Continued from Day 10703

Day 10704
Monday, 10 December 2018

47576089_2109066269131849_7013645112915787776_nLast week of A1. My DNA sample still hasn’t reached Ireland! It says “in progress”. I mailed it 9 days ago. In other news, I am moving into my own single apartment in February! And it is only 400m away from the department. I could roll down in my sleep. This is the best thing ever! I think it is already furnished, which now means I will have to sell off/give away what I already have.

Val asks, “Going to German class is giving you more confidence, isn’t it?”

It sure is. But I still suck at approaching women though. There was a girl on the bus who kept glancing at me, like way too often it was making me uncomfortable. She was cute so I thought I would smile whenever we made eye contact. I smiled a couple of times but she didn’t return it but kept glancing at me like I had ink on my nose or something. I did not look at her after that. My shoes got all my attention for the rest of the journey.

No stranger has ever made eye contact with me for that long or that often. I will not forget the face for awhile. If I see her again, I might walk up to her and ask if we have met before. (Val the wise: “It is an easy way to meet her and also allows you to walk away with dignity if she says nope.”)

The other problem is my German also still sucks. Socialising is okay, but I am not ready yet for work talk in German. Since I am not going home for Christmas, I am going to the consultancy tomorrow to see if they have a part time job for me. Something that involves no talking at work. Hopefully they have something mundane like packaging food or something. I could zone out for a few hours. Let us hope there have something for me. I could do with some extra money. I will have to pay two months advance rent on the apartment, and fee for A2 as well.

What happens if what makes us happy is different from what we are good at?

So the happy becomes a hobby and what I am good at becomes the career. Good talk. But what am I good at? I am trying to figure out where my employability lies. Right now, even I wouldn’t hire me. I’m not good at anything in particular. No credentials or job experience. And I’m 30. No goal either. Wow, I’m a loser. That escalated quickly. But now, I must sleep. Deutschunterricht am Morgen.

I woke up at 6 to catch some of Day 5 before my class. I missed my breakfast but it was worth it. It was over by the time I got back, but boy, 31 runs is close. I would imagine it was an intense end.

Australia won the women’s World T20 though. Yet again. They did lose to India in the group stages. But England beat us in the semifinal. 11 years later, still waiting for BCCI to start a women’s version of IPL. We have no match for the Big Bash. No wonder. I think the only team that can remotely compete with Aussie women’s on a regular basis is England. Everybody else has to play out of their skin and pray for good luck on their day.

I wish there was a job that paid me to talk about cricket! I could do that all day.

Cricket, World Cup Qualifier, Asia:
Match 5: 🇸🇦 Saudi Arabia beat Bhutan 🇧🇹
Match 6: 🇶🇦 Qatar beat Thailand 🇹🇭
Match 7: 🇧🇭 Bahrain beat China 🇨🇳
Match 8: 🇰🇼 Kuwait beat Hong Kong 🇭🇰

Cricket, 🇦🇺 Australia vs India 🇮🇳:
India (1st inning) 250 all out
Australia (1st inning) 235 all out
India (2nd inning) 307 all out
Australia (2nd inning) 291 all out
India win by 31 runs

Hockey, World Cup:
Pre Quarter Final 1: 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 England beat New Zealand 🇳🇿, 2-0
Pre Quarter Final 2: 🇫🇷 France beat China 🇨🇳, 1-0

Day 10705
Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Danielle LaPorte says, “Don’t let perfection become procrastination. Do it now.”

Random Statement: Teaching is not my cup of tea. I’m not good at public speaking. (“Yet!”, says Lauren)

For no particular reason at all, here:

Cricket, World Cup Qualifier, Asia:
Match 9: 🇴🇲 Oman beat Qatar 🇶🇦
Match 10: 🇰🇼 Kuwait beat Maldives 🇲🇻

West Indies beat Bangladesh 🇧🇩

Hockey, World Cup:
Pre Quarter Final 3: 🇧🇪 Belgium beat Pakistan 🇵🇰, 5-0
Pre Quarter Final 4: 🇳🇱 Netherlands beat Canada 🇨🇦, 5-0

Day 10706
Wednesday, 12 December 2018

My Deutschkurs classmates  made a WhatsApp group. Now we converse in Deutsch.

I spoke in German at the hair salon today! I didn’t do too well, but it was a start. The Friseur lady discreetly told me to get a haircut every 6 weeks, looking at the state of my hair, haha. I did not understand much else of what she told me, but it made them happy that I was trying to speak in German, and I am glad for it.

Back to short hair again. I do not think I do well with longer hair. I tried. I applied egg yolk + hair oil + lemon extract on my scalp and rinsed it with shampoo, but my hair stinks right now. I will have to wash it again before class in the morning. Sleep time!

Cricket, World Cup Qualifier, Asia:
Match 11: 🇴🇲 Oman beat Saudi Arabia 🇸🇦
Match 12: 🇹🇭 Thailand beat Bhutan 🇧🇹
Match 13: 🇭🇰 Hong Kong beat Bahrain 🇧🇭

Hockey, World Cup:
Quarter Final 1: 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 England beat Argentina 🇦🇷, 3-2
Quarter Final 2: 🇦🇺 Australia beat France 🇫🇷, 3-0

Day 10707
Thursday, 13 December 2018

Random Statement: Alexa can do alarms, reminders, lights, weather, news and play songs from Prime Music. She pretty useful.

