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Love is what comforts you, frees you up inside, makes you laugh. -Bell Hooksimage (3)
Yes is the answer and you know that for sure. -John Lennon
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Meaning is rooted in the willingness to continue, to hold dear that nothing you hold dear lasts, to let it be. -Stephen Jenkinson image[3]image
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground. -Rumi
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The intellect is good but until it has become the servant of the heart, it is of little avail. ―Abdu’l-Baháimageimage (5)
You are terrifying and strange and beautiful. Something not everyone knows how to love.
-Warsan Shire
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Stay close to anything that makes you glad you’re alive. -Hafiz image[7]image[6]
Arrange whatever pieces come your way. – Virginia Woolfimage (7)
Be who you were meant to be, and you will set the world on fire. -Catherine of Seina

Spring Has Come!

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Hi lovely followers! Just posting to let y’all know that spring has come to Japan! It was 19 degrees this weekend! 19! After being in the negatives, with snow only a few days ago. And personally, I am feeling much better, much less blue. Which I think is due to a combination of the spiritual powers of the fast, and the beauty of these blossoms! Oh the blossoms! Only three more weeks and they will be even more beautiful and I will be sight-seeing them with my parents. Can’t stop day-dreaming over here!

“Is the spring coming?” he said. “What is it like?”…
“It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine…”
― Frances Hodgson Burnett

“When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest.”
― Ernest Hemingway

“April hath put a spirit of youth in everything. (Sonnet XCVIII)”
― William Shakespeare

“That is one good thing about this world…there are always sure to be more springs.”
― L.M. Montgomery

“Too much sun after a Syracuse winter does strange things to your head, makes you feel strong, even if you aren’t.”
― Laurie Halse Anderson

“Spring is a powerful spell. The blue. The clouds high up and puffy. The air warmer than it’s been for weeks.”
― Jenny Downham

“The first real day of spring is like the first time a boy holds your hand. A flood of skin-tingling warmth consumes you, and everything shines with a fresh, colorful glow, making you forget that anything as cold and harsh as winter ever existed.”
― Richelle E. Goodrich

“In the winter you may want the summer; in the summer, you may want the autumn; in the autumn, you may want the winter; but only in the spring you dream and want no other season but the spring!”
― Mehmet Murat ildan

“I want to do with you what spring does with cherry trees.”
― Pablo Neruda

“What nicer thing can you do for somebody than make them breakfast?”

Have I told you how much I love Anthony Bourdain? (Except for his views on vegans and vegetarians.) But as he says so himself, “I don’t have to agree with you to like you or respect you”, Mr Bourdain.

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Wish I could make him breakfast…
but for now, here are 10 of my favourite quotes from him:

1.“Your body is not a temple, it’s an amusement park. Enjoy the ride.”

2.“Do we really want to travel in hermetically sealed popemobiles through the rural provinces of France, Mexico and the Far East, eating only in Hard Rock Cafes and McDonalds? Or do we want to eat without fear, tearing into the local stew, the humble taqueria’s mystery meat, the sincerely offered gift of a lightly grilled fish head? I know what I want. I want it all. I want to try everything once.”

3.“Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life – and travel – leaves marks on you. Most of the time, those marks – on your body or on your heart – are beautiful. Often, though, they hurt.”

4.“Good food is very often, even most often, simple food.”

5.“Garlic is divine. Few food items can taste so many distinct ways, handled correctly. Misuse of garlic is a crime…Please, treat your garlic with respect…Avoid at all costs that vile spew you see rotting in oil in screwtop jars. Too lazy to peel fresh? You don’t deserve to eat garlic.”

6.“If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel – as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them – wherever you go.”

7.“If I’m an advocate for anything, it’s to move. As far as you can, as much as you can. Across the ocean, or simply across the river. The extent to which you can walk in someone else’s shoes or at least eat their food, it’s a plus for everybody. Open your mind, get up off the couch, move.”

8.“Food is everything we are. It’s an extension of nationalist feeling, ethnic feeling, your personal history, your province, your region, your tribe, your grandma. It’s inseparable from those from the get-go.”

9.“An ounce of sauce covers a multitude of sins,”

And last but not least…

10.“But I do think the idea that basic cooking skills are a virtue, that the ability to feed yourself and a few others with proficiency should be taught to every young man and woman as a fundamental skill, should become as vital to growing up as learning to wipe one’s own ass, cross the street by oneself, or be trusted with money.”

the best writing quotes ever. i’m cereal.

Since we’re all writing a novel in one way or another… below is an organised list of my favorite writing quotes to keep ya’ll inspired.

