Monday, August 31, 2015

30 and 31 August... random blah...

I can't believe that the -ber months are finally here.

This year, just like all the previous years, is going by so fast.

Hmm, so how did I spend the last day of August? Nothing special. Just the usual.

Besides work, I managed to squeeze in some time for personal errands - laundry and grocery shopping. Hehe! With the trip to Japan (I'm that confident that my visa is approved!) and the upcoming trip to Manila, I really have to save and cut down on my expenses.

I also went for the usual Pump class at Westgate. I wish I would get even more stronger. I've been lifting the same weights for Pump for some time now. I probably need to push myself a bit more.

Yesterday was quite a slow but productive Sunday. I decided that I will just stay put at my side of the island. I felt that I needed to recover from four straight days of doing dinners in town. Haha! I love all friends who visit but I have to admit, I'm no longer 24. I need my recovery day.

I will get restless if I just stay at home. Hence, I came up with my schedule for the day. After having a heavy Filipino breakfast (so that I can have lunch at a later time), I took the train to Woodlands and waited for the library to open. Once it opened, I went to my usual spot at the third level and spent the next five hours at that spot. From the library, I dropped by a kopitiam for quick snack before heading to Clementi for church.

Mass ended at 6, and I was home by 7. That gave me enough time to rest a bit before heading out for a run.

I figured that I have time and energy to do a longer than usual run. So, I ended up going for a 6.67K run at the park connector near my place. It was kind of fun. I haven't done a night run in a while. It was enjoyable.

That's how the last days of August were spent...

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Downton Abbey's final season... noooo....

The final season..

Who's ready to bid the Crawley's farewell...

Not yet. Not just yet. Hehe.

Brunch, museum, dinner, angels...

My Saturday ended 30 minutes past twelve (and it was already a Sunday).

Today was another busy day. There was not much activity. It was more of a going from one place to another to either spend time with friends or to attend a prior commitment.

In the morning, I met up with Mon and I-van for brunch. The latter was flying back to Kuala Lumpur this afternoon. I didn't get to spend much time with him since I was also entertaining other friends. Thankfully, Mon messaged to invite to brunch at Wild Honey Scotts Square. It was good because I get to see I-van again before he flies out and also because I haven't been to Wild Honey in a while, and I miss brunch. Haha!

Hmm, I-van, technically, is not really a visitor anymore since his work trips to Singapore is getting more frequent. Hehe! But still, it's always a joy to see him. Back in Manila, my workplace was only a few buildings away from his. We would sometimes meet in the afternoon for coffee and a smoke (well, just him). In a way, it kind of feels like that again.

After brunch, we walked around a bit Scotts and Taka before parting ways. Mon needed to go do some errands. I-van had to head back to the hotel to get his luggage and head to the airport. I, on the other hand, had an appointment at the National Gallery.

I'm excited for the opening of the museum. Hmm, I'm done with the first of two papers. The next thing I need to work on is to prep for my assessment tour. It is scheduled for the end of September. I need to spend the next few weeks to prepare for that. At the same time, I have to start writing on my other tour paper, which is due end of October.

The activity with the museum ended by 330. My next appointment was around 5 or 6PM. Since I had to stay in town for the next appointment, I decided to just head to the National Library to do a bit of reading.

By 5, I left the library and took the bus to nearby Plaza Singapura. Grace, another ex-colleague, is in town for less than 24 hours. Of course, a meetup was necessary. I suggested that Grace, ex-colleague/SG noob Arlyn, and I meet at Tim Ho Wan for a light snack. It was only 5PM. Surely, the queue won't be long. I was right. THW was also a good choice because Grace has never tried the food at the restau.

For dinner, we went to Lau Pa Sat and had a feast - char kway teow, satay, dumpling soup, naan with different dips. Grace requested for hawker food. Lau Pa Sat was the quick solution. Hehe! Again, it was a good choice because Arlyn has never been to Lau Pa Sat. JoAnn then also joined us for dinner and chitchat. Thankfully, LPS was not extremely crowded. It also got cooler somehow so the four of us just decided to stay at LPS for chitchat and dessert.

