No routine yet

My friend visiting from Sydney texted me saying that her and another friend were walking up The Peak today, and they were meeting up at 10am. I’ve been wanting to walk up too, but the only problem was, I got up at about 11am today πŸ˜‚ So I missed out today πŸ˜” I’ll have to do the walk up another time. Apparently the walk is relatively easy, and takes about half an hour from Conduit Road, the highest point that the mid-level escalators take you. Easy or not, I’d still like to do the walk during the colder season – ie now. I reckon the temperature at the moment is a really nice time to do hikes in this city, so I’d like to do a few over the next few months, especially while we are not quite in a regular daily routine yet, before dancing, karate and Chinese classes eventually become a significant part of our daily lives once again.

Instead, we went and had yum cha with N’s brother at Dim Sum Square in Sheung Wan. This place is really popular: even though we got there at around 3pm, well after what could be considered lunchtime, we still had to queue for about 15min before we got a table. But it was worth the wait, the food was awesome! πŸ‘ And cheap as: we paid HK$224 (S$40) for the three of us! That’s pretty damn good. It’s cash only, but you’re paying so little that this isn’t too much of an issue. At those prices, I could go for lunch every day! πŸ˜‚

We then wandered around Central and Sheung Wan before heading back home and watching a few more episodes of Legion. The lead actor in Legion was also in Downton Abbey!! We totally did not recognise him. He looks completely different in the photos on IMDb from the two shows. He’s a good actor. I really enjoyed watching him on Downton, and now he’s playing this complex character on Legion really well too. I’m only four episodes in, but it’s a good series so far, very bizarre and unlike anything I’ve seen in a long time. Looking forward to finishing season one, which only has eight episodes. So I’m halfway through already 😊

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A few observations

Here are a few more observations about HK that we’ve noticed:

  • They don’t seem to have public toilets at train stations. I’ve walked around and around a few of the even smaller stations and found nothing. And N suffered worse today πŸ˜‚ At least I could wait until my destination; he had to actually leave the station and find a bathroom elsewhere 😲 So lesson learnt: always go before you leave your current location, as you never know when you’ll find a bathroom out in public!
  • There are very few bins around, so I end up carrying my rubbish around with me, sometimes all the way home!
  • And speaking of rubbish, I don’t actually remember seeing garbage chutes in any of the apartments that we viewed when we were looking for our new place. And in our current place, you just take your rubbish out to this communal bin on the floor, and that gets emptied every day. Seems rather inefficient to me, as someone has to actually clear out all these communal bins in the building. And there are two communal bin areas per floor in our building of 40+ floors! 😲 So I assume this happens in most apartment buildings in HK?? Crazy stuff.
  • We got our TV installed today. There was a difference between the “delivery guy” and the “installation guy”, so we had to wait for two different people coming at two different times to get our TV set up 😐 The delivery guy literally did just that: deliver the TV. And ditto with the installation guy. Interesting that the roles were so specialised!

I’ll continue to add some more things as I spend more time in our new city 😊

We went and had dinner with a friend from SG who is here for a few days. She came here primarily to get a Latin dress designed, but then the designer cancelled on her at the last minute, as he had to fly overseas for something obviously urgent. That’s a bit annoying, as she came here specifically to get her dress sorted. However I’m sure he wouldn’t have cancelled on her if it wasn’t an urgent matter that he had to attend to. Sighhh… But I’m glad we got to catch up with her anyway. And the other people in her class were celebrating their teacher’s birthday tonight, and they actually called her to include her in the celebrations. So we got to say hi to a few familiar faces from our SG studio too, awww πŸ₯°

Our last comp for 2018

I got up at 6:15am today 😲 I actually wanted to get up at 6am, but I’m still somewhat happy with my effort. It did mean that I missed out on eating breakfast, as the comp today officially starts at 8am and our first event was pretty early in the program. We got to the venue at 8am, and the music wasn’t even on yet, so obviously official proceedings hadn’t even started yet. But the late start meant that they ran behind schedule for the rest of the day, finishing more than two hours late by the end of the day session.

