I went and got my eyes checked today. But before I did, I had to go get a GP referral, in order to be covered under our health insurance. And that meant stopping by the hospital. And I don’t like hospitals! Well, I don’t like anything medical that pertains to me. It just freaks me out. Even when it’s just a general check up, like what today is. The nurse took my blood pressure, and it was 140/77. I was nervous as hell! I could feel my heart thumping as I was waiting to see the GP.
I went back to the eye clinic after lunch with my GP referral. They gave me eye drops, I think to dilate my pupils so the doctor could see right to the back of my eyes. They warned me that my eyesight would be blurry for the next 4-6 hours, so that meant no work today. And no reading! I was texting friends telling them about my eyesight situation, and I could barely see what I was typing. There was no chance I could read what my friends were texting back! 😂
But the most important thing that came out of all of this: the doctor said that my eyes are all ok 😅 OMG the relief that this piece of news brought to me. I was so happy 😁😁😁
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 😔
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?! 😲
I was planning on going to the gym this morning, I got changed and everything! 😂 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 😂 You blink and they’ve landed, it’s so damn fast 🛫🛬
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! 😔 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 😅 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.
We went out for lunch today with N’s karate instructor and his wife. They did more training this afternoon, but there wasn’t much space for me today, so I just sat to the side and wrote a few posts for my new blog project. Plus I was just feeling a bit drained and didn’t really feel like training anyway.
By the time the evening rolled around, my social battery was virtually completely drained, and I couldn’t wait to go home and recharge. As much as I like our friends and family, I cannot interact for too long before I just need to go home and spend some time on my own. And there was just a whole lot of interaction this weekend. It would’ve been better if I had stayed home this afternoon, and then just joined them again later for dinner. At least I would’ve had a few hours to myself to just recoup and recharge. Oh well, lesson learnt.
So even though I didn’t do any physical exercise today, I am still drained. Just in a different way.
We went and had lunch with N’s karate instructor and his wife, who are both visiting from Australia for the next few days. We went to this well-hidden restaurant. It’s on level 5 in some office building, but not just any level 5: you walk out of the lift lobby and you’re in a car park! And then the restaurant is at the end of the car park! How insane is that for location?!
It’s won a few different awards, so obviously enough people have come here in order for the restaurant to have won them! Really good food, I’ll definitely come back here again, if we have guests coming from overseas 😊
A few of the karate guys trained in the afternoon, and I decided to join them and do my own dance training in the corner. I ran through five of our eight dances, so that was a pretty good attempt, I thought. We trained for just over two hours, and we all could have continued on for longer, if we didn’t have a dinner reservation.
The taxi driver on our way back from training asked their karate instructor what level he is in karate. He said 8th dan. Wowww. I know he’s one of the most senior guys in their karate style, but when you actually hear “8th dan”, it’s so impressive just how much he must know about karate. I’ve seen him so often outside of the dojo for almost two decades now that I just “forget” this rather important side of him!
A few other spouses joined me for dinner, so it wasn’t just a dinner where the topic of conversation was dominated by karate 😂 We all escorted the karate instructor and his wife back to their hotel after dinner, and then we just caught the train home from there. Apparently there is a lift that goes straight down from their hotel and into the train station. I didn’t realise the train station was that close to the hotel – ie directly underneath! Sooo convenient! His wife was saying that the hotel was quite good, so I’m thinking that maybe we’ll recommend this hotel to friends and family who may be visiting SG. Rooms are a bit small, but it’s Asia. Everywhere is small! 😂
333 New Bridge Rd, Singapore 088765
It was a busy day with lots of food and training with friends 😊
N’s karate instructor from Australia is visiting SG for the next few days. He and his wife flew in late this afternoon, so we met up with them for dinner near their hotel in Chinatown. They’re training with him all weekend, so not sure what I’m going to be doing…! 🤔 I’m toying with the idea of just doing my own dance training in the corner of wherever they may be training, depending on if there is enough room for me to do so. But not sure yet, I’ll see how I feel tomorrow 😊 I may just go to the gym and do my usual training there instead…
That was probably the most interesting part of my day! I spent a lot of time on my trading, which I won’t bore you about, and I paid a few bills. Just as exciting 😂 And I did remember yet again that I still need to do my taxes! FY17 and FY18. Now there are two years looming over me. Ughhh! It’s one thing that I really struggle to do each year… I really have to force myself to just get it over and done with next week. C’mon, you can do this! 💪 😂
We went to the grand opening of a store of this ballroom and latin dress designer from China; they are opening a store in HK. One of our friends from SG recommended that we go, she really likes his designs. We actually spent a lot longer there than we expected to! His designs are really nice, very intricate with a lot of detail. And not too expensive, relatively speaking, given the amount of work is involved in each of the dresses. So I have now finally ordered a new Ballroom dress, and N a new Latin top 😲 And am now also feeling a bit ill as a result, as it is still sooo much money. I’m sure I’ll be excited once he sends through the sketches, but for now, I just have to try and calm down! So much for our finance goal this year. That’s taken yet another hit 😔
N went to karate soon after we finished ordering our new costumes, and I organised to meet up with a friend tomorrow for lunch, before I head over to watch a dance comp (on a Monday!). Apparently her office is near the comp venue, so that’s worked out really well!
N went out for dinner with the karate guys, so I went out for dinner on my own. But because I was feeling quite down, I didn’t really feel like venturing out of the hotel, and was tempted to just order room service. But it’s times like this when I know going out is the better thing for me to do. So I forced myself to wander outside.
I felt like having sushi, and apparently there’s a sushi place virtually right around the corner from the hotel. So I did manage to go out, and I didn’t even have to go far at all to find exactly what I was looking for. The convenience of HK is just astounding.
And then after dinner, I was tossing up about going to the gym. What’s new 😂 As N was on his way back to the hotel, he asked if I was going to go tonight. He said he’ll come up too, so that was enough to convince me to go 😊 As per usual, I’m glad I went! I still don’t understand why I still have to struggle, as I know perfectly well I’ll feel better when I go.
We got back to the room and N started looking through photos and videos on his iPad – from 5-6 years ago! We watched a few clips of our old dance videos from when we were still living in Melbourne. Omg. All I can say is that I’m glad we’ve improved since then! 😂