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Just keep swimming (writing):

“A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.”
Richard Bach

“Serious writers write, inspired or not. Over time they discover that routine is a better friend than inspiration.”
Ralph Keyes

“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”
Louis L’Amour

“Imagination is like a muscle. I found out that the more I wrote, the bigger it got.”
 Philip José Farmer

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.”
Aristotle

“It is better to write a bad first draft than to write no first draft at all.”
Will Shetterly

“What I try to do is write. I may write for two weeks ‘the cat sat on the mat, that is that, not a rat,’…and it might be just the most boring and awful stuff. But I try. When I’m writing, I write. And then it’s as if the muse is convinced that I’m serious and says, ‘Okay. Okay. I’ll come.'”
Maya Angelou

“It is by sitting down to write every morning that one becomes a writer.”
Gerald Brenan

Write what you know:

“Sit down to write what you have thought, and not to think about what you shall write.”
William Cobbett

“The secret of good writing is telling the truth.”
Gordon Lish

Despite what they say, it’s okay if you don’t have a clear direction/outline:

“Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.”
E.L. Doctorow

“Writing is always a process of discovery—I never know the end, or even the events on the next page, until they happen. There’s a constant interplay between the imagining and shaping of the story.”
Kim Edwards

“Writing is always a process of discovery—I never know the end, or even the events on the next page, until they happen. There’s a constant interplay between the imagining and shaping of the story.”
Kim Edwards

Self-consciousness is a waste of your precious time:

“I really think that if there’s any one enemy to human creativity, especially creative writing, it’s self-consciousness.”
Andre Dubus III

“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”
Sylvia Plath

Cut the adverbs, the exclamation marks and the semicolons:

“The road to hell is paved with adverbs.”
Stephen King

“Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very;’ your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.”
Mark Twain

“Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald

Remember, you’re not alone:

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”
Ernest Hemingway

“When I write, I feel like an armless, legless man with a crayon in his mouth.”
Kurt Vonnegut

“This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until its done. It’s that easy, and that hard.”
Neil Gaiman

“Writing a novel is a terrible experience, during which the hair often falls out and the teeth decay. I’m always irritated by people who imply that writing fiction is an escape from reality. It is a plunge into reality and it’s very shocking to the system.”
Flannery O’Connor

“Read Read Read”:

“Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.”
William Faulkner

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”
Stephen King

“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.”
Stephen King

Last but not least, LIVE:

“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”
Jack London 

“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”
Stephen King

“How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.”
Henry Thoreau

NZ Roadie: Take One

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Ever since I started writing, and I don’t mean blogging, I’m referring to the basic “the cat sat on the mat” shenanigans, I have had a very serious diary addiction. The endless potential presented by brand new notebooks with completely blank pages just waiting to be filled with an infinity of possibility (scribbles) has always been so damn appealing to me. In short, I have come to find that NZ Roadies and the spontaneous possibilities of the open road, provide me with the same high as a new kikki.K notebook.

Impromptu summer roadies are an oasis amidst the suffocating, sand-in-places-it-shouldnt-be, uncomfortably hot and sometimes lonely dessert which the average person’s chaotically busy modern life has become. Schedules, meetings, to do lists, deadlines, birthdays, weddings, funerals, other humans, etc, etc; sometimes one simply needs to get away (drive away, to be more specific). In fact, most often we tend to get so far stuck in our monotonous routines that we forget what spectacular treasures lie around the corner/a couple hours drive away.

Take NZ for example, apparently the tourism industry has overtaken the dairy industry as NZ’s largest export industry as more and more Lord of the Rings fanatics arrive to get an up-close-and-personal glimpse of ‘middle-earth’. Although I’m a NZ citizen, one of fifteen years to be specific, there’s still so many strikingly beautiful NZ sites that I’m yet to visit, which brings me to the irony that many a foreigner have seen and experienced more of my hometown than I. For example, did you know that just two hours from Christchurch lie two of Mother Nature’s incredibly breathtaking (literally, as a lot of climbing is involved) masterpieces? Castle Hill (as seen in the climactic battle scene of the 2005 movie, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) and the Devil’s Punchbowl (a picturesque waterfall of 131 meters)!

Lastly, if these photographs don’t inspire you to eagerly leave your office in order to frolic in an open field, then maybe this collection of figuratively delicious quotes on Nature, will:

“Every time I stand before a beautiful beach, its waves seem to whisper to me: If you choose the simple things and find joy in nature’s simple treasures, life and living need not be so hard.”-Psyche Roxas-Mendoza

“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, “This is what it is to be happy.”-Sylvia Plath

“No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars.”-Helen Keller

“Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.”-Maori proverb

“After a visit to the beach, it’s hard to believe that we live in a material world.”-Pam Shaw

“Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.”-Khalil Gibran