Changing things up

It’s a long weekend here, so we didn’t have our usual Chinese class this morning. So we slept in again πŸ‘

After brunch at home, N went and got a massage, while I went to a local coffee shop and had an iced coconut coffee! That was different. A bit sweet for my liking, but still quite nice. But bloody expensive (almost S$9!! 😲). It better have been milk squeezed out of a fresh coconut for the price I paid for that coffee! They have different types of coffees on their menu, so I’ll have to make my way through it. But at those prices, I ain’t going there every day!

And then in the evening, we headed down to a sports bar to watch the France vs Australia World Cup match. We booked a table and specifically requested for a view of the tv showing the World Cup match. I’m glad we booked coz the place was busy as. Plus there was an Australia vs Ireland rugby match happening as well, and they were showing that on another tv, so the place was overflowing with people – and they didn’t have enough staff to cater for the demand. They would’ve raked even more in if they had enough staff to take all the orders. Particularly the drinks. They underestimated how much the Irish and the Aussies drink πŸ˜‚ Great atmosphere, though. It was nice to see Aussie camaraderie in a foreign country. Ah how sport brings people together 😊 We’ll have to try and come down a few more times over the next few weeks of the World Cup.

That is, if we’re here! I’ve decided to join N for some of his HK trip, so we’ll be over there for the Denmark vs Australia match. I may miss some or most of the match, though, as my plane lands at 7pm and the game starts at 8pm. But I’m planning on going with just carry on luggage, so at least I’ll have one less thing to deal with at the airport. And their train from the airport into town is freaking awesome, so I do have a fair chance of catching some of the match 😊

And then we have the Vietnam comp coming up too. Wahhh… Too much disruption is throwing off my/our routine! 😩 But I do actually like change, so I’m not really complaining πŸ˜‰ I know others who would hate this sort of upheaval in their lives, but I get a kick out of it. Each to their own, right?! 😊

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TV and a pork knuckle

We got up quite late today, around 10am, and it was still very dark in the apartment. Apparently the skies were going to open up anytime now, and so my idea of cycling around somewhere today was ruled out πŸ˜” So we stayed home and just chillaxed and watched a movie, Guardians of the Galaxy 2. I actually enjoyed it more than I expected to, and definitely preferred it over the first movie. Baby Groot helped, of course πŸ˜‚ He is very cute!

We then went and had dinner at a German restaurant and ordered a pork knuckle. N asked if it was a large serving, and the waiter said that we could share if we weren’t that hungry. I was actually quite hungry, so we decided to share it and added some roast veges on the side. But the pork knuckle on its own ended up being too big πŸ˜‚ I don’t know how one person could finish it! Nice food, but such a crazy huge portion for just one person.

And then after the gym, we watched the first episode of Younger. We wanted to watch something funny and light, so Downton Abbey wasn’t on the cards today. So after a quick Google search, I came across this show. The first episode was actually quite good! This could be our new show after we finish Downton Abbey 😊

It was a nice, relaxing public holiday ☺️

Resuming my routine

I lost a bit of momentum of my routine while we were in Melbourne, and then also feeling a bit off when we returned to SG didn’t help me get back into the swing of things as soon as we returned. I lost my daily streak in Duolingo and Drops, the two language apps that I’d been regularly logging into prior to our Melbourne trip. I started up again today, and I can see the difference in recall after not logging in for about a week πŸ˜” You really have to just keep pushing on until things just become automatic, you can’t take such a long break. I guess it’s that much harder learning a language as an adult. Lesson learnt.

