The rona, then and now

Yep, I think we are going through our FOURTH wave 😔 There were 73 new cases today. I know that’s piddly compared to so many other cities in the world, but this is a lot for HK. And now that’s three days in a row where the average has been around 60 😱 The three-day average exactly one month ago was 8. and the three-day average two weeks ago was 9. So this is a big jump in such a short period of time. Like I said yesterday, I’m expecting the restrictions to kick in once again any day now… 😔

And a lot of these recent cases have apparently been linked to dance clubs 😳 Faaantastic. Thankfully we haven’t started dancing again! We’ve only been practising on our own. So you can never be too careful.

Masks are still mandatory here, and hand sanitisers are still everywhere. And my little travel-sized one is always hanging off my handbag, which I always use every time I touch anything in public, and just before I eat anything. I still shut the lid when I flush in whatever bathroom I’m in, public or otherwise; and I still try and maintain my distance from others, which has always been quite challenging in this densely populated city. It doesn’t mean that others maintain their distance from you, though, and that is quite annoying 😒 My rules back in March is now just the new norm.

I also still remember back then when I was wondering for how long I would be waking up to hearing about 10,000 new cases overnight. Now there are half a million new cases every day. I never imagined back then just how much our world would change as a result of this damn virus. Crazy stuff. I was going to say it might be a once-in-a-lifetime thing, but given how insane our world has been in recent years, I think there is the very real possibility that it will happen again in my lifetime 😢

Haircuts and rona cases

I got my hair cut today. My second haircut for the year 🤣 It’s so much easier when your hair is longer! Short hair quickly looks unkempt after just a few weeks. With longer hair, I can just continually tie it back, and presto! It looks okay again 🤣 I don’t like going to the hairdresser’s, it’s a bit of a torturous experience. So having COVID as an excuse not to go is perfect too hehehe So today was only the second time I got my hair cut all year. Perrrrrfect! hehehe

The other reason that I’m letting it grow is because we’re not competing at the moment. I prefer having my hair short for competitions because it’s so much easier to style. I don’t have to do the whole bun thing (or heaven forbid anything even more complicated than that! 😂), and I can pretty much keep it the same for both Ballroom AND Latin. I’m lazy, and my care factor for all that stuff is pretty much zilch 😂 So the easier it is to manage my hair, the happier I am. I’d much rather focus on my dancing than on all the fancy schmancy stuff that comes with the sport. I would actually prefer just to dance in a black dress than have to deal with all the make-up and jewellery and all the other rigmarole 🙄 But that’s the sport, and I have to at least try and look the part. So I do the least amount of work and make it as easy as possible for myself! 😆

Oh, and there were 68 cases in HK today. Faaantastic. I thought yesterday’s 43 was bad enough. How did we go from single digits to now being around 50?!? WTH?!? I feel the restrictions are going to be piled on again any day now 😔

My new habits

So after the blah day that I had yesterday, today was actually pretty good! Not that anything fantastic happened, just that I was in a better state of mind compared to yesterday. And that already made things so much better 😊

And this damn watch is now running my life 🤣 I am probably being so much more active now than I ever have been in the last two years that we’ve been living in HK. And so that includes the pre-COVID era! 😱 Each day, I just want to meet my goals. So I’m doing all sorts of things to meet them: dancing; yoga; squats; stretches; push-ups… Even just pacing up and down the house! It’s one of the good things about technology 😊 Just the mere fact that I’m being so much more active now means that the watch is doing what I wanted it to do: integrate fitness into my life! 👍

It was easier for me to do that pre-COVID, but then everything changed in 2020. A lot of things changed in 2020. It has been such a hard year 😔

The other thing that I am slowly starting to get used to is not having Kitty around anymore. I noticed today that all my habits have now gone. I no longer automatically check if her bowls in the kitchen need topping up; whether her litter tray needs cleaning; or even where she is, in case I step on her. That was a little sad 😔 But my new routine now is to turn on her digital photo frame every morning, and then turn it off at night. And occasionally I’ll stop in front of it and just look at the photos. It still makes me sad when I do that, but it also brings back good memories. I don’t know if the sadness will ever really go away. Maybe you just learn to live with it 😢

Food and reward points

We went to this rather fancy schmancy place in Wan Chai for ramen today. The food was good, sure, and the service was unique (I’ll leave it at that 😜) but for the price that we paid, I didn’t think it was worth it. Okay, so they had wagyu beef, but still. It was very expensive!