Tomorrow is the final day of A2.

“Where did my DNA sample go?”

Donald Trump, making China great again.

Cricket, World Cup Qualifier, Asia:
Match 15: 🇶🇦 Qatar beat Saudi Arabia 🇸🇦

Hockey, World Cup:
Quarter Final 3: 🇧🇪 Belgium beat Germany 🇩🇪, 2-1
Quarter Final 4: 🇳🇱 Netherlands beat India 🇮🇳, 2-1
Woah, what just happened there, over at the Hockey World Cup?!
Two upsets in a single day! 
No World Cup for India. Again.

Football, Indian Super League:
Bengaluru beat Atletico de Kolkata, 1-0

Day 10708
Friday, 14 December 2018

Of course the rental contract is in German. Also, A1 level complete! Head over to The World Is My Classroom to know more about my adorable new friends.

Random Statement: I just like to be alone when I feel guilty. Story of why I have no real life friends anymore. I drove them all away.

Cricket, World Cup Qualifier, Asia:
Match 17: 🇴🇲 Oman beat Thailand 🇹🇭
Match 18: 🇶🇦 Qatar beat Bhutan 🇧🇹
Match 19: 🇭🇰 Hong Kong beat Maldives 🇲🇻
Match 20: 🇰🇼 Kuwait beat Bahrain 🇧🇭

Cricket, 🇦🇺 Australia vs India 🇮🇳, End of Day 1:
Australia (1st inning) 277/6
Australia lead by 277 runs

Cricket, Gujarat vs Karnataka, End of Day 1:
Gujarat (1st inning) 216 all out
Karnataka (1st inning) 45/2
Karnataka trail by 171 runs

🇧🇩 Bangladesh beat West Indies

Day 10709
Saturday, 15 December 2018

No part time jobs anywhere. Everywhere is already full. I will have to go back on the 7th of January and check again. That sucks. I also forgot to go to the Waschsalon today. On Monday morning, I have to go to the Waschsalon at 6 am, come back, have breakfast, go to the Studierendenwerk office to sign the apartment contract, then go to class. All this before 8.45 am. Oh, dear.

My German classmates are very sweet. I have picked up a few words of Arabic, Croatian, Dutch, Italian, Russian and Mandarin as well. I try and greet them in their own language every morning. It is fun because it makes them smile. I start A2 on Monday. If all goes well, I will finish A2 by the end of January. If that happens, I can be B1 by the end of April, yay! Then I can officially add German as my 5th language on my CV.

It is going to take a lot of effort. And money. I got my own apartment! I can move in on the 1st of March. The rent is cheaper than what I pay right now sharing a bedroom and study room with two others. Perhaps “lucky duck” is the right phrase.

In other news, another 16 call centres linked to CRA scam busted in India. I wish this did not happen but unfortunately it does. Perhaps they think nice people are also gullible? I don’t know.

Cricket, 🇦🇺 Australia vs India 🇮🇳, End of Day 2:
Australia (1st inning) 326 all out
India (1st inning) 172/3
India trail by 154 runs

Cricket, Gujarat vs Karnataka, End of Day 2:
Gujarat (1st inning) 216 all out
Karnataka (1st inning) 348/7
Karnataka lead by 132 runs

Cricket, 🇳🇿 New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 🇱🇰, End of Day 1:
Sri Lanka (1st inning) 275/9
Sri Lanka lead by 275 runs

Hockey, World Cup:
Semi Final 1: 🇧🇪 Belgium beat England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿, 6-0
Semi Final 2: 🇳🇱 Netherlands beat Australia 🇦🇺, 5-4 (2-2)
It is doing to be a Belgian-Dutch Final!

Day 10710
Sunday, 16 December 2018

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First snowfall of the season! I made my first ever snowman, which actually is more of a snowbaby.

Cricket, World Cup Qualifier, Asia:
Semi Final 1: 🇴🇲 Oman beat Hong Kong 🇭🇰
Semi Final 2: 🇰🇼 Kuwait beat Qatar 🇶🇦

Cricket, 🇦🇺 Australia vs India 🇮🇳, End of Day 3:
Australia (1st inning) 326 all out
India (1st inning) 283 all out
Australia (2nd inning) 132/4
Australia lead by 175 runs

Cricket, Gujarat vs Karnataka, End of Day 3:
Gujarat (1st inning) 216 all out
Karnataka (1st inning) 389 all out
Gujarat (2nd inning) 187/3
Gujarat lead by 14 runs

Cricket, 🇳🇿 New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 🇱🇰, End of Day 2:
Sri Lanka (1st inning) 282 all out
New Zealand (1st inning) 311/2
New Zealand lead by 29 runs

Hockey, World Cup:
3rd Place: 🇦🇺 Australia beat England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿, 8-1
Final: 🇧🇪 Belgium beat Netherlands 🇳🇱, 1-0 (0-0)
Belgium win the Hockey World Cup

Continue to Day 10711.


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