Happiness is not about having a lot, but being “careless”.

Over the weekend, we drove to Selfoss, where one of the biggest National Park of Iceland is. It was 50-year-old birthday of a friend.

It was so beautiful on the way, snow covering the mountains, mosses, and the sky, it was kind of blue that take your breath away.

I feel very lucky every time I see the landscape like this.

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The hotel we stayed called “Borealis“, very warming and family-friendly atmosphere. The party went very well, I even saw the Northern light after dinner. They were so bright and dancing through the sky.

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Happiness is as simple as that, it’s not about having a lot of “stuff”, but being a bit “careless”. We should live in harmony and sometimes think in other people’s shoes, let go things. What belongs to you will eventually come to you, what doesn’t belong to you, whatever you do, it will only go away from you.

 

 

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Moonrise Kingdom

The moon has been incredibly beautiful these days in Iceland.

We will not be able to see moon in such a clear sky and without any disturb in big cities.

That’s one of the beauties in Iceland, you see well, you breath well and that gives you time to look inside yourself.

Every time when I look at the sea, I feel freedom and very very graceful.

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moon at 4 p.m.

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moon at 8 a.m.

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moon at 5 p.m.

“Happiness is a switch that you flick in your brain”

I read this sentence today on The Talks , interviewing Tom Ford.

I learned that happiness for all of us is a switch that you flick in your brain. It doesn’t have anything to do with getting a new house, a new car, a new girlfriend, or a new pair of shoes. Our culture is very much about that; we are never happy with what we have today. We always think that we need something else to be happy.

It’s very true. We’re always seeking what we don’t have, picking into other people’s life and forget to appreciate what we’re having ! We’re so greedy that it seems nothing is enough for us. But this is so wrong. It’s the opposite, we’re having too much of everything. Too much of clothing, too much of food, too much of electronic equipment ,etc.

As a great designer, something he said also moved me a lot,

How would you describe your current state of mind?

I feel that I don’t need anything for a good life. I grew up in New Mexico and the older I get I have less need for contemporary culture and big cities and all the stuff we are bombarded with. I am happier at my ranch in the middle of nowhere watching a bug carry leaves across the grass, listening to silence, riding my horse, and being in open space. So I have some sort of security that if I lost everything in my life, I would be very happy with the simple things because they are the ones that are important.

Do you get the most inspiration from nature? It is the ultimate beauty, after all.

Yes, nature is the closest thing to God and I don’t mean God by any sort of religion but by the connection to the universe, which I think we have lost. The American Indians had that and where I live is actually the center of the Anasazi Indian civilization. I even have two huge Anasazi ruins on the property of my ranch. I am not saying that there definitely is some sort of spirituality coming from there, but there might be. When you are close to the earth and you get up when the sun comes up and you go to sleep when it goes down, it puts everything in perspective.

Really?

Yes, all the rest of this crap just fades away. We’ve lost our contact with the earth. Dogs don’t have guilt, dogs don’t have insecurity complexes, dogs don’t think that they need a bigger house than the other dog. Dogs are just completely themselves. They’re very in touch, they’re not thinking about their death. They are just rolling on their back, enjoying what that feels like. I think that is sort of the appeal of animals in our lives; that is what’s important.

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Yes, NATURE NATURE NATURE.

I can promise you, nothing will make you feel more free than feeling the breeze on your face, smell the salt from the sea, feel the temperature of water or running like a kid in a corn filed. We need that contact with the earth. It’s essential, it’s what all life about. Being connected, to people but also to the earth.

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Since I got that new job in AALTO Bistro as a helping hand in the kitchen. I am very HAPPY. I just love my job, whatever it’s watering planting, washing dishes, running up and downs, switching my brain from English to Icelandic, sweeping floors, chopping onions, peeling vegetables, frying potato pancakes in 50+ degrees, I’m just enjoying doing it. Because this is something interests me and I know how to do it, so why not put my soul into it?

I’ve been dreaming of being a chef almost since I’m a kid, I see myself starting my day in the kitchen, preparing food and now I’m here. Who knows maybe in ten years, I would able to open my own restaurant.

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It’s true that life is a box of chocolate, we never know what we gonna get. Yet, enjoy every single piece of chocolate you get, the crunchiness of the chocolate, the bitterness, the sweetness, maybe a bit sour taste as well? And what about the heart? Just close your eyes and enjoy as much as you can. I promise you, happiness is no more complicated than that.

Welcome to the “hell” !

It was the first time in my life that I’ve been working from 9 a.m to almost mid-night. And to the chef I working with, it’s just another day in the office. Like they said to me “welcome to the restaurent world !” It can be a hell sometimes, because it’s burning hot and when it get crazily busy, you have to be on alert ALL THE TIME. Especially for a new-comer, an amateur like me, it’s not easy to “squeeze” into them. BUT it’s my DREAM to be a chef and it’s MY opportunity I’m not going to blow it.

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The greenhouse to the restaurent I’m working in Reykjavík

Since I was a little girl, I loved cooking, being in the kitchen with my dad, seeing him frying the pork skin and pork fat (not the healthiest thing you can get but smell like heaven). Even thought my education has nothing to do with cookery, I love gastronomy. I spend a lot of time reading cooking books, watching TV shows, cooking. And now I’m there, being in a professional kitchen.

If ever you ask how the dreams taste like, I’ll say it’s “sugar with vinegar”. I admit, it is a hard job to be a chef, you have long shift, you get on lots of pressures, you don’t have regular eating time, it’s dangerous, it’s extremely PHYSICAL. Yet it’s enjoyable because food is one of the things bring people together, it reflects cultures and civilisations.

Last day 2014

Waked up by a strange dream, it was barely 6:30.
Christmas tree glimmered in the salon, wind blowing outside.
Taking a quick shower without turning on the light, brush teeth for 3 minutes, jump into pajama, and start to cut grape fruit and boil my chai tea. It’s almost becoming a routine for the month.
I used to drink earl gray with honey and lemon in the morning, since it’s winter, I feel the chai tea is warmer and feel more like Christmas.

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Time flies, last Christmas and New Year’s Eve is still very vivide. Yet this year is much cozier, Christmas Eve with my husband and his mother, Christmas Day with his children. It’s the darkest period in Iceland, the daylight is only 3-4 hours, that’s why people putting on lights by the windows, hanging bling-bling on the trees, sometimes less is more, but during Christmas, more is more.

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The last day of 2014, I want to make some resolutions.
1. Speak icelandic
2. Stay healthy, try to get totally rid of “eating disorder”
3. Look into tourist business opportunity, maybe establish an agency
4. Connect more to people, friends in Paris, both families in Shanghai and in Iceland
5. Travel at least twice
6. Pick up my Canon
7. Keep update the blogs
8. Enjoy the moment while work for the future

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Trip you can not buy even with million dollars!

The summer is finally approaching Iceland.
Last weekend we headed to Styyholmur, a lovely fishing town by the western coast of the island.
We went with a water jet and couple of friends.
When you want whale-watching in Iceland, husavik is one of the best choices, yet you can spot whales everywhere round the island (if you’re lucky enough).
And we not only saw the whales, but killer whales, not one, but a group of them! It was mind blowing.
Despite their terrifying names, they’re rather friendly, swimming only few meters to our water jets.

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We’ve been to this town couple of times before, it’s also famous for its water library, where they collect all the water samples from the glacier all round the island. Sadly few doesn’t existed any more because of the global warming.