We then did some dance practice (rumba today 🥰) before heading home and having hot pot! We’ve only had hot pot once at home since we redeemed our stickers for our hot pot set from one of the supermarkets here (you can see the set in the photo below ☺️). I love hot pot, so it’s great to be able to have it at home now at a fraction of the price that you pay at a restaurant! 👍 Especially since we paid so much for lunch 😒

We actually had too much food! 😱

I still can’t believe that we can redeem stuff at the supermarkets here. That was sooo good. They have since changed their rewards points, and now it’s all electronic. N has it on his phone, so I don’t actually know what we can redeem these days. I should go through the app with him to make sure we do redeem stuff. We’d redeemed a few items prior to the hot pot set, but the hot pot set is still our largest “reward”. Now I don’t want to miss out on anything simply because I didn’t know it was available. A clear case of FOMO right here 😂

Positive habits

I mentioned the other day how my new Apple Watch tells me if I’ve been sitting for too long. It wants you to move at least once an hour. So now I get up and walk up and down the apartment whenever it prompts me.

But what I’ve decided to add on from today is studying Chinese. I now work my way through my flashcards while I’m walking 😊 Pretty cool! Again, it’s only like 1-2 minutes each time, but if I’m doing this every hour, it still adds up 👍 So just by doing this today, I got 9 minutes of study done. That’s still better than zero minutes! And they were spaced out throughout the day, and consistency is always good for language learning. And I also have flashcards for my other languages, so technically I could be working on any of the three languages while I’m walking 😆 #polyglotgoals I think this is going to be a good habit 🤞

I also did 15 minutes of dancing that, again, I wouldn’t have done if it wasn’t for the goals that I’ve set myself on my watch. So my basics should improve now! 😱 All these positive habits are so goood ☺️

Completions

I finished my current Asian drama: a Japanese comedy called Wise and Foolish. It was really silly, but that’s what made it quite enjoyable for me 😆 Plus I love body swap stories. I don’t think I have ever not liked a movie or TV show that had this storyline. And the main actors in this show were quite good. I thought they played the two characters (before and after the body swap) really well. But if you’re looking for something with substance, say something that will win an award of some sort, then maybe skip this show 😜 This isn’t that type of show. But it’s light-hearted, silly and fun, so if that’s what you’re looking for, then maybe give this one a go. Plus there are only eight episodes, which are around 45 minutes each, so it’s not too hard to get through 😊

And I’m definitely dancing more at the moment, thanks to this Apple Watch 😆 It’s making me exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, and I feel compelled to achieve it. It’s definitely not a bad thing! So I just dance to a song for 3 minutes, or however long the song is, and then go back to doing whatever. I just do this a few times throughout the day, and then I eventually reach my goal. It’s only 3 minutes, but if you’re doing it often enough throughout the day, every day, then in the end, it actually adds up 👍 Before, I wouldn’t even bother dancing to a 3-minute song. I’d think, “It’s just 3 minutes, that’s nothing. What’s the point?” But now, it’s becoming a good way for me to take breaks throughout the day, while also practising my dancing and reaching my daily exercise goal ☺️

New things to come in the next few months, perhaps?

