Prep work

I had yet another productive day today πŸ‘ I got up a little earlier than usual again today. Maybe these earlier starts are actually making a difference to my productivity! πŸ€”

I also spoke to my parents today, and I didn’t get upset! 😱 I managed to remain calm and just listened. I didn’t pass judgement, I didn’t contradict, I just let them talk. That was nice 😊 I need to do that more often. Harness Yoda’s calmness 😊

I’m re-reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I mentioned the other day that I want to do her 8-week challenge. It’s the weekend tomorrow, so I thought it would be a good time to start. I’d like to finish re-reading the book before I actually start the process, so I might try and skim the rest of it tomorrow and then plunge right in! πŸ˜† I have to take my “before” photos first, and I’d like to have a visual board of sorts, even if that just means a virtual Pinterest board! In fact, all these things are part of Week 1 in her 8-week challenge! So maybe I shouldn’t rush it and actually just do the prep work first, like she suggests. I think I’m just getting overly excited! I’m just ready to throw stuff out! I’ve been thinking about doing this for months; and now, an opportunity presents itself in the form of an 8-week challenge, hehehe 😜

So I’m off to continue re-reading the book, and maybe start a new Pinterest board 😊

New routines and language goals

I got up mega early again this morning. Not as early as yesterday, but earlier than usual. It’s really nice getting up so early! I get so much more done in the morning, and I feel so much more productive πŸ‘ The problem with this, though, is that because I am naturally a night owl, it is VERY easy for me to burn the candle at both ends πŸ˜” So I really have to try not to do that. It’s ok to do it every now and then, but it’s just not sustainable. I do try and take it easy in the afternoon now. Before, I’d be working frantically to get stuff done because I was running out of time; now, because I did so much in the morning, I don’t really need to stress out as much in the afternoon. So maybe these new hours will work for me after all?? But first, let’s see if I can continue to get up early! 😜

We started watching My Hero Academia recently. And now we’re watching one episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and then one episode of My Hero Academia to wind down for the evening 😊 I feel like I need to study it to get some Japanese language study in. It feels like such a waste if I don’t do that. I’ve actually been reviewing a lot more of my Japanese Anki flashcards lately, surprisingly, so it feels like I should back that up with some listening practice as well. And given how crap my Chinese listening skills are, chances are my Japanese listening skills are going to be just as bad!

But Jap has the added advantage of a lot of words being much more ingrained in me. I studied it in high school, which was a bajillion years ago now, but a lot of the vocab is still in my long-term memory, and hearing certain words is almost the same as hearing English. Almost 😜 I don’t think my Chinese will ever get to that same level. But ultimately, I would love to be conversational in both languages. That is my long-term goal. I’m sure it’ll be an uphill battle the older I get, but I’m going to try my darndest to achieve it πŸ’ͺ

Changes in my daily routine

I got up at ridiculous o’clock with N this morning. He’s been going to the gym before work, and normally, I just go back to sleep once he leaves. But today, I was actually quite awake, and so I just got up. I didn’t feel too bad throughout the day, but I did have more caffeine than I normally would on a typical day 😳 Hopefully the caffeine won’t keep me up tonight because I’d like a good night’s sleep for the busy day that I have tomorrow! 🀞

I had my Chinese lesson today, and it actually wasn’t too bad! I didn’t stress out as much as I normally would, which allowed me to understand more of what she said. But my general problem is my lack of speaking and listening practice. I need to do more! Watch a little bit of a TV show or YouTube video each day. I need to incorporate that into my day somehow. I’ve made so many positive changes into my daily routine now, surely I can figure out how to incorporate this one thing??

Here are the new changes I’ve made recently:

  • I’ve started to review my Anki flashcards first thing in the morning, as soon as I wake up. It’s virtually the first thing I do once I wake up;
  • I’ve been doing my splits stretches on a daily basis, except on my one rest day a week;
  • I’ve been listening to podcasts in the morning while I’m getting changed;
  • I’ve been listening to an audiobook while getting ready for bed in the evenings.

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How awesome is that?!? And I only introduced all of these new habits recently, possibly just in the last month. That’s pretty damn good! So surely I can figure out how to incorporate listening to a TV show or YouTube video in one of my target languages into my day?? πŸ€”

After listing that out, I’m quite proud of my effort! Well done, me! 😁 It’s amazing just how much you can achieve just by pairing activities today:

  • Anki flashcards – paired with getting up first thing in the morning;
  • Podcasts – paired with getting ready each day;
  • Audiobooks – paired with getting for bed.

Can I pair this TV show or YouTube video with something? Or maybe I can just set another 30-day challenge for myself? I just have to try and see what works for me.

A lottery

I ran a few errands today, including getting my Octopus card all set up with automatic top-up. A few weeks ago, I lost my old Octopus card, if you remember all the stress associated with that πŸ˜’ Now I have finally got it all sorted: I got the balance on my old Octopus card transferred to my new card, and I also got the automatic top-up set up on the new card – woohoo! It’s now all done πŸ‘ I really should just set it up on my phone like N has, so I don’t have to worry about carrying one extra item – and therefore worry about having one extra item to lose!

