Saturday, December 7, 2013
Okay, it's the time of the year to take a look how the year went by... even for just a few posts. Haha!
For the next few posts, I'll be posting probably the most memorable things about 2013.
Jeez, 2013, you were really something. You've been filled with highs and challenges.
The year started well with the Bali trip with a few of my closest friends. Richie's brother won a 3D/2N stay at a Bali villa. He passed on the prize to Richie because of some family issue he had to take care of.
It was my first trip to Bali and I'm happy to have been able to go with Richie, Mon, I-van, Edsel and Mon's friend Evelyn.
Three days and two nights was too short a trip though. There were several more things to do and places to visit around the island. Three days and two nights were not enough to hang out with our Manila-based friends. Hehe!
But three days and two nights were more than enough to create very good memories and further strengthen the friendship with the guys. It was a very memorable trip especially for him and him. I couldn't be happier that I was there. Hehe.
I hope I can travel with the guys again in 2014...
Friday, December 6, 2013
World leader Nelson Mandela passed away today.
That's probably the biggest news this week.
I remember one general assembly we had during my primary 3 or primary 4 days and it had something to do with apartheid. That was the first time I heard such a big word. Since I was still clueless about how evil the world can be (and how awesome it remains to be), I did not really fully understand it. I just knew that it was a bad thing.
On the way to work today, I was reading a couple of articles about the great man. He was and is indeed very inspiring. One of the articles I read described him as a man who would shake hands with everyone - from world dignitaries to the hotel staff, security, et al working at the hotel where an event he was attending was held. He was definitely my kind of guy, in this aspect.
There were several wonderful quotes attributed to him. Above is probably one that is most relevant at the moment.
Thank you for being a leader by example, Mr. Mandela. Rest in peace.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Morning was spent cheering for Chris and MkSurf8 who did their first full marathon. Woohoo!
Together with Ian and RKGreg, we hung out at the Esplanade Drive bridge to wait for our two marathoners to pass by so we can cheer them on.
While waiting for them, there was another Uncle who was cheering on the runners. It didn't take long before Ian and I started joining Uncle in applauding the runners. For the next few hours, we clapped, we waved, we shouted "You can do it! You're almost there!" to encourage runners to finish the last stretch of the race.
It was really great, especially when the runners smiled back and said "Thank you!" I guess my favourite part was when we would cheer on those who looked like they were really almost about to give up.
I remember two people, in particular. We yelled "You can do it!" Thankfully, I was blessed with good eyesight so I saw their names on their race bibs and we were able to yell out their names. That made them smile and push on forward.
The highlight of course was when we saw MkSurf8 approaching. That was when we really yelled and cheered on for him. Unfortunately, we missed Chris. LOL! Later on, we found out that they were rerouted. That was why we missed him.
After the race, we all met up and had lunch at Grandma's.
Meanwhile, afternoon was spent with PG Boy. We only got to spend a little time together because he was working. Poor PG Boy. Work has been stressing him out a lot lately. :-/
How was your weekend?
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Today was quite a busy day, but it was a very good one. LOL!
I woke up at 5AM (yes, at 5AM!) because I wanted to do a run through of my tour for the nth time. Though my tour was still scheduled for 2PM, I still went to the museum quite early. Why? So that I can do one more round and one more real walkthrough. Haha!
When the hour finally came, I was definitely prepared. I was still a bit nervous but it didn't take that long before I became much more comfortable.
I started my tour with a small group - 6 Singaporeans (a Malay couple with their two young boys; 2 Chinese uncles), 3 Indians (another couple and a toddler) and 1 Pakistani lady.
At some point, the tour became quite big (more than 15 people). And then, it was back to the original group of 10. Hehe!
It was quite okay, because the group was interested in the art pieces on display. The Singaporean uncles knew some of the artists. The Pakistani lady, a doctor who is here on holiday, was very much interested in arts. The boys of the Malay couple were also very much interested to learn about Singapore artists and art history. It was really quite nice seeing the boys very interested in arts at a very young age.
At the end of the tour, I was very happy to hear very good feedback from one of the Singaporean uncles and the Pakistani lady. They both said I was very good and that I knew my stuff. To be honest, I think I could have done better but I really appreciated the positive feedback.
In the evening, I went to the home of the family that first adopted me when I moved to Singapore - Mr. and Mrs. B. It was the baby shower for Mrs. B and I couldn’t miss it.
It was a fun baby shower.
I didn’t stay too long though because I had to head back to the NorthEast for an impromptu housewarming party at PG Boy’s new place. Hehe!
Happy Saturday indeed.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
What a long day? Haha!
Just got back a few minutes ago, but I'm feeling a bit lethargic. It's been a long day for some reason.
I didn't get to attend yoga this morning. Last night, I went for dinner with three fellow museum docents who are my batch mates and I got home quite late. When I got home, I decided to do my laundry because I wanted to wear some of the clothes for this weekend.
So I think I went to bed a few minutes before midnight. *gasp* Haha!
Still, I woke up around 545AM. I left the house around 645 and reached work around 730.
Since I had a few more leaves to clear, I took the afternoon off. The problem was I had nothing planned. My only plan was to go to the museum and practice for the tour I'm going to give in a few days. Lol!
It's quite exciting but I must say I'm still nervous. It's my first time to conduct this tour. I hope things will go as I planned.
