Top Useless Tip to Get Through Your Quarter-Life Crisis

So I’ve been in a bit of a rut of late, in love, life and war (not literally of course, I just like to be dramatic).  Well, life’s just not been pampering me much.  At work, I’m starting to wonder what it is exactly I’m doing, whether the battles with undeserving villainous colleagues is worth all my while, or if the extra world-saving, peace-fighting projects that I voluntarily take on is really for the greater good or just because I’m stupid.  In love, Prince Charming seems contented with our non-status when I just want to get hitched so that we can have a place of our own to host dinner parties and game nights but if this Prince Charming ain’t moving his charming butt then perhaps it’s time for Charming 2.  And so life in general has been that, goal-less, excitement-less, stagnant.

Some may say that I may be going through a mid-life crisis.  Seriously??!! I may no longer be 20 but I’m still a short cry away from 30.

Mid-Life Crisis (via bunglinghousewife.wordpress.com)

(via bunglinghousewife.wordpress.com)

And if this is mid-life, then I’ll only live till 60 max??!!  Gosh no!  I surely want to live beyond that.  No, I don’t want to be immortal but I want to still be able to go bungee jumping when I’m 60, climb a mountain when I’m 70, even do a salsa when I’m 80, just like this:

(speed up to 1:36 if you can’t wait to get to the action)

So I turned to my BFF, google, for advice because you see, google is a genius and knows everything in the world, and I do mean EVERYTHING!  Google then referred me to one of his friends, Wikipedia, because while google knows everything, he doesn’t bother with the details and leaves them to his wide network of friends.  So then Wikipedia says that a mid-life crisis is

a time where adults come to realize their own mortality and how much time is left in their life… … (and)  the condition is most common ranging from the ages of 41-60 (a large study in the 1990s found that the average age at onset of a self-described midlife crisis was 45)

So you see, I can’t possibly be having a mid-life crisis.  I’m still so… young!

Then, I was introduced to the quarter-life crisis which Wikipedia says that

… the quarter-life crisis occurs in one’s twenties…

Hey, now that sounds about right!  Wikipedia also says that

common symptoms of a quarter life crisis are often feelings of being ‘lost, scared, lonely or confused’ about what steps to take in order to transition properly into adulthood.

Ok, Wikipedia may have identified two out of four of my symptoms but why am I going through this crisis?  You may then wish to read this article here to find out more, as well as here to find out even more about why young people in my beautiful lion in a garden city are going through this awful thing we call a crisis (yes, my generation are all whiners, I don’t deny).

So how do we get out of this rut?  Now, if you actually think I am going to give you a bunch of enlightening, life-changing advice on how to get back on track with your life, you may wish to stop reading at this point and refer to this link here instead because RealBuzz.com has a lot more substance and truth as to what they say, and they have done a whole bunch of surveys and statistics that we should not leave to waste.  Plus I’m sure they make way more sense than I do in helping you survive a quarter-life crisis.

Now, on to my main point.  What do you do when you find yourself in a rut?

When I find myself getting into a rut, I find that googling for my prince charmings is the best solution to everything.  Now, did you really expect me to have anything substantial to fix your crisis??  Well, think again. :)

So now, my top six (amended on 9 August 2014 for no apparent reason) favourite Charmings to google for when in a rut (I definitely have more than 5 but these five should get you started and they are in the order of best to bestest):

Charming #6 – David Guintoli

David Guintoli (via pinterest)

(via Pinterest)

I first saw David Guintoli in the series Grimm.  Grimm is a cop drama with a twist, that tells you that all the fairy tales you were told when you were young weren’t just stories, they were really warnings.  So if you, like me, enjoy crime-solving shows and fantasies, Grimm is a must watch!  Plus with those deep-set eyes, the grungy look and charismatic smile, how can one not be drawn to him?

Charming #5 – John Cho

John Cho (via tomandlorenzo.com)

(via tomandlorenzo.com)

Now, I do agree that John Cho is a bit of an acquired taste but like wine, John Cho just gets better with age.  And so what if Harold Lee (of the slapstick Harold & Kumar stoner comedy films) was his shot to fame?  A guy with humour is always oh-so-hard to resist!  So yes, John Cho is without a doubt on the top of my list!

