If you recall, I mentioned yesterday that each day I was going to pick three areas of my life to focus on. Well I chose them for today, but I didn’t end up focussing too much on the third area. Should that then be recorded as not being a focus area for the day? Do I need to record actual vs expected focus areas?? I feel like I’m being too analytical, as I always tend to be 😂 Nonetheless, I think I will indeed do this – in fact, I already have an idea for my Bullet Journal 👍 Let’s see how it actually works out in reality once June starts… 😊
I started watching my new Korean drama today, The Heirs. I watched the first episode aaages ago but then got distracted by a few other shows, so I never got back to it. But now that I’ve finished Nice Witch, I can now resume watching this one 😊 It only has twenty episodes, which is a good number. I get put off by longer series at the start, because you know it’s such a huge time commitment. But if it turns out to be good, I want it to go on forever! 😂
Anyway, there were scenes in the episode today that was filmed in the US. It made me miss Sydney, my home town 😔 As much as I’m enjoying our stint in Asia, it is still very different from what I’m used to, and I haven’t been back home in a long time. Maybe this is a sign telling me that I’m well overdue for a trip back…
In an earlier post, I talked about my constant attempt to find the right balance in my life. And today I came across this quote on the interweb: “The quest for balance is universal, but perfect balance is a myth.” And as you can imagine, I am absolutely in love with it. It could be my quote for the year. Heck, I’ll make it my quote for the year! 😆 It made me feel better about not getting the balance right, and that I shouldn’t be so hard on myself.
I remembered Randi Zuckerberg’s book Pick Three: You Can Have It All (Just Not Every Day), and she proposes choosing three areas each day that you want to focus on, and her categories were work, sleep, family, friends and fitness. I’m going to try and bring this back into my daily routine, but change the categories to better suit my own personal focus areas, and keep track in my Bullet Journal to make sure I don’t focus too much on any one area at the expense of other areas. June is about to start, so I’ll incorporate it into my monthly tracking for the new month. How exciting! 😊
And I finally finished Nice Witch, my current Korean drama. I will have to decide on what my next drama will be, as I have a huge backlog to choose from! 😆 Maybe I’ll switch to a Chinese drama, to get some listening practice in… The only problem is that the Korean dramas are just sooo good, it’s hard to tear yourself away from them…! Maybe I should learn Korean instead… 😆 Well… Taiwan, Korea and Japan are my favourite countries in Asia (and Singapore, now, of course 😊), so it’s actually not a half-bad idea to add Korean to my Asian language repertoire… Well I have learnt the Korean alphabet, so it wouldn’t hurt to learn a few basics from here, right? 😉
Nah, languages is one area where I can’t take a balanced approach. I am dedicating as much time to Chinese as possible, so I can work on my proficiency in this language as quickly as possible. And I already have Japanese lined up after it, so if I do want to learn some Korean, it may have to slot in to third place. That is, if Spanish or French don’t call me with greater urgency before then…! 😆 #polyglotdream
I continued studying my Chinese version of The Little Prince. I just finished chapter 4 – out of something like 27 😱 If I was reading the English version this entire time, I probably would’ve finished it by now, perhaps twice over 😅 So I’m hoping that all this effort will pay off in the long run! I’m waiting for (dreaming of) the day when I can read a book almost as comfortably as one in English. Not any book, but one that I would also be interested in reading in English. I wonder if this is even possible…. But I’m trying my best to get as close to that goal (dream) as possible 😊
I watched a few more episodes of Nice Witch, my current Korean drama. I only have a few more episodes left, so I’m going to try and finish it off tomorrow – and then I can move on to a new series after that! Yeah! I feel like I’ve been watching this one for aaages, it took me forever to finish it. So as good as it was, particularly the second half, it’d be good to move on to the next drama 😊 It was starting to get a bit ridiculous when a 5-year old could read the news and would start talking about scandals about the workers’ union that she read about on her phone, but hey, there are always ridiculous things happening in these dramas, that’s part of their allure! 😂
And N flew to Taipei tonight, he’s there for the next few days 😔 He’s travelling heaps this year, both for work and for karate. So more me time to watch Korean dramas! 😂 Just looking for the positives and making the most of the current situation… 😆
