Keeping myself occupied

N flew to SG today 😔 He’s there until Sunday, so I think I will end up immersing myself in my trading more over the next few days, and also watch a few more episodes of The Last Empress 😊

Speaking of the latter, I am now halfway through the series, and it is total cray cray! It is very stressful and very extreme, and so of course very addictive. I sorta want to the series to end so all the stress can leave my life! I’m constantly stressed that someone will overhear a conversation that they shouldn’t have heard, or a betrayal is revealed and someone gets killed for it, or the good people being framed for something they didn’t do and being punished for it. But I’m only halfway through, so I don’t know how much more insane the storyline can get. But it’s so good! 😊

I also finished my current fiction book, What Alice Forgot. I actually enjoyed it, I’m glad I gave it a go 👍 Now to look for my next book… I’m thinking of just finishing Rich People Problems, the third book in the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy. I had to return it to the library before I could finish it and couldn’t renew the loan because a bajillion other people had reserved the book (my renewal was something like 88th in the queue! 😲). But now that I have subscribed to Scribd, I can just “borrow” it from there and resume where I left off 😊

And I also had a relatively good trading day today. Not as good as my godlike performance yesterday, but I was still happy with what I did today 😂

Overall a good day 😊


Decisions made today

N came home soon after I had fallen asleep last night, so his coming home woke me up. And then Kitty scratched again to get someone’s attention at about 2am (we left a door closed so she scratched at it to let us know that she wanted it open – argh!); and then again in the wee hours of the morning, this second time because she wanted food. So basically the whole fam woke me up a few times throughout the night 😔 I am not having much luck getting a good night’s sleep at the moment!

I spent quite a fair bit of time on social media today. I don’t normally go on social media for that long, as I tend to prefer to unwind by watching Asian dramas now, after having discovered this whole new world that I never even knew existed 😆 But today, I spent over 1.5 hours scrolling through my feed on Facebook 😲 I must’ve been feeling quite social today 😂

Speaking of Asian dramas, I decided to abandon my current Korean drama, The Beauty Inside. It hasn’t really drawn me in, and the episode that I was watching today was particularly uninteresting, so I stopped it and decided to read instead. I have to look for a new drama now… It’s going to be hard, I reckon, after having just watched Sky Castle! 😆 Maybe I’ll choose a Chinese drama, to work on my listening skills again… I’ll see what I can find…

I also finally decided to sign up to Scribd. It’s pretty good so far! Slowly building up my reading list in the app 😊 I’ve set a goal to read one fiction book and one non-fiction book each month, have I mentioned this already? I think Scribd will help me quite well with this goal 👍

Little Miss

Kitty woke me up really early this morning by scratching on the front door again 😔 And can you believe it: she then proceeded to guide me in to the kitchen! And she sat there expectantly, obviously waiting for me to feed her. I looked over at her bowls. She has a wet food bowl and a dry food bowl. The latter still had kibble in it, but she had totally cleaned out her wet food bowl. Like totally licked it clean. And yet she wasn’t making her way to the dry food, no no, she wanted none of that. She wanted more wet food. And I, her servant, had been woken up to dutifully give it to her. O-M-G. Un-freaking-believable. So needless to say, I was not in a good mood when I eventually woke up properly this morning!

I’ve started to read What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty. She’s an Aussie writer, I assume from Sydney, because she refers to a lot of Sydney stuff in both this book and in Three Wishes, another book of hers that I read last year. In my current book, she mentions Parramatta, Chatswood, Royal North Shore Hospital and Manly beach, among other things, which then of course made me feel nostalgic about my home town. I feel like I haven’t been back in sooo long. Come to think of it, I don’t think I went back to Sydney at all last year, did I?? No wonder the city feels so far and distant right now 😔 I wonder if I’ll go back sometime this year. For Christmas, perhaps? Maybe… We’ll see…

N went to the races tonight with some work colleagues, so I just watched an episode of my new Korean drama, The Beauty Inside, and I’ll probably have an early night. Hopefully Little Miss will stay asleep throughout the night tonight…! 🤞

Books and movies

I actually felt worse this morning, isn’t that great 😒 So much for getting rid of this damn cold by this weekend. And of course that meant I didn’t do much around the house today, either 😔

We went to the library this afternoon, and even N borrowed a few books today. He is feeling quite motivated to do some more cooking at the moment, so he borrowed a few cookbooks, including one or two that is entirely in Chinese 😲 Not sure how much he can get out of those ones! 😆 But he did go through the books once we got home, and then decided to go to the supermarket soon after to buy some ingredients, so he’s definitely motivated, at least! 👍

I, on the other hand, borrowed some more picture books in that Chinese-English bilingual series 😊 I’m really liking those books! Easy to read, yet enough new words to keep me interested and learning, and with the English translation right there too, if I need it 👍

We watched Iron Man Three this evening. I enjoyed this movie too! I like the Iron Man movies. I think I’d rank #1 and #3 equally, I thought they were good for different reasons. Thor: The Dark World is up next. Out of the eight movies so far, prior to embarking on this quest to watch all the Marvel movies, I’d actually only seen the first Iron Man. So watching them in timeline order and understanding the different characters as we go along is pretty cool 😊

Good stuff and not-so-good…

I actually felt better today, which was good. I got to do some more trading related stuff, and I also got to read some more of my books too.

