An eventful and productive Saturday

I woke up to this “click click click click” sound, a bit of a pause, and then “click click click click” again, and it kept going. I thought it was a cleaner downstairs, pushing a rather loud trolley. But the sound never faded, so then I thought it might be coming from inside the house, perhaps the washing machine or dryer. So I went to check: it was the dryer. N had apparently timed it to start drying something at 6:45am! So then of course I quickly reason that this “click click click click” isn’t going to stop anytime soon, so then I started wondering how I’m going to get back to sleep…

I tried anyway, but of course Kitty is now up too, and then she starts her usual scratching, hoping this will get her some attention that will eventually lead to food. Argh! What a lovely way to start the morning!

So I did eventually drift back off to sleep, but then got up late, and didn’t have time to have breakfast before Chinese class. So I went to one of my cafes to pick up a takeaway coffee to bring to class. As I was waiting for my coffee, one of the staff members was inputting into their laptop the feedback on all their received feedback forms. In my half catatonic state, I became all outgoing all of a sudden and struck up a conversation with her about the feedback forms, asking what sort of feedback they receive and what actions they take with the feedback etc etc Now for an introvert, this is ultra weird for me! I was actually proud of myself for striking up this conversation! 😊 I blame it on my lack of sleep. Maybe I need to sleep less once in a while to bring out the extravert behaviours πŸ˜‚

We had our first Chinese class in what feels like aaages, perhaps close to a month. I always wonder just how much I remember after not having studied for that long. I do a little bit, but it’s more day to day stuff and nowhere near as challenging as what we do in class. I really need to build some serious study in to my daily routine. I just need to create some rule to take out the decision making process, much like how I’ve somehow managed to create my relatively new habit of going to the gym on non-dancing days during the week. I still fight with myself about the gym on an almost daily basis, but somehow I still manage to go. I need to set up my studying in the same way. I have to think about how to do this…

I went and got my hair cut after lunch, and on my way home, I came across this rather aggressive tissue seller. He was pretty much shoving his tissues into my bag! 😲 He kept saying β€œni mai, ni mai”, and all that my brain would process is 二枚 – two sheets (of paper) in Japanese. So I kept asking myself, why is this guy saying two sheets?? Maybe he means two packets of tissues?

I relayed the story to N and asked him what he reckons the guy was saying.

N: β€œni mai”? As in δ½ δΉ°, you buy?

Omgggg my weirdo brain processes it in Japanese, never mind that we’re not in Japan AND that I replied back to him IN CHINESE saying that I didn’t want it wthhh πŸ€ͺπŸ€ͺ

And tonight we went to practise Latin for a little while, and then watched an episode of Masterchef Australia when we got home.

So despite my crappy night’s sleep, I still managed to have a good day 😊

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Masterchef and gut health

I stumbled across Masterchef Australia on tv last night. They’re already up to episode 7, so I’m six episodes behind boohoo! So today I decided to go online and see if I can find the first six episodes so I can catch up.

Luckily I found it, and I worked my way through the first episode. The first episode sets the scene for the season, and if there’s one episode that I have to see, it’s the first one for the season. Oh, and the finale, of course! πŸ˜† It’s all about the contestants and their back story and less about the cooking. I’ve never been interested in food or cooking; I watch this show for the people and the drama, so this episode is key for me. If I don’t like the contestants or they don’t draw me in, then I don’t watch the season. This is what happened a few years ago, when that particular batch of contestants just didn’t interest me enough to watch it that season. It’s happened a few times, but not too often. I’ve seen most of the previous nine seasons. And I can’t believe they’re already up to season ten this year! 😲 And it’s still going strong!

Plus it just takes me back to Oz. I feel like I am back in our living room watching it on the couch after work. It’s like a common thread that binds Sydney, Melbourne and SG. It’s followed me to each and every city that we’ve lived in.

And then tonight I went to a gut health seminar. They said registration was from 6:30pm and that there would be food available from this time as well, and the seminar would start at 7pm. For some reason I thought they’d serve hors d’oeuvres or cheese and crackers, that sort of thing, but it turned out to be a proper meal! They had those food warmer trays, with fried brown rice, fish fillet, some cabbage and mushroom dish, and some tofu. And then they had dessert! All very healthy food, including dessert, which was awesome – all in line with the topic of the seminar too, of course 😊

The presenter was also very engaging, a doctor who explained the medical stuff in an easy-to-understand way, giving lots of analogies to help us get a better feel for what’s actually happening inside our gut. He snuck in a few jokes that were obviously for a more local audience, as they just went over my head while everyone else around me were chuckling. Oh well, obviously I need to spend more time in the country!

