Thursday, November 20, 2014

Show the world we are one.

Here is a story of a day filled with mixed-up emotions. It was the day that I agreed to go on a 5 km obstacle run with my coworkers. They had brought the idea up months ago, but I turned it down mostly because I do not like running and it was also expensive (it was like SGD68+ or something). The week before the run, one of my colleagues pulled out due to an emergency and she had asked (the better word would be ambushed) me to take her place.

Being the naive person that I am, I agreed. 
One of the more stupid decisions I've made in my life. 

This picture was taken before the run. In this picture, I was deliriously happy. Delirious because I had absolutely NO idea what I was getting myself into. 

Still no idea and still pretty happy just hanging out with colleagues. 

I am not posting any pictures of myself during the race because I looked terrible. So bad. 

In the beginning, I thought, "Hey, as long as I make sure I'm in front of one person the whole time, I'll be okay." Well, that didn't happen. It was not even 15 minutes into the run and I was already behind. Kind of ridiculous. 

The team had a motto, "Leave no man behind." So there was always someone with me even though I KNEW they were fit enough to keep up with the rest. That, obviously, made me feel bad. 

Then came the obstacles. There was a shitload (pardon the language) of climbing and jumping that I was not prepared for in any way. Given the history of my broken left foot, I was very paranoid jumping down big steps and climbing up stupid wooden obstacles. I felt exhausted, not even halfway through the run. 

Most of the men on the team have touched my ass (sorry, mom) including my boss and his soon-to-be son-in-law. So that was definitely embarrassing.

There was an obstacle (the worst one) that involved swimming in ice water. I was hyperventilating and I definitely could not feel the bottom half of my body for a good 15 minutes after coming out of it. I was soaked when I got out and because I didn't have the right running shorts on, they started falling off because they were wet. At that point, I didn't care if anyone saw my underwear (they were red too which made it even worse) because all I wanted was for the run to be over. 

I walked most of the way to the finish line. I felt inadequate and uncomfortable (especially the part where we had to run on the sandy beach after being in water). 

Then when I saw the finish line, I felt relieved. And happy. So ridiculously happy that it was over. 

When this picture was being taken all I could think of was, "OMG, my boss touched my ass." I was obviously humiliated. 

And then this was just me pretending that I was okay with everything that went down that day. 

This was me just smiling for the camera without much actual feeling other than exhaustion. 

And that's the story of how I ran my first "marathon". 

It obviously isn't ever going to happen again. 

On a positive note, it was nice to hang out with my colleagues outside of work. :)

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Is it more than you bargained for.

 I have not disappeared (though I doubt anyone other than my mom reads this)! Adjusting to being on my own has been a big, difficult change. Drogo helps quite a bit and having a housemate helps a lot during the week (he's never around on the weekends). I keep my mind occupied with things at school and when I'm at home, I usually pick up the phone to give friends and family a call. 

Other than the boredom of being in Johor (which, really, has been a problem from the start- long before I broke up with Jeremy), I've been coping. I'm excited to be back with my family next year (yes, I'm going back to Canada next year!) and to go backpacking with best friends (July 2015!). I'll finally be able to cross Italy off my bucket list. 

Anne who is 12, squeezing into her cubby. 

Drogo, being king of the bed. 

My absolutely adorable bunch of kids on United Nations day where they dressed up in clothes from their individual country. 

Because it's BBQ pork. 

Sara and I spending the night together bitching about boys who don't deserve our time. ;)

The kids found a frog and were so excited! 

Ladies Night with some of the other teachers from school. Heide, Carrie A, Carrie O and me! 

My Halloween treat for the kids! 

We're in our life cycle unit now and a parent brought in caterpillars for each child! They are actually turning into caccoons and I'm super excited about that! I might be even more excited than the kids, actually. 

So that's my life. It's not super exciting, but it's enough for right now. Being single after 7 years, there are things that I miss and things that I don't. And I'm trying to focus on the things that I CAN do now and that is what is keeping me going. :)

Friday, October 17, 2014

Something gave it away.

