Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Day 985: A Conversational Evening

After work and a round of yoga, I had the loveliest evening.

My friend who is staying with me for a few days and I had dinner together at Thai Express. Over some yummy BBQ Pla (i.e. BBQ Fish but "Pla" does sound a lot nicer!), we had a nice long conversation touching pretty much everything under the sun.

Then we moved from Thai Express to Marble Cake Creamery and over some yummy Brownie and ice cream, we continued our conversation.

Then I got back home and called up my in-laws and had another 45 minute conversation with them! I don't often have long conversations on phone simply because...well, I am not usually a phone person. So this was both unusual and really nice! I enjoyed it!

After the conversation with the parents, the friend and I continued our conversation again for another hour or so.

Nett, if it weren't obvious by now, it was a very conversational evening!

So, what makes that awesome?

The fact that there are people with whom you can have such prolonged conversations and the fact that there is so much about the world to wonder and talk about!

It's really... hmmm.... nice!

15 more to go. 

Monday, July 30, 2012

Day 984: The Fighter.

It was a tiring day at work. I felt incredibly fatigued by the time I got home, but still had work calls to make, so I attended those. That got me even more tired, so until bed time, I did what I usually do in these situations - stare at my computer, doing nothing much else.

Then my editor came online and we happened to chat a lot about potential film projects in the future.

I told him that everything sounded exciting but the future looks unsure because you see, I don't know how much energy I would have moving forward to do everything. For instance right now, I pointed out to him, I was sitting idly and not working on the feature film script even though I have a good idea how to go about it and I really want to write it out. But I am not working on it because I just don't have the energy.

He said, "Oh, you are a fighter. You will get it done somehow."


The minute I heard that I knew I had to give it a shot at least. I had the next few scenes very vividly in my mind and all I had to do was put it down on paper. Now that this fellow has gone and called me a Fighter, the least I could do was at least fight a little bit.

So I did. I bid him goodbye and got to my script. I took a deep breathe, conjured up the energy that I didn't think I had and started to write.

I finished off the next few scenes I had in my mind and the feature film script is now 25% done.

I feel good.

16 more to go. 

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Day 983: An Even Better Sunday!

Yesterday was a good Saturday.

Today was an even better Sunday!

A list again...

Firstly, instead of shopping for self (which is what I ended up doing yesterday), I actually did manage to shop for the hubby and finish off his birthday gift! Yay!

Secondly, I finally managed to spend some quality time with my good friend who is currently in town. She is actually staying with me for a couple of weeks but unfortunately, I haven't been able to spend any quality time with her because of our conflicting schedules or because I am always too tired or sleepy or suffering from a back pain. But today none of that happened and we had a great time chatting at Dome, over some of their awesome Chocolate Lava cake with Gelato.

Thirdly, I managed to shop a bit for myself too. Yeah, pregnancy is turning me into a shopaholic and of course, we get to blame those hormones here. I have spent more in the last 3 months on clothes than in the last 3 years I think. Oh well. Hormones, hormones, hormones!

And last but not the least, I was getting stuck at a particular point in my script but today I figured that piece out! Phew! That was like awesome! I mean it is still in my head and not on paper yet, but that will do for the time being. The fact that I was getting stuck was eating my head but now I feel really good and can't wait to write it all down!

Like I said, an even better Sunday!

17 more to go.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Day 982: A Good Saturday!

Let's do a list!

1) Lunch at Lakshmi Narasimhan - Hot & Spicy Andhra Dosa, Medu Vada and Filter Coffee. Nice!
2) Shopping at Suntec City - went there to buy birthday gift for husband but instead bought a few maternity clothes for self. Ah. Made me feel great!
3) Yoga back at home - this was quite an achievement because half way through shopping at Suntec I felt immensely tired and was ready to collapse. So I got back home to take rest. I did take rest but then forced myself to do yoga so that the horrid back pain doesn't pop up again. So managing to get the routine done in spite of the fatigue felt good.
4) Last but not the least, I worked on my current feature film script further - completely enjoying the process! The characters and situations are all forming well in my head and am enjoying putting them on paper. Exciting!

18 more to go. 

Friday, July 27, 2012

Day 981: Conquering the Back Pain!

I have been suffering from the mother of all back pains the last few days. A few things may have contributed to it. The fact that I am pushing the third trimester now, the fact that I have not done yoga for a week and the fact that I have had an incredibly busy week at work with long hours, which has probably taken its toll on the back.