The seminar was all about probiotics and why they are good for you. I was there primarily for N, who is the one with the more sensitive stomach. But I also wanted to know if there would be any benefits for me, since I (touch wood) don’t have any gut related issues. There were surprisingly (well, surprising for me, anyway) a lot more women there than men; we probably outnumbered the guys by about 10 to 1 (!). I don’t know why the numbers were so skewed that way, as we clearly all have a gastrointestinal system…??

We were all given free probiotics, one for just general gut health and one for acute diarrhoea. They had a sample bag on each chair, and I just happened to be sitting in between two vacant chairs. So on my way out, I took the sample bag on my chair as well as the one on the vacant chair to my right, and didn’t touch the other one on the chair to my left as I thought walking away with three sample bags would just be greedy guts πŸ˜‚ So now that I have two packs for the general gut health probiotics, I figured I may as well give it a go. The presenter said that it would take a few weeks for you to notice the difference, so I have to give it some time to kick in. I’ll finish one pack, which should last me for one month, and by the end of it, I should notice the difference. The problem is, I’m not really targeting anything to improve, so what exactly am I measuring to see whether it has improved or not?!? πŸ˜‚

In any case, with the hearty dinner and the two free sample bags that I walked away with, the $7 that I paid for the seminar seems like a total bargain now! πŸ‘

Changing things up

It’s a long weekend here, so we didn’t have our usual Chinese class this morning. So we slept in again πŸ‘

After brunch at home, N went and got a massage, while I went to a local coffee shop and had an iced coconut coffee! That was different. A bit sweet for my liking, but still quite nice. But bloody expensive (almost S$9!! 😲). It better have been milk squeezed out of a fresh coconut for the price I paid for that coffee! They have different types of coffees on their menu, so I’ll have to make my way through it. But at those prices, I ain’t going there every day!

And then in the evening, we headed down to a sports bar to watch the France vs Australia World Cup match. We booked a table and specifically requested for a view of the tv showing the World Cup match. I’m glad we booked coz the place was busy as. Plus there was an Australia vs Ireland rugby match happening as well, and they were showing that on another tv, so the place was overflowing with people – and they didn’t have enough staff to cater for the demand. They would’ve raked even more in if they had enough staff to take all the orders. Particularly the drinks. They underestimated how much the Irish and the Aussies drink πŸ˜‚ Great atmosphere, though. It was nice to see Aussie camaraderie in a foreign country. Ah how sport brings people together 😊 We’ll have to try and come down a few more times over the next few weeks of the World Cup.

That is, if we’re here! I’ve decided to join N for some of his HK trip, so we’ll be over there for the Denmark vs Australia match. I may miss some or most of the match, though, as my plane lands at 7pm and the game starts at 8pm. But I’m planning on going with just carry on luggage, so at least I’ll have one less thing to deal with at the airport. And their train from the airport into town is freaking awesome, so I do have a fair chance of catching some of the match 😊

And then we have the Vietnam comp coming up too. Wahhh… Too much disruption is throwing off my/our routine! 😩 But I do actually like change, so I’m not really complaining πŸ˜‰ I know others who would hate this sort of upheaval in their lives, but I get a kick out of it. Each to their own, right?! 😊

TV and a pork knuckle

We got up quite late today, around 10am, and it was still very dark in the apartment. Apparently the skies were going to open up anytime now, and so my idea of cycling around somewhere today was ruled out πŸ˜” So we stayed home and just chillaxed and watched a movie, Guardians of the Galaxy 2. I actually enjoyed it more than I expected to, and definitely preferred it over the first movie. Baby Groot helped, of course πŸ˜‚ He is very cute!

We then went and had dinner at a German restaurant and ordered a pork knuckle. N asked if it was a large serving, and the waiter said that we could share if we weren’t that hungry. I was actually quite hungry, so we decided to share it and added some roast veges on the side. But the pork knuckle on its own ended up being too big πŸ˜‚ I don’t know how one person could finish it! Nice food, but such a crazy huge portion for just one person.

And then after the gym, we watched the first episode of Younger. We wanted to watch something funny and light, so Downton Abbey wasn’t on the cards today. So after a quick Google search, I came across this show. The first episode was actually quite good! This could be our new show after we finish Downton Abbey 😊

It was a nice, relaxing public holiday ☺️

Resuming my routine

I lost a bit of momentum of my routine while we were in Melbourne, and then also feeling a bit off when we returned to SG didn’t help me get back into the swing of things as soon as we returned. I lost my daily streak in Duolingo and Drops, the two language apps that I’d been regularly logging into prior to our Melbourne trip. I started up again today, and I can see the difference in recall after not logging in for about a week πŸ˜” You really have to just keep pushing on until things just become automatic, you can’t take such a long break. I guess it’s that much harder learning a language as an adult. Lesson learnt.

