Free

We had today to ourselves 👏 No Chinese class, no dancing, no comps. It’s always nice to have these days, it feels so freeeee 😂

N went to go pick up our F1 tickets from the post office. The Singapore Grand Prix is next month, and we bought these tickets months ago. We were supposed to go with our friends, but after we’d all bought our tickets, our friends’ life plans changed, and soon after buying the tickets, they moved back to Oz, and had to sell their F1 tickets. We’re still going to go, of course, but obviously it won’t be the same without them there 😔

I read more of that Diabetes Code book, and got up to the section with all the sobering statistics about the disease. It started freaking me out! I don’t want to eat anything now! 😆 I’d like to think we eat relatively healthily already, but we can definitely do better. And the stats are making me want to try even harder on this front.

We went and had lunch in Little India, and then walked around there for a little while, before heading home and just relaxing for the rest of the evening. We went to the gym for a little while, but we didn’t really do much – I didn’t even do my dance basics on the treadmill. But at least we went and did something, even if it wasn’t as much as what we would normally do.

And then I just watched a few episodes of Downton Abbey. I’m up to the sixth and final season, and it feels like the British aristocracy era is on its way out this season. I’m getting a bit sad that I too am getting to the end. I’ve grown quite attached to all the characters. Maybe I’ll return to watching some Chinese dramas, they’ve been good to help me improve my listening skills. Let’s see 😊

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Best day I’ve had in ages

I went to take Kitty to the vet this morning. As I was waiting downstairs of our apartment building for my Grab driver, the skies decided to open and spew forth a whole heap of rain. When the driver arrived, I started whinging to him about how I didn’t bring an umbrella with me. So when we got to the vet clinic, he was actually nice enough to give me his umbrella. I felt sooo bad taking the umbrella, as I would’ve survived the 20 metres from the car to the entrance without it, and I knew the chances were slim that I’d need it on the way home, as torrential rain hardly ever lasts for more than 10-15 minutes in SG. But he insisted. When I got home later, I tried ringing the Grab hotline to see if there was a way to give it back to him, but the customer service officer actually spoke to him and he told her to tell me to keep it. Arghhh! So that was a very kind gesture that I received this morning, which I definitely want to pay forward one day.

And while I was on my way to the vet, the designer of my new Ballroom dress sent me his sketch of the proposed dress.

It’s so niiice! I’m so happy with it 😊 It’s simple yet elegant, and will match my Latin dress wonderfully, all of which was what I had requested from him. I’m starting to get excited about it now, after having (mostly) gotten over the shock of having paid so much for the deposit! 😂

And then the rest of my “usual” day worked out well too: I had perhaps my only good trading day this entire week; and I also had a good session at the gym later in the evening, lifting heavier weights for the most part and also still getting my dance basics done on the treadmill 👍

I finished off the day with the season five Christmas special of Downton Abbey. It was a good episode, happier than most, but it was Christmas when it was released, so I suppose they didn’t want to make it too depressing 😆

I couldn’t have asked for a better way to finish the work week 😊

Shopping and movies

I decided to go out to Jurong today. Apparently they have a few discount outlet stores out there, so I decided to go check them out. My app recommended one particular route, which I presume is supposedly the shortest route time-wise – even though the route requires three train changes! I wonder if the app takes into consideration the time it takes to walk to the different train lines…

Google Maps gave me a different route, with only one train change, but it had more train stops. I decided I’ll take that route on my way home and compare.

The three-train-changes trip took over 45 minutes for ten train stops 😲 The one-train change trip home took just under 40mins. And I think the trip was also cheaper, because there were fewer train changes. I think I shall go with Google Maps next time 😊

Anyway, the mall that I was heading to (IMM) is in fact full of outlet stores, I didn’t realise. It’s basically like DFO in Oz. Not that it mattered, since I’m not a shopper at all, and I get bored very quickly whenever I’m out shopping. So I spent about half an hour in that mall before getting bored and started making my way home. Basically I spent more time trekking out to the mall than actually IN the mall itself 😂 Oh well. At least I got a decent walk out of it, walking all the way to the mall from the train station and back!

I felt like watching a movie when I got home, partly inspired by a challenge that a friend nominated me for on FB. It’s one of those “name ten <movies/albums/books> that has made an impact on you in some way” type of thing. This current challenge is on movies – and I’m struggling to come up with ten movies to put on the list! I’m posting one movie per day for the next ten days, and today was day #2.

Day 1 – Inside Out

I LOVE this movie. This has to be one of my favourite movies of all time, and probably why I posted it first. It’s quite ironic, since it’s an animated film, which I’m usually not very fond of, so haven’t actually seen that many. But this one I just absolutely loved. I could watch it over and over again. In fact, I want to watch it in both Chinese and Japanese, so I can improve my listening of my two target languages by watching this film dubbed in these two languages! I’m happy to watch this film over and over again “just” for this purpose 😊

Day 2 – Color Me True

This is a Japanese movie that I watched on a flight recently. This ranks pretty much with Inside Out. I loved this movie so much that I watched it again on that very same flight! Color Me True was the English name they gave on the flight, but IMDB lists it as “Tonight, at the Movies”, which is the direct translation of the Japanese title. I don’t know why it has multiple English names! 🤷‍♀️

So now I have 8 more to go. Let’s see what else I can think of over the next 8 days…! 😆

Oh and what movie did I watch when I got home? Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. A pretty good movie too! I don’t think it’s going to make my list of ten movies, but it was still a good one.

