A bit of perspective would be good

Hmmm… I’m just not having a good week. I don’t feel like I even did anything productive today 😔 I know I did, but my brain seems to be ignoring all that and it’s just focussing on the fact that what I set out to do today (write up the script for my next YouTube video) didn’t happen. Why focus on the negative?? 🤨 Because some good things also did get done today!

For example, I finished reading From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler, a children’s book by EL Konigsburg. I’ve read a few children’s books lately, and I actually haven’t been all that impressed with them. But I actually really liked this one! I would definitely recommend this to my 10-12 year old self 😊 Now I’m thinking that my next fiction novel should be one that’s for adults 😆

And I’m also connecting with a few friends on Facebook. I’m trying to be a bit more active on social media these days to try and stay in touch with friends, especially my friends in Oz who I don’t see much these days (and not at all at the moment 😔).

And I did do some research for my next YouTube video today too. Now I just need to get a better idea of what I want included in the actual video. Okay sure, I didn’t write out a script like I had wanted to, but I’m on my way there, so I have done something.

So even though I might not have gotten the script written up, it wasn’t a complete waste of a day. Get a bit of perspective, sheesh! 🙄

A relaxing Mother’s Day

It was quite a relaxing day, which was nice. I just watched TV, and also took a nap as Little Miss kept waking us up in the middle of the night again last night / this morning 😒

I also finished reading The Subtle Art of Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson, which was pretty good. Very easy to read. I like his writing style 👍

And I also gave my mum a call. It’s Mother’s Day in Oz, and apparently in a ton of other countries around the world too, so I thought I’d wish her a Happy Mother’s Day. They can’t really go out at the moment because of the rona, which is a bit sad, but hopefully they’ll be able to go out soon. The curve is pretty much flattened in Oz, it seems.

We had three new cases today, all imported. So still no new locally transmitted cases for 21 days straight now. C’mon, we can make it to the one month mark! 💪

A pretty non-eventful day

There were four new cases in HK today, all imported cases from Pakistan. They anticipated this increase, as a number of people were flown back to HK recently after being stuck overseas. Hopefully they can isolate these cases and make sure there are no local transmissions.

And it was a pretty non-eventful day closer to home as well. I worked on my next YouTube video and then did some Japanese language study. I feel like I’ve been neglecting my language learning lately, so I’m trying to spend a bit more time on them now. I’m trying to make sure I just do even just five minutes a day. Five minutes a day is still better than nothing!

I’m also started reading The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson. It’s quite good! I’m enjoying it 😊 He injects a bit of humour throughout the book, while also having a lot of useful tips to try in your own life. Have you read this book? What did you think of it?

More depressing stories

I started reading Charlotte’s Web a few days ago. I never read it as a kid, and I heard this book mentioned somewhere recently, and one of my students is also reading it now, so I figured these were signs telling me that it is now time for me to also read it 🤓📚

I told one of my bookworm friends that I’m currently reading this book, and she basically told me that it doesn’t have the happiest of endings. I have somehow managed to not know anything about this book up until this conversation with her, so this was news to me! So basically I’m now in the middle of reading a Chinese news story about a family in Wuhan who I suspect will all die from the virus by the end of the article; and now I’m reading a book where I’m expecting at least one of the protagonists to also die. What is up with all these depressing things around me?! 😔

To add to the depressing stories, I also keep seeing the numbers of infected people in all the other countries continuing to increase 😔 So please stay safe and take all the necessary precautions.

For what it’s worth, here are the rules I go by whenever I’m outside these days:

– I minimise touching things whenever I’m out in public: hand rails; lift buttons; door handles. If I have to touch any of these things, I use hand sanitiser immediately after, as washing my hands with soap and water isn’t always available;

– I wash my hands thoroughly, right up to my wrists;

– I try and maintain a distance of at least 1.5 metres from people, which isn’t always possible in congested HK, but I try my best; and

Don’t touch your face with your grubby fingers!

Not too tired to read

Kitty wasn’t being herself today. For one, she was awake for most of the day, which is very uncharacteristic of her. Normally she’s asleep for most of the day, not the other way around.

And she also had a lot more energy than usual, scratching at various doors all around the house – including the front door! 😱 So I played with her much more than I usually would, getting her to swipe at one of her oldest toys 😆 It’s good to see just how active she can still be at times, in her old age ☺️

And so needless to say, I had yet another bad night’s sleep last night, as she almost always wakes me up on numerous occasions throughout the night. I didn’t even realise just how tired I was until I fell asleep on the couch in the early evening! 😴

I’m hoping that all this play today and being up for most of the day will mean that she’ll actually sleep through the night tonight for once and let me get an uninterrupted night’s sleep! One can only hope 🤞

Has anyone read Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People? I have never read this classic before! I started reading this last night, and it’s been quite a game changer for me so far. I’m surprised I’ve never read this book before, given that it’s such a classic. I’m sure there’ll be plenty of valuable info in this book. Looking forward to continuing with it 🤓

What is ‘normal’?

I felt so much better today, I should now definitely be on the mend. My fever broke, and I felt pretty normal today, just a bit tired and my sore throat is still hanging around. But compared to feeling nauseous and running a fever all day, this is sooo much better! 😆 I still took it easy, though, and pretty much still just rested today.

I started ‘reading’ this young adult novel called From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler by EL Konigsburg. It’s actually not too bad so far. I’m usually not a big fan of young adult novels, but sometimes they surprise me, like the Twilight series did. That series totally drew me in 😆 So I like to give them a go every now and then because some pretty good ones do come up from time to time 😊

N is heading down to Oz tomorrow for work. I’m going to ask him to bring back some toilet paper 🧻 🧻 🧻 😂 If people here keep thinking the apocalypse is coming, then what choice do we have?!? 🙄

HK currently has 53 cases, so we’re right up there at the moment, unfortunately. School closures have now been extended to mid-March, so kids and parents alike are probably going crazy being cooped up with one another at home. Fingers crossed this can be contained soon enough so the world can go back to some semblance of normality – although one could argue that the world pre-COVID-19 hasn’t been all that normal for the past few years anyway 🙄

My weaknesses

I tracked N’s flight to Osaka today. But in my usual style, I didn’t get my time zones right and forgot that Japan is an hour ahead of HK, so I didn’t get to see the landing. Sighhh… me and time zones 😔

Remember this book, Make Time by Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky, that I read last week, full of tips on how to – surprise surprise – make time 😉 for things that are important to you? In the book, they talk about infinity pools, apps that are an endless supply of information just a refresh click or pull down away. Things like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter; YouTube, the news etc.

Well my weakness, in case you haven’t noticed these past few weeks/months, is information on these HK protests. And as a result, I’ve also incidentally learnt more about China and HK in these past few weeks than I ever have in my entire life, their history and how they have come to where they are today. So I have to say thanks to the douchebags for opening my eyes to what I didn’t know before. It really has me questioning the western Five Eyes narrative that I have been exposed to for virtually my entire life 🧐