TV, shopping and culling

It was one of those rare days where we had nothing whatsoever scheduled. Gotta love those days! πŸ˜†

We started the day watching a new tv show that N discovered: Titans. It’s so good! There’s only been two episodes released so far, but according to IMDb, there is another ten episodes scheduled to be released before the end of 2018. So that’ll be something to look forward to as the year comes to an end, as well as a welcome diversion as we work our way through this move overseas 😊

By the time we left the house to go buy some new work shoes for N, it was past 4pm πŸ˜‚ This is one thing that I love about Asia: shopping malls are open until late every single day. Unlike in Oz where malls close at 6pm on most evenings. I know it’s changing in the cities, but it’s still not quite the same. Here it doesn’t matter if you’ve had to work back late or if you need a last-minute gift for a party, you know that you can just drop by and pick up something at 8pm, whether it be a bottle of wine or a new dress or just a quick dinner πŸ‘ And for those who are not morning people (like us) and it’s afternoon by the time you leave the house, then the later opening and closing times is just perfect πŸ‘Œ

We then just went home and then continued our culling. It seems like I’ve culled quite a fair bit, but I think that I’m still holding on to a few things that I really shouldn’t be. HK will be a good test of my ambition to be truly minimal. With the lack of space in that country, you really can’t afford to hoard – literally! πŸ˜‚ I still have a few weeks left (today is T minus 28), so I’m sure I can still cull some more items during that time.

And then we finished the day with another new show: New Amsterdam. They’ve only made four episodes so far, so along with Titans, this show will also keep me distracted from all the stress of the move. Perfect timing to have found these two shows πŸ‘

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Today, focus on the positive

The countdown to HK continues. It is officially T minus 33, so just over a month away. But N actually needs to be in HK pretty much from 1 November, so his countdown is actually T minus 12! 😲 And he’ll come back for the last 5 days to clean and pack up the apartment, just before we hand over the keys to the agent. I’ll be flying back and forth for the weekends, as we hope to see some properties together. I am really hoping that we can find something semi-decent relatively quickly… 🀞

I met up with the pet transportation company today to arrange Kitty’s flight to HK. And to pay. The cost for her to fly over is basically the cost of a business class ticket 😲 Crazyyyy… But he’s been flying pets around the world for over 20 years, and our vet recommends them, so I’m confident that Kitty is in good hands. He was telling me some crazy stories about having to fly pets to certain countries that make it mega difficult to bring animals into their country. Maybe he was trying to reassure me that flying Kitty to HK is relatively straightforward in comparison!

I then went to go and get my results from my medical check-up a few weeks ago. It was all relatively ok, but there’s one gynaecological issue that I need to go get checked by a specialist πŸ˜– And as with all things medical or dental, I’m currently freaking out. The GP wasn’t overly concerned, so I’m trying to not freak out either, but that’s easier said than done. I’m going to call the specialist tomorrow and see if I can get an appointment later this week, to get their opinion. It’s just fantastic timing since HK is just around the corner… 😩 And it’s not just the move, but it’s also the insurance cover. And there’ll be a point where our insurance ceases in SG and commences in HK, so the management of my medical treatment and just general monitoring is just going to be disrupted by moving countries regardless πŸ˜”

So with the HK move sneaking up on us so quickly; paying an arm and a leg for Kitty’s flight to HK; and then having to go see a gynaecologist for some dodgy test results…. I did not have a good day πŸ˜” I can’t muster up any excitement today whatsoever, no matter how hard I try 😞

I saw this on FB, though, so here’s my attempt:

  1. Despite my gynaecological anomaly result, I had good results on almost everything else, especially on everything that people mostly worry about, like blood sugar levels, cholesterol and blood pressure;
  2. I had a nice lunch at Paragon today, discovering Shimbashi Soba and their late afternoon mini lunch set for S$8.80++, which is a perfect size for people like me who don’t eat much at all 😊;
  3. I discovered this new tv show A Million Little Things, which I’m really enjoying. It’s challenging the Korean dramas! Well not quite, but it’s pretty good πŸ˜‚

