End Of An Era

‘Suffered’ a bit from a messed up sleep cycle at the start of the week …… and ending the week with slight flu cum sore throat which kinda sucks as I feel tired, sleepy and drowsy. And now sleep-less again after meds, post dinner nap and a late shower.

I had originally intended to blog about this earlier in the week but sleep (and everyday life) got in the way. After the uncertainty over the previous weekend with the sudden closure of California Fitness Raffles Branch, the final ‘death knell’ came with the official announcement on Wed morning (0000 hrs after to be exact) of the closure of the remaining Bugis and Novena branches …… which more or less signifies the end of California Fitness in Singapore as liquidators have been appointed to handle the closure of the gym.

To some of my friends surprise, my reaction to the gym closure was calmer than they thought (I suppose this is so after having to go through BIGGER issues over the past half a year). Rather than anger, I feel sadness at seeing the end of California Fitness, especially having been a member since 2003/2004.

Whilst JV Fitness (the management behind California Fitness) could have handled the situation more ethically …… while I have lost some money (since mine was a prepaid membership running till 2018), I feel a lot more for the staff (customer service, membership sales, trainers and instructors) who were totally kept in the dark about California’s precarious financial situation right till the end. As I blog this now, I can still remember the faces of the tower counter staff who have been with the Bugis Branch since Day 1 of its opening (in year 2005).

Do not have any plans to sign up another new membership for now. On a personal basis, it is indeed an end of an era, and one more change in the midst of the many changes I have been experiencing in year 2016 to date. Will definitely miss my usual Thurs spin class and recent Sunday workouts . As I told J yesterday, life will go on without a gym.

Thanks for the memories!

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My April 1st ……

End of 1st Quarter of 2014 …… and April 1st signifies the start of 2nd Quarter 2014!

It also means I’m coming closer to my banding year close …. and even more closer attention needed to my cases by end May!

Had a long yet fulfilling day (Monday March 31st) to end off March and 1st Quarter …… branch PPI 1st thing in the morning at 10am, followed by preparation for an appointment, then dinner cum meeting/update with a friend/client itself.Β  Wanted to get working on some tracking/updates (business admin) but was too tired to do so and so ended up not touching any work upon returning home ……

So decided to take things a bit easier the moment I woke up. Fiddled around the laptop while deciding whether to work from home or head to office, then gym. Decided that I needed the workout (and some cardio especially) in order to get back to the twice a week routine again ….. so after lunch at home, headed to the office and reached around 2pm. Noted not that much difference if Iwere to reach office by 12 noon, head out to lunch and then come back.

Found it hard to get going as the sleepiness kicked in fairly quickly after an early lunch at home. Got myself my usual coffee, and then settled down and managed to finalise a proposal and got it emailed out – that’s another item off my to-do list! Did a few other miscellaneous stuff before shutting down and leaving close to 7 for the gym …… Almost didn’t make it to the gym as I was really feeling the effects of a long day the day before, and contemplated skipping the workout. However trudged myself to the gym (so as not to waste the effort of packing my gym bag) …… got some crab nuggets from Old Chang Kee (as comfort food) and revised my workout plan to a short cardio cum resistance workout indoors instead of an outdoor run as originally planned. Did try a new exercise that I saw from an email newsletter earlier in the morning – lunges combined with bicep curls (using free weights). Sounds deceiptively simple but no, felt the achne in my legs, and then my arms right into the next day πŸ˜›

Thankful that there was leftover chicken & noodles at home, which saved me the trouble of hunting for dinner post workout. After dinner, continued to work on the tracking/business admin that I didn’t manage to work on the night before ……

Pretty uneventful April 1st for myself …… But lest not we forget, April 1st is also the 11th year of Lesile Cheung’s passing. Much lesser fanfare on his 11th anniversary as versus to last year’s 10th anniversary Miss You Much Lesile’s celebrations. Nevertheless, I set my iTunes playlist + my mp3 playlist for the greater part of the day to Lesile’s songs as a way to remember him by ……

Weekly Sunday Entry

Sundays always seem the best day to blog as I find myself having more time to sit down, slowly consolidate my thoughts before blogging proper ……

And today is no exception ….. in addition, I turned off my iphone alarm this morning (after waking up at 730am to charge the phone), and the expected result is …… I slept in again! (Thus missing up on a planned morning/noon gym session before lunch and window shopping in town as I have meant to check out the new Orchard gym since it was opened bakc in late Jan) ……

And the usual Sunday routine will continue with some brunch/lunch and some lazing in front of the TV channel surfing (with usually nothing much to watch) and going online …… Followed by my usual Sunday spin class (which I have not been going for since CNY no thanks to laziness & not being able to book my bike – like last Sat for instance) …… and which I decided not to go later as well (because C is not teaching + it is a fat burn i.e. endurance class today which I feel not really worth the 1hr travelling time given that C is not teaching today) ……

