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year in review

Overall 2017 was a reasonably good year, though of course I hope next year will be much better! (Text in italics were the goals I had set for this year at the end of the last.)

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hitting the gym

Joined a gym near my house recently. There were a few reasons. One was because I had been learning yoga from the same instructor for the past four years and felt a little stagnant. It was also quite troublesome to carry my yoga mat to and from my lessons at the community centre. Additionally, there was a pool at the gym and I am hoping to start swimming again. Lastly, the gym has a variety of exercise classes daily and I was interested in trying something new.

So yesterday evening after work, I went for my very first lesson at the gym – PILATES! Didn’t research it beforehand so I had no idea what to expect. At the start of the class, the instructor asked who was new and I was the only one to raise my hand! :P Anyway we did stretches, stretches and more stretches. Some positions were very similar or even identical to those in yoga, but that’s not surprising cos the number of poses the human body can do is rather finite.

last of the 20s

What I did in the past 365 days! Overall 2016 was a relatively good year, though of course I hope next year will be much better! (Text in italics were the goals I had set for this year at the end of the last.)

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looking back on the year

An analysis what I did in 2015……!!! (Text in italics were the goals I had set for this year at the end of the last.)

Tried to go out every weekend instead cooping up at home. Ate at at least one new place every month (usually alone). Initiated meetups with friends whenever possible. Held a couple of gatherings for the members of a personal finance Whatsapp group I am in. (Mostly guys and quite a fun bunch!) Had resigned myself to being an eternal inviter and never an invitee, but lo and behold! In November, Gabriel invited me to a cookout lunch at his place. He and his co-organizer truly have an eclectic group of friends indeed!

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looking back on the year

A review of what I did in 2014……!!! (Text in italics were the aims I had set for this year at the end of the last.)

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shoulder stand

Just finished another course of yoga yesterday (eight sessions in all). When we started on 24 February, I could do shoulder stands only with the assistance of a wall. Then I could enter that pose with a backwards tumble. By the last few lessons,  I could execute that move solely with the power of my abdominals. :D

galloping into the year of the horse


Happy Chinese New Year from me and my flower arrangements!!! :D

Made them for my home…… aren’t they sweet? Simply love the colour scheme! :D

Arrangements: (from left) mini kumquats, red cockscomb and pink carnations;  purple hydrangea; and pink roses, purple eustomas and some greenery and berries……

Flowers: Tiong Bahru Market and Candy Floriculture (with a couple of items salvaged from what I made during my flower arrangement class  by Wonderland for Detailed Planners last Sunday, 26 January)……

Vases: Sia Huat (left and middle; they’re actually large drinkware) and Ikea (right)……

Special thanks to colleagues G and L, and friend M, for braving the madding crowds with me to purchase the flowers on Wednesday and yesterday respectively!!!

rounding up the year

A quick roundup of what I did in 2013 before it turns 2014……!!!

Celebrated my third anniversary at work. Was a victim of crime during R&R time on a work trip to Vietnam. (Bag slashed and wallet stolen in a crowded bazaar in Hanoi – kinda traumatizing but thank goodness for travel insurance. Will be more careful in future – NEVER AGAIN!) Encountered new challenges at work, and did my best to meet them, with some success and some improvements to be made. Learnt to be a teeny weeny bit more patient.

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downward-facing dog

Had my last yoga class on Monday. I find this instructor pretty good, so I signed up for her new class, which will be starting next Monday. It’s once again a beginner’s course, but I think it’d be good for me to reinforce my fundamentals before thinking about moving to intermediate level.

Incidentally, why is that particular yoga pose called downward-facing dog? Why not cats? Cows? Or even monkeys?

yoga class

Restarted yoga classes this evening, after a hiatus of more than a year, at a community club near my home. The class is younger, but slightly more international: there’s an angmoh auntie and a Filipino woman. There is only one guy, but alas, he is not hot. Haha.

To greater flexibility and inner peace!

floral arrangement class

Will be having my first Western floral arrangement class after work today, at the community club near my office! Signed up for this course a month ago and have been counting down to today! Have never ever done floral arrangement before, hence my excitement!!!  :D

close of the year

Going to do a quick round up of the year, since brevity is the soul of wit……

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taking a dip

Took a dip in the pool at my office for the very first time after work on Tuesday, since I started working there more than a year ago.

Did ten laps with some stopping, but that was definitely an improvement since the last time I went swimming.

To better stamina!!! :D

a leisurely friday

Colleague D and I both took leave on Friday (3 February), so that we could go celebrate her birthday by singing karaoke during off peak hours, cos it’s cheaper then! :P I haven’t gone for karaoke for A Very Long Time!

We went to K Box at Marina Square, and opted for the K Lunch package at $10+++ (karaoke from 11 am to 2 pm, and comes with a meal and a drink).

I chose coke and the meal which consisted of beehoon, fried crabsticks, sardines and veggies, because I love crabsticks, haha (foreground of photo). D took the honey lemon drink and the other meal, which comprised of rice, fish, chicken and veggies.

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close of the year

Since 2011 is finally winding down to a close (in just a couple of hours really!) and we are right on the threshold of a new year, it’s a very good time to do a (hopefully) quick wrap up of the year.

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