Distractions

With my parents being in town the last few days, they’ve managed to distract me enough to forget all my anxiety about this move to HK. But now that they’re on their flight to their next destination, the planning has resumed, and the stress of it all has also returned ๐Ÿ˜”

We are working on a leaving date of 18 November. Removalists are coming 15 November, and we have a few days to clean the house before we hand over the keys. We’re staying at the Fullerton Hotel for the last few days. I thought that’d be a nice way to end our stint in SG, staying in an iconic hotel at Raffles Place right by the Singapore River.

I tracked my parents’ flight to Dublin, and then I started packing for my own trip to Manila this weekend. We’re going to a wedding on Saturday! ๐Ÿ˜Š At least that also distracted me from all the moving stuff, and being in Manila for the next few days will hopefully continue to distract me.

I watched a Chinese movie on the plane called How Long Will I Love U. In Chinese, it is called ่ถ…ๆ—ถ็ฉบๅŒๅฑ…, which I would translate as something like “Living Together Across Time and Space” – which is more closely linked to what the movie is about! Why do they give such random English names that is totally unrelated to the Chinese one?? My loose translation probably isn’t very marketable (and may not even be accurate ๐Ÿ˜‚), but surely the guys at the movie company could?! I don’t understand ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ It wasn’t a bad movie, nonetheless ๐Ÿ˜Š

We’re hoping to practise a bit tomorrow, we brought our shoes and everything ๐Ÿ˜† Let’s see if we can find somewhere in the hotel to practise…!

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Aircon, Kitty and parents

The aircon guys came again today. The aircon unit in our bedroom started leaking on Friday, and then again on Saturday, so we slept without the aircon on both nights. But we tried again last night, and it didn’t leak, so I felt like I’d be crying wolf today. But surely there is a problem, since we had two days where it was leaking, so hopefully they’ll find the root cause…

They actually didn’t find anything specific, but they’ve cleaned it out as best they could, they said. They were working on it for two hours, so they certainly did a thorough job! They even checked the outdoor component of the unit – no one has done that before! It involves jumping out of the bathroom window, which is where the outdoor units are. There is no other way to get to them! Total dedication to the job. Love their work ๐Ÿ‘ So hopefully there won’t be any more issues with that aircon unit for the next few weeks! ๐Ÿคž

We got Kitty’s vaccinations for HK today. You’d think she’d be used to going to the vet by now, but no, she still hates it. We also need to find a cattery for her to stay for the first few weeks that we’re in HK, as there is no pet-friendly serviced apartment available. I don’t like leaving her in a cattery for too long, as she gets very sad when she’s away from us for too long. So I’ll have to see if we can find one where I can come and visit her on a regular basis.

I messaged a cattery in Hong Kong, and the guy rattled off a whole heap of Chinese. So I asked if he spoke English – in Chinese. But in any case, I figured this was as good a time as any to practise my Chinese, and since my reading and writing isn’t too bad, I can fumble my way through it ๐Ÿ˜‚

And I did! I was so happy! So with his limited English and my limited Chinese, we communicated. Sooo good!

But then, as our conversation progressed, I soon find out that he looks after a different branch to the one that we want to use, one that is closer to our proposed neighbourhood area. Awww.. So he then had to give me his colleague’s details, and I had to start the enquiry all over again. But I didn’t mind, as I got to practise my Chinese ๐Ÿ˜Š But the rooms at his cattery were sooo cuuute! Shame it wasn’t the branch that we wanted to use ๐Ÿ˜”

And my parents safely arrived in SG. I tracked the flight, as per usual, but missed their takeoff as I was so preoccupied sorting things out for HK! ๐Ÿ˜ซ Grrr!

We’re going to Gardens by the Bay tomorrow – YEAH! My dad’s suggestion, not mine, believe it or not ๐Ÿ˜Š Just because it’s one of my favourite places in SG doesn’t mean others also want to go there as frequently as I do…! ๐Ÿ˜† I just let people decide where they want to go – and I am secretly glad when they suggest we go there ๐Ÿ˜Š It may be the last time I go there for a while, so I’m going to make the most of it…!

Two decades and forever

Sooo… We got married today ๐Ÿ˜‚ 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… ๐Ÿ™„

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

ไนŽ – hลซ

ๆ‰‹ – shว’u

ไน‹ – zhฤซ

ๆ–‡ – wรฉn

ๅ…ฅ – rรน

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 ๐Ÿ˜† 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 ๐Ÿ˜†

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 ๐Ÿ˜‚) 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…! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Go forth and be grateful

I flew back to SG today. The flight itself was one of the smoothest flights I’ve had in a long time. I think the pilot has had to switch on the seatbelt sign at least once on almost every flight I’ve taken this year. But the sign wasn’t switched on at all today, so for once, I actually felt ok when I stepped off the plane!