So I’m leisurely blogging now and catching up on Dream High (a new drama that I started to watch this week) at the same time …… and hopefully after this, pick up on some work which I was ‘supposed’ to do but whiled away my Saturday afternoon on Dream High & youtube, and at the same time, trying to power nap unsucessfully (just couldn’t get myself to nap 1 hour) …… so lazy & leisurely Sunday no more πŸ˜›

As self-noted on my twitter, I really should’ve booked my bike for either yesterday afternoon’s spin class (Intervals) or this morning’s class (Hill Ride) …… and thus would be more able to enjoy my Sunday in a more leisurely manner …… In case you are wondering what’s the big deal about booking a bike for a spin/indoor cycling class, it is precisely that by booking the day before, the day’s schedule has a rough plan to it, and generally I like going through a day (be it work or personal time) with a sense of knowing what I am going to do – as versus to being a headless chicken ……

As I go through my tweets further, earlier in the week, I was pretty unhappy/pissed over some work issues …… and at the same time my iPhone OS decided to black out on me as well (which is why I stated that even the Phone is in agrement to my state of mind as well, it can’t be that co-incident right) …… Its not that big a problem making a trip down to M1’s iPhone service centre @ Plaza Singapura for a replacement as it was only a 2 hour journey to and fro (including a quick lunch at Burger King & waiting time at M1) …… but my main beef is that being under pressure does not give you the right to be flustered and tactless with your words (resulting in the side product of being hurtful) ……

Having read Dale Carnegie’s “How To Win Friends And Influence People”, one important point that I’ve noted and striving to practice in everyday life is that positive encouragement always gets people moving rather than lashing out/being harsh/being hurtful – which provokes unhappiness and silent rebellion rather than inspiring people to do something for themselves …… But why is it that people allow their frustration and external pressures to get better of them in their anxiety to see quick results? I would think taking some time out to reflect and work on what needs to be improved on/done better would make more sense rather than acting so highly strung!

Which is why it takes tremendous effort for one to keep their focus and remain calm and composed, and act with grace and dignity in high pressure moments and I genuinely salute them for doing so!

And yes, I silently rebelled by refusing to go office on Thursday as my heart tells me thisΒ  ‘break’ is necessary to prevent myself from getting more pissed/unhappy about the situation …… although I did have the opportunity to put in a really sacarstic word, but really what’s the point when some people are so caught up in their own world/own problems/own pressures and not being able to take a step back to see the bigger picture of things. Futhermore, experience (as a teacher) tells me that lashing out at someone without a doubt does satisfy personal ego, but other than that, it does not contribute anything to solve the underlying root problem, so seriously why bother ……

So as tweeted, I got to enjoy a leisurely mini hotpot lunch on Thursday ($5 hotpot at Feast foodcourt in Jurong Point,very value for money) and got down to taking my IC photos to re-register my IC (overdue for a couple of months now) …… Speaking of which I got to go and complete the registration online now (couldn’t finish it on Thurs as I had to re-compress the IC files, damn annoying) ……

All In All, Not A Bad Week ……

Except for the crazily hot weather that is 😦

Had the benefit of attending a almost-full day (7 hours in total) course on sales and advisory mastery in the early part of the week .. And enjoyed myself tremendously .. Makes me inspired to re-read this book again ( but not before completing the other one that is still lying in my bag) ..

On an another note, planned appointments went smoothly bar one .. prospect flew my aeroplane (a case of accidental oversight + lack of consciousness of behavior or just not very responsible?) …… To sum it up, I feel that the young upstarts (people who have just graduated and come into the workforce) today have lots to learn when it comes to keeping time, keeping appointments and keeping to their words! (Btw the same also applies to me and you as well *wink*) ……

Anyway the purpose of mentioning minor spoilers like above is purely more for ventilating out and to make my thoughts know out-loudΒ  ….. not much purpose engaging in pity-parties (waste of time and very destructive for morale and on the mind) and letting unhappy/less-than-satisfactory incidents affect our momentum ……

Wanted to call that fella back on Saturday to reschedule appt but on 2nd thought, still a tad peeved so I will hold off the call till the next weekend instead …….

Anyway thanks to the same person (and crazy rain and grey skies on Friday afternoon), I finally got the opportunity to check out White Tangerine Cafe @ Paya Lebar Kovan CC ……Had a set meal – White Tangerine Signature Pasta with Soup and Coffee (plus complimentary free iced water from lady boss as air-con broke down and was so stuffy) for $6!!! Really value for money!! Would’ve tried the desserts but because my workouts have decreased, thus avoiding sweet stuffs πŸ˜› ……. Will highly recommend this place as it is truly a hidden heartlands gem – value for money, decent fare, not-too-bad service, homely cosy atmosphere with wifi that doesn’t get cut off πŸ™‚

Spinned on Saturday (3rd Saturday class in a row as versus to regular Sunday class) in view of Qing Ming (parternal side) on Sunday …… So inversely, I have not been going for my usual Sunday spin class (and also my massages – last one was in March) in view of F1 tv schedule and qing ming yesterday …… Noted one cycle with Saturday spinning @ Raffles gym – lousy, cranky bikes for the last 2 weeks (but spanking new spinning bikes replaced the old ones earlier in the week, finally!) ….. long search for food/late lunch around Raffles area in Singapore’s crazily hot weather (boo!) …… Comes home tired and shacked out more from 34 deg weather rather than spin itself, and it doesn’t help that insanely hot weather tireds me out, and makes me restless, and thus the rest of Saturday goes to waste (mainly on the telly/laptop watching some drama/movie) =( …….