Because of its severity, the last one week I would just get back from work and immediately go to bed but all that lying down did not seem to help. I knew that yoga would help but I was just too tired to get out of the bed and couldn't get myself to even think about it. The whole thing was starting to affect whatever I do and was really getting to me. 

But today I decided that I had to do something about it. I told myself that no matter how tough it seems, I need to get myself to do yoga. I had got back a bit early from work and had gone straight to bed. But then I forced myself to get up and do my yoga routine. It took all....and I really do mean ALL my will power to get started but once I did, I could feel the difference immediately! 

I went through the hour, not without some effort, but at the end of it, felt terrific! And I realized that I wasn't having that intense pain anymore! I am not sure whether it is such psychological or really a physical difference but whatever it is, it's just what I needed. 

I felt like I conquered the damn back pain at least for the day and that felt incredibly good! Mind over matter! 

19 more to go. 

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Day 980: Back On The Bus!

I haven't taken a bus ride in months. Ever since the nausea kicked in, in my first trimester. It's been cabs all the way. But today I decided that I felt well enough to take the bus to work... it was high time anyway.

So I hopped on to my usual bus, got my usual window seat and then realized how badly I had been missing this routine of morning 25 minute bus ride to work.

It's seriously a great start to the day!

The bus moves so slowly (for some reason the average speed of a public bus in Singapore is about 40 km/hr) that you can observe everything that happens on the streets - the office goers, the aunties and uncles exercising, the school going kids being rushed by parents, the people waiting at the bus stops in all sorta attires, the maids who go for their morning grocery shopping, people picking their noses in cars that pass by completely unaware that their actions are not as hidden as they think they are, the women who touch-up their make up in the buses that pass by, the cute dogs being walked by their owners or the domestic helps, babies in strollers etc. etc. etc. There is just so much to see!

Then on top of that, all this life passes by you as you listen to some great music on your ipod!

And when you are bored observing the life, you can simply look up and see the sky and clouds passing above. With the music to accompany, the vast expanse of blues and whites makes you feel fresh and alert and all set to take on the day! It's perfect!


Definitely taking the bus from now on!

20 more to go. 

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Day 979: Concepts Joy!

I had written here about how, some time ago, I had managed to qualify 5 out 5 concepts at work (the description of what this means is also in that link). If you notice the date of that post, you would realize that it was more than 2 years ago! 

Qualifying new concepts (or initiative ideas) is a key deliverable I have in my current job scope and more often than not, you don't get to make a clean sweep in any concept test. It's a pretty rare feat actually.

But today I am terribly excited because once again, all FIVE concepts that were put into a test have been qualified... not just qualified but with rather high scores! I am super duper thrilled and relieved because I had to qualify at least three of them to ensure that three projects of mine were on track. But qualifying all five makes it extra special! Now not only the critical three projects are on track but I have concepts even to feed future initiatives, which is like too awesome!

Ah, such joy!

21 more to go. 

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Day 978: Massage!

Yeah, I got a massage.

A prenatal massage.

And that's awesome because I usually don't do these self pampering activities. The last time I got a massage was in 2008 when I was in Phuket. That's like four years ago!

But now that I am pushing my third trimester, I am beginning to feel rather heavy and lethargic and gassy and all such less than desirable qualities.

And I wanted to feel better and thought I deserved some pampering.

So I got this prenatal masseuse to come to over to my place and she gave me a nice, gentle massage that made me relax and forget all the discomforts for a while.

Simple but sometimes much needed pleasures of life!

22 more to go.  

Monday, July 23, 2012

Day 977: Pushing It!

Yesterday I couldn't sleep at all. I tried to, several times, during the day and night (it was a Sunday after all) but I just couldn't fall asleep.

Throughout my mind was whirling with things to do at work. I have some very critical deliverable and my mind kept going through what I need to get them done.

As a result of a disturbed night, lack of sleep and the fact that I am pushing my third trimester already, I was in bad shape today. There was too much fatigue and and I was very uncomfortable through the day.

But I did manage to finish a considerable chunk of the due deliverable, not without some significant effort at pushing myself, and sent it out to my manager in charge of the project.

Then I crossed my fingers and waited because if she thought that's crap, I wouldn't know what to do next.

The wait began to bother me and I wanted to take my mind off it.

In spite of the fatigue and pregnancy related discomforts, which by the evening had doubled in their strength, I decided to hit the gym and walk and cycle a bit.

So I did that. Getting to the gym required considerable effort at pushing myself but once I was there, it seemed like the best decision. Enjoying some good music, I walked and cycled a fair bit.

