this time last year I was having the time of my life in Paris, then Norway, then I think a bit of a break before Glastonbury, Iceland, Lake District and finally the epic journey to becoming fat, broke & unemployed
this year the first few hours post-exam was spent with xr and friends at bedok for soupy bcm & some other stuff like bbq stingray and sugar cane oh how refreshing and beautiful that was after ~8 hours of dehydration bc they didn’t allow water bottles in the hall (and we didn’t want to camel up bc we didn’t wanna have to go to the toilet in the middle of a paper…)
Sunday I chauffeured Yu & Jason to balestier, then headed to town (WEW) for brunch with Amadea + errands. bumped into Claire & fam, LOL. Monday I went for 7am yoga with a teacher I am very grateful to have met (first virtually then irl haha), all them good vibrations!. in the evening did tipples with the colleagues. Wednesday I struggled but showed up anyway bang on time at 7am – but unfortunately it wasn’t meant to be. so I went again on Thursday 7am, reluctantly bc it was a Hot class but glad I did. then TGIF! first Friday at work in a while lol thanks to study holidays, but the week didn’t feel quite as long as I thought it would be. it was a good week at work. Friday evening was terrific, had a glass of white with my colleagues and spent an hour w Claire at a Power class where the mantra ‘Happiness is your Birthright’ stuck with me. it’s carried me through the weekend – thanks Kathy. after class we rushed to town for a quick dinner in order to make it to Tarte by Cheryl Koh before it closed hahaha. so nice seeing her and catching up after a month. feels so long considering how we spent pretty much uh every day together over months for three years. on the way home had a fit after finding out Father started watching House of Cards. Saturday morning continued fits after finding out Father & Mother watched HOC together. had brunch with them at Victor’s Kitchen, then headed to Claire’s for a girly stayover. that was nice – just like old times in Nottingham! groceries, make yummy stuff, work out, being bums basically. Sunday morning we went for a class at Lab East and then had Super Crispy Prata lol it wasn’t that crispy I think it was my fault coz I asked for less oil whoops. then I went to Haig Rd and Xr came bearing gifts, mostly food aaaah you know me too well :’) so glad to see him. gifts were seriously top notch too lol. spent the day lazing about, for about an hour or so we felt abit aimless because it was the first time in ~4 months we didn’t have the burden of having to study. ended up watching a Singapore Airlines feature by Nat Geo LOL that was fun. decided to get out for bubble tea & groceries, then made his belated birthday dinner to Foals’ Glasto ’16 set playing on the TV. a little mishap happened when we were draining the pasta. I guess we could say that the day was not perfect because of that, I was shitty about the mishap, but thank you for countering my shittiness with love. very grateful for that. absolute highlight was watching the sunset. totally spontaneous, saw that the sky was pinker than usual out of the corner of my eye so I went out to the balcony, saw that the sun was massive and very vermillion and exclaimed ‘omg the sun so nice’ (my vocab not so power spontaneously lah), he suggested watching the sunset and I thought, wow why not, so we did, and it was so comforting and beautiful and everything felt perfect. we watched the sky for ~20min as it evolved from something so gentle to something so so rich, and then mellow again. talked about what the clouds (it was very cloudy, lots of different textures too) reminded us of, mostly our travels. talked about life in general. I want to bottle up that feeling, that scene. penning it down because I don’t want to forget it
— grateful for colleagues who are nice and easy to get along with
— grateful for Yoga Lab opening at Boon Tat St which is terribly convenient
— grateful for my mom & dad providing for and loving me, giving me so much freedom to live and be
— grateful the workout routine I’ve begun – really hoping to keep it up!
— grateful for Xr’s love and generosity always
very excited for the coming weekend and the next – Beeston Buddies gathering, then Vietnam with my love!
as I was writing this I thought about how my week is going to seem perfect but the truth is it definitely wasn’t, I didn’t feel pleasant at some points and projected that to people around me / my surroundings. I just focused on the good stuff and that made me feel very at peace and happy and ready to take on a new week. we all do what we gotta do to survive and be better, kinder, I guess
have a terrific week