Living Each Single Day

Hey, welcome to my little online space. I would say this is a blog of sorts, to help me sort out my thoughts. I also write about things going in my life with friends & family and being out and about in sunny Singapore. Life isn't easy, everyone knows that. While we are at it, don't forget to live life to the fullest :)

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Monday, September 26, 2016

You've Got This, Girl..Getting My Act Together

When I turned 35 last Sunday after midnight, I had quite a restless night. I kept thinking about money and how much money I would have left even before payday. Well, I am still not well off but I have been trying to not spend that much except on the family because I still need to get groceries and buy for them food. I do so within my means but my mum's philosophy of feeding good quality food is sometimes taking a toll on me. But I can't argue against her 'philosophy' which is also mixed in with buying food for the fam which doesn't include healthy meals. 


I'm typing this with a sore finger so please bear with me, coz I doubt it will be very long.

I somehow told myself in my head that I should'nt be too bothered with all this and just take it one day at a time and to think positively. But at the same time, to also continue to work hard in life and not whine that life sucks and all. Positive affirmations help me to achieve balance spiritually and one thing I learnt this morning is that some people are worse off than me. 

Dealing with a family member's illness and mounting medical bills, ownself's illness, taking care of small children and yet, with these problems that they are dealing or have dealt with, they don't look as though they're holding the burden on their shoulders. They love their job, they love serving people with such cheerfulness and they love the fact that they are able to turn their lives around and are grateful for still being alive and being able to walk after being paralysed waist down just a year ago.

I do not like living paycheque to paycheque. I want to have money all the time and I don't like to think too far ahead in future judging from how much money I have at the moment. While that still scares me now, I just think to myself that I need to get my act together. Nobody is driving this life but ME. I need to stay strong because I'm a fighter within. I know I can do this. I know I've got this sh*t together.

But I need to do and not just think or plan or say those things only. I need to show it through my actions. People have gone to the lowest point of their life, even contemplating suicide on several occasions when things get too tough for them to deal with emotionally but they just move on and lift themselves out from despair. 

I know I can beat through the despair of not knowing if I can continue to have money until my next pay cheque. I am going to stay strong and do what it takes because 'you've got this, girl'

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Happy 35th Birthday to Me!!

I feel truly blessed because I have three birthday celebrations. The first one you can see from and earlier post and the second comes from last Friday with my former classmates. I'm so touched they still made an effort to get a cake from and order food for both my birthday and housewarming. 

This is something money can't buy. You can't buy the love and friendship from these people and I'm glad we have crossed paths in life. As I reflect on my birthday, I feel like at first I kept thinking about what I am lacking of which kept me awake, specifically, the lack of money. But then I thought again that I shouldn't harp on it too much. I should focus on the big wins that will help to improve the different aspects of my life. I must continue to work hard in life so that I need not go through this problem of whether I have enough for the rest of the week. I should also focus on what I currently have and not what I don't have and ensure that I make the best of what I have right now.

It's easier said than done but it's to take action and do something rather than just harping on it because it won't solve anything.

About the birthday, I still can't believe that even after we have finished schooling together, we still come together for birthday celebrations. This was the first time they ever celebrated for me because normally my birthday falls during the holiday period such as now, if we are still schooling. Look at the spread of food we had! Amazing...

The cake cutting part, yay! I seriously had no idea what to wish for. Come to think of it, I realise what I want in life is to hold on to the friendships that I have in life and the love from the family for as long as I am alive. This is what I should wish for. 

On a personal note, I also wish that things will keep improving in my life. I want to be more productive, more kind and friendlier, more hardworking and more grateful in life. You will never know when life is going to end. For as long as we are still here, we should live for the greater purpose in life.

Happy 35th birthday to me :)

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Birthday Karaoke Session & Dinner at Fika Swedish Restaurant

It has been more than a year since our last meet up and it's always ALWAYS nice to have a karaoke session because it just takes you away from reality for awhile as you get lost singing your life away, haha. The inner karaoke queen or king will just come out and it's best to sing with friends and it's often a guarantee that you will enjoy yourself to the fullest. Of course if there are one or two of them who throw shades at your singing or a bit showy on their singing skills but whatever, the point is to simple have fun.

It was also fun having to guess what each other's favourite songs are and then our attempt at singing those songs that we thought would be easy to sing to...but it's not. Singing is definitely hard work. Anybody can sing but to be able to sing well and capture the audience's attention, that's another different ball game. Here, we are just girls who wanna have fun messing slaying song after song. 3 hours are not enough, I tell ya!

After our karaoke session, which ended around 9pm, we wanted to eat at Fika cafe but when we reached, they were technically closed as they only served desserts like cakes. But we were gawd damn hungry. 3 hours of singing, mind ya. But the waiter kindly suggested we go to another outlet if we can make in time. We thought of walking which was about 15 to 20 minutes of walk although there was the uncertainty of whether we would reach on time. Here's the funny thing. One of us didn't know they had an outlet at the location where we first went while the other one didn't know they had it at another location. Anyway, we ended cabbing to the other outlet and made it in time, phews. 

