Friday, March 21, 2014
Thursday, February 27, 2014
no one else to blame
On the other hand, many is the time when, like tonight, i'm wasting perfectly good sleep time doing inconsequential stuff (including this i guess) on the computer (not that i've no work to do - there's always work to do, but there's not always the will to do it).
Thursday, January 30, 2014
no time for horseplay
It still is early days though, and definitely there'll be many more speed bumps along the road ahead. In fact, much of this CNY break will (hopefully) be spent trying to preempt all of these, while at the same time trying to recharge a bit. (Horse) bit by bit.
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
I suppose that you could consider this a benefit of travelling in a country where the lingua franca is by and large alien to you. And of course having to do stuff like arranging transport and accommodation during the precious time that i was able to get online rather than browsing news websites played a role too.
The second incident i just missed were the power cuts in Buenos Aires that have since escalated into protests. The reports state that the power cuts had started affecting residents two weeks ago, which is precisely when i flew out of Buenos Aires. In fact, there was a minor power outage that lasted less than a minute while i was at the airport awaiting to board my plane, though judging by the lack of any hit of surprise on the faces of the airport staff, perhaps that was merely routine. Whatever the case, my timing for both has been spot on, though of course i still feel sad to see such incidents happening in Argentina, which to me really is a country that potentially has so much going for it. NE lesson in the making, this is..
Sunday, December 29, 2013
1) an SBS bus door that refused to close, resulting in the bus driver having to get everyone on board to alight and get on the next bus - this took place at the stop at which i had boarded the bus; in other words the bus didn't move an inch (just like the door) once i was on it.
2) the safety door (i.e. not the train door, but the one that prevents passengers from straying onto the track) at City Hall MRT Station refused to close, resulting in the train i was on being stuck at the station for about a couple of minutes, before one of the station staff had to rush down and close the door manually - at first i thought that it was all the safety doors that would not close, but then i realised that it was only the door right where i was standing at.
This all took place after me having a trip in South America that was relatively free of transport woes, apart from one Subte train breaking down at the station in Buenos Aires (or at least that's what i assume happened - i just followed everyone else's cues because the announcements were made solely in Spanish).
Well, if there's a moral to this brief story, it's that yes, Singapore does have a world class public transport system, in the sense that just like everywhere else in the world, breakdowns and malfunctions do occur. (I don't mean this as a criticism by the way - and also by the way i hate the phrase 'world class', but that's another story) And if there's another one, it's that at least in Singapore, my public transport jinx is still very much alive and kicking.
Friday, December 20, 2013
Saturday, November 16, 2013
too slow to beat age
Actually, the reminder that hits me the most is this: i'm getting slower, and there's not much i can do about it. I run quite a bit. As far as i can get myself to do so, i try for at least once a week, most likely on Saturday, simply because we all should exercise regularly, and for me running hits my two criteria of being (relatively) hassle-free and being something that you don't require anyone else's presence to do [not that i don't want to run with others, but i never can find people to run with me (because i never look for them)]. I've never been particularly fast, but at least i can get a decent 2.4km timing, which is all i could ever ask for.
Since maybe a couple of months ago though, i've found that i've not been able to get the same timings that i used to get over a certain distance. I feel tired more easily, and find i've to channel all my resilience to last even 10km, which has never really been a problem in recent memory. Today's run was but the latest example of that happening. Normally i'd chalk it all up to busyness (my blanket excuse for way too many things), but i don't really have that excuse to fall back on now since lessons have ended, and life at work now is (slightly) easier. So i guess the only reason i can think of now is age. I definitely could get around this by simply running more than just once a week, but that's imply not possible even now, let alone once work gets back to full gear. So i guess my only option left is to (try to) grin and bear it, and embrace the third decade.