Apparently it’s a public holiday in a bajillion countries today: Switzerland, France, Italy, Germany, China, Hong Kong, and here in Singapore. 1 May seems to be a popular day for it! With so many markets out of action today, I decided to take the day off too. As you can imagine, markets don’t move much when there are fewer participants, so I presume trading today would be akin to watching paint dry. So rather than do that, I figured I’d do something more productive with my time today.
So I reviewed my progress towards all my goals. It’s May already, can you believe it?! Where did the first four months of the year go?? I reviewed my progress last month, and wrote down some ideas on how I can continue to progress in May. It’s always good to look back and see the progress, because sometimes I forget to see the forest for the trees, just getting bogged down in the day-to-day minutiae. So I try and see the bigger picture by reviewing my goals each month, and see if if I’m deviating too far off the track, or to see which goals I’m lagging behind in or spending too much time on and so can dial back a bit on those ones. Overall, I have to say I’m quite happy with my progress! I’m relatively surprised 👍
And then in the evening I watched a movie, Kiki’s Delivery Service. It’s an old movie (1989) from Hayao Miyazaki, the guy who brought us Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro, along with numerous other works. I wanted to watch something that won’t scare the bejesus out of me, maybe a comedy or a rom com. And somehow I came across this movie, so I thought I’d give it a go.
It actually wasn’t bad. I probably would’ve preferred a comedy, but this was ok too. It was a feel-good movie, about friendship, cooperation, courage, optimism and determination. And of course her cat Jiji made me enjoy it that little bit more. I watched the dubbed version in English, which was dedicated to Phil Hartman, who did the voice of her cat. The cat reminded me of Salem, the one in Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Maybe Jiji was the inspiration for Salem 😂 I’d like to watch the original Japanese version too, for learning purposes 😊 And second time around, it’ll be easier for me to focus on the learning, now that I know the storyline. Sorta like my Orange manga… 😉
I’m still not going to cheat and read the English version of that manga, though. That one I’m going to persevere and only refer to the English version when I need help with the translation 😊