All posts tagged: Opinion

Contemplation, Week 11

Hello! Welcome to week 11 of Contemplation, where Desley from musings of a frequent flying scientist, chooses a prompt from her Kikki.K  A Sentence a Day Journal and invites us to share our response. Feels good to have this wonderful series back after a few weeks off. * my post from Week 10, here * Today’s prompt: What’s the next book you’re going to read? Before I get to what’s next, a little about my current read which is Rainbow Rowell’s sweet story Eleanor & Park. Although I’m nowhere near finished yet, so far I’m enjoying it and it’s brought up feelings of nostalgia about my first love story, when I was 14. The way the characters talk about falling in love and describe it in quirky metaphors has struck a chord with me and surprised me. Definitely recommend giving it a read if you fancy a break from ‘’grown up‘’ stories and want to dive back in time for a moment. Back to today’s question, my next book is between: The Life Changing Magic of Tidying …

Japan Diaries: My First Baseball Game

My previous knowledge of baseball had mainly come from one of my favourite books, The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach. I’d highly recommend a read EVEN if you don’t particularly like baseball, because it’s about so much more than that! Couple the book with the fact that Mr Cheerful and friends had told me about their experience last year, meant I had quiet high expectations of my first game. Who did we see? The Chiba Lotte Marines (千葉ロッテマリーンズ),  they are a professional baseball team in Japan’s Pacific League based in Chiba City, and are owned by the Lotte corporation. Fun Fact: In 2010, the Marines clinched third place on the last day of the season to earn a berth into the Climax Series. They went on to become the first third place team to ever win the Climax Series, and faced off with the Chunichi Dragons in the 2010 Japan Series. The Marines defeated the Dragons in seven games, composed of four wins, two losses, and one tie, winning their second Japan Series in under ten …

Japan Diaries: Ueno Zoo

ANIMALS! After almost two years we finally decided to visit Ueno Zoo. Fun Fact: Ueno Zoo is the oldest zoo in Japan. Founded in 1882, it has grown over the years, expanded its area to 14.3 ha (35.2 acres) and been the flagship of the Japanese zoo world. Now its home to over 3,000 animals from 400 different species. The hesitation initially came from the reading bad reviews on sites like TripAdvisor, but after a few friends went to visit and only had good things to say about it, we decided to see for ourselves. Verdict, it wasn’t THAT small. I read reviews of people comparing it to ones in the states which is silly. And the animals DIDN’T look like they were being mal-treated. However I do think that the later you go, the more it’ll seem that way because by that point the animals shows have already taken place, and it’s been a long day for them. I wish we had visited earlier, because we ended up rushing around trying to find the …

Contemplation, Week 5

Hello! And welcome to Week 5 of Contemplation. Thanks again to Desley from musings of a frequent flying scientist, for starting the Contemplation series. Each week Desley chooses a prompt from her Kikki.K A Sentence a Day Journal and invites us to share our response. Today’s short but sweet prompt: What can you smell right now? Currently balsamic vinegar and potatoes as I’m making dinner. A house that smells like food is never a bad thing in my mind unless it’s something really potent like … Fish. Don’t get me wrong I LOVEEE seafood and could eat it all day, every day BUT for some reason after cooking it if the house still smells like the sea I find it really annoying. Is that weird? What can you smell right now? *Posts from Week one + two + three + four. Have a great day ahead!

Mindful Monday #1

Hello! I know that over the last few weeks, I have been raving on about my Mindfulness course and now that it’s over, I want to share a few things I learned in the hope’s that it’s helpful for you aswell. There was a lot of information shared so I decided to do a three part series called: Mindful Monday (apologise for the cheesy name). BUT before I delve into the lessons, a few notes. Where was it taken?  FutureLearn (FL) which I have used a few times and highly recommend a visit to see if anything peaks your interest. Full course name: Mindfulness for Wellbeing & Peak Performance, courtesy of Monash University. Price? All courses on the site are FREE and some offer a participation certificate which you can purchase after completion of your course. Can I join in the fun? YES. The course returns, Monday 23rd May so if after reading you find yourself curious to learn more, head over there and save yourself a spot! What did it consist of? We were …

Nutrition & What is a Flexitarian?

Although I didn’t have any New Year resolutions, I made a list of things I wanted to focus on, that post here. One of the things on there is: Healthy Body, they’ll be no weight loss targets this time round but I do want to develop a healthier attitude towards food. After trying to reach that magic goal weight forever, I wanted to understand where I had been going wrong. That’s when I remembered a site called FutureLearn, which offered LOTS of free courses ranging from Science to Script Writing. So Back in January, I decided to do a short (4 week) course called Nutrition & Wellbeing, now that the course is over I wanted to share a few things I learned. Early on in the course I realised just how little I knew about Nutrition. One of the things I found I had zero knowledge on was, on being a Flexitarian. The flexitarian approach allows a flexibility to adapt eating patterns with less meat but not cut it out completely. The flexitarian diet is …

Mindfulness: Flow Magazine

Mr Cheerful actually spotted the magazine first, we were at the airport and he asked me to come over and have a look at something he thought I would be interested in, and he was RIGHT. After taking a peek inside, I grabbed my (English) December issue and raced home. This issue’s theme was on Mindfulness, below a note on that from the magazine: Why is Mindfulness so good for you? Mindfulness has proven that it’s here to stay. In fact, it is taken seriously these days as a way to improve anxiety, depression and general well-being, and it’s expanding into other realms – Flow Magazine I brought mine on the same day I quit my job, I was clearly on the hunt for something that would motivate me to get of bed and not spend the New Year feeling sorry for myself. Two months on and I’m still finding new things to love about this magazine. There are so many amazing and thoughtful pieces on Mindfulness, finding beauty in simplicity and loving the life …