I also resumed my gym sessions, which also fell by the wayside in the past week. I would normally go the gym if we were staying in a hotel with one, but we didn’t stay in one this time, so I took a break from this too. It was a good session, I was particularly proud of my 3 sets of 35 squats, rising to my top toes in between each squat, which should help my strength in Ballroom, which is all about the rise and fall (except Tango, the black sheep of the Ballroom family of dances). Now my legs are totally spent πŸ˜‚

It’s a public holiday here tomorrow, Hari Raya Puasa, the end of the fasting period of Ramadan. SG is very good at being fair across the different races and religions of the people who make up this small country, and that includes its public holidays. So I’m thinking of doing another cycling trail tomorrow 😊 I want to use my scooter πŸ›΄ so maybe N and I can take turns on it, while the other one uses a share bike 🚲 I want to do a different trail tomorrow, just to see another part of SG that I haven’t seen before. Hopefully my legs will hold up after my 105 squats today πŸ˜†

And now I’m off to watch the first match of the World Cup, one of the few times when I actually watch football ⚽️ One of my old bosses got me into the World Cup in 2014, so this will be the second one that I will follow. Not that I can tell you anything about the previous one 🀣

A second spanner in the works

I felt a bit off today, I hope I’m not coming down with something. I had a bit of a headache this afternoon, and lacked quite a fair bit of energy. But I drank my usual amount of water, and I ate three solid meals, so it couldn’t have been dehydration or starvation, which is why I think I’m coming down with something πŸ€’ N’s feeling a bit off too, so maybe we caught something on the plane.

And now N needs to go to Hong Kong for almost two weeks for work, and then just a few days later, we head to Vietnam for our next comp. So today’s Ballroom lesson was our last lesson before the comp 😲 I knew my/our daily routine would be disrupted because of the trip to Melbourne, but now this unexpected trip to HK has thrown a second spanner in the works. Sigh. Oh well. Such is the way of our lives.

We didn’t go to Latin practice tonight because we were both feeling off, so we went straight home after our Ballroom lesson, watched an episode of Downton Abbey and called it a night. So it seems like we’re not going to get much practice in these next few weeks leading up to the comp πŸ˜”

A historic day

Today was all about the Trump Kim Summit at Capella Hotel at Sentosa. Channel News Asia had live coverage all day, so I was tuned in for some of it, either on my phone or on the Channel News Asia channel 😊 I did consider going down to Sentosa with the hope of seeing something – anything! πŸ˜† – at the hotel. But I checked to see where the Capella Hotel is relative to the touristy part of Sentosa, and it looked like a bit of a walk, so I changed my mind and watched the live broadcast instead 😊

Kitty and I had a vet appointment this morning, and her vet is close to the two hotels that the two leaders were staying at, so I was concerned that there’d be traffic chaos. But my fears were unfounded, it was all fine. My Grab driver actually chose to drive past Kim’s hotel, St Regis, on the way back home, but even driving that close to one of the restricted areas turned out to be perfectly fine πŸ‘

The summit was a step in the right direction.

I had vegemite on toast today at a nearby cafe. The staff member who took my order didn’t understand that I wanted vegemite as my spread, he didn’t seem to know the word at all. Apparently they had just changed their menu and he wasn’t quite used to its contents yet. But the point is, vegemite is now on their menu! So I took it as a sign to extend the Aussie feels, having just gotten back from Melbourne last night. I may have to order it again next time I’m at that cafe for breakfast 😊

Vegemite on toast! πŸ˜‹Β 

Did I mention that we’re going to Vietnam for a dance competition next month? We’re trying to get the details sorted (visas. flights, accommodation). We’re only going for a few days, much like our trip to Melbourne, so it’ll pretty much be a fly-in-fly-out trip. I’m hoping to get the flights and accommodation sorted tomorrow. I’m quite excited about it, since I’ve never been to Vietnam. I’m hoping a few days in Ho Chi Minh City will give me a bit of an idea of what the city is like, and whether I’d want to return again. I’m glad we’re travelling a bit more for dance comps. It’s one of my goals for this year (to be more well known in the dance scene in the region), and we’re meeting this goal quite nicely so far😊

Saturday progress

We got home quite late last night from babysitting, which ultimately meant getting to bed quite late, sometime after 2am. So it was a real struggle to get to Chinese class this morning. To be only around 15 minutes late was amazing, and I also managed to focus the entire time, which was just as amazing πŸ˜†

We then decided to have lunch at Hokkaido Marche, this small foodcourt that only does Japanese food. How cool is that?! It probably only has about half a dozen or so stalls, and it’s quite expensive for what is essentially food court food, especially when you compare it to other food courts in SG. Probably a lot of the ingredients are sourced from Japan, hence the higher prices. But the food is nice 🍜