This is the last picture I took of us as a couple. Taken on the 27th of July 2014, we were both worn out from working a full day at Marco Polo. We decided to take a little buggy ride during our break time just to get some air. It was my first time driving a buggy. I was pretty horrible at it. 

Last week, on the 9th of October 2014 (our 7th year anniversary), Jer and I parted ways. It was a hard decision to make but one that was inevitable. It's not that we don't love each other, we do. We care enough to know that this is for the best. That we needed to set each other free. 

We met right out of high school, both of us thinking this was going to be easy. Love conquers all, right? We found out the hard way that it's not that simple. We grew up, and while doing that, we both started having big dreams. Dreams that cannot be achieved while together. 

So we said farewell and parted as friends. The best of friends. We're still going to be a part of each others' lives but we'll also have the space we need to grow as individual people. 

Seven years. If we don't end up together in the future, at least I can say that it's not because I didn't give it everything I had. It's been tough but it can only get better after this. 


Sunday, October 5, 2014

Even the stars refuse to shine.

A word that summarises my current life: Decisions. 

There's been a lot going on in my life that steered me to a direction that I might not have chosen two years ago. Circumstances have changed and so have I. Hence, how quiet it has been here. 

Here are some happy updates! :)

Aren't they absolutely adorable?! 

This is what most of my weekends consist of. 

The love of my life sure is getting bigger! 

So much love for these two. 

150 pieces of sashimi. That sure was an epic weekend. 

Drogo going yumcha with us. 

He got neutered recently. Poor thing had to be in a cone for a week. 

So pitiful. :'(

Sometimes, if I babysit, my weekends look like this. 

A preschool project we did together as a class! I loved being able to throw paint all over the walls and so did the little guys! 

Sara visited me in Johor last weekend! That was pretty fun. :)


Drogo wanting to play with this guy so badly but not being able to. 

So I found out recently that a friend of mine took this picture. And I love it! 

Yang and I on a mission to cross out something off our bucket list. <3

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

It's been said and done.

So I initially thought 20 Facts About Me was a lame exercise. 
I realized, however, that the closer I got to #20, the more reflective I became. So I decided it deserves a spot here. :)

1. I could eat Japanese food all day, err'day for the rest of my life amen. 
2. My dog, Drogo is the love of my life. 
3. I am a preschool teacher. People think that being a preschool teacher is a fancy way of saying you're a babysitter. Don't ever say that to my face or I will full-on rage at you coz you obviously have no idea. 
4. I love children and would do anything to advocate for them. But I do not one any of my own. 
5. I love driving. It calms me and helps me think straight. Also, I drive a manual and I prefer it that way. 
6. My favourite book of all time is a children's book by Dr. Seuss called "Oh, The Places You'll Go!
7. I dislike beer. That does not mean I don't drink. 
8. Despite being #Asian I dislike anime. It's weird, creeps me out and the characters don't make any sense to me.
 9. Math is my weakest subject, again despite being Asian. I can't do the 7 times tables without hesitating, that's how bad it is. 
10. Doing the laundry is my favourite house chore. Followed by washing the dishes. 
11. I am in love with fall. 
12. Three things I don't think I can go without: the Internet, my phone and my hair tie. 
13. I love art but I don't think I'm all that good at it. 
14. My ideal living space? A studio apartment furnished by thrift stores. 
15. I love the city. Living in a quieter area now drives me crazy. 
16. I'm a cheapskate. I could go to five different stores comparing prices before making a decision. Spending >RM50 on any one thing makes me think thrice. 
17. I love the smell of coffee a d new books. 
18. Lord Of The Rings > Harry Potter any day of the week, no arguments. 
19. No, I was not named after the month of May. 
20. My dream job? To be able to teach and travel at the same time. (That dream might actually be reality pretty soon!)

Monday, September 1, 2014

Oh girl, let's take it slow.