When I got back from the gym, I found the note from the maanger. She said what I sent her was "excellent"! I could literally feel a huge knot leave and my body relaxing completely.

And then I got something which I haven't had in weeks, thanks to the growing belly. I had the best sleep ever! Dreamless, painless, peaceful.

23 more to go. 

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Day 976: When My Music Begins...!

A few months ago I had written here about what I considered my music and why that makes me feel oh-so-awesome! 'My music' is basically what my talented music directors compose for my films. Needless to say they are always a lot more special to me than any other songs that I love.

Other than the fact that it is....well... mine, what is really fantastic about my music is that I get to see its journey. From the very inception to the final rendering, I get to see how it develops and blossoms and that's a fascinating experience! 

Recently, I had written about how I have started working on my new feature film script. I had progressed a bit (a bit means really a bit - just about 7 scenes or so) and I sent it to my Mausams music director, just to get his early thoughts. Being a film maker himself, he has always given me his opinions on the characters, the build up, what can be improved, what should be maintained etc. on my previous scripts. And I was expecting an email with similar feedback from him on this script as well, once he goes through it. 

The email came. But instead of the feedback, he actually sent me a quick and rough tune that he had put together as a suitable soundtrack for the film! What a surprise that was and it was soooo exciting!! Not only did the music completely suited what I had in mind (and that's not really surprising because the man's a genius) but more importantly it gave me a sudden wave of inspiration to write more and progress with the script! And so I sat down and wrote another 7 scenes today! 

It gave me such a high because I sensed that this was the beginning of what would someday become my music (hopefully)! And that's a terrific, terrific honour! 

All smiles! 

24 more to go. 

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Day 975: The Best Girl Team!

Another Saturday. Another terrific brunch with a different set of my favourite girlfriends!

One of them, visiting from Amsterdam where she is doing a 2 year Masters, is staying with me and the rest of the gang decided to meet her over brunch today.

And it was a fantastic one! Personal lives, Gossips, Politics, Philosophy, Fashion, Dreams, Aspirations - I think we covered them all in our conversation over some terrific food at my newest find Antoinette at Palais Renaissance (really, super duper awesome food!). In the quaint French settings of the restaurant, we spent about 3 hours yapping away!

This bunch of girls have this innate ability to make me feel on top of the world!

They are not just friends but have worked with me on several projects before - dance, theatre, films etc. and have been a constant source of support the last several years. My only sadness is that some of them will be moving out of the country soon...one is already out and the rest are about to leave as well. It makes me rather blue when I think about it. But I guess it's OK... I had the privilege of being around them for so long.

They may or may not feature on this blog over the next 25 days of its existence so let me end this by saying that they've made the best Girl Team I could have ever hoped for and were a big part of what made so many of my days beautiful!

25 more to go. 

Friday, July 20, 2012

Day 974: Bhadrasana with Locked Elbows - Check!

Seems like a rather good week in terms of Yoga!

Today I got the Bhadrasana right! It is actually a simple one and I used to get the legs right till now, but could never lock my elbows (reference pic in the link below).


Now, that' been cracked too. Am liking this!

26 more to go. 

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Day 973: Being Chinese!

Today I found myself in an authentic Chinese restaurant, enjoying some authentic Chinese food, amongst a 100% Chinese crowd around me! I was the only Indian or non-Chinese around and I felt totally cool about it! The whole deal wasn't planned... I just happened to go shopping, got rather hungry in the process and instead of waiting for the hubby and a friend who were supposed to join me for dinner, decided to go ahead and eat first.

As I worked around my noodles, veggies and cup of Chinese tea, with the aid of a pair of chopsticks and ceramic spoon, listening to Chinese conversations flying all around me, I felt totally Chinese myself!

Don't think this has happened to me in all these years in Singapore, and it was beyond interesting!

27 more to go. 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Day 972: Fixed Firm Pose - Check!

Post getting the Standing Bow Pose right a couples of days ago, today I got the Fixed Firm pose right! The Fixed Firm needs your knees to be touching each other, something which I was not being able to do post pregnancy... not even for the Yoga shoot below (last row, first pic).

But today I could do it, so that's another check! Yes!!

28 more to go.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Day 971: The Complete Working Day!

It was the most productive and satisfying working day I've had post pregnancy.

