Share bikes and scooters

I went to my usual FX seminar today, but instead of going home and trading like I normally do, I spent the afternoon down at the One Fullerton area overlooking Marina Bay, reading my current trading book. It’s quite a nice area, why don’t we come down here more often?! It’s very pretty and quite serene, with tourists comprising most of the people walking through the area. We rode through here on Tuesday when we cycled around Marina Bay with our friends. We should ride around here more often. And with so many share bikes around these days (and so cheap!), it makes it so much easier to just pick one up along the way and pay the ~S$2 for the few hours.

I walked all the way to the Merlion, and surprised myself when I got this clean shot without any of the tourists who were swarming the area πŸ˜‚

Along with the share bikes, there were also a few tourists with hired scooters, both the traditional scooter as well as the hands free version. Pretty cool. I like how this city has embraced these share bikes and scooters. I guess it’s easier in a small city like SG. Plus riding around in such a safe city makes it all the more pleasant, when you’re not constantly worried that your bag is going to be snatched or someone’s going to be a jerkstick while you’re riding past them.

And because they’ve become so popular, there’s been a few accidents involving them, so these signs have now cropped up recently:

Some hefty fines there. If that’s not a deterrent, then I don’t know what is! But even though there is the odd irresponsible user, most people are courteous. And even pedestrians are courteous, and let the scooters and bicycles go by. So I feel that generally, there is relative harmony on the footpaths 😊

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An β€œenforced” public holiday

Today was going to be errands day. It was a public holiday in both the UK and US, so I knew that trading wasn’t happening today, with the two major financial hubs basically out of action. So rather than watching paint dry, which is what would happen if I sat in front of the markets today, I decided that I’d run errands and basically just do stuff that I wouldn’t normally get the chance to do during the week.

One of the things that I wanted to do was to go buy some health and beauty stuff from Watsons. But as soon as I get there, I realise that I had left my discount voucher at home. I had changed to a smaller handbag, and so I’d left my wallet at home – thereby also leaving the voucher at home. Argh! 😩 So now I have to redo this trip another day πŸ˜”

I also started reading my new book: Atonement by Ian McEwan. He writes really well, very descriptive. I’ve read two chapters so far, and virtually nothing has happened, but I feel like I know so much about the people and their surrounds already. I’ve heard good things about this book, so I’m looking forward to a good read πŸ“– I hope the reviews haven’t talked up this book too much for me, and I end up disappointed!

And in the evening, I went to the gym. And that was pretty much all there was to my day. I actually wanted to do some trading stuff: some backtesting, reading some more of my current trading book, reading a few of my favourite trading blogs etc etc but none of that happened πŸ˜” Oh well. I guess you can’t be productive every day!

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!

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 πŸ˜† 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 😊 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! πŸ˜‚

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 πŸ˜‚ It was all so very exciting 😊

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 πŸ˜‚

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 πŸ˜‚ 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 πŸ’‘ 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 πŸ˜‚ 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 perfect, ordinary Tuesday

I started reading a new book: Friend Request by Laura Marshall. It’s a mystery novel, a genre that I enjoy reading. I didn’t want to start it while N was away, coz I knew I’d get freaked out and I wouldn’t be able to go to sleep. I’m glad I waited until he got back before reading it: it’s already starting to freak me out! And I’ve only just started – and I’m reading it while the sun is still out! 😲

And trading was good, I traded the exact way I wish I traded each and every day. Trading is one area where my “consistency” theme for the year doesn’t seem to be holding too well – the one area where I really want it to hold! πŸ˜”

And then I went to the gym, so far still keeping that commitment of mine of getting to the gym on weekdays that we don’t have dancing. It’s only been one week, mind you, but it’s so much easier now that I’ve made that decision. Before I was always umming and ahing about when I should go, but now I’ve made the decision and I no longer have to stress over it each time.

  • Is it a weekday? Yes – go to next question. No – don’t go.
  • Is there dancing tonight? Yes – don’t go. No – go to the gym.

