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Wednesday, 20 November 2019 // 6:48 am

Another year, another birthday!

The celebrations actually started really early - on the 5th, actually!
Then it snowballed into the weekend.

5th. had a lovely dinner with noel - 
a joint birthday celebration of sorts! his birthday is just a few days before mine :)
@chachacha (their chimichanga is the bomb!!!) & @sundayfolks

9th. high tea (my new favourite thing) at anti:dote with CF! went for their special SK-II high tea promotion - the little SK-II signs are mini macarons! CF was skeptical that this would fill our tummies but damn it did... to the brim.

visited the Singapore Writers Fest for a bit on the same day.

10th. teacrafting workshop courtesy of @theteacrafters!!! this class was informational, casual, and so therapeutic - had a teariffic time crafting my own tea blend!

more tea-ventures follow... yuzu matcha, their special autumn tea, honey earl grey cake (all fantastic) @ an tea social

me welcoming everyone to the cafe.

11th. was playing boardgames with the family - 
clock struck midnight and they surprised me with cake (๑˃̵ᴗ˂̵)

& more cake from the office! thank you, everyone ❤ @catandthefiddle
(i cut a piece from all the slices so i could sample em, hence the scraps, heh)

$38+ ($40 nett) omakase @ryosushi
first omakase experience! it sure is something else to watch a chef so in love with his craft make the food in front of you, dancing his hands around to the melody of rice and vinegar, making sushi like he's creating a piece of art. which it certainly tasted like! 

everything i had at ryo sushi was a masterpiece on it's own - especially to that unassuming seaweed broth. i thought "boy clear soup? this gonna taste bland" MAN was I wrong! it was chockful of umami goodness and flavour. i'm dead. i would go back just for the soup.

popped by the disney: magic of animation at MBS! verdict: go if you're interested in the process - pretty worth, especially since i have a soft spot for disney/pixar animation. it was cool seeing some of the concept art too!

dinner @wildseedcafe with the family - the food was megagigatimax delicious! had the tom yum pasta (spicy so so spicy) and some pizza. i highly encourage ya'll to get the truffle brie and roast pork!

I don't know how I can express my gratitude into words. My heart is fit to burst - many acts were unexpected, and many gifts as well. Thank you, to each and everyone of you who took time out of your routine to get/make me a gift, wished me a happy birthday, or made the effort to give a damn. I am truly, truly, lucky!

This year I came into a new philosophy - I used to be so afraid of growing older, afraid of the ticking clock and how little time I had. The constant pressure I had myself kept growing - I should be at this point of my life now, I should have this, I should have accomplished this, etc.

I don't know when it was - definitely some time this year - but I just realized that hey, there's no point in me being so hard on myself. It was giving me a lot of anxiety to do things. So instead of being a critique to myself, I started to become my own cheerleader too. Each year is another year to experience more, eat more, do more? Maybe I'm just tired of being so afraid... so instead of living in fear, I think I'll start to live with curiosity and contentment.

I'm not gonna kid myself, I still feel a little bit of fear. But I think this is a good start - day by day, moment by moment.

On to my new year! :)