I was just sitting on the couch last night, fiddling with my iphone, my plate of home-cooked pasta (ya, pasta again) on my lap and my leg propped up comfortably when it hit me suddenly that I am now, exactly where I wanted to be during my growing up years teenage/adolescent years (I'm still growing up).
Every one of us girls is influenced in some small way or other by american TV shows like Ally McBeal, Friends, Sex in the City and so on...
And almost every female in these shows have a place of their own! Or at least, renting the whole apartment to herself or sharing with her bestie.
I wanted the same as well. And I am lucky in more ways than I can imagine to have achieved this.
I wanted to experience living all alone in a foreign country
(I was thinking New York but Singapore will do fine for the moment)
Technically, on paper, I am a Malaysian but really, I grew up both in Malaysia and Singapore. I lived a Malaysian lifestyle and ate Malaysian food...
But I also studied in Singapore, made Singaporean friends and learnt their culture.
So technically again, I am in a foreign country...
I wanted to earn my own keep...
... although, struggling to make ends meet had it's appeal (for a short while as well)
This is something that's happening only recently. I don't expect it to last forever because there are many things that can tip the balance. But I'm enjoying it while it lasts.
What can I say that's more adequate than "Thank You Ai Hooi and Wei Shan"? For all the tears, the heartbreak, the funny, the ridiculous, the great, the good, the bad and the dumps, you both saw me through it all and I'm really lucky to have friends that I can count on through this life of mine.
At first, when I thought of this, it only because it was cool. Then as I got older, I also got heavier. So I headed to the gym and never stopped since.
I do yoga now. It's fantastic. The way it makes you feel after a great session that is as tough as relaxing. Not many will or are willing to understand yoga. Most dismiss it by asking things like "Do you even sweat?" / "That's just stretching isn't it?"
At first I took the questions like they were really interested to know. Now I know that it's just a statement made to dismiss the topic. *Shrugs" Ah well, their loss not mine.
I wanted to be able to cook a reasonable variety of food off my head
(Ok fine, I was looking to be able to cook almost anything, but hey, I'm only 25. Still at it!)
I loved baking as a kid. But being the person that I am, I often get impatient with most things that require a lot of patience (whether it's the hunting of the ingredients or the process of it). So I stuck to learning easy baking.
Besides that, I have also learnt how to cook a variety of normal chinese dinners. Hey, useful skill when I live alone ya!
I wanted a boyfriend who can become my best friend as well
Thank you for the laughter, the fun and the support. Broke up!
In short, I wanted to be a single, financially stable, independent working woman.<
And here I am. :) So what's in store for me next?
P.s.: Hope you like the hand-drawn pictures!