Tingyos Life

travel + food + bullet journalling

Bump in the road


Sitting on my bed trying to chill out before yoga. Today was a challenging day. Upset, angry clients expressing their frustration. It’s my job. I get it. I get paid pretty well for it too. But I’m a wuss. I crack under pressure. I feel powerless.

Yes I know, first world problems. At least I have a job. I wish I could harden my heart so this rubbish wouldn’t get to me. I know what I have to say to them. I know the limitations. But when they express the pressure on them, I feel it weighing down on me too. And I feel bad as if it’s my fault.

On Saturday, it was my mum’s birthday. We were meant to go down to the beach and have a mini family trip. But instead, I visited mum at home, helped my sister decorate a cake, watched Fantasic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald at the cinemas, and had hot pot for dinner. It was great. Spending time with my family is always awesome.

On Sunday, I had a Dragonboat regatta at Varsity lake. It was a gloomy-ass day, with constant rain and windy conditions. First race of the day was 2000m standard mixed. We placed 4th and our other team took 1st place. I sat at the back of the boat, as I’m still recovering from my injured shoulder. My physio team mate strapped it up for me before the race, but I’ve strained it even more this time round. It really sucks.

It just plain sucks. I’ve been in this sport for 3 years, and my shoulder has progressively gotten worse. My physio said that I have a subluxed shoulder. I’m inpatient, and now I’m paying for it.

I’ve just messaged my state coach that I’ve withdrawn my application for the tryouts next Saturday. Two steps forward, three steps back. That’s okay. I’ll keep moving forward, but more sensibly. Everyone keeps warning me to take it easy, as they have, or known someone, who’s had to get shoulder reconstruction, simply because they wouldn’t listen to their body.

Although I can’t train as I normally do, I’ve taken up hot yoga and Pilates to improve my flexibility and body-weight strength. My cardio needs works. My resting heart rate has increased too. I just need to remind myself that this journey is always a work in progress. If I’m not growing, I’m dying.

Anyway, that’s enough ranting for one day.

Signing off to get ready for yoga.


Tingyo aka Jade


Jade at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

Hello you,

Itsa Jade. Coming at you with photo spam of when I was prancing about in Japan – January to February 2018.

This was my first time to Japan with my lovey. We visited in Jan-Feb this year. It was ultra cold. We definitely were not prepared!

My toes, fingers and nose were frozen for about 3 weeks straight. But I was finally in Japan, so I didn’t mind at all. Whenever I travel, I have a deep sense of happiness and sadness at the same time. I feel so small. But I also feel free. Free to be whoever I want to be. But I also have an immediate dread of returning back to reality. Even before the trip has started.

It’s as if I know this joy is fleeting.

But that’s what makes life precious, right? Because these beautiful moments are short-lived. I’m grateful I have the freedom to travel. Grateful that I’m alive. That I can walk. That I can breathe. That I’m here on this earth. In this time. And it’s so easy to forget that sometimes.


This trip was unforgettable. This day was jam packed too. And my feet hurt from all the walking haha. Next time I’ll post about visiting the Shinjuku Gyo-en National Park, which was later that day.

I’ve been listening to this song, while I’ve been writing:

Such a nostalgic feeling. Enjoy.

Anyway, I’m signing off. Take care of yourself. Drink water. Moisturise your skin. Bask in some sunlight sometime. Take a deep breath.


Tingyo aka Jade

This is me. It’s Jade. I’m here.

Dear internet,

This is me. It’s Jade. I’m here.

Reflecting on this blog after over a year. It’s been a while. A lot has happened. I’ve travelled quite a bit. I’ve been a hermit. I’ve challenged myself. I’ve disappointed myself. I’ve felt passionate. I’ve felt slack.

As the end of 2018 nears, let’s summarise, shall we?

  • Competed at the QLD State Championships with my DB Team
  • Visited Japan (Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Mt Fuji, Hiroshima)
  • Competed at AusChamps
  • Competed in Boracay, Phillipines
  • Competed in Hong Kong
  • Competed in Shanghai, China
  • Made permanent at my Job

I tried starting a Steemit blog. It felt like a chore. I stopped wanting to blog. It felt forced. This blog always felt more like ‘me’. Or at least a ‘me’ that appeared more natural how I liked it. I was tempted to delete my previous posts, but what the heck?

Who cares.

It’s interesting to reflect on it. I read a great blog post that just said, “just punch the buttons”. Blog about what sets your soul on fire. I want to tell someone. Tell anyone. Leave some sort of mark on this world, that I was here. That I existed. Maybe this will just float in the internet somewhere, and the world will just burn up one day.

So I’ll just do my thing. Pour my heart out. Maybe it’ll reach someone who gives a flaming fudge. (Hi)

In all my imperfect, human glory. Never again the same age.

This is me. It’s Jade. I’m here.


Tingyo aka Jade


Hi there. 

How are you? I hope you’ve been doing better and you’re talking care of yourself. 

I’m currently on a 20hr roadtrip. Of course I’m not driving, but I’m obviously not sleeping either. It’s super squishy and my body aches. But it’s beautiful to see the countryside in Australia. 

I’m going to compete at the National Dragonboat Championships this weekend. I’ll be representing my home state and my club. So it’s going to be a pretty tough and grueling 3-days of competition. But I’m happy to be apart of something so much bigger than myself. 

