The first three months of 2018 was full of firsts. There are many things that Mervin and I need to navigate through together as a couple and I hope that with enough kindness, understanding and love, we can get through the life challenges together. I look forward to us growing as a couple.:)
Mervin and I went to Jay Chou’s concert courtesy of my dad’s free tickets. Even though we were seated quite far from the stage, it was quite a good experience. I think Jay Chou is quite an amazing artist as his new songs are still so popular even though he has been around for quite some time. I grew up with his songs and I can still remember how I emo-ed to his songs, such as 枫 and 搁浅. It’s also the first time Mervin watched a concert in Singapore and I think he had a great time too. 你的眼睛再说我愿意. 🙂
One Saturday evening, Mervin and I went to attend his university friend’s wedding. Quite a number of his school mates are teachers so we ended up comparing and talking about our students. That also reminds me that I am right not to date within the same profession if not conversations get rather repetitive. However, his university friend and his wife were colleagues in the ministry of defence. I guess different strokes work for different people as long as we are happy with who we end up with. Mingquan, the valedictorian of our PGDE batch, was at the same table as us and it was nice to catch up with him too.
One Sunday morning, Mervin and I joined the Nature Society of Singapore for a birdwatching session at Kranji Marsh. I enjoy birdwatching quite a lot, it forces you to stop and look at your surroundings and it always amazes me how so much beauty goes unnoticed everyday when we are rushing from one place to another. With the help from the experienced guides, we spotted many species of birds including a sea eagle, a rare black-capped kingfisher, a purple heron using a pair of binoculars. These guides actually recognise the cries of different types of birds. Birds care about the seasons and the weather and yet all we humans seem to notice are the constructs that we build for ourselves.
After the session with the birdwatching group, we took a walk around Sungei Buloh. Both of us haven’t been here for a very long time and we were surprised by how much has changed. Now there are fancy boardwalks and lookout points in the park.
We spent our first Valentine day together in February. How I wish this love-drunk period can last forever. 🙂 Mervin planned a little surprise for me on the weekend before Vday. He first brought me to a spa couple retreat in Orchard and we enjoyed a jacuzzi followed by a massage. We had a staycation at Quincy Hotel which was an amazing place because food and drinks in that hotel are free for hotel guests. We had a glass of long island each to end the great day. On the next day after check out, we went to Plaza Singapura for an art jamming session. Here’s a happy picture of us with our artworks.
After spending our first Vday together as a couple, Mervin and I also spent our first CNY together. I was rather stressed about the schedule for the first three days of CNY (occupational hazard) but Mervin was just happy and excited that we are spending CNY together. In the end, it turned out alright but in the years to come, it has to be even more streamlined. Here’s a picture of us with his family on the first day of CNY.
Mervin also attended my grandma’s birthday dinner at Tunglok. The food was okay but the birthday celebration that the staff has prepared for my grandma was quite fancy. They played the happy birthday song and took out the 寿桃 that is plated next to a very intricately designed ginger. Here’s a picture of us with my extended family.
One Sunday, Mervin and I went for my cousin’s housewarming party at her new BTO. It is always interesting to see how different people have different ways of imagining and designing their own space. After the housewarming party, we went with my parents to support Singapore Slingers at the ASEAN Basketball League match. Here’s a happy picture of us with the Merlion mascot.
The week before the March holidays was insanely busy. Everyday was packed with events, duties and obligations and at times, I had to literally run from one place to another. On the last day of the term, we had an urban farming workshop organised for the Science teachers by Carbon Inq. It was interesting to learn how to leverage on organic farming to teach science and to ignite passion for science during the Applied Learning Programme (ALP) classes. We went home with a pot full of seeds and stems (from stem-cutting). It is always nice to have events like this for us to interact with one another in a more informal setting.
Due to some unexpected circumstances, we had to change our original travel plans during the March holidays but it was good fun to travel with Mervin and explore different parts of the world. We did a 2D1N trip to Bintan where we just chilled, swam, lazed on the beach and did some aqua-zumba. That was followed by a 3D2N trip to Cameron Highlands and Ipoh with a tour company Comelah. Our tour group consisted of us, a pair of Chinese ladies and a family of 4. Sadly, Cameron Highlands was underwhelming to me. There were way too many tourists and everything felt very manicured and commercialised. In particular, the narrow roads to the Boh tea plantation were way too busy. Nonetheless, it was fun to pick strawberries, drink tea by the tea valley and eat hot pot at night. Here is a happy picture of us at the Cameron Valley.