage last Sunday)

No more refraining from checking Facebook or blogging!

No more insufferable nights of tossing and turning, worried sick about exams.

No more, no more, no more.

I’m FREE!!

Okay I’ll cut it out for the benefit of those who still have papers next week.

Now I can fully focus on:

  • Preparing for the bash. It’s next week guys! LIFE COLLEGE student, have you bought your tickets yet? If not–quickly do so!!! It’s next FRIDAY!!
  • Enjoying camp! Church camp is this Saturday!
  • Choir practice!
  • Rehearsals with Crys and Min. We don’t have much time guys = )
  • Finish recording my song. YOU don’t have much time Min = )
  • Practice for Min’s sister’s wedding. Now I can add wedding singer to my list of accolades = )
  • Hang out with Yin and Gary!! Bestie’s back!
  • Celebrate Christmas = )

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Someone faithful to someone faithful
Someone kind to someone kind to me
Somebody to somebody who loves me
– C.A. –

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I wish I was somebody’s somebody

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About Me…meme

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1. Joshua Tree, 2. I’m Nacho Mama, 3. Anglo-Chinese School – Singapore – 1906, 4. Louet Gems – Neptune Sock Yarn, 5. LEIGHTON MEESTER, 6. Let the Margaritas FLOW! – Mission24, 7. south california beach, 8. Strawberry Cheesecake, 9. Street Musician/ Busking for a Living, 10. My friends in la Albufera, 11. I am enthusiastic, 12. Joshua Lim

Questions:

1. What is your first name? Joshua
2. What is your favorite food? Nachos. I can never say NO to that.
3. What high school did you go to? A.C.S. Anjing Curi Spander. Lol.
4. What is your favorite color? Neptune Blue. My room is painted in that colour.
5. Who is your celebrity crush? It’s seasonal. It varies from time to time. Right now it’s Leighton Meester. Bitches rule!
6. Favorite drink? Margarita. I don’t care if it’s girly.
7. Dream vacation? South Beach, CA.
8. Favorite dessert? Strawberry cheesecake. Hmmmmmmm.
9. What you want to be when you grow up? A musician.
10. What do you love most in life? Friends. = )
11. One word to describe you? Enthusiastic. Cause when I’m enthusiastic, I’m REALLY enthusiastic!
12. Your flickr name. joshualim87

If I Was A…meme

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1. Galapagos Tortoise, 2. Golden Gate Bridge at Sunset, 3. 24 hours of Flickr Party in Berlin, 4. a moment of closeness, 5. Red maple, 6. Watermelon “Pac Man” Hearth, 7. Maple Twins, 8. Not sure, but I think there’s Mexican food in there somewhere., 9. Hollywood Sign, 10. ipod, 11. living room sideboard, 12. SUV in meadow

What would you be if you were…

1. an animal? A tortoise. Cause to the outside world, I may (at times) appear to be calm and collected but there are days when all I want to do is hole up in my shell and turn away all the shit life brings.
2. a city? San Francisco. It’s a mix of the laid-back lifestyle, the artsy architecture, the facade of a seemingly conservative city but therein lies a melting pot of multi-fascinating mix of eccentric characters and colorful personalities.
3. a profession? A PR executive/event planner. I love meeting new people, seeking thrills in the unexpected and enjoying the spontaneity of a non-typical job.
4. a song? Closer by Joshua Radin.
5. a season? Something breezy and not too hot. Autumn.
6. a fruit? Watermelon. Hard on the outside, soft and juicy on the inside.
7. a tree? An acer platanoides or to the horticulture impaired, a Norwegian maple. Why? Cause I’m sharp = P
8. a cuisine? Mexican and Chinese, cause I’m a different mix of flavours.
9. a website? Perezhilton.com and PinkIsTheNewBlog. The ones who know me will know why = )
10. a tech device? Hmmm. An iPod, cause I’m always playing music in my head.
11. a room in a house? The living room.
12. a means of transportation? An SUV. Solidly build. Sturdy. Soft in the right areas. Air-conditioned. And comfortable to be in ; P

Food…meme

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1. NO RESERVATIONS PICTURE #6, 2. Pancake stack of glory, 3. North Indian Cuisine, 4. Turkey Provolone Meatball Sub ~ A hearty autumn welcome, 5. nutty coconut ice cream, 6. Jamie Oliver’s book, 7. Meat on a stick, 8. Spatula City!, 9. Godiva chocolate, 10. Seitan Tortilla Wraps, 11. Tuna Mayonnaise Sandwich, 12. you keep me sane

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1. Favourite food scene in a movie? The sexual tension between Kate (Catherine Zeta-Jones) and Nick (Aaron Eckhart) while making their signature pasta in No Reservations.
2. Favourite breakfast food? Pancakes made by a loved one. = )
3. Favourite ethnic cuisine? Northern Indian.
4. Guilty pleasure? A meatball Sub.
5. Favourite ice cream flavour? Baskin Robbin’s Papaya Pineapple. Yum.
6. Favourite cookbook? Jamie Oliver’s Return of the Naked Chef. To be honest, it’s the only cookbook I have actually flipped through.
7. Favourite snack? Meat on sticks.
8. Favourite kitchen gadget? Spatula. Just cause I can spank someone with it.
9. Chocolate: Godiva chocolates. I’m not a big chocolate person though.
10. If you were a dish, what would you be? Fajitas. It takes a lot of effort to know me. = )
11. What did you have for lunch today? A tuna sandwich.
12. Favourite beverage? Starbuck’s Caramel Macchiato.

I’m bursting with creative juices.

I need my form of musical release.

Recent events has fueled my desire to create = )

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I’m ready to start writing again.

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To spread my joy, my sadness, my love, and my misery; through music.

To write lyrics and form melodies so others

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To inspire others as I continue to be inspired.

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Now.

More than ever.

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Just me.

And my piano.

I’ve finally seen the big picture.

The silver lining that always brings hope after a long and dreary storm.

The pale glimmer of faith that strengthens the heart of the weakened.

I’ve spent too much time dwelling in things I can’t change, it’s about time I focus on the things I can.

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I’ve spent too long wanting someone I can’t have that I’m blinded and didn’t see that I already have something really special with that someone.

A REAL friendship.

One where I can safely say things and not be worried of being judged.

A person I can connect with on another level, one I never knew existed in the realm of friendships.

A purely platonic relationship.

I’ll keep this paperback novel safely in my “shelf”, where it will forever remain among my other special paperbacks = )

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I’ve seen how unpredictable relationships with people can be.

The ones you never thought you could be friends with can turn around and surprise you in many ways.

And you realize they are the ones you can potentially share a great and long-lasting friendship with.

I want you to know the respect is mutual = )

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And then there are the ones you call friend; and later learn they are the ones you should be wary of. For behind the facade of a seemingly trusting face, there in lies a traitor.

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Yes.

I see the big picture.

It’s all clear to me.

And I am enjoying the view from where I’m at now.

= )

I’ve overindulge…in more ways than one.

And on the topic of overindulging, I gave in to my craving yesterday.

Well I suppose it’s hard not to when I plant my ass right in front of it.

The aroma…

The “essence”…

The juicy balls…

The fragrant buns…

The red liquid…

It can only be…

A MEATBALL SUB!!

It’s Joey Tribbiani’s favourite sandwhich for a reason.

*slurp*