No such problems with Sunday class that is in late afternoon (530pm) and ends early evening …… less crowded public transport (MRT) on Sundays as compared to Sat …… flexible option to eat at Orchard (that is usually the case if I intend to do some window shopping and not rush back home), if not back home, dinner and early rest …… To a certain extent, the significance of a Sunday spin is that it is an excellent way to end off the whole week (before the start of a new one) and I have 1 day rest before Tues Combat / Run combo again …… speaking of Tuesdays, I have been guilty of not doing the planned Combat/Run combo *tsk tsk* and it is very un-settling to feel the effects of missing this combo workout in the form of some extra pounds and flesh …….

So I suppose my immediate objective is to revert back to Sunday spin and resume Tues Combat/Run (this combo seems to work best for me!) …… Fingers crossed ……

That’s all I can squeeze in before I start drowning in a sea of papers ……..

Happy 2010!

1st Entry For 2010 πŸ˜€

Have been busy ‘playing’ hard going right into the new year, which partly explains the lack of blog entries (in addition to the usual distractions of drama serials, lazing, slacking, sleeping etc.) …… Generally the mood is a big contrast to the very down of Q4 2008 …….

3 parties in total – Christmas & New Year (Note: new year was a smaller and cosier gathering) meant that we ended 2009 with a BIG BANG and counted down 2010 in anticipation of greater and better things to come ……

Had photography field outing/trip yesterday (postponed from Dec) and this time round, I felt that I have learnt a lot more and gained more insights as compared to the previous Chinatown field trip b4 Christmas (I suppose the long break must have helped) ……. however it is precisely after yesterday’s outing that I felt that the current photos that I have shot are not good enough for the final assignment 😦 ……. With regards to photography reflections, I will write more in the upcoming part 2 series ……

The new year is also the time to set new resolutions and new goals for oneself ……. I have yet to get down to a full comprehensive list (but I already have the major ones at the back of my head) but first and foremost – New Year Clearing/Decluttering is in store! To break it down further, wadrobe clear-up is way overdue b4 I can buy new stuff πŸ˜› …… And of course, papers, letters, statements to selve through and throw as well ……

I have yet to gym at all this week and it doesnt help that all my preferred instructors are away+ the distractions of gatherings/festive food/lazing/tv-ing all come into the picture ……. It doesnt help when I slept in once again + at the godly time of 344pm, my butt is still stuck to the computer whilst brain is trying to make up its mind whether to head to the gym for last gasp gym class/workout OR head out to Esplanade area for some last minute shooting …… Its a close call btw heading out to town or just staying back to clear stuff & prepare for new work week ……. Just checked the schedule, Christina is taking Combat tmr evening so there’s still tmr yeah *grin* + skipped lunch yesterday too πŸ˜› …….

Shall end off this with some highlights of the festive season!

The start of all the festive binge-ing πŸ˜› …. It was office/work/Synergy Christmas party @ Grande Vista ……. Forgot to take a picture of the Lager Beer Barrel though ………

Christmas Party @ Naumi Hotel ….. This is the bedroom portion of the luxury suite. Would love to go back there for a personal retreat soon!

Check out the intricate wall detailing …….

A party won’t be complete without booze! Booze Galore!!

Gorgeous city view overlooking the infinity pool!! The infinity pool is one of the key highlights of Naumi!!

And Christmas is not complete without Orchard Road light-up!

Another Long Weekend ……

2 days after my last entry and I remain GYMLESS, arghhh ……

Not to mention that I feel grossly fat & flabby as well (as the ‘planned’ gymming time became sleeping time :P) …… What happened to all the diet & exercise plan man!!

Think its ‘fated’ – I called in Raffles spinning hotline last night but no one picked up my line and so ….. no spin today (there’s still tmr but it is fat burn) ……….

Anyway I hope the massage later will be good ….. hope it will help to alleviate the pain on the right *cross fingers*

1 more day to go before end of weekend ….. sigh, time passes too fast when you don’t want to ……..

I Am Gymless ….

High time for a belated entry ….

I just set the topic to be the 1st immediate thought in my mind ….. and I have been gymless this week!

Elected to take a gym break (in view of worsening hip pain after last thur’s run) …… originally planned to do morning workout today BUT slept in instead πŸ˜› ……

SO ….. WILL try to do a short workout tmr morning (quick one before going to Serangoon), if not maybe I should push back my Sat afternoon so that I can do Collin’s spin class at Raffles …… Food for thought ……..