Finished

You know that trading meme that I was talking about yesterday? Well I wasn’t the dog today 🐶 I was feeling all high and mighty, holier than thou 😂 I was so at one with the market, it was almost as if it was speaking to me. I felt incredible, as if I knew exactly what I was doing. Why can’t every day be like this?!

I finished Andre Agassi’s autobiography today. It was so good. I enjoyed it a lot more than I expected to, I’m a bit sad that I have now finished it. I got a glimpse of the life of one of the world’s tennis greats. It sorta makes me want to go back in time and watch his matches again, just so I can appreciate them in a whole new light. Because now I have a totally different appreciation of Agassi – and a few of the other tennis players of his generation! 😲 – as a person now.

And we finished season four of Game of Thrones. A very good episode to end the season 👍 I’m slowly catching up to the rest of the world on this front, I don’t know if I like that or not! Coz soon I’ll be waiting with everyone else for the next season to come out; it won’t just be ready for me to watch any time I wish, like it currently is. Hmmm… But at the same time, it’s such a good show, I can’t wait to find out what happens next season!

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Kuala Lumpur long weekend – Sunday

We had a nice, relaxing end to our weekend getaway. We had breakfast in the hotel, and then just chillaxed in our hotel room until check-out at noon. I read more of Andre Agassi’s autobiography; he’s now with Steffi Graf. I’m nearing the end of the book, which is a little sad actually, coz I’m really enjoying the book and I don’t want it to end. He was a bit of a jerk at some of his tournaments, and he knows it, but he wrote about those incidents in a way that they have come across as amusing in the book more than anything else 😂

We grabbed some lunch and then did a bit of shopping at 1 Utama Shooping Centre before making our way to the airport.

Flight was uneventful – which is not a bad thing! I read for most of the flight, and slept the rest of the time. We had to do a few circles in the air, as there was a bit of a back-up at Changi, apparently. My friend tracked my flight, and here is his screenshot of the loop-de-loop:

Yes, we’re trackers! 😂

And then we finished the evening with a few more episodes of Game of Thrones. We’re nearing the end of season four!

Ahhh… Always nice to go away. Now, back to reality…

Work and play

I had yet another terrible night’s sleep. I got up in the middle of the night, perhaps around 4am, and couldn’t get back to sleep. So I decided to read my current book: Open, an autobiography by Andre Agassi. I probably read for about an hour, that’s how off my sleep was 😔

I am thoroughly enjoying the book, and in a way, I’m glad I don’t know which grand slams he won or lost during his career, because it’s nice to read about each of them and seeing them through his eyes. And also the names he mentions are all familiar names; Boris Becker, Jim Courier, Ivan Lendl, Michael Chang, Pete Sampras, Pat Cash… It’s interesting to hear Agassi’s take on these guys, mainly to do with their tennis. It brings me back to the 1990s when I used to watch all these guys. And the book takes me into the locker room with Agassi and onto centre court sometimes, which is just a fascinating place to be, since most people do not get to experience this in real life. I am totally loving his autobiography! I read it whenever I can 😊

Once the sun was out, I was back to reality. I went to that weekly FX seminar again today. I’m such a regular in the building that the concierge knows me now, I didn’t even have to tell him which company I was heading to today. And then when I get to the office, the receptionist now also knows who I am and greets me by name when I enter. Omg hahaha I always find it a little embarrassing when my day-to-day habits become so regular that work staff start to recognise me. And then there comes a time when the embarrassment eventually dissipates and the recognition also becomes a day-to-day part of my life. I’m just not quite there yet with these guys… 😊

And then in the evening, we caught up with another friend from Sydney. Man, our Aussie friends have been flying in quite a fair bit, haven’t they?! We went and had fish head curry at Telok Ayer, which was really nice. It was hawker centre style, so we were basically sitting out on the street on plastic stools and eating on a bare table, with just a ceiling fan above us. But dinner worked out to be something like S$15 each, which was relatively cheap. And we had a ton of food. The fish curry that we had could’ve fed a table of six, and there were only four of us. Plus we had other smaller dishes too. So we were completely stuffed by the end of that meal. Really good food, I would definitely come back here again.

And then we finished the night off with some dessert at Clarke Quay. We were wanting Korean Bingsoo, but unfortunately didn’t come across one during our search, so we settled for ice cream at Clarke Quay. Again, we sat outdoors. But there was a bit of a breeze tonight, so at least we had a bit of a reprieve at times.

It’s actually not a bad time to come to SG during “spring” 😂 You do get some warm weather during the day, but it does still cool down in the evenings, and there is still some breeze. You lose both during the “summer” months, and it can be pretty tough going, even for someone who likes the hot weather, like I do. In fact, as bizarre as this may sound, “summer” is the only time I will go for a swim, as it is the only time during the year when it is hot enough for me to go swimming and not die of freezation. Most people think every day is perfect for swimming here 😂

Aches and pains (and, at least for Andre Agassi, much more)

I started reading Andre Agassi’s autobiography Open today. Well… “read” is a very loose term here. Someone is actually reading it to me 😊 – I borrowed the audiobook from the library. Anyway, I’m not even ten minutes in and I’m already riveted. He has put his body through so much in the three decades that he played tennis that he is now living with the consequences. And his comment that went along the lines of “I play tennis for a living, but I hate it with a passion” (I paraphrase, I don’t quite remember the exact words) already has intrigued me. I’ve already taken one lesson away from these first ten minutes: it takes great sacrifice to achieve greatness in whatever endeavour, and not everyone is cut out to or is willing to make these sacrifices. I am feeling so sorry for him right now. But let me continue with the book and hopefully things will start sounding more promising for him…!

I think this is actually the first autobiography or biography that I’ve ever read. And if they’re all as good as this one is (at least the start of it 😊), then I feel like I’ve been missing out on some good reading!

Dancing today was relatively ok. We’ve danced Latin better, but Ballroom felt like it’s actually improving. There was a young couple in today’s practice class, and during our quick chat, I found out that the guy is only 17. OMG. I feel so OLD. His parents are probably around our age 😂 No wonder we get along with the parents who turn up to the dance studio – they’re in the same age group. The only problem is that we’re competing with their kids and not them! Argh! 🤣 But it’s good dancing with the young ones: they push us to dance harder to try and match their energy, even if in reality we’re actually much much slower and our muscles are perpetually aching 😂 But if it’s any consolation, what we’re feeling sounds like it’s nothing in comparison to what Andre Agassi has had to endure 😔