A new blog?

I had this interesting thought today: what if I started a productivity blog? After starting this blog, I have discovered that I am always looking for ideas on how to be more productive, trying things out and tweaking things to better suit my life and my personality. Why don’t I share these experiences and findings with other people, and they can then share theirs with me, and we can learn from one another? Anyway, it was just a thought I had today. I might mull over it some more over the next few days, flesh out the idea and see if it’s something that I want to pursue. Especially given that I already have this blog – which I have committed to writing in on a daily basis – and all the other things that I am already currently doing, this would be yet another thing that I am adding into my life. So yes, this will require a bit more thought…. But productivity, happiness and self improvement are definitely things that I am constantly reading up on, so it would be a topic that I could write many posts on! πŸ˜‚

Ironically, though, I didn’t feel very productive today! πŸ˜† I did stick to my consistency theme, so I can pat myself on the back regarding that. Chinese, trading, dancing and home, all moved at least an inch forward today πŸ‘ So I shouldn’t be so hard on myself! But sometimes the progress just seems so slowwww, y’know? Sighhh…

I actually didn’t feel like sticking with my consistency theme today and just going “f*k it, what’s one day”. But that’s the whole point: you do it regardless of how you’re feeling. Consistency each and every day. Here are a few quotes on this point to end this post – and the day – to provide some motivation:

“A little progress each day adds up to big results.” – Satya Nani

“Success isn’t owned; it’s leased. And rent is due every single day.” – JJ Watt

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My mantra may as well have been β€œtired” today

I was so tired today. After the dinner n dance last night, and then a really bad night’s sleep where I tossed and turned for about two hours in the middle of the night, I just wasn’t feeling all that refreshed when I woke up this morning. And it didn’t get any better πŸ˜”

But I tried to keep my mantra going nonetheless, which I chose to be “enjoy” today. We had 3.5 hours of dancing again today, and I knew that the only way I could possibly have any hope of getting through it was to remind myself of my mantra for the day. Our Latin lesson was good, really enjoyed that. But by the end of it, I was really struggling; and by the time we got to Ballroom, the balls of my feet were sore as, and I could barely walk, let alone have any energy to do anything more than get myself on and off the dancefloor hahaha Maybe not having much food to eat today didn’t help either 😳 I should work on that next week!

We decided to go watch another movie tonight: Downsizing. We went straight from dancing, so my energy was already pretty much spent by the time the evening rolled around. I was ready to fall asleep during parts of the movie. And because I was so tired, I can’t figure out whether I liked the movie or not! Am I rating it as mediocre because I was falling asleep in parts? But would I have thought the same regardless, if I wasn’t so tired? I don’t know… πŸ€”

So despite my mantra for the day, with my lack of energy for most of it, I don’t think I enjoyed it as much as I would have liked πŸ˜”

Ten dance no mean feat

Quite a good day today, dancing-wise. I’m taking notes after every lesson now. I feel much more organised, and I feel like we’re making the best use out of each of our lessons. We’re still struggling to get back into form, but hey, we have EIGHT dances to work through! We shouldn’t be so hard on ourselves. And remember that each respective teacher will only be seeing the four dances that he cares about, so of course they’ll always be disappointed with our progress. If we’re only spending half the time training in one style compared to a specialist, of course we’ll never catch up to them. But we’re aiming to be decathletes of dance! No mean feat. Keeps us going, both physically and mentally 😊

And here, they take it easy on the seniors! Yes, that’s our category πŸ˜‚ They’re only giving us four dances in each event instead of the usual 5. So I shouldn’t complain! Hehehe πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺ

Biweeklies

We took our bi-weekly trip to the vet today. Kitty was well behaved: we barely had to restrain her for the measly few minutes that she was hooked up on the drip. And her appetite is pretty much back to normal! πŸ‘ There’s something oddly satisfying with reporting good news back to the vet! 😊

We had an extra Latin lesson tonight, on top of our usual lesson yesterday. I think N was lacking a bit of confidence in his dancing ability yesterday, feeling rather out of form and lacking focus. His mental attitude was much better today, which then came across in his dancing too. We’re still nowhere near our previous level, but we can only continue to put in the work consistently over the next few weeks, and just do our best for the 3 Feb comp. If we do that, then I think we’ll be happy.

