Free

We had today to ourselves πŸ‘ No Chinese class, no dancing, no comps. It’s always nice to have these days, it feels so freeeee πŸ˜‚

N went to go pick up our F1 tickets from the post office. The Singapore Grand Prix is next month, and we bought these tickets months ago. We were supposed to go with our friends, but after we’d all bought our tickets, our friends’ life plans changed, and soon after buying the tickets, they moved back to Oz, and had to sell their F1 tickets. We’re still going to go, of course, but obviously it won’t be the same without them there πŸ˜”

I read more of that Diabetes Code book, and got up to the section with all the sobering statistics about the disease. It started freaking me out! I don’t want to eat anything now! πŸ˜† I’d like to think we eat relatively healthily already, but we can definitely do better. And the stats are making me want to try even harder on this front.

We went and had lunch in Little India, and then walked around there for a little while, before heading home and just relaxing for the rest of the evening. We went to the gym for a little while, but we didn’t really do much – I didn’t even do my dance basics on the treadmill. But at least we went and did something, even if it wasn’t as much as what we would normally do.

And then I just watched a few episodes of Downton Abbey. I’m up to the sixth and final season, and it feels like the British aristocracy era is on its way out this season. I’m getting a bit sad that I too am getting to the end. I’ve grown quite attached to all the characters. Maybe I’ll return to watching some Chinese dramas, they’ve been good to help me improve my listening skills. Let’s see 😊

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A bit disorganised

I tracked a few flights today: N flew back from KL today (woohoo!) and a friend’s mum is flying from Sydney to London, via SG. I won’t see most of her flight to London, but I’ll track her as far as I can 😊

And the rest of my day was pretty stock standard: trading, gym, and an episode of Masterchef Australia. The first two weren’t all that great, but I got through them, so at least I’m maintaining the consistency.

We also ordered takeaway tonight, coz I hadn’t organised myself to go buy some groceries today. So that took a hit on our finances, as well as on my goal of eating more healthily. Sighhh…

Didn’t do too well to hit my goals today πŸ˜”

Oh, and movie #4 for that FB challenge that I’ve been given: Love Actually. One of those light-hearted, feel-good movies that I can watch over and over again 😊

But omg I’m not even halfway through yet, and I’m already struggling to come up with movies! How am I going to find another 6?! 😲

Happy birthday SG

We have run out of toilet paper in the house πŸ˜‚ I thought I’d be able to last until Friday, but I clearly missed that estimate! This is one of those times when being an underbuyer can cause problems… I won’t buy something unless I absolutely need it. Even to the point where I may run out of something! So I will have to stop by the supermarket tomorrow 😊

I watched the National Day Parade on tv today. They have it every year in SG, to commentate the years since the country’s independence. It’s quite a nice parade. I like it because it’s all about celebrating the nation and its people. It’s very patriotic. We don’t have anything like it in Oz. It’s sorta like Mardi Gras or Anzac Day, but for the whole country, if you know what I mean. I guess it’s easier to do something like this in a small country like SG. It’s just really nice, and it brings all of the people together, reminding everyone of just how far the nation has come in its very short life (53 years young today!). They also involve a number of Singaporeans, so they really make it all about the people too. It’s a nice touch on this very significant day in the country’s history.

So that cheered me up a bit. I wasn’t feeling all that happy today πŸ˜” I spoke to my parents briefly, and my mum was cheerful as always. She has such a lovely approach to life, always so happy and energetic, despite whatever crap life throws at her. I don’t know how she does it. I have to channel her vibe more.

I did make it to the gym tonight, which was good. It was one of those days where I went just to keep the habit in place, if that makes sense, not to break any Personal Bests or anything like that. Tomorrow I may go to Gardens by the Bay, though. I need a bit of a pick-me-up, and Gardens seems to be able to do that for me 😊

Things don’t always go to plan

I was planning on going to the gym this morning, I got changed and everything! πŸ˜‚ But N worked from home in the morning, and I made the decision to spend time with him at home, since he’ll be in Kuala Lumpur for karate for the next few days.

I tracked his flight in the afternoon, of course 😊 Not that there’s much tracking to do, since KL is so close! It’s basically like a flight from Sydney to Canberra: the plane takes off, and then as soon as they’ve reached the required altitude, the captain makes an announcement saying that it’s time to land πŸ˜‚ You blink and they’ve landed, it’s so damn fast πŸ›«πŸ›¬

A friend is also heading up to KL, but he’s travelling by coach with his family. The coach departed at 10am this morning, but unfortunately they missed it! So now they’ve had to fork out some more money for flights – at last minute prices! πŸ˜” Poor guys. And they chose to travel by coach in the first place because they figured it would be easier, since they’re travelling with their 18-month old son and his wife is six months’ pregnant. Now they’re not even doing that AND they also now have an additional expense. All so unfortunate.

