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I am Proud of Myself

April 19, 2010

It’s no secret that I have no patience and a temper when things don’t turn out the way I expect them to.  But prior to my departure I resolved to be a better person on this trip, and I am proud to note my progress:

1. Instead of ordering an egg white omelette for breakfast yesterday, I had the Japanese breakfast of rice, snapper, seaweed, and picked vegetables instead.

It wasn’t the best thing I’ve ever had but I’m glad I had it anyway.

2. Instead of getting frustrated because Ali was determined to find a Japanese restaurant recommended by American Express, and he led us around the entire Harajuku area for 45 minutes with his iPhone leading the way:


I put one tired foot in front of the other and carried on without a word of complaint.

3. And when we didn’t find the aforementioned restaurant and ended up eating at a Balinese restaurant instead:

I popped a Lactaid tablet and ate my cream-laden vegetable curry without a second thought.  I also had rice for the second time in one day and didn’t worry about carb-overloading. 

The verdict?  I’ve never had Balinese food before but this was really quite good.  It is kind of mix between Indian food and what I think Malaysian food is like.  I’ll let you know tomorrow.

4. I enjoyed seeing a bunch of beautiful Tokyo attractions and didn’t get upset that all the signs explaining the attractions were in Japanese. 

I also didn’t lose it when Ali mentioned, for the 25th time that we could hire a Japanese guide for $65 an hour who could translate everything for us.  I didn’t roll my eyes when he wasn’t looking either. 

I’ve progressed beyond my wildest expectations.

5. I enjoyed the highlight of my 3 days in Tokyo – High Tea at the Peninsula – without worrying too much about how I’d feel afterwards.

I didn’t even get upset when Ali brought his Netbook to tea with us and typed away.

I didn’t laugh at him when the wireless internet went down (okay I laughed a little to myself).

Yes, I did get a stomach ache after eating 1.5 scones and a bite of each dessert, but it was nowhere near what I thought it would be.  And it was worth it.

6. All joking aside, I am very proud of myself that I have not been to the gym once in 3 days.  Normally I would have based my hotel selection on how nice the hotel gym is.  Normally I’d be up at the crack of dawn and in the carefully researched gym to get in a hardcore workout every.single.morning of my trip.  Normally, I’d be so exhausted after my workout that I wouldn’t have any energy left to walk around the rest of the day.

But instead of killing myself I went for a swim this morning in quite possibly the most beautiful pool in the world, without a second thought about calories burned, laps swam, and I didn’t consult my watch to make sure I worked out for a pre-determined amount of time.

Now that is progress!

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  1. April 19, 2010 2:47 pm

    I am so so happy you are having a great vacation and relaxing! letting go!
    good for you.

    and now I have Gwen Stefani in my head after you said Harajuku.

    that’s funny.

    what an absolutely beautiful place you are at! Live it up Lady!!!!

  2. April 19, 2010 3:14 pm

    what a neat little pool!!!

    its looks like ur having a blast! and im so glad ur tummy ache was minor. phew 🙂

  3. April 19, 2010 4:17 pm

    Glad to hear vacation is treating you well! Thanks for posting such beautiful photos. That pool is gorgeous. I don’t blame you for indulging at tea – I woulda been right there with you sconin’ it up! Great that you didn’t suffer too much afterwards. 🙂

  4. April 19, 2010 4:22 pm

    Is this your first visit to Japan?
    How long are you staying here?

    And I guess you went to Harajuku during the day on a weekday when most people were in work or school…because 竹下通り (Takeshita Doori Street) gets extremely crowded on holidays and weekends.

  5. April 19, 2010 4:47 pm

    I’m proud of you too Ameena. It’s good to take it easy once in a while…and it is ALWAYS good to be easy on yourself. What is the point in being hard on ourselves? life is too short!
    And it looks like you are truly living life and having an amazing time in Japan. So happy that you are enjoying yourself!