** Warning: Downton Abbey and Game of Thrones spoilers below **
I was going through the recommended list of YouTube clips on my home page, and came across this: the official trailer for the upcoming Downton Abbey movie!! Omg I’m sooo excited! I loved this series, it was really good. And based on the trailer, it seems like the entire cast is back for the movie! Well, the ones who weren’t killed off before the series ended, that is – the number of people who left or died in that series rivalled the number in Game of Thrones 😂 I wasn’t expecting that at all when I first started watching the show. I’m used to casts staying on for the entire duration of a series, and maybe the odd person leaving every now and then. So it threw me off when I started watching Downton, and regular cast members just kept dropping off like flies! It keeps you on your toes, that’s for sure 😂
YouTube has also been an endless resource for me for my language learning. I’ve been watching a ton of polyglot videos, as I’ve mentioned before, and I also watch YouTube clips on learning Chinese, as well as clips that have been posted by native Chinese speakers for other native speakers. This last category is really tough, as you can imagine, even if it’s just general banter, as native speakers, regardless of the language, always speak fast! But I persevere anyway, hoping that through osmosis, I am still picking up the odd word here and there. I mix it up between stuff for native speakers and stuff that’s been dumbed down for learners of the language, so I am still exposed to the natural speed of native speakers but also not totally discouraged, as I still listen to and learn from the ones that are more tailored to language learners, which also still has English translations. Like I said, Youtube is an endless resource, so I can watch either type whenever I want. Plus a lot of the clips have subtitles as well, so that helps me too, especially since my listening is still really poor. And best of all: it’s free! 😊
We went to Mong Kok today to find some foam pipe insulation for the bathroom. Apparently there is some condensation forming on the aircon pipes, which was dripping down onto the ceiling, and therefore onto the bathroom lights. So the electrician suggested that we go to Mong Kok where there are apparently a lot of aircon maintenance-type stores, to pick up some pipe insulation. Despite the crappy wet weather, we decided to go check out the area – but the whole street was basically closed today! 😩 I should’ve remembered our experience the last time we visited the area on a Sunday. Virtually everyone takes the day off 😔 So now we’ll have to return another day, which will hopefully be next Saturday. We did buy some makeshift insulation in the meantime, though, so hopefully that will still help. And at least we know where to go next time around 👍
We then just went back home, and N went to his usual Sunday night karate, and I fell asleep on the couch watching polyglot videos on YouTube 😂 After being inspired by them, I then went and studied more of my Chinese version of The Little Prince. It’s still taking forever to finish a page, as I’m still looking up a ton of words. But I think it’s getting slightly better… But only ever so slightly… 😆
We went to Causeway Bay (CWB) today to play some mini-golf at Strokes! I haven’t played in yeeeears, it was actually a lot of fun 😊 It was entirely indoors, which was new for me, as most mini-golf places I’ve been to have been outdoors, or at least semi-outdoors, as in we were under cover. But as with all things in HK, space is a luxury, so the 18 holes were crammed in this tiny space inside one of the malls. And sometimes when I had to take a particularly awkward shot, I’d have to step into one of the neighbouring courses, as they’re literally all right next to each other 😆 And N had a few wild hits, one of which actually flew almost the entire length of the room 🤣 🤣 Luckily no one was around to get hit! 🎯 It was quite fun, though, with some crazy courses to get through 😆
We then just wandered around CWB to do a bit of shopping, one of the shopping Meccas in HK. There is also an IKEA at CWB, and we stopped by to pick up a few boxes to store some of our crap in, rather than having them spilling out everywhere in the house. Hopefully once we’ve put stuff inside them, it’ll make me feel a little better about the house not being so messy! But being back in IKEA after not having visited for a few months now brought back some fond memories of when I was practically living there 😂 I walked past the study desks and chairs and I’d reminisce about all the time I spent trying to figure out which study desk and chair to put into our study; and then the same would happen when we walked past their dining tables and chairs, and this would happen in virtually every other room in the store. I still remember the layout of the store all too well 😆
We’re getting an electrician to come in and check out the lights in our bathroom, as they’re basically stuffed. Anyway, I asked him how we can pay him, and he replied back with “finish the operation (under cash)”. I was like what in the world does that mean 😂 But he had the word “cash” in there, so I’m going with that.