I spent more time on my trading again today, but luckily I still managed to get to the gym afterwards πŸ˜… So I got to spend time with N in the morning; worked more on my trading in the afternoon/evening and still got to the gym later at night.

Relationship βœ…

Career βœ…

Health & fitness βœ…

Three goals sorted today, woohoo! πŸ‘

Almost 12km

We did a fair bit of walking today. We haven’t really ventured off HK Island though, so there’s a lot more of HK that we need to visit! And we actually haven’t done much touristy stuff! We spend a lot of our time just walking around and exploring HK Island. We passed on an invitation from one of N’s colleagues to go hiking with her today. N had yet another long week at work, so all he really wanted to do was rest today. But we still managed to walk almost 12km today, and we also did a short session at the gym, so it wasn’t really all that restful! πŸ˜‚ Maybe we’ll do a hiking trail next time we’re here.

My feet are still throbbing, and both our hips are sore. Omg. Once your hips start to hurt just from walking (even though it was 12km 😳), I reckon that’s a sign that you’re old πŸ˜† We walked through Victoria Park today, and there was a group of young’uns doing squat walks. I don’t think I could do those now, my knees couldn’t handle the stress. So I’ll just pass on that exercise and leave it to the youngsters with the perfectly functioning knees!

We actually went to a dance studio today to practise, but it was so busy that we decided against it. Later we found out that there’s a comp on Monday, which that particular dance studio is organising. So I guess everyone was in the studio today practising for it. I think I’ll try and go and watch on Monday, if it’s not too expensive. The comp venue isn’t that far from our hotel, so it’d be a nice way to spend my last night in this city.

Staying close to the hotel

It was my first full day in HK. And I ended up leaving the hotel at around 11:30am πŸ˜‚ I went and had breakfast at this small cafe around the corner from the hotel called 18 Grams. I had a banana and peanut butter bagel, which was so filling that this meal ended up being brunch 😊

I then just wandered around Causeway Bay for the rest of the afternoon, walking around the Times Square area, where they had The Incredibles promotional statues just outside the entrance of the shopping mall. So cute!

I then headed back to the hotel and spoke to my parents for a little while when I was back in our room. I also read a bit, and then N came back from work and we headed out for a quick dinner, also around the corner, just across the road from where I had brunch. I didn’t venture far from the hotel today! πŸ˜‚

A relaxed and heart-warming Sunday

We moved our Latin lesson to earlier this morning, so N had time to catch his flight to HK this afternoon. We agreed to a 10:45am start – and yet we still struggled to get up in time for it! Argh! We are just not morning people! Will I ever accept this fact?! πŸ˜‚

We did Paso Doble today, that elusive fifth dance that we never do. And by not working on it, it is keeping us from competing in five-dance Latin events. At least this way, if we keep working on it for at least the next few weeks in our lesson (when we’re in SG, that is), and we keep practising it ourselves, then we can slowly start building it into our repertoire, and before we know it, we’ll be able to compete with it 😊

Oh, we got some feedback from our performance last Sunday from the guests. They described us as elegant! Awww! That’s so nice! That’s exactly how I like to express myself when I dance, so for others to describe our dancing in this exact same way is just so heart-warming 😊 Despite freaking out every time we go out and perform, I do like it when the audience appreciates our dancing. That is, hearing that we’re not boring them to tears! πŸ˜‚

I then spent the afternoon tracking flights: a friend flew from Canberra to Sydney, and then N’s flight to HK. The Canberra-Sydney flight is nothing: the plane takes off, and as soon as they’ve reached whatever required altitude, they’re needing to get the passengers back in their upright seats in order to land πŸ˜‚ So basically as N’s flight was hurrying to get everyone on board, the Canberra-Sydney flight was done and dusted. Nonetheless, I find this whole tracking business so much fun 😊

I actually wanted to go back and check out the kites at Marina Barrage again today, but it was quite warm this afternoon, so I changed my mind and stayed home and read a bit instead. I ended up taking a nap too, since I had such a disrupted sleep last night, no thanks to Little Miss. It’s that time of year when even I can’t survive without the aircon. Summer is here, baby! The only time in the year when it’s warm enough for me to go swimming πŸŠβ€β™€οΈ