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April 14, 2017 - No Comments!

HELLO FROM BALI

Selamat pagi.

A bright, sunny, chirpy hello to you from good old Ubud in Bali!

It’s hard not to fall in love with this place with so much awesome naturama around - deep green foliage, sweet caressing notes from the river a cliff away, fresh crisp flora-infused Balinese air. Temperature dips all the way down to low 20s without the humidity. It’s oh so so lovely.

I will be spending the next 2 weeks here, on the island of the gods, for a part thinking, part business mastermind retreat.

Starting from today, I will be spending 7 days with a group of 9 beautiful humans from different parts of the world. We have gathered on this spiritual island to figure out and work on our “next big thing.” We have people who are switching career tracks. Some thinking of bringing their business to another level. Some wanting clarity around their life. Some deciding to take the big leap to ditch the corporate jungle.

As for me… confession: it’s actually not one but a few big things I'll be working on. And that includes setting sexy boundaries. *giggles*

Nothing lights me up more than being around people who are actively taking responsibility for their own happiness and being committed to living life on their own terms. I am super psyched about this experience and opportunity. This is definitely going to be a personal highlight of 2017. With a third of the year already said and done (can you believe how fast time is just whizzing past us these days?), this retreat will inform the rest of my year.

The purposeful scheduling of my regular thinking retreats is to prepare my body and mind for the increased demand of the following phase, and to decompress, unplug, carve out breathing space to mitigate the risk of burn out.

Big ideas come from uninterrupted blocks of silence and white space. We need the room to ask the “what ifs?” Aha moments are more possible with the pregnant void of infinite possibilities, the lack of obligation and compulsive reactivity. We let our minds wander… ponder… play… postulate…

Thinking retreats must first be strategically scheduled and once they are on your calendar, vehemently defended amidst business commitments. The former can strengthen and inform the latter, but not the other way round. They are non-negotiable in my arsenal of tools for thriving in life and business.

Discipline results in freedom.

When will you be taking time out to de-load? If you don't know when and haven't made plans, may I encourage you to whisk out your calendar, pencil down some dates and start making plans? Remember - It's not real until it's officially scheduled.

I'll be back next week to share the gains and insights I've unlocked. Until then, remember to drink more water, get enough sleep, and eat well.

It's the silence between the notes that makes the music.

Pura vida,
Dan
Ubud, Bali

April 3, 2017 - No Comments!

ZIT IS THE WAY

Do you believe in the Law of Attraction?

When I first read the now (in)famous book (I even happily watched the cheesy movie they made!) I was so drawn by the concept of manifesting/conjuring anything our heart desires, if we know how to do it right. It’s like magic. Don’t we all harbour the fantasy of yielding a wishing wand that will provide for our every whim and fancy?

I’ve been providing refuge for a big zit on my face for the past 3 days. I haven’t had one of these for a long time now, cos now that I am older, I’m battling a whole other kind of facial challenges – saggy skin, dry skin that constantly needs hydration, buccal fat deposits, crows feet. Feels like X’mas already!

Through the years, I’ve learned that resistance is what causes more anxiety, stress and all kinds of ickiness, which renders it ultimately futile.

These days, I choose to embrace and let things be.

So I welcomed Miss Zit, made her a cuppa tea (benzoyl peroxide flavour) every night, and told her to make herself comfy.

I’ll let you know if Miss Zit is still around next week.

 

December 11, 2016 - No Comments!

WE ARE GONNA HAVE A BABY!

Vlog Ep 3 is out! My videos are getting longer and longer despite my ruthless editing! Can't help it when you have gorgeous friends! Muahahahaha.

This is the one where we were Tai Tais for a coupla hours, sipped tea, ate scones, and someone got arrowed to do a speech at the last minute! Thanks for a fun Baby Shower "Team Elaine Cole"!

November 28, 2016 - No Comments!

REBIRTH OF DANNYBUNNY

A long, long time ago, I ran one of the most popular blogs in Asia. I was blogging just before the term "blog" was coined. I have a track record of being slightly ahead of the curve.

*grin*

The first website I ever created was at geocities.com/tokyo/garden/3185/home/index.html (yep, long-ass url there). I did a quick wayback machine search and lo and behold, the website is archived although broken. The oldest archive they have dates back to 1999.

But I started before that in 97-98 and I have absolutely no memory of what the first design looked like. I think there was a photo of me with weird colour pencil effects created with a very early Photoshop (bootleg copy cos poor student).

geocities-website-0

"I'm all charged-up for a new term in school." I feel so old. The website was complete with blinking gif animations, warning explosions, 3d rotating skulls, and super tacky opening lines.

Yes, that's right Dan, knock yourself out with those gifs.

geocities-website-1

Many years of blogging and iterations (Dailybread, SMLXL, DannyBunny.com) later, right around when I turned 30, I decided to pull the plug on my blog to focus on building my business empire for the next ten years. Then Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat came along. And blogging seemed so irrelevant after that with micro-contents serving endless shots of dopamine, lapped up by a scroll-hungry world with decreasing attention bandwidth.

And then recently... I started bumping into people (strangers, friends of new acquaintances) who were fans of my old blog.

"Are you DannyBunny!?"

"OMG, you're DannyBunny!?"

"Where have you been?"

"Are you still blogging?"

"Why did you shut down your blog?"

"I've been trying to find you online!"

"I was a huge fan!"

"You are the reason I quit school!"

I'm not kidding about that last one. She woman-ed up, decided to stop being miserable and changed school to pursue her passion. And they all remember me as DannyBunny. Waahhhh. People remembered me from over a decade ago. Talk about a strong branding.

Thank you for remembering me. I feel so loved.

Now that micro squirts of dopamine are becoming more and more meaningless, I thought I'd dabble into mid/long form writing again. I plan to write my first book in 2017. And there's no better way to start, than with a blog.

Welcome back.

To the guy who is now squatting on dannybunny.com and wanna charge me USD3000. It's ok you can have it. It's all about the dot co now.