Surprisingly, that activity took up my entire afternoon. I left the museum around 5PM. I asked PG Boy if he was going to stay late at the office. When he said that he was indeed going to stay back a few hours, I decided to buy dinner for him. He got home quite late last night without any dinner. Luckily, his gastritis didn't keep him up all night.
So from Dhoby Ghaut, I made the trip to Macpherson. Afterwards, I headed to Farrer Park for a quick catchup with Tipz (who's leaving for Bali tomorrow for yet another holiday!!! Hehe!).
From Farrer Park, I took the train back to Serangoon, switched from the Purple Line to Circle Line and made my way to Bishan. Upon arrival at Bishan, I switched from Circle Line to Red Line to get back to my place. Hehe! I guess that must be why I'm feeling tired.
I was hoping to sleep early (around 10?) as I was falling asleep in the train. But surprise, surprise, look at the time and it's almost 11PM. Gosh, how come time flies so fast?! Hehe!
Anyway, tomorrow is a Friday. I dun expect work to be too toxic since it's a holiday in the US. My editors and authors will all be on Thanksgiving mode (I hope. Haha!)
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
In return, I got this letter from the Ministry of Manpower. As stated in the letter, I'm supposed to keep this notification letter until I receive the new work pass IC hopefully next week.
It's kind of amusing how a single peace of paper carries a lot of power. Hehe. Between now and until I get the new IC, I think I have to carry around this paper with me as proof that I am allowed to live and work in Singapore. Hehe.
Another two years starting soon. The next two years are kind of critical. It is a period that needs to be put to good use for making long term plans.
The first two years that I was here were more of a "Oh, I'm just going to enjoy my time here. Have fun and so on." The third year is sort of the wakeup call. And now that another two years are about to begin, I feel that the coming two years need to be played right.
In two years, I'm nearing 40. Wtf! LOL! How did that happen?
Anyway, I should sit down and start planning as soon as the new IC arrives. It'll be my reminder that the hourglass has been turned over.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
I came across this amusing photo while browsing through my Instagram feed.
It's amusing, isn't it? Hehe.
For the past few weeks (months), I've been able to go back to practicing yoga at least twice a week. Luckily, the FF next to my office has 7AM classes, which is just perfect. Dun be surprised. The class size is usually around 10 or so people, which is just right.
When PG Boy was still in Tampines, I get to practice three times a week. I would drag him out of bed on Saturday mornings so that we can attend the 10AM Hot Flow at FF Tampines. He was quite happy with the class (so was I) because the teacher was very good.
Now that he moved to a new place, I must check the yoga classes in the nearest FF branch (which I think is One George?).
Hmm, I'm glad to be able to practice yoga again. It does help in one way or another. I get to know my body more. I wish I'm more flexible. I have difficulty with folding poses. LOL. But maybe in time, it'll get better.
As Caroline, the Hot Flow instructor at FF Tampines, would usually say, "Okay, you try today. And if you can't reach it today, that's okay. You try again next time. And maybe one day, you'll be able to finally do the pose perfectly."
Keep calm and ommmm on?
Sunday, November 24, 2013
So, PG Boy and I said adios to Tampines today and finished moving to his new place closer to the city.
Though Tampines is far from the city, the way I feel for it is the same as I feel for my home in the West. I really like it.
I'm going to miss a lot of things about the Tampines neighbourhood. Hehe!
Ironic since I only spent weekends in that area.
Thanks, Tampines St. 81, for the vgood memories!
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Last night was a Welcome Back and a Welcome to SG dinner for Ian and for RKGreg. (Hehe! I had to crop out @MkSurf8 and @RKGreg. Must remain mysterious, you know? Kidding. :D)
Ian messaged earlier during the week to check if anyone was up for dinner. It was a good thing because a dinner with the guys was long overdue.
It was also great because 1.) we haven't seen Ian since he got back from the US and conquered the New York Marathon! Woohoo!; 2.) Rich (and Mon) didn't know that RKGreg already moved to SG. Haha!
Aside from these, we also got to try the food at a Korean restau that is said to have the best KFC in town. That's Korean fried chicken! Hehe!
It was a good thing that Ian made reservations. When I reached the place, there were a number of people waiting for a table. Good job, Ian! Unfortunately, Chris and Mon weren't able to join us because they were stuck at work. PG Boy was also unavailable since he was stuck in some island north of Singapore. Hehe!
Still, it was an enjoyable time catching up with Ian and with RKGreg. The food was yummy. I liked the chicken a lot although I ate more of the veggies since I'm trying to work on my choles levels. What is aging? Haha! The guys ordered mussels, too. When it arrived, we were all surprised I guess by how huge the serving was. I only had one piece because of the mentioned reason. Again, what is aging? Haha!
On the way home, some of the guys were telling me to move closer to the city. That way, I wouldn't always rush to catch the last train. It's funny because just yesterday I was writing about how much I dun like moving.
Hmm... I dunno. I've never really thought of moving because even though I live in some ulu place, I really, really, really love my current living arrangement. On the way back, I did Google places for rent. We'll see. Anyway, things will be prolly easier now that PG Boy moved closer to the city. Maybe I can crash at his place on late nights or something. Hehe.
Anyway, dinner last night was at Kko Kko Nara.
57 Tras St, Singapore 078996
T: 6224 8186