Wednesday, July 23, 2014

509 words and PS Cafe Dempsey...

After being charged with lacking in enthusiasm because of disappearing for a few days, I thought I'd make it up to NB Boy by accompanying him to PS Cafe at Dempsey on a Tuesday night. Lol!

Other than because of the gym or if there is some rare occasion, I usually prefer to be home and zzz by 10:30 or 11 at the latest on work nights. The main reason is I want to get enough sleep so I can wake up for the 7AM group workout classes at the gym.

Last night was one of those rare occasions where I decided to head home later than usual.

I will admit that there was a deliberate intent on my part to be out of NB Boy's radar the past few days. Previously, I told him that I just got out of a relationship and I am certain that I do not want to get into a new one just yet.

It seems that there was a need to reiterate the point. Otherwise, there would be no claims which make me comparable to a Filipino snack I'm kinda missing right now - palitaw. Lulubog, lilitaw. Hehe!

So, I ended up composing a 509-word letter to explain myself again.

Uhm, I was expecting a letter of equal length in reply but instead, the reply was getting asked to go to PS Cafe in Dempsey on the same night and to an exhibit he's been meaning to see. Lol!

For once, I'm enjoying the gray area I am in right now. Being a black or white kind of guy, this is all new to me. I still dislike gray areas but for now, I am finding it a bit comfortable.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Happiness and contentment talk at 5AM...

Does happiness follow after contentment? Or does contentment come first before happiness?

It sounds like the "Chicken or Egg" question would be easier to answer. Haha!

After a long night of partying and clubbing, I was just about ready for shuteye. But having taken a shower minutes earlier, I was a bit awake.

Not knowing if Tipz was still awake, I just started talking in the dark room. Lol!

Earlier during the night, PG Boy and I were at the same party. It was the first time we saw each other since we parted ways more than a month ago.

He was looking good. E and Tipz both said he lost weight. I blame his work. It was good seeing him again. I missed the guy. And I have to say it was just really great that was no awkwardness between us when we saw each other. We talked the same way as we did before. The only difference now is that our sentences are no longer punctuated with "babe" in between words.

Minutes before I fell asleep, I started ruminating about the events that transpired during the night.

It led me to some thoughts which I voiced out to a sleepy Tipz. Lol!

And so he asked, "I thought you were happy! When I asked you before if you were happy, you said you were!"

I was happy. I really was.

Then Tipz raised the topic of contentment. I think there was a part of me that was not contented. That thought was further reinforced because of some events that happened some time in the latter part of June. Those events led me to realise some things.

So again, I ask. Does happiness follow after contentment? Or does contentment come first before happiness?

Tipz and I never got to dwell more into it as we were both fast asleep soon after the discussion has started. Though I can say that I think I have a better idea now.

The photo above was from E's birthday party. I thought I'd use the photo since it somehow looks like we're about to lunge into a discussion. Haha!

You know it's not a straight party....

I attended E's birthday party last night.

The post on the birthday party itself has to wait. It's 830AM. I've only had 2 hours of sleep. And I'm starting to feel sleepy. Haha! I just have enough time for one quick post.

I thought it was amusing that it took some time before someone started to touch the hors d'oeuvre. Haha! E said he was not going to prep real food since there was so much food wasted at his party last year. Only canapés and small treats would be served. (I thought this was a good idea. Wasting food = thumbs down.)

The other thing that amused me and I found quite nice was the size of the red velvet cupcakes. They were super mini. This means less guilt over a sweet treat? Hehe!

So, two signs you're at a happy and gay party? When it takes hours before someone starts to take food and the cupcakes can be eaten in one go. Haha!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Very late Thursday night...

Thursday night ended up not being the usual Thursday night.

I was feeling a bit rebellious last night. I've been dealing with stupid colds since the weekend, which means I haven't been able to go to the gym since last Thursday.

Thursday night is usually back-to-back Pump and Combat classes with Tipz.

While I did get to do Pump, Tipz and I decided to skip Combat and instead head to the movies. Haha!

I was hoping to catch Walking on Sunshine, but I was also okay to watch Begin Again.

Jon gave me the impression that the movie might be a bit of a downer since it involved Keira Knightley getting dumped and Mark Ruffalo getting fired from his job.

The movie turned out to be quite the opposite. It was pretty enjoyable. Uhm, it actually felt like an indie film to me. Hehe!

Adam Levine was also part of the cast.

That made missing Combat and getting home past midnight on a work night(!!!) okay.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

More changes...

A lot of changes have been happening at work.

We didn't think the change would reach the shores of Singapore but it did. And boy, what a change it was.

That was just the start though. There is something else that is going to happen soon.

Well, to be honest, we don't know yet if it will happen. A group of colleagues is serving as the guinea pigs for that potential additional change. If it does turn out okay, then that change will happen.

Hmm, I was initially resistant to the idea because it is something completely different and something I am not used to.