The last time I saw Grace was when I left in 2011. Less than a year ago, she was assigned to Melbourne. This was definitely a reunion. I'm really glad that even though I'm no longer with Smart, I continue to be good friends with my ex-colleagues. Every time we see each other, the feeling is like we're still working together. Friendship with the PA girls is something I'm really grateful for.

We called it a night a little after 10. I was already very tired. I couldn't wait to take a shower. It was hot the entire day, and I was not wearing summer-friendly attire. Hehe!

Instead of heading home, I decided to swing by the National Museum first to catch the last performance of Garden of Angels by Theater Tol for the Singapore Night Festival. I was initially planning to catch the 9PM performance, but of course I had to choose hanging out with my ex-colleagues. Hehe!

Thankfully, there was an 11PM performance and thankfully, it will end not too late and I will still get to catch the train back to my place.

It was a good decision to go catch Garden of Angels, even if I was by myself. Haha! The performance was really enchanting and it was my first time to see an aerial performance like that.

I finally reached home before 1. I rested for a bit, showered and then before I knew it, I was already in lalaland. Haha!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Tonight is similar to last night...

Tonight is a similar story as last night. Haha.

Dinner with a visiting ex-colleague followed by coffee.

This evening, meetup was with Dubai-based friend Rej. She's in town for a few days to attend meetings in preparation for a company event happening early next year.

Her arrival was a semi-surprise because I just got a Whatsapp message from her early this week indicating that she's already in town.

It was a bit tricky setting up a meetup schedule with her because I-van is also in town.

Rej flies out tomorrow. I-van flies out Saturday.

That meant I am only free to meet them either last night or tonight. This is because my Friday night is already booked for Makoto and his family and Saturday is already booked for Grace who's flying in from Australia. Haha!

Thankfully, I-van was free to meet up last night. Thankfully, Rej was free to meet tonight. Thankfully, our meetup tonight was at 830. That allowed me to go to the 640 Pump class at Paragon. Haha!

Now, I'm in the train again otw home. I'm looking at the MRT map and I still have about 9 more stations to go.

This is very similar to what happened last night. Hehe. Anyway, always happy to see visiting friends. :)

Entertainment week...

From tonight until Saturday night, I'm booked every night to meet an overseas-based friend. Haha!

Earlier, I met up with Richie and Mon for dinner and coffee with I-van. Hmm, I dun really consider him to be a visitor anymore since he'a here so often. Haha! Dinner tonight was at Toss & Turn - our current fave salad place. It was followed by checking out stuff at Crate & Barrel. Our last stop was Robert Timms for coffee and long conversations.

Tomorrow, I'm meeting a Dubai-based friend who's here on a business trip.

Friday night, it will be dinner with a Japanese friend and his family. I met this guy at an event of my former company. Since then, we managed to sustain the friendship thanks to the Internet.

On Saturday night, it is dinner with another ex-colleague who is transiting in Singapore.

This week is all about entertaining! Haha!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Some photos from the Singapore Night Festival...

Some photos from the Singapore Night Festival...

It was a tiring but enjoyable experience. I enjoyed the presentation at the National Museum whereby the facade came to life with a group of cute and adorable inuits turning the museum into their playground.

Hmm, we only got to visit the following: National Museum, Peranakan Museum, Armenian Church, and Singapore Art Museum.

There are still a number of other installations to be visited but I'm not sure if I have the time for it. Today and next weekend will be very busy.

Anyway, it was a good Saturday night spent with Richie, Ann Marie, Ana, and Alex. Mon was not able to join because he had another commitment. The rest of the gang also had their own activities. Hehe.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Friendship (always) wins...

How does one know when two people are true friends to each other?

When both have opposing thoughts on certain topics and both engage in a passionate discussion and there are no signs of meeting eye-to-eye, possibly in this lifetime, until one party says, "Agree to disagree?"

And then the other party then replies, "I agree." And the convo ends with planning what to do on a Saturday night.

Then you know those two people are two friends.

Because even if they take different sides on some matters, at the end of the day, friendship prevails. Friendship wins. Hehe!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Bed talk over dinner...

Over dinner the other night, one topic we talked about was beds.

Ann Marie, one of our friends, recently moved in to her own place. So, the past few weeks/days have been spent scouting for, making decisions about, and finally purchasing home stuff - including beds.