One of our friends here just went and had his annual check-up. Apparently the doctors have recommended that he go for an angioplasty! 😱 He’s not even that old, I think he’s in his mid-40s, so I don’t understand how the doctors can recommend surgery straight away. What about changing his diet first and seeing if that will improve the situation?? What about lifestyle changes? Medication? Surely there are other things he can do before surgery?! Obviously I’m not a doctor, and I don’t know his medical situation, but unless his heart is in really bad shape, then I can’t understand why surgery is what they’re recommending already. Maybe his heart really is in bad shape? Hmmm… Anyway, he is still relatively young, so even if he does go for the surgery, he should come out OK 🀞

It’s news like this that jolts me back to reality, that life can be a real b!tch and πŸ’© happens to good people, and not always to the bad ones; that children can die from incurable diseases; that you can lead a mega-healthy lifestyle and still be struck with some disease; that you can be diagnosed with something with NO family history – and that you can escape something even if everyone else in your family had it. It’s such a lottery sometimes. Which is another reason why I try and enjoy my life as much as I can, because who knows what the universe has in store for you tomorrow πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

My new challenge

I didn’t have the most productive day today. I just wasn’t in the right headspace πŸ˜” I really wanted to do more stuff, but I just didn’t have the willpower. Sighhh…

N and I were also hearing negativity around us, which didn’t help matters. Sighhh… This is one of many reasons why I don’t like giving out negativity into the universe. If someone is already down, you’re just going to compound that feeling and make them feel worse. I don’t want to be a source of negativity. I want to be a source of inspiration, of motivation. But I, too, have down days, so it’s not always easy. But I try 😊

I’m thinking of doing this 8-week decluttering challenge set by Marie Kondo. It’s a tad longer than my 30-day splits challenge, but I’m sure she made the daily tasks bite-size and totally doable. Plus week one sounds really fun and easy πŸ˜† I totally go into these decluttering sessions with guns blazing, but then six months later, I fall back into my old habits, and the house looks almost exactly the same as it did before I did the decluttering session πŸ˜” I say ‘almost’ because I do improve incrementally each time. But it’s never as neat and tidy as straight after the decluttering session. So if I do a full-on 8-week deep dive, then maybe I can actually change my habits during those 8 weeks and actually see long-lasting results. Maybe… 🀞

And as per my one-word theme for the year, you may as well just do it and see what happens! Much like my 30-day splits challenge, sure I didn’t get all the way down to the floor, but I’m so much closer to the floor now than I’ve ever been my entire life. And now that I have a new daily stretching habit, I may actually eventually reach this goal too! But I won’t know unless I keep stretching every day and keep pushing myself. I’m definitely going to keep tracking this goal and see where I am at the end of 90 days, and then after 180 days – a whole half year of stretching! 😱 Much like so many things in life, if you just keep working at it consistently, more often than not, you will see progress. That’s what I’m hoping for with these stretches and with this 8-week challenge 😊

On the hunt for a few apps

We went to one of N’s workmate’s places for lunch today. A few others came over as well, and they all played mahjong. I don’t really know how to play. My knowledge of mahjong is just as good as my knowledge of poker – ie very little! πŸ˜† So I just watched on the sidelines, asking questions and trying to figure out the rules of the game. I want to learn how to play both, but mahjong requires a whole kit: the tiles and all the other bits and bobs, as well as an actual table. I wonder if there’s an app where I can just learn to play on my phone, and I don’t have to actually bet any real money (yet?? 😜). And same with poker. I’ll be trying out a few different apps tonight! 😊

And then I watched the men’s singles final at the Australian Open. It was too quick a match, unfortunately, but it was still great to watch. It’s not as easy as just turning on the TV and having it on free-to-air TV like in Sydney, so at least I didn’t put my life on hold for two weeks just to watch tennis πŸ˜† So I only watched the odd game this year. But at least I could still watch it at home here in HK without having to go find a sports bar that’s playing it on one of their TVs πŸ‘

But my one and only project for this weekend never happened: my closet was not touched πŸ˜” Maybe next weekend.

Not quite what I had planned…

I had planned on cleaning out my closet today, doing a really good decluttering. But that didn’t happen. At all. I didn’t even start 🀣 I only had one thing that I wanted to do today, and I really should’ve started with that before doing anything else – ie before plonking myself down on the couch!

So it ended up being a lazy day ☺️ We watched:

I also my stretches. I’ve actually finished my 30-day splits challenge, I’m not sure if I’ve told you. But I’m still continuing with the stretches, wondering if I will ever get down to the floor one day. Like with my YouTube channel, I don’t know if I’ll actually achieve what I’d like to, the only thing I can control is to try my best to achieve it. And I just have to keep showing up and hope that one day, the results will speak for themselves 😊

Positive vibes

If you decided to skip yesterday’s post, I’m glad you did, because I have much more positive vibes to send out to the universe today! πŸ™

I rang my parents today to check up on my dad, to see if he needed help with his new phone. I quickly find out that my mum’s friend’s daughter is over helping. THANK GOD FOR THAT! πŸ™πŸ€£ Doing that in person is sooo much easier than over the phone, especially when my parents aren’t the most tech-savvy people. So I let them entertain their guest and have dinner in peace πŸ˜…