So that meant a lot of waiting. We actually didn’t dance too much today: we either danced a straight out final for events with fewer people; or we didn’t make it to the final for those with more competitors. Plus for each event, I don’t think they played the music for too long as they were running so far behind. I’m not sure if I pushed myself hard enough on the dance floor today, or if I’m just getting fitter, but I didn’t feel like I was completely spent at the end of the day like I normally do. The former might have contributed to the mediocre results today. Not to mention the lack of regular training these past few months, since we’ve been flying to and from HK to organise this move! πŸ˜‚

We went and grabbed burgers for dinner after the comp – our first proper meal of the day at 6:30pm 😲 I needed something sinful. We’d just been surviving on fruit, chocolate and energy gels the rest of the day! And my BFF these past few days: adrenalin πŸ˜†

So we’re done with comps for the year. And when we resume sometime next year, we’ll be doing HK comps, and perhaps more comps in North Asia. Wow. New dance experiences around the corner. That’ll be fun!

Oh and this morning, as I was watching some random event at the comp, someone came up to me and tapped on the shoulder. It was the dancing doctor! She just came around to tell me that my test results were ok πŸ˜… That was very nice of her. She didn’t have to do that, as I’m seeing her on Monday anyway, but I appreciated it nonetheless. But she slunk away straight after she told me, as I think she was so embarrassed being seen in her dance costume. I completely understand. It’s very surreal when two of your very separate worlds collide! πŸ€ͺ

Surviving on adrenalin

I have been running on adrenalin these last two days now, and I will continue to do so tomorrow at the comp. So come Sunday, I’m just going to crash and not get out of bed until sometime in the afternoon πŸ˜‚

Two people actually followed through on their transactions on my listings on Carousell, the local online marketplace. I’m now pleasantly surprised when someone is honest on there. I don’t know why people say one thing and then don’t follow it up with action. It just doesn’t make any sense to me. So I’m grateful for these honest people, as they give me hope that there are more decent people out there 😊

I was primping today, oh so exciting – NOT πŸ˜‚ My nails are all done now, and I’m all Oompa Loompa’d up – ie fake tan applied. I am so fake orange that I feel like a real-life Oompa Loompa, hence the name I’ve given it πŸ˜‚

We’ve been so busy going in between HK and SG these past few months – and now with the pending move there – that our training has been severely disrupted, so we don’t feel anywhere near ready for what is perhaps the largest comp in SG for the year. But it’ll be our last comp in the country before we move, so it’ll still be a memorable one, even if our results probably won’t be that great πŸ˜†

My ever shrinking world

A colleague from N’s work gave him the details of a property agent in HK named Ben. His colleague recommended Ben because he didn’t mind him, as he was quite transparent and didn’t have the usual property agent BS. I half jokingly said “I wonder if it’s that jerk stick guy who I went with to go see a property last time we were in HK”. N quickly dismissed the possibility, as a normal person would, since there are a bajillion agents in HK. But after the dancing doctor yesterday – which I am still floored about, btw 😱 – I am much more prepared for things with a very low likelihood to actually occur πŸ˜‚ So I asked N to give me Ben’s number just to double check that we’re not liaising with the same person. And O-M-G, WE ARE ACTUALLY TALKING TO THE SAME PERSON. Seriously?! How is this happening?! My world is getting smaller and smaller!! πŸ€ͺπŸ€ͺ So maybe I will be giving this guy a second chance after all 😊

Kitty has been very restless in the mornings, scratching numerous times around dawn, waking me up each time. Today I picked her up and sat with her on the couch, and she had her tail wrapped around my arm. She’s never done that before, and I thought that was really sweet. I would’ve taken a photo of it if I wasn’t so catatonic and hadn’t just been woken up for the third time in two hours in the middle of the night πŸ˜‚

I spent the day continuing to prepare for this lovely move. I’ve posted online all the furniture that we want to sell, and two people have already expressed interest. I’m working with N’s countdown, and today is T minus 10 😱 We will be in single digits tomorrow! My own countdown is T minus 31, but I’ll be going back and forth between SG and HK during November as well, so I don’t actually have that many days to get everything sorted. Wahhh… It’s oh so close now! 😩

We had our last Ballroom lesson with our teacher today. That’s so sad. And then we had our last Latin practice too, as I don’t think we’ll be practising next week after the comp. We’ll probably just spend the evenings doing more culling and packing, and closing down accounts etc etc.

I must keep telling myself that this is all very exciting, a new chapter in our lives, a new adventure begins. Coz I still feel quite sad about it all πŸ˜”

Can the world be any smaller?!??

