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The AIA Great European Carnival is Coming to Town

What: The AIA Great European Carnival 

When: December 2014 - February 2015

Where: New Central Harbourfront

$$$: Weekends and Holidays: Adults $125 (includes $100 ride and games tokens), Child/Concession $90 (includes $70 ride and games tokens), Weekdays: Everyone enters for $90  

Come one, come all and enjoy the greatest thing ever to happen in Hong Kong since well, the last time The Great European Carnival was in town. 

The AIA Great European Carnival is set to be back in Hong Kong for a second time from December 2014 to February 2015 with its rides, games and entertainers. All-in-all there will be over 70 rides, games and attractions for your enjoyment.

It will run for over 60 days covering major holidays including Christmas, New Year and Valentine’s Day (thank AIA for your picturesque date night). 

What’s more is that the carnival, unlike in ‘06/’07, will be coming to Hong Kong for 3 consecutive years instead of just 1 year! That’s something to look forward to for when you get sick of Ocean Park or Disneyland. 

I’ll be honest and say that I don’t remember much from this morning, let alone the Carnival 7 from years ago. What I do remember about that time is that I was scared shitless by a few of the rides, played at all the game booths I could find, ate cotton candy the size of my torso and had a damn good time. 

I’m sure I’m not alone in saying that I’m excited for the carnival and can’t wait to indulge in all its glory. 

For more information about The AIA Great European Carnival check out the links below:

http://goo.gl/fWPKMv - The Great European Carnival Website

http://goo.gl/vJzTgc - AIA Great European Carnival Press Release

Are You Happy?

Do you think that at this moment you are happy? And I’m not just talking about the “I’m-marginally-content-with-life-right-now-but-that’s-it” kind of happy.

I’m talking about the kind of happy you are when you wake up in the morning and yes, you want to go back to sleep, but the idea of going through the day doesn’t give you a migraine. The kind of happy where sure, you may not LOVE your job but you’re not there from 9 to 7 glancing at the clock every time you can.You know, the kind of happy where you feel almost excited to experience whatever the hell life hurls your way.

Recently, I’ve learned that my definition of happiness is not merely the absence of conventionally negative emotions and events, but a combination of different things that sit on a “Not Crappy” to “Fucking Awesome” scale.

They say that when a writer is happy, that they are more likely to STOP writing. I didn’t care enough to authenticate the source of that statement nor look any deeper into it but based off of my own experiences, I’d say that’s more than accurate.

For the past few months I’ve found that my emotional state has gone from abysmal to generally cheerful, or at the very least untroubled. How I got to this place in my state of mind has been quite a trip.

It started a while back with an end to a relationship that had run its course. The relationship was unhealthy and truthfully toxic. I would say it was a mutual break up but others may think otherwise.

Following this was an end to a job that I despised. I was working a teaching job that I had no interest in doing, around colleagues who were lifeless and sucked any fun out of what was supposedly a “joyful and cheery” environment. I worked there for less than a month and every day felt like some intricate slow-torture-type punishment.

Now, I’m not a life coach and I certainly do not have my shit together. I am not qualified to tell you how to be happy or how to live your life. HOWEVER, what I can tell you is that, from my experience, it really does help to just generally have a more positive outlook on life and the first step to achieving that is to cut toxic shit out of your life.

Ultimately, cutting out all the negativity from your life is a good way to start out the “path to happiness” or whatever you want to call it. You cut the shit out and you’re left with a relatively clean slate to pave your way. This includes shitty relationships with lovers or frenemies, horrible bosses and colleagues as well as cutting out everything else that just makes you feel bad.

Are you happy? Because if your answer is anything but a plain “yes”, then you’ve probably got some work cut out for you.

That’s it for today’s pseudo-life coaching session. I hope that you’ve learned something from this post and really if you haven’t, I don’t care. I just want you to leave with this message in mind:


Long Overdue

This post, as you may have guessed from the title, is a little bit overdue. I’d meant to continue writing regularly but it just didn’t happen.

I suppose when you lack the interest or initiative or you just don’t have much inspiration to write, it’s best not to force it. Then again, that’s just me.

The time that’s passed between this post and the last has been interesting. There’s no need for me to go into too much detail, but let’s just say that I made up my mind about a lot of things. For example, during the past few weeks, I got a job and then quit that same job because I didn’t enjoy it anymore. Some have called me careless for making such “rash” decisions but I don’t think I’m comfortable with the idea of staying in a place where I’m constantly checking the time, waiting for the day to end.

Granted, my choice of employment has mostly been about the remuneration rather than my passion. I guess that’s why it felt like the right thing to quit. It wasn’t that hard.

That’s that for the week… I guess this post has been more about me than the type of content that I’d like to put up, but I’ll make sure the next one isn’t so Ellis-centric.

The Fresh Start

I often go through times of confusion wherein I spiral into some sort of teen crisis, at which time you can usually find me concocting some sort of “life-changing” plan.

The birth of my very first website came after months of me suffering through “crisis” after “crisis”. It came to a point where I had no idea what I was actually going to do after graduating high school—I still have no idea, by the way— and I just thought, “why not?”.

Now here I am, with a website and still no idea what I’m meant to do next. 

I suppose my main goal for this website-slash-blog is to have content up at least once a week. I know that it doesn’t seem like much, but knowing me and my tendency to just give up or neglect projects, I think it’s more than reasonable.

I hope you guys, whoever you are reading this right now, enjoy whatever I have to say. Forgive me for ever sounding a.) full of myself, b.) pompous, c.) pretentious, d.) all of the above.