Here's why:

1) The day started with about 15 minutes of praying - There's this prayer I used to chant a while ago but had taken a break from and today I decided to pick it up again.
2)  I worked hard for 8-9 hours straight in the office.  There was no going late, leaving early, taking breaks, nothing. I was scuttling from one meeting to another and didn't have a minute to spare.
3) I came back and had a good 45 minute session in the gym - 30 minutes of walking on the treadmill and 15 minutes of cycling. I hadn't hit the gym in a while, so this was good.
4) I continued writing my new feature film script, post dinner and got about 6-7 more pages done!
5) Late night walk to the nearby hawker center with the hubby, which was our quality time spent for the day.

I haven't had such a productive working day in ages! Prayers + Work + Exercise + Scripting + Family Time! In my books, that's kinda the most complete a working day can possibly get!

29 more to go.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Day 970: From A Yoga Shoot To Self Esteem!

Very fascinating day indeed! Completely unexpected one at that too!

Now, everyone knows that I practice yoga. Not very regularly, but I do. Prior to pregnancy, I used to hit Bikram Yoga about 50-60 times a year (yes, I do keep track), and compliment that with a few days of running, swimming, dancing and such extra curricular activities. I have active yoga periods when I go very frequently and then black out periods running to weeks and months after that, when I don't go at all. That's how it used to be usually.

Post realizing that I am pregnant, I had taken up prenatal yoga, practicing at home and following the DVD that my yoga studio passed me. I had started this in the third month. Again, I had not been very regular.. averaging only 1-2 times a week, and even had a 5 week long break in between when we made that awesome trip to Scotland.

So why am I explaining all this here?

Well... because recently, i.e. for the last 3 weeks, I had been religiously practicing yoga thrice a week. And yesterday I felt that it might be a good idea to take pictures of each of my postures, at least the harder ones, for the following two reasons.

Firstly, I wanted to ensure that my postures are correct. Unlike in the studio where there are professional instructors to oversee and full length mirrors to self-correct, at home I have no clue how I am doing. So taking photos during the practice would help me see if I am doing something terribly wrong. Secondly, I wanted to how I generally look doing yoga in my current 6-month pregnant state. I thought it would be a good idea to keep these pictures for posterity. For all I know, I might be pregnant only once in this lifetime and hence these are the last few months I would get to see my pregnant self doing yoga!

So I convinced the hubby to take a few pictures while I practiced. And he kindly obliged.

And I was pleasantly surprised! Post pregnancy, every time I practice, I used to feel like my joints and muscles are too stiff. Hence in my head, my postures are all awkward and simply not the same as the way they should be. But the photos we took showed me that I am keeping up decently well enough and things are not as bad as I had imagined.

Needless to say, this made me terribly happy! 

Since the pictures came out decent enough, I put them up on Facebook and went off for dinner. That was yesterday.

And today, I was bombarded with so many comments and messages and emails and calls about that picture! People were coming up to me at work even, to discuss it! Apparently everyone thinks I am a yoga professional, and was asking me for tips, training information, exercise schedule etc. etc.  Jeez! I was so taken aback! And I got so many messages from ladies - those who have been pregnant, those who are pregnant, those who are planning to be pregnant, telling me that they are motivated by these pictures! I even got appreciation from a few yoga instructors! It was really overwhelming! I was expecting a few "likes" on Facebook, sure, but nothing of this scale!

And I realized how much I needed this experience.

Not because I needed a vanity ride or an ego boost. Of course, I love getting compliments like everyone else but I need this more because it reversed this rapid decline in self esteem and confidence I had been dealing with over the past few weeks.

You see, pregnancy can play real weird mind games on you. In my case, the rapid weight gain, the feeling of being off-balance most of the time, the fact that I wobble vs. walk, the difficulty in sleeping, the discomfort every time I need to move, the appearance of the first few stretch marks, etc. had been getting to me. In my head, while I do see the bigger picture and I do look forward to the little one, these things have been making me more depressed than I had initially thought. Of course the hormones aren't helping. Neither are random people who comment on how "huge" I am. Most of the time I can handle it, but not always. Sometimes, it really takes me to down to a mental and emotional pit. And what's more frustrating is that being bothered by all these changes and outsider opinions.. and not being able to handle it all with the dignity and indifference that I expect from myself, makes me feel even more bothered. Ugh. Vicious cycle, really.

Net, I was beginning to turn into a mess.

But no longer.

The fact that suddenly there is something positive about me and my body, makes me feel good! The fact that in spite of all the above-mentioned symptoms, I still can manage to do something that everyone seems to appreciate, makes me feel super good! The fact that so many other women think I am doing more than what they have done in similar situations, makes me feel super duper good! Even being mistaken for a professional yogini, which can't be further from truth, makes me feel awesome!

