A low energy day

It wasn’t the best Sunday. I wasn’t in the right frame of mind to do anything this morning ๐Ÿ˜”

In complete contrast, N had this crazy goal today: to achieve some fitness/exercise goal based on one of the stats that his watch tracks. He actually achieved it, which was totally impressive. It’s a physical as well as a mental challenge, and he managed to conquer both ๐Ÿ‘

I somehow found a bit of energy later in the afternoon and managed to register my recent tech purchases for warranty purposes. This admin stuff is just so boring and blah, and I always put off doing it. But somehow, I managed to get myself to do this today, so that was amazing ๐Ÿ‘

And then in the evening, we headed over to Tamar Park to do some dance practice. It’s been aaages since we’d danced, so of course we struggled just to remember our routines ๐Ÿ˜” We were at the park for over an hour, and all we did was samba. Sighhh… I don’t know if/when we’ll ever be back in a dance studio.

TV, dancing and my yearly review

We watched a few more episodes of Timeless and Gossip Girl this afternoon, before we headed out to do some dance practice. I canโ€™t believe Gossip Girl is now ten years old. Thatโ€™s insane. Time just continues to fly by.

Speaking of time flying by, weโ€™re at the end of 2020! How did that happen?! Even with COVID, time still managed to fly by for me. Did I even stop to smell the roses this year?? I sure hope so! I will definitely have to review my year this year, since I didnโ€™t review 2019. I still regret that. Iโ€™d been reviewing each of my years for the past few years now, and Iโ€™m disappointed in myself for missing 2019 ๐Ÿ˜”

We then did some dance practice in the evening: about 1.5 hours of samba ๐Ÿ˜ฑ N managed to remember most of his choreography! Thatโ€™s impressive ๐Ÿ‘ So basically thatโ€™s one dance that we can probably tick off. We canโ€™t even say that for cha cha and rumba yet ๐Ÿ˜”

And for the remaining half hour of our two-hour practice session, we did a little bit of waltz and practised our spins. That was a baaad idea ๐Ÿคฃ I felt ill as soon as I stopped, and felt that all the way back home, right up until I fell into bed and slept the dizziness off. I had to use all my willpower not to throw up on the bus – or at any other point on the way home ๐Ÿคฎ

I woke up an hour later, and I did feel a little better, but not fully 100% recovered. So I had dinner – which, surprisingly, wasnโ€™t making me feel like barfing! – and then just got ready to have an early night. Sighhh… maybe next time, I need to take some motion sickness tablets before practising spins again! ๐Ÿคช

Highs and lows

I was on a bit of an endorphin high about half an hour ago because I was dancing again to reach my daily exercise goal ๐Ÿ˜† I’m telling you, this damn watch is running my life! It’s really making me make fitness a part of my daily life. I’m still truly amazed just how much I want to reach my exercise goals every day. It’s definitely one benefit of technology ๐Ÿ‘ I still think I’m doing more exercise on a daily basis now than I was before I bought this watch ๐Ÿ˜ฑ Pretty crazy stuff. And even during this coronavirus era, I’m still finding ways to do exercise at home. Yoga has now become part of my morning routine. And even dancing is pretty much a daily practice now too. It’s so good! ๐Ÿ˜

Anyway, so that was half an hour ago. That high is now subsiding and now I can barely keep my eyes open ๐Ÿ˜† Earlier, I was wondering how I was going to go to sleep soon, but now I don’t think this is going to be a problem! I am seriously ready for bed now…. ๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ›Œ

N has tomorrow off, so I’m going to take the day off too. But because the virus has taken over the city once again, I don’t really want to go and do anything ๐Ÿ˜” We might have brunch at some cafe, but that’s the extent of our plans! I’m happy to just chillax at home for the rest of December anyway – well, at least until after we are over the peak of this 4th wave. And it will probably take the whole of this month for this to happen ๐Ÿ˜”

More time at home

Apparently Gossip Girl is being taken off Netflix by the end of the month. I finished season one today, so now I have the remaining 5 seasons to get through in the next 4 weeks ๐Ÿ˜ฑ I was planning on taking off the last few weeks of the month, so that should help ๐Ÿ˜† Plus with the rona cases continuing to remain in the high double digits (there were actually 103 new cases today ๐Ÿ˜”), I just want to stay home this month anyway.

