Dancing and Star Wars

We went and had brunch at a local cafe this morning. I was hoping that it would get me through the 3.5 hours of dancing that we had today. Simply writing that out makes me feel tired hahaha The plan was 1.5 hours of Latin, followed by 2 hours of Ballroom.

Well we got through 3 hours, but I was really dying in that last half hour. Sighhh… I’m either too old for all this dancing or just out of form. Probably both hahaha

And now my hip flexors are really sore and I’m just hobbling around! I feel OLD πŸ‘΅πŸΌ

We hobbled over to Suntec tonight to watch Star Wars: The Last Jedi. It was 2.5 hours, but it didn’t feel like it at all. Even though I recall pretty much next to nothing about the previous Star Wars movie (omg), I still enjoyed this one. Maybe I should watch the previous one again… In fact, maybe the prior six movies too… 🀣

Very tiring Sunday. Just in time for the start of a new week. Week 2 of 2018, omg. Where did that first week go?! 😲

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Kitty and Decathletes

Back at the vet today. Kitty has to get a drip daily until she is back to normal πŸ˜” He thinks one of her kidneys is not working properly anymore. The vet said to me today, in not so many words, that surgery is not a good option for her, given her age. It’s very risky, apparently. So he recommends that we just continue with the drip, and when she returns to her normal self, to cut back to 2-3x a week. Still, that’s a lot of drips for the feisty little one, who apparently attacked her doctor a few times last week when he tried putting in the drip! 😲 Tomorrow he’ll do another blood test, not sure what he wants to see. I’ll have to ask him. So my mornings will now be chauffeuring her back and forth to the vet clinic. I’ll get some strong arms from all this carrying πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺ hahaha

We had our first Ballroom lesson for the year tonight, and actually got through two dances! 😲 I liked what our teacher said when I said we hadn’t practiced the entire time we were in Oz. Something along the lines of “no practice means no errors to correct” hahaha Very true for us!

So we’re aiming for a comp on 3 Feb. We have one month from today to get 8 dances somewhat presentable. Ambitious much?! This is the rough side to being a 10-dance dancer. When the specialists are trying to get their 5 dances up to scratch, you’re there trying to get double that. And you’re still doing those same five dances with the specialists. It’s never a fair competition, as ten dance events do not exist in Asia. But that’s ok. We are basically the decathletes of dance. So Ashton Eaton may never win any particular event against the specialists, but he does TEN events better than a helluva lot of people. That’s freaking impressive. We aim to be Ashton Eaton in the dancing world 😊 Well, in our age category anywayπŸ˜†

2017 in Review

A friend got me into this habit of reviewing my year, and I think this is my third review so far.  But now that I have this blog and I’ve gotten into the habit of writing in here on a daily basis (no matter how crap or boring or unproductive my day was!), I think I will have to do this review in here from now on 😊

1.What did you do in 2017 that you’d never done before? I have done it before, but I stopped doing it ever since we moved down to Melbourne (and now SG). I started back up again this year: Adult Ballet. I freaking love this class / dance 😊

2.Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions and will you make more for this year? I think I made some progress on them, but progress became less and less as the year went on.  As for 2018, I will probably keep them all the same, as the goals are quite long term, but I’m going to really focus in on the process, which I think I lacked this year.

3.Did anyone close to you give birth? One of N’s family friends in Jan, and one of his close friends in SG in Feb

4.Did anyone close to you die? Parents of a few friends passed away this year. Really hits home when I hear about these. Also, Kitty is sick. I don’t know if she will be able to come home with us when we pick her up from the vet 😒

5.What countries did you visit?

  • Hong Kong
  • Taiwan (Taipei)
  • Japan
  • Australia

6.What would you like to have in 2018 that you lacked in 2017? Consistency.  As I mentioned in a post earlier this month, this is my one-word theme for next year 😊

7.What date from 2017 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? Not just one day, but a few: 1) Christmas this year wasn’t my favourite. Although it hardly ever is, but still, I was not impressed this year. And 2) the last few days of this year, when we received texts and emails from the cattery and the vet about Kitty 😞

8.What was your biggest achievement of the year? This is a tough one. Maybe having what felt like a five minute conversation in Japanese when we were there in November. It was probably only 1-2 mins and we were just talking about general stuff hahaha but the focus I needed for that conversation was full on intense!! πŸ˜… It has fuelled me to achieve that same level in Chinese, and to also improve my Japanese next year 😊

And also perhaps this blog. I’ve kept to my daily posts so far, which is a pretty good effort from me!

