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Life in Singapore

In Bliss on October 19, 2012 at 7:00 pm


It is amazing how things change with time! Six months ago I was blogging about vegan banana bread and blending kale into smoothies and now I am laying in bed, balancing a laptop on my tummy, and musing about life….in Singapore. I have not had a green smoothie in months and I had chicken rice from a hawker center for dinner. I do not think anything raw, vegan, or intentionally organic has been in my tummy recently either…and I could not care less.

Yes….so I moved to Singapore. I got a job offer, snatched it up, packed up a few suitcases, and bolted without thinking twice. If anyone asked me why, my answers were vague and politically correct. “I want to broaden my horizons” or “to gain some international business experience” would cross my lips. I think I may have even uttered ” Asia is where it is at right now” in a flustered rush to keep the conversation going. Don’t get me wrong– Asia is a dynamic  place to be, but I probably would have taken a job offer in Siberia.

The truth is– I was bored…really bored. I was bored with life, bored with the consulting jobs I was doing, and feeling a bit disconnected from everything and everyone. My life needed a kick in the ass, and I thought maybe Singapore was the foot it needed.

So now I am in Singapore– I do not love it– but I honestly do not hate it either. My job challenges me every day– I am also having to acquire some new skills in a culture that is new to me as well. However, Singapore is an efficiently-run country where English is the official language– what kind of English-speaking weiner-dog would find it hard to adapt?

THIS weiner-dog! THIS ONE! Did I spell weiner-dog correctly?

My one room studio apartment is TINY…so TINY. I think fell into a stupid-expat trap. I must say though, my complex has a really gorgeous pool that I have not used yet– my heart swells with pride whenever I walk by it and think of the laps I will swim….tomorrow. I have not figured out how to turn the stove on in my kitchen– I tried! I even cracked open the manual, but I ultimately called for delivery in a fit of impatient hunger. There has been no cooking in Singapore….none.
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State of the Union of ME

In Bliss on March 9, 2011 at 11:56 pm

OK, so in theory, the word “bliss” is corny– the word is not even a part of my vernacular– either is “vernacular”. If anyone was to ever tell me that they had a “blissful” experience, I would probably make fun of them in my head– because I am mean and cynical–I will probably discuss this bliss-blocking personal trait more in-depth in the future.

So back to bliss– despite my reservations– I think “bliss” appropriately sums up what I am trying for. In my life, I have had moments of happiness or errr bliss, however there was always something missing! Work was great…but my social life was lacking. Sometimes my social life was booming…but my brain was dying a slow painful death at work. Perhaps I should have stopped to enjoy those moments instead of lamenting the dearth of the whole package.

At the age of 32, yes 32, I feel it is time to take stock, have an action plan, and stop fooling around! I want all kinds of bliss– but these are the bliss categories that I will be focusing on:

Fitness Bliss: I used to be a runner…but I lost it. How I lost it is a short saga, but I can honestly say that running brought me happiness that nothing else ever has. While on the road, and dealing with the ups and downs of life, I have decided to attempt to train for a half marathon.

Nutrition Bliss: Good food makes me feel good. I love to cook yummy, healthy dishes at home but getting these foods when I travel for work can be a challenge. I want to continue finding ways to eat healthy on the road and keep trying new healthy recipes in the kitchen.

Relationship Bliss: Relationships mean many things to many people. While I am currently single, I want to focus on building and maintaining connections with friends and family. In some cases I also want to make peace with the relationships that are not exactly what I would want them to be.

Financial Bliss: Yeah yeah, money does not buy happiness BUT you do need some of it to live. “Sex and the City” is fiction– if a person spends all of their money on shoes–things can really go awry. Time to start getting a little more serious about financial planning and stop being a total slave to the marketing machine.

Professional Bliss: I am currently a freelancing floater in pursuit of the perfect job. Does it exist? Who knows? All I can do is try! Along this journey, I want to explore ways of being as productive as I can be and maintaining realistically-close-to-bliss in environments that can be farthest from.

Mental Bliss: Isn’t this where bliss starts? People always say you have to love yourself before you can love others– there is much truth in this. I want to find ways to make peace with who I am and live well– isn’t that what bliss is in its own cheesy way?