An β€œenforced” public holiday

Today was going to be errands day. It was a public holiday in both the UK and US, so I knew that trading wasn’t happening today, with the two major financial hubs basically out of action. So rather than watching paint dry, which is what would happen if I sat in front of the markets today, I decided that I’d run errands and basically just do stuff that I wouldn’t normally get the chance to do during the week.

One of the things that I wanted to do was to go buy some health and beauty stuff from Watsons. But as soon as I get there, I realise that I had left my discount voucher at home. I had changed to a smaller handbag, and so I’d left my wallet at home – thereby also leaving the voucher at home. Argh! 😩 So now I have to redo this trip another day πŸ˜”

I also started reading my new book: Atonement by Ian McEwan. He writes really well, very descriptive. I’ve read two chapters so far, and virtually nothing has happened, but I feel like I know so much about the people and their surrounds already. I’ve heard good things about this book, so I’m looking forward to a good read πŸ“– I hope the reviews haven’t talked up this book too much for me, and I end up disappointed!

And in the evening, I went to the gym. And that was pretty much all there was to my day. I actually wanted to do some trading stuff: some backtesting, reading some more of my current trading book, reading a few of my favourite trading blogs etc etc but none of that happened πŸ˜” Oh well. I guess you can’t be productive every day!

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A walk, a book and a paso

I was feeling a bit down today, don’t really know why. I wanted to run a few errands, but never got around to doing them, unfortunately, so they’ll have to wait until next week. In hindsight, I probably should’ve gone out and done them, if just to go for a walk and get some fresh air, it might have helped me feel a bit better. Oh well, I’ll remember that for next time 😊

I finished my next book, Friend Request by Laura Marshall. It’s a mystery novel, a Gone Girl type of book (not that I’ve read or seen that yet, but I know it’s in this same genre). I enjoy reading these types of books, even though they freak me out πŸ˜‚ They keep me on my toes, and I want to keep reading to find out what happens. I’m thinking that perhaps my next book should be of a different genre… Not sure which one yet… I might have to browse my mega long to-read list… 😊

We went and practised tonight, which actually wasn’t too bad. And they played Paso Doble, which got me inspired to revisit that dance. We have a routine and all, we just never practise it, simply because there are so many other dances to do! And because we never dance Paso at comps (much like Viennese Waltz on the Ballroom side, they always leave it out of our events), the other dances then always take precedence. So maybe we can start working on it again after our next comp. At least just to remember the choreography again! πŸ˜†

The working week is now over, thankfully. I’m sure the weekend will bring joy and laughter with it πŸ˜„

Pick Three

We had our Latin lesson, and our teacher was actually quite pleased with our Samba today. And our teachers are never pleased. So when we get a compliment, it’s a pretty rare event, and so very worthy of being noted! I came across this quote on social media recently: “You know you’re a dancer when you pay someone to yell at you and cause you unbelievable pain” Hahaha so true! πŸ˜‚

We then practiced Ballroom for a little while after lunch, but this didn’t seem to gel as well as Latin did today, which was a shame. We were both quite tired, and we barely lasted an hour before we had to call it a day. Oh well, practice isn’t always great, no matter how much I want it to be. I guess I’ll just have to settle for a good Latin lesson 😊

N sent me this article the other day. It’s a summary of her book “Pick Three” by Randi Zuckerberg. Basically it’s about focusing on only three areas of your life each day, so you can actually make a decent effort on each of them, and not get overwhelmed with doing too many things on any given day. She lists her five broad areas (work, sleep, family, fitness and friends), but obviously you can tailor it to whatever suits you. And you can choose the three however way you want: you can choose three different ones every day; you can choose the same three; you can have a weekend or weekday three; you can have a summer or winter three etc etc so you can balance it out as you deem fit.