Beauty and blah

I decided to go to Gardens by the Bay, to give myself a bit of a treat today. Their orchid display is still on, which I have now seen three times 😂 Definitely getting my money’s worth as a Friend of the Gardens! (Friends get unlimited access to the two domes, Flower Dome and Cloud Forest, as well as the skyway) 👍 I must say that I think I prefer the second and third visits, as I think more flowers have been able to bloom since my first visit, so the display overall looks much more lush and abundant. I have to say that orchids must be one of my favourite flowers now. They come in such a wide variety of shapes and colours, yet they always have a “lip”, which gives them their unique look. It always amazes me when I see the shape or the shading on any given flower and just how pretty nature can be. Yet they can be so odd looking at times too! Which makes them all the more fascinating to me 😊

And for the rest of the afternoon and evening, I decided to work on my trading. It was full of frustratement, as I just felt like I wasn’t getting anywhere at all with it, despite the hours upon hours that I spend on it. Sighhh… With N still overseas for the next few days, I have more time to spend on my trading this weekend, so I’m going to do some more work on it while the markets are closed. Hopefully I’ll feel better again when no money is on the line and I can just make decisions objectively, with no emotions involved.

Happy birthday SG

We have run out of toilet paper in the house 😂 I thought I’d be able to last until Friday, but I clearly missed that estimate! This is one of those times when being an underbuyer can cause problems… I won’t buy something unless I absolutely need it. Even to the point where I may run out of something! So I will have to stop by the supermarket tomorrow 😊

I watched the National Day Parade on tv today. They have it every year in SG, to commentate the years since the country’s independence. It’s quite a nice parade. I like it because it’s all about celebrating the nation and its people. It’s very patriotic. We don’t have anything like it in Oz. It’s sorta like Mardi Gras or Anzac Day, but for the whole country, if you know what I mean. I guess it’s easier to do something like this in a small country like SG. It’s just really nice, and it brings all of the people together, reminding everyone of just how far the nation has come in its very short life (53 years young today!). They also involve a number of Singaporeans, so they really make it all about the people too. It’s a nice touch on this very significant day in the country’s history.

So that cheered me up a bit. I wasn’t feeling all that happy today 😔 I spoke to my parents briefly, and my mum was cheerful as always. She has such a lovely approach to life, always so happy and energetic, despite whatever crap life throws at her. I don’t know how she does it. I have to channel her vibe more.

I did make it to the gym tonight, which was good. It was one of those days where I went just to keep the habit in place, if that makes sense, not to break any Personal Bests or anything like that. Tomorrow I may go to Gardens by the Bay, though. I need a bit of a pick-me-up, and Gardens seems to be able to do that for me 😊

Lots of food and training

We went and had lunch with N’s karate instructor and his wife, who are both visiting from Australia for the next few days. We went to this well-hidden restaurant. It’s on level 5 in some office building, but not just any level 5: you walk out of the lift lobby and you’re in a car park! And then the restaurant is at the end of the car park! How insane is that for location?!

Beng Thin Hoon Kee restaurant – in a car park! 😲 [[[[[[
It’s won a few different awards, so obviously enough people have come here in order for the restaurant to have won them! Really good food, I’ll definitely come back here again, if we have guests coming from overseas 😊

A few of the karate guys trained in the afternoon, and I decided to join them and do my own dance training in the corner. I ran through five of our eight dances, so that was a pretty good attempt, I thought. We trained for just over two hours, and we all could have continued on for longer, if we didn’t have a dinner reservation.

The taxi driver on our way back from training asked their karate instructor what level he is in karate. He said 8th dan. Wowww. I know he’s one of the most senior guys in their karate style, but when you actually hear “8th dan”, it’s so impressive just how much he must know about karate. I’ve seen him so often outside of the dojo for almost two decades now that I just “forget” this rather important side of him!

A few other spouses joined me for dinner, so it wasn’t just a dinner where the topic of conversation was dominated by karate 😂 We all escorted the karate instructor and his wife back to their hotel after dinner, and then we just caught the train home from there. Apparently there is a lift that goes straight down from their hotel and into the train station. I didn’t realise the train station was that close to the hotel – ie directly underneath! Sooo convenient! His wife was saying that the hotel was quite good, so I’m thinking that maybe we’ll recommend this hotel to friends and family who may be visiting SG. Rooms are a bit small, but it’s Asia. Everywhere is small! 😂

Dorsett Singapore

333 New Bridge Rd, Singapore 088765

dorsetthotels.com

It was a busy day with lots of food and training with friends 😊

Dinner, training and finances

N’s karate instructor from Australia is visiting SG for the next few days. He and his wife flew in late this afternoon, so we met up with them for dinner near their hotel in Chinatown. They’re training with him all weekend, so not sure what I’m going to be doing…! 🤔 I’m toying with the idea of just doing my own dance training in the corner of wherever they may be training, depending on if there is enough room for me to do so. But not sure yet, I’ll see how I feel tomorrow 😊 I may just go to the gym and do my usual training there instead…

That was probably the most interesting part of my day! I spent a lot of time on my trading, which I won’t bore you about, and I paid a few bills. Just as exciting 😂 And I did remember yet again that I still need to do my taxes! FY17 and FY18. Now there are two years looming over me. Ughhh! It’s one thing that I really struggle to do each year… I really have to force myself to just get it over and done with next week. C’mon, you can do this! 💪 😂