Sure, I am very aware of the fact that I am just reacting to some external opinions and this may not last, but that's fine. It has helped me get out of that rut I was slowly falling into and I feel a lot... I mean a LOT better about myself! I feel like I can handle the mental, emotional and physical changes that are happening and would continue to happen, because I have proven now to myself that I am doing just fine! And being just fine, is just what I want!

I had never expected that yoga shoot to give me so much! Not just the expected pretty pictures for memory sake but also a ton of that much needed self esteem!

I feel blessed!

And with that my friends, we have only 1 more month to go on this blog!

30 more to go. 

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Day 969: The Best Service in Singapore!

Today I experienced the best ever service in a restaurant in Singapore! Very impressive!

The place - Indian restaurant "Zaffron", diagonally opposite to 112 Katong Mall.

It was our first time there today. Katong is quite a fair distance from where we stay but we got to hear rave reviews about this place from a couple of friends and we thought that a jobless Sunday evening might just be the best time to go check it out.

So we went.

Now, I must say upfront that I didn't think their food was the best. It seemed like Indian food catered to western tastes - a bit less hot & spicy than what I would have liked it to be. Even their Masala Tea was like the Chai Latte you get in Australia and New Zealand, and not like the Indian Masala Chai.

But the service was top notch!

First, they went out of their way to get a good table ready for us, especially when they realized that I was pregnant and couldn't sit on the bar stools, which was the only one that was initially empty. Their second option for us was a table a little close to the entrance to the washroom. I thought it was a decent enough place, because the washroom couldn't be seen at all from there, but then they themselves felt that was not good enough for us! So they worked around some reservations and got us a pretty good table finally, like in their "prime" location!

Then we noticed that they are not just mechanically doing their work around but actually having conversations with all the customers. They were like really friendly but not in an in-your-face manner. More like western culture of happy, random conversations with strangers vs. the formal Asian culture where we hold back a lot more. Pretty neat!

We also noticed that they were very quick to change the dish if there was the slightest dissatisfaction with it.

Then one of the waiters dropped a glass of water a little distance away from us. For the next 30 minutes, apologies and concerned questions about whether we were OK, poured in! Not just by the waiter you dropped the glass, but the girl who was helping him clean it up, the manager etc. etc. We had to work really hard to convince him that we were indeed OK and the shattered glass had not harmed us in any manner!

Last but not the least, when it was time to leave, we got a pretty elaborate goodbye! 2-3 people were at the door seeing us off and they even wished me good luck with pregnancy!

Seriously, the hubby and I were very impressed. Singapore is not the place where you get the best service on an average, but this was really pretty nice! Makes you feel like royalty even if for just 2 hours!

31 more to go. 

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Day 968: That Old Team!

Had a wonderful brunch today, catching up with two of my ex-colleagues and great friends from my previous SK-II team! One of them is just back to work post maternity leave and the other had moved over to another company recently. We hadn't met each other in months, so we decided to do brunch today. And it was a lot of fun!

Our venue was Food for Thought at the Botanical Gardens. It's quite a pain to find that place and their indoor seating arrangement leaves much to be desired because instead of small personal tables, they have huge tables seating 12-15 people, which means you need to share the seating with strangers. Weird! But we managed to find a sanely arranged, normal table with just 4 chairs outdoors and that's where we settled down for our brunch. The food itself was pretty good and I had a wonderful time catching up with the ladies!

The newly turned mom had several stories for us and I poured out my pregnancy tales as well. Together the three of us discussed work, career, babies, parents, husbands, gossips (of course), and everything under the sun over brunch! When it was time to leave, the new mom's husband.. i.e. the new dad.. brought their new baby to meet us! She was such a darling and got along very well with us strangers!

The old SK-II team was the best team ever and we are always so close knit! Of course not the entire team was there for a reunion today but I was really happy to catch up with these two ladies and revive some of that old time fun!

32 more to go. 

Friday, July 13, 2012

Day 967: Cocktail & Conversations!

Today was a major day of catch ups and conversations for me!

First with my team over a nice, long Friday afternoon lunch - it was an all-girls group and we gossiped to our heart's content!

Then with an ex-colleague whom I had not met in the longest time. It was good catching up with him, especially because he had a very interesting story of dealing with his life's ups and downs and re-evaluating priorities etc., all of which struck a chord.

Then with one of my best friends from work, whom I catch up with very frequently but is still a joy everytime I do so!

