Monday, 19 February 2018


Hello everyone. Thank you for all of your support on my blog.

I have good news. I have a new website. I'm trying to turn this blog into a business and this website is the first step.

Please have a look and tell me what you think.

I am planning to keep this blog going at a later date while updating my blog on the website periodically.

As I said, thank you of all of your support.

Saturday, 13 January 2018

THE DAILY RBL will be on holiday for a couple of months

Thank you for reading my ramblings on The Daily RBL.

I will be concentrating on other projects in the coming months so will not be updating this blog. I may return to it in a few months.

Thank you for reading it. Thank you for your comments and I look forward to seeing you again soon.


Thursday, 11 January 2018

My morning epiphany

I had a great feeling this morning. Towards the end of last year, I was feeling stressed out. I was sick and I couldn't wait for the year to end.

As it turned out, I was stressed and I was sick which meant my two week holiday back in New Zealand was just recovering from the flu.

To a lot of you out there, that probably sounds like the worst way to have a holiday. I didn't feel like doing anything. I didn't really feel like socialising with anyone. I wanted to just be.

This, as it turned out was the best thing that could have happened.

Because I spent most of my time relaxing, not doing much, watching a lot of darts on TV, I arrived back in Japan feeling good and feeling like this is going to be my year.

(By the way, if you think that watching darts sounds as much fun as pulling teeth, have a look at this video, I'm sure you will change you tune.)

By doing nothing on my two weeks I believe I did the best for my body and for my wellbeing. A friend of mine was supposed to accompany me on my trip, but she had to cancel at the last minute. I was disappointed because I was looking forward to showing her around but in the end I believe it was a blessing in disguise.

Just because it is a holiday, don't feel pressured that you have to do everything and run around and be very busy. For some people (I'm looking at you extroverts) that might be the way to go but for some people two weeks of nothing may quite well be the tonic that you need.

Anyway, back to the great feeling this morning. Because of my sickness, I haven't been able to exercise as much as I want to. In fact I haven't exercised at all.

This morning  was my second workout of the year and because of my absence from the gym I couldn't go full out but when I finished and walked to the station, I was feeling great. It was one of those feelings in which I felt detached from the rat race around me. I wasn't moving particularly fast but I felt in my own world and that was because of the exercise this morning.

Long may it continue.

Lets make 2018 the best it can be. Move your body. Work hard. Play hard. Love hard. (You know what I mean.)

Tuesday, 9 January 2018


The advice today is short and very sweet.

Believe it or not, what you want is out there. I know what I want is out there. I've visualised it. (I know that sounds hocus pocus.)

What you have to do is work on improving yourself each and everyday. Don't settle. Don't accept half-assed attempts or half-assed work. Give it everything and guess what, you will get it. I know I will. I will get it. You have to have faith and it will be there. I assure you like I assure myself each and every day.

Monday, 8 January 2018


Here are some things that I have learned from Instagram over the last few weeks. What do you think about the following quotes?

"If you really want it, then you must be willing to do whatever it takes to get it."

I would add here that you do whatever it takes to get it but as long as it is legal, ethical and all of that good stuff. There is no point getting what you want and being in jail.

"When I tell you that I love you, I am not saying it out of habit. I am reminding you that you are part of my life."

I think that words "I love you" should be used sparingly. It seems that people say it a thousand times a day like when they get off the phone etc. If you use those words sparingly, it means a whole lot more for the people listening to it and they might just believe you.

"A woman can't change a man because she loves him, a man changes himself because he loves her!"

Do you agree with this? I think some people would agree and others would think that is is a load of tripe.

I agree with it. I think a man will change for a woman if he is 100% in love with her but in saying that he should only do it if he wants to and she is 100% in love with him before he changes. Does that make sense?

Monday, 1 January 2018


Happy New Year to all of my readers.

I hope that 2017 was great and that 2018 will be even better. I know that it will be for me.

What are three things you want to accomplish this year? I know what I want to do.

All the best and make it a special one.

Thursday, 21 December 2017


I found an article the other day about the 8 rules of life. Lets have a look at them and tell me what you think. Today I will go though the first four.

1. Failure is a beginning, not an end

Yes, this is a very good thing to remember but it is difficult when you have failed because you feel like wallowing in self-pity for the foreseeable. The most ignorant thing is to realise WHY you failed and to learn from it.

2. If you don't go after it, you won't have it

If you decide you want something, go for it. Give it 100%. Decide now that that is what you want and move heaven and earth to get it. I'm thinking of something right now that I want and I am going to get it. You watch this space. I am determined about it. I have never been more determined about anything in my life.

3. Go the extra mile

I would say that yes, this is good advice but only go that extra mile if you deem it worthy. You are wasting your time if you go that extra mile and no one appreciate it's or even worse doesn't notice it. To me that just seems a waste of time.

4. Assume nothing and query everything 

That is one thing I have noticed in this country, Japan, the culture is to respect the teacher and the teacher is very rarely if ever challenged. I have seen it happened before with foreign students and the teacher is visibly uncomfortable. If you don't challenge things you are going to become very. very gullible and that is not a good thing.