I watched Book Club on the flight, which turned out to be better than I had expected. I wanted a light-hearted comedy and that’s exactly what I got ๐Ÿ‘ There are has some big names in the movie, in comedic roles that I don’t normally associate them with, so that made it all the more fun to watch ๐Ÿ˜Š

I actually first started watching Inside Out with Japanese dubbing and a Chinese subtitles, just to work on my language skills ๐Ÿ˜ฒ I thought that’d be a good movie to watch in a foreign language, because I’ve seen it so many times and I know the story really well. But that failed miserably ๐Ÿคฃ All I ended up doing was listening very intently to the Japanese, and paid next to no attention to the Chinese subtitles! Maybe I should just stick to learning one language at a time… ๐Ÿ˜† And because watching a movie in a foreign language takes effort, I could only do this for so long before my mental energy was depleted, so that was when I switched over to Book Club where I could just relax and enjoy the movie ๐Ÿ˜Š

I’m feeling all pumped and ready to go through all the clutter in our apartment tomorrow ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช Let’s see what I can get through. Even though we have two months to vacate, we’re aiming to have sorted through all our stuff by the end of October, so we don’t feel so rushed in the last few weeks that we have left in the country. Today is T-58… ๐Ÿ˜ณ Not long to go. One way to truly put you in the moment and to appreciate what you have right now is when you know it’s going to be taken away from you very shortly. Appreciate what you have right now, because you never know when it will be taken away from you. That’s my lesson for today, peeps. Now go forth and be grateful ๐Ÿ˜Š

The conversion begins…

I continued to run around like a headless chicken again this morning, making sure I ticked off everything on my imaginary checklist before I flew out this afternoon. I took Kitty to the vet again this morning, and as soon as we got back home, I suddenly remembered that I forgot to ask for a new batch of anti-vomit medicine for her ๐Ÿ˜ฑ Since we were going to be away for one whole week, I couldn’t do without it, since I can’t have her vomiting while we’re away ๐Ÿคฎ So I had no choice but to go back, adding to my stress of making sure I get everything done this morning.

But somehow I managed to do everything I wanted to get done. I don’t know why I stress out about it. It would be so much better for me if I just calmly worked my way through my imaginary checklist ๐Ÿ˜Š

I flew Cathay Pacific today. The switch from everything SG to HK begins… ๐Ÿ˜ฑ Cathay Pacific flies in and out of Terminal 4 at Changi Airport, so it was my first time in the brand new terminal. And because it was new, everything was clean and purteee ๐Ÿ˜Š It was very quiet when I was there, very few planes must’ve been flying at the time, so I got to soak in the surrounds in peace. Although Changi generally is very peaceful and calm anyway, despite the thousands of people transiting through the airport each and every day. Ah Changi. I’m going to miss you as my home base airport ๐Ÿ˜”

Everything in the terminal is electronic, I barely had to talk to any airport personnel. Even boarding was electronic! It was all so high-tech. The conveyor belt in the customs area was pretty funky too. After each tray was scanned, it would stop at a fork in the “conveyor belt” road and the person scanning would determine which road a particular tray will take: the “ok” road, where you can just go and take your luggage and off you go; or the “needs manual intervention” road, where a customs officer will need to go through whatever suspicious things there are in your luggage. It is so cool! Although probably not so cool if your luggage gets stuck in the “manual intervention” queue ๐Ÿ˜ณ

I got a brand new plane โœˆ๏ธ So exciting! Singapore Airlines always uses old planes to fly the SG-HK route – well, I always seem to get the old planes! So being on a brand spanking new plane was awesome ๐Ÿ˜Š The food was really good too, I was very pleasantly surprised.

I watched a Japanese anime on board: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (ๆ™‚ใ‚’ใ‹ใ‘ใ‚‹ๅฐ‘ๅฅณ). I like time travel shows, so as soon as I read the storyline of this movie, I just had to watch it. They had both Chinese and English subtitles, which was PERFECT for me, so I could listen in Japanese, and read in both Chinese and English. The dialogue was very conversational too, so it’s the perfect type of movie to watch for language learning. Problem is, it’s hard to find a movie where the subtitles are in two languages like that. And is it even possible?? It was a good learning opportunity anyhow. I wish I could do that more often.

And then when I finally made it to the serviced apartment, I started looking online for apartments that I wanted to have a look at over the next few days while I’m here. Even if we don’t like any of them, at least we can get in touch with a few property agents and hopefully start getting to see some other places that they may have on their books, which they may not have listed online yet. Fingers crossed we can find something half decent and at an ok price…! ๐Ÿคž I’ve emailed a few agents, so let’s see if any of them come back to me tomorrow…

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 ๐Ÿ˜Š When I got there, there were way more people manning the stalls than there were actual visitors ๐Ÿ˜‚ 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 ๐Ÿ‘

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 ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป

Excuses excuses

I found a new Korean drama to watch, Fated to Love You. It is so silly and the acting matches the script perfectly, but as with most Korean dramas that I watch, it is just sooo good! I’d never heard of these Asian dramas before moving to Asia, but now that we live here, I now know what I’ve been missing out on all these years! ๐Ÿ˜‚ I like the dramas because they only go for a fixed number of episodes, and so you know there is an ending, unlike the usual western dramas like Home and Away or The Bold and the Beautiful, which just go on indefinitely. Fated to Love You, for example, only has 20 episodes, so you know your time commitment from the outset ๐Ÿ˜‚

I also watch a lot more Korean dramas than Chinese dramas, despite the latter being good for improving my listening skills. But for whatever reason, I am more drawn to the Korean dramas. Fated to Love You was apparently a Taiwanese drama first, and then Korean and Thai versions followed. So maybe once I finish the Korean version, I can watch the Chinese version for language study purposes ๐Ÿ˜Š

So I didn’t get to the gym tonight coz I was addicted to my new Korean drama and just binge watched a few episodes ๐Ÿ˜‚ Plus I was tracking N’s flight home