I also resumed my gym sessions, which also fell by the wayside in the past week. I would normally go the gym if we were staying in a hotel with one, but we didn’t stay in one this time, so I took a break from this too. It was a good session, I was particularly proud of my 3 sets of 35 squats, rising to my top toes in between each squat, which should help my strength in Ballroom, which is all about the rise and fall (except Tango, the black sheep of the Ballroom family of dances). Now my legs are totally spent πŸ˜‚

It’s a public holiday here tomorrow, Hari Raya Puasa, the end of the fasting period of Ramadan. SG is very good at being fair across the different races and religions of the people who make up this small country, and that includes its public holidays. So I’m thinking of doing another cycling trail tomorrow 😊 I want to use my scooter πŸ›΄ so maybe N and I can take turns on it, while the other one uses a share bike 🚲 I want to do a different trail tomorrow, just to see another part of SG that I haven’t seen before. Hopefully my legs will hold up after my 105 squats today πŸ˜†

And now I’m off to watch the first match of the World Cup, one of the few times when I actually watch football ⚽️ One of my old bosses got me into the World Cup in 2014, so this will be the second one that I will follow. Not that I can tell you anything about the previous one 🀣

A second spanner in the works

I felt a bit off today, I hope I’m not coming down with something. I had a bit of a headache this afternoon, and lacked quite a fair bit of energy. But I drank my usual amount of water, and I ate three solid meals, so it couldn’t have been dehydration or starvation, which is why I think I’m coming down with something πŸ€’ N’s feeling a bit off too, so maybe we caught something on the plane.

And now N needs to go to Hong Kong for almost two weeks for work, and then just a few days later, we head to Vietnam for our next comp. So today’s Ballroom lesson was our last lesson before the comp 😲 I knew my/our daily routine would be disrupted because of the trip to Melbourne, but now this unexpected trip to HK has thrown a second spanner in the works. Sigh. Oh well. Such is the way of our lives.

We didn’t go to Latin practice tonight because we were both feeling off, so we went straight home after our Ballroom lesson, watched an episode of Downton Abbey and called it a night. So it seems like we’re not going to get much practice in these next few weeks leading up to the comp πŸ˜”

A historic day

Today was all about the Trump Kim Summit at Capella Hotel at Sentosa. Channel News Asia had live coverage all day, so I was tuned in for some of it, either on my phone or on the Channel News Asia channel 😊 I did consider going down to Sentosa with the hope of seeing something – anything! πŸ˜† – at the hotel. But I checked to see where the Capella Hotel is relative to the touristy part of Sentosa, and it looked like a bit of a walk, so I changed my mind and watched the live broadcast instead 😊

Kitty and I had a vet appointment this morning, and her vet is close to the two hotels that the two leaders were staying at, so I was concerned that there’d be traffic chaos. But my fears were unfounded, it was all fine. My Grab driver actually chose to drive past Kim’s hotel, St Regis, on the way back home, but even driving that close to one of the restricted areas turned out to be perfectly fine πŸ‘

The summit was a step in the right direction.

I had vegemite on toast today at a nearby cafe. The staff member who took my order didn’t understand that I wanted vegemite as my spread, he didn’t seem to know the word at all. Apparently they had just changed their menu and he wasn’t quite used to its contents yet. But the point is, vegemite is now on their menu! So I took it as a sign to extend the Aussie feels, having just gotten back from Melbourne last night. I may have to order it again next time I’m at that cafe for breakfast 😊

Vegemite on toast! πŸ˜‹Β 

Did I mention that we’re going to Vietnam for a dance competition next month? We’re trying to get the details sorted (visas. flights, accommodation). We’re only going for a few days, much like our trip to Melbourne, so it’ll pretty much be a fly-in-fly-out trip. I’m hoping to get the flights and accommodation sorted tomorrow. I’m quite excited about it, since I’ve never been to Vietnam. I’m hoping a few days in Ho Chi Minh City will give me a bit of an idea of what the city is like, and whether I’d want to return again. I’m glad we’re travelling a bit more for dance comps. It’s one of my goals for this year (to be more well known in the dance scene in the region), and we’re meeting this goal quite nicely so far😊