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Friday, January 05, 2018

My 2017 Defining Moments!

Friday, January 05, 2018

2018 has begun and it is time for me to look back on my 2017 defining moments.
I don't want to focus on the worst things that happened last year, I'd rather focus on the good things for this is a great way to start the new year right.
 Let me start with my..

First moments:


 
Niedzica castle


 
  • Went on a trek/hike in one of the highest mountain peak in Slovakia and in the Tatra mountain and visited the lake of love in Slovakia.
 
The Tatras
  • Went on a water rafting course at Dunajec river Gorge. It is at Pieniny National Park. It is a lovely soothing 2-3 raft trip. 
 

 
  • Went inside Slovakia's one of the highest and biggest cave, the Belianska's cave. A wonderful cave located in the Tatra National Park. Taking photos inside is strictly not allowed. But, it was a tough yet spectacularly wonderful trek inside.
  • Actively participated in an expat group of bloggers that promotes Polish culture where we can alo share our experience living here. We created a Facebook page named, Hello Poland. Link is on the side of my screen, if you want to visit know more about Poland.
  • Watched my very first concert and even had a 5 mins chat with Gregory Porter. If you know me, I'm a number 1 Jazz fanatic especially of that Gregory Porter's music. I had that amazing feeling when he hugged me for the first time and static to see my CD signed by such amazing artist. With that...
  • Me with Mr. Gregory Porter
  • I travelled for the first time through a very relaxing long train journey to Gdansk, Gdynia and Sopot just to meet Mr. Porter.
  • Visited/travelled to Gdansk, Sopot and Gdynia (Tricity) for the very first time. I'm mesmerized by the city's old town and architectures. There's a different ambiance in the baltic sea.

 
  • This year, I became a minimalist. I learnt what I want and needed to keep in my life.
  • I was able to run my first grand prix in the city where we are currently living.
 
  • first time joining a grand prix. Despite I'm sick that time I pursue to run and join... this is such a goal.


Work:
  • Successfully documented the work process of my job in HR.
  • Received a great compliments from superiors in North America that I did an amazing job and achievements in my role in HR.
  • But then, courageously talked to my supervisor how unmotivated I am at work with my work schedules ( EST) that if affected my family life, and that the team is getting so dull. From there, my supervisor assures me that they don't want to lost me in the team, that they counteract an opportunity for me to still work part time for a different scope / country to handle to balance my time family time.
  • Yet, I found another job and opportunity to work outside the company I'm currently in right now right on time when I decided to quit my HR job that I so love doing. This company seems promises me great things that alligns my next career goal. This is such a great win!
Relationships:
  • Able to let go of a toxic relationship with a friend that adds my stresses and also defines why I'm so burnt out.
  • Met new great friends at work that I know I would keep them for life.
  • Able to patch-up our diagreements and define our goals at home with my husband.
  • Gain trust from the Filipino Community here in Poland. Able to host our annual Summer Grill Party for the past 10 years. 
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  I want to end this post from this quote from today's learning at #Brave2018Challenge 
 " Remember when you wanted what you currently have."

Looking back, this is what I really want to achieved and I could not say that 2017 is not a success after all. It was alll successfull. I made amazing things.

We'll see what 2018 has to offer. How about you, what are your defining moments? Don't only count the bad ones, okay?

See you soon...

xo
Ai

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

2017

Tuesday, December 26, 2017
2017 will come to an end. 2017 has been all about letting go of what is not but at the same time opening new doors to something new. It's all about reshaping and accepting.
2017 has been a year that I would always look back with a great smile on my face and proud of what I have accomplished.

A year for forgiveness to mend a broken heart and connecting new relationship.

As I say goodbye to 2017, allow me to extend my gratefulness for being there and i hope still reading my blog.

Today, I won't let the day pass by without greeting you all a Merry Christmas. As we greet in Polish, Wesoły Świąt!

xoAi

Sunday, December 03, 2017

A tropical girl tips on how to survive the Winter in Poland - Part 1

Sunday, December 03, 2017
The world is all white outside. It snowed hard for a couple of days here in Poland.

