Multi-pronged progress

Today was one of those days where I felt like I moved forward in almost all of my goals. I didn’t get obsessed with making progress on just one or two of them, to the detriment of the others, which is what I normally do. Not all of my goals were touched on today, but enough of them moved forward that I feel like it’s been a very productive day.

Work – I finally had a profitable trading day, after so many losing days in a row. Not that I felt happy. I probably felt relief more than anything else: relief that I am not completely hopeless at this. Maybe this is the start of my feeling more detached with the outcome of my trades?? 🤔 Tick.

Languages – Did some review of old words and grammar structures, and learnt a few new ones. Tick.

Reading – I read a bit more of my new book The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Tick.

Finances – Paid some bills and organised a few things on this front. Tick.

Family / Home – FaceTimed my parents and learnt a new recipe from my mum, which I tried today – and it actually turned out! That’s a first! 😂 Tick.

Home – Ran a few errands this morning, and did a few other things around the house. Tick. I intend to do a few more things around the house tomorrow, so this should be a double tick by then.

So not a bad day. Not a bad day at all 👍


A mental health day

I took the day off to give myself a bit of a break from trading. A mental health day, as we called them, back in my previous industry. I’d like to get my mental health back in order before returning to the trading screen on Monday. I hope other industries are embracing the importance of these days as well.

I wanted to have a local breakfast this morning, but all the kopitiams (coffee shops) near our place were packed as, with locals having their daily breakfast, I suppose. So that left me no choice but to have a western breakfast.

The cafe where I ended up was having cash register issues, so when I went to go pay, things were going awry. So the staff member exclaims “Alamak! The receipt won’t print!” And continues to say alamak a few more times until they finally get a receipt printed for me. That’s the first time I’ve heard alamak said in real life! It was used a number of times in that book I read recently, Crazy Rich Asians, by Kevin Kwan, a Singaporean author. And I’ve seen it mentioned in Singlish related stuff. So from these, I knew how it was used, but up until today, it’s just been an academic word for me. So it was rather exciting to actually hear it in real life – and with so much frustration from the speaker as well, it just really brought the expression to life! 😆

After breakfast / brunch, I went to Gardens by the Bay, like I said I would. It was the first day of Tulipmania in the Flower Dome, and I was very excited to go see it today 🌷🌷

Until I actually got there. The display was a bit too artistic for me, it just went over my head. I just didn’t quite get it 😐

Are they meant to represent certain people? The Dutch people, perhaps? The eyelids actually opened and closed on some of them, which was also a little freaky. I don’t get it… I just don’t get it…

Despite the odd display, the flowers were very pretty, as they always are, so wandering through both the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest raised my spirits.

I then did a bit of wandering around the shops on Orchard Road, before heading home and relaxing for the rest of the evening. We were supposed to practice tonight, but N is still not feeling all that great, his cold is still lingering around 😔

We have a comp tomorrow, but we’ve barely practiced in the past few weeks, with me first having the cold, and now him. If we hadn’t already registered and paid, I’d pull out of this comp, to be honest. Our dancing probably won’t reflect what we can actually do, and it’ll just make me feel disappointed if we don’t dance to the best of our abilities. It’s not about the results – like I’ve said before, we always rank poorly against the specialists anyway, so we’re used to not placing well. But it’s when we don’t – or can’t – give our all that will be more disappointing. Sigh. Oh well, it can’t be helped. We just have to make the most of tomorrow. Who knows, maybe the lack of practice will let us ease up and just enjoy the performance tomorrow, rather than get all bogged down in the technical detail, like we usually do😆


Just as I am getting better, N gets sick 😔 He had a packed diary today, which included a client meeting, so he ended up going to work for that – and then in the end, he didn’t have to go to the client meeting anyway. Argh. He could’ve stayed home and got some rest today 😠 We’re not having much luck with our health leading up to this next comp! 😔

I was actually suffering a bit of the Monday morning blues today. I think I continued to feel the effect of the bad trading days on Thursday and Friday last week – despite the nice weekend in between! But luckily I turned that around a little today, which made me feel a little better.

