Daily Journal – September 19

Daily Journal - September 19




Will I ever get used to neighbours popping by unannounced? That’s one of the hazards of living in a country village. I do want to like it, because they always have the best intentions. Mandy walked over today to remind me there’s a soup lunch today at the village hall, which is awfully nice of her.

But for an introvert who has social anxiety and likes to wear pyjamas around the house all day, this is highly disconcerting. Even phone calls terrify me, so this is saying a lot. I received xanax after a long period of suffering. Before 1 year of behavior therapy (panic) and 7 weeks clinic. I didn’t want any medication, I was incredibly afraid of the side effects. After therapy and clinic were unsuccessful, my new therapist took away the fear of a drug. I should start with 10mg and increase after a week if I can take it.

Winner of Everything

Not content with merely being the poster boy for British politeness, Piers is also vying to be the paragon of consideration. We have two cleaners coming round tomorrow. He just started going around the house hoovering everywhere. Piers is also the sort of person who makes a hotel bed just before checking out. He wins.


I’m grateful for stolen time after breakfast to relax with my iPad before starting the day where I frantically race against time to get everything I want done, done, before the day ends yet again.


Wanted to write down my epic vivid dream of this morning but I’ve decided I haven’t the time!


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Nice photos of nice hotel :)

I’ve been wanting to blog about Oxford because it’s such a beautiful, awe-inspiring city. But I have too many photos of it and it’s tiresome looking through hundreds of photos to pick the best for the blog.

So I thought I’d start off with just some photos of our hotel because it’s a smaller, more manageable task.

All the hotels in the city of Oxford were fully booked (thanks to our last-minute habit as usual) so we had to stay in this peaceful countryside hotel about 20 minutes’ drive from the city centre.


The Holt Hotel


It was a viable option only because we had a car, so we could drive anywhere quite easily.

I’m glad we had to “settle” for the Holt Hotel. It turned out to be really lovely and I wish we’d had more time to spend around that area, have a picnic or something, but then we didn’t have enough time for Oxford city as it was.


The Holt Hotel carpark
The Holt Hotel carpark


Hotel lobby
The lobby


Hotel room
Our room


Dusk at the Holt Hotel


View from balcony
View from our balcony


View from balcony
View of the hotel on the main street.


It’s a decent-sized hotel (86 rooms) and is fairly cheap (£82 a night incl. VAT). The price included breakfast but we didn’t wake up in time for it so missed a good English country breakfast.

Oh, well. In the mornings, my brain always tells me that sleep is more important than food. You can always eat when you’re awake, but you can’t always sleep when you’re awake.

That’s insomniac-speak, in case you’re not following.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering about the smiley in the title, well, I’m just in a mellow, smiley kind of mood today. :)

Okay, last photo before I wrap up.


Polite sign


Not really polite, is it?

Singapore is in India?

Once in a while, we hear that Singapore is in China. Or you get people mailing stuff to Singapore with R.O.C. at the end of the address. Yes, I have received such a package! And I have personally encountered people telling me that Singapore is in China.

But that’s old news. What about Singapore in India? That’s a new one for me!

Seen in a gaming forum:

Well if you’re connected to live and when you booted up your game you didn’t get a notice saying there is a patch available then that means there must not be an update up yet in your area. I may be available later, Singapore is in India or close right? If so, I thought the game was censored(or banned) in that area because of something about brahmin offending the general religion of the area. If that’s true then that might ave something to do with the lack of a patch.

Link here.


Okay, but I don’t think we should laugh at people who don’t know where Singapore is. Nobody can know everything. You probably don’t know every single city, state or country in the world yourself. I certainly don’t.

It shouldn’t be surprising that there are people in the world who don’t know Singapore.

I just find it funny, that’s all! =)

I’m not laughing at the person making the mistake. Really. I’m just laughing at the situation.

Oh, in case I have readers who don’t actually know where Singapore is (I won’t laugh at you, really), let me share with you a few things about Singapore.

Singapore is an independent, developed city-state and the smallest nation in Southeast Asia, located directly South of Malaysia. We’re a multi-racial country comprising Chinese, Malay, Indian and Eurasian peoples, with the Chinese being the majority population.

English is our first language. And foreigners like coming here for shopping and food. And maybe for the sun, cos we’re near the equator. And… I don’t know. Maybe some of you would like to share your opinions why foreigners like visiting Singapore.