That day, she told us that she was contemplating between two beds. I forgot the details of one bed. The other bed, meanwhile, has a technology whereby sleeping person 1 won't feel a thing when sleeping person 2 climbs into bed. It's probably perfect for light sleepers who wake up at the slightest of movements. Hehe!

This started a discussion on why or why such a bed is good.

Richie proffered, "But don't you like it when you feel that someone finally climbs into bed next to you?"

Me being me, I naturally agreed with him on the above and on this - well, I do like it when in the middle of the night, I reach out to the person next to me, I could feel the person there. I certainly don't want to reach out to an empty space. Lol!

So, yeah, I think the only thing I want from my future is bed is to wake up with no middle back pain. Haha! But then, I dunno if that's because of the bed or if it's because of aging.

The discussion moved towards other home furnishings such as sink, toilet seats, lighting, and so on, but the bed got one of the lengthier talk time. Hehe!

Monday, August 17, 2015

The growing Madonna collection...

The Mary collection is growing. Hehe!

Before Richie and Mon went to Shanghai for their long weekend hols, Richie asked if I wanted anything from there. I was quick to say, "Hmm, not really, friend." He mentioned a few things they were planning to buy, such as silk, shirting materials. However, I didn't really see the need for those.

Then I quickly remembered what a great souvenir from China would be. I told Richie, "Friend, please find me a small statue of Guan Yin." I even sent him a few photos of the kind of Guan Yin I was looking for.

When Mon and Richie returned from Shanghai, they sent me a photo of what they bought. I immediately got excited because it was a Guan Yin carrying a baby. I didn't even know there was such a version. I thanked both of them and told them it would go perfectly with the growing Mary collection.

I sent the photo above to Tipz so he can see that the collection is growing. He asked if it wasn't sacrilegious to include a Guan Yin statue. Hmm, to be honest, I guess I'm not sure. It's about perception maybe?

To me, she is Guan Yin but I also see her as the Chinese version of Mary and Child. After all, Guan Yin is often seen as the Holy Mary among Buddhists (?). Maybe if I view it from that perspective, it won't be sacrilegious? Hehe!

So, from left to right, Guan Yin with Baby via Mon and Richie; Angkor Madonna; Black Madonna of Montserrat via Tipz; Mary in Delftware style; Bruges Madonna via Tipz. Not in photo is the Pieta statue I bought from the Vatican.

I found someone selling a Madonna in a batik kebaya but it was 8" tall! It's too big for my collection. It is sooo pretty though! Next I want to look for are a Japanese Madonna and if there is one, maybe an Indian Madonna.

Oh, I would also love to see a Madonna in a baro't saya or Filipiniana garb.

Study date at the library and the new restau at Forum...

Well, today was packed again. Haha!

There are two highlights today. But first, let me begin with the somewhat highlights. Being extremely tired yesterday, I slept at 1030AM and that meant I was up before 7AM. That was great because I was able to go for my usual short run at the park connector near my neighbourhood. By 8AM, I was back at my place and got ready for my morning, noontime and early afternoon activities. The other somewhat highlight was that I managed to finally schedule another session with Yoshisensei. I'm glad that I can still remember most of the things. However, I really need to study, study, study more.

Okay, moving on to the two highlights.

First is something that happened from morning until early afternoon just before my session with Yoshisensei. I went on a somewhat different date. A day after National Day, I started talking to this guy who lived a few train stations away from my place. We agreed to meet up for lunch today. A lunch date was just right because I planned to spend morning and early afternoon at the library.

When I told him my plans, he said, "Why don't we have breakfast? And then, if you don't mind the company, I'll join you at the library. I have stuff to do too, anyway." In my head, I thought that was even better.

So WDL Guy and I met up at a Toastbox near the library. He is a nice guy. The best thing is that we can actually talk. It was easy to get along with him. From Toastbox, the library was just a stone's throw away. He suggested we go there thirty minutes before opening time. When we reached the library, I understood why. There were already four queues of students camping out and waiting for the library to open. As the opening time neared, the crowd got bigger. It felt strange because I think WDL Guy and I were the most senior in the crowd. We were surrounded by sec school and uni kids. Haha!

