So it’s 4.34am and I can’t get back to sleep. I’m back at my mom’s place since L is on a work trip in India. Kinda brought back some memories and it struck me that some memories are fading. What triggered this thought was when I tried to find some pics from our vertical marathon 2012 runner up pics and couldn’t find them. Even on social media! (was insta a thing then? could I have the pics if I didn’t delete my old account?)
Then I decided that I should jot down my personal achievements / highlights of life so that M and B2 (bubba 2) can understand me better and know that I’m actually quite proud of myself (lol) 🤭😂
Lower primary: constantly getting like 96-98 marks for everything, top 5 etc.
Age 10: EM1 and my first 100 for math SA2 though not indicated in report book I saw it on my teacher’s book haha sad that only can see band ZZ (90 SA1 I think). Got second in class after dad’s friend’s Daughter Emma lol I can remember ahem
Age 11: performed as a “Mother” for Chinese speech and drama and although I think I was the only tall enough candidate for that lol but then again… good exposure
Age 12: repped my school for an IT competition at nanyang girls and it seemed like my teacher thought I had hope hahaha cos I was from 6A but actually pls what did I know about computing. HAHA! didn’t win but thought my dream school = nygh but obviously didn’t get in. Got 238 for psle which was not good at all, missed cedar by 3 marks appealed the first time but when school results came out, didn’t. Was quite apprehensive about going to a girls school.
Age 13: made a choice to join Netball – thought it was something popular (considered girl guides at first but there was this bitchy senior scary). Got into the school team and played I think 1 minute GS during my debut. Lol it was at northland/Yishun and I didn’t even know how to pivot.
Age 14: 3rd in north zone (now my memory is fading and I seriously can’t really rmb). Got into the combined school training squads but didn’t go for it cos studies first. Think I got into the u-15 one year but can’t rmb which.
Age 15: 1st in north zone. (Should be la) National team 17-u training squad. Failed piano grade 7 cos I was too nervous and screwed up a fast song. Think I got 97, 100 to pass.
Age 16: 1st in north zone, 3rd in nationals. I rmb the whole school clapping when we won rgs. Serious mode. For one year’s north zone finals the school bus-ed people to Yishun sports hall. We won st nicks that year and got a half day off for the whole school. Haha proud moments.
Age 17: got into ajc through Netball. Met lifelong friends during first 3 months (at least lifelong for now). Top 4 for nationals – lol cos it’s A div. Finally played at Toa Payoh sports hall against rgs in 3/4th but lost. Still think my coach didn’t have enough experience to see their “GK trap/fake” at that time. Failed promos by 3 marks for economics.
Age 18: had to wipe the library tables during orientation while people were there. Built resilience and was quite thick skinned and shameless. Survived but quit Netball after A div. Was quite irresponsible but thought I paid my dues for the two years. Met lifelong friends as well in 30/06 and joined bridge club lol. Which had 2 people by year end. Celebrated my birthday with a ba zhang after Sentosa at classmate’s function room.
Age 19: “A” levels. Terrible times. Played for A div though I didn’t train for it, I guess it was unfair to the person who actually trained for my position. Passed A levels, saddest moment when ah po passed away.
Age 19/20: taught a special school for about 6 months before Uni. Couldn’t decide between NTU and NUS – chose ntu media engin and then transferred to fass. Even considered Smu at some point (think I got into that cos of sports). Made my first and only trip to the states – California: Palo Alto, San Fran, Vegas etc. started school, stayed in Temasek hall. Second for hall games which made me rather annoyed cos I didn’t win all the way (even came back to play in year 4 after graduation)
Age 21 : celebrated with good friends at Angus steakhouse + gay club haha. Boom boom pow. Was doing a teaching internship during that period so I technically spent half my birthday working/typing.
Age 22: first real boyfriend + ah gong passed away (all in that few days). Went on exchange to hk, it was fun!
Age 23: went on exchange to Copenhagen, visited London and Paris. Caught in an E. coli outbreak/ riot / storm it was very dramatic!
Age 23/24: graduated end nov 2011, officially 29 Feb 2012. Worked part time before graduation thinking that will be my full time job but too much drama so I joined the gov. Bought a house literally on my 24th birthday but cancelled it much later.
Age 25: visited incredible India. Started my masters.
Age 26: completed my masters. Took a leap of faith, like seriously, a life changing one that did not make much sense to many but was glaringly right for me.
Age 26/27: got engaged 1 month after dating with the official proposal being 3 months after near Christmas ?!
Age 27/28: got married had a kiddo, kept it a secret for so long
Age 28/29: bought a new house, joined the private sector, quit the private sector
Age 30: got keys to the new house, and expecting kiddo number 2!