Then with my usual gang of friends outside of work, whom I had not met in a while because of everyone's travel plans, other engagements etc. So it was good to catch up with them and there were a lot of interesting stories to share and we chatted away all the way until 1 am!

Last but not the least I also got to watch a very refreshing Hindi film "Cocktail". The first half was really good and more than made up for a plain second half. It was funny and I enjoyed it thoroughly especially since there was as much entertainment off screen as on screen, as my friends and I were totally amused by certain...erm...characters in the audience! But let's not get into the details there!

Overall, a very nice day!

33 more to go. 

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Day 966: Book Bliss!

Buying books always gives me a high. Actually it's been the case since childhood. I always used to get my mom to give me pocket money to buy books as a reward for doing well in exams. Sometimes I buy so many at a go that I don't even end up reading all of them for the longest time.

Today I got the same joy of buying books in bulk! I had ordered a whole lot of them via Flipkart, an Indian version of Amazon.com, and thoroughly enjoyed myself! They have a wonderful collection especially of Indian authors, something which I always am on the lookout for, and I had a great time going through their list, making my own purchase list and finally buying whatever I wanted to!

Ah... bliss... from books!

34 more to go. 

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Day 965: The Cheque!

Mausams was a "zero budget" film in Hollywood/Bollywood terms. But zero budget doesn't exactly mean zero. It only means that the movie was made on a budget that's almost unheard of in the usual film industry. I had actually spent a few thousands dollars on it - mainly on location hiring, film festival entries, etc. So far I haven't broken even, in spite of running for a couple of weeks in Singapore because the tickets then were cheap and part of it went to the venue rental anyway. But it was never about the money and I have gotten a lot more from that film than I could have possibly hoped for ever.

Even then, it feels good when you get a tiny bit of revenue for it! Last year Mausams had played on an online pay-per-view site called Dingora.com. It played there for a month and even managed to get to its top #12 all time best-sellers list. But the site did not compensate me for it.. that too for over a year, in spite of multiple follow ups.

Today, out of the blue a cheque landed up in my house. It was only for a few hundred dollars, after Dingora's cut and US taxes etc. and hardly brings me anywhere close to my breakeven point, but still it was a kind of returns for Mausams and I felt thrilled to hold the cheque!

Big or small, it made me feel pretty nice!

35 more to go. 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Day 964: Painted Toe Nails!

Like yesterday, today too was rather eventless. Yesterday I had made it eventful with some birthday shopping, but that's not something you can do every day.

So today, I decided to paint my toe nails instead. I managed to find a 5 year old bottle of nail colour and happily sat down to apply it. With a growing tummy in the way, it was not an easy feat at first but then I got the hang of it after a while!

Now, I must point out that it has been years since I painted my nails - be it on my fingers or toes. The last time (and the only time) I had gotten a manicure and pedicure was for my wedding 5.5 years ago. Since then I probably would have had painted nails once or maximum twice, but not more. These things are usually not my cup of tea simply because I don't usually get the time to think about it - I do think painted nails are a lot prettier than non-painted ones, but you know... one needs time for these extra curricular activities.

But now I seem to have all the time in the world, so I painted my toes a shiny beige.

And felt absolutely feminine and fantastic about it!

36 more to go. 

Monday, July 9, 2012

Day 963: Birthday Shopping!

It was an uneventful day and was getting on my nerves after a point, so I decided that I wanted to make it somewhat eventful.

So in the evening, I set out for some shopping. Not just any shopping, but birthday shopping. Birthday shopping for the hubby. That is, shopping for gifts for the hubby's upcoming birthday!

Well, we share our birthday, so his birthday is still 37 days away, but I decided that there was no point in procrastinating. I had a fair idea what to give him, so I thought I might as well get it sooner than later. And most importantly it gave me something to do on an otherwise boring day!

So I shopped until my heart's content, thoroughly enjoyed the experience, came back and worked on the gift for a bit at home and felt super smug about the whole deal!

The hubby, when he got home, heard what happened. Of course, I didn't tell him what the gift is but I told him I went shopping for it. And he wasn't pleased at all! According to him, this simply means that he needs to work extra hard on his gift for me (remember, we share our birthday) and all this is just stressful! Sigh! Such lovable drama!

I assured him that I didn't go shopping because I wanted to give him a spectacular gift but instead, to have some fun myself. So it was a exercise meant for my own entertainment and not for his benefit - the latter is just a by-product. I also gently reminded him that in any case, I always have better ideas when it comes to gifts vs. him, so why bother.

After much reassurance, he was finally convinced and I was happy!

Great evening!