I thought this was a pretty cool idea, because sometimes I do feel like I’m not progressing with some of my goals, because I’m focussed too much on others. So starting tomorrow, I’m going to give this a try and instead of beating myself up for not doing enough on my goals each day, I’ll actually give myself a pat on the back for kicking butt on three of them πŸ‘

Oh and of course this book is now on my to-read list πŸ˜†

A perfect, ordinary Tuesday

I started reading a new book: Friend Request by Laura Marshall. It’s a mystery novel, a genre that I enjoy reading. I didn’t want to start it while N was away, coz I knew I’d get freaked out and I wouldn’t be able to go to sleep. I’m glad I waited until he got back before reading it: it’s already starting to freak me out! And I’ve only just started – and I’m reading it while the sun is still out! 😲

And trading was good, I traded the exact way I wish I traded each and every day. Trading is one area where my “consistency” theme for the year doesn’t seem to be holding too well – the one area where I really want it to hold! πŸ˜”

And then I went to the gym, so far still keeping that commitment of mine of getting to the gym on weekdays that we don’t have dancing. It’s only been one week, mind you, but it’s so much easier now that I’ve made that decision. Before I was always umming and ahing about when I should go, but now I’ve made the decision and I no longer have to stress over it each time.

  • Is it a weekday? Yes – go to next question. No – don’t go.
  • Is there dancing tonight? Yes – don’t go. No – go to the gym.

That’s all there is to it now, I just need to ask these two questions and I already know what to do. Less decision making needed, which makes it that much easier to get into the habit of going. I’m really happy with this! πŸ‘

And then I finished off the evening with a few episodes of Downton Abbey. Characters on that show keep leaving too, although they don’t exit in such a dramatic way as the characters in Game of Thrones. But it’s still quite sad, especially when you start liking them and then all of a sudden they leave πŸ˜”

It was just one of those days where everything was awesome. It was just an ordinary day, really, nothing extraordinarily good or bad happened, but it was still a wonderful day 😌 **feeling blessed**

Catatonic

I had a terrible night’s sleep, waking up a bajillion times in the middle of the night, I have no idea why. So when daylight eventually came, I didn’t feel refreshed at all. So I felt rather catatonic all day, never really feeling “normal” πŸ˜”

It was pretty quiet trading the European session, as apparently the UK has a public holiday today. Not that that saved me from making a loss today πŸ˜” Probably not a good idea to trade anyway when it feels like you have this smog covering your brain coz of the lack of sleep!

So I did nothing in the evening coz I was just too catatonic. I wanted to go to the gym again, remembering how good it felt going last week, but I was just too out of sorts to do much of anything. So I decided to watch a movie: The Fault in our Stars. I finally found a movie that I figured N wouldn’t find terribly interesting. Heck, even I struggled with it at times πŸ˜‚ But I actually enjoyed it by the end. The music was great, and I thought the acting was done relatively well, given the heavy themes of the movie. Maybe it’s time to add yet another book to my ever-growing list?? πŸ“š

So a pretty uneventful Monday. Hopefully the sleep fairies will sprinkle some sleep dust over me and grant me some lovely sleep tonight… 😴

A healthy Sunday with Anna

I went and got my hair cut today. I noticed that the hairdresser was snipping all my grey hairs, I’d never noticed her do that before. Is this a new service that they provide, or have my grey hairs just increased in number that they’re now more noticeable and so she’s started to snip them?? I guess there mustn’t have been that many if she’s willing to persevere with getting rid of them?! πŸ˜† At least I’d like to think so! 😊

I then went and had brunch, and did a bit of shopping before going home. I was going to just order in, as it is so easy to do these days, but I knew that I had a fair amount of food in the fridge, and I didn’t want any of it to go to waste. Plus I’m trying to stick to my healthy eating. So I made a quick omelette with mince pork and beans, inspired by something N had over at his mum’s place a few days ago in Sydney when he went over for a visit. It was pretty “clean” eating, and I only really added salt and pepper for additional flavour. So not only did I save money by not ordering in, but I also got to eat a healthy dinner, and I also have leftovers so tomorrow’s dinner is sorted as well πŸ‘ I’m glad I resisted my urge to get home delivery earlier! πŸ˜…

And then later in the evening, I finished watching The Beautiful Lie. Can you believe it: my recording cut out halfway through the LAST episode! I was so annoyed! I felt like I was back in the 1990s when the VCR cut off some show that I had recorded πŸ˜‚ So I went to The Google, hoping to see if I can find the last episode lurking somewhere online. Luckily I found a version on YouTube, albeit with everyone’s voices sounding just a touch too high in pitch. But I only had to persevere for that last thirty minutes just to find out what happens.

It was a really good ending, so I’m glad I persevered. Apparently the mini series was inspired by Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. So of course now I want to read it! πŸ€ͺ But I also know how monstrous of a book it is, in terms of length, pretty much akin to War and Peace. Can I get through a book of that size?? 800-900 odd pages?? I might have gotten through one or two books half that length, but nothing anywhere near that long. Shall I give it a try anyhow, so even if I don’t conquer it, at least I can say that I gave it a decent go but it just won in the end??