  6. actorsdiet permalink
    April 19, 2010 4:58 pm

    i am proud of you! i find that when i travel, i relax a lot more and go with the flow. if only we could have that kinda attitude with life – which is, after all, a journey and not a destination, as they always say….

  7. April 19, 2010 5:44 pm

    That pool is beautiful!! Sounds like you’re really letting loose on this vacation– good for you!! That’s what trips are for, right?

  8. April 19, 2010 5:51 pm

    So happy to hear that you’re relaxing and enjoying yourself!!!!!!! That just makes me so happy for you. You deserve to let loose and have a fabulous time.

  9. traynharder23 permalink
    April 19, 2010 5:57 pm

    yay you’re having a great vacation! i’m happy to hear this! =D

    yeah, i feel you on the japanese breakfast- the cold version isn’t great, but when they serve the rice gruel (kinda like soupy rice) it’s nice and hot, and you can eat as many vegetable side dishes as you want ! quite tasty. anyways, i’m still glad you tried it. experiences are bomb. yellow rice- i had this “tumeric scented basmati rice” in bali, that looks like what you had—- HEAVEN! =D nothing wrong with carbo loading!

  10. Nadia permalink
    April 19, 2010 6:19 pm

    wow meena, these pics are awesome….that pool and tea, am dying!! ayla sat here w me saying how unfair it was that maya was at her dadi’s for 10 days and how she’s dying to have that bento box from the plane:) so happy ur indulging, there better not have been a crumb left off that beautiful tea goodie platter!!!
    XOXOXOXO

  11. April 19, 2010 7:47 pm

    Nice. I’m glad you’re enjoying yourself on your trip. No need to stress. Enjoy every moment. :)I’m enjoying you recaps!!!

  12. Anjum permalink
    April 19, 2010 10:58 pm

    OMG!! Your pics make me want to travel! Enjoy!

  13. April 20, 2010 3:41 am

    This is exactly how I always picture vacations to be….like, I feel that I could “change”…release a lot of my hang-ups , etc…if I travelled somewhere for a bit…I think it can put REAL LIFE and LAUGHTER and LIVING into perspective…just me rambling!
    Good on the rice, scones, dessert, keep it up. And enjoy your vacation, you both look fantastic.

  14. April 20, 2010 4:06 am

    I’ve heard the food in Bali is really good — it looks nice. But that tea… yum! 😀 It’s definitely good to adapt a more relaxed attitude on vacation because of course things never go as planned and if you’re too wrapped-up in expectations, you can miss some really extraordinary things.

  15. April 20, 2010 4:10 am

    Awwr! I got some good smiles from this post, especially from your last achievement. Vacations are meant to be relaxing and full of indulgences, and I’m so happy to see that you’re having a great time. Hopefully the good vibes will stick with you when you get back home.

  16. fitandfortysomething permalink
    April 20, 2010 5:07 am

    oh i am so proud of you ameena! you sound like you are having a great time 🙂

  17. April 20, 2010 5:56 am

    Love the pics you are putting up! This is such a great way to enjoy a vacation. I don’t think you need worry about your carb overloading if you are walking hours together following Ali’s iphone 😀
    What you may start worrying about are your tired feet 8)

  18. April 20, 2010 6:26 am

    So happy to hear you are being kind to yourself and thoroughly enjoying your vacation! You should be proud of yourself:)

  19. April 20, 2010 6:34 am

    Congrats girl, that is awesome!!!! So proud of you!!

  20. raana permalink
    April 20, 2010 7:26 am

    hi ameena,
    i have been reading your posts recently and i must say your analytical skills on everyday matters are really very impressive.i m a regular follower now.
    few days back i read a piece of news that a company’s chief executive went to tokyo for a meeting,at the reception of the hotel he encountered with a robot who guided him in japanese language about the time and venue of the meeting,the CE didnt know the japanese’noone else was there to help him so he missed the meeting.
    i hope your hotel is not operated by robots .ENJOY YOUR HOLIDAYS.
    LOVE RAANA

  21. April 20, 2010 7:46 am

    Good for you for allowing yourself to have a true vacation Ameena, I’m so proud of you! Lovely pictures too, please keep them coming. I’ve never been to Japan or Malaysia and I can’t wait till the kids get older so we can go. But for now, thank you for being my eyes. Hope you enjoy Malaysia!