Charming #4 – Michael Grant Terry

Michael Grant Terry (via Reddit)

(via Reddit)

Wendell Bray (Michael Grant Terry in reality, or MGT) is the smartest intern on Bones, not to mention the absolute cutest too (and if you have never watched Bones, you seriously need to get back down on earth!).  He’s the jock in school.  The hot blonde guy who is smart and witty all at the same time.  He is good in sports, science and literature, the perfect guy that every girl in school yearns for.  And he’s the one that your parents would approve of.

Michael Grant Terry (via fanforum.com)

(via fanforum.com)

And of course he rocks the tuxedo!

Charming #3 – Wesley Chan

Wesley Chan (via wongfuproductions.tumblr.com)

(via wongfuproductions.tumblr.com)

I absolutely fell in love with Wesley Chan watching this:

Now tell me, who wouldn’t?

Wesley Chan (via yelp.com)

(via yelp.com)

The smile, the friendly disposition, that creative mind of his (he’s one-third of the fant-awesome Wong Fu Productions) and…

Wesley Chan (via thewesleychan.tumblr.com)

(via thewesleychan.tumblr.com)

that devil’s bod beneath that angelic face.  Remind me again why anyone is not in love with Wesley Chan??

Charming #2 – Jensen Ackles aka Dean Winchester (added on 9 August 2014)

Jensen Ackles (via fanpop.com)

via fanpop.com

Yes, Dean Winchester is a new addition of mine that is highly influenced by my Supernatural marathons over the past month.

Dean is like your best friend’s older brother, the one who is awfully hot, crazy funny and very rebellious.  He looks good in anything, from a suit to a plaid shirt, to nothing at all.

And that smirk of his just melts my heart!!

Jensen Ackles (via deancaneatmypie.tumblr.com)

via deancaneatmypie.tumblr.com

Charming #1 – Eddie Peng

No words can sufficiently describe his charm so I shall just let the pictures do the talking.

Eddie Peng (via zimbio.com)

(via zimbio.com)

Eddie Peng (via wiki.wuxiaedge.com)

via wiki.wuxiaedge.com

Eddie Peng (via stephysiology.blogspot.com)

via stephysiology.blogspot.com

And if there’s anything that I have learnt about Charming Eddie, it’s that he is super hilarious and super hot!  If you care, do watch him on this Taiwanese cooking show:

(I should warn you though that the entire video is in Mandarin without English subtitles but watch anyway just cos he’s so adorable.)

And so, this is really my top tip on getting through a rut and I am perfectly certain that this tip won’t solve any of your worldly problems but it will most definitely put a smile to your face.

So go google, then go ogle, and let me know who your top Charmings are (I promise I won’t steal)!

:)))

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Take A Chunk Out of Me!

So my Black Widow friend has been on this crazy crash diet where she eats half of her usual portions of everything (of which the other half goes to my The Hulk friend without fail) and absolutely no carbs for dinner.  Why, you may ask?  Well, just cos she can lose 10kg to become 45kg, which is apparently the ideal weight that all girls will be ‘beautiful’ (disclaimer: please do not ask me to expand on this theory as it was not mine and do not judge us either but yes, you may think of us as bimbos in this instance though I can assure you, and our bosses, that we are quite brilliant when it comes to our day jobs).

Anyways, back to my point.  So when my Black Widow friend explained her methods of losing the 10kg, I asked her back and our conversation went something like this:

 Me: So what happens when you reach your target 45kg?

Black Widow: What do you mean what happens?  I then become slim and beautiful, of course!

Me: No, I mean thereafter.  What happens after that?  You do realise that losing all the weight is not the most difficult, maintenance is the silent killer.

<blank stares from Black Widow>

Black Widow: Who cares?!  At least I can tell people that I was ever 45kg.

<-__-” + (major roll eyes x 100) + (face palm x 101)>

Ok, so that (refer above) I really do not understand.