The library finally opened and I led WDL Guy to the usual spot I go to for peace and quiet. For the next three hours, we were just seated next to each other. I was reading my book and taking down notes. He was also doing his own thing.

Around 1PM, I asked him if he wanted to have lunch. He said yes. That was great because it meant continued talk time from breakkie. We didn't really get to talk at the library. Haha! We walked over to a kopitiam near to the library. Thankfully, it wasn't crowded. We got a table and managed to stay for about two hours for lunch and chitchat.

By 3, I told him I needed to get back because I had a 4PM appointment. He was kind enough to walk me back to the train station. I thought that was nice. Before we parted ways, he told me to give him a call if ever I'll bet at the library. That way, he will join me. I'm not sure if there'll be a second date but I'm glad that the somewhat impromptu date happened.

On to the second highlight of the day, it was dinner with Mon, Richie, Ana, Ann Marie at the newly opened Jamie Oliver's at Forum. I'm always happy to see Mon and Richie because we never run out of things to talk about. It was also great seeing Ana and Ann Marie because both girls always have stories to share.

Hmm, about the restau, I only enjoyed the dessert. For the pasta and the pizza, I'd choose The Wine Connection on any given day. For the price that we paid, we could have had a much better meal at Wine Connection. Hehe! Thank goodness for great company!

I reached home thirty minutes ago. What I thought was going to be an early night turned out to be late night. Hehe! It's okay.

Today was a good day!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Dead tired today...

Haha! So the photo above basically is what I did when I got home twenty minutes ago.

For some reason, today was such a long, tiring day. I'm not sure if it was because my day was packed with activities that required both physical and mental energy or if it was because of the weather. It was extremely hot the whole day. It was the kind of weather that saps one's energy. It was the kind of energy that makes me wish I were by the beach, just relaxing with a fruit shake or a cold drink by my side. Haha!

Hmm, there's not much new to what I did today except for maybe one or two things. That makes me wonder I'm feeling beat.

Alright, my first agenda today was Pump at MBFC. Mon joined me for class. Ian couldn't make it because he was feeling under the weather. It was a good Pump class though. It was much better than my session last Thursday. My guess is because I had a good 6 hours of sleep.

From MBFC, Mon and I walked to nearby Lau Pa Sat for quick lunch. I was going to meet my financial consultant at 12. Since there was time, Mon and I were able to have lunch and talk about their recent trip to Shanghai. I didn't get to see Mon before they went to Shanghai. Convo over a lunch of Hokkien mee, oyster omelette and ban mian was really good.

When my financial consultant Yongguan arrived, Mon went ahead to go back. Meanwhile, Yongguan and I had our meeting. I'm really glad Richie intro'd me to him. He's been helpful in my financial planning. If there's one more thing I have to be grateful for living in Singapore, it is getting knocked in the head to seriously consider planning for retirement. Seriously. I'm hoping/praying that I can go at 75. Before I hit that age, I hope I will be able to save up for a relatively comfortable life by the time I start working part-time when I'm 60 or 65. Hehe!

It was a fruitful meeting. Basically, I identified the amount I need to save. I have no idea how I will build that amount because it seems astronomical but I will find a way. Think big, Angelo. Think big.

What I thought would be a one hour meeting took almost two hours. When we finished our session, I just had enough time to take the bus to the museum.

That's my third agenda for today. With the revamped History galleries opening next month, we had to go through training again. This afternoon, three curators led a walkthrough of three of the new galleries that will open. The entire thing took about two hours of walking and listening. Tiring lah!

Done with the training, the next stop was River Valley for the 6PM anticipated Mass. Since I reached RV around 4, I just had enough time to grab a snack/early dinner at Great World before walking over to the Church of St. Bernadette.

After Mass, I took the bus back to Orchard. I was supposed to meet up with someone. We arranged a meetup at Taka. At the last minute, I decided to cancel because I was tired and I was not in the mood to deal with sarcasm and arrogance. Lol! Anyway, there was no point meeting up because he's flying out on Monday. Para que pa. Lol!

