Sunday, September 30, 2018

Less than 3 months to go

Have you ever bought something online even though you're not that interested in that thing but rather you want that anticipation of waiting for the item to arrive? Well I did that subconsciously once and I must admit the enjoyment I got from that period of anticipation was certainly way better than the purchased item itself. What that told me is to never underestimate the positive power of anticipation (as explained here).

I was finally eligible to take my 10-year long service leave in full last month and boy do I need a break when I don't have to wake up between 4 and 5 in the morning to bouts of having no work and being swamped with work whilst being exposed to maniacal clients. I was also told the best timing of a long break would be the year-end period as that's typically quiet and with no work, the company would "politely" ask you to take leave anyway though I'd fight to the bitter end before I'd succumb to that sort of coercion.

So everything seems to be aligned for this break which starts from the mandatory Christmas office shutdown period (last day of work being 21st December 2018) till Labour Day (returning to work on 12th March 2019) with my 2-month trip back home to Singapore scheduled from 13th January 2019 to 10th March 2019. This post is dedicated to what I'm starting to do now that my holiday is less than 3 months away i.e. to list the things I'm planning to do, eat and buy! Now let's have the power of anticipation work its magic so here goes (in random order, filtered under "'G'-rated" and "maybe" items in italics):

  • Taking my Mum out for shopping trips and meals.
  • Photo shoot with a photographer friend and also others keen to do shoots with me.
  • Having at least 2 cups of kopi c siew dai everyday (a.k.a local coffee with evaporated milk and less sugar).
  • Crashing my friends' gigs at the locations they sing at.
  • Visiting shopping centres and places of interest around each new train station.
  • Nude outing at Lazarus Island with my nudist friends (my last trip [pic here] was really fun).
  • Karaoke with friends with a separate session filming my next "topless KTV" series (now how can I expose even more skin...).
  • Day trip to Johore Bahru with Mum.
  • Catching up with all my friends over delicious hawker food (YUMMMMMMMMMM).
  • Short trips to nearby Asian cities with a Melbourne friend (at least Bangkok and Penang are confirmed and the actual planning for these trips will commence when he's back from China).
  • Shooting MTV clips with my fellow song-writer friend for the songs we collaborated on (songs are here: 1 2 3).
  • Being an audience to my sister's busking sessions and of course doing a few numbers myself.
  • Chinese New Year family feasts and gatherings (pics from the past Mum-cooked banquet are here: 1 2 3).
  • On-foot exploration of new places in Singapore that have sprung up since I last visited.
  • Having a durian feast (likely in Geylang) and sparing no expense for top-quality fruit (think Mao Shan Wang).
  • Buying party gear (think harness and other sexy apparel).
  • Supper with friends following this list.
  • Go on a short cruise trip to somewhere nearby with Mum (this would be my first-ever cruise).
  • Overnight trip to Kuala Lumpur.

In addition to all of the above (and the list will grow for sure), one more thing to look forward to is leaning up due to the excessive amount of walking I'd be doing in those 2 months on top of my regular gym routine (I NEVER compromise on gym whilst on holidays). A lot of people might think that 2 months in Singapore is a long time but I want my break to be as un-rushed and as stress-free as possible. Plus there's no amount of time too long when you're spending it with your Mum.

With so much to look forward to, no matter what work throws at me for the next 3 months, I know I'd be able to tackle them with ease. And now the countdown continues.

 ** UPDATE ** 
I have no choice but to postpone this trip but it's for a very good reason. Find out why here.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Musical journey (97)

Spring has officially sprung and it's time to really take advantage of the warmer climate (think outdoor fun, shoots, etc.). That's if I can get my butt out of the house! Since getting a new phone, I've been "addicted" to the Smule karaoke app and striking up collaborations with everyone. This is one of the reasons making it just a little bit harder to leave the comforts of my apartment. Of course as a cheapskate, I'm not going to pay for the VIP membership and so can only rely on others to do duets with or ask them to create solo pieces for me.

Also on the musical front, I do need to both start writing more songs and making proper recordings out of my many demos but that would also keep me indoors more. The important thing is balance and that's why I'm glad I've found a friend recently who can drive us to places in the weekends so we can both get out of the city for some fresh air. The fact that I don't drive also contributes to my seemingly hermit lifestyle.

On the work front, due to poor planning by the managers, I'm always in the situation where it's either no work or a lot of work with unreasonable deadlines and I really am starting to get sick of this. Fortunately I have my 11-week break to count down to (my vacation to Singapore starts from the week before Christmas). A two-month re-acquaintance with the yummiest food in the world, spending time with my mum as well as taking short trips to nearby Asian cities are certainly things worth looking forward to.

Now that we're done with the life updates, this month's musical journey features the next topless KTV installment with Leona Lewis's "My Hands". I got to know this song when I was playing Final Fantasy XIII as it was the end-game soundtrack. After spending so much of your time on a game, you can't help but feel emotionally attached to the characters and music at the end. This is why I fell in love with the song and wanted to belt it out topless (the other songs in the topless series are here: 1 2 3 4 5 6). Someone recently left a YouTube comment on one of my offerings in this series saying he got a hard-on viewing the clip. What a great compliment right? 😋