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 ๐Ÿค’ 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 ๐Ÿ˜ฒ 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 ๐Ÿ˜”


Back to SG

We managed to get out of the apartment for a quick breakfast at around 10am. We just had something small, as N wanted to have laksa at Chinta Ria, one of the food stalls in the food court upstairs in Emporium. I couldn’t quite understand why he wants to have a Malaysian dish while we were in Oz, since surely there are numerous Malays in SG who would make excellent laksa too. But when I tasted this laksa today (despite having had this same laksa a bajillion times before), I could now understand why he returns to this place every time we’re in Melbourne. Maybe my taste buds are finally maturing?? The combination of the fresh Aussie produce and the superb culinary skills of the chefs here make this a double whammy of deliciousness.

We then headed straight to the airport after lunch. Because of the Trump / Kim summit happening in SG tomorrow. SG airspace is restricted for the next few days, so I was expecting it to take a while for us to land. But it was all good, typical Changi efficiency ๐Ÿ‘

I watched two more movies during the flight: a Hong Kong movie called Never Too Late and a Japanese one called Color Me True. I would like to know how they come up with their English titles because they do not match their titles in their native languages! The HK movie Never Too Late has a much more colourful name in Chinese: “็ˆฑๆƒ…ๅฅด้šถๅ…ฝ” (ร iqรญng nรบlรฌ shรฒu), which I would translate as “love slave animal” ๐Ÿ˜‚ The subtitles had it as “butt-licking slave”, so you get the drift ๐Ÿ˜‚ But where does the English title come from??

And the Japanese movie was actually really awesome. The name of that movie in Japanese is “ไปŠๅพŒใ€ใƒญใƒžใƒณใ‚นๅŠ‡ๅ ดใง” (kongoo, romansu gekijoo de”, which I would translate as “from now on, at the romance theatre”. Both the Japanese and the English titles make sense when you know what the story is about, but why are they so different? Even if it isn’t a direct translation, why aren’t they even remotely close??

Anyway, I’m glad I watched the Japanese movie. I mentioned in my post when we travelled to Oz how I always seem to choose the el weirdo Japanese movies ๐Ÿ˜† Well this one I totally got, and I absolutely loved it. I loved it so much that it could be one of my favourite movies. The storyline, the cinematography, the music, the way they used colour, the costumes. I thought it was all brilliant. I loved it so much that I watched it again a second time on the flight! I didn’t get to watch the full movie second time ’round, but I watched as far as I could. Maybe this could be the movie that I watch over and over again, as per that idea that I mentioned before, to work on improving my Japanese ๐Ÿ˜Š

And to end the day, we got to be with Kitty again. She is all sooky now, so cute. I’m glad she is happy again, she’s looked so sad in the photos these past few days. It’s all back to normal once again, for all of us ๐Ÿ˜Š Except I may be a bit of a morning person for the first few days back, while I start acclimatising to the SG time again ๐Ÿ˜

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 ๐Ÿ˜†

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 ๐Ÿœ

I then sat at Coffeesmith for about an hour, a Korean version of Starbucks, is how I’d describe it ๐Ÿ˜† 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 ๐Ÿ‘

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! ๐Ÿ˜†

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 ๐Ÿ˜Š

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! ๐Ÿ˜‚ 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 ๐Ÿ˜Š

A day off (sorta)

N reminded me about the Singapore Airlines promotion that was in the CBD today, and he only remembered because he walked past their stall on his way to work this morning ๐Ÿ˜† They were showcasing their new business and first class seats on their new planes. But more pressing for me was their prize of business class tickets to either Sydney or Osaka! We go to those two cities quite regularly, so I wouldn’t say no to free tickets to either city – and business class ones, at that!

But instead, I won a 4-in-1 travel bag, which is perhaps a more realistic prize. But the staff member who helped me spin the electronic prize wheel said that the travel bag is actually one of the bigger prizes, so that’s pretty cool ๐Ÿ˜Š They are those packing cells that help you organise your clothes in your suitcase, so you can stack them all and makes your packing that little bit more orderly. So I got four of them, Matryoshka-doll style, with a small Singapore Airlines “New A380” logo in one corner. This was definitely a bigger prize than the Singapore Airlines pen that N won! ๐Ÿ˜‚

As we were standing around at the front of the stall chatting, the MC for the day came up to ask us a few questions. Ugh, I so don’t like attention – and especially attention that I am not prepared for! She asked us a few things, whether we travel much etc etc and at the end, she asked a True/False question about Singapore Airlines – I honestly don’t even remember what the question was, I was probably so stressed about all the unwanted attention that she brought onto me! – to which I guessed the answer was true. And I was right! And so won myself a Singapore Airlines lanyard! So at least I was rewarded with a small prize for the unwanted attention ๐Ÿ˜‚ It was all so very exciting ๐Ÿ˜Š

