Last week honestly went by incredibly quickly. I feel, pretty much every week, the weekend goes by so quickly that by Monday I’ve just yearning for the weekend to come again. This week’s intention for me is to focus on the present and find stillness within all the chaos rather than thinking about the future so much. I did a hot yoga session at the gym after work yesterday which by doing so was already out of my comfort zone. However, I thoroughly enjoyed experimenting with flow and fluidity and felt good about stretching and learning about my body. I think this every time I do yoga but never follow through consistently because it’s not natural to me and lose all that progress. I will intend to do at least one yoga session a week, preferably after work. Mark my words – you heard it first.
On Tuesday, I was going to sit to have lunch at my desk but didn’t find myself too busy so I thought I would walk at a spot in Barangaroo and enjoy the sunshine. Last week, I decided indefinitely to bring food from home in an effort to cut spending on food. I made a miso udon bacon carbonara which tasted ‘eh’. I feel like I’ve yet to replicate a recipe successfully.
Eating lunch alone outside on your lunch break is not as lonely an experience as you would think. There are so many people who eat alone for lunch. I’ve seen people eating, reading, talking on the phone (I did the trifecta). It’s actually a very calming activity and did it again the very next day and this week and will for future weeks. I’m currently reading Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner and find it a very raw and emotional memoir that made me cry a few too many times mainly because I resonated with a lot of themes of grief, family and Asian identity. I will be reading the rest of this book at home.
This week I started again to practise gratitude and documenting in my journal. I am finding last week and this week (with the yoga thing) is me finding good activities I’ve done in the past and making it a habit. I imagine a lot of it is from me being away from a regular routine from being busy with work and not taking as much time as I need for myself (the only thing I want to do after work is relax with some Netflix or sleep) and taking a few holidays in July (Singapore/Thailand and a little trip to Melbourne – I will get around to documenting this).
Something I am grateful for every time I come into the office are these amazing views of Sydney. I sometimes just stare outside for 30 seconds or so. Amidst all the big corporate buildings, I notice the cars driving along the street and the people walking. It’s all strangely therapeutic for me.
I bought this green furry jacket from Uniqlo which I have been eyeing for some time. I know it objectively looks hideous but I really like it. On Sunday, I decided to go revisit the old uni, UNSW, and study in the library for a bit. Except I didn’t study, I just did some admin things and watched an almost 2 hour video recapping the chaotic TV show that is Glee (here’s the link if you’re interested).
It’s so easily accessible by the light rail (L2 Randwick for the main library and get off UNSW High Street and L3 Kingsford for the law library and get off at UNSW Anzac Parade). The library is open from 7am – 10pm for the public which is probably the best I think you’re going to find in Sydney if you’re not a uni student – that’s even later than Starbucks. 10/10 recommend.
I also visited the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) – one of my favourite museums in Sydney that is in a beautiful location overlooking the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House and some massive cruise ship that decided to dock there at the time. This is some of the work by Vivienne Binns, one of Australian’s most significant feminist artists and most renounced for her psychedelic depictions of sexual imagery. Yes – that is a vagina you’re seeing. MCA is free to go in and open late on Friday nights. This exhibition is definitely worth checking out.