Monday, 18th December

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Li Ka Shing Library

Today was a pretty perfect day. I woke up at 7 AM, quickly got out of bed, and felt really well-rested. It was the third time in a row that I woke up early, and I guess my main motivation was that I like having extra time in the morning to do stuff.

After forcing K to come with me, we went for breakfast at the McDonald’s across the street. We had the usual – egg mcmuffin for me, sausage mcmuffin (with egg) for him. I also tried something new with my commute to work.

When I got to the office, I picked up work on some of the pending things from last week:

  • one masthead design for School of Law’s event,
  • documentation of a usability evaluation that I did for a Password Reset service, and
  • the prototype for the Professional & Continuing Education course template.

Then we had discussion on the next steps for the usability evaluation, and before I knew it, it was way past lunch time. I had some chicken pie & green tea latte at Starbucks for lunch.

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When I got back, I met a new colleague who is going to work on the copy for an upcomingΒ major website redesign. After that, I just polished up the documentation, applying the changes from our discussion, and then emailed it off.

At around 6PM I rode the bus to Choa Chu Kang, where I’m meeting a seller from Carousell to buy a really cute picnic basket. It’s my most prized possession now. It’s my Christmas present to myself and I’m really happy that I bought it! We had some dinner at a nearby food court, where we had salted egg chicken and a really tasty mixed rice.

The only sad part of today is that we had to tell our landlord that we are planning to move out by February next year. I’ve grown really fond of our place already, and he is such a nice guy. He had just put up some tiny Christmas decorations and it breaks our hearts to have to look at them when we know we are going to say goodbye soon 😦

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Boon Keng 😦

I’m feeling anxious about the new place we are moving into. On one hand, the place has unbelievably nice amenities (pool, gym, sauna, grill place, events area, karaoke place), it’s a condo, and the rent is going to be a little cheaper than what we are currently paying.

On the other hand, the location is a bit far from the city, and the place is super small, considering that there’s going to be five of us living together. That’s another thing. We are getting flatmates. It has to be handled really carefully or our friendships will be at risk. I hope it all goes well. We have to take care of cleaning up this place, and applying for electricity, water, and wifi. Above all, I don’t want to leave our current place and our landlord. 😦 I love our place, I just think it’s a waste to spend too much of our money in rent. Oh well. We’ll just see what happens.

Aside from this bit, I think today was great! I’m looking forward to tomorrow.

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Wait it Out

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Pretty artwork at the new Bendemeer train station

Title is completely unrelated to the post. I’m listening to that Imogen Heap song right now.

Okay, it’s December. Time for my weekly(ish) recap. First, the weekend. The weekend flew by too fast. It’s all because we spent all weekend playing games. If I were to estimate it:

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The most disappointing chart of all time.

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New things

Another week has passed. I tried to start the week by logging down what happened each day, but I didn’t manage to write anything after Tuesday, so this would be a slightly lopsided account of the week that was! Top highlights from last week:

  1. Started a new blog (celenadoesux.wordpress.com)! It’s a place where I’ll write about design, UI/UX, and other career/work-related things. I think it’s more organised to keep it separate from this blog. Please follow if it sounds like the kind of thing you’d be into! My second post is a recap of the Design Bootcamp Asia event that I attended last Thursday.
  2. Met Lauren Tsai from Terrace House AS! ❀ She’s so nice and pretty IRL
  3. Started playing Pocket Animal Crossing (Add me:Β 6353 1735 183)

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Twenty Four

So I turned 24 last week! I don’t know what to do with that info, and I’m sure the same goes with you. I just wanted to quickly share some events that happened last week:

The Day Before

November 13 was a Monday, so I had work. By 11AM though, some of my officemates and I left the office because we signed up to volunteer for a soup kitchen.

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Pictures were not allowed so this is the only one that I got.

It was a pretty fulfilling experience. I know it was just a couple of hours (and all I did was chop vegetables for 4 hours) and they do that sort of thing in almost a daily basis, but it’s good to know that we helped relieve some of the other volunteers of their work for half the day.

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Winning Streak

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I’M SO HYPED FOR CHRISTMAS

Highlight of our weekend: 10x winning streak at AOV! (Yes, I’m still messing around with that game. I’ve played more than 200 games since I started about a month ago. HELP!) Other highlights:

  • Read Seconds by Bryan O’Malley (of the Scott Pilgrim fame) – I really enjoyed this! I finished it in one sitting and it gave me some fuzzy feelings.
  • I’ve been listening to Christmas songs now! Christmas is my most favorite time of the year, okay.
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Speaking of Christmas, we’ve put up our tiny Christmas tree c/o Daiso!

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Let it Happen

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I’m on sick leave today (it’s Tuesday). My head, nape, and left shoulder are experiencing some numb, pulsing pain, which, combined with my feeling down and burnt out, just doesn’t make me fit for work today (in my own judgment, at least).

On a completely unrelated note, I’m turning 24 exactly a week from now. 24! I don’t know what to think about that, to be honest. On the surface, I would gather that I’m kinda mature enough to be 24. Sure, I still eat junk most of the time, and sure, I spend most of my free time playing mobile games, but I do have a job that pays well and challenges me (a little too much, sometimes), I have sufficient emergency savings (and I am investing on our own house), I do yoga and go to the gym semi-regularly, and I’m on a great & stable relationship… I’m not doing so bad for someone who is turning 24.

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Sunday Currently

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Sunday afternoon shadows from earlier today

This week was slightly better than last week. I went to yoga (although I was almost 30 minutes late), went to the gym, finished another book, and was more productive (compared to last week at least). Side note to myself: I really should stop equating my happiness to my productivity.

  • Read: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
  • Watch: V for Vendetta
  • Listen: Stars’ new album called There is No Love in Fluorescent Light
  • Play: Arena of Valor

This weekend was happily lazy & uneventful, though! Friday night and almost the entire Saturday was spent playing a game called Arena of Valor. We are absolutely obsessed! I did the laundry too as well & we watched V for Vendetta. Today I worked on a DailyUI entry, had kwek kwek for breakfast (yes, don’t judge), had chicken rice for lunch, played some more, and helped cook dinner.

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Life Update

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The clouds were lovely this Saturday afternoon!

Some Sort of Lame Introduction

Let’s see, it’s about 5 months and 5 days since my last post. It felt much longer than that. Last night I received a letter from past me c/o futureme.org (check this site out, it’s cool!) It turns out, September 22 had a track record of being a tough day for me. It’s been that way since 2013, apparently. So since then I’ve been emailing letters to myself that will arrive a year later. This year, it isn’t so bad. Actually, it’s loads better. I never would’ve imagined that I’d be where I am right now. Even though a voice inside my head tells me that it could only go downhill from here, I still try to be optimistic about the future.

This is why I’m forcing myself to write a blog post lol. Just in case (or when) the going gets tough, I can look back to these times of joy and contentment and know that life can be so ~*beautiful*~.

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There’s a joke in there somewhere

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