So Much Has Happened

My last entry on my personal blog was on December 5, 2019 when I had just received my newest pair of Edward Green boots and met Masaichi at the Gaziano & Girling trunk show. Since then, I’ve been quite silent in the social media space – a lot of things have happened since then.

This will be a catch up blog post on 9 months worth of content in my life – it’s like a drama but no one is really watching except maybe my mum and if you read to the end, I guess you too.

Days of Bliss

So I guess we start where I left off on my last blog post. A few weeks after getting those boots, I attended a friend’s wedding – it was a fun wedding: super cute, they made their own vows that had Pokemon nerdy references in it, and it was outdoors. Well done, Kevin and Bernice. At that wedding, I reconnected with a girl who I grew up with and we hit it off – met up more after the wedding, had dinners together, kissed, became a couple. Fairy tale kinda beginnings.

I thought I had found “the one” again. I really tried my best for that relationship.

I was in Melbourne for Christmas and the New Year with my family and we thoroughly enjoyed the company of James Seaford and his family. I’ll always remember and cherish this memory. I feel like they are an extension of my family and James is not just my business partner in Thomas George Collection but a true brother. It’s going to be a joy watching their children grow up!

Christmas with the Seafords!

The Ides of March

So 2020 started out as the year where I had my shit together, until that shit hit the fan and the world pretty much ended.

March came, she broke up with me, Covid-19 lockdowns happened and I went silent over social media after that. You can see from my Instagram I haven’t posted since. I just had to let time, solitude and reflection heal things and fix me up again. I’m okay now by the way.

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Yikes.

Thank you to all my friends and family who were there to comfort me and provide a listening ear. There’s a lot more I can say to unpack what I think about what happened, but that’s for another day.

So while lockdown was in effect, I was in fresh depressed mode, and we had to work from home – I knew that some habits had to change for me to stay sane.

Exercise

So I guess it was a combination of realising that sitting all day at home with minimal venturing outside was going to get me fat plus a nagging thought that maybe I got dumped because I wasn’t physically hot enough motivated me to pick up an exercise routine during the lockdown.

At the start I was doing 5 days of exercise with 2 rest days: Each day doing 5 sets of 10 bicep curls, 20 pushups, 20 squats, 30 second as fast as possible cycling, some elastic stretchy things and active hangs on the chin up bar. Some One-Punch Man vibes though maybe not quite as intense as 100 per day.

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100 push-ups, 100 sit ups, 100 squats and a 10 km run every day would get me to this point.

Eventually I eased off and now only do 3 days per week with rest days in between. At least I still have a routine that I didn’t have before Covid lockdowns happened. I can happily say I can do 10+ chin-ups/pull-ups (before couldn’t even get past 2) and 40+ push-ups now! Progress feels good especially when comparing in hindsight.

Although I don’t personally notice it, some friends have asked if I had lost weight. I guess that’s a good sign.

Gaming

Ever since I was a young child and all through my teenage years and early twenties, gaming had always been one of my escapes from reality. Picking up Destiny 2 again during Covid connected me with new online friends, old ones and a high school friend who I hadn’t spoken to in years. Being able to chat to friends online, work towards progress in my Destiny 2 account and destroy people in PvP have helped keep me sane.

Trials of Osiris Flawless runs became a weekly ritual again.

I also recently picked up Maplestory again and that grind also kept me busy when not working or shining shoes.

IYKYK

Programming Projects

More recently, a friend I caught up with heard about what I was going through (not much but gaming and wfh in lockdown) and reached out to me about lending him a hand on a programming project that he had in mind. I can’t say what it is specifically, but he gave me an opportunity to use my programming skills to help him with the project and that kind of sparked other interests I’m now researching more into.

During the project I had to clean up my workflow on my MacBook so I reinstalled the operating system and customised my terminal to become conducive to productive work. I now use Tmux in Kitty terminal, Z-shell instead of Bash and NVIM for all text editing.

This is my work space.

The advantage of this is longer battery life because of the lack of GUI apps and hacker vibes because of the lack of GUI apps. The advantage of this is also the lack of GUI apps – did I mention that already? (I run Discord on my Mac through the Terminal).

I’m also looking into using my Raspberry Pi and building some electronics projects. Today, I’ve just ordered some jumper wires, breadboards, sensors and an analogue-to-digital chip – can’t wait to tinker with them. I have no idea what I’m going to make yet, but it will be a good educational experience.

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Raspberry Pi – a computer smaller than the size of your credit card.

Somewhere down the line, I hope to also pick up iOS programming again, learn 3D game programming in C++ on Unreal Engine and further my skills as a computer geek. I was watching some guy on YouTube make a computer out of a microprocessor, coding it with 1’s and 0’s with resistors and jumper wires, and it was some really fascinating stuff – super educational on how computers work, but I don’t think I’ll be getting into that though.

Shoes

Finally, my interest in shoes did wane a little bit. I hadn’t shined my shoes in a long time, I had one client for shoe shining since March and I’ve been mainly barefoot at home each day. However, it’s really coming back and I’m getting excited about a few new things happening soon!

My friend and fellow shoe nerd Andrew Gong is launching his own shoe brand that will offer handwelted shoes for ~$750 AUD. I’ve seen his samples and they look really promising!

Thomas George Collection is also planning some exciting new things for 2021 and the latter quarter of this year. That’s also got my excitement levels back up and I’m looking forward to a successful year ahead! I can’t share too much but stay tuned.

These are my hands and my Freos. Incredible quality and value!
I had the opportunity to learn some Photoshop editing skills from James for this photo.

School

The new workspace for Sydney Science College where I work now is almost complete and I can’t wait to get some good sunlight, green plants and wood aesthetic in my working life.

You can also check out the Instagram page @sydneysciencecollege to stay up to date with what’s happening.

Hello, it’s yours truly! We gotta update this picture, my Terminal doesn’t look like that anymore…

Onwards To New Things

Every year there’s always something to learn. The life lessons I’ve been dealt this year have both humbled me, changed me and made me into someone better than before.

As a Christian, the events of my life in the last couple years including 2020 have challenged my faith – I’ve gone astray a few times, done things that any church going boy would get shunned for doing, and not gone to church as regularly as I would have liked – but some verses come in mind:

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

James 1:2-4

So while it sucks that shit happens, I thank God for it as I know myself better now than before, I’ve grown in understanding my own faith, and as much as I suck at following a typical church boy life – it’s assuring to know that Jesus came to heal the sick and save the lost, not for those who think they’re already top shit.

Soldiering on in my Turons. Let’s go!