37 more to go. 

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Day 962: Lakshmi Narasimhan, Script, Yoga, Wimbledon and Missisippi Mud Cake

I am not sure whether I have mentioned this before, but we have formed a routine of hitting the South Indian restaurant, Lakshmi Narasimhan, every Sunday morning for brunch. It's a routine I am very much enjoying so far! Today, I binged on their Hot & Spicy Andhra Dosa, Idly, Vada and Filter coffee. Yum!!!

After that terrific start to the day, I decided to spend some time working on my feature film script and made some progress.

Then I felt like I had done all that needs to be done for a Sunday and wanted to sleep off. Instead, I forced myself to do yoga. And 'forcing' it was! The energy levels were pretty low and I took 1.5 hours to finish off the hour's routine because I was taking my own sweet time. But post the practice, I felt good and it seemed to be the best decision I could have made!

Then I joined the hubby and friends at Chimes to watch the Wimbledon men's single finals. The hubby was supporting Federer as if his life depended on it, and I supported the hubby and in turn, Federer. One of the highlights of the group-watching of Wimbledon, other than the totally crazy conversation that was happening throughout with the friends, was the Mississippi Mud Cake that we ordered to go along! Everything else in the restaurant was pretty average ....oh, except their curly fries which were awesome....but the mud cake was exceptional! Loved it!

Anyway, good news was that Federer won, which made the hubby royally happy. He couldn't have been happier if he himself had won it! And in return for the support I gave him and Federer, the hubby did me the favor of reading through my film script so far and commenting on it. Something which I had been unable to get him to do till then!

Nett, a pretty fun, packed, happy day!

38 more to go.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Day 961: Meet Ups, Dim Sum, Galaxy S3, Ice Cream & Happiness!

It was a fantastic day!

One of those days when you feel pretty happy and good about everything even though you might not be able to point out why exactly!

In any case, here is a list of all the small things that could have contributed to the big happiness:

a) Meeting and having an interesting conversation with someone who contacted me to know more about how to get independent movies screened in Singapore - I discovered that she is a fellow Mallu and better still, a fellow Bikram Yogini which made us instant thick friends!
b) A little bit of shopping
c) Visiting my Bikram Yoga studio to pick up the husband who went for a class there, and meeting the folks there whom I miss oh-so-much.
d) Being told twice the same day that I look quite fit and good for someone in her 6th month of pregnancy!
e) Gorging on dim sums at Din Tai Fung, with the hubby.
f) Getting the new Samsung Galaxy S3 phone, which came to me almost free of cost thanks to the offers at Starhub, my mobile service provider.
g) Being quite happy with the service at Starhub, while we were there.
h) The happiness of the hubby who instantly accepted the offer when I suggested that he could use the new phone instead of me.
i) Having McDonald's cone ice cream, something which I usually do not have at all (simply because am not an ice cream fan) and hence was a novel experience.
j) Spending the entire evening making random conversation with the hubby who seemed to be having a generally happy day as well!

Like I said, not one big thing but several small things. But as long as it made me happy, who is complaining!

39 more to go.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Day 960: The Filmie Fanatic Again!

I had written here about how a fellow filmie fanatic from India had read about Mausams and the very humble background of its making in a newspaper, and came to visit me during a trip he made to Singapore. His story was that he had always been wanting to make a film but somehow didn't get himself to, due to work commitments, but after reading about how Mausams was made by people with zero film background and full time jobs in other fields, he was inspired to make one. We had a long chat that day in Singapore and I was happy to see someone so genuinely passionate about movie making.

He went back to India and soon made a short film which did extremely well in film festival circuits and won a few awards as well. He also visited me during the Mausams screening in Kerala when I was there last year.

He was back in Singapore today and he once again came over to meet me. For our meeting today, he chose the same Starbucks where we had met last year to discuss his film making dreams, and he even walked over and sat on the same seats saying, "This is where it all began!". He was pretty overwhelmed with the whole experience of making a film and couldn't seem to believe all that he had managed to achieve in the last one year. Not only has his film done so well, the latest news is that he has gotten the #1 star in the film industry to work with him on an extension for that film and post that development, some channels are also acquiring satellite rights for it! All very exciting stuff!

I was thrilled to listen to his story and felt extremely pleased to be a very small part of his wonderful journey so far!

