Life back home

I’ve been back here in Cincinnati for a week already and it really feels great to be back “home”. There’s really such a comforting feeling in being able to settle back into something familiar. My friend Dan might think that I’m already settled or to some extent wasting here, but it just feels good to be back here. Even if Singapore felt more happening, and I have family and friends in Manila, both places really just did not bring me a sense of hominess that Cincinnati brings.

The first week was really about getting back into the groove of things. I shook off my jet lag very well actually. I had some tired moments but it just lasted a few days. My weight gain was an issue though. I think I gained around 8 lbs so I had to really focus on my healthier options once again to manage my weight to something I personally deem acceptable. It’s still a long way to go.I lost 4 lbs of my biz trip weight gain, but the goal is to be back at 140 lbs. That means less carbs and sugar for me! This will be tough but I need to mush on.

I played some volleyball here already. My knee is still bothering me and I am trying out another knee brace to see if this will improve things. It did not. I just purchased some Dr. Scholls active insoles and I hope that can help a bit. I am also back to using Kinesio Tape for me left knee. I am really focusing on strengthening my quads and hams, and also performing foam rolls to help loosen up my tight muscles. Let us see if these things will help.

Last Saturday was very awesome. It was my first time to canoe and camp. Technically, the first time was in Puerto Rico’s Bioluminescent Bay. But that was at night, and I practically freaked out more due to the idea of floating in a lagoon filled with dinoflagellates. The canoeing activity was fun and relaxing and I can see myself doing this again. Camping was also easier than expected. But I think that’s because of the preparedness of Roman and Cams. It really inspired me to be more outdoorsy and explore more.

The trip was also a good break because life was starting to get the better of me once again. I always struggle with finding purpose and joy with things I do, and this just gives me additional oomph. Life is good!

Carry On!

 I’m trying to be more positive today even if I feel so tired already and just want to sleep the day in the plane tomorrow. Here are some reasons:

  • No rainy/gloomy weather this morning. Picture above was snapped while commuting to the office here in Singapore.
  • I’m flying tomorrow already. So, it’s technically a “Friday” for me already.
  • I met beowulf222 here in Singapore. It’s my first time to meet someone from the blogging world. It was a nice dinner and coffee.
  • I’m heading home tomorrow. Sorry, I have to really emphasize this coz I’m ecstatic to head home and settle in my home.
  • I’ll have a final dinner with some old HP colleagues so that’s always a fun thing.

 

Would have been 10…

10 years ago, I started my career in HP. It would be one of the best decisions in my life because that job has always been generous to me. It has been an awesome vehicle in bringing me to achieve my dreams.

Even if I decided to move on already from my HP career, I will always be grateful because my experience there has never been terrible. There were ups and downs, but that’s just the lay of the land in any company. It will never be all good times, but if you add all the good and the bad, the good trumps all the negative aspects. So, thank you HP and good luck with all transformation going on.

Long overdue

I know I have been very terrible in maintaining this blog for the entire month of July. I have zero excuse as always but I was just lazy and busy. Since I am in a flight to Manila, I think I can manage this.

So, after 4 years, I am back in Singapore for a business trip. The travel to SG was very easy and I was dreading a terrible fall out. I think the tip was to start adjusting my sleep time zone even on the plane. I was lucky that my DTW – NAR flight started at 2 so I dozed off during that part and tried to kept awake during the “SG day time”.

The first week was very hectic / fun. I reconnected with some good ole friends who are based in Singapore. It’s nice to be able to meet them again because some of those friendships were really good then, and it’s a good reminder that great friendships always feel like you did not lose time and you just pick up where you left off. Of course, the food has always been awesome in Singapore. I was able to check a lot of things in my list — Jollibee, Din Tai Fung, Marche, Delifrance Eclairs, Paul Eclairs, Dan Ryan’s, Wee Nam Kee, and Starbucks Dark Mocha Frap. Of course, it’s good to try new things as well.

I also celebrated my birthday in Singapore. It was pretty lowkey actually. Dinner with Majel and Dan in Dan Ryan’s (how apt) was awesome and pretty much how I want to welcome my 32nd year of life – the year I’m no longer in the calendar. There are actually so many things to be grateful for and things that I dread. I’m happy for getting a new job, being generally healthy (except my knee!), and being able to do things I want to do. I just wish I have more clarity or direction in my life and that’s something I really dread. It’s another year for me and I still haven’t figured out a lot of things especially where I want to be in the next 3-5-10 years. I sometimes feel that I got stuck somewhere and I couldn’t get out of it. I just need to shake it off or find someone to talk to about it.

Being in Singapore wasn’t really all fun. Work has been stressful and very different from how things are in the US. I’ve been sleeping 4-5 hours on a daily basis here and it’s really starting to bog me down. The humidity is getting to me and I’ve been breaking out like crazy as well. I think it’s because of the humidity (or maybe the hotel tooth paste or water). I get frustrated as well in waiting for buses, trains, and cabs/ubers just to get around. I got used to the efficiency of being able to drive easily in Cincinnati. My brain feels like there’s a cloud with the fatigue and lack of focus. I wish my trip in the Philippines can snap me out of this funk because I’m just not looking forward to things at this moment. I wish I can be more excited to see my parents and friends, but I’m just really feeling tired and just want to go home to Cincinnati and sleep for a day.

Let’s see how this weekend goes, but this is the key update at the moment. I have the Manila weekend and 4 more days of Singapore before I fly home to Cincinnati.

Columbus pride

june is one of the few months I’ve traveled a lot. Mainly because it is also pride week and try to visit cities to celebrate Pride. My first pride this year is once again Columbus. This year, I went with my friend Brian since he has not experienced a pride weekend before. This trip almost did not happen because the weather was just plain terrible. It was raining and raining and raining the entire day making pride a mess. But we decided to go on. We arrived late and the parade was over. We were wet and hungry but it was still a fun time.

 
At night, we ate at this place called Basil in the Brewery District. It was pretty good!  

    

After dinner, we decided to head to Union. It was filled with people. It’s a shame I was not able to capture the moment but there was a ton of people. We thought of going to Axis but it was already around 1 and the cover was $25 just to get in. #ByeFelicia

It was a fun Pride indeed minus the rains. Next week, I’ll be at my first Chicago Pride. I’m excited about that — and Eataly and Shake Shack. Lol!

6/17

i woke up feeling tired and sore today. I had a good number of sleep hours but I still feel fatigued. I even skipped gym last night to rest but it’s no use. I need to figure this out and get out of this funk. 

My AC at home is acting weird so I had my apartment manager check that. Hopefully that gets fixed soon because that’s one of the factors I am looking at. 

Life is getting busier than usual but I took a breather and made my first big purchase this year — an Apple Watch. To be honest, I don’t think I need it and if I will keep it. I have a week to get used to it. Let’s see.