And we watched another episode of Game of Thrones to end the evening. We’re almost at the end of season five! I’ve decided that I actually do want to catch up with the rest of the world, so that I can then move on to another series while we all wait for season eight to be produced 😊

At the moment I’m thinking of watching Stranger Things. The other series that is actually on my to-watch list is Downton Abbey, but I don’t think N would enjoy watching that one… And the other one I want to watch is Gilmore Girls… so perhaps we’ll stick to Stranger Things for now 😂

Resting would have been a much more sensible idea

My stupid cold just won’t go away. Not that I’m fully resting to try and recover from it, no no. That would just be too simples, wouldn’t it?? 🙄

Instead, I traded all day. Except for when I took Kitty to the vet, and when I was FaceTiming my parents – although even then I was still checking the market 😳 So now I’ve just collapsed on the couch to take a bit of a breather – and write something in here!

From next week, I am going to restrict my trading to just a few hours a day, and see how that affects my stats. I did some calcs and discovered that trades I take in the mornings generally do not do well, so next week I’m going to try and just trade in the afternoon, when apparently I seem to do much better.

And by then, hopefully I’ll be much more rested, and my mind much clearer 😌

My lingering cold

I actually feel worse today compared to yesterday. Ugh. I still did some trading and I still went for our Ballroom lesson, but I skipped Latin practice as I just didn’t have the energy for it 😔

Our friends here keep saying that I’m sick all the time. I guess it’s relative – coz they didn’t know me back in Oz when I was sick virtually every month! Ok slight exaggeration, but it probably wasn’t far from that 😔 The weather in SG agrees much more with my constitution. Even with the constant walking in and out of aircon places here!

We went and grabbed some Japanese for dinner, a late dinner at around 9:30pm. I love how there are still quite a few options for a late dinner here, especially with our finishing late on most nights during the week. SG is for night owls, which suits us just fine 😊 Our morning lark friends and family struggle a bit when they’re here, with the lack of open shops in the morning for them. I am rarely (if ever?!) inconvenienced in the same way 😂

Last dinner in SG

N worked from home today, which was both good and bad 😆 Good coz it was nice to have him in the house, even if we barely talked the entire day, since we were both working; and bad coz it was actually a bit distracting having him there! He’s constantly on the phone, so I was always conscious of any noise that I was making – and I have alerts constantly going off throughout the day, as prices reach certain levels. And I also have time-based alarms! And making coffee, breakfast, lunch; doing laundry… Noise, noise and more noise! I know it can still be quite noisy in the office too, but it’s just different noise. Maybe I was just picturing this scenario a bit too vividly… 😂

And then in the evening, I took the Aussie clan to Newton Circus for their last dinner in SG. It’s a pretty impressive layout, actually, once you walk in. It’s sorta like Lau Pa Sat, with stall after stall of various dishes, but it doesn’t feel as touristy (even though it still is). We had a feast: we ordered chilli crab with the mandatory buns, satay sticks, dumplings and rojak. As per usual, I forgot to take a photo of the food, nor of us 😔 Too busy stuffing my face! 🤣

After dinner, we caught the train to Orchard, and walked down from ION Orchard towards Dhoby Ghaut, stopping by for an ice cream SANDWICH along the way! People have been going on about this ice cream sandwich, and in the three years that we’ve lived here, I had yet to try it. And since they were game, I figured this was my chance to try it too 😊 We had the choice between a wafer thin biscuit or a slice of bread, and I chose the bread, since that’s what people always go on about.

It actually wasn’t bad! The bread isn’t like your usual slice of bread that you have with jam or vegemite or marmalade, which was what I was expecting. The bread is sweeter, more like Bread Top, if you’ve eaten the bread from there before. So the flavour isn’t as stark as I was expecting it to be. Nonetheless, it’s still a slice of bread, so I still don’t quite get the culinary partnership…

It was a fun evening. Hopefully it was a memorable way to spend their last night in SG 😊

A balancing act

We went to the Night Safari today. It was a good night to go, actually: there weren’t too many people there tonight; quite a few of the animals were up and about; and it was also a very pleasant balmy evening (probably why so many of the animals were up and about! 😊).

We skipped Ballroom practice this afternoon, though, because we knew we’d have a late night tonight. It’s always tough balancing hanging out with friends while they’re here and also continuing to do our usual stuff.

It’s particularly hard when your work is not a typical one, like mine, where you don’t have a place that you need to be at every day. My office is at home, and I am the boss. So it’s hard for me to find the right balance between making sure I get my work done (as well as continuing my day-to-day routine) but also spending time with family and friends while they’re in town, family/friends who I don’t see as much these days. Both my work and my family/friends are important to me, so I always feel like I end up neglecting one or the other, and I never feel like I get the balance right…

I wonder what other people do to manage their time in these types of situations…