I think he wasn't too happy about it, but I really wasn't in the mood to put up with sh*t tonight. Otw home, I messaged Tipz to tell him I was heading back. He FT'd earlier but I was in church! Lol! This time, it's him who's not available. He was heading out at the last minute. We just agreed to touch base again later.

Hmm, by the way I'm feeling right ow, I think I will be asleep before 11. I'll probably just watch one episode of SHIELD after posting this. Afterwards, it's off to lalaland. Haha!

Tipz, if you read this, I'll iMessage you. Lol!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Trick, Weekend, real life...

These two movies came to mind lately.

Both have somewhat similar themes. Trick is one that I've seen a long time ago. The other one, Weekend, I saw a couple of months ago. I was reminded of it when I recently received an excited message about the film from Tipz. Haha!

I'm quite sure a number of people can relate to the film. Too bad not everyone gets the storyline that Mark and Gabriel have.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

New Eddie Peng film is calling my name...

It's been awhile since I watched a Chinese film. The recently released film "To the Fore" is calling my name. Hehe!

I have a good feeling that it will be a great film since the cast is led by Eddie Peng and Siwon Choi. Okay, I only know Siwon as a member of Super Junior. Hehe! That should be enough of an indication that he's a good performer. Eddie Peng, on the other hand, I have seen in a few Chinese films. I know he can act. And he is just too damn cute.

From what I read, To the Fore revolves around a group of cyclist friends who entered a cycling competition. As is the usual case, friendships will also be tested. The film seems to be high budget because it was filmed on location in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Taiwan, Italy, Korea, and the Tengger Desert (wherever that is!).

I also know Eddie Peng prepped for the role intensely because I recall him posting several cycling-related photos/videos on his Instagram. Yes, I follow him. Hehe!

Now, I just need to find someone who'll be keen to watch the film. Otherwise, I can also watch it on my own.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Busy, busy Tuesday...

Today was an extremely busy day.

I woke up around 7AM, which was a bit late. The reason was I got up at 430AM to go to the toilet and it took me awhile before I managed to go back to sleep. I didn't get enough sleep hours because I stayed up til 1AM finishing the last two episodes of Agents of SHIELD season 1. Hehe! Good finale!

Anyway, when I finally got up, I realised I forgot to do two work-related things that I should've done over the weekend. That was because the deadline for the aforementioned work stuff is tomorrow! Yikes! I managed to finish the tasks by 9AM. I am hoping that the system will generate the report by tomorrow afternoon. I'm crossing my fingers that the system works on a UK timezone.

Aside from that, the rest of the day was devoted to tons of emails and the usual work tasks. There are a few new problems that came up as well so I had to deal with those, too.

In the afternoon, I had a conference call with my manager. It was our fortnightly one-on-one meeting.

Because of the amount of work that needed to be done, I was in front of my work PC until 720, I think. Earlier in the afternoon, I thought of going for Pump at Westgate. I decided I should stay home to work more.

What I did manage to do was to go to Metropolis for hatha yoga. It's been ages since I was on the mat and tonight, I felt that very much. I wish I can really bring back regular yoga practice into my schedule.

On the way back, I was just chatting with Tey. She was on sick leave today. Thankfully, it was because she just needed some personal time.

I got home about fifteen minutes ago. I had some fruits for my dinner. Uhm, I'm slightly tempted to watch the first episode of Agents of SHIELD season 2. We'll see. Hehe!

But I definitely want to sleep before 12 because tomorrow and the next few days will be tons of work. Yay! Haha!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Productive non-productive Monday...

After a looong day yesterday and the fact that Friday and Saturday were also tiring days, it was no surprise to me that I ended up staying at home most of today.

Initially, I thought of going to the gym but eventually scrapped the plan thinking I had enough of a workout yesterday from all the walking.

Instead, I found myself sleeping until 8 in the morning (gasp, I know!), having an afternoon siesta and just spending time in bed watching a few episodes of Agents of SHIELD. Yup, I started watching the series while waiting for the return of Flash and Arrow and also because, I already finished Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Haha! So far, I've been enjoying Shield very much.

Aside from these, the only other productive thing I did at home was to finalise my tour paper and upload it to the shared drive so that my other group members could assess it. I hope it will not be murdered. Haha!

Knowing myself, I eventually got restless and decided to do something productive with the remaining hours of the long weekend.

