Oh look, no more snow falling on this blog T.T, but HAPPY 2014! Yes this is yet another delayed post (in fact 2 weeks only LOL) which I wanted to be out during December, but it got dragged into the new year so I will make this a quick and brief one before going into the obligatory yearly review (which I can hopefully finish before flying off to NZ). Okays enough with the ranting of army-related stuff, I will do this in chronological order and try to recall the things that have happened during the last months of 2013, so here goes yet again~!
TAIWAN! Got to admit it feels really great to be traveling (not on overseas exercise -__-), even though if it’s going to the regularly-travelled Taiwan. Since I didn’t have enough leave days last year to travel overseas, I didn’t go overseas last year, so it has been 2 years since I last traveled. You start to get really jealous when you see others post pictures of themselves traveling on Facebook/Instagram while you hadn’t have the chance to do so, so yays to finally getting out of Singapore and overseas! Yes it would have been nice to go to other countries, but Taiwan is a very convenient and cheaper option for the family with my mom getting to meet her family and friends there. I shall leave my desires to go to other countries with my friends, and also… free & easy Korea trip 2015 aim with the sister! Time to brush up my Korea skills and do some research during that time. Although it has only 2 years since I was last back there, my memories of Taiwan hasn’t been really clear and when I reached there, everything seems new to me. We didn’t visit much new places, as all the memories of places we visited before during our previous trips came back to me. If there’s a chance in the future, I would love to visit the more rural places of Taiwan, rather than the city area that we keep frequent.
For this holiday, it was more for my mom to visit her friends, and while they catch up me and my sister will just roam at nearby places. She had a class reunion which was really neat, as she met her classmates whom some she hadn’t seen for 25 years. I wonder if I still will keep in touch with classmates 25 years from now hmmmm… She also met with a friend whose family is super rich and her kids study in the US, which brings me much jealousy when they speak such proper English. There was also this friend of hers that she met through Facebook and was like 20 years younger than her, but despite such an age gap they still chatted happily. Food there is really cheap and yummy, so you can imagine it was just food, food and more food entering my mouth and ending up in the belly, I wasn’t holding back at all. Did quite a lot of shopping, bought many pairs of shoes (thank goodness they have shoes my size there), along with some beauty products! Despite being overseas, the family’s sleeping habits still followed as all of us were on my iPhones/iPad till 2/3am and only wakes up earliest at 11am. Being outside everyday tired me and my sis out, but we’re overseas so it’s like an obligation to spend our time out wisely. In all, it was a good trip as it was nice to see and experience things outside of Singapore, not entirely a new country visited but just a variation out of the usual boring life back there. I believe you always need to have something different or else you can get so easily stuck in something and not learn anything new.
The day after landing, I went to collect my race pack for my Standard Chartered Marathon at Expo. Before going that, I found out that there was this gaming event known as IEM at Expo as well, so curious me went to check it out. There was this large stage for LoL as well as Starcraft 2, when I reached there there was a showmatch for LoL so I wasn’t really interested. At the backstage, there was this slew of Korean Starcraft 2 players practicing, and it was amazing to see their hand-eye co-ordination as well as APM. It was awesome to experience such an event here in Singapore. I would have loved to buy a new laptop for myself (and for future university purposes), but I’ll just hold that back for now. Since I didn’t have much to do at home, I caught a few games of Starcraft 2. It was quite a large event but there were many empty chairs at the venue so finding a front row seat was easy. I knew an okay amount of information regarding the game so I could comprehend some of the strategies and analogies discussed. It is heart-warming to see how E-sports have grown and the production value of such events are of high quality. Just another bucket-list experience to have witness a gaming event here in Singapore, where you wished to have witness countless times every time you see in the internet. I may not have the chance to witness one in the future so I will just settle for the ones organized here (for now). I went to another gaming event in the span of a month, which I will talk about just after a few hundred words later LOL!