Anyway, I decided to “reverse Google translate” what he said. So I put in “finish the operation (under cash)” in Google translate and see what Chinese it gives me, and then I’ll translate it back into normal English. So in essence, we pay him once he’s done the job, in cash, which is what I figured. It’s funny how something as simple as “cash” could be translated so weirdly. I think I’m going to speak English more in line with Chinese sentence structures, so people can better understand me. I’ve already started doing that quite a fair bit, which of course takes more conscious effort to do so, but it makes it easier to be understood.
And then tonight, I watched a documentary on acid attack survivors. It’s so appalling how there are people in the world who can do that to another human being. It is just such a disgusting act of violence that someone can inflict on another human being. As for why anyone would even think to do this, let alone deliberately carry it out, is beyond comprehension and is utterly unforgivable in my books. These innocent people who now have to suffer physically and emotionally for the rest of their lives, simply because there was a coward who inflicted this form of torture on them. And what angers me the most is that these monsters might not necessarily be punished for their crime. The cruelty and the injustice of it all just makes my blood boil. What f’d up world do we live in 😡😡
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not a shopper. I don’t like to shop, and I am for sure an under-buyer, a term that Gretchen Rubin coined for people who only tend to buy things when they need it. And even then, sometimes I still won’t buy it, even when I know I need it! It can be very frustrating 😂
Anyway, there’s this Chinese version of Amazon called Taobao, which I heard about when we first moved to Singapore. I had friends who swore by it. I’ve checked it out a few times, but each time I’ve gone in, I was overwhelmed by all the Chinese on the site, and so never really bothered checking out the site in any more detail than this initial cursory glance.
Today, though, I stumbled across this blog post called The Foreigner’s Ultimate Guide to Shopping on Taobao, and it’s made me want to revisit the Taobao site and see how much of the site I can now understand, without having to use the translate function. Plus their app only has Chinese, and if I am going to browse the site, I’d be more than likely to be browsing on my phone anyway.
It turns out that I can actually somewhat navigate my way around! 😱 I think I know enough characters now that even though I may not necessarily know a word, I can get the gist of its meaning from the characters that it is made up of. And if I want to learn new words, I have plenty to choose from just on this site alone. And getting a bargain or two is enough incentive for me to learn some new words! 😂 Plus, now that we’re in Hong Kong, we’re even closer to the mainland, so deliveries should only take a few days. So I’ll let you know when I make my first purchase, as that will surely be a momentous occasion! 😆
I’m getting to the good bit of Nice Witch, which I really just want to finish now! It started off pretty slow, but I think it’s left the better episodes for the latter half of the series 😊 I still have a few episodes left to go, but I should start having a look to see what my next series will be. I keep saying that I should watch a Chinese drama to work on my listening, but the lure of the Korean dramas is just too strong! 😆
I also spent a bit of time in HelloTalk tonight, that language exchange app. I posted something in the app about liking this particular song, and someone then told me about this app where people can log in and basically have a karaoke sesh on their phone! You can choose whatever song you want, record yourself singing it, and then upload it onto the app. And then apparently you can follow people whose voice you like. It’s a pretty cool idea if you’re into karaoke, which Asia seems to be. I’m so not, which I might’ve mentioned in a previous post, but this app sounded interesting nonetheless. I might download it and check it out 😊
I had a good productive evening. My sesh at the gym was really good. I did a few basics on the treadmill, as per usual. I had one guy on the treadmill next to mine as I was doing Ballroom basics, and then a new guy replaced him when I switched over to Latin 😂 I still wonder what people think when they see me do these basics on the treadmill. Afterwards I do actually dance a bit in the small space available near the equipment, so hopefully people put two and two together! Not that it matters, I’m happy to be the weirdo at the gym 🤪
And then when N came home from karate, for some reason he had decided to only speak Chinese for the rest of the evening. Sometimes I think to do this, but it is so much effort that once I say a sentence, I then revert to English pretty much straight after that. But for whatever reason, he persevered tonight, and so we had a good – and very challenging – practice session! 👍 We probably said a bajillion things incorrectly, but that’s ok, it’s all about getting the message across to the other person, and I understood him most of the time, which is the whole point of language. Native speakers and teachers can correct us as we go along this language journey, but we have to make the mistakes first in order to be corrected. Ah, it’s all part of the fun 😊