Old hood and old friends

I left the hotel room at 1:45pm today omg hahaha Worse than yesterday! Sheesh. And people say three hours doesn’t make a difference. It’s screwing with my body clock big time!

I decided to have brunch (at 2pm hahaha) at Buddabah, this small cafe on Collins Street. They had a sign saying “breakfast until 2pm” and it was 1:55pm. So I had to ask if they were still doing breakfast, as some places would just go “nah, it’s 2pm, sorry”. But she said “yep, you have five minutes”. YES! Hahaha I get excited by the smallest of things 😊

And for the remainder of the afternoon, I decided to check out our old hood, Docklands. The main shopping mall in the area seems to have expanded a bit more, but the restaurant strip by the water still remains quite empty. I asked one of the shop assistants if the mall is busy these days, and she said on weekends it’s chockers, but during the week, it’s a bit up and down. We seem to be ahead of the crowds. Alexandria in Sydney started picking up in the few years since we moved out from the area, and now the place is buzzing. I suspect Docklands will be the same too. We just have this knack of picking the hip areas well ahead of everyone 😂

I did a bit of trading in the early evening before heading over to South Melbourne for a late dinner with a few good friends over at their place. They ordered Greek food from UberEats! Awesome 👍 I always try and grab some Greek food whenever we’re in town. There’s a large Greek population down in Melbourne, so you get some pretty decent Greek food down here. Plus Masterchef Australia’s George Calombaris lives here 😆

Our friends have a German shepherd cross, and their dog is HUGE. And he’s only 15 months old! Plus he has a good bark on him. Freaks me out, man, but really he’s just a big baby hehehe But still, when a German shepherd is playing with you, he may just be mucking around, but who knows if he’ll change his mind and decides that he no longer trusts you….! 😲

So despite a rather late start to my day, I still managed to do quite a fair bit today😊


Spent my morning QUEUING

First mission of the day: get some Irvins salted egg chips! 😊 I got to their Orchard Gateway outlet at 9:50am, a bit later than I had planned. And there was NO queue! They open at 10am, but there was already a guy there, so I asked him if they were open. He said yes, but said that there’s a queue that I need to join. He looked over behind him and pointed at the queue. Apparently the queue snakes outside! Omg. So much for no queue. Very misleading, Irvin! 😒

This is not my ideal way of spending a morning! Especially outside! These freaking chips better be worth it! 😂 Plus I was just grumpy at the time I was in the queue: I hadn’t had my morning coffee yet!

After almost an hour in the queue – and most of that time waiting outside, mind you – I finally got my hands on a few of these babies:

I waited for almost an hour for this!!

Actually, these chips are gifts, so I’m not even going to get to find out what all the fuss is about! I’ll have to queue up for a second time to get a packet (or three 😊) for myself. Argh!

I was in yet another queue later in the morning, at Crabtree & Evelyn this time, and two separate people actually asked me where I bought my Irvins Salted Egg chips. They’re damn popular, I tell you! They were so excited to find out that they had an outlet nearby. Gotta try these soon to find out what all the fuss is about.

While I was in that Crabtree & Evelyn queue, someone came up to me and asked me something in Chinese. Since my listening skills are so bad, all I got was something-something-什么 😂 couple with his hand gesticulation, I assume he was asking what we were all queuing up for. I said “to pay” in English, but he didn’t seem to understand that. So I tried in Chinese – well, what I think “to pay” is in Chinese (付钱?). That seemed to have come across better… although I still wonder if I said the right thing and/or if he understood my dodgy Chinese 🤣🤣

Kitty got picked up this afternoon for her own holiday 😔 always sad to say goodbye to her. It’s the worst part about going on holidays 😔

So without Kitty in the house, I tidied up her food and litter areas, and tidied up the house in general. I always like having the house quite orderly before we go on holidays. I did a bit of trading while I was doing this, which is never a good idea! I don’t know why I even bothered. I need my full focus to trade (and even then, sometimes it doesn’t even help!), and being half switched on meant I took really bad trades. Sighhhh… Lesson learnt!

We had our Ballroom lesson as per usual in the evening. Quickstep today. We need to remember this routine! This is always one of the dances that we dance at competitions, so we need do dance it, unfortunately hahaha it’s my least favourite Ballroom dance. On par with Jive in Latin. Need to take notes, so I don’t forget everything while we’re in Japan!

Gotta get to bed early tonight. Planning to wake up at 6am tomorrow, to get to the airport well in time for our flight! Excitement! ✈️ Goodnight!

Very typical Monday

Not much to say about today, really.

Trading: started off sh1t, but actually started to get better in the afternoon. I don’t have that many days left before we fly to Japan, so I’m just going to keep working on my short-term goals as best I can before we fly out.

Ballet: a good class, as always. I’m hoping my Ballroom and Latin is improving indirectly because of this class! It’s the whole point of me doing this class, so it would be rather disappointing if it wasn’t doing anything to help! But it is such a good class on its own anyway 😊 such a technical dance. I would probably rate it up there with Rumba, my favourite Latin dance 😲

That’s pretty much it for today. Pretty run-of-the-mill type of day for me.

Pretty down today

I really really like this article about getting to the next level in your trading.


It’s just so practical, actionable and realistic. And also so motivating!  I really like his posts.  I’m going to create a list of my favourites, and make sure I look at them regularly, to remind myself of the journey that I am on and to stay on the right path.

Despite all this motivation, though, I still felt really dejected today. It was one of those days where I felt like I had no idea what I was doing, and whether I should bother pursuing this new path. Sighhh…

I went and had lunch at Real Food. I felt like I needed a bit of a pick-me-up. Look at this cute little glass that they served my water in!


