Mondayitis and rose-coloured glasses

I had a mild case of Mondayitis today. I procrastinated and basically just wasted time. So as you can imagine, it wasnโ€™t the most productive day ๐Ÿ˜”

We watched more of Dance Academy today. Itโ€™s making me want to dance again! Itโ€™s also set in Sydney, so it also makes me miss my hometown ๐Ÿ˜” I too just want to walk through Circular Quay too, or the Rocks, or the Opera House or wherever else they film ๐Ÿ˜†

But as with any city, once youโ€™re not living there, you remember the place with rose-coloured glasses. Iโ€™m sure all the sh1tty things about the city would come flooding back after a few weeks of living there again ๐Ÿ˜† But Sydney is my hometown, so it will always have a special place in my heart ๐Ÿฅฐ


Little Miss kept scratching at the cupboard doors in our bedroom last night ๐Ÿ˜’ If I walk to the spare bedroom and get her to follow me, sheโ€™ll stop her scratching. But the downside to this is that I end up having to sleep in the spare bedroom! I donโ€™t even know why scratches anyway. Itโ€™s not like she doesnโ€™t have any food or water ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ So my sleep ends up getting terribly disrupted on most days ๐Ÿ˜”

Despite this, I still managed to get quite a fair bit done today, thankfully ๐Ÿ‘ And thatโ€™s also despite the crappy weather we had today. Man, this ๐Ÿ’ฉ weather is still lingering around! I wonder if this means weโ€™re going to get more typhoons this year… ๐Ÿ˜ฑ Our first year in HK (last year) was very uneventful, thankfully, with only one T8 typhoon the whole year. T8 is the second highest typhoon level, i understand. So these typhoons are still a big mystery to me. Iโ€™m curious and nervous at the same time – as in, I donโ€™t really want to feel our apartment building swaying as if weโ€™re on an amusement park ride! ๐Ÿ˜ฒ Yesss… This is how it has been described to me. W.T.H. Hopefully that was a really bad one and most typhoons arenโ€™t that insane!

Quiet again

We had another quiet day today, picking up some groceries and just generally cleaning up the house and running errands.

We practised a little bit in the evening, me dancing and N karate. We hired a dance room in one of the sports centres here. I might’ve mentioned this before, but hiring a room in a sports centre is one of the cheapest things you can do in HK ๐Ÿ˜† It surprised me just how cheap it was, considering how almost everything else is so damn expensive in this city.

We have decided to start a ballroom group class after Chinese New Year ๐Ÿ‘ We’ll try it out first and see how we like the class, the teacher and the studio. I find that getting back into our regular activities when we move cities is always quite challenging. And perhaps it’s because it’s not as urgent as, say, finding a new home, it always tends to get put on the back burner ๐Ÿ˜” So more than a year later, hopefully we can get back into our dancing ๐Ÿคž

Eyes ๐Ÿ‘€ and plans

I went to the optometrist today to get my eyes checked. I have really dodgy eyes, like I would probably be a “good-study-subject-for-final-year-optometry-students” dodgy ๐Ÿคช She put eye drops in my eyes to dilate the pupils so she can check the general health inside my eyes. The eye drops make everything blurry for 4-6 hours, which of course includes my phone. And you know how reliant we all are on our phones these days โ˜น๏ธ But it actually wasn’t too bad, and I got my dodgy eyesight back soon enough. And the optometrist said that my eyes are stable, so they haven’t gotten any more dodgy, at least ๐Ÿ˜…

N and I were supposed to try a dance class tonight, to get back into some sort of dancing routine, whatever that routine may be in HK. But then a whole pile of ๐Ÿ’ฉ came across his desk in the afternoon, so that plan was soon shelved. I guess our return to dancing will just have to wait ๐Ÿ˜”

So I spoke to my parents for a while instead, and that was nice. I think that’s going to be one of my goals this year: to call them more often and just chat. I think that’ll be a nice goal for all of us ๐Ÿ˜Š

December is flying past!

Little Miss woke me up a number of times overnight again ๐Ÿ˜’ Despite this, though (or perhaps because of it??), I was totally full of energy beans today, running on something, I don’t quite know what ๐Ÿ˜† I wonder if it’s because of my gym going lately… That always seems to have a positive impact on my physical and emotional wellbeing. Maybe I should put the gym back closer to the forefront next year, it took a bit of a backseat this year. I think we’re also going to try to get back into our dancing next year too, so that should be help as well ๐Ÿ‘

I went to the gym again tonight, and yet again, I couldn’t tear myself away from that relative new John Mayer song that I discovered the other day, New Light. It is on repeat, and I can’t stop listening to it! I’ve listened to it 50 bajillion times and I’m still not sick of it. I’d like the obsession to subside now, please, so my life can go back to normal! ๐Ÿคช

It’s Christmas next week already!! ๐ŸŽ„ How in the world did it sneak up on us?!? I am totally not ready! ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ฑ I want to start planning what we can do over the next few weeks while N is on leave. I am so unorganised this Christmas! ๐Ÿ˜”

I also want to start working on putting together my bullet journal for 2020, since apparently the new year is just around the corner ๐Ÿ˜ฑ I seriously don’t know where the first half of December went! ๐Ÿ”

Together, apart, and then back together again

We did a bit of shopping today, and the shops now have their winter gear out on sale. Greeeat… My favourite season will soon be coming to an end ๐Ÿ˜” So I focussed on stocking up on cold weather gear, as I felt like I was severely lacking on this front last winter. But we did just arrive from SINGAPORE, the place with an endless summer. So my wardrobe was definitely more tropical more than anything else when we first arrived in this city. I had to quickly stock up on a few winter items when we finally settled in ๐Ÿ˜†

N then headed back to the office again to do some more work ๐Ÿ˜” And so I decided to continue with my TEFL course, and prepare yet another lesson plan! They’re quite time consuming for me to do, firstly because I don’t really know what I’m doing, so I constantly have to refer to my notes; and secondly, I’m not very creative, so I’m constantly racking my brain trying to come up with fun and interesting things to do in class! But it’s a new skill, so I have to be patient with myself ๐Ÿ˜Š So I probably spent twice as long preparing this lesson plan as it would take me to teach the damn lesson! ๐Ÿ˜‚ I can’t wait until I get this skill under my belt!

