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Yowamushi Pedal anime for the cyclist in you

At first I thought this was anime was only going to be ‘meh’ because it’s the first time I’ve ever heard of an anime with the storyline revolving around cycling. More so when the trend now is everyone seems to be wanting to get on the cycling scene.

However, after watching Episode 1, I’m now already onto Episode 14! Following the story of an unlikely high school boy named Onoda Sakamichi, who was more otaku slowly becoming a more competitive and driven person with a goal to achieve.

Though the characters and actions performed in the anime maybe fictional, I like how they’re using this anime as a medium to educate the audience like me on cycling.

P.S.: If cycling isn’t your sport but swimming is, there is an anime for that too. :P


Creative spurt

Designers can very emotional beings when it came creativity. At times, we’d think of the weirdest out of the box ideas which may seem ridiculous to comprehend. Others, our mind will just be moving 2 steps ahead of our body.

Turning a paper bag into a box

While given the task today to wrap a cousin’s birthday present, the idea of turning a paper bag into a box jumped at me. And I was confirming with myself that a paper bag would be very suitable even, because the materials used for a paper bag would normally be good quality paper and it’s a little thick.

Though the box wasn’t perfect, with folded edges visible, I was still happy with the outcome and the fact I managed to turn a paper bag into a box for a present.

Ah, I do miss these creative spurts.


I miss these conversations

From time to time, I come across people whom I can engage in a joyful conversation. Some younger, some in the same age and some older.

Sure, the younger would refer more to what’s happening on the Internet. And the people of same age would discuss more of parenthood or interests which may have been similar. But, this might be weird, because I’ve found engaging older people in conversation seems much more pleasant.

Lately, after my business discussion with a pair of business owners, we moved to the topics of the Generation Xs, Ys and baby boomers.

Why are Gen-X now able to live comfortably? What are they doing now which may soon affect them in 5-10 years? What is your view of Gen-X parents pushing electronic devices in front of infants and young kids?

What did the Baby Boomers (our parents) do for Gen-Xs to be able to pursue their own paths? Were the Baby Boomers working too hard and now they expect the Gen-X to follow suit?

What are the Gen-Ys doing? Why are they behaving in such a manner and not doing anything about it? Are Gen-Ys lacking purpose in their life to accomplish or are they refusing to find one with their comfort?

We could’ve probably discussed until after lunch or longer, however, all of us had prior appointments to go. But from when I left and sit here typing this, I can’t help telling myself “I miss this kinds of conversation.”

No one is trying to be an expert. Nobody is forcing facts onto another to move a conversation towards their answers. There is no need to come to an ultimate conclusion.

It was merely a sit down with people, engaged in a friendly conversation, between ourselves over a cup of coffee and water.

Maybe it was a good day. Maybe its because they were more mature. Regardless, I enjoyed our conversation very much.


Only 358 days more to go

I’ve gotten through a week of keeping my promise to myself that I would wake up earlier and spend 30 minutes working out. Hooray!

A different feeling

And I’ve noticed since injecting this into my schedule, I feel my personal energy (some refer to it as aura) has improved. I don’t feel as lethargic and even if I did a little, after working out my 30 minutes, I feel more aware and relaxed at the same time.

On the other hand, I’m starting to feel some challenges as well. Mostly during the past 2-3 days, I’ve had thoughts of “should I sleep a little more” or worst, “should I skip today and replace it later”.

While some may feel it’s okay to skip and replace, I’m trying to not start because I’m worried it’ll lead to…what’s that word again…delay, no…damnit, what was it…ah yes! Procrastinate! It would lead to procrastination and I’ll end up not doing it later.

Well, I hope to turn a week into a month, soon into a normal routine for me or even increase my workout intensity from walking to jogging to running and doing more or faster ab workouts.

Time will tell. We’ve 358 days more to go!