Lazy and not-so-lazy

It was a pretty lazy day, I didnโ€™t do much at all. And I expect it to be pretty much like this for the next two weeks while the Olympics is on ๐Ÿ˜† I just watched mainly the swimming today, and a little bit of gymnastics.

I also started really getting into my new Korean drama, The Penthouse. It is one of those crazy, over-the-top dramas that has a totally ridiculous storyline ๐Ÿ˜‚ And yet it’s still so addictive! I don’t know how they lure you in and keep you watching episode after episode. It’s really quite impressive ๐Ÿ˜†

Even N was getting into the drama along with me. Although I think that might have been more to do with laziness. He ‘had’ to do his 400% goal today, the one day each month, on the last weekend of the month, where he tries and does enough exercise so as to achieve 400% of his usual daily calories burned goal. Next Saturday is technically the last Saturday of the month, but he has dinner plans that evening, and so won’t have the entire day to work on achieving the goal. So he had to work on this goal this weekend. And yesterday was the surprise birthday drinks, so he really only had today. He wasn’t very motivated to work on it today, so he procrastinated the entire afternoon, after reaching 200% in the morning. He left it right until the very last minute this month, achieving the 400% just before midnight ๐Ÿ˜… It’s quite impressive that he has continued with this monthly goal, though. Very disciplined and determined ๐Ÿ‘

Surprise

We went to a friend’s surprise birthday drinks today, which was really cool. It was at this tiny little bar at Lan Kwai Fong, this area at Central is renowned for all its bars and clubs. I’m not big on this scene, and so am probably one of the few expats who doesn’t frequent this area.

The dress code was basically music related, just come as any singer. I’m not all that interested in music, nor am I very creative. So N and I just dressed up in all white, claiming to be a generic K-pop duo โœŒ๐Ÿคฃ A few people looked good! There was a Madonna, that was my favourite costume; the birthday girl’s husband turned up as Bon Jovi (he obviously got changed once he got to the bar, so as to not give anything away); and another couple looked like Run-DMC ๐Ÿ˜‚ It was pretty cool that some people made the effort to dress up.

The bar that we went to was tiny, and it felt even tinier when it started to pour, and everyone was forced to go into the bar to get out of the rain. It started to get a bit too claustrophobic in there for me as a result, and I took that as my cue to leave. We didn’t bring an umbrella, so we had to just walk in the rain ๐ŸŒง So by the time we got home, it looked like we had just taken a shower fully clothed ๐Ÿคฃ

They have apparently moved on to another bar now, but I’m happy to be home. One bar is more than enough for me.

The opening ceremony

I was looking forward to the opening ceremony all day. Luckily they had a channel here that had English commentary. This is a luxury that we wouldn’t get if we were living in a country where English was not an official language.

I love watching the opening ceremony. I see it as representative of the entire Olympic Games. You also get a glimpse of the host nation, and this time, it’s one of our favourite countries in the world. We would’ve loved to have gone to Japan during this time, even if we didn’t have tickets to any of the events. It would’ve been such a wonderful experience.

The ceremony was sombre and respectful, exactly like how I would expect the ceremony to be from this host nation during this unique time. The impact of COVID on the world was recognised during the ceremony, and the loss of so many lives was also remembered. And they injected a bit of fun and creativity into the ceremony too, helping to balance out the seriousness of the current situation. I thought it was really well done.

And I also like how the Olympic Committee is changing with the times, keeping a lot of their traditions while also allowing the introduction of new ones.

I just love everything about the Games. It allows the entire world to stop our petty squabbling and just get together as one, put all our differences aside and stand side by side as fellow human beings for just a few weeks. It just embodies my core values around fairness and equality. It just moves me each time the Games roll around. And the opening ceremony symbolises the start of these few weeks, which is another reason why I love watching it so much.

The Olympics, TV and books

It was our first day back to reality after our little staycation. And of course the sun decided to make an appearance today for the first time this week ๐Ÿ™„ We were not impressed.