Marco Polo ended it's Season 1 production on the 28th of August 2014. There was a wrap party on the last day of filming which involved an open bar and a huge buffet spread! I can also now say I've been to a wrap party! <3 

With Leifennie and Avery. Leifennie plays a role in Marco Polo as well, you'll find out who she plays when the series airs! ;)

Jer bro-bumping Feroz, who started out as an extra and then got hired into the catering crew. 

Yang, my favourite person in the whole production (I didn't get a chance to meet very many people) and Eddy, casting director! 


Quite possibly my favourite picture the entire night. With Yang and Avery. :)

With Kelvin, the sadistic joker. 

The rest of the pictures didn't turn out very nice. The lighting that night was terrible; it just made us all look too red. But it was a really fun night! :)

Marco Polo premiers on the 12th of December 2014. I'm pretty psyched about it! :)

Since the end of Marco Polo, life has been pretty mundane. I've been back to school for about a month and it's been quite a transition. I go to work, come home and hang out with Drogo. 

Isn't he a handsome little devil? 

When I say devil, I mean it. Here are some examples:
1. I woke up one morning and found my phone charger in this state lying next to me. I had to go to the mall first thing to get a new charger. It's an original charger, mind you. 

2. Teddy is now broken. :( 
I've only had him since I was two. And now it's byebye Teddy. :(

 BUT.. Drogo can now swim! This was the second time I took him swimming and now he can go the whole length of the pool! I was definitely one happy mama. :)

Yang and Avery on Avery's birthday. :)

I got the pleasure of hanging out with this little sweetie, Jordyn, before her whole family moves back to Texas this month. She sure is a cutie, and I'm going to miss her and her big brother Jadon when they're gone. :(

 Till next time! xx

Saturday, August 16, 2014

I got my rock most.

I've disappeared for far too long, I am aware. There have been many personal uncertainties in my life lately and I have had plenty of time to reflect on them. There are still lots of decisions to make but I'm pretty sure I'll pull through somehow. 

On to more happy things! 

My profile in the Marco Polo casting database. Yeah, it makes me just a little bit excited even though it's only for background acting roles. 

First (only) buggy ride. 

The tiresome three: Avery, Yang and myself. 

Can't get over how pretty the colours are. :)

Soo.. I managed to watch the stunt team set a horse on fire without actually hurting the horse. Pictures I took was a little blurry but basically that orange dot is fire. It was pretty cool! 

Drogo and I moved to our new place! We're finally settled in and even though Drogo misses his best friend, I think he likes having all the space to himself. 

My post-it wall in my little corner at the studio! 

We got free sushi at work, so much happiness on one plate. 

On my second last day of work, I played a prank on Avery. It was really just my idea but while I was setting up, the whole office came to help. I basically cut up recycled paper, threw it all over her desk, taped it on and put everything back on her table where it belonged. It was pretty fun. 

I also managed to go on location. This is where the huge war scenes are going to be filmed, in Kluang. The rolling hills and the skies are so pretty! 

That was my last day with Marco Polo. I still go back occasionally to help out if needed, but on a part-time basis. I actually miss it- the long hours, the experiences, everything. 

But.. I finally get to spend much more time with this cutie pie. 

Taking a walk at the park outside the house. 

And.. school has started! Teachers reported back to work about two weeks ago, my kids are coming in on Monday! It's pretty exciting! Meanwhile.. here's a glimpse into my new preschool/kindergarten classroom! 

We are going with a jungle theme- the glass looks into the school counsellor's office, so we thought it would be nice to give both parties a little privacy with vine curtains! :) 

The circle time/quiet area. 

The messy area with sand and water tables!

From the outside. 

It's cute, right? I hope the kids like it too! 

Little Emma being her crazy self. 

I took Drogo for a swimming session today! Definitely going back when we have time. 

And, that's about all the updates I have. A tiny bit nervous about first day of school but also very excited! :)