I actually enjoyed season one more than I expected to. The parents’ characters started to develop later on in the season, and that got me more intrigued. Since I’m not 16 anymore, the parents’ lives probably interested me more than their kids’ lives did. I’m sure it would’ve been the other way around if I was still 16 ๐Ÿ˜†

I had my Chinese lesson today. I felt like we were actually having a somewhat okay conversation for about 2/3 of the lesson, with me not asking her to repeat herself a bajillion times every time she said something. Total amazeballs! Maybe I am actually improving?!? But then for the remaining third, I went back to feeling like knowing nothing again ๐Ÿ˜† More listening practice, I tell you!

And then YouTube introduced me to this song: ร‰chame La Culpa by Luis Fonsi and Demi Lovato. It’s samba, and a lot of our Latin songs are in Spanish. So of course that got me wanting to start learning Spanish ๐Ÿ˜† Sigh, my polyglot goals….

The rona, then and now

Yep, I think we are going through our FOURTH wave ๐Ÿ˜” 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 ๐Ÿ˜ฑ 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… ๐Ÿ˜”

And a lot of these recent cases have apparently been linked to dance clubs ๐Ÿ˜ณ 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 ๐Ÿ˜’ 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 ๐Ÿ˜ข

Haircuts and rona cases

I got my hair cut today. My second haircut for the year ๐Ÿคฃ 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 ๐Ÿคฃ 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! ๐Ÿ˜‚), 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 ๐Ÿ˜‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™„ 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! ๐Ÿ˜†

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 ๐Ÿ˜”

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 ๐Ÿ˜Š

And this damn watch is now running my life ๐Ÿคฃ 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! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ 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 ๐Ÿ˜Š 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! ๐Ÿ‘

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 ๐Ÿ˜”

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 ๐Ÿ˜” 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 ๐Ÿ˜ข

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 ๐Ÿ˜œ) 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 ๐Ÿฅฐ) 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 โ˜บ๏ธ). 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! ๐Ÿ‘ Especially since we paid so much for lunch ๐Ÿ˜’

We actually had too much food! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

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 ๐Ÿ˜‚

Positive habits

I mentioned the other day how my new Apple Watch tells me if Iโ€™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 Iโ€™ve decided to add on from today is studying Chinese. I now work my way through my flashcards while Iโ€™m walking ๐Ÿ˜Š Pretty cool! Again, itโ€™s only like 1-2 minutes each time, but if Iโ€™m doing this every hour, it still adds up ๐Ÿ‘ So just by doing this today, I got 9 minutes of study done. Thatโ€™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 Iโ€™m walking ๐Ÿ˜† #polyglotgoals I think this is going to be a good habit ๐Ÿคž

I also did 15 minutes of dancing that, again, I wouldnโ€™t have done if it wasnโ€™t for the goals that Iโ€™ve set myself on my watch. So my basics should improve now! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ All these positive habits are so goood โ˜บ๏ธ

Completions

I finished my current Asian drama: a Japanese comedy called Wise and Foolish. It was really silly, but thatโ€™s what made it quite enjoyable for me ๐Ÿ˜† Plus I love body swap stories. I donโ€™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 youโ€™re looking for something with substance, say something that will win an award of some sort, then maybe skip this show ๐Ÿ˜œ This isnโ€™t that type of show. But itโ€™s light-hearted, silly and fun, so if thatโ€™s what youโ€™re looking for, then maybe give this one a go. Plus there are only eight episodes, which are around 45 minutes each, so itโ€™s not too hard to get through ๐Ÿ˜Š

And Iโ€™m definitely dancing more at the moment, thanks to this Apple Watch ๐Ÿ˜† Itโ€™s making me exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, and I feel compelled to achieve it. Itโ€™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. Itโ€™s only 3 minutes, but if youโ€™re doing it often enough throughout the day, every day, then in the end, it actually adds up ๐Ÿ‘ Before, I wouldnโ€™t even bother dancing to a 3-minute song. Iโ€™d think, โ€œItโ€™s just 3 minutes, thatโ€™s nothing. Whatโ€™s the point?โ€ But now, itโ€™s becoming a good way for me to take breaks throughout the day, while also practising my dancing and reaching my daily exercise goal โ˜บ๏ธ