That’s all there is to it now, I just need to ask these two questions and I already know what to do. Less decision making needed, which makes it that much easier to get into the habit of going. I’m really happy with this! πŸ‘

And then I finished off the evening with a few episodes of Downton Abbey. Characters on that show keep leaving too, although they don’t exit in such a dramatic way as the characters in Game of Thrones. But it’s still quite sad, especially when you start liking them and then all of a sudden they leave πŸ˜”

It was just one of those days where everything was awesome. It was just an ordinary day, really, nothing extraordinarily good or bad happened, but it was still a wonderful day 😌 **feeling blessed**

Positive way to end the work week

I finally decided to ride my electric scooter to the vet today. And from that ride, I have concluded that Kitty won’t enjoy the ride as much as I would. It’s quite far, and I ride like a little old lady πŸ‘΅πŸΌ so it took me aaages to get there. I can’t make Kitty endure a trip as long as that – and not a very comfortable one at that! So unless I find a better route, I don’t think I’ll be making the trip with her any time soon πŸ˜”

But riding the scooter is sooo much fun! πŸ›΄ I want to take it up to that walking / cycling trail that I did last weekend. Cycling that trail was fantastic, so I suspect riding the electric scooter around it would be just as fun. Maybe during the next public holiday, in a few weeks’ time 😊

I did my Oompa Loompa tan this afternoon, for our next comp on Sunday, and so in order to let it dry, I ended up trading standing up the entire time. And I had a good trading day! Maybe I should trade standing up more often, I wonder if that’s the trick πŸ˜‚

And then we went to the Friday night social to get some last-minute practice in before the comp. Now I’m paying for it: my legs are throbbing and I’m totally exhausted! 😩 This is normally a good thing, but what I’m scared of is not recovering in time for the comp! Surely one day of no dancing will be enough? Surely?? It’d be fine if we were still in our 20s – heck I’d probably still practice the day before. But now… 🀨

So an easy day is on the cards tomorrow. Perhaps a few episodes of Downton Abbey? I wonder if I can get N to watch the series with me… πŸ˜‰

T-0

I decided to go to Marina Bay Sands this morning, and if I had enough time afterwards, perhaps make a quick trip to Gardens by the Bay πŸƒπŸŒΌπŸŒ± But by the time I finished breakfast, it was almost 1pm 😲 (So my breakfast actually ended up being brunch hehehe) And I like to be in front of the charts by 2pm at the latest, just before the European session open, so Gardens had to wait for another day.

After a not-so-bad trading session, I went to the gym. I made a decision today: I’m going to go to the gym on weekdays when we don’t have dancing. Now that’s one helluva commitment πŸ˜‚ Let’s see just how well I go with this. Although I’ve somehow made writing a blog post a daily habit, so maybe I can actually commit to this too… But let’s just take this one day at a time, and assess after one week πŸ˜‚

I watched a video ages ago with these guys doing Rumba walks on a treadmill, and I thought that was really awesome idea, especially given the limited amount of time that we get to spend in the dance studio, and the limited amount of space in general here, since it comes at such a hefty premium in this small city country.

I went looking for that same video again, but instead came across this couple who had made clips doing four of the five Latin dances on the treadmill! So after seeing their short clips, I now know that you can indeed do some basics on the treadmill, not just for Rumba, but for the other three as well πŸ‘ (never mind Paso Doble, it’s always the black sheep anyway πŸ˜‚) I’m now even more keen to keep this commitment of going to the gym!

And then in the evening, I went to one of my other favourite places in SG: Changi Airport! I got there a tad late, and didn’t really get to enjoy my dinner as leisurely as I would have liked, coz N’s flight was mega EARLY! I was hoping that they’d do loop de loops in the air coz there were too many planes wanting to land all at the same time, with N’s plane just adding to the chaos, but that didn’t happen. Changi is just too efficient πŸ˜† So I wolfed down my meal as quickly as I could, and headed down to Arrivals. Not that I needed to rush, since the whole disembarking and getting your luggage business takes another 30 minutes anyway. But the important thing is that N’s flight landed safe and sound πŸ‘

But his luggage didn’t. Argh! πŸ˜” The Virgin Australia staff said that they’ll organise for it to go from Sydney to Melbourne to SG. Obviously some part of the process fell over coz it didn’t make it to SG. So when it was announced that the last bag had been put on the belt, and his didn’t show up, N had to report his delayed baggage. Luckily they could track it down. “It was delayed”, they said. But apparently it’s on the next flight to SG and so they said it should be arriving first thing in the morning. Oh well. At least they know where it is and it hasn’t gotten completely lost. And that there are multiple Melbourne-Singapore flights each day! But still, it is all rather inconvenient. This wouldn’t have happened at all if it was coming from Changi 😊 (well, the chances would be much slimmer ☺️)

So the day didn’t quite turn out as I had hoped, but it was still a good day 😊