I went to the library today. There was a crowd of people milling around at the entrance when I got there, and I figured they were all trying to either download the government’s new contact tracing app, or they were just writing their details down on paper. You have to do one or the other now. I already knew that you needed to check in at the library, so I had downloaded the app a few days ago and had already scanned the QR code. So I just went straight past the crowd, into the elevator, and off I went to borrow my books. It’s such a good feeling to be back in the library!! πŸ€“

N had dinner with some workmates tonight, so I was mega productive and did a ton of work for my YouTube channel. I’m starting to entertain the idea of making some money off my channel, so I put a bit of extra work on it today. I don’t know how much, if it’ll even be possible, but I figured why not try? If you remember my one-word theme for the year, it’s to just DO. Give it a go and see what happens. Because why not?? What’s the worst that can happen? That you DON’T make any money from it? At least you tried, and you’re actually bringing good value to your subscribers. You’re learning a TON of stuff and you’re having fun along the way. There really isn’t a downside to it all, apart from just constantly having to be thinking about and doing stuff for the channel! πŸ˜‚

A bit of a rant

** Warning: I rant quite a fair bit in today’s post. So if you had a πŸ’© day too and don’t need more negativity in your life today, then please skip today’s post and I’ll just see you tomorrow. Or just read the last paragraph 😊 **

My dad’s mobile saga continues, sighhh… We finally gave up on finding the phone, and I just told them to go to Telstra, one of the telecoms in Oz, and just sort it out there. I erased all the data off his phone remotely before it lost battery, so hopefully that actually worked 🀞 I’m still annoyed that we couldn’t the Find My Phone function.

I do wonder sometimes if my parents like to have drama in their lives. I certainly don’t. I like my life to be as drama-free as possible. But I think some people like having drama in their lives, even if it’s at a subconscious level, just to keep their lives interesting, perhaps. They stressed me out and frustrated me to no end today, so much so that I had to take a quick nap in between lessons. It’s my busiest day too, and their stress just added to my stress πŸ˜’

And they also don’t seem to understand that I work. I no longer have a corporate job, but I still work. But this doesn’t seem to compute, and I feel like they think I just sit around and do nothing all day, and can happily take their calls whenever they call. My mum also doesn’t seem to realise that I can SEE that she has called, that my phone will tell me that I missed a call from her. Instead, my mum will call non-stop until there are literally SIX missed call notifications from her. WTH, man. So I text her and say, “I am in a meeting, I can’t talk right now.” And what does she do? CALL ME STRAIGHT BACK. WTAF. Seriously 😑

My dad doesn’t call. He just texts. And gets annoyed that I don’t text back straight away. FOR CRYING OUT LOUD. It’s like they have forgotten that they used to work too, and that everyone is now retired like they are!

OK, rant over. I don’t like giving out negativity in the world, but it has just been such a stressful day that I needed to get that out today πŸ˜”

So on a more positive note, to balance all that negativity out πŸ˜†, social distancing rules have finally been relaxed in HK – yayyy πŸ‘ Gyms have reopened, so N is very happy; and dine-in services at restaurants have been extended to 10pm. And groups of 4 people can now gather in public. Oh, and the most exciting thing for me: libraries have opened up again! Woohoo! πŸ₯³ I may just go and borrow some books tomorrow. It’ll make me feel better after all the stress from today! 😊

Uselessness

My parents still couldn’t locate my dad’s mobile today. The doctor’s surgery was closed today, and Find My Device is still telling me that it’s in that general area. He doesn’t have much battery left, so I really hope that they can find it at the doctor’s surgery tomorrow 🀞

I also tried contacting Telstra to figure out what we can do to secure his device in the meantime (if we can do anything at all), but their messaging service is sooo baaad. I felt like I was getting the same message over and over again from them, all from different people, and no one was even bothering to read the messages that I was sending back. I wonder if Telstra still outsources their customer service hotline offshore… I was so happy when the banks moved their services back onshore. Surely they realised just how much of a waste of time and money that was πŸ™„

So if it’s definitely not at the doctor’s surgery tomorrow, then I’ll ask them to just go to a Telstra shop and cancel it then and there, rather than stuffing around with these useless people online πŸ˜’

To add to my woes, I also got an email from the Australian Electoral Commission telling me that they’ve taken me off the electoral roll because I didn’t reply back to them to extend my overseas elector status. And it’s not just my overseas status that they cancelled. They’ve basically taken me off the entire electoral roll, and I didn’t even get a warning. I didn’t get any sort of notification to tell me that I had to action something! FFS πŸ˜’ WTAF. Seriously ridiculous. And even if they did send a letter by snail mail, with COVID, who knows where that letter ended up πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ

So I wrote a letter back, as they requested, asking them to reinstate my voter status in Oz. It was the most formal letter that I have written in a lonnnggg time πŸ˜† Well, it was the first letter that I have written in a long time πŸ˜‚ I could barely remember the structure of a letter, it’s been that long since I’ve actually had to write one!

This uselessness in Oz is definitely something that I DON’T miss!