And then we headed down to the gym once N got back from the office. I did another round of Jive kicks ๐Ÿฆต They are still an absolute killer. I don’t know how many rounds of Jive I have to do until this gets easier, coz at the moment, they’re still torture! ๐Ÿ˜–

To give you a bit of an idea of what it is that I’m doing, check out the first five seconds of this video on YouTube. He’s doing it mega fast, and doing a fancy double kick – not to mention dancing really nicely as well! – but hopefully you get the gist. Now imagine doing that for an entire 3.5-minute song, and you get the self-inflicted torture that I’m putting myself through. And I’m certainly not looking as fresh and excited as he does in the video! ๐Ÿ˜‚ So now my legs feel really heavy, and my whole body is sore from the whole session at the gym. I guess looking at it positively, you could say that I had a very successful session today! ๐Ÿ˜œ

Incessant beeping and vomit didnโ€™t stop me

I had yet another crappy night’s sleep, sighhh ๐Ÿ˜” The aircon in our bedroom is on the blink, and last night it kept switching itself on and off – even after I had switched it off. It kept beeping every time it switched itself on, so it wasn’t the fact that it was warm in the room without the aircon on that kept me up, but all the incessant beeping! ๐Ÿ˜ฉ

And because I was half awake already, I heard Kitty throw up while all this beeping was happening ๐Ÿคฎ I couldn’t just let her vomit fester on the floor or rug or wherever she threw up, so I went to clean up her mess as well.

Eventually, the aircon somehow sorted itself out. It finally decided to stay on for the rest of the night, so I ended up getting some sleep sometime after 3am ๐Ÿ˜’

As a result of the crappy night’s sleep, I did struggle to stay awake during the day, so I had some tea in the afternoon, which seemed to have helped. I actually ended up having a more productive day than I thought I would ๐Ÿ‘

And then in the evening, I headed down to the gym. I did another round of Jive kicks while I was there, building up my stamina and working my legs ๐Ÿฆต I’ll probably feel it tomorrow ๐Ÿ˜‚ We’re going out for dinner tomorrow night, so I wanted to get a workout in beforehand (and hopefully afterwards too, on Sunday ๐Ÿ˜Š)

And then we watched another episode of Lucifer to round out the evening. It ended up being quite a productive Friday, so I’m happy ๐Ÿ˜Š

Crappy sleep

I had the crappiest sleep last night. I went to bed sometime after 2:30am, as caffeine must have still been running through my system after I had green tea late in the afternoon yesterday ๐Ÿ˜’

Little Miss wakes me up a few hours later, scratching at one of the doors. And then a few hours later after that, N’s alarm goes off ๐Ÿ˜’ I couldn’t really get back to sleep when his alarm went off, so I just go up and started my day early. And surprisingly, I managed to stay awake the entire day!

I did some Jive at the gym tonight. I partly wanted to get some cardio in, but my main reason though, was to exhaust myself so that I could get a good night’s sleep tonight to make up for last night! Let’s see how well my plan goes ๐Ÿ˜† I’m feeling pretty knackered now, so hopefully my plan will indeed work out… ๐Ÿคž

Dance practice

We didn’t do much at all today. We did some dance practice in the evening, but that was pretty much it! I wanted to do some more Chinese as well, but I didn’t get around to doing much of that either. I was really tired today, as if the lack of sleep during the week finally caught up with me. I ended up taking a 2-hour nap in the afternoon ๐Ÿ˜ด

Dance practice was good – well, not the dancing per se ๐Ÿ˜‚ But we achieved quite a fair bit in the two-hour session ๐Ÿ‘ We need to do more of that, in order to get back into it. But we did say that we were going to take the year off from dancing competitively, so given this, I guess the amount that we are doing isn’t too bad… Plus I’m still doing some of my own stuff at the gym as well, so it’s not like we’ve taken a complete hiatus ๐Ÿ˜‰ And coupled with the fact that I was just generally tired today, I was happy with what we did manage to get through ๐Ÿ‘

Keep calm and dance on!

The protesters were out at the airport today, so no closures due to safety concerns affected our area. So we managed to get some dance practice in! We got through our entire samba choreography, to music and all! That was total amazeballs ๐Ÿ˜‚ Now we just need to remember our other bajillion choreographies and then we’ll be back, baby! ๐Ÿคฃ

School goes back for a lot of students tomorrow, so I’m hoping that these protests will now start dying down, as they start the new school year. Wishful thinking, probably, but one can only hope…! ๐Ÿคž

And a T3 signal is currently in place, so I’m expecting quite miserable weather this coming week ๐Ÿ˜” Just as long as we don’t get anything higher than a T3, then I’m (relatively) fine ๐Ÿ˜Š

If it’s not the protests, then it’s typhoons! So all you can do is just keep calm and dance on ๐Ÿ˜„