Marathon time! I must say although maybe 2 to 3 months before, I was well on track and training well but during the last month prior to the marathon, everything just kind of broke down. The army driving course really tired me out so zero training, along with the non-stop eating during Taiwan just killed me off for this run. I was expecting myself to die, but not die as badly as I would have. I couldn’t sleep the night before so it’s already a bad start to the run. The baggage deposit was clogged so I had little time to do my pre-run routines, but with the start a Orchard, it was going to be just the start of a torturous 42km ahead. It was humorous to see people going to the drains and canals at the start to do their “smalll business” given the severe lack of toilets. Given how bad my condition was, I managed to run around 14km before I started hitting the breaking point, but for this run despite me spamming the energy gels and bananas, I just couldn’t resume back to running pace and was forced to walk for most of the run. This was so bad since I managed to run to the 24km point during my other run 2 months back, so remember training is of utmost importance!! Towards the end, I was tired, I was hungry and I just wanted the whole thing to end as every kilometer just seemed slower and slower. Legs were totally shagged out as I was (yet again)) limping around at home. Nothing exciting for this run just because it was so awful and it was more of a walkathon for me, it was that horrendous of a run which I’m not proud of. Takeaway for this run: Training is really, really, really (to the power of infinite) important!!
By chance, I found out there was going to be another gaming event right here in Singapore and for this time, there’s going to be Dota 2! Although there were only Asian teams invited and non-China teams, there’s still some quality and good games were played. It was good fortune (and convenience) that this event was held at the east, this time at Downtown East D’Marquee. Would have loved to drag someone alone with me, but everyone who would be interested in actually watching were busy so I went to the even solo yet again. It was a short trip, 15 mins MRT ride and took just a 1 stop bus ride and I’m at the destination. There weren’t many exhibitions and I just walked around the place for a short while before watching the games. There were a small number of other games played, as well as some dota cosplay. I wanted to take some pictures but it makes me look like some horny bastard so forget it and focus on the games! What was really weird was that the players could hear everything the commentators said (no sound-canceling booths or earphones), so the commentators were very limited on what they could say but they still did an awesome job hyping and describing every fight. We have 2 of the best Dota commentators right here in Singapore, and I’m surprised not many wanted to meet them in-person. They are seriously super-friendly people and willing to give autographs and take pictures even though they have been casting for long hours. I talked with Godz for a moment regarding his own Enchantress cosplay and he was joking with me how he dread promising it haha! Really just awesome stuff to sit in the crowd and watch live games right here in Singapore, and I have done it twice this year alone already!
Other than the above, I spent most of my time rotting at home, just watching random YouTube videos along with some k-dramas. I had one side of my wisdom teeth (known in korea as 사랑니 which means love teeth). I was quite nervous but thank goodness for a really nice female dentist and her assistant (which I thought was some dentist-to-be student but actually is like me, an NSF). It was quite frightening to hear the constant drilling sound at the jaw as the dentist tries to yank out the lower wisdom tooth, and thoughts like “Did she screw up?” and other scary thoughts go through the mind. The whole process is just you trying to stay put and spitting lots of blood after the operation. I looked like a chipmunk with a nut hidden at one side of the mouth as I had to keep changing and bite the gauze at the area, really disgusting to see the blood-soaked gauze. Not the most enjoyable experience as I just cabbed back to home and was still feeling quite alright, until a few hours after the operation and the pain started coming in. Yet another horrible experience as I couldn’t eat food properly and open my mouth properly. Now, weeks after the operation, the area is inflamed so its still causing me trouble, which sucks. Other than just rotting at home, I went out a few times with friends, had friends come over, nothing much out of the ordinary. Did a few jogs, wanted to do more but that pain from the wisdom tooth is so bad. And I’m proud to say I actually studied some of my Korean stuff, but it was more of a refresher to myself so I haven’t learnt anything new (but hopefully will). Chilled at a friend’s house for New Year and poof, it’s 2014! Just hype, nothing new much I think 2014 will be quite a different year for me.
Quite a good end to the year 2013! (yays to PAID off and leave from the army) Hopefully, I REALLLLY will be able to post out the post regarding the cliche but must-have 2014 new year resolutions and 2013 review before I fly off (because when I come back it would have been close to February). I tried to add more pictures into the post since there’s a large chunk of words and pictures might like it less boring hah! And… that’s a wrap. [P.S. Super late thanks to the person who celebrated my birthday for me despite being so busy and having exams like just a week or two after, hahaha yays happy me ^^ *proceeds to dance Twinkle LOL*]