Two-Thirds Of The Long Weekend So Far ……

Another long weekend beckons ……

And a much needed one as well after running pretty much at full steam end May / June. Of course some pretty unpleasant stuff / minor setbacks occurred over the past week – putting a brake to the ‘momentum’ I have been building up, to my discontentment.

Which means its time to take a step back, take stock for a bit and do some necessary ‘re-charge’ to get back to a more ‘optimal’ state of mind again.

Long weekend started early for me as Friday was my usual-out-of-office day. However couldn’t shake off my restless state of mind (must been the angst I have been carrying out throughout the week). Meditation …… heart opening yoga sequence (only to end up struggling on the balancing poses) did not help much. Guess I need more time to get over this ‘bump’ ……

Yesterday (Saturday) – went back to office as planned to do my monthly scanning/clearing/decluttering/archiving. Somehow, at the half-way point of the year, I feel that my progress on the scanning/clearing/decluttering/archiving front has been rather slow. I’m still working on older stuff (pre-2013 materials) before even getting to the newer records (year 2013 onwards) that I will need to start extracting from the common data folder provided by company. Not sure if just 1 Sat afternoon per month (which I started only in April proper) is sufficient to finish up by end of this year …… but just like yoga/life, have to keep going …… and going! Perhaps for the next round in July, I shall try to reach office earlier (around 11) to give myself a better headstart.

Of course, the highlight of going back to work on a Saturday is always filling myself up with a nice lunch. Initially planned to have pasta at Everton Park, only to realise said restaurant is closed on Saturdays. So walked to Amoy Street Food Centre …… saw that not many stalls were open.  Ended up walking further down right to the end of Amoy Street, and settled for Korean lunch @ Wang Dae Bak – one of my ‘more regular’ favourites that serve tasty and value for money Korean set lunches.

Had a seafood soup + seafood pancake …… and together with side dishes, it made for a pretty appetizing and filling lunch. Moreover, I had a pretty light breakfast and was kinda hungry as well 😛

Packed up and left office a little after 6 …… and came home just in time for dinner. Decided to take a break / day off from yoga practice / stretching (have learnt not to guilt trip myself for taking breaks) …… and sat down to finally think about and start jotting down some ideas/things to do/destinations for my next holiday!

Nothing firmed yet. The only thing I know right now is it will be 90% a solo trip as I desire to have some space & quiet this time round. I hope I can make it happen, at the time period that I’m looking at (Q4 2017). Being in the last lap of the banding year, there are also work considerations to think about. It will also mean $$$ spent (versus saving it) …… but let’s think abundance 🙂

Rather than wasting away my Sunday, got up nice and early to go for my once-a-month YIN yoga class @ Yoga Inc Gulliemard – as a ‘treat’ to myself for the long weekend. Probably my ‘longest’ break from YIN class – 6 weeks to be exact as my focus was on rebuilding strength and flexibility post Bali and post food poisoning (a.k.a Bali Belly). As one would describe YIN class, it is about feeling 1% uncomfortable (in the form of holding poses for longer periods – up to 5 mins) to be 99% comfortable (i.e. to allow the muscles to relax). And the tightness in my hips is apparent …… and it does feel slightly uncomfortable and getting used to be holding poses for long periods again after all the ‘yang’ workouts that I have been doing.

The bonus was the rain, and it was really chill and calming to have the cool air coming into the studio. Just like the saying from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow goes – The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain. 

And enjoy the moment!

The theme of ‘courage’ floated in my thoughts throughout the 1 hr 15 min class – it will be something I will think about/reflect/meditate upon in the next couple of days.

Preferred to have local food for lunch post class, and so braved the rain (with umbrella in hand) and walked over to Lor 28 Geylang to check out Fishball Story as originally planned. The noodles did not disappoint and I am very happy with my lunch. Realised there are many coffeeshops within Geylang itself and wondered why didn’t I venture out earlier (the default choice is always to walk to Old Airport Road FC after class for a meal). Gonna google some food bloggers’ Geylang recommended eats as I type now 😛

Took a bus down to Bugis after lunch – specifically to Sephora at Bugis+ to get a new shampoo to try. Starting to feel the YIN in my legs, and so headed back home, lazed a bit and writing this blog entry.

Probably gonna play catch-up on some work and my journalling (super back-log dating back April *gasp*) after dinner. Was deliberating between doing 9am class @ Yoga Lab CBD for another early start tomorrow versus a longer self practice …… but since the 9am class is waitlisted (it was still book-able during lunch), it seems like self practice will be the plan for the last part of my long weekend!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: It IS Easy Being Green!

A good 4 + months since the last photo challenge and so, its time for another one!

Although I’m late by a week, this challenge really speaks out to me as 2017 has been pretty much a ‘GREEN’ year for me!

Starting from Li Chun 2017 where the lucky colour for my zodiac is green, and I wore green to bank in my money. In terms of money inflow for this year, so far so good. Customs aside, more important is to keep an abundance mindset.

And of course, when I finally decided to use some of my shopping vouchers to get a yoga towel (i.e. got a Manduka eQua Yoga Mat Towel eventually) – it was co-incidentally green as well. Together with my Yoga Inc umbrella (free gift from package purchase) – that was also green!

