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Happy Lunar New Year 2023!

Wishing you and your family a joyful, peaceful, and wondrous Year of the Hopping Rabbit! 🐇
May this New Year bring you love, success, good luck, and may you prosper in all your endeavors!

Hoppy (yes, it's hoppy) New Year!



How does makgeolli taste like?


What is makgeolli?

I believe you have heard of soju, which is a very popular Korean alcohol. Well, makgeolli is another type of Korean alcoholic beverage.
The difference is - soju is a colorless clear liquor, with an average alcohol content of about 12-15%; whereas makgeolli is a type milky-white rice wine, with an average alcohol content of about 5-8%.

How does makgeolli taste like?

Makgeolli is sweet, tangy, fizzy. To me, it's very palatable due to its lower alcohol content.
Comparing soju to makgeolli - I find that soju (especially the non-flavored version) is quite hard to drink because I don't enjoy the "harshness" of liquor.
I will usually buy flavored soju - for example grape, grapefruit, peach, etc, and add in Yakult (yogurt drink) to tone down the soju before drinking.

So, I'm really pleasantly surprised when my first sip of makgeolli is rather good. By the way, the makgeolli that I've tried is banana-flavored because the Korean BBQ restaurant ran out of original flavor makgeolli.

I think I'll describe makgeolli as the adult version of Vitagen (the plain one). Hahaha!



16 ways to calm yourself when life gets tough


1. Walk: Walking helps clear your mind. It offers you a different perspective.
2. Indulge: Take a day off to spend a whole day doing exactly what you want.
3. Be generous: Give something to a total stranger. Acts of giving make us feel warm and fuzzy inside.

4. Sit in a coffee shop or a busy street: Soak up your surroundings; you don't have to talk to people.

5.  Educate yourself: Research what it is you are experiencing. Arm yourself with knowledge and the resources to tackle the problem head-on.

6. Preparation: Write the day's to-do list the evening before.

7.  Strengths: Write down a list of 20 of your strengths.

8. Keep going forward: Keep taking small steps, no matter what. Being stagnant doesn't serve you.

9. Revisit an old hobby: If you don't have one, create one.

10. Prioritize: Decide what's important right now. Say no to extra obligations.

11. Sleep: Get enough rest. Sleep 7-9 hours each night.

12. Be silly: Do something that you did as a child. Don't take life too seriously.

13. Cry: Release all that emotions. You will be feel better.

14. Check your self-talk: Negative self-talk does not serve you.

15.  Journal: Develop a habit of journaling. This will help free your mind.

16. Remind yourself that life is a journey: Remember that what you are going through is temporary, it will pass.

Of the above 16 points, which ones are your favorite?

I think mine is no. 9: Revisit an old hobby. My old hobby is blogging. I don't have specific topics, I focus on things and happenings in my life that I want to "immortalize".

No. 11: Sleep and no. 14: Check your self-talk are part of my ongoing goals to become a better person each day!

Let me know what's yours! Thanks for reading.


7 Eye-Opening Japanese Concepts That Will Transform Your Life



#1 - Ikigai

Discover your purpose in life.
Determine the reason you wake up each morning.
Choose something that aligns with your strengths, passions, and the needs of the world.
This is what gives life meaning.


#2 - Shikita ga nai

Let go of what you cannot change.
Recognize that some things are just out of our control, and that's okay.
Let go and focus on what you can change.


#3 - Wabi-sabi

Find peace in imperfection.
Recognize that nothing in life is perfect, including yourself and others.
Instead of striving for flawlessness, find joy in the imperfections that make life unique.


#4 - Gaman

Preserve your dignity during tough times.
Show emotional maturity and self-control, even when faced with challenges.
Remember to be patient, resilient, and understanding.


#5 - Oubaitori

Don't compare yourself to others.
Everyone has a different timeline and unique path.
It's important to focus on your own progress, rather than trying to measure yourself against others.


#6 - Kaizen

Always seek to improve in all areas of your life.
Even small changes can add up and make a big impact over time.


#7 - Shu-Ha-Ri

"When the student is ready, the teacher will appear. When the student is truly ready, the teacher will disappear." - Tao Te Ching
It is a way of thinking about how to learn and master a technique. There are 3 stages to acquiring knowledge:
Shu: Learn the basics by following the teaching of one master, imitating the work of great masters also falls in this stage.
Ha: Start experimenting, learn from masters, and integrate the learning into practice.
Ri: This stage focuses on innovation and the ability to apply your learning to a variety of situations.

Authentic Filipino Lunch @ Laguna Filipino Bar & Restaurant, KL


We spend our first lunch of the year 2023 at Laguna Filipino Bar & Restaurant after attending Sunday Mass at Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, KL.

Location: #2, Jalan Gereja. It's located within walking distance from Muzium Telekom and Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist at Jalan Bukit Nanas, Kuala Lumpur.

Laguna Filipino Bar & Restaurant KL serves authentic Filipino dishes.

We ordered Beef Sinigang. Sinigang is a type of Filipino soup characterized by its sour taste. The sourness comes from tamarind.


This hearty bowl of Beef Sinigang is packed with generous chunks of beef and loaded with vegetables such as eggplant, tomatoes, green chilies, white radish, long beans, and kangkung.

For dessert, we ordered Halo Halo. Halo Halo looks similar to our local ice kacang, which is also a dessert characterized by multi-layered mixtures of shaved ice, evaporated milk, and lots of other goodies.


There are a lot of ingredients in this Halo Halo - let me try to remember what I had. There's shaved ice (of course!), red beans, jackfruit (I think it's more like cempedak), banana, sago-like jellies in different colors, nata de coco, sweet potato, cincau, cereal flakes, evaporated milk, and a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.

This restaurant also sells some products from the Philippines, so we bought two bags of chips, a can of corned beef, and beef-flavored instant noodles.