The Olympics started today, apparently, with some soccer matches, as well as some baseball and softball games. I’m just waiting for the opening ceremony tomorrow night to officially kick things off ๐Ÿ˜Š Despite the challenging situation that they’re in, I really hope that the athletes still have a good time at the Olympics. And that they remain as safe as possible ๐Ÿคž

We watched the last episode of Kim’s Convenience tonight. It was quite a sad episode, and also quite sad that they never got to do a sixth season. You get quite attached to characters, and you sorta miss having them around when the show completely ends.

But I did finish the first episode of my next Korean drama, Abyss. It definitely has potential! ๐Ÿ˜Š

So I have the Olympics, a new Korean drama, and a ton of memoirs to keep me occupied during the next few weeks. I’m totally looking forward to it! Who needs a staycation when I have all this to look forward to over the next few weeks?!?? ๐Ÿ˜

Staycation day 3

It rained the entire time we were on our staycation, and today was the first time that it looked even remotely possible to spend some time by the pool. But unfortunately, by the time the rain stopped, it was pretty much time for us to check out ๐Ÿ˜” So we didnโ€™t get to use the pool at all during this particular staycation, which was a shame.

Our two recent staycations were actually the same duration, both were for two nights. But for some reason, this one felt like we didnโ€™t have as much time as the previous one – even though it was raining for most of it and we couldnโ€™t really do much outdoor stuff at all ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ Very strange!

And then for the rest of the evening, I sorta felt a bit off, feeling rundown and not quite 100%. We watched the last episode of season one of Shadowhunters, did I tell you this is our new show? It’s okayyy… Definitely not my favourite. And definitely not as good as Buffy ๐Ÿ˜‚

And I also found a new Korean drama with potential: Abyss. It’s a body swap story, one of my other favourite fantasy sub-genres, if you can call it a sub-genre. So it already gets extra points just because of the storyline ๐Ÿ˜†

And I’ve also started two new books: Lane Moore’s How to be Alone and Lenora Chu’s Little Soldiers. I might’ve already told you about the latter since I started it a few days ago. It’s turning out to be my favourite of the three that I’m currently reading (the third one is Tara Westover’s Educated. I’ve sorta pushed Michelle Obama’s Becoming out of the ‘top’ three), which surprised me. And I just realised that all four were written by women. That was totally unintentional. But that has given me a possible theme for a future season: female authors! I have to keep that in mind. Maybe for winter? But let’s get through my summer of memoirs first, and then my autumn of alternate realities, and then we can think about winter ๐Ÿ˜Š

But first and foremost, let’s have a bit of rest tonight. Hopefully I’ll feel better tomorrow.

Annual HK book fair

We found out that the annual book fair was on at the convention centre, and apparently today was the last day. So I suggested that we go. Iโ€™ve never been to this book fair, so I didnโ€™t really know what to expect. It cost HK$10 (A$2) if you go in before noon, otherwise itโ€™s Hk$25 (A$5), so itโ€™s pretty cheap either way. But knowing how crazy busy it was yesterday afternoon, I really wanted to avoid the crowds. So we got there close to 9am, at opening ๐Ÿ˜ฑ And yes, the effort of getting there at opening rewarded us with fewer people. Totally worth it ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

And when we got there, we also discovered that fully vaccinated people got free entry before noon as well. Woohoo! Not that HK$10/A$2 was going to break the bank, but it was a nice perk nonetheless ๐Ÿ˜Š

The book fair was maybe 80-90% Chinese books, though ๐Ÿ˜‚ Thatโ€™s about right in terms of the population who speak fluent English, if I had to guess, so I guess the ratio was fair. I sorta expected that, so my main purpose was to find childrenโ€™s books at my level. I did find one book with stories explaining the origin of a few Chinese idioms, so this visit was totally worth it for me ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป N found seven books, so he did even better than I did – and he wasnโ€™t even really keen on coming with me to the book fair! ๐Ÿ˜‚ But others went to the book fair with a suitcase, so they were totally expecting to buy a whole ton of books! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

And then we just relaxed for the rest of the day, eating heaps, as I expected, and going to the gym. Although N did do some work for a few hours ๐Ÿ˜’ And we watched Jack Reacher on TV to finish off the evening.

It was a good day ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

Another staycation

Weโ€™re taking another few days off, taking advantage of all the staycation packages that hotels are offering at the moment ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป So weโ€™re staying in Wan Chai for the next few days.