I’ve been quite well lately. I do my best to stay positive. It’s always a conscious decision to see the brighter side. I’ve been trying. But sometimes, in some strange and twisted way, seeing the bad side can feel a bit inviting. Like it’s comfortable? But perhaps I want to be a victim in those moods. But that’s messed up. 

But I shouldn’t need someone’s validation of me make me feel better. I need to believe in me. I watched a video of this lady who had faced adversity because she was different to others, and she said, “I don’t need to be anything for anybody but me.” I think this is very important.  

I feel like I’ve fallen behind in my reading because I’ve been really focused on my thesis, dragonboat training, and the prospect of getting a new job. 

I feel like my life is about to change drastically soon. New job, new place, new outlook. I’ll be a real adult haha. I need to learn more independence. I need to learn about ‘me’. I think that’s what I need to do in order to grow up. 

Anyway, that’s just some raw, late night rambling from me. Hopefully, I’ll be back soon. 

With love,


Tingyo’s Bujo: February

Hello again,

This is my february post containing snaps of my weekly spreads from my bullet journal. In my last bullet journal from last year, I filled my pages with a lot of unrelated doodling. But this year, I’m going for more of a themed look for each spread 🙂


February has been an exciting month for me! I’m really doing my best to be more mindful of my emotions. To be grateful for everything in my life and for the awesome progress and development I’ve made within myself.


In summary:

  • Made it into the State squad for dragonboat to compete for the Australian national title. If my team makes it into the top 3, the Aus organisation will send us to Hong Kong to compete in August :O
  • Started running a lot! There’s an awesome international organisation called ParkRun which runs free 5km courses on a weekly basis. I would love if you would look into it, and find one in your area, wherever you are in the world! 🙂
  • I’ve also decided to train and participate in a half marathon this year in June! I’ve never run 21km straight before; only 10km. But I know I am capable and I’m excited to push myself.
  • I also went for my first career interview with an engineering firm and have a job lined up for this year!
  • Beginning my thesis this year!



I hope to return with another post shortly about my thesis progress and some snaps from running/dragonboat training! Have a lovely day and remember that you are enough. 


2016 Bujo Review


Still sounds super futuristic. I’ve wanted to blog for awhile but I just haven’t brought myself to do so.

I never thought my bullet journal was anything special compared to those on wide web. But I’ve recently shown my journal to a select few who seem to think it’s quite nice.

So I’ll share some snaps of my favourite spreads from last years journal. Enjoy.

I hope you’ll excuse my many mispellings and mistakes in these photos. I love bullet journalling and my journal comes with me everywhere. It’s filled with my memories, my thoughts, aspirations, doubts and hopes.

I hope you have an amazing day.


Life so far


So I recently got back home from a 3-week trip to South Korea. I’m happy to be home and I’m glad that everything has been going so well. Yesterday, I went for a work placement interview which is related to my Civil Engineering Degree. It went great and I was accepted!! 🙂  It is with a company contracted by the Department of Transport and Main Road. I’m so happy about this!

I’ve also gotten back into gym, as I have to train for a dragon boat competition. The competition will take me to Shanghai for 5 days.

With the help of my bullet journal, I feel like I’m ready to do my best this semester. I’ve been trying not to let my anxiety and doubts get to me, and I’ve been going to every class so far 🙂 I know it’s not a huge deal to some, but it’s big for me. And it makes me happy.

Although there’s been some crazy stuff happening in my family lately, I’m trying not to think about it. But here’s the short story. My father, (who is a serial-cheater), left his second wife and 7-year old daughter, for another woman (his employee) who is the same age as my older sister. Geez. It’s just too weird. How many of his offspring will he leave in his wake throughout his lifetime? The count is currently at 5. FIVE. 

But, I’ll ignore that for now. Try to, at least. I’m just going to focus on my studies and my new work placement and be a gangstaaaa at it. Ok?!


Study Cafes in Gangnam

Hi 🙂

Today is a rainy, gloom and doom day so we decided to get some study done. We’re currently at a study cafe called MAYISLAND: Coffee & Library. So here’s the way it works: you must purchase something per person, and that allows you to stay there for a solid 5 hours. The staff will hand you a receipt at the time of purchase with a time stamp on it. If you require extra time, you purchase another drink. However, from my understanding, if you bring your receipt back to the cafe counter, you can get up to 50% off your next drink! When you enter the study space, it is so quiet. It’s study heaven.


I ordered a Citron Lemon Ade and my sister got some juice thing. It’s currently the end of week 1, semester 2 back at my university in Australia. I don’t want to get left behind, so I’m putting the time in now to keep up (even though I’m in a different country xD).


Muji + Artbox Haul



I’m still in Korea, but it’s currently week 1 in the second semester at my university. I’m trying to get back into the swing of things and start this sem strong, so I’ve treated myself to some fresh supplies 🙂

I’ve acquired two notebooks (dotted) and a few pens from Muji. I also got Zebra Mildliners, pencil-case, some felt calligraphy pens, washi tape, and other assorted pens from Artbox.

I’m trialling some new fonts in my bullet journal. I’m not 100% happy with it so far, but I have to start somewhere right?!

I’m off to catch up on some studying! 🙂


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