Our mini California getaway

October 12, 2015 by Chen Tai Tai

An unplanned, last minute trip to the City of Palo Alto/Mountain View, home of Google, Apple, Microsoft and Stanford University, where Steve Jobs lived and where 20 over Nobel Lauretes live in one neighborhood, where you need a car to do anything (which I did not have half the time), and where every day and everyone is sunny, “perfect”and “just great”. Just about half a day in San Francisco, a buzzling city which clearly had much more to offer than we had time for.

It was not exactly a vacation, he was out half the time and I was working even longer hours than I normally do for three days,  butI enjoyed myself much more than I had anticipated! Short-lived as it as, it was refreshing (literally, since we escaped the haze in Singapore) to step out and pretend to live in a different world for awhile. And running at noon instead of at 6am!

He would tell you how horrid the journey was for tall people, I am glad to be together on his first trip to the US, and our longest flight together too! 
Being there also made me realize I missed living in the US!

(Now that I’m back and unpacked, it just dawned on me that I will be off for two weeks again in less than a month, alone. There will be fun bits, but sigh!)

  

   


    
 
 

Discouraged

June 8, 2015 by Chen Tai Tai

Too busy, no time to practice, cannot correct my bad habits, not achieving much, so far from my goals.

Sometimes, I think I want to just give up on ever getting better at the piano. It’s tempting to think that perhaps it’s good enough that I am equipped can learn most notes by myself, and can just play to “relax”. 

But I must not think that way. This is the one thing I must never give up on in this life, even if I am never happy with where I am. The one thing that has brought me more joy and satisfaction than anything (although those moments feel like a distant memory now). 

Just have to find energy again. 

Missing Dubai

May 7, 2015 by Chen Tai Tai

  

Did not think I would be saying this, but yes! My recent trip was exhausting (physically, since I hardly slept!), but made worthwhile by the colleagues, the energy and the bonding. 

I say that I have been to Dubai enough times, but that little bit of novelty is still there. I guess I could have stayed around a day more, but I will be back there in November (in better weather)!      

Off again

April 25, 2015 by Chen Tai Tai

     
Off to Dubai! I almost cannot wait to be back.

Thankfully, we had a nice Friday dinner date at the airport, and I got to be pushed around in a luggage trolley! =D

After traveling for most of this week, I was too busy to even hang out much with him. Miss him already! 

Hi and bye Manila

April 24, 2015 by Chen Tai Tai

I am actually quite sad to leave Manila. Each time I come for work, it has been in, and out the next day. 

I would love to see this city. 
   

     

1 week, 4 cities

April 17, 2015 by Chen Tai Tai

20 Apr: SIN-MNL
21 Apr: MNL-KUL

22 Apr: KUL-SIN 

24 Apr: SIN-DXB

I can do this! Hate the packing and queuing. 

And we are booked!

April 11, 2015 by Chen Tai Tai

Day in, day out

April 10, 2015 by Chen Tai Tai

Sweat it out, day in, day out. 

I have said this a few times, but learning to wake up early is one of the best “skills” I have picked up in my life, and having things worth waking up every single day is one of my greatest blessings and comfort. 

Few can understand, but it doesn’t matter!

Travel Diary

April 6, 2015 by Chen Tai Tai

These are confirmed for now.

And it’s April

April 5, 2015 by Chen Tai Tai

It is hard to believe a quarter of the year has passed. (When you are a member of the corporate workforce, everything is measured in quarters.)

And it feels like I have not done anything this year! 

For the next 3 quarters, here is what I am setting up to work towards:

Piano: Master 1 work/movement per quarter. 

Work: Make the November project my best and have more than one person tell me it’s our best.

Teaching: Besides helping my students pass their exams (Argh!), aim to see a significant change in each of them, be it attitude or aptitude.

People: Eat with my family at least once a month.

Home: In order to do my part as much as possible, aim to be the one who does the laundry/folds the clothes at 6 times a month. (We do it an average of twice a week, so that is 2 “free passes” a month.)

Running: Survive (i.e. Complete) the marathon in December (I have a lot of priorities so I am keeping this simple.)

That’s a lot!

And for Q2, work hard enough on each of the above such that I feel completely deserving when we take our vacation in the middle of the year and that the money I shall spend is totally justified (ha!) I am pretty excited about going somewhere old, and somewhere new, with the love of my life. 

(This is what corporate culture has done to me. On top of making quarterly plans, I have unknowingly tried to make the above Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-Based.)