Why do time passed so fast. World Cup was here before I realised it and it was now already over for two weeks. I only have a few more World Cups left in my life to watch.
I enjoyed this World Cup tremendously, but it didn’t have the agony and euphoria in the previous World Cup. It wasn’t the tournament’s fault, it is just that I no longer identify with a national team and its players so deeply. Even if Italy is playing in this World Cup, I would not feel the deep sadness and extreme joy ala 1990 and 1994. I felt happy when Italy won in 2006 but I knew that the joy would be more intense if it is in 1990 or 1994.
When England beat Sweden and through to the semi final, I thought of 1990. When Belgium beat Brazil and through to the semi final, I thought of 1986.
When Croatia went to the final, I thought of Euro 1996, and they were the losing finalist then.
When France won the World Cup, I thought of how they lose the European Championship in homeground, a bit similar to when Portugal lost the European Championship to Greece in the homeground but won in France.
There were some memorable matches like Germany 0 S Korea 2. The last time Germany conceded such goals was Italy 2 Germany 0 during the semi final in 2006.
Even if a national team knew that they would not go pass the first round in the next World Cup if they win the World Cup, I am sure they would gladly pay for the opportunity cost and win the World Cup.
This World Cup brought us VAR. I would prefer the old school refereeing system, as I love the controversies which is part of football. But I wasn’t greatly opposed to VAR too. Croatia lost the match when France was awarded the penalty after the referee took a long time watching and rewatching the replay.
The World Cup final is fantastic. Thanks to France and Croatia for this classic match.
For someone who grew up disliking Japan because of World War II, I was rooting for them. Such a heartbreak way to lose in the 2nd round.
Italy didn’t make it to Russia. I wasn’t keeping track like previous tournaments.
I couldn’t remember which country is in which group. I can’t remember which countries are playing on which day, and after I watched the match, I forget most of the match.
Nevertheless, this is an enjoyable World Cup. Love the passion of the footballers who care.
Some of the match I remember:
Mexico 1 Germany 0
S Korea 2 Germany 0 (2 goals in the last few minutes that sent Germany home and Mexico to 2nd round)
Germany 2 Sweden 1 <Sweden would have won if they do not park the bus in the second half>
France 4 Argentina 3 (Argentina was leading 2-1 after halftime, but the better team won. The spinning goal from Pavard was like from Shaolin Soccer).
Uruguay 2 Portugal 1 ( Cavani !! He reminded me of Canniggia)
England 6 Panama 1 (the joyous celebration of Panama for their 1st World Cup goal; also Harry Kane)
France 2 Australia <1st time penalty given via VAR, 2nd goal was via goal line technology>
Half a year has gone. Decided to take a break from work on last week of June.
Decided to take care of myself.
Before the ‘vacation’, went for a dental checkup. Didn’t realise I haven’t went for a checkup for 4 years.
Went for a 2nd opinion for my knee and have an expensive injection. Still painful after walking too much but I can climb stairs 🙂 Hopefully the injection works fully as I learnt that the benefit should be felt after 4 weeks.
Have checkup on my eyes. The last checkup was a decade ago. Luckily, no major problem 🙂 Made a new spectacles.
Finally, decided to take care of the hyper pigmentation of my face. Hope it works 💸💸
I also replaced the battery on my iPhone. Really worth the $38 as the battery was draining very fast prior to the replacement.
Also bought a pair of shoes as the current working shoes are more than 5 years.
Spent so much money just in the month of June. But, 💸💸💸💸💸is for my health and personal grooming. I should not neglect myself.
Didn’t update this blog for more than a month.
How I spent my May :
Been working extremely hard. Busy does not equal to productivity. So much things are not up to my control.
Bringing parents for medical checkups.
Usually eat alone with low expectations of food. But happy that do have gatherings with old friends, new colleagues and family members.
Still playing Pokémon. Been going many places just to spin new pokestops just for the extra points. Been catching and raiding to catch shinies with no success. Been watching concerts. Been overseas for holidays and staycation with family. Walk too much for this game.
Binged watch 愛。回家.
Read a few books, including Invoices which is about invoice for emotions.
Played in the pools although I can’t swim.
Cycled for two hours. Tiring but happy.