Anyway, the food was bomb like it was really delish. I had swedish meatballs, like the ones you buy from IKEA restaurant, but better. I thought I made a good option apart from my usual pasta dishes coz I love me some pastas...yumm. I mean coz it was a Swedish restaurant and what better way than to get a Swedish meal.

We did some sharing among ourselves like updates on each other's lives like what we're up to. And then talking about our other friends whom we used to hang out with and hoping things will get better for them. 

It was sweet of my two friends to get me a slice of cake from there although we were eyeing the red velvet cake which the table next to ours got..and they didn't finish it, hrmph. But ours, which was a banana chocolate cake, was also the bomb coz any cake that is chocolate, is always a winner to me, haha.

It was even sweeter when the waiter said that cakes are complimentary for birthday occasions. cake! What an icing on the cake.

Here are the pictures from the night. We have nicknamed ourselves Viva Girls as in Spice Girls Viva Forever song as we are hoping our friendship remains throughout the years. Thanks for the company, we will definitely do another meet up! :)

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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Graduation Parade on 08 Sep 2016 at Sembawang Camp

After 9 weeks, my brother finally graduated after 9 weeks of vigorous training (and of coz, being fed good food) where he spent his week days and Sunday in camp answering to the call of duty. He is still serving NS but now is going to posted to a camp where he will be performing his vocation which is as a transport operator. I still can't believe this guy can drive now although he's still learning but you gotta hand it to him for bravely driving on Singapore road but of course with a lot of nervousness and he had no choice anyway, haha.

From the first time we found where he would be going, which was being posted to Tekong, there were a lot of emotions, well at least on my mum's part, and my brother who kept it to himself and didn't really want to talk about it, to him receiving his beret and meeting new friends.

We had to get used to him not being around except for weekend and we still go out on Saturday, except for the weekend where he had his very first book out, where he was was completely shagged and slept the whole day through. Things got better and we enjoy our Saturdays just like how we did for many years before NS beckons. 

However, being in NS means having a more active lifestyle which was a far cry from his sedentary lifestyle and he got sick a few times, having fever and cough pretty frequently. It worried my mum a lot. Even on the day where he was supposed to be part of the marching parade, there was concern over his health as he was feeling very weak from fever. It was sad for me and especially for him not being able to participate in the marching. 

Still, my mum still got to wear for him the beret and broke down seeing my teary eyed my brother, who was overwhelmed with emotions, coupled with his sickness and his relief in seeing my mum. It was such a touching moment that I almost shed a tear. But I needed to hold it together because when I cry, it will be damn ugly. Plus, I wanted to capture the moments through photos. 

We spent time watching the rest of the parade and then my brother picked up his things, and his bags were super heavy and we helped to carry what we could. Good thing, we could get a cab through booking and while in my heart, I was really hoping that I would not the fare wouldn't exceed the money I had in my wallet . It didn't help here were extra charges which kept increasing and increasing. Luckily, I remembered I had an extra $10.00 in my wallet which I didn't get to use at all. 

Enjoy the pictures below!

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Monday, September 05, 2016

A Reminder to the Living

Recently, we lost our former President when he passed away at the age of 92. He was known to have his heart for the people although those who worked closely with him couldn't actually picture him as that for he was a taskmaster when it came to work. He did his own narratives and do the best that he could as he knew where he came from and wanted to make good out of his life. 

He showed that the circumstances that we are in can't stop us from going far in life. We should continue to focus on our actions, has strong dedication and when things get difficult, look at the bigger picture and understand why we are here. Ultimately, we should all be working towards the purpose we have in mind which makes things easier to cope.

Thank you for helping the Singaporeans especially those who needed help most. You would always be the people's President.

On the other spectrum, a young child had also lost his life. A few of my colleagues witnessed the events which unfolded in front of their eyes. They did as much as they could to help the boy gain his consciousness. Unfortunately, his time had come and no amount of effort could bring him back to life. 

It was a very sad day and even sadder for the family who lost their one and only child who didn't have any medical history at all. 

Such is the unpredictability of life. A reminder to those living that anytime, we can face death. Until then, are we going to simply idle our life away doing mindless things. It's time for us to see the bigger picture in life and plan our way towards it. Along the way, we can meet obstacles, almost feel like giving up and even feel lost not knowing what step to take next. 

Currently, my life situation isn't that fantastic as I feel like I'm losing my grip over things that I thought I have control over. I do not know where I've gone wrong but I don't want to feel defeated. I want to be able to do things better. 

Meanwhile, let us just take one day at a time and promise ourselves on a daily basis that we are to going to make the best of each day. While we are at it, we must also practise gratitude and cherish our loved ones while we are still here and while they're still around.

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