I have a love/hate relationship with the rainy season.
The look of the clouds rolling in.
The cool air.
The sound of the rain, thunder and the sight of lightning.
The dust settling.
Driving to work in the rain.
Driving home from work in the rain.
Going out for the night when it's raining.
Sewage and rain water flooding.
My bike stalling out in the flooded water.
The mud from the bike in front of me, hitting me in the face.
Maybe there is a little more hate aimed at the rainy season... but when I have free time, and I'm in the comforts of my own home with a good book- it's nothing but love : )
Today- there was a tease of rain, but no real danger. However, there were beautiful clouds in the sky (pictured above) I am mesmerized by the flow of giant storm clouds.
Last night however was an INTENSE rain storm. I was fortunate enough to get to my friends house early and was able to sit back, drink mimosas and play video games while it rained harder than I've seen in a very long time.
Today I found my dream hair dresser. Yes, it's 'expensive' well, for Vietnam it's expensive, but it's 100% worth it. I had my roots touched up and a tea tree condition. They did an amazing job with the touch up (I went to another place a few weeks back to cover the re-growth and instead they dyed it brown again... keeping the re-growth visible) and they even styled it right. Usually my stubborn colic really throws them for a curve and they tend to want to blow dry my hair in a huge 80's wave. Why is this place so awesome? Because it's run by a Singaporean : )
This was followed up by an amazing Sushi lunch with friends. I went to a new sushi restaurant this time... got myself out of the same old routine of the same place, same order and was pleasantly surprised :)
I spent the next hour or so cruising around town looking for good shoes to work out in. I found the perfect pair at a fair price and of course they didn't have my size. They promised they'd have it for me tomorrow and if they don't they'll get a good ol' knuckle sandwich.
Headed home for a bit to do a little prep work and planning for this week at work and then met up with my friends for some delicious Roast, good beer and a movie.
We went to the theatre to see Inception, but of course- with my luck they had stopped showing it for the day so we saw The Expendables. Absolutely hilarious.
This week is a short work week- only three days!! Of course my Tuesday is 13 hours long and Wednesday will be 12 hours long but 4 days off is well worth a few jam packed days of work.
A few friends of mine are looking to take a road trip with our motorbikes out to Ho Coc Beach, or possibly out to Binh Chau for some hot springs. I'm really open on the location, all I really care about is doing nothing but relaxing for 4 days. Reading, playing cards and hanging out. Heaven.
This was posted on facebook today:
"You must make a decision that you are going to move on. It wont happen automatically. You will have to rise up and say, ‘I don’t care how hard this is, I don’t care how disappointed I am, I’m not going to let this get the best of me. I’m moving on with my life." - Joel Osteen
I follow this page called "Power of Positivity". Some of the posts are kind of lame, or confusing but there are a few that really hit the spot and motive me.
I like this one because it rings very true and it's something I share with friends when they are in a hard time. It's also summed up by the "This too shall pass" that I've engraved on my arm forever.
People ask me how I get through difficult times with a smile on my face. Or ask how I'm taking it so well. I just tell them it's because I CHOSE to be happy. It's not easy, but it's a more pleasant way to live your life. I'd rather continue my life, be happy and smile than be sad, depressed, lethargic and full of self pity.
Don't get me wrong, I believe that each tragedy and downfall in life deserves time to reflect and go through the emotions. But I only allow myself a certain amount of time before I have to get up, shake it off and move on.
As lame as it sounds: Life is too short. Don't waste it on anything, anyone or anywhere. YOU are in control, no one else is.
Take Charge. Be Happy. Even if you have to force yourself to smile- and look / feel like an idiot doing it, you'll feel better instantly.