Monthly Archives: November 2011

The Mayonnaise Jar & The Beer

I found this story on web a few years back and I just happen to remember it today. It’s  educational and inspiring so I thought of sharing it here.

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When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the beer.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls.

He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous “yes.”

The professor then produced two cans of beer from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed. “Now,” said the professor, as the laughter subsided, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things–your family, your children, your health, your friends, your favorite passions–things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.

“The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, your car. The sand is everything else–the small stuff. If you put the sand into the jar first,” he continued, “there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out to dinner. Play another game. There will always be time to clean the house, and fix the disposal.

“Take care of the golf balls first, the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.” One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the beer represented. The professor smiled. “I’m glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of beers.”


Photo Blog: Food Cravings

Warning: What you are about to see may cause drooling. If you’re hungry, I suggest you read this later after you’ve eaten but if you wish to torture yourself then keep on reading and enjoy!

Lately, I’ve been craving a variety of foods coming from all over the world. Some of them are either expensive, hard to find/not available where I am in the world, or laborious. So I’ve decided to make an entry and share my misery to other people. Let’s start!

Pastrami Sandwich – The first time I had this was during my vacation in the US. Before going to a museum with my cousins, we had lunch at the Yard House and I ordered a pastrami sandwich out of curiosity. I’ve only seen and heard of it from the food channels that I’ve been watching so I wanted to try it. After my first bite of the sandwich, I fell in love with it. I’ve been trying to find a restaurant here that serves yummy, authentic pastrami sandwich but so far none of those I’ve tried have satisfied me.

Samgyupsal – It’s just a thin slice of pork seared to perfection on a grill but how you eat it is what makes it interesting. You can dip it in a sauce, eat it with rice, wrap it up in a lettuce or have it as it is. It’s been a year since I’ve dined-in a Korean restaurant with friends and ordered this. I might grab some slices of this next time I get to visit a Korean grocery.

Bagnet – Simply put… It is unhealthy but I don’t care cause I’ll die happy after eating this.

Chicken Curry – It’s been a few months since I last had eaten curry. Ever since I woke up this morning, I’ve been craving for this. *drools*

All the fried goodies of this store in HK – Discovered by my sister during her last visit in HK, she raved about this corner store that sells delicious fish balls, fried octopus, lobster balls, hungarian sausage, fried stuffed tofu, etc. When I got to go on vacation in HK last June, it was in my to-do list that I find this store and try their food. Luckily, it was near our hotel, about 10 minutes of walking. As you can see on the picture above, the store is flocked by many and based on the look of my cousin and my face, it’s that good. For HK$9 per stick, it’s delicious and cheap.

Katsudon – Back in high school, every friday after class, my friends and I would hangout at Kamirori, a Japanese restaurant near our school and I would always order Katsudon. Out of all the Japanese restaurants I’ve tried, Crazy Katsu has the best Katsudon, in my opinion. It’s one of my comfort foods.

Steamed Salmon – Just so I have something healthy on the list.

Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream – What’s a meal without a dessert? I love their New York Super Fudge Chunk! Hope they open a store here soon.

*wipes drool off chin*

And there you go, ladies and gentlemen.

*stomach growls*

So what are you craving for? Leave a comment below. 🙂

Note: Some of the images used in this post are not mine.


Signs

For 3 nights in a row, I’ve been dreaming of the same person but in different scenarios. This is all new to me so I find it disturbing. It all started on the 1st day of November. My first dream was something good, but it was cut short all thanks to my mom for waking me up. For my second dream, it wasn’t good ’cause I woke up feeling disappointed. Finally, last night or rather this morning, my dream was hazy so I can’t really say anything about it. I’m sorry, but I can’t fully divulge on the details of my dreams. Dreaming of that person for 2 nights was already weird for me so haunting me for another night just gave me the creeps. What does it all mean? I have no idea. A foresight? Perhaps, but I highly doubt it. Is this the sign I’ve been asking for? Possibly. If that person is in my dream again tonight, then I may have to visit a psychic soon. Oh well. Good night and sweet dreams.

Current music: Skyler Stonestreet – Dream Away