So, by 4PM, I was out of the house armed with two books I need to read, my pencil case and my small Moleskine. Destination: Woodlands Library. Prior to going to the library, I passed by Toastbox and Breadtalk for my kopi si and bun, respectively.

Upon reaching the library, it was thankfully not that difficult to find some study space at my usual study area. For the next four hours, I just read the two books I brought with me. I spent two and a half hours on the first book, taking notes after finishing each chapter. I spent the remaining time on the other book.

Now that I'm done with one of my two museum papers, I should have more time to read the two books and also get back to reading my leisure books. Hehe!

By 9PM, the library staff were already going around reminding people that the libray was closing. I sometimes wish libraries were open til 11. I guess that's not a good idea since I suspect a lot of students will be staying in the library to study and study some more. Let's not forget they need eight hours of sleep. Hehe!

From the library, I dropped by the Apple store to see if they were selling earpods. I spoiled the pair I have after dropping one of the pods in a burning candle. Don't ask how it happened. It was stupid. Lol!

Now, I think I'll just finish the last two episodes of SHIELD's season 1 before hitting the sack. I should get enough sleep though because tomorrow will most probably be a dreadful work day. Four days away from work = who knows how many emails. Haha!

I watched the NDP 2015...

I feel like the luckiest boy in the world today!

With Richie and Mon overseas, I wasn't sure who else would be interested to head to town and soak up the atmosphere of the SG50 celebration. The only other person who came to mind was Jon. When he confirmed that he and his housemates are going to watch the fireworks and the celebrations, I told him I will be tagging along with them.

While waiting for Mass to start today, Ian messaged me asking where I was and what my plans for the day were. I just told him that I was in church about to attend Mass and that I was going to join Jon and his housemates in watching the fireworks et al.

His next message made my heart skipped a beat.

"Wanna go to NDP with me?? Two tickets. And I thought of you."

That was when I almost when crazy and started a series of excited exchanges with him. He confirmed that he had two tickets. When I asked if it was Padang tickets, he said they were tickets at the Floating Platform. I told him that I already made plans with Jon but I am hoping and quite certain Jon will understand when I tell him that I will be going with Ian instead.

Ian and I agreed our meetup time. Afterwards, I went ahead with Mass and apologising repeatedly to Jon for flaking at the last minute.

It was such a great and memorable experience! I have always been vocal about how I see Singapore as my adopted country (at least until the MOM keeps renewing my work pass) and I do love this nation. To be able to watch the NDP live is definitely something! To be honest, I tell a few Singaporean friends that I wished I had tickets to watch the NDP. The tickets are balloted making it very difficult to have access to. I have not really entertained any thought that I will be able to watch the NDP live one day. Ian telling me he had tickets was a true blessing! Not only did we get to watch just any NDP, it was THE NDP to watch.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Ian. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Lordy, for this blessing.

I just got home a few minutes ago. I'm dead tired but I'm also still on a high from being able to join the nation in celebrating its 50th anniversary as an independent nation.

Happy birthday, Singapore!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

A case of bad timing...

"Do you think this has a relationship potential," read the new message that came in via Whatsapp.

I started typing, "Yeah, I would consider exploring if this had a potential. What about you?" I hit the Send button.

New message comes in, "I would def try, but we need to date longer before getting into something."

Then I type again, "I'm not wired for an LDR. I told you that, right." I hit Send again.

A new message comes in, "I'm not asking for one, LDR is crazy."

I type again, "You and I are a case of bad timing." Send.

Well, the last six days have been very amusing. Trick of fate, you are...

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Random Wednesday post...

It's a short week. That means it's a busy week. Haha!

On top of my work work, I also have to finish writing my museum paper. My groupmates and I agreed to upload all our papers by Monday for peer review. Thankfully, we have an upcoming four-day break so I can work on that paper.

However, I also have quite a number of activities this weekend. Friday and Saturday afternoon til evening are dedicated for the museum. There are a few activities I signed up to attend/help up with. I-van is also still in town for work. It's been a busy week for him as well. We will only get to meet up this Saturday morning - for a run and breakfast.