Our rumba and samba felt better today. There are still a few wobbly, shaky parts, but by and large, I thought we danced them well. I think we can do this comp. We probably won’t win, but that’s not the aim of this comp. We just want to get back the feel of being on the comp floor again. And if we can dance all 8 of our routines cleanly, then that’ll be enough 😊

Dancing and Star Wars

We went and had brunch at a local cafe this morning. I was hoping that it would get me through the 3.5 hours of dancing that we had today. Simply writing that out makes me feel tired hahaha The plan was 1.5 hours of Latin, followed by 2 hours of Ballroom.

Well we got through 3 hours, but I was really dying in that last half hour. Sighhh… I’m either too old for all this dancing or just out of form. Probably both hahaha

And now my hip flexors are really sore and I’m just hobbling around! I feel OLD πŸ‘΅πŸΌ

We hobbled over to Suntec tonight to watch Star Wars: The Last Jedi. It was 2.5 hours, but it didn’t feel like it at all. Even though I recall pretty much next to nothing about the previous Star Wars movie (omg), I still enjoyed this one. Maybe I should watch the previous one again… In fact, maybe the prior six movies too… 🀣

Very tiring Sunday. Just in time for the start of a new week. Week 2 of 2018, omg. Where did that first week go?! 😲

Kitty and Decathletes

Back at the vet today. Kitty has to get a drip daily until she is back to normal πŸ˜” He thinks one of her kidneys is not working properly anymore. The vet said to me today, in not so many words, that surgery is not a good option for her, given her age. It’s very risky, apparently. So he recommends that we just continue with the drip, and when she returns to her normal self, to cut back to 2-3x a week. Still, that’s a lot of drips for the feisty little one, who apparently attacked her doctor a few times last week when he tried putting in the drip! 😲 Tomorrow he’ll do another blood test, not sure what he wants to see. I’ll have to ask him. So my mornings will now be chauffeuring her back and forth to the vet clinic. I’ll get some strong arms from all this carrying πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺ hahaha

We had our first Ballroom lesson for the year tonight, and actually got through two dances! 😲 I liked what our teacher said when I said we hadn’t practiced the entire time we were in Oz. Something along the lines of “no practice means no errors to correct” hahaha Very true for us!

So we’re aiming for a comp on 3 Feb. We have one month from today to get 8 dances somewhat presentable. Ambitious much?! This is the rough side to being a 10-dance dancer. When the specialists are trying to get their 5 dances up to scratch, you’re there trying to get double that. And you’re still doing those same five dances with the specialists. It’s never a fair competition, as ten dance events do not exist in Asia. But that’s ok. We are basically the decathletes of dance. So Ashton Eaton may never win any particular event against the specialists, but he does TEN events better than a helluva lot of people. That’s freaking impressive. We aim to be Ashton Eaton in the dancing world 😊 Well, in our age category anywayπŸ˜†

2017 in Review

A friend got me into this habit of reviewing my year, and I think this is my third review so far.  But now that I have this blog and I’ve gotten into the habit of writing in here on a daily basis (no matter how crap or boring or unproductive my day was!), I think I will have to do this review in here from now on 😊

1.What did you do in 2017 that you’d never done before? I have done it before, but I stopped doing it ever since we moved down to Melbourne (and now SG). I started back up again this year: Adult Ballet. I freaking love this class / dance 😊

2.Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions and will you make more for this year? I think I made some progress on them, but progress became less and less as the year went on.  As for 2018, I will probably keep them all the same, as the goals are quite long term, but I’m going to really focus in on the process, which I think I lacked this year.

3.Did anyone close to you give birth? One of N’s family friends in Jan, and one of his close friends in SG in Feb

4.Did anyone close to you die? Parents of a few friends passed away this year. Really hits home when I hear about these. Also, Kitty is sick. I don’t know if she will be able to come home with us when we pick her up from the vet 😒

5.What countries did you visit?

