Babysitting Baby C again! 

I love that I love kids. And that by babysitting them kiddos, I’m also blessing their parents by allowing them to have some alone time. 

Went to this indoor playground in Suntec after work, where I basically played with Baby C for 1.5 hours? It was a good workout, that much I can guarantee. Makes me feel like I can make up for my lack of dragonboat training this weekend. 

He’s super loves spinning stuff, and the ball pit. And I super adore him hehehe. He’s walking quite steadily already! Such a big development since the last time I saw which just merely a month ago. Kids grow so fast, and I’m so glad that I can witness him growing into a little boy. I think he’s starting to recognize me and be comfortable with me so yay for #bff points. 

DBS Marina Regatta Day 2

Day 2 started bright and early for Mixed 200m. Similar to Day 1, the mixed race was an easy warm up and we just kinda did whatever we wanted. Sadly, we missed the semis by 1 placing and we had to go to the repecharge to try and qualify again. 

The repecharge was vaguely a mess since the girls couldn’t really keep up with the new starts strategy we had. Thankfully, we still wormed our way into the Semis. And then eventually the Minor finals. 

The women’s race was a little more disappointing. We didn’t do that great in the heats but we did a much better and coordinated effort in the repecharge. Honestly I think it was one of the best sets we had ever done. Unfortunately, the other teams had the huge advantage of age and experience (some teams even used interns!!), and we missed out on the finals by 2 seconds. 

The guys did another epic performance. Making it straight to the Semis and then on to the Grand Finals. They even won the Dragon Tail race…despite some of them having raced 8 times that day. It’s really amazing how well the guys have done, racing up against some of the huge powerhouses.  

I got a little teary-eyed at the end of the women’s last race because I was really proud of how far the entire team had come. We never started off with the best chance, with only 9 rowers and with a fairly high average age. But despite that, I think our only goal was to do a set that we could be proud of, regardless of the timing and placing. And we definitely fulfilled that goal. It’s such a pity that we will be disbanding since I really made some great friendships with the team. The last race had such a somber feeling and the emotions just started welling up. I was really really proud of the whole team. 

😥

Ha, even our captain started crying. 

I’m definitely going to miss training with the girls on a weekly basis. Sigh, this week had already been fraught with withdrawal symptoms over dragon boat. My Saturday mornings are never gonna be the same again… In fact it’s gonna be nonexistent since I plan to just wake up at noon. But dboat was always a healthy/fun/freaking early experience, and the brunch with the team after that was another highlight of my weekend. Colleagues became friends and it was really a great 1.5 years. I’m not sure what the dboat plan is going forward, but I doubt it’s going to be the same as the current team. I love that we still have a bunch of lunch, dinner and karaoke sessions planned. Hurhur. Hopefully, these friendship lasts. 

On a side note, I realized I’m way better at the 500m than the 200m. Which is strange since I was always a sprinter when I was in swimming. Weird. 

Haha look at how I’m rambling about this. Sigh sigh. I think I’m definitely gonna miss it. 

DBS Marina Regetta Day 1

Went down to the DBS Regetta race for the Mixed 500m. It was literally our first time rowing together as a mixed team since we always just trained individually in the girls or guys team. And we did a total stress-free 500m race with a timing of 2.51, and inched our way into the semis. We avoided the repecharge by 0.1s…what awesome  luck. We convinced ourselves that we had all this luck due to the dog poop that was in our tent in the morning. 

The guys also barely avoided repecharge by 0.5s, and we were all the more convinced by the dog poop theory.

We eventually ranked overall 8th in the semis for Mixed, missing out on the Grand Finals. Which was a pretty decent result considering it was the first time the mixed team even rowed together. 8th out of 27 teams… 

The guys made it through to the Grand Finals and placed 5th. It was our first Grand final qualification ever and it was a huge improvement from last year. It’s pretty amazing how far along the team has come. Tomorrow is the 200m races and I’m so ready to crash considering I spent 12 hours at Marina Bay today. 

Check out that synchronization.

SAVA Sprints 2017

The team took part in the SAVA Sprints 2017 and it was a fairly entertaining day. We took part in 2 rounds of 20-crew, and it was our first time even racing with a 20-mixed crew. And man, it’s way easier than a 10-crew boat. It’s way faster and lighter and just fun. 

We sent 2 teams in the Corporate Open category – 1 men’s boat and 1 women’s boat. And obviously, since we were competition against full men’s teams, we lost so spectacularly. The backwash from the boats were so great, I honestly felt like I was paddling through mud. A good second-last experience after all since the women’s team is likely not continuing after DBS Regetta. 

The guys team won their heat so they made it through to the finals. The funny thing was that one of the guys had to go off for a wedding lunch in between the heats and finals. And then when the finals got pushed forward, he literally had to rush down from Shangri-la to Kallang, and barely made it in the nick of time. The girls were waiting by the carpark to help carry his stuff and close the taxi door, and the guys were trying to stall for time by taking their own sweet time to report and to load the boat. 

They actually came in 2nd in the end, which might be our first and last podium finish ever. So overall, a good race and some truly movie-worthy moments I wouldn’t want to have missed out on. 

Time flies

Sad story of the week

A: Time passes damn fast. I’ve worked 7 months already. 

E: Yah lor, I’ve worked 1 year liao. 

Me: I’ve worked almost 4 years yo. Next year, I’m technically up for my 5-year Long Service award…. 

A&E: O.O

Uberpool conversations 

I used to avoid uberpool because I hate small talk, but since it’s so ridiculously cheap in LA, I have taken it a few times and here’s my most “interesting” conversation with Fellow Pooler A. 

A: How’s your day? 

Me: Pretty good. And you? 

A: Tiring, I teach little kids chess and it was a long day. 

Me: Oh, do you only teach kids? 

A: Do you play chess too? 

Me:… I don’t really do chess

A: Oh, I thought when you asked if I only taught kids, you wanted to know if I could teach you too. Yeah I teach adults too. We can play a game sometime

Me: Um, I don’t actually know any techniques 

A: You could blindfold me and we could play a game

Me: *hurriedly changes topic*

Working my first weekend

So last Friday, my boss, being a kanchiong spider, sat the team down and whipped us into shape.

“It’s been months and we have nothing.”

It was a severe accusation, because the pieces were just floating all over and not pulled in one place but to say that nothing has been done… got me really angry. But I just told him that I think I could easily pull it together, but he didn’t seem reassured

Anyway, so I planned to work over the weekend, so that I could shut him up on Monday with my amazing work. So I came in on Sunday (my first ever weekend OT) to work, and it was a super duper efficient 3 hours of non-distracted, K-pop blasting work that got done at my work desk.

So I sent it over to him and he seemed fairly pleased with the framework that I set in place (invented 2 days ago before I went to watch Logan). Then as I presented it to him on Monday, he asked for a couple more pieces to be done, but I told him I had already done in and it was already included in the slide deck.

He was hella impressed and commented that I was “totally going at it.”

Then I said, “I spent the weekend thinking how to make you speechless.”

And he cracked up muahaha.

Since then, he has been overflowing with compliments and it’s kinda amazing/scary that he could change so much from last Friday. Presented it to the team today, and I was 10 minutes late for the meeting (boss even reminded me yesterday night not to be late lol). But it was fine because they went through other agenda items first.

As much as I enjoy the compliments and praises, I gotta remind myself to give the glory to God. Super thankful that he gave me that brainwave for this framework, which was the foundation of the entire presentation. And sometimes I look back at the rocky and tumultuous journey it took to got me to this team, I’m grateful that God delivered after I convinced myself to stick on where I was because I still felt his call to stay.

*holiday mood right now*