I decided to buy Pimsleur Mandarin today through Audible, Level 2, lessons 1-5. I wasn’t sure what level I would be on their program, but I figured I would be past Level 1, as I’m pretty comfortable with the basics of the language. So I decided to start at Level 2 and give it a go. Pimsleur focuses more on speaking and listening at first, much like how kids learn, so it’s actually really good for me since my listening is so poor, as I’ve mentioned before.

I worked my way through the first lesson, and it turned out that even though I knew about 95%+ of it, there was still stuff that I didn’t know, and the stuff that I did know, I still got to review. And because it’s all about speaking and listening, it was still good practice for me. The time it takes me to form sentences is still a bit slow, so it was definitely not a waste of time starting at Level 2! And the pace of the lesson is also a tad fast, so even though I already knew almost all pof the course material, I still found it pretty fast going. So I think there will come a point where I will have to repeat a lesson a few times! I’ll see how these lessons go and how far they will take my listening and speaking skills…

N went out for drinks tonight, so I just watched my current Korean drama, Who Are You, freaking myself out in the process 😆 It’s a good series, though, which is why I’m sticking it out. It’s a short one too, with only 16 episodes, so I’ll finish it in no time 😊

N came back with maccas for dinner, as I had requested 😂 Probably not the best thing for when I’m feeling a bit under the weather – probably not the best thing, regardless 😂 – so let’s see how I feel tomorrow… 😏


I woke up this morning with a sore throat and feeling really, really tired. It didn’t help that Kitty woke me up in the middle of the night scratching at the front door 🤦‍♀️ Sighhh…

I went back to sleep after giving her some food, and the next time I woke up, it was 1:45pm 😲 In the end, I pretty much spent the whole day sleeping. I was starting to feel better in the evening, though, so it wasn’t a total waste of a day just sleeping. Hopefully I’ll feel better tomorrow too – and that Little Miss will sleep through the night tonight! Ugh, I hate being sick. Cold weather and I just do not get along.

During my more awake periods during the day, I read more of my book, Something in the Water, and watched a few more episodes of my current Korean drama, Who Are You. Both are mystery thrillers, isn’t that great. Why am I putting myself through this?!? 😝 They’re both good, though, that’s why 😊

Phew 😅

Gas Guy came this morning, he had excellent English, I was so happy about that. But what was even better was his fix for our stove top: a new set of batteries! 😂 That was it! Luckily he had a spare set, so he changed them over, and all was good with the world 😅 And he just charged for parts and not labour, which was also pretty damn good, so I assume the government pays for these maintenance appointments. It was already a good start to my day 😊

I then rang the vet to check if Kitty’s meds were ready for me to pick up – they were 👏 So I swung by in the afternoon after my trip to the library. Kitty didn’t like the first can of food that I gave her this morning, though, which was rather annoying, as it’s such a waste of money and food! And she spent the morning sleeping, which concerned me too. Not eating and then sleeping without having eaten anything isn’t her usual routine.

But then when I returned home later in the afternoon, she was back to her normal self. She had woken up and eaten most of the second can that I had given her, phewww 😅 Maybe Gas Guy stressed her out a bit. She really isn’t a fan of strangers. She’s barely a fan of us, so I can only imagine how she feels about people she doesn’t even know 😂

On my way to the library today, I suddenly realised that I had forgotten to bring one of the books that I had wanted to return! 😫 Isn’t that great. I didn’t turn back to collect it, though. I figured I’ll be heading to the library again sometime in the next few days anyway, and I’ll return it then. I’m really enjoying my library trips. It feels like there is so much knowledge there, all virtually for free! 😆

N had a team dinner tonight, so I had the evening to myself. I’ve decided to read Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman. Being alone in a dark house while reading it is not a good idea – especially for a scaredy cat like me! 😂 But it’s good. I can’t remember where I heard about the book, maybe Reese Witherspoon’s book club?? Yeah, I think that’s where I first heard about it. I don’t normally like the books that the club puts forward, as they’re just not the types of books that I’d be interested in reading. But this one is more up my alley, so I thought I’d give it a go. I’m enjoying it so far! 👍