A Simple Happy Life

Summary of my 2017

January 2017
I recall having a mixed feeling of excitement and nervous about my responsibilities in the company. It is natural when you are always constantly pushing your boundaries in life. The feeling of I never did this before. I don’t know how to do some of these. I have no clue if it will work or not, doubt in oneself and sometimes at others too. Lots of internal monologue and struggles. Most of the time, it is the self-doubts that speaks louder than anything else. On December, I recruited quite a number of new employees and found myself in a situation where the office is no longer enough. Deciding in between co-working space or own office, where do we work while the process of moving is ongoing while not incurring so much of cost. Also, how do I make sure that the employee experience is not interrupted to maintain the company’s reputation while transitioning and of course keeping the business running as usual. January went by with 1-month contract with co-working space which gave me a month to set up a new office.

February 2017
I stumbled with the reality of Malaysian where everything stops during the holiday. Everything stops. Through random social connection and personal interests in different field, I managed to get a contractor who works as hard as me and does not let the holidays to stop things from happening. Finally managed to transition to the new office on time and immediately get the ball rolling.

March – August 2017
The time where I learned more about leadership. Making mistakes, admitting mistakes, correcting mistakes, learning from it and improvise at every possible time. Leadership a whole art to learn of course. Having to step up and more assertive is something that I had to do during these times. I was always a strong believer of not forcing my beliefs to other people, let alone trying to shove it down their throat. However, in certain circumstances I must be assertive to get things done. That is when the flexibility to unlearn and relearn is very important.

One of the most important thing that I learned during these period is to really live by my values and principles (being a minimalist). To have the courage to say NO to things that I know will not make me happy. To say “YES” to challenges and things that will push my boundaries. Also to have more than 100% faith that I will get through difficult things and also to have faith in others. Faith in others when the person does not even see it.

I’ve also came to a decision to work on going on a vegan diet. Honestly, I don’t like the label but that is the easiest way to explain the lifestyle that I want to incorporate in my life.

September – October 2017
I’ve invested on my own well being physically, mentally and spiritually. I’ve also made a point to participate in 10 days Meditation Retreat (Noble Silence) where I eventually make new friends and learn new things.

October – December 2017
Filled with adventures, I went on backpacking through Europe (15 countries) from France and ended in Greece. All by land transportation except Rome – Thessaloniki.

All in all, if I would like to name year 2017 in one word, it would be BRAVE.
Today, 6 January 2017 – I am sitting in a bedroom somewhere in the middle of North Borneo, writing this blog post accompanied by the raindrops on the tin roofs with with only 1 bar of 3G network occasionally taken over by Edge connection or no network at all. Isolated in serenity. ?

I have been thinking about 2018 and I’d love to see 2018 with more of Act of Service for the sake of adventure.

Time Management

“The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time”

FRANKLY: When I answer ‘I don’t have time’, most of the time I wanted to say ‘you are not worth enough of my precious time’ in a nicer way. 70% possibility!

Because I understand the same meaning when I got ‘I don’t have time’ answer from someone. However, I do respect their priority and I am not offended at all.

I don’t believe in ‘I don’t have time statement’.
Everyone is given 24/7. Decide wisely on what and who you want to spend the time with.

“Busy” or ‘I don’t have time’ is nothing more than excuse and lies that you want to believe.



First 30 days of being a vegan

On June 24, 2017 I decided to go vegan. Here are  my thoughts on my journey so far.

  1. Self-discovery

Though I have been a minimalist for almost five years now, I am still surprised to know that there is a lot of things about myself that I have not discover. This 30 days journey got me discover that I am a profoundly radical person. In the past, I was addicted to McDonald’s food where I eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner – EVERYDAY! On 31/08/2014, I told myself that I don’t want to be addicted to McDonald’s anymore and I will make it a point to forbid myself from eating McDonald’s for the entire September 2014 and successfully did it. Now, I can’t even recall when was the last time I had fries and burgers from McDonald’s. On July 2013, I simply said yes to bungee jump and two weeks later my legs were still in blue black because I jumped wrongly. How could I jump wrongly? Because I did not do any research before going for the bungee. I said YES and paid for hiking trip without learning the track prior to hiking. It was 23KM distance hike. That is not to mention my career journey. Being vegan? I simply commit to it without any research on how to be a vegan.

  1. Weight loss

Throughout the 30 days, I’ve lost 10 lbs without any workout (not that excited to admit this). That is unbelievable! I tried intermittent fasting in the past and it only lost me 5 lbs in a month inclusive of vigorous workout routine.

  1. Hungry + Angry = Hangry

I’ve had HANGRY in my entire life. It is beyond my control which is probably the main reason of my mindless eating habit. The moment I am feeling hungry, I stuff my face with anything in my sight. Anything! Since I changed my eating habit into vegan, I no longer experience hangry. Just hungry with no rage presence.

  1. Energy level

For the past one year, I barely cooked because by the end of the day I am already too tired or simply feeling lazy. Throughout the 30 days, I cooked for my lunch and dinner every day except those days where I have arranged dinner or lunch with colleagues. I wonder where did I get the energy to prepare my meal on daily basis?

  1. Food discovery

As mentioned earlier, I did not do any diet research prior to deciding being a vegan. I just decided that I want to eat more plants and no animals. More direct energy conversion, generally better for the planet and lesser potential of animal disease related matters. No sickness, no health bills, happier and fuller life. Once I get into veganism, I am completely mindblown about the fact that there are so many vegan food that I can cook on my own. They are flamboyant, happy and beautiful too! I think the food topic deserve a separate post on its own.

Our mother earth has done so much for us and us – human; relentlessly destroying our own world every day. I would not say that I will never eat animal product again in my entire life from now onward but certainly, I intentionally choose to embrace veganism as a part of my way of life.

I believe that veganism is a tool for me into a simple happy life through minimalism.


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