This morning though, I thought to myself that I'm being reactionary to the news. Maybe I should be more open and see the pros of the proposed change. Maybe there is actually more good to it. Maybe it will serve as some sort of trigger for my personal plans as well.

So, yeah, I'm more open to it. One cannot be left behind I suppose. One must keep charging ahead, if possible.

I've been thinking about it earlier when I got back to the office after lunch.

How feasible is it to live on the other side of the Causeway while remaining employed in the Little Red Dot?

Needs more thinking, that's for sure.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Short trip to Malacca...

So our group of two Malaysians, 1 Singaporean, 1 Malaysian turned Singaporean and 1 Filipino boarded a bus headed to Malacca last Saturday.

It was my second time in the UNESCO World Heritage City and still I feel that an overnight trip is not enough to explore and enjoy the city. Hehe!

I've heard quite a number of people say that Malacca is boring. It's this. It's that.

The two times I've been to the city, I didn't feel bored at all. Hehe! I wish I had more time to go to the museums or walk at a leisurely pace.

Again, I've missed checking out the house at 8 Heeren Street. The shophouse has a permanent exhibit on the conservation and restoration process of the building. One can also learn about the history of early shophouses and Dutch architecture, which obviously had an influence on the local architecture.

Two new places I got to visit this trip were the Malaqa House and The Baboon House. The former sells authentic antique Peranakan furniture while the latter is an art gallery/cafe/boutique hotel. Why it was named The Baboon House I have no idea. Hehe!

I want to go back again soon. More cafes and restaus to check out.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Away for the weekend...

Heading to Malacca tomorrow with a few friends.

I've been looking forward to the trip since it's an opportunity to take a break from the little red dot... even if it's just for two days. Hehe!

A few people I know find Malacca to be boring. I don't really agree.

If one is interested in historical places or if one just wants to visit a place where a Catholic saint was once buried, then Malacca shouldn't be boring at all.

I enjoyed walking along the old streets and marvelling at the Peranakan mansions. I enjoyed the canal cruise during sunset. Hehe! I said a prayer when I visited the burial place of St. Francis Xavier. It's just a bit sad that not too many people know that a sacred man was once buried there.

A Twitter friend is in town this weekend but I didn't know he was flying in. Had I known, I would have scheduled the road trip on another weekend. Still, please enjoy Singapura, Jepoy. Maybe next time you can also do a side trip to Malacca.

Happy weekend to everyone...

How awesome is Apple...

Just how awesome is Apple! :)

I'm a proud customer of a company that supports the LGBTQ community. ;)

What I wouldn't give to work for Apple, move to California and raise kids with 1:23. Haha!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Gotta love the Dowager Countess...

Gotta love the Dowager Countess...

Monday, July 7, 2014

Sunday was just as busy...

Sunday was no different from Saturday. Haha! It was just as long and as tiring but also fun!

I woke up at 7 so I can meet Mr. Lim at 830PM at our usual breakkie place for our nature walks.

By 9, we headed to our destination for the day - the old Bukit Brown Cemetery. Though I've been to Bukit Brown a few times, I was too unsure about our plan as it was just me and Mr. Lim. In our previous walks, we have always been part of a huge group. That was less scary since I would be running away with a big group in case zombies started to rise from the graves. I've been watching too much of The Walking Dead. Haha!

The theme of our walk for the morning was "Let's get lost." That's exactly what happened. At some points, we had to turn back because we reached a dead end. But for the most part, it was enjoyable because we've reached areas that we've never been to before. We also took a rugged path that led us out of the Bukit Brown grounds to the area where the National Equestrian Center and Mediacorp were. That was interesting.

We finished our walk by 1130. Thankfully, it wasn't a very hot day. From Bukit Brown, Mr. Lim drove all the way to the northeast part of the island for lunch at a biryani place we've been to a few times.

Afterwards, he dropped me off at Ang Mo Kio because I wanted to go to the gym to shower and feel human again. Haha!

In the afternoon, I was initially planning to check an education fair at Suntec. Instead, I ended up at my favourite level at the National Library. While waiting for Mass, I just spent a few hours relaxing at the library going through some of the books I want to have in my book collection.

The last agenda for the day was dinner with Mon and Richie. It was Mon's birthday last Saturday. He doesn't really do anything for his birthday. Hehe! Since I haven't seen them in awhile, I decided to ask Richie if they were up for dinner. We decided to eat at the Asian Kitchen at City Link Mall because Richie was raving about the roast pork and the fried rice. Our excuse for the (sinful) meal was Mon's birthday. Haha!

It is always nice the pair since they're the friends I've known for the longest time. Richie and I met in 2002, if I'm not mistaken. I met Mon a few years later. On my first visit to Singapore, I stayed with Richie and Mon.

Rarely do I go out or stay out late on a Sunday night. That is because I want to spend the last few hours of the weekend prepping for Monday and just relaxing in the comfort of my room. However, there are nights when I could make an exception. Last night was one of those nights. Hehe!

It was an activity-packed weekend, wasn't it?!