9.What was your biggest failure? I’d say not being focussed enough with my trading goal, and probably not doing the right things to progress with it.

10.Did you suffer illness or injury? Thankfully nothing serious, touch wood.

11.What was the best thing you bought? I’d have to say my Bullet Journal, which was just a Moleskine A5 dotted notebook. It’s really just a notebook, but I feel like organising / planning my life has completely changed for the better because of the Bullet Journal concept.

12.Whose behaviour merited celebration? The Australian people, voting “yes” to same-sex marriage laws 🌈🌈

13.Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed? Aung San Suu Kyi’s treatment of the Rohingyas

14.Where did most of your money go? Rent, again, by far.  This will continue to be the case, while we’re in SG πŸ˜”

15.What did you get really, really, really excited about? Probably my Bullet Journal 😁 and our holiday to Japan πŸ‡―πŸ‡΅

16.What song will always remind you of 2017? Good Life by G-Eazy & Kehlani

17.Compared to this time last year, are you: Happier or sadder? Fatter/thinner? Richer/poorer? I think happier, because 2016 was pretty bad hahaha; fatter because we didn’t do much dancing this year; and richer, because we focussed more on this during the year. This was probably the only goal that I actually met.

18.What do you wish you’d done more of? More focus on each of my goals. I felt like I was all over the shop with virtually all of them.

19.What do you wish you’d done less of? Ironically, planning!  I think I get a bit too excited when it comes to planning, and go a tad overboard with it.  Just a tad πŸ˜‰

20.How did you spend Christmas? With family, up in the northern beaches in Sydney

21.Did you fall in love in 2017? With my Bullet Journal and the whole idea of it, yes!  lol

22.How many one-night stands? HA!

23.What was your favourite TV program? Season 9 of Masterchef Australia was pretty good, actually. I was also introduced to House Hunters Asia and HH International this year, and now I’m sorta addicted, lol 😲

24.Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? Aung San Suu Kyi. Although I still think hate is too strong a word. I’d prefer to just say that I don’t like her now 😊

25.What was the best book you read?

  • Fiction – Harry Potter #3 (Order of the Phoenix) was pretty good.
  • Non-fiction – The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin.  I think this was a real eye-opener, which explained a helluva lot of my illogical behaviour at times.

26.What was your greatest musical discovery? Julia Michaels πŸ˜†

27.What did you want and get? We got to go on a nice holiday in Japan and had a lovely time (as evidenced by this blog! lol)

28.What did you want and not get? I didn’t explore SG as much as I would have liked to this year.  I didn’t actively look for places to go, restaurants to try etc so we ended up going to the same places over and over again.

29.What was your favourite film of this year? It wasn’t released this year, but Cloud Atlas was probably my favourite movie out of all the ones I watched this year for the first time ever.

30.What did you do on your birthday? We went to Pollen in the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay, and I didn’t bring enough layers. I was freezing inside ❄️❄️

31.What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? A better trading year πŸ˜”

32.How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2017? Much of the same: casual, summery clothes that is line with the hot and humid SG weather!

33.What kept you sane? A good night’s sleep always does wonders.

34.Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2017. I stumbled across this quote from somewhere: “Life is not about finding yourself; it’s about creating yourself.” Ever since I read that, I’ve stopped looking and started creating.  And now I feel like I’m starting to create the ME that I’ve always wanted.

35.Quote a song lyric that sums up your year. Lyrics to Stargazing by Kygo 😳

Now bring on 2018!Happy New Year! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

Inspired

We set our alarm to wake us up at around 8am, but I had a feeling we were just going to ignore that. And we did: we only woke up at 11:20am! And couple that with the fact that Australia runs for morning people, with almost everything closing by 5 or 6pm (if they’re even open!), we don’t have much time left to do what we want to do today πŸ˜” Awww…

I decided to go to Boatbuilders Yard for brunch (at 1:30pm hahaha). It’s one of our favourite hangouts in Melbourne, and I like to stop by at least once whenever we’re in town. It’s just a really chilled place with good ambience and good food. And good coffee! Wahhh I miss good coffee! β˜•οΈ We were hoping some friends could hang out with us, but unfortunately they couldn’t, and so we just hung out by ourselves this afternoon.

