Short and Sweet Part III (Introduction to Mind and Body 101)

30 09 2012

Today’s post is bought to you by the wifi of the good folks to Starbucks of London Trocadero.

So I booked my flights to Japan, albeit a little later than I initially thought for the time frame of when I originally had planned. I started planning it originally to go at the end of February. No particular reason for that specific time, it just seemed like a good plan and would give me enough time to actually save up enough money for it. When I went to look into planning it at STA I was told it would the middle of winter around then. But I’d made. My mind to go so I wasn’t going to back out because a little cold weather.

Anyway, speaking to a few people since that initial conversation with John, the STA guy at Oxford, they all said why am I doing it in the middle of winter. It’s more of a principle thing, having made up my mind I wanted to stick to it. But then I started to actually look into the timing a bit more and what would actually be going on in Japan around that time. This is when I decided to delay the trip by a month.

Turns out, if I go a month later it’ll be the cherry blossom season, and I think that is a damn fine reason to delay it. Plus it doesn’t hurt that the weather will be slightly warmer ;-)

So I’m off now at the end of March to enjoy the delights of the land of the rising sun :-)

I’ve finished Prison Break so the Netflix account has been cancelled now, I’ve kept love film going but only the discs rather than any streaming facility. The next few months its time to get back into shape, mind and body.

Tomorrow I have a meeting with the personal trainer to design my fitness program, gonna ask to incorporate swimming into it too. And it’s time to crack on learning Japanese and actually dusting off the cards again. I’ve been out of practice for too long and it’s time to stop being lazy and get shit done.

As a great friend whose no longer with us once told me:

JFDI – Just Fucking Do It. :-)

So in 6 months time, I shall hopefully be speaking, reading and writing Japanese to a somewhat fluent degree, my knowledge of psychology and crowd manipulation in magic to be better than it is now and be able to run for more than 15 secs without feeling like my heart is going to explode out of my chest.

So as they say,

Watashi no kouun wo inotte kudasai! (Wish me luck!)



Kal xx


A year in retrospect (Short and Sweet Part II)

25 09 2012

It’s hard to believe that it was a year that I stay down to start writing this blog. When I look back over the various posts that I’ve written I can see how things have really changed over this past year and I realise that for the better part of the last 12 months, I’d been carrying round a lot of anger. Specifically towards what is anyone’s guess but I was just generally mad at the world.

I can pinpoint the moment when I decided to take control though which is a nice feeling, it coincides with my resignation from Bose and feeling quite free for the first time in a long while. It’s true, I was unemployed for three months, in a mountain of debt and living with people I care care less for but in some ways I’d never really felt freer.

When the Nokia job came along at the end of March and I started to earn some decent money I think it made a huge impact on my self worth and my general mood. I was much more pleasant to be around, well I think so anyway. And it felt good to have a bit of money in my pocket that I knew wasn’t going to go directly to my creditors. Actually being able to enjoy myself and spend money on me and the people around me that had been carrying me for past few months.

And now one year on, I’m in a more stable job, which is hard work but i do enjoy it and it’s got a pretty good title to go with it, I’m getting things done that can affect the company I work for overall. I have a very active social life compared to this time last year, still no girlfriend but that’s not really here nor there, and I’m really really REALLY looking forward to my trip to Japan in a few months :-)

I did toy with the idea of shutting down the blog as I essentially achieved what I set out to do with it. I said it was to be a free form of therapy for me and it really has, being able to vent onto a keyboard rather than a person and reading things back a few days after really put some stuff into perspective. But I think I’m going to keep this going, at least for a little while anyway. I’ve got a good feeling about the next few months and this is really the best way to chronicle it all.

As usual, this twilight time seems to be my usual writing slot but I’ll keep it brief. New things!

I’ve almost finished Prison Break which means my Netflix subscription is not long for this world while I get my head down to studying magic again and more imminently learning Japanese for my impending trip. Thanks to my good friend Pete for introducing me to an app called Human Japanese, and I’d recommend it to anyone who wants to learn Japanese too. I’m hoping to have at least a working knowledge of the language by the time I go over there so I’m not a complete tourist, seeing as I’ll be wondering the country by myself it’s probably going to prove to be invaluable too. And also actually thanks to Pete again for introducing me to the blogging world to start with. :-)

Other than that, not much else to report. The new job is a godsend having weekends off so I find myself feeling Oxford for a few days every week and they’ve been absolutely brilliant. Going to Bristol was a particular highlight, discovering that I just don’t enjoy clubbing anymore, that wasn’t really a highlight but good to know none the less! Discovering the best burger I’ve ever had in Bath Spa with Andy! Definite highlight! Go and check them out if you’re in Bath Spa anytime soon, they’re called Scwartzes Take Away Burgers, Andy showed me this video before I had the burger but this is most certainly how I felt after I had this burger. ;-)

And then Boscombe last weekend for catch up with Becky and her new fella whose a stand up guy I have to say considering we got on straight away on almost every level and it just felt like he’d been part of the gang all along. Gangnam Style I think was the deal breaker haha!! We went to a place called Urban Reef which iOS6 maps couldn’t find :-P but it was easy enough to get to, really gorgeous food and amazing views of the beach from the upstairs section.

I seem to be on a major salad kick these days as I tend to be ordering it everywhere I go, with the exception of tasty tasty burgers. I joined the gym again after 7 years of last going so its probably got something to do with that. My first session wasn’t as gruelling as I thought it’d be so clearly I’ve maintained some level of fitness even if it is covered by a layer of flab right now :-P and gonna try and give up smoking again, earlier this year I tried and it didn’t really work but well see what happens this time round! Fingers crossed!

I think that’s enough for now, but I feel good about things. I really do, so here’s to hoping that the good fortune continues. As I keep telling a certain friend, Sic Parvis Magna :-)


Kal Xx

Short and sweet

8 09 2012

Just a quick update today as it’s been about a month since my last post.

A fair bit has actually happened since then, I’ve got a new job for starters. As much as I did enjoy Nokia I did vow to try and get out of retail a while back so I’m glad I can now say that I have. I’m now the sales director for a little company in Oxford. There is a story about how this job came about but that’s for another post.

I’ve also decided that I want to treat myself to a holiday in the new year so I’m currently going through the steps to prepare for a two week excursion to Japan. This is really a bit of a childhood dream as I’ve always been fascinated with the country and all aspects of it from as far back as I can remember.

As I write this on the train to Bristol I’m finally starting to feel that things are moving in the direction I need them to. Obviously the Japan trip will hit the savings I need to make Canada happen but I think for what I’ll get out of the trip it’s totally going to be worth it.

That’s all for now but I’ll write a more detailed post in a few days time.

Toodles, hope you all have a good weekend

Kal xx