OK, I’m glad I did that. I needed to do that, especially today. I feel that little bit better now 😊

Two decades and forever

Sooo… We got married today πŸ˜‚ I’m not going to say much on this, except that HK (and Asia in general) doesn’t recognise de facto relationships. Never mind the two DECADES that we’ve been together. Anyhooo… moving on… πŸ™„

After having brunch with a few friends in celebration, we then had our calligraphy lesson in the afternoon. We wrote:

乎 – hΕ«

手 – shΗ’u

δΉ‹ – zhΔ«

ζ–‡ – wΓ©n

ε…₯ – rΓΉ

Look how simple these characters look, yet they are so damn hard to write! But they have all the basic strokes that you need to learn, so that’s where the beginners start. As with anything, you start with basics. And you keep working on your basics forever. That’s how you get good. Like rumba walks: if you want your Latin to look good, you do rumba walks forever πŸ˜† I’m really enjoying this class. I’d like to continue with calligraphy after we move to HK, even if it’s just self-directed learning. While I continue working on my Mandarin πŸ˜†

Speaking of Rumba walks, we went and joined the last half hour of Latin practice tonight. I didn’t even get through that, as I started feeling really dizzy after about 20 minutes. I had just done a few spins, but I don’t think that was the sole contributor, as I spin all the time. I did have a few glasses of alcohol during brunch, and I probably didn’t have enough water, especially considering the alcohol and the heat today. So I felt off for the rest of the evening. I drank a fair bit of (non-alcoholic πŸ˜‚) liquids after practice, and had a quick dinner near the dance studio to give me time to recover a bit before heading home.

And then we did some more decluttering while watching The Intern on TV. We’re slowly getting through our stuff…! 😊

Changes because of HK

We had a Latin lesson today. Our teacher asked to see all four dances, and I was thinking “pffft, yeah right! You’ll be lucky to see two today, before your eyes start hurting from our terrible dancing and you’re going to spend the next hour fixing just the first dance” πŸ˜‚

But surprisingly, we got through all four dances! 😲 That was surely a first. We barely touched Rumba, he seemed happiest with that; Cha Cha and Jive were also not too bad; and he just really wanted to work mainly on Samba today. I guess he knows we can only do so much before our next competition, so he’s just fixing the blatantly obvious bad bits πŸ˜† Sigh, we have to find another Latin teacher yet again when we get to HK…

We had a few friends come over for some drinks this afternoon. We were hoping to get through the whiskeys that we have, since we probably can’t take them with us to HK. But our friends aren’t big drinkers, so we barely got through any of the whiskeys! Argh! πŸ˜‚ So I think we’ll be drinking a fair bit of whiskey between now and takeoff. Today is T-54…

And then in the evening, we watched the latest series of Strictly Come Dancing. They’re showing it here! πŸ‘ Tonight was the first and second episodes. It’s the first time I’ve seen the British version, and it’s quite a fun series! The judges are harsh but fair, so I actually like that, it’s quite “refreshing”. If they dance poorly, the judges won’t have an issue giving them a score anywhere from 1-3 out of 10 😲 Their feedback is honest, so overall, I think the contestants are getting judged really well. And there’s a ton of celebrities on the show too! The show’s been going for years now, and they still manage to find celebrities each season, so they’re obviously doing something right πŸ‘

I also found out that there’s this show called Casualty, which seems like a British Home and Away ie a drama that’s been part of the country’s landscape for donkey’s years. According to IMDb, it’s actually been going for slightly longer than Home and Away! 😲 Crazy stuff.

So we’re enjoying the British version, and we’ll probably watch it right up until we leave SG. Let’s see what tv shows we get to see in HK in a few months’ time…! πŸ˜’

Finished and finishing

I was sleeping for probably half of today 😴My cold feels like it’s come on in full force today πŸ˜”

While I was awake, though, I managed to finish season 10 of Masterchef Australia. I was happy with the outcome, even though I already knew who won, grrr! Each year I’m so careful to try not to find out who the winner was, but this year, I managed to see their photo, holding the trophy. Grrr! But I would’ve been happy with either of the two finalists, I liked them both 😊 I really enjoyed the season. I liked a lot of the contestants this year, and since I don’t watch it for the cooking (as per the name of my new blog hehehe), the contestants play a big role for me.

