Another productive day

I got up really early this morning, which is always such an amazing feat for a night owl like me. So again, I had a very productive day! This is becoming a good habit that I’d like to maintain for as long as possible! 😊

I returned my bilingual Chinese/English picture book today, and went searching for another one in the same series, since I’m really enjoying them. It took me forever to find them, as they were on the shelf! They have sooo many children’s books that some books just sit on nearby trolleys. I couldn’t quite figure out if there was any sort of order to the trolleys, and even some semblance of order to the books on the trolleys, as the books weren’t always in order either. But luckily I decided to go through the half a dozen or so trolleys scattered around near the shelf where the books were supposed to be, and finally found the series. I decided to borrow “I am Punctual!” today. I figured I could learn a thing or two from it, and not just Chinese 😂

I went to the gym again today. I decided to do some dance basics on the treadmill, something I haven’t done in months. I was halfway through a slow fox song, and my calves were already sore! I am obviously so out of training! 😔 We really need to get back into it asap. Or at least go back to the gym on a more regular basis and just continue doing basics and also to keep up the stamina. But first things first, we need to find a new studio and new teachers … 😔

I needed to buy some cat litter today, so I went to virtually all the supermarkets near home. Only one stocked the cat litter that we have now switched to – and, wouldn’t you know it, it was the last supermarket on my list! So typical. But I have recently started turning annoying things into times of gratitude – in this instance, for example, instead of being feeling inconvenienced by having to wander around to various supermarkets, I’ve decided to view this as being fortunate enough to have a few different supermarkets so close to home for me to be able to choose from. It feels like such a more positive way to view it! I’m liking this new technique, I’m going to try and do it more often whenever I start getting annoyed at something; turn it around and be grateful that I have the problem in the first place! 😊

And in the evening, I watched another episode of my Korean drama, About Time. I’m getting close to the end of the series, so I need to find my next drama soon. I need to create a watchlist, so I can just go straight to that for ideas 😊

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Lazing about trying to recover

I watched more of my current Korean drama today, About Time. You might remember that I mentioned shameless product placement in the show right from the very first episode. Well they’ve actually gone one step further now and getting the products involved in the dialogue too! 😲 From the actors saying how their skin must look great now because of some beauty product that they’re currently using **queue product placement here** to dialogue between two characters about instant coffee and one asking the other which flavour they would like to try today **zoom in on product here** Shameless advertising in these Asian dramas, apparently! I wonder if/when this blatant advertising will eventually find its way in to Western shows…

I did consider going to the gym again today, but my arms and legs are still so sore from yesterday’s workout that I figured I should skip today and give my body a bit of a rest. I’m no spring chicken anymore, so it’s probably better if I give my body some time to readjust to exercise once again. We haven’t started dancing in HK yet either, so we are nowhere near getting back into an exercise routine of any sort. At least the gym is one step in the right direction! 💪 Hopefully my muscles will have recovered a bit more tomorrow, so we can drop by the gym in the evening sometime 🤞

Brunch together before we went our separate ways

We went and had yum cha today. We decided to go to Maxim’s Palace at City Hall, the restaurant that we missed out on going to the other day because we got there so late. So today, we aimed to get there by about 10:30am. We weren’t far off that time, and it was actually quite a good time to go. We were given a choice in table, because there were quite a few still available at that time. So based on our experience today, I would recommend going for brunch / early lunch rather than a late one.

The food is great here too, as is the range. They had so many dishes that we wanted to eat, but we just didn’t have enough room for them all. Their trolleys had labels on the front to tell you what dishes that particular trolley had, in both English and Chinese, and some also had a little tv screen of sorts that scrolled through photos of the dishes. It was very impressive! It’s also all very orderly, so there isn’t too much of a culture shock in this particular restaurant 😊

We went back home afterwards and just hung out there for the rest of the afternoon. I spoke to my mum for a little while, and we were playing around with the fun filter options on Messenger. It’s good to be silly, I need more of that in my day 😊

And then in the evening, we all went our separate ways: N went to karate; N’s brother went to catch up with a friend; and I went to see The Nutcracker! 👍

It was a weird storyline… It deviated a bit from the story that I’m used to, and the first act was a little hard to follow (or maybe it was just me?). But the second act was SUPERB. The principal dancers were good, but what I really enjoyed – surprisingly – was the small contemporary pas de deux performance between the Egyptian dolls. Their control, strength, partnership, interpretation of the choreography… WOW. Just wow. Ok so they didn’t do a bajillion fouettes or jetes, but their little section of the performance really moved me. They were so amazing. And that’s coming from me, someone who’s not even a fan of contemporary ballet! So I’m very glad that I got to see the performance, as tonight was the last performance for the season.

It was a fun day 😊

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 😂 So I missed out today 😔 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! 👍 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! 😂

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 😊

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 😂 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 🥰

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! 😂

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 😆

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 😅 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! 🤪

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 😂

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 😂 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 😂

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 😆