But Black Widow being a master with words, has since managed to convince another of my superhero friends, Supergirl, to join her in her quest.

 My Brash but Timid Friend – Supergirl

Supergirl Chibi (via krnozine.deviantart.com)

(via krnozine.deviantart.com)

And together, the two of them have been obsessed with achieving the vertical ab line.  What is the vertical ab line, you may ask?

 So here my readers, is the vertical ab line:

Vertical Ab Line (via shape.com)

(via shape.com)

And in case you have no idea what the owner of this perfect female form, which sorry to disappoint but does not belong to me, is pointing to, I have taken the liberty to outline it in yellow here (thank you very much):

Vertical Ab Line_edited (via shape.com)

(via shape.com)

According to my The Hulk friend, in order to achieve this vertical ab line, one needs to maintain their fat percentage at precisely between 12 and 14 percent (please do not bother to correct me if I am wrong cos I clearly am).

So when Black Widow and Supergirl took in this news, they thought their expressions were calm and collected like this:

I'm Sorry, I Can't Hear You MeMe (via myfacewhen.net)

(via myfacewhen.net)

 when actually they were really like this:

What Did You Just Say MeMe (via frabz.com)

(via frabz.com)

No matter, Black Widow and Supergirl chose to ignore The Hulk’s ‘exaggerated techniques’ (as they call it) and continue with their futile attempts (as The Hulk kindly points out) to lose those pounds.  But hey, superheroes are at least 60% human too, so just to help my two dear friends better rationalise their need to lose the pounds, here I share with you an interesting series titled ‘Famous Chunkies’ by Chicago-based illustrator Alex Solis, cos seeing is believing.

But whatever your reason to lose the pounds, just remember, everything in moderation and exercise is key!

:)))

What Happens When Your Friend is Clueless About Pocket Tees

So just today, my superhero friends and I went on a shopping spree.

There was:

1. My Hunky but Harmless Friend – The Hulk

Hulk Chibi (via cavaferdi.deviantart.com)

(via cavaferdi.deviantart.com)

2. My Sarcastic Friend with No Real Skills – Black Widow

Black Widow Chibi (via cavaferdi.deviantart.com)

(via cavaferdi.deviantart.com)

3. My Super Friend Who Can Do Anything – Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman Chibi (via keitenstudio.deviantart.com)

(via keitenstudio.deviantart.com)

So we were just walking around, three girls and a guy, and we (ok, really just me) spotted some really cool shirts that we thought would be awesome for The Hulk.

Ok, so I am crazy about pocket tees, and I really mean crazeeeeeeeee…  7.5 pieces out of 8 of my clothing have pockets on / in them.   Let me just give you a few examples to show you how awesome pocket tees are:

You can have a floral pocket if you’re feeling a bit romantic.

Floral Pocket Tee (via bambeestore.com)

(via bambeestore.com)

 A pocket with cats if you are an animal lover.

Cats Pocket Tee (via bambeestore.com)

(via bambeestore.com)

 A Star Wars pocket if you are a closet geek.

Star Wars Pocket Tee (via bambeestore.com)

(via bambeestore.com)

A Batman pocket if you are a dark knight.

Batman Pocket Tee (via bambeestore.com)

(via bambeestore.com)

 An Avengers pocket if you, like me, have many superhero friends.

Avengers Pocket Tee (via sogeekchic.com)

(via sogeekchic.com)

Ok, you get my point.

So we saw a bunch of pocket tees and we thought The Hulk would look crazeeeeeeeee good in them cos of his bulging muscles.  And the conversation went something like this:

Wonder Woman: The Hulk, would you wear something like that? <points to pocket tees>

The Hulk: But you can’t put anything into the pockets.

<blank stares from all three girls>

Black Widow: What do you want to put in that pocket?  A hamster??!!

Me: If he puts a hamster in there, he would have a throbbing nipple!!

It actually sounded a lot less lame and way funnier at that time but my point is how can anyone not love pocket tees??  I for one am a HUGE fan!!

To end this random post, may I present you my favourite pocket tee (it’s really more a dress).