So I’ve finished Fated to Love You, my latest Korean drama, and today, Masterchef Australia, so now I can focus on this move to HK 😊 I think we’re going to try and go as minimalist as possible. Since we’ll probably be living in a shoebox when we’re there, I’d like to start with as little as possible, and then add as we need, rather than the other way around. Moving is such a good time to purge! πŸ˜‚

And tonight, we went to the third and final night of the Singapore Grand Prix. It’s the busiest night, I guess because the actual F1 race is on tonight. There was a bit of drizzle tonight, so that kept the temperature a bit cooler compared to the previous two nights. But it’s all relative, of course, as tonight’s 28Β°C is considered cool for SG πŸ˜† It’ll be our last F1 while we’re here, which is a bit sad. Our SG chapter is slowly coming to an end… πŸ˜”

Korean dramas and food

I finished Fated to Love You today. As with most Korean dramas I’ve watched, it was sooo good! I liked the outrageous, completely unbelievable storyline; the hilarious but appropriate acting; the music; and the balance between drama and comedy throughout the series. These dramas have this uncanny ability to suck me in and make me watch til the very end, they’re just so entertaining! πŸ˜† I will have to find a new series to watch, but I may leave it for after we’ve sorted out everything for HK.

It’s Mid-Autumn Festival time, and a friend gave us some mooncakes. He gave us a different type of mooncake, which is a fusion between a traditional mooncake and a dessert, perhaps. It has a white chocolate truffle in the centre instead of a salted egg. It’s an interesting interpretation, with my tastebuds being delighted in a different way 😊 I think I still prefer the traditional mooncake (with no egg inside), but this fusion one was still quite good.

I also tried making a mango frozen yoghurt today, with basically just mango, Greek yoghurt and honey, so easy as! I had to taste the mixture, even though my eating window had already closed for the day, so I pushed my window out to 9 hours today instead of my goal of 8. I hope the frozen yoghurt works out, it could potentially be a relatively healthy dessert option for me that’s really really easy to make 😊

An early start to the weekend

I decided to go all the way to Expo today, just one station from Changi Airport on the east. They have a Female Festival thing on this weekend, in one of the halls at Singapore Expo. Lorna Jane, my favourite fitness apparel brand, has a stall there, so I had to go check it out. They mark up the prices in SG, but the 20% discount that they’re offering at the Festival just brings it down closer to the prices in Oz. And without flying back to Oz, this is the best I can do.

I wanted to get there at 10:30am, the opening time of the Festival, but that’s a tad early for me, so I got there closer to 11am. Not that it mattered, coz SG is not a morning city anyway 😊 When I got there, there were way more people manning the stalls than there were actual visitors πŸ˜‚ So I got to browse through the racks comfortably, and try on items without having to wait for the one and only change room at the stall. The (relatively) early morning start was worth it πŸ‘

I had a quick breakfast at Changi City Point, virtually across the road from the Expo halls, before heading back into town to attend our very first calligraphy lesson! We’re taking a bit of a break from Chinese language lessons, so this short course should help us maintain a bit of the reading and writing aspect of the language.

But man, that lesson was tough. Just writing one horizontal (or vertical) stroke and making it look good was hard enough. Anything more complicated than that was just ridiculous. I guess with anything, it all comes down to practice, and this was our first attempt at this form of art. We had fun, and got a bit of a challenge along the way. I can see how the practice can be quite meditative, so I’d like to continue practising, even after we finish this short 5-lesson course.

I got my hair cut later in the afternoon, and then went home and just chillaxed the rest of the evening. We watched a few more episodes of Masterchef Australia, before calling it a night. I have another early morning start tomorrow, this time for dancing πŸ’ƒπŸ»