  22. April 20, 2010 7:49 am

    Those are all amazing ways to progress! You seem to really be enjoying yourself, too. I’m so glad to hear it. You deserve a relaxing vacation, so live it up. 🙂

  23. April 20, 2010 7:57 am

    I am proud of you too!! Enjoy yourself!! 🙂

  24. April 20, 2010 7:58 am

    That pool is gorgeous! So glad you were able to set aside the exercise routines for a bit. We did a TON of walking around Japan and that counts, right? I’m also glad your stomach has been cooperating for the most part! And I have to hand it to you for doing Japanese breakfast. I did that a couple days and I just couldn’t enjoy it! Can’t wait to hear from you in Malaysia!

  25. April 20, 2010 8:26 am

    Good for you for stepping outside of your box. I’m a lot like you. I like to have a plan, and if things don’t go to my plan, I get really upset. Glad your afternoon tea was worth it, it looked fab 😀
    *kisses* HH

  26. April 20, 2010 8:42 am

    GLAD TO HEAR YOU HAD A good vacatioN! the places look very upscale, as well as the food! and way to go on stress and temper under control too!!!

    i use to do that with traveling, about the working out. swimming is great- had a pool before i moved and swam every morning it was SOOO refreshing!

  27. highonhealthy permalink
    April 20, 2010 8:51 am

    Way to go on just relaxing on enjoying your vacation! Even when there are a ton of things that make you want to lash out or express annoyance. I’m glad you’re enjoying yourself. 🙂

  28. April 20, 2010 8:53 am

    What’s the point of going all the way to Asia if you spend most of your time working out and focused on the gym? So I say you did it just right! Sightseeing is way more important, and it looks like you got to see some cool stuff. Oh, and high tea looks amazing. Amazing. Wish I were there to share.

  29. April 20, 2010 9:12 am

    progress!
    How are you blogging more from overseas than I am from my own home when when I have nothing to do and nowhere to go??

    • April 20, 2010 11:10 am

      I guess my blogging frequency is due to a combination of jet lag and airport layovers…we are in the Singapore Airport waiting for a flight to KL and will be here for no less than 5 more hours!! Thank God for Ali’s netbook!

  30. April 20, 2010 9:15 am

    High tea, fun!! Its good that you’re not being too hard on yourself about working out. All the food looks delish.. glad you’re finding ways to enjoy without being too limited. 🙂 Oh and I love how Ali is using his iphone to find restaurants!! LOL, my friend did that when we were in Napoli and I’m thinking, “yeah right, lets just EAT!”

  31. whydeprive permalink
    April 20, 2010 9:16 am

    Good for you!! Im so glad you’re enjoying your trip! 🙂

  32. April 20, 2010 10:01 am

    wow, you are seriously amazing with accomplishing all your goals!
    now…. what is ali doing to help make the trip better for you? 🙂

  33. April 20, 2010 10:36 am

    I’d kill to be in Japan right now.

  34. April 20, 2010 1:47 pm

    oh my gosh!!! the high tea in bev hills looks just like it, im amazed. such good replication skills! i bet your experience was much more authentic and WAYYYYYY cooler though 🙂

  35. April 22, 2010 2:55 am

    Oh wow! The gym thing would be SUPER progress for me too! I struggle to go a day without some sort of exercise now!

    I love seeing the photos of your travels!

  36. April 22, 2010 8:11 pm

    It’s so good to see people progress and make positive changes in their life and you definitely have! way to enjoy your vacation!

  37. June 9, 2010 12:31 pm

    A good way to ensure a great hotel gym is to check out http://www.HotelGymReview.com before you leave for your next trip. Also be sure to write reviews about the facility. We’re a new website so we really need people to write reviews.

    Thanks!

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