North Eastern Riverine Loop

Last night, I decided to go do this North Eastern Riverine Loop today, a 16km route up in the – wait for it – north-east of Singapore. The 16km is very daunting, since I’m not a regular walker. But I thought I’d give it a go anyway, and if I started to die, I figured I could always just hire one of the share bikes and finish the route more quickly.

Then I woke up πŸ˜‚ As I was organising Kitty’s breakfast, I could already feel the heat starting – at 9am. I could see the beautiful sunny day outside, with just a few scattered clouds in the sky. In most other cities, this would be a beautiful day to go for a walk, but here, it also means extra hot β˜€οΈβ˜€οΈβ˜€οΈ

I got changed and headed to brunch. I was getting hot just walking the 500m to my brunch spot 😲 Hmmm… So at brunch, I reassessed whether I still wanted to do this 16km walk…!

I then started looking at similar distances in Sydney on Google maps, a city I know intimately well, so I can better get a feel for what a 16km walk would actually mean.

  • A walk from Willoughy to the Sydney Opera House and back is 15.4km
  • The Bondi to Coogee coastal walk is 6km, so there and back is 12km
  • Strathfield to the Opera House is 16km

Omg that’s far! 😲

I remember my brother doing a 19km (!!) walk back when he was probably around 16, and N and I were completely shocked that he even walked this entire distance, and not just catch public transport. It took him the entire afternoon to walk that distance, I still remember that πŸ˜‚ But he was a teenager, with all the energy (and craziness) of youth. On the other hand, if I walked that same distance now, I may not be able to walk tomorrow (or the day after, or the day after that! πŸ˜‚).

I finished brunch and walked outside to reassess. But having been in aircon for almost an hour eating brunch probably gave me a bit of a warped sense of how truly warm it was outside – because I decided to go and do this 16km walk πŸ€ͺ

On my way to start the walk, I went past numerous share bikes, and I couldn’t help but think that the wide footpaths in this area, and the lack of people walking around, made it a very ideal area to cycle. So I hopped on one.

I’m so glad I did, because once I actually got on the bike track, the ride was just awesome! The National Parks Board (the dudes who gave me this walking trail idea) rates this walking trail as easy, and I wholeheartedly agree. It is very flat, no rough areas as it’s all paved, and any uphill sections don’t last for very long and are all quite slight that even I can ride a very inefficient share bike up it. Not too many people were walking or cycling – probably coz I went in the middle of the day when it’s ridiculously hot! So that made for a very relaxing ride.

I stopped about halfway through the trail for a toilet break and to have a drink. They have a few vending machines scattered along the trail, so you can stop and pick up a refreshingly cold drink along the way. There were a few cafes too, which I thought was pretty awesome. I saw this Whisk & Paddle cafe along the route, but incorrectly read it as Whiskey & Paddle, which intrigued me coz I thought that was an interesting combo and that we should try it out one day πŸ˜‚

I did get lost towards the end though, which was a bit unfortunate, as I ended up deviating from the scenic route. But I somehow managed to get back to the train station from which I alighted (which was a total fluke as I have obviously have no sense of direction!), and so I ended up finishing my ride there. With all my wrong turns along the way, I actually ended up doing more than the 16km of the planned route! πŸ˜‚

I will definitely do that trail again, and would recommend it to any cycling or walking enthusiasts – with the usual disclaimer that you will be out in the Singapore heat and humidity the entire time. I was melting out there! Although my getting lost a number of times probably flustered me a bit too ☺️

I then finished off the day just watching a few episodes of this Australian mini-series called The Beautiful Lie. It’s a six-episode series that I recorded months ago but haven’t really had the chance to watch it until now – probably because I was trying to make my way through Game of Thrones the last few months! Not a bad series, and now of course I need to finish it to see how it ends. I can do six episodes, that’s not too bad at all.

Seems like I like to have lots of balls in the air: I am reading a few books at the moment, and now I’m also watching a few TV series. This seems to work for me. I think it must satisfy the variety that I crave, so I can read or watch whatever I am in the mood for on any given day. Do others do this too or do people prefer to stick to one thing and finish that off before starting something new? Let me know what you prefer to do 😊