Daily Journal – Aug 3, 2017

This is my 119th journal.

So the week is almost over. I was feeling extremely groggy when I woke up this morning at around 0950hrs. Went to the bathroom, brushed my teeth and came back to my room. Saw my friend texted me at around 0821hrs and so I replied the text.

After going back and forth a few times, we decided to meet up for a meal and ice cream. He suggested that we can go to the Tsuta Ramen at 9 Scotts Road, #01-01, Pacific Plaza.

This restaurant is listed in the Singapore Michelin Bib Gourmand 2017 and its main store in Tokyo, Japan has a Michelin Star.

So there were three different style of the ramen. Instead of trying the Shoyu or Shio Soba, I decided to go with the most expensive Miso version. As per my receipt, it’s the Ajitama Char Sit Miso Soba, costing S$23.80. I also ordered a cup of Iced Wheat Tea to go with my meal.

First, I took a bite out of the noodles and I wasn’t sure if I liked the texture. I personally preferred a tougher noodle for the chewing process.

Then I drank the soup and found that it wasn’t very overwhelming. I couldn’t taste flavor of fermented bean and it wasn’t that salty. Overall, I would say it wasn’t memorable. I definitely won’t queue hours for it. If I do come back for second round or the third, I think I will give the rest a try.

My rating for the ramen is around 3/5.

After that, for ice cream, my friend and I went for Cold Stone Creamery at Orchard Central. He wanted to take advantage of the NS50 promotion of 1-for-1 and so we did.

This is my first time eating Cold Stone Creamery and I ordered their signature ice cream, the Mint Chocolate Chip Love. It was a medium-sized cup and thus cost $S8.50.

The first few bites were decent but after that the amount of chocolate chunks was just getting the way. I like chewy stuff but don’t like hard stuff because of my misaligned teeth. Biting into those chocolate chunks felt like crushing ice. Then the ice cream wasn’t cold enough and was too watery for my liking. Felt like goo. The mint itself wasn’t strong enough.

So I didn’t finish the ice cream and my rating for it is around 2.5/5.

So far, in terms of food, all I can say is that I am someone who likes the kick. For example, if I eat chocolate, it must be as biter as possible with the sweet aftertaste. That’s also why I eat mutton curry instead of fish curry. Also why I prefer Keisuke Ramen at Clarke Quay. The list goes on. However, the strong taste doesn’t apply to sweet things or salty things. I will get very disgusted if something is extremely salty or sweet because in the back of my mind, those reminded me of diabetes, heart diseases, etc.

After the ice cream, my friend and I went to look for StarBucks where we can sit and chill. Couldn’t find seats and so decided to just go with 7-eleven and get bottled. I needed to quench my thirst. Then we went to Uniqlo to do some window shopping before we left Orchard Central.

I went on to meet my other friend at Jurong East for dinner. We ate at Tim Ho Wan and finished early. So we went up to the food court to get some fruit juice and kill time. Then we went to catch the movie, The Dark Tower.

I didn’t read any of the Stephen King’s books and so I went in there with no expectations.

The movie itself wasn’t unwatchable to the point where I got so bored and wanted to walk out. But I did notice that everything seemed a little fast pace with a very simplistic plot. In terms of character development, it’s just not there. Trust between the main characters is established like instantly. Overall, I think it felt like the characters suddenly woke up, got hit by some obstacles, overcame the obstacle instantly, then went and do whatever it is they need to do, and save the world. I think it’s because the producers decided to keep the movie under 2 hrs.

I give the movie 2.8/5 stars. Not going to re-watch it. I mean, I do re-watch movie but this movie just isn’t worth it.

After the movie, my friend and I made our way home.

I’m totally exhausted. So just how tired I am? On the way home, I wasn’t aware there was an incoming police car while crossing the road. I also almost didn’t notice another incoming car in the carpark below my apartment.

Ok, so that’s all.

Here I conclude my journal for today.

Daily Journal – Jul 26, 2017

This is my 111st journal.

Slept at 0200hrs and woke up around 1030hrs. Went through the morning routine, has breakfast and decided to play a few hours of Cities:Skylines.

Previously I mentioned something about my city was having severe traffic issue and that the commercial zones are not getting the goods from the factories. I managed to fix it by adding more six-lane road linking the commercial zones with the factories and converting two-directional roads into one one-directional. This force the traffic to move in certain direction, therefore optimising the routes.

My city was also suffering from massive deficits in terms of tax to expenses. So I raised the taxes for all zones to 11%. Now with the commercial zone mostly getting their goods and higher tax, my city treasury now is adding money instead of bleeding money. I will continue to tweak my city to improve things and maybe experiment with some stuff.

I have also grew my city in size by adding more residential, commercial, and office zones. You can see the screenshots showing the difference. Although they are taken from different perspective, if you looked close enough, you can see what’s different.

This is a before screenshot.

This is the after screenshot.

Later in the afternoon, I went for the appointment with the hospital for psychology review. It was to determine if I was indeed suffering from bipolar disorder. The conclusion was that I wasn’t suffering from bipolar. Good thing. Now I just need to work with my psychiatrist on the depression and monitor my mood swings until the next review in three months time.