It was one of those good days where everything went well. These days are nice 🥰 And despite not getting enough sleep last night, I still managed to have a very productive day 👍

And this new Apple Watch is definitely making me move more. I love tracking my stats, so this watch is perfect for me. I already track a bajillion things in my bulletin journal, now my watch helps me track my health and fitness 👍 So I’m drinking more water; I’m dancing more; doing other health and fitness things (yoga, push-ups, squats, meditation etc) and I’m getting up and just moving more in general. It’s great! ☺️ I’ve only had it for a few days, so I’m sure it’s just going to continue to change my daily habits for the better 👍

There has been rumours going around that SG and HK will set up a travel bubble from November, meaning that we could go and visit SG without having to go through quarantine. Woohoo! That is sooo exciting 😁 So now I’m trying to decide which hotel I’d like to stay at. I’ve never actually stayed in a hotel in SG, so I wonder where I’d like to stay…

We haven’t really been able to travel in recent years because of Little Miss, but now she has allowed us to travel again. It’s like she timed it: she was able to spend more time with us this year because we were home much more, thanks to the rona; and now, travel looks like it may resume for us.

But if I had a choice, I would still want her back with us 😢

Tired but still dancing 😊

I was really tired today, I’m not sure why. Because of training yesterday? Not enough sleep last night? Still feeling sad coz of Kitty? All of the above, probably. Whatever the reason(s), I decided to take a nap this afternoon. Which ended up being a few hours 😂

We then went to train at one of the sports centres again. But this time, N did karate while I continued with my dancing. We had the room for two hours, so I got through our entire samba routine and then some of our rumba. 2.5 dances done now, 7.5 to go 😱

I filmed my practising, which allowed me to see what was glaringly bad and therefore what I needed to focus on. My new camera isn’t just for filming YouTube videos; it’s now turning out to be a useful training resource as well! 👍

Dancing is such a good way to stay fit. It’s freaking hard, but it’s such a good form of exercise for me 😊

Donating and dancing

We dropped off all of Kitty’s stuff at a rescue centre today. It was a bit sad moving all of her stuff out of the house, but I’m trying to think of the positives coming out of it: other cats can now get some more food and have toys to play with. But it’s still sad 😔 One of her scratching posts actually came with us all the way from Melbourne, so it’s been with us in three different countries. It’s hard to just let these things go 😔

I am getting better, though. My habits still continue, but every time I remember, it doesn’t hurt as much. I hope I just continue to get better every day.

We then went and did some dance practice. It wasn’t too bad, but we both feel like we need to go back and do some technique classes again. Go back to basics. Because you can never do enough basics.

I might go and look for a dance class somewhere. I’m not sure if they’re allowed at the moment, though. And even if they are, do I want to be spending that much time with strangers in this current rona environment?? Hmmm…

HK’s case numbers have been really good lately, though. And almost all the cases seem to be coming from overseas, with next to no local transmissions. So maybe we’ll be okay. I’m still just very paranoid, I guess. Better safe than sorry, y’know?

Cha Cha!

We hired a dance room in one of the sports centres today. The sports centres haven’t been open much at all this year, so this was the first time since Jan that we’d practised! That is, before the rona took hold of the world 😔

We booked the room for two hours, and we just did cha cha for the full two hours. The goal was just to remember the choreography, and we actually managed to get through about 3/4 of it – woohoo! 👏 It felt like 💩, though 😂 But what can you expect after not practising for pretty much the entire year??

I decided to film it anyway 😂 I figured this would be a pretty low base, and we can only improve from here, so it’d be good to film the base and see how we slowly improve over the next few months (hopefully!).

We watched it back, and it actually didn’t look as bad as it felt! It wasn’t great, but it wasn’t totally 💩 either. We were pleasantly surprised. Our base isn’t that low, after all 😂

So that’s one dance. Well, 3/4 of a dance. Now we have 9 and 1/4 dances left to go 😱 We were also dying just dancing 3/4 of the cha cha. We’re not even dancing the full choreography yet and we were already dying. We are totally not fit! How in the world are we supposed to do five dances in a row?!?? 😱

We train, that’s how. And we’ve been out of it for a long time, so we need to start getting back into it. And we just have to do it one dance at a time 😊