Tuesday, October 21

The 6 Month Recap

Hey bloggies!

So I guess I may start to spend more time writing here again. I find that writing (or typing) is actually a really good way to take my mind off negative thoughts. It's always good to look back and remember the good things and blessings in life, rather than to dwell on the negative. Plus I believe that both happiness and negativity are contagious; so I'd very much like to rub off my positivity to others.
Ah, spread the love~

Anywaaaaay, life's been treating me well lately, to say the very least. I've learned to play the ukulele for about half a year now, and it's really fun. TJ and I used to hang out at cafes on lazy afternoons and I'd arm myself with some paper, a pen, and my sister's ukulele (borrowed from her cuz I couldn't afford my own. hehe) and learn simple chords to some songs. Ecole P in Damansara Uptown was my favourite place to do this.

TJ gave me a ukulele for my birthday, and I played it and sang at my brother's wedding earlier this month. It was an honour to sing on their big day, and I wish the newlyweds every happiness!

I've also started to learn songwriting recently, but that's an entirely different ballgame altogether. Hopefully one day when I get the hang of it, I'll be able to write songs and play them for the people who bring happiness to my life.

Daddy's also been helping me start a new hobby, so he bought me a camera. Thanks, Daddy! It's so new that I haven't even unboxed it yet. Lol, he just gave it to me this week. I'll probably explore it later tonight and bring it out tomorrow since it's a public holiday. Yay, I can hardly wait!

So much to do, yet so little time. I've been trying to workout as much as I can as well. Though I'm nowhere near having six-packs as yet, project #racetosix is still very much alive and seeing gradual results. Yay! But my target for early-November is turning into a pipe dream. I think I may have to extend my deadline to be more realistic. I'm gonna try for end of March 2015. Haha!

Also, I've ordered a new dragon boating paddle, which has yet to arrive. Hoping that I'll get it before this weekend so that I'll get to use it on Saturday. We're now training for our next race; it's gonna be on November 8 & 9  at Clarke Quay in Singapore. So excited cuz it's our first race outside of Malaysia. Wheee~

After the race, dragon boat training will probably slow down a bit for me (until the next season starts), so I'll get to spend more time doing yoga on weekends again. Yup, TJ and I started attending yoga classes on weekends some months ago, but we haven't been able to go recently cuz of my busy weekend training schedule. I'm as stiff as a board, hopefully more stretching and bending sessions will help fix that. Wish me luck!

I can't believe it's already coming to the end of October! Time really flies. But well, it's been a really good year so far.. And I'm gonna make the next 2 months the best of it!

Tuesday, October 14

The Good Run

If you knew me 5 years ago, I would have been a very different person with a very different lifestyle back then. I hardly slept at night and I would spend way too much time and waste far too much money at the nightclubs every week. Looking back, I had so much silly fun then and although I wouldn't want to relive that part of my life again, it's something that I don't regret doing either. My past is something that I enjoyed at that time and I guess I just grew out of it. The moments and friendships I had will always be cherished, and it's something that I will look back at and smile. Here are 30 signs that my wild party animal side is behind me...

1. I don’t have new drunk picture tags of me on Facebook anymore.
2. Drinking cuz “Wednesday is the new Friday” is a total lie.
3. On Friday nights, I’m snuggled in bed by 12:30am.
4. I find and come up with all sorts of excuses to avoid going clubbing.
5. I don’t go clubbing alone anymore (dear god, what was I thinking back then?).
6. I don’t feel as excited to do shots as I used to.
7. No vodka.
8. Hangovers are real.
9. When I go out, I ask for the dress code of the place and if it’s OK if I wear shorts.
10. I don’t sleep in past 10am on weekends (I usually get up waaay earlier!).
11. It’s actually possible to make it in time for McDonald’s breakfasts.
12. I can only retell my old "night-out" stories and my friends will say, “We’ve heard that one before”.
13. I think twice before reaching for a cigarette when I’m out drinking.
14. I keep my own wallet instead of passing it to a friend for safekeeping.
15. I don’t bring more than a certain amount of cash when I go for a night out.
16. When I go out clubbing, I secretly wish I brought earplugs along.
17. I regret telling people, “If it’s too loud, you’re too old!”.
18. I don’t really know what to wear to a nightclub anymore.
19. The thought of making out with a random stranger doesn’t excite me anymore.
20. Instead of going out, I say things like “I’m really tired and need some rest tonight”.
21. My parents don’t remind me to not drink too much anymore.
22. When I buy shirts, I’ll think if I can wear them for work. Not for a night out.
23. I can no longer “dance like no one is looking” anymore.
24. That said, I don’t even dance anymore.
25. I no longer go to mamaks for supper.
26. I can count the number of times I’ve been out to a club this year with one hand.
27. I can almost forget how that ringing noise you get in your ear after walking out of a club sounds like.
28. I don’t remember the last time I smelled alcohol-puke.
29. I don’t buy concealer make up to hide hickies anymore.
30. I prefer quiet bars where I can have a conversation with the people I'm out with.