I've been busy with a few things that I don't have the time to head down to Lavender to pick up the magnets Bernice left for me at the hotel where she stayed at. Yikes!

Tomorrow is the deadline I gave myself to head down to the hotel to get the stuff.

Speaking of Bernice, we managed to hike at Bukit Timah during that recent trip of hers. Congrats are in order as she is my first overseas-based friend who voluntarily joined me for a hike. Haha! Yay! I wonder if I would also get a chance to go visit her at Dili and then we can go for a morning walk over there.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Also busy Sunday...

Another long day just like Saturday. Haha!

Today started a bit late compared to yesterday. First agenda this morning was Pump at 321 Clementi. Thankfully, there is now a 10AM class at an FF my side of the island. Westgate has a 9AM but I think it's too early even for me. There is also a 12NN class but it's a bit late for me today. Yay that 321 Clementi has a 10AM! The teacher is also quite good.

Afterwards, I took 106 to head to Bras Basah for work at the museum. I was scheduled to do the 2PM tour. My voice is not at its best since there seems to be some bug going around. Still, I'm glad the tour turned out okay. I started out with just about 10 people but the group grew to about 20 people. Tired after the 90-minute tour.

The last agenda for the day was movie at Westgate. JKT Boy and I planned to watch Ant Man. Initially, I suggested watching in the city but I think he was lazy to head to the city. In the end, we settled for Cathay JEM. It was also good because the timing was just nice - 7PM.

I was able to drop by the house first to shower and change before heading to Jurong East. JKT Boy arrived 2 minutes before 7. It was fine since movies never start on time in SG. Haha!

Ant Man was actually enjoyable... except maybe for the kid next to JKT Boy who kept on talking loudly. I think he got shushed by JKT Boy. It should be the dad that needed scolding since he doesn't teach his kid proper conduct. Le sigh. Anyway, I'm just glad I'm not the one sitting next to the kid. Hehe!

Movie ended around 9. I got home not too long ago. I'll just rest a bit more and then probably zzz...

Weekends are too short. But this week is also going to be a short one... Yay!

Busy August 1...

Can't believe it's already August! Time is flying by so fast!

The first day of the month turned out to be a very long one. I hope it's not a sign of how the rest of the month will be. Haha!

I left the house around 730 to attend the last lecture for the National Gallery Docent Training. I have to admit I am amazed that we have reached the final lecture. The first lecture was some time in late January. Now, here we are several months later equipped with information and (hopefully) ready to guide when the museum opens this November. I just need to write two papers and pass my assessment tour. After that, I'll be officially a docent of NGS. Yay!

We had a whole day lecture today. During lunch, my team mates and I headed to the nearby Din Tai Fung. I'm going to miss seeing these lovely ladies every Saturday morning. Hehe! I hope we do stay in touch even after we start guiding.

From Bras Basah, I took the bus to River Valley to attend the sunset Mass at St. Bernadette. I figured I might as well attend Mass today since Sunday will also be packed with activities.

After Mass, I headed back to Orchard and spent a good hour at the library at 313 Somerset to work more on my tour paper.

When the announcement came on that the library was closing in five minutes, I packed my stuff and just headed to the MRT station for the journey home.

Tired and exhausted now. I'll just rest a bit before hitting the shower and zzz...

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Bye, July... Hello, August...

I have not been posting, but I have a lot of things to post.

The past two weeks have been very busy and that's why I haven't had the time to post. Haha!

Uhm, it's the last day of July and I just couldn't bear to let August to come in without making a last post for July.

So today was also quite busy but also exciting. In the morning, I went to the office because I was meeting Bernard, Hui Chen and Jackie for lunch. After that, I headed back home to continue work.

The highlight of the afternoon was receiving a package that was supposed to arrive yesterday. Unfortunately, I was out yesterday so I asked that the package be delivered today. Yay!

In the evening, I went to the library to continue working on my museum paper. It's about 75% done. Tonight, I did good progress since I finally finished the section on Contemporary Art.

To cap the night, I had a random meetup with JKT Boy at Holland V. He's still the same guy. I'm still the same guy. I did miss him though. Haha!

Got home about twenty minutes ago. I'm going to crash after this. Tomorrow will be a super long day at the museum.

Buhbye, July...