I then sat at Coffeesmith for about an hour, a Korean version of Starbucks, is how I’d describe it πŸ˜† I was just going to get a coffee, but then noticed their sign for a sweet potato latte. I couldn’t resist this new drink, so I ordered one. It was a little sweet, but overall, it actually wasn’t too bad! I’d definitely order it again πŸ‘

Sweet potato latte

I did some of my Chinese homework while I drank my sweet potato latte. It’s amazing how much you learn when you actually do your homework! πŸ˜†

We were both lacking sleep, so when we got home, we just crashed and took a rather long nap – and ended up missing dance practice. So we went to the gym instead. Not quite the same, but at least we did something. And I still did my Rumba walks on the treadmill, so I still got a bit of dancing in today 😊

And we finished the evening with an episode of Downton Abbey. I’m up to season four! How did I get to season four so quickly?!? I guess their seasons aren’t too long, so I shouldn’t sound so surprised. And characters just keep leaving! In the episode today, one character didn’t even make it through the episode! πŸ˜‚ Not a steady ship, this one! But it does keep the show interesting, with so many character changes and the relationships between them also changing over time.

Some progress with a few goals today, so I’m happy 😊

A beautiful day

N and I were talking about gratitude last night, and I remembered our discussion again this morning. I mentioned to him last night how I’ve worked hard over the last few years to consciously bring more gratitude and mindfulness in my life, so now it comes much more easily to me. It’s not automatic, and I don’t think it ever will be, but there are definitely a lot more moments in my day now when I am appreciating the moment, and not worrying or complaining or getting frustrated at something or someone.

I think too many of us go about our day complaining about everything that’s not “right” in our lives. Case in point: I do it all the time on this blog! πŸ˜‚ But what we don’t do often enough is just stop and smell the beautiful roses that are right in front of us. Whatever those proverbial roses are in your life, see them for the beauty that they are, and appreciate them and be thankful that you have them in your life.

I read this blog post the other day, and I really liked her technique of stopping and letting herself take in her surroundings through her five senses. I’ve been doing this whenever I remember to, and it’s been such a wonderful experience when I do. I notice just how clear and blue the sky is; just how peaceful and quiet it can be at home; how soft Kitty’s fur is or the rug in our living room; or even the fact that I can actually breathe today. Because it’s not every day that you have a clear nose and can breathe with such ease that you don’t even notice it.

And on the bigger things: I try and appreciate our time here in SG, as we never know when we have to leave this country. Our friends moving back to Oz in the next month or two is a perfect example of how life can just suddenly take you places, whether you want it to or not. So whenever I can, I try and stop and appreciate this city: its unbelievably efficient public transport system; the various food options available – at all hours of the day and at all different price points; how so very clean it is; and how safe I feel in this country.

It’s very easy to just notice all the bad things happening around you and around the world, but there is also so much that is good and right and beautiful. We just have to make the time to notice those things too.

So here is my pause for the day, and I hope you can do the same sometime today too 😌

It was a beautiful sunny day today, and so after my usual FX seminar, I went for a walk around the Marina Bay area, as I figured the iconic attractions around the Bay would look very pretty on such a lovely day. I’m glad I went for this walk, even if it was a brief one- as I still wanted to be back at my desk in time for the European session – because the Bay looked very lovely indeed. Plus a clear day in SG = extra warm β˜€οΈ So I wasn’t keen on being out for too long.

N was catching up with a friend from our uni days, who’s apparently in town tonight, so that meant no dancing. As per my new habit, this meant I was going to the gym. So even though I was still feeling rather tired today, I made my way nonetheless and still put in a bit of an effort. Even though 3 minutes in I was dying on the elliptical, I stuck it out πŸ˜“ I also didn’t lift as much weights as I did last time I was there, but I don’t mind. The point is, I still made it. I could’ve made up any old excuse not to go tonight, but I still made it. I’m sticking with my “consistency” theme for the year, and I am really happy about that!

And I finished off the evening with a Downton Abbey Christmas special. Aaaand yet more people leave. It’s Game of Thrones all over again!