I went to run an errand at City Hall today, so I decided to have brunch at Raffles City, the shopping mall attached to City Hall MRT. I got caught up in writing a blog post for my food blog about the cafe that I was at that I completely forgot that I still had an errand to run! 😩 Once I remembered, I quickly went to pay so I could go run my errand.

So I get to my destination, only to discover that they have MOVED 😫 To JURONG, which is way out west!! So now I have to make a concerted effort to go all the way out there πŸ˜” I think I’ll go on Friday and make an afternoon of it 😊

I then made my way to the gynaecologist who the GP from yesterday referred me to. That’s one awesome thing about SG: getting a specialist appointment is wayyy easier than in Oz. I rang this morning asking to book an appointment, and the receptionist asked for when. I’m used to THEM telling me when I can come in – and it’s usually at least six weeks from when I ring! So of course I said as soon as possible, so I can deal with this stupid medical thing as quickly as I can. And she offered a slot for this afternoon! 😲 I don’t know why it’s so much easier to see a specialist here compared to Oz. I had a similar experience with the eye specialist too. Maybe it’s just a case of supply and demand?? πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ In any case, I’m very grateful for it! πŸ™

So I get to the medical clinic, and after a short wait, I see the gynaecologist. The first thing she says to me is “we’ve met before”. And I’m like OMG where. We are in SG, and my social circle here is much smaller than in Oz, so surely I can place her much more easily. So I study her face a bit, and after a few seconds, I figure out who she is: she has her dance lesson after us!! She looks different in her corporate attire, so I didn’t recognise her straight away. But O-M-G. CAN THE WORLD BE ANY SMALLER?!?? πŸ€ͺπŸ€ͺ

In a way, it was good that she’s a dancing gynae, as she understood my lifestyle as a fellow dancer and could take this into consideration in her recommendations. She actually wants me to do more tests, and asks if I’m available this weekend – β€œor are you competing at the Singapore Open?” Omgggg who would know this except a dancing doctor?!?! πŸ€ͺπŸ€ͺ I am still floored that we know each other!! This small world that we live in is distracting me from my medical issues, at least! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

I then decided to stop by Orchard Road to use my Charles & Keith vouchers that are going to expire very soon. I still have S$200 worth of vouchers 😲 And being a non shopper, in a way, I feel like I’m being forced to buy something, so as to not waste the vouchers, if that makes sense.

So I bought two handbags, one of which is to replace one of my existing ones that is on death’s door. This is how bad something has to get for me to go shopping! Clothes and accessories need to be falling apart before I will replace them πŸ˜‚ So now I’m down to S$50. It’s going to expire before we move to HK, so I have to find one more item within the coming month πŸ˜†

And then we practised tonight, seven of the eight dances we’re doing at the comp on Saturday. Now my thighs are sore hehe But that’s good, means I worked hard tonight πŸ’ͺ 😊 Dancing gynae will be there too 😱 After all the medical talk, we then proceeded to discuss the comp and dancing in general. So weeeeird!! πŸ€ͺ

More welcome distractions

We flew out of Manila today. But of course we got another round in of local food before we left πŸ˜‚ I’ll write up a review or two shortly in my food blog of some of the places we went to during this short trip.

I got into my head again on the flight. I know what it is that I do: I have no wifi, stuck in this tiny seat up 10 bajillion miles in the air, and sometimes I’m in no mood to watch anything on their entertainment system, so I just listen to music. And then the music somehow starts turning into background noise while I let my mind run loose, contemplating everything from family to our upcoming move to HK to the meaning of life and my role in it. I didn’t get too caught up in my thoughts this trip, at least not as much as I usually do πŸ˜† I was listening to a few songs that we could dance to, so I just ran through a few of our routines in my mind. That was a welcome distraction! πŸ˜‚ And then for some unknown reason, someone sitting near me on the flight piled on his aftershave mid-flight, so the occasional whiff wafting by my seat also randomly jolted me out of any reverie that I could have been in during the flight πŸ˜‚

But now we’re back to reality, and along with it, my apprehension about this upcoming move to HK. I’m trying to change my nervousness to excitement, as the experts say that physiologically your body’s reaction is exactly the same whether you’re scared or excited, and that it’s just what’s playing in your mind that is different. So I’m VERY EXCITED about this move to HK!! πŸ˜‚ SOOO EXCITED!! BRING IT ON!! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