  • Hong Kong
  • Taiwan (Taipei)
  • Japan
  • Australia

6.What would you like to have in 2018 that you lacked in 2017? Consistency.  As I mentioned in a post earlier this month, this is my one-word theme for next year 😊

7.What date from 2017 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? Not just one day, but a few: 1) Christmas this year wasn’t my favourite. Although it hardly ever is, but still, I was not impressed this year. And 2) the last few days of this year, when we received texts and emails from the cattery and the vet about Kitty 😞

8.What was your biggest achievement of the year? This is a tough one. Maybe having what felt like a five minute conversation in Japanese when we were there in November. It was probably only 1-2 mins and we were just talking about general stuff hahaha but the focus I needed for that conversation was full on intense!! πŸ˜… It has fuelled me to achieve that same level in Chinese, and to also improve my Japanese next year 😊

And also perhaps this blog. I’ve kept to my daily posts so far, which is a pretty good effort from me!

9.What was your biggest failure? I’d say not being focussed enough with my trading goal, and probably not doing the right things to progress with it.

10.Did you suffer illness or injury? Thankfully nothing serious, touch wood.

11.What was the best thing you bought? I’d have to say my Bullet Journal, which was just a Moleskine A5 dotted notebook. It’s really just a notebook, but I feel like organising / planning my life has completely changed for the better because of the Bullet Journal concept.

12.Whose behaviour merited celebration? The Australian people, voting “yes” to same-sex marriage laws 🌈🌈

13.Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed? Aung San Suu Kyi’s treatment of the Rohingyas

14.Where did most of your money go? Rent, again, by far.  This will continue to be the case, while we’re in SG πŸ˜”

15.What did you get really, really, really excited about? Probably my Bullet Journal 😁 and our holiday to Japan πŸ‡―πŸ‡΅

16.What song will always remind you of 2017? Good Life by G-Eazy & Kehlani

17.Compared to this time last year, are you: Happier or sadder? Fatter/thinner? Richer/poorer? I think happier, because 2016 was pretty bad hahaha; fatter because we didn’t do much dancing this year; and richer, because we focussed more on this during the year. This was probably the only goal that I actually met.

18.What do you wish you’d done more of? More focus on each of my goals. I felt like I was all over the shop with virtually all of them.

19.What do you wish you’d done less of? Ironically, planning!  I think I get a bit too excited when it comes to planning, and go a tad overboard with it.  Just a tad πŸ˜‰

20.How did you spend Christmas? With family, up in the northern beaches in Sydney

21.Did you fall in love in 2017? With my Bullet Journal and the whole idea of it, yes!  lol

22.How many one-night stands? HA!

23.What was your favourite TV program? Season 9 of Masterchef Australia was pretty good, actually. I was also introduced to House Hunters Asia and HH International this year, and now I’m sorta addicted, lol 😲

24.Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? Aung San Suu Kyi. Although I still think hate is too strong a word. I’d prefer to just say that I don’t like her now 😊

25.What was the best book you read?

  • Fiction – Harry Potter #3 (Order of the Phoenix) was pretty good.
  • Non-fiction – The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin.  I think this was a real eye-opener, which explained a helluva lot of my illogical behaviour at times.

26.What was your greatest musical discovery? Julia Michaels πŸ˜†

27.What did you want and get? We got to go on a nice holiday in Japan and had a lovely time (as evidenced by this blog! lol)

28.What did you want and not get? I didn’t explore SG as much as I would have liked to this year.  I didn’t actively look for places to go, restaurants to try etc so we ended up going to the same places over and over again.

29.What was your favourite film of this year? It wasn’t released this year, but Cloud Atlas was probably my favourite movie out of all the ones I watched this year for the first time ever.

30.What did you do on your birthday? We went to Pollen in the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay, and I didn’t bring enough layers. I was freezing inside ❄️❄️

31.What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? A better trading year πŸ˜”

32.How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2017? Much of the same: casual, summery clothes that is line with the hot and humid SG weather!

33.What kept you sane? A good night’s sleep always does wonders.

34.Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2017. I stumbled across this quote from somewhere: “Life is not about finding yourself; it’s about creating yourself.” Ever since I read that, I’ve stopped looking and started creating.  And now I feel like I’m starting to create the ME that I’ve always wanted.

35.Quote a song lyric that sums up your year. Lyrics to Stargazing by Kygo 😳

Now bring on 2018!Happy New Year! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