Later in the evening, I met with my friend for a movie, War for the Planet of the Apes. Before that, we had dinner at Sushi Tei. I can’t say the same for my friend but for me, it has been quite a while since I last ate there. Upon walking in, I noticed that there were iPads for diners to make and confirm their orders. That itself is a good thing. It helps save time and definitely make everything more convenient rather than waiting for the staff to take order.

As for the movie itself, I will give a quick review and will try not spoil the movie for you. I found it quite watchable but not to the point where I would re-watch it. There was a decent amount of action scene, character building, and some emotional scene. The movie ended with a bang followed by a decently happy ending. I give the movie a 3.5 out of 5 stars.

After that, my friend and I made our way home.

Here I conclude my journal for today.

Daily Journal – Jul 09, 2017

This is my 97th journal.

I will be splitting this journal into two parts, covering the events that happened yesterday and today. You can think of it as a summary of my weekend.

Jul 08, 2017

I met my friends for Spiderman: Homecoming at 0950 at Jurong Point. Decided to have breakfast at Subway and reached it at around 0930. At first, I thought that we were meeting at 0955 for a movie that’s much later. Turns out, my friend intended to watch the movie at 9.55am. My bad. So I had to eat fast. However, it wasn’t until 0941 before it was my turn to order. The queue was not that long but slow. Every single person in front of me was ordering multiple shares.

After I was done eating, I rushed up and met my friends at around 0950. Needed my morning coffee fix and so I ordered black coffee from the cinema’s food counter.

The movie itself was slightly longer than 2 hours. Generally, it’s a fun movie to watch and has the same quality found in other Marvel’s movie. It’s definitely better than the preceding reboot made by Sony in many way.

After the movie, we had lunch at the Legendary Hong Kong restaurant (seriously though the name sound riduclous).

Ordered a whole bunch of food that we could barely finish. For me, I had Ice Lemon Tea, Fried Rice with luncheon meat and egg, Crystal Skin Shrimp Dumpling.

Egg Tarts, Carrot Cake with Fried Shrimps, and Custard buns were the extra stuff that we ordered to share.

Then we went for desert, which I didn’t take any picture of but it was Pomelo with Mango on ice.

We made our way home after that and for me it was just in time for me to do my first ever 9 kilometer run as recorded by my Apple Watch.

After the run, had a shower. I was super tired and decided to take a short nap. Told my parents that I didn’t want to go out anymore. So my dad packed food for me before they went out.

I spent the rest of the evening watching tv shows and did a little light gaming, playing Cities: Skylines.

Jul 09, 2017

Woke up around 1100 the next day. I slept really late last night. So did my usual morning routine and continued playing Cities: Skylines in the morning.

I won’t say I’m very good at playing these kind of games. Also, I am not that creative or have the patience to actually do things like what other players did. E.g. reconstructing their home city or town.

But I managed to build up my city up to a decently big size without having me going to deficit for longer than 1 in-game week. That deficit happened because of some in-game power issue. A large section of my city was without power due to an accidental destruction of the connecting electrical lines causing lack of water supply and buildings simply stopped working. Well, I was remodeling the roads and forgot about my power grid. Other than that, my city was constantly bringing me 10k to 30k worth of taxes.

Took some screenshots.

Before I knew it, it was about 1430 and it was time for my lunch. I went to Jurong Point again to eat at Sushi Express. Had 11 plates worth of Sashimi and Sushi. Then I went to grab some supplements and toiletries before I ordered a grande-sized Ice Americano.

Made my way home at around 1730 and decided to watch some movie. Rented the movie call LIFE on iTunes and watched it on my Apple TV.

After that, I had my dinner and here I am writing this journal. Along the way, I watched some youtube video on Starcraft 2 and reading its Wikia.

Tomorrow is another round of SIT. Tuesday too. Personally, I’m super bored by the whole thing.

Did I mention that I actually got a job offer from ST Electronics? It’s a .NET Software Developer role on a two-year contract basis. I don’t know if I want to take it. A big part of me still want that career break. Another part of me is thinking if I reject it, I won’t another offer anymore. But logically, this kind of fear is unfounded.

Anyway, let me lay it out what I’m thinking about.

It’s a .NET position and I’m more proficient in Java considering that was what I have been doing all these while for my career. Since the project has a deadline of six months, that means I need to pick up a whole bunch of unfamiliar stuff within weeks. I’m not sure if I can do that kind of ramping up. After all, I’m still suffering from the effects of burnout. I mean I have not been having any desire to do any work anymore…I’m even contemplating about whether I want to do any work for my client; Yeah, they raised some bugs with the application that I’m maintaining and in case you have forgotten, I’m a freelancer.

A large part of me is saying that I no longer want to go into the situation where I simply can’t tune work out when I reach home. And then repeating the whole cycle of burnout. Call me avoidant or childish or whatever. My health and mental well-being is more important and I’m still working through my mental toughness and resilient.

Baby-steps. Baby-steps.

My other priority is that I just want to go home to do my own projects, my own things after work and not think about what’s next for my main job. I mean it’s naive to think that way, but for me work is just a way for me to earn some money to survive and enjoy myself. I have no intention of burning through my health or happiness just to earn the extra dollar or climb the corporate ladder.

I have one more day to consider the offer before I need to make any kind of commitment and the company send me the actual physical contract to sign. I will think about it more tomorrow. But for now, I’m hovering around 60% rejecting the offer.

Here I conclude my journal for today.