Journal #196 – Chilling on Diwali with some work and movie

Today is Diwali, is a festival celebrated by Hindus, Skikhs, Jains and Newar Buddhists, and also a public holiday in Singapore.

I woke up quite early today, specifically set my alarm clock to go off at 7.30 am, because I was meeting my friend at Jurong Point for a movie called Chasing the Dragon, starring Andy Lau and Donnie Yen. I reached the mall at around 9.35am to have my breakfast of Subway there and then proceed to buy the tickets for the 10.45am show at around 10.10am.

Then I just waited for my friend to arrive. We waited for the next half an hour before entering the theater hall. Once in there, we spent the next 2 hours in it.

After that, we went to the Legendary Hong Kong restaurant in the mall to have our lunch.

My friend ordered the egg tarts and custard buns. He ate all the buns and two of the egg tarts while I took the last piece.

I also ordered the steamed shrimp dumplings. Today’s dumplings were poorly prepared as the skin of the dumpling was like sticking to the surfaces.

For my main meal, I ordered egg fried rice with diced luncheon meat. For those unfamiliar, it’s also known as Spam meat.

After that, I paid for the meal first before my friend paid me his share of the meal and for the movie. Then we went our separate way.

I chose to walk home from the mall, and enjoy the blazing afternoon sun. I deliberately chose to walk slowly home, listening to Doom (2016) soundtrack by Mick Gordon on Spotify.

On the way home, I stopped by Watsons near my apartment block, and bought some toiletries and fish oil supplements. While I was in the store, the salesperson/cashier kept asking me to sign up for their membership, buy some of the items on sales, etc. I rolled my eyes in my mind and kept saying, “No thank you.”

Come on, I’m a minimalist, I only buy what I need to buy and that’s it.

After that, I went home, settled down, switched on my MacBook, rented Transformers: The Last Knight on iTunes and spent the next two hours plus watching it.

I won’t say the movie is that particularly good or bad. It’s just a movie that I don’t think spending $10 to watch it in the cinemas is a good option. I rented the movie for half the price at $5.

After that, I did some light programming work for my client, fixing several, really tiny bugs. Sent an email to my client to clarify some stuff and that was it.

Throughout the night, I just went about doing minor stuff. I went to collect my washed clothes and put them in my wardrobe, prepared my science news round up, browse the web, updated my iPad Pro to iOS 11.0.3, had dinner, and writing this journal.

I also had to deal with the ding made by my neighbor kids downstairs with all the popping stuff. Well, they are Hindu and today is Diwali. All expected but doesn’t mean I like the noise.

I think I probably will just spend the rest of the day consuming more content because today it’s simply a lazy day.

And I’m content.