I ended up not trading today. Well, I was there, in front of my computer, waiting for a trade, watching the market as it rocketed off without me. Normally if I’m too slow to get in, I wait until the market pulls back, and then I hop on when it starts moving again. But today it never pulled back! It just kept climbing higher and higher, never looking back. I just sat there waiting for it to come back, but it never did. So I ended up not trading. On the bright side, at least I didn’t lose any money today ๐Ÿ˜‚

And I have finally updated my decision about going to the gym. It’s probably only been a day or so since I started thinking about it, but it feels like it’s been about a week ๐Ÿ˜‚ Tuesday is now officially my day off. N doesn’t have karate on Tuesdays anymore, so we can both have an evening off. Maybe we can go watch a movie, either at home or at the cinemas, on Tuesdays. It can be our date night ๐Ÿ’‘ I feel very excited to have made this decision. It feels quite liberating in a way, making a conscious decision not to do anything. It is effectively scheduled free time, and this way, I think I will appreciate it more.

So N watched Deadpool 2 tonight – but not with me ๐Ÿ˜‚ He went with one of his mates who was apparently quite keen to watch it. So I watched a few more episodes of Downton Abbey. Omg people leave the show as regularly as they did on Game of Thrones! It’s all quite sad, because you get rather attached to the characters. I’m used to shows like Friends or Seinfeld where the main cast stay for the entire series! But new characters get brought on, and the dynamic shifts, so that brings fresh life into the story. But still! It can all be rather sad!

A mixed bag of Tuesday goodies

I had a marginally better night’s sleep last night. I woke up once, which was better than the bajillion times the previous night. Last night it was Kitty who woke me up – vomiting. Isn’t that lovely. Apparently cats with kidney problems tend to vomit more, so unfortunately I am quite used to her throwing up around once or twice a week now. It just so happened that this time around it was at 3:30am! ๐Ÿ˜” So I got up and cleaned up her mess – which actually isn’t all that much, usually just liquid that looks like a puddle of saliva – before heading back to bed. Apologies for the visual ๐Ÿคฎ

And then I had a really bad trading session. Makes me wonder if I am really cut out for this. Sighhh… I think I’m getting into another funk, and I need to get my priorities back in order. I might go take a walk tomorrow, perhaps around Marina Bay or Clarke Quay. Somewhere (anywhere!) that will let me clear my head a bit.

N is back tomorrow night, so hopefully that will mean a better balance between work and play for me, as I tend to focus too much on my trading whenever he’s away. And so I may make a trip tomorrow to one of my favourite places in SG: Changi Airport! ๐Ÿ˜„

And while he’s been away, I finished season one of Downton Abbey! Very good series! I’m thoroughly enjoying it. It’s very different to Game of Thrones, and definitely not every second person dies ๐Ÿ˜ณ Maggie Smith’s character has some of the best lines in the show, I get excited with anticipation now whenever she enters a scene, as I know she’ll probably have some funny remark or snide comment to make. Her character has become one of my favourites as the season progressed ๐Ÿ˜Š

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?! ๐Ÿ˜† At least I’d like to think so! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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 ๐Ÿ‘ I’m glad I resisted my urge to get home delivery earlier! ๐Ÿ˜…

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 ๐Ÿ˜‚ 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! ๐Ÿคช 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??

My new wheels, day 2

I was going to ride my/our new electric scooter to dinner tonight with N’s cousin, but the universe was conspiring against me to make sure that didn’t happen: it rained all afternoon. And it’s not the best idea riding a scooter – let alone a brand new one – in wet conditions. Even though it had stopped raining by the time I left the house, I didn’t want to risk being caught in a downpour halfway through the ride.

It just made it doubly frustrating coz 1) it never rained again for the rest of the night; and 2) on my way to dinner, I saw at least three different people all scooting around, and I could’ve been one of them! ๐Ÿ˜” Oh well. I’m sure there will be plenty of other times when I’ll be able to use it.

Ooo, maybe I’ll use it to ride to dancing on Wednesday! But it’s over 5km away… Is that a tad too far, especially for one of my first rides?? Maybe I’ll give myself a bit more time to get there, to get used to the route, and to allow for pedestrian traffic… Hmmm I’ll see… ๐Ÿ˜Š

I’m thinking of doing a dry run to the vet tomorrow, actually, to map out the route, and just see what the ride would be like without Kitty. Hopefully that’ll work out, since the vet trip is the main reason for buying this scooter in the first place! ๐Ÿ˜†

Hmm so apparently I’ve been a bit preoccupied with this new scooter ๐Ÿ˜‚ I’m sure the excitement will die down soon enough, so just bear with me while I get it all out of my system. Before I know it, I’m sure riding it will just become part of my daily/weekly routine, and it will just melt away into the background and will barely even rate a mention. But in the meantime… ๐Ÿ˜‚