Unfortunately, though, the weather is crap. There are currently two typhoons in the area, and theyโ€™re bringing a ton of rain with them over the next few days. We have a T3 typhoon warning at the moment, the second lowest tier. They havenโ€™t indicated that theyโ€™ll โ€˜upgradeโ€™ that to the next level, T8, the level at which everything closes in the city. So I think weโ€™ll just have crappy weather the entire time weโ€™re on our staycation – ie no pool time ๐Ÿ˜” So weโ€™ll just have to spend more time at the gym, I guess ๐Ÿ˜†

One typhoon is much closer ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ

And the hotel is throwing dining credits at us, so weโ€™re going to be eating heaps these next few days. So going to the gym will definitely be a good idea!

Replacements

N decided to go to this open day with an outrigging club here. I hadn’t even heard of this sport before until he said that he was going to go to their open day. In fact, I don’t actually know what the sport is actually called! ๐Ÿ˜‚ Well, I found a club here, which may be the only club here! And their website says it’s ‘outrigger canoe racing’, so I guess that’s the name of the sport?! ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ

The weather was pretty blah today, so I was a bit worried about what the water conditions would be like where they were. But all was fine when they went out, thankfully ๐Ÿ™

I’m not sure if he’ll actually sign up, but he does like sports, so who knows?? And we’re not dancing at the moment, and karate is pretty quiet nowadays too, so he does have time to pick up a new sport…

I, on the other hand, have no interest whatsoever ๐Ÿ˜‚ So instead, I focused on finishing my current memoir (#7! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ), This is Going to Hurt, and my current Korean drama, Mine. Both done โœ… So their respective replacements: Little Soldiers by Lenora Chu and a Japanese drama: Doctor X ๐Ÿ˜Š

And with two typhoons in the area at the moment and a T1 warning signal now issued, it was a good day to stay home!

Two typhoons in the area! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

Rugby, Singapore, Summer

I actually wanted to go to Frangoโ€™s again today to watch the third Wallabies vs France match, but N just wanted to stay home. So we subscribed to the rugby channel ๐Ÿ˜‚ So now I feel like I need to maximise this subscription, so Iโ€™m going to find out when all the Wallabies and All Blacks games are over the next few months ๐Ÿ˜Š

I wanted to watch Crazy Rich Asians again. We watched this at the movies when we were still living in Singapore. I remember not being able to find seats at any cinema at the time because every Singaporean wanted to watch it! Understandably, because there were so many shots of the city country in the movie. It made me miss the place ๐Ÿ˜” While we were watching the movie, N said something along the lines of, “They show you how great the city is in the movie, but what you don’t know is how freaking hot it is!” ๐Ÿคฃ Yes, the actors were probably sweating through their eyeballs. Or they filmed all the outdoor shots at 6am when it was probably relatively cooler. But that’s one of things that I loved about living there: it was perpetually summer! My favourite season! So how could I possibly not love living there?!? ๐Ÿ˜ Ah, Singapore. How I miss you.

So watching the movie again made me want to read the books again too. I remember enjoying book #1 the most (I think there were three books in the series?), and I still have a copy of it, which I borrowed from N’s cousin last time we were in Sydney. But like with all non memoirs, it just has to take a backseat for now. It is still my summer of memoirs, after all ๐Ÿ˜Š

Five critical tasks

I heard about this ‘five critical tasks’ thing, where you write down five tasks that you want to accomplish each day. They can be small, but they have to be something that’ll get you closer to your long-term goal(s). So I decided to try it out today. I got through three out of the five tasks that I wrote down. It was haaard to get all five done! But it kept me focused, that’s for sure. And yes, at least I got two things done, which is better than nothing at all ๐Ÿ‘

It’s the weekend tomorrow, so I don’t know what I would want to add to my critical tasks list on a Saturday… I think I’ll add something about decluttering, since that is definitely still one of my longer-term goals. Oh, and something to do with languages! I’ve totally dropped the ball on this one, that’s for sure ๐Ÿ˜” So that’s two goals taken care of. Now I have three other tasks that I need to have a think about…

So let’s see how this approach works for me. I try lots of different productivity and personal development things. Some stick and really work for me, and some don’t. I really would like this to be in the former category ๐Ÿคž