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 😊
I started reading The Diabetes Code by Dr Jason Fung, adding to the bajillion other books that I’m already reading. There seems to be a paradigm shift that’s happening around how to prevent and manage type 2 diabetes, and I am really interested in it. Also now that I’m older, I’m more concerned about developing it too, so the more I can learn about how to prevent it, the better. The two main points that I’ve gotten so far: 1) eat less sugar; and 2) burn the remaining sugar, through exercise but more through fasting. Interesting stuff. I’ve been trying to eat less carbs as a result, particularly the more refined carbs like white rice and white bread. But it’s so damn hard! I don’t think I can eliminate carbs in its entirety, nor do I think I should, as the body still needs it to function, I just have to be more selective with my choice of carbs. The author was on this podcast, if you’re interested.
But apart from this new book, everything else about my day was pretty stock standard: trading seminar, trading, gym, and house stuff, rounded out with an episode of Masterchef Australia. Prince Charles and Camilla were on the episode that I watched tonight! 😲 They’re not going to be able to top that in future seasons! 😂
My life is feeling very merry-go-round-y at the moment. It’s vet, work, gym, tv, house related stuff, rinse and repeat. It’s all feeling a bit monotonous at the moment, I need to spice it up with something. Dancing usually does that, but that has taken a bit of a back seat, with N travelling quite fair bit lately, so I’ve been going to the gym more frequently than usual to keep up with the fitness side of things.
And Chinese class has also been put on the back burner, that usually keeps things interesting too. I should keep up my regular study anyhow, that should put a bit more spice in my day, I reckon.
Oh and I haven’t worked on my new blog project lately. I could work on another post or two on that too.
I’m really feeling a bit out of sorts this week… I haven’t had the motivation to work on any of my usual things 😔
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.
I was planning on going to the gym this morning, I got changed and everything! 😂 But N worked from home in the morning, and I made the decision to spend time with him at home, since he’ll be in Kuala Lumpur for karate for the next few days.
I tracked his flight in the afternoon, of course 😊 Not that there’s much tracking to do, since KL is so close! It’s basically like a flight from Sydney to Canberra: the plane takes off, and then as soon as they’ve reached the required altitude, the captain makes an announcement saying that it’s time to land 😂 You blink and they’ve landed, it’s so damn fast 🛫🛬
A friend is also heading up to KL, but he’s travelling by coach with his family. The coach departed at 10am this morning, but unfortunately they missed it! So now they’ve had to fork out some more money for flights – at last minute prices! 😔 Poor guys. And they chose to travel by coach in the first place because they figured it would be easier, since they’re travelling with their 18-month old son and his wife is six months’ pregnant. Now they’re not even doing that AND they also now have an additional expense. All so unfortunate.
I spent more time on my trading again today, but luckily I still managed to get to the gym afterwards 😅 So I got to spend time with N in the morning; worked more on my trading in the afternoon/evening and still got to the gym later at night.
I came across this online community Deviantart. Apparently it’s where artists can share their work with others. It’s such an awesome site! I spent a few minutes browsing the work on there, and I could’ve spent hours more! Some people are just so creative. This site is apparently 18 years old. And I’ve only just come across it today. I feel like I’ve been hiding under an online rock all this time! 😂
I worked for way longer than I had planned to today, in similar vein to yesterday. So again, I missed out on going to the gym. I think I need to change my routine to make sure I still get to the gym. I will have to go in the morning, so then I can just work until late in the evening without having to worry about missing out on going to the gym.
But I did have a productive work day. I did say that my focus for this second half of the year is to do more on my trading, and I’m doing just that, so I’m not complaining 😊
I’ve been listening to this particular Chinese song lately. I’ve been using it as a study tool, learning some new words and also teaching my mouth to talk/sing as fast as he does. I like this song for this purpose for a few reasons: 1) He has slow and fast sections, so I get to practise my reading and singing at two speeds; 2) The lyrics are simple, and we already know most of the words, so I only had to just look up a handful of new words; and 3) I actually like the song, so I don’t mind listening to it over and over again! 😊 I feel like I’ve listened to it about a dozen times already 😂 and only now am I getting close to being able to read the lyrics fast enough to sing along with him. And not just reading the pin yin (the phonetic representation of the Chinese characters), but actually reading the Chinese characters. It’s been a fun way to learn a foreign language, so I think I’ll do this with a few more other songs 😊
Kitty woke me up a few times last night, it felt like she was scratching about once every two hours. So I didn’t have the most restful of sleeps 😔
So my depleted battery wasn’t quite replenished when I got up this morning, and I was also feeling a bit like an “imposter” again, after all my socialising over the weekend. I didn’t quite feel like I was back to my usual self yet, and so I spent the morning relaxing and just trying to get back to my level of “normal”. I had to take Kitty to the vet, though, so I had to get through that first!
I turned the tv on and it was on the Bloomberg channel, so that actually helped me start replenishing my drained self. I then ended up trading for wayyy longer than I had planned, and ended up not getting to the gym as a result 😔 But by the end of the evening, I felt like I was pretty much back to “normal”, so I was just happy about that 😊
And we got to the halfway point on Masterchef Australia, twelve contestants left. N found out who won 😔 Someone posted the winner on FB and he happened to see their photo 😔 Awww knowing who wins ruins the journey, I reckon 😔