And then I asked him what his plans are next. He has enough contacts in the industry now to make a mainstream feature film if he likes to, and he shared with me the thread of very interesting plot he has in mind for a feature as well. I asked him what was stopping him from plunging in again, and he said that it was the same issue as last time - work commitments and a general feeling of "will I be pull it off?", something all of us go through I suppose. And then he said, "I thought if I come and meet you and talk to you about my plans again, maybe I will go back and act on it.. just like last time." How sweet! He was giving way too much credit than what that meeting last year could rightly deserve!

I assured him that it is one thing to be inspired by other people and a completely different thing to actually act on that inspiration and make something out of it. Post Mausams, I have probably had at least 50 - 60 people tell me that they too are inspired to make a film on their own after witnessing the Mausams journey but this filmie fanatic is the only one I am aware of, who has actually done it. And done it so well, that too! Kudos to his passion, courage and determination!

I am certain that in another year's time, I will hear back from him... with more success stories. Now that he has started, I think there is no stopping him. I wish him all the very best! And I am very, very happy and humbled to be a very tiny part of his wonderful story!

40 more to go. 

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Day 959: Next Feature Script Begins!

I was up until 1:30 am today, working on the first few scenes of the next feature film script!

This one, supposedly a romantic saga across multiple locations, is completely out of my league in terms of execution! But this is exactly the reason why I thought now would be a good time to write it.

I am under no pressure... that is no pressure from myself, because no one else bothers to pressurize me about these things....  to make any film for a while, until and unless I settled down with all the changes in my life currently.

So it's like I have all the time in the world to write down the ideas in my head, without a need to worry about when and how I would be able to bring them to the screen.With that understanding, I began to finally jot this idea down which had been on my mind for at least a year now. 

And am totally, loving the process! Unlike writing for short films, feature film scripting is like being in a world of its own! My quiet study room, a cup of tea or milo or just water at times, some beautiful music in the background and my characters shaping up on the pages as I type on. 

Wonderful to be back here! 

41 more to go. 

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Day 958: Standing Bow Pose - Check!

Yup, I am beginning to keep track of the yoga postures I do well in my current pregnant state, much like what I used to do before.

Previously, my benchmark for getting a posture right is if I get complimented by the instructor in the hot yoga class. But now, given that I do my prenatal yoga in the comfort of my own room, my benchmark is my ability to maintain the posture through the recommended time... which is usually only 15-20 seconds.

I can do hold most of the postures for the recommended time but there are a few tricky ones like Standing Bow or Balancing Stick or even the Awkward Pose.

And for today, I am happy to share that I got the Standing Bow Pose right! Yay!

42 more to go. 

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Day 957: 2am Parathas & Teh Halia!

It was one of those days... or rather nights, when you just don't seem to be able to fall asleep. Both the hubby and I were wide awake discussing everything from the newly discovered God particle, to work, to the upcoming child, to travel plans in the future, to what we should be doing on our shared birthday which is just a month of so away... without making much progress on any of these, I must add.

Then the inevitable happened. We got hungry. 

It was already 2am, so the hunger wasn't surprising. But then it was mildly surprising that we decided to act on it. Instead of going to bed and forgetting about the hunger, we decided to take a stroll, go to a nearby hawker centre and get something to eat. 

So we did. 

We walked to Al Afrose and stuffed ourselves with Onion and Egg Parathas and Teh Halia (Ginger Tea).

The food was good but more than that, I really enjoyed the experience. It reminded me of my film shooting & editing days ...or even university days, if I want to go that far back.... when I would be up for so late, in spite of the fact that it was a weekday, and then go around looking for food in the middle of the night.

Walking through the completely deserted roads of a very quiet Singapore, in those memories, really felt good! 

Small pleasures of life!

43 more to go. 

Monday, July 2, 2012

Day 956: Acting Offer!

Totally out of the blue, in the least unexpected manner, one of my friends (who also happens to be my cinematographer on Mausams and Inganeyum Oru Katha) asked me whether I would be interested in acting in a short film that he wants to make. That too in my current pregnant self!

Woah! The offer made me real happy especially because I wasn't expecting anyone to ask me to act for them and definitely not a pregnant me! So this made me feel real good!

Anyway, not sure whether this would actually take off or not as the script is in progress currently and I am not sure how long my energetic self will last. But at least I got the offer.... I will be happy with that

44 more to go.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Day 955: Spirit!

That's the name of the Malayalam movie I watched today - "Spirit"! I always enjoy the rare instance of watching a Malayalam movie in the theatre - meeting Mallu friends, talking in Malayalam, observing fellow Mallu movie watchers - and today was no exception. And it was all the more pleasant because the movie itself was pretty good!

Loved the Spirit experience!

45 more to go.