Draw Straws Pocket Dress (via threadless.com)

(via threadless.com)

As well as a super cool video on making your own pocket tee!!

Enjoy!

:)))

Where is Modern Day’s Robin Hood?

Robin Hood

O Robin Hood, Robin Hood, wherefore art thou Robin Hood?

An acquaintance I once met on a pumpkin carriage (let’s call her Cinderella) spoke to me, over a 40-minute journey, of the wrath of being a full-time ‘slave’ in a non-profit organisation.  With very little funding and very dependent on the government’s grants, they are often left to fend for themselves under the wretched grasps of their volunteers.  ‘Wretched grasps?’ I asked curiously.  ‘B.. but aren’t volunteers people with big hearts and lots of love??’  I was met with a ‘you’re-not-really-serious-right?’ look.

Apparently, volunteers these days are no longer how they should be.  I was told, ‘plain benevolence and chivalry have been long dead and volunteers these days volunteer only because it would help them climb up some social ladder or up their public profile in the media pages’.  I thought that was a little too harsh, to say that ALL volunteers only have ulterior motives for volunteering.  I mean there must be at least one real soul who, from the bottom of his heart, wants to right one of nature’s wrongs or care for one of man’s abandoned child?  Somewhere out there, there must be a modern day Robin Hood who’s willing to step out and give to the world on no condition, no?

‘Well, no.  In actual fact, it seems like the norm for volunteers to treat organisations that they volunteer at as a punching bag, vast grounds for them to vent their anger.  And it seems that because they are not remunerated in monetary terms, it gives them the right to do as they please and abuse us full-time staff!’

One big gulp of air, and the ranting continued, ‘I think that they are so mean to us because they have no power or outlet to vent their frustrations from work and home.  So where else but the place that they volunteer at?  For the plain, simple reason that “I’m rendering my services for free hence you have to be at my back and call”.  You know what, they don’t even do anything substantial.  All they do is give the full-time staff more problems and play politics.  The work still ends up in our laps so why do we even need them in the first place?  Hell, they must be damn deprived in their other lives.’

Added Cinderella, ‘and you know those companies who so openly publicize and brag about their corporate social responsibility, well wake up sister because it’s nothing but a PR ploy for companies to up their game.  You can’t really think that the multi-billion property development company gives two hoots about the kids who cross the bridge that they built?  Or how many lives the hospital that they built in some backward Southeast Asian country would save?  Hell, no!!’ and I was left in awe.

In actual fact, I do not blame Cinderella’s cynicism.  And before I could react, she whipped out her Apple and showed me the following video:

The video was heart-warming and emitted hope for those who thought it was lost.

‘I really don’t think you want to know how many third-world countries the cost of producing this video could feed’, Cinderella obviously read my thoughts and immediately broke my bubble.  Yet surprisingly, I do not disagree with her and actually understood where she was coming from.

Shortly after our meeting, her words really got me thinking and I started to do a little research of my own.  The International Organization for Standardisation (ISO; abbreviation seems a little off) launched in 2010, the ISO 26000 – Guidelines for Social Responsibility.  This set of guidelines aims to be a first step in helping all types of organisations in both the public and private sectors to consider implementing ISO 26000 as a way to achieve the benefits of operating in a socially responsible manner.

While the ISO 26000 is indeed a good initiative to increase awareness and the need for social responsibility, companies seem to be on the verge of abusing the goodwill of these initiatives. Most companies, if not all, see the PR benefits of contributing to society as well as the competitive advantage and positive reputation that it would provide them with, especially after the negative name that hit Nike after they were exposed of employing child labour in third world countries.  Soon, one after another follow suit to release this worldwide phenomenon of corporate social responsibility and through beautiful and heart-wrenching videos, they announce their participation to the world.

This really got me fretting.  If being socially responsible did not give corporates so much PR and public awareness value in return, would they still do it?  I choose to believe that there are still modern day robin hoods amongst us but the Mr Hyde in me is saying no.  However, I’m not a cynic (well, maybe a little) but definitely a sceptic and I think I will from now on look at volunteers and Multi-National Companies’ corporate social responsibility initiatives with a pinch of salt.