So we have 2 different shades of green here 😛

Still on Yoga Inc. Always love practicing at Gulliemard Branch where it feels more rustic, calm and serene. Especially when I go for Sunday morning YIN class.

Spotted this cute little swing (also in green) when I left the studio after class to go towards the same gate to get to Old Airport Road Food Centre.

Finally non-yoga related. A bowl of healthy and hearty bibimbap with lots of greens from Paik’s Bibim (a franchise outlet of Baek Jong Won’s Food Empire from South Korea).

The original challenge entry here: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/it-is-easy-being-green/

June Week 1: Friday Lunch

Usually like to have a ‘nicer’ lunch on a Friday 😛

Since I decided to ‘haul’ myself to office to try and get some work done (as versus to taking the day off as originally planned) & pick up documents as well …… Planned to have pasta or fish soup (at Beach Road) originally but with the hassle of changing buses, decided to just eat at Bugis instead ……

Walked along Liang Seah Street and decided on Korean for lunch. Had the lunch set at my semi-regular haunt – Arirang Korean Restaurant ….. Most importantly a filling lunch with soup and rice, and air-con (very hot day)!

Instead of my usual Kimchi Chigae/Kimchi Seafood Soup set, decided to try out the Bean Paste Soup set instead (after a preview of it during buffet dinner @ the same restaurant just 2 weeks back) …… While it is non-spicy, however it is mainly tofu and vegetables, although the waiter claimed that there were clams in the soup (but did not see any) …… However it was still a filling lunch thanks to the usual staple of korean side dishes (one of the best parts of an korean meal) despite feeling almost vegetarian-like, hee!

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Note: Edited my lunch photos using the PhotoStudioHD on my iPad for a slightly different feel as versus to the usual effects you would get on Instagram & stiched the pictures together using Moldiv on iPad (very handy app)

Buffet Round 1

Went back yesterday (Sat) for my favourite Korean buffet @ Liang Seah Street (Arirang Korean Restaurant) ……

My 3rd time having this for lunch (and 2nd time in 3 months) …… The past 2 times that I have been here, didn’t manage to blog about it owing to procrastination 😛 ….. So this time round, made sure to take some pictures to make up for it …….

Didn’t stand up to get a more balanced and ‘perfect’ shot of the side dishes horizontally as was very hungry ….. The usual korean side dishes on the left and soups (Ginseng Chicken and Spicy Crab) on the right …… The Ginseng Chicken soup is a condensed version i.e comes without the sticky rice that you would enjoy if you have ordered it as a ala-carte ……

And of course the highlight of the buffet was the BBQ meats + perennial must have Bibimbap and Seafood Pancake!

Noted that we were quite full after these dishes and did not order anymore (same as last visit) …… Nevertheless for the price of $15.90++ per pax (around $19 in total), this is one of the best value-for-money Korean buffet deals around town, considering that its quite expensive to have ala-carte BBQ at well-known Korean restaurants such as Ju Shin Jung …….

Due to massage plans being screwed up, ending up this entry and heading into town for Spin now to round off my weekend (since C is not teaching next week)!

Fulfilled Saturday ….

Was in a state of f**k for the entire Friday ….. and need to badly fix that!

Hence decided that I need some CHANGES, one of them being a style overhaul – starting with my hair. Time for a hairstyle change! Keke ……

Was getting a lil’ tired with black (having had it for the past 2+ years) so a new colour was overdue. Couldn’t slot in a good timing to do it on Friday (called too last minute) hence did it yesterday afternoon …… Here it is:

P/S:  Took this in the Dorothy Perkins changing room …. pretty fail attempt of selca-ing 😛

Trimmed my hair a bit (almost 7 months since the last cut in Dec) + treatment + full head colour this time round. Decided on a cool colour – Ash Metallic Brown …… as versus to my usual brown/red highlights (my last red highlights was done in Sept 2008) as I have never had full brown coloured hair and no more red highlights/coloured hair (was in a red craze in 2007/2008) in view of the colour dripping post 1 month after dye 😛 ….. Me like my new colour, although it seems lighter on the top part of my hair ….. Hehe

Finished at around 430pm and stomach was growling (as could not have a full lunch while rushing to Suntec) ….. decided it was a good day to settle my bibimbap craving 🙂

This is Bibimbap from the Food Republic foodcourt at the convention centre side (stall is called Kim Dae Mun – should be an authentic Korean stall although the workers there were chinese :P). Unlike the usual Bibimbap with an egg … this is actually called Al Bibimbap – the Al is actually fish egg/roe ….. nice twist & yes, its yummy!!

And not forgetting my 1st purchase of GSS (1 month after it started) …… Walked past Jay Park endorsed Denizen (formerly known as Levi’s Signature) …. popped in and got a tee in 15 min time!

Planned to go over to Marina Bay Sands for some jalan jalan but was getting pretty late (5+) after finishing my late lunch-dinner bibimbap …… and so decided to just window shop a bit more around Suntec and Raffles City before boarding the MRT home ……

And weekend means time to catch up on the week’s City Hunter episodes, keke ……. Feels nice and relaxing to just chill while doing my hair …… and feeling refreshed and recharged with a new look and hair colour, and loving it 🙂 ….. All in all, it was a great Saturday spent!