We then made a quick stop at DFO South Wharf. This is one discount outlet where I almost always come away with at least one item. And today was no exception. It was Sheridan today hahaha how sad. It’s just so damn expensive in Singers, so I like to stock up whenever we’re in town. (Sheridan does not ship overseas grrr!) And it’s also their outlet store, so it’s even cheaper. So bargain. So when a bath towel in Singers is costing S$80, and at their outlet store in Melbourne it’s 2 for A$30… Well there’s just no contest πŸ˜†

And we finished the evening at Hisense Arena, watching the last night of the Australian DanceSport Championship. Brodie and Lana won their two events tonight: WDSF Open Standard and Open Latin (closed event). Ten-dance dancers winning against specialists, wowwww. I was so inspired. They’re totally amazing. They’ve given me the motivation to get back into competition next year. Gotta set our dancing goals for next year soon. C’mon, bring on 2018!! πŸ’ͺπŸ’ƒπŸ»πŸ’ͺ

Star struck

Oooops… I was so tired last night that I didn’t hit “Publish” 😊

One of my favourite Latin dancers from Australia is now living in Singapore, and we have recently discovered his new dance studio here. So we’ve since become friends, and N, him and I all chat on the inter web. But every time I get a text from him, I’m still sorta a bit star struck hahaha It’s like all of a sudden becoming friends with Roger Federer hahaha OK, maybe not as famous, but you get the gist. He’s pretty high up there in the dancing world, and very good at what he does. And yet he’s so down to earth and nice! It’s so refreshing to have someone achieve so much in his chosen field and yet still be so humble. He is just a really nice person! 😊

I was feeling pretty down today, not sure why. The holiday season, perhaps? I should’ve gone to Gardens by the Bay to cheer myself up. That usually helps 😊 But we’re going to Changi tomorrow, so hopefully that’ll help!

Organising

I started decluttering my closet today, based on the KonMari method in Marie Kondo’s book β€œThe Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up”. Someone recommended this book to me last year, and now I use her method to stay on top of my stuff. Living in SG where apartments are tiny, I’ve become much better at not hoarding so much stuff. But if you don’t keep on top of it, the crap just seems to creep in on you throughout the year. So I always use the end of the year to declutter and do a massive clean out of our stuff. It’s tough to let go of some stuff sometimes, but you just have to be honest with myself. In fact, because I’ve been using her method a bit more consistently throughout the year, I have noticed that my big decluttering event this year isn’t so big compared to previous years! If anything, it’s more about cleaning inside the cupboards rather than decluttering what is inside them! So that’s a huge improvement already πŸ˜€

We had our Ballroom lesson tonight. Neither of us could recall a single thing about our previous lesson, omg. So I have vowed to write down notes after EVERY SINGLE lesson next year, because this is just ridiculous, and honestly a waste of money if we can’t even remember a single thing from that previous lesson. And even today’s lesson felt like it was just a refresher of stuff that he has been telling us all year. Omg. Much like with not dropping my phone, I need to make a tick box in my Bullet Journal next year specifically for this. If it’s in my Bullet Journal, there is a higher probability that it will get done. That Journal is doing wonders to my productivity. I wish I had it years ago! In fact, I wish I had come up with the idea myself!

Have I raved about my Bullet JournalΒ (or BuJo for short) yet? I have a feeling I haven’t. This link takes you to the creator’s web page, which introduces people to the concept and gives people a few tips on how to use their own BuJos. There are BuJo enthusiasts in the social media world, and they have taken the pretty simple BuJo idea to a whole new level. I use it more to organise my life more than anything else, but I do try and incorporate some more creative pages in there to keep the cogs turning in a different way 😊 I’ll have to post a few shots from my new BuJo when I start it in the New Year.

Hobonichi 5-year diary

As I mentioned in an earlier post, Hobonichi recently added a 5-year diary to their product range. Hobonichi is that Japanese stationery brand that my friend told me about while we were in Japan. They had run out of the natural leather cover when I went to their store near Harajuku, and online they were out of stock and said that they weren’t restocking the natural leather cover. Grrr! So I decided to try my luck in Singapore when we returned, but to no avail πŸ˜”

For some reason, I decided to go back online and check out their website again. And wouldn’t you know it, they have apparently changed their mind about restocking the natural leather cover! And sales for it resume at 11am Japan time today! So I was online at 9:55am SG time (we’re an hour behind), waiting for their online store to restock.

And my order went through! Woohoo! Lucky stationery isn’t one of those crazy products that every man and his dog are into, so I didn’t have to refresh a hundred times or anything to get through to the site hehehe 😊

Here is their English website on the five-year diary. The video may just persuade you to buy one for yourself 😊

I was feeling really tired all day, and so didn’t do as much as I would’ve liked. And then in the evening, we had our Latin lesson, which doesn’t quite make up for all the lessons that we’ve missed while we’ve been away. Sigh. 2017 wasn’t at all a year for dancing. Let’s see what 2018 brings for us…