I caught the new train line to dancing today. It’s only been open for about two weeks now, so everything is really new. The trip is so much faster now! Love it 👍 I really like how change is the norm in SG. So much development happening all the time.   

And finally, just a reminder:

Typical Monday – with some 日本語 thrown in

Trading: a great start to the trading week.  If only every day was like today! I wasn’t shouting at the screen, and I didn’t feel like I was fighting with anyone. It was just calm and easy. So gooood!!

Ballet class: great, as always. Such a good supplement to my Ballroom & Latin 😁 

I also did a bit of Japanese language review, in preparation for our trip to Japan. You do know, though, that when we finally get there, most of it will just go out the window, and a helluva lot of pointing and gesticulating will be happening instead, lol. I still remember the basics from high school, so that will always be there, but it never hurts to add to vocab or grammar structures. Plus I’ve just forgotten so many words, it’s been years since high school, after all. It’s just doubly hard now too, coz the Chinese word for something is the first thing that comes to mind now! Which is good, though, since I’m spending so much time learning Chinese these days! 😂 but it just makes it harder and harder to retrieve those Japanese words… ahhhh wouldn’t it just be wonderful if I were a polyglot!

One day too late

I stumbled across this South Korean writer Suki Kim a tad too late.  She gave a talk at the Singapore Writers Festival on Sunday titled “Undercover in North Korea”, which I heard about one day too late (not that I could’ve gone anyway, as we had our dance lesson pretty much right when she was giving her talk). But apparently she wrote a book about her experience living in North Korea for six months, posing as an English teacher.  It’s called “Without You, There is No Us”. So I went looking to see if there is an audiobook – and there is!  So now it’s on my wish list 😊 But I vowed to finish the Harry Potter series before I go and move on to something else – since I’m over ten years behind already, lol – so this book will have to wait 😊

While I was reading some reviews on Without You, There is No Us, a few people also made a comment about Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick, which is an account of 6 refugees who escaped from North Korea. The book is a few years older, and tells the story of those who lived through the 1990s famine (the “Arduous March”), as well as in more recent times. So I have also put this book onto my wish list 😊

I spent the afternoon reviewing my trades in October. That was a really good exercise, I should do that more often! Which is what they say to do 😜 You have to know what’s going wrong in order to improve / rectify it. So I’m trying to refine my strategy, understand what’s going right and what isn’t. So back to the drawing board, it is… All part of the process, right? Which is why you’ve gotta enjoy the process. Otherwise the whole journey will be so damn painful!

Omg there is an ant infestation in the house. Probably a tad exaggerated, but still, they weren’t here a few weeks ago! But I was going through my photos earlier this evening, and came across a video from this time last year – when we also had an ant infestation! Seriously, the video was from 8 Nov 2016, exactly one year ago. That’s some freaky sh*t, man. We’re thinking that they come up from outside during this time of the year, coz it rains so much during this time. And I remember last year that they just disappeared a few weeks later. Hopefully the same thing will happen again this year… fingers crossed 🤞

Lots of sprinkles today

I was going through my Twitter feed this morning and stumbled across this tweet, which I thought was very timely, since I was feeling like I wasn’t progressing with my trading at all.

So after seeing this, I vowed to review all my trades from October, and make sure I understand what worked, what didn’t and why; and how I can go about improving my process and understanding of the market.  It’s like the universe was telling me not to give up, and gave me a sign to point me in the right direction. That gave me hope!

We had our Mandarin makeup class this afternoon, since we didn’t go on Saturday, and our teacher corrected my earlier message.  So much for flawless Chinese!  hahaha but hey, at least I gave it a go.  How else do you learn if you’re not willing to put yourself out there and fail a gazillion times? 😊

Before correction:


After correction:


Not bad. He understood what I was trying to say, but there was one sentence/phrase that stumped him, lol (the bit with 出差了 apparently does not make sense hahaha). Oh well, I gave it a go 😊

I went and had bak kut teh for the second time in my life today, which literally means “meat bone tea”. Not that there is any tea in it, so I don’t quite get why it’s in its name.

Bak kut teh 肉骨茶

Despite it looking pretty damn boring lol it’s actually really nice!  I like to have it with rice, but I’m sure you can have it on its own or with veges.  It’s basically just boiled pork, but the soup must be jam packed with different herbs coz it’s so flavoursome.  And definitely lots of pepper!  Both times I had this, I choked from the pepper, not expecting just how peppery the soup would be hahaha


I was reading the Chinese on the sign thing on the table, and was impressed that I could read almost the entire thing.  Except I didn’t know what 脸书 (liǎn shÅ«) was.  I know 脸 is face, and 书 is book, but it didn’t click for aaaaages hahaha even with the English right on top!  One of my new words for the day 😊

We didn’t have our usual Ballroom lesson tonight: our teacher is in Vietnam for the coming week.  Sighhhh… I can’t even remember the last time we had a Ballroom lesson (or a Latin lesson, for that matter!), other things just keep getting in the way!  And we were gaining such good momentum too.  Oh well, such is life.

We managed to get to the last hour of the Wednesday social, though, and we got to go through all ten dances in that hour, amazing. Well, as much of each dance that we could remember anyway. We could tell just how out of practice we are: Ballroom was so rough; Latin was not sharp. Blahhhh… I wore my new practice shoes – and they were gooood 😁 they did the job perfectly. Happy with my purchase 👍 now just need to USE them!