I can’t believe 2020 just happened. It just does not feel like we have really left last year though. It feels as if 2020 was not really done yet. It just wants to be a longer year than it already was. But I really don’t want to spend the first blog of the year ranting and complaining about 2020. I’m back here with some life updates, etc.
First off, I got myself a new iPad. It’s the 4th generation iPad Air. It’s really fancy-schmanzy and all coz I bought with it the Apple Pencil and the keyboard which also acts as a protective cover. So far, I’m really loving it. I bought it for the sole purpose of using Procreate coz I find that Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop nowadays are such an expensive scam. Since I’m already at ease with Apple products, why not just use Procreate, the much cheaper version?
Anyhoo, I’m thinking of creating some digital artworks with it, which I would like to mix with the old and familiar, watercolor. If you could see my new profile pic, I actually did the portrait sketch in Procreate but I did the soft-focus background with watercolor. I just love how the foreground seamlessly merged with the background. After unsuccessfully attempting to achieve this simple effect using Gimp, it is such a welcome respite to find how easy it is to do this with Procreate.
Mother’s Day in France was surprisingly celebrated on the first weekend of June this year. I have always thought that Mother’s Day here always falls on the last weekend of May. It is a little late to talk about Mother’s Day but it’s better late than never.
La Fête des mères en France a été étrangement célébrée la première semaine de juin cette année. J’ai toujours pensé que la Fete des meres ici tombe toujours sur le dernièr weekend de mois de mai.Il est un peu tard pour parler de la fête des mères, mais il vaut mieux tard que jamais.
Surprisingly, I managed to find work after just one week of looking for a job. It’s my best record so far. I’m not very patient with job interviews, so this was really a very much welcomed relief for me.
For the first time in my life, I’m not working in Finance/Banking industry. In fact, everything was overwhelmingly different — new technologies, new industry, different language, etc.
The language is really one of the biggest obstacles I had to face. Although, the technical interviews are mostly in English, I had to express myself in French in the non-technical interviews. And since we are in France and all my colleagues are French, including myself, everybody speaks French at work. Even my computer is all set up in French. The keyboard is of course, not my usual qwerty keyboard, where I’m used to touch-typing. But I am not complaining. This is a good training for me. Already just one week into the job, I feel a lot more confident speaking French. I even surprise myself at the extent of what I could understand now even before taking the job.
Et voila, juste une bonne nouvelle que je voulais partager avec vous. Bon weekend! 😊
Seafood and Champagne at La Brasserie, The Fullerton Bay Hotel
And for this occasion, I’m making a short review of the brasserie… First of all, the place wows you in all directions upon entering. Immediately, you find yourself surrounded by sumptuous dessert on the buffet setting. The clear glass walls with the view of Marina Bay and the high ceiling make the room so bright and airy. It’s definitely my kind of room — beautiful view and very high ceiling. I was already sold!
I really want to blog about this while everything is still fresh in my memory. So, here I am at midnight, on the last few days of my summer holiday here in France, jet-lagged and all, but I find enough energy to write about this experience. I have just been to see the musical for the first time ever last Monday, 10th July. I have always been a big fan of Miss Saigon for obvious reasons — because Lea Salonga was in it, and also being in my pre-teen years the first time it came out, I had a predisposition to crave sappy, romantic love songs.
Last Mother’s Day — hubby treated me to a lovely lunch at a nice restaurant.
While I am thankful that a lot of the hassles of taking care of a small baby have gone away with the passing of time, I could never really be whole-heartedly grateful to dear old time, as I realize that the more my daughter grows the less she will be needing me. I know this is too early to start worrying about when she will become a teenager and will be wanting to leave her parents’ care… but this is the stuff that mothers do. And I can’t help it. I’m deep into it now. Especially since I have been a mother for already half a decade now!
Although I promised myself I would never again organize a big birthday for my daughter, I just couldn’t help but do it again this year. This time around, I tried to keep the size of the party a little bit smaller than last year. I also tried to do less stuff so I wouldn’t stress myself too much. But what I always fuss about the most is the birthday cake. I just think that it’s very central to the celebration. It’s what the celebrant and the kids attending the birthday party really look forward to. I wanted to make a special cake for my daughter for her birthday but I just became really busy this year to do it all from scratch. It was a very lucky coincidence that I stumbled upon this cake decorating workshop where I can take home the cake, and that the workshop fell on the day right before my daughter’s birthday party.