the days are long but the years are short: january round-up

I am so ashamed of myself. I have had so much time in my hands yet I have yet to even begin writing for Medium. Publishing once a week was supposed to be my new year challenge, but clearly the new year’s not off to a great start, resolution wise.

Apart from that, I’d say my month was a pretty decent one. I would even describe it as productive. For starters, I took six (!) driving lessons in this month alone and have learnt almost all the test routes in Ubi. I do have a Malaysian license and it’s supposed to be easier for me to pick up driving again. I’m sure my experience (with a gap of six years, mind you) did not contribute to anything, but I feel more confident in taking the wheel this time. The instructor definitely made a difference.

Funny how I kept saying that I really needed to pass my license since early last year but couldn’t find an instructor, and then at the end of the year Em just happened to introduce one on Instagram! I guess there’s a timing to everything. I’m glad I started after my month-long trip to Aussie. I’ve got so much time to focus on it right now.

Driving lessons aside, I have also been self learning embroidery. It’s pretty easy to start but difficult to master the intricacies. It’s been quite a month of arts and crafts actually. I also made a few lanterns for CNY using old angpaos and my mum’s unused yarn and CNY accessories. I’m proud that nothing new was used in the making of my kusudama lanterns! #sustainabilitywarrior haha

In the same vein, I attended quite a few arts related events this January, namely kllylmrck’s talk at the NDC, another talk about vintage cameras at the national museum, Arts After Dark at Gillman Barracks, as well as Sobs’ performance at the Esplanade foyer.

Which brings me to my social calendar for the month. I caught up with so many people whom I have not met since last November, and these really bring me joy. I walked along Kallang River (idk how far was it, 3/4km?) with Eun, chatting all the way and getting free BTS concert outside of the stadium (lol); had lunch with J who has been sticking around for close to 2 decades now; celebrated K’s birthday – always thankful for a bff who is like family. N’s wedding was an excuse for a get-together for the JC crew; Gaybird’s monthly meet-up happened at Botanic Garden; I met up with S quite a few times to talk about how screwed up everyone truly is when it comes to love (haha) and I also brought a friend from college around SG on her first day of her one-year stint here.

This feels like it had happened a long time ago, but just about 3 weeks ago, I went on a very spontaneous overseas trip. It’s a weird trip to say the least, my travel partner being someone whom I can’t really point out whether is a friend or just a travel partner or perhaps something a little more lol. We went to Bandung in Indonesia. I appreciated the presence of a travel buddy as I wouldn’t do Bandung alone. The sceneries were nice but heads up, 4D3N is enough. Our 5D4N was too dragged out.

I wish I had done more yoga, but I did BodyPump relatively regularly this month, which I hope I will continue or pick up the pace even, this February after CNY. Now that C has also joined the gym, I’m excited to have a gym buddy!

A win for the month is my go at Carousell selling! I cleaned my wardrobe and donated 1/3 of it, another 1/3 of it went into my Carousell. So far, I have sold quite a few pieces and for one month’s work I think I’m doing amazing. I hope the new owners appreciate the items and , if they don’t, that they get recycled in the economy instead of going into the trash. (Going on a trip to Semakau Island next month and I’m actually dope excited for it!)

That’s all for this month’s word vomit. The days are long but years short. May my new month see less of me sitting in front of the TV watching Netflix with GrabFood.

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