Oh well, I always like first days of snow though but then tend to dislike it when it started to melt that caused the streets ugly and filthy.

The first days of snow looks like this.....






Amazingly magical, isn't it? That's how I always describe white powdery snow when it's just freshly falling from the sky.

I have to admit that winter in Poland is beautiful and amazing especially if you are in the mountain top. Winter in the city when it is not snowing is harsh, ugly, boring, chaotic and depressing.

I'm lucky that I live in an area where I could experience and witness this magical snow experience in a whole different level. We are surrounded with fields of cabbages, carrots and potatotoes and that makes the white wintery snowy amazing to look at. Pity I didn't take a full walk in the fields these days. I have to do some photo walk so soon before all these snow melts away.

A lot have been asking me how I like the snow, much more how I survive the winter here since I came from a tropical country. Oh well, let me give you some of tips on how a tropical girl like me continue to live here despite the cold harsh winter. 

How to survive the winter in Poland. 


1. Build a snowman with your friends and with the whole family.
There is nothing more fun and entertaining in a snowy cold day than making a snowman. It is our fun time activity with my children.
Look!  our first snowman this year. 
A drunkard snowman who loves to drink Żubr beer. 

Meet our version of Olaf. 

Część, Jestem Olaf!


2. Dress up like a Ninja. 

Me, wrapping myself with layers of layers of warm knits and a big scarf. 
"There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes."

This is true. We call this way of layering clothes - dress up like onions. I always make sure that I'm wearing a warmer clothing and an appropriate shoes for the cold weather. 

Twinning with a colleague - we're too ready for the winter. 

3. Bake.

There is nothing more enjoyable when it is cold outside is to bake my hearts out for an afternoon of coffee and tea with my family or with friends. Apple pie is the best option for me this time since Apple is the fruit of this season.  I like apple pie and yearning to make them since then. I usually bake Polish pie called, Szarlotka, but then I always want to try the American pie. So, asked my fellow blogger friend Lois Britton of Polishhousewife blog for a recipe and somehow take some tips from her recipe since she's more expert in the kitchen than me. (Thank you, Lois!) 

My homemade Apple Pie
This is such a heart warming and so comforting pie over a coffee and tea. My house smells so lovely with the mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg and apple. How is that? *wink

4. Go for a walk.

It doesn't matter if it is a short walk or a long walk as long as your body is moving and burning calories. It can be pretty boring staying indoors all the time when you aren't working. When I was still nurturing my children when they were still young, I go for a walk with them and pull them with a sledge. They love it and It is also good for my mind and body. 
Now that they are grown ups, we still go for a walk and find some hills and make fun sledging. ( Is that the term?). 

5. Find some winter sports or activity in the city where you live in Poland. 

There is always winter sports and activity that the city is organizing or a local group is organizing. There is the usual ice skating rink in the center of every city now in Poland. In Katowice there is one open in Spodek - Lodowisko Spodek or right infront of Spodek in a very wintery months usually opens in January to February.( I have to look up the schedules soon.) And in the city where we live there are lodowisko or skating rink as well where adults and children can enjoy. 

If you are more adventurous in nature, why not go for a weekend trip with family and friends in the mountain and enjoy a wintery walk over Tatras or nearby Polish winter resorts. This is one thing I would like to try someday, to spend winter in the Tatras and learn how to ski. Must be exciting! Polish mountains are spectacularly amazing, but note that it tends to get too crowded as well especially during winter vacations - feria zimowe

If you are more of an indoor person like me, watch winter sports on TV where Polish are fan of watching to support Polish team. I used to watch a lot of ski jumping because I just like watching Adam Małysz jumping. If you don't know him, he is one very popular world ski jumper in Poland. He retire from this ski jumping though and now into rally. So, I stop watching. But would love to watch it live. Polish ski jumpers are one of the finest in the world. 


Adam Małysz
I would like to try Morsowanie someday. I'm still thinking about this..i think It needs a lot of thinking If you know what that is, well, you will understand. It is where you run wearing your swimwear and dip yourself in the frosty lake or water. My friends are urging me to try and join them, but I think I need to encourage myself a gazzilion times for I don't like to bath in a very cold water. Although, It has its own health benefits. 
Let this photo explain itself. 

How are you there?
photo taken here 



These are 5 tips I know from a tropical girl like me on how to survive when it is winter in Poland.

If this does not persuade you to enjoy winter, then let me know.

I will come back for more tips soon. 

Enjoy snowy Poland and keep yourself warm.

XOAi








Monday, October 16, 2017

I found love in the heart of Gdańsk!

Monday, October 16, 2017





As i wrote this, my train left Gdańsk.

Heart pounding.... for so many reasons, one thing I knew of because of the feeling that I'm saying goodbye to one chapter of my life. A chapter that I would never get  tired of reading all over again. A chapter where I invested a whole lot of my heart and soul into. The greatest part of this trip is putting me into that perspective, to have a reconcialition with myself and my heart. That I know right here in this wonderful places I truly found my heart back.

As I'm writing this, I felt a sudden burts of anxiety.  Will I get over with this feeling of missing and longing? I conditioned myself that I would  and I can get over this. Whatever is the outcome of this trip. To let myself take into deep thinking. An occasion to a great reconciliation to where I should be  heading,  where my heart should really be.

Tears fell down all of a sudden....

Sipped my warm cup of coffee to bring my mind back to the limelight.
In a deep sighed, I understood that I've let go of this burdens and anxiety that engulfed in my heart for the very long time already.

This trip might be brief, but pretty intense. I knew right there and then,  I found my heart back.

In Gdynia, I went to this concert to one of my favourite Jazz singer, Gregory Porter (as one of the higlights of this trip) the jazz man who has been a part of this chapter, for his music fills up this chapter of my life with so much emotions and passion. However, one of the best thing with his music, is that I found also the courage to move on and let go with a feeling of contentment and acceptance.





Right here in the corners of Gdańsk, among those marvellous architecturs, I found love where it should really belong.

I would surely come back again and revisit these places,  this time to just take on a deeper exploration to this wonderful  place with great history.and captivating architectures.

Gdańsk captures my heart right there and  then, with its marvelous architectures.

In Gdynia is so much more, where I found where my heart should be.

The sea of Sopot reconnects me to one place I always call home- the tropics (that I'm planning to have a trip soon.)

Ended this journey as I listened to Gregory Porter's Take me to the Alley....

I never felt this better after a long time.









Friday, August 11, 2017

Tatry 2017: Learnings being off-trail

Friday, August 11, 2017
Travelling is one thing that I enjoy. To detach and be with my inner self again, especially when I am with nature. 

We spent our vacation this summer in the Tatras. I always love Polish mountains. It is calming at the same time relaxing. If I have to chose, I would love to traverse for awhile being in the mountain. I love to go off trail and walking each rough road has taught me a great deal in dealing with life in general. It stabilizes my emotions and sense of focus. 

Sharing some snaps below....

On top of Gubałowka, Zakopane, Poland

It was a wonderful summery day as you can see people are enjoying the ambiance.

mountain view
View from our apartament

Who would not love waking up in such a great relaxing view.


Sunset over the Tatras
Sunset over the tatras is amazingly wonderful. 
I will post a more detailed blog with regards to this trip soon. I promise. 

Let me share with you some thoughts and learnings about this trip. We are all built for travelling where there is no path. Every walks helps us to be more solid, balanced and stable in this chaotic world we live in. Like every single thing we experience and every trail we are walking in, requires practice and we are not all masters. We stumble and fall and get lost from time to time.

The greatest lesson learned that I could truly correlates being in the mountain is that, it teaches me freedom, humility, that all things we experience in life are best when they come from within and that we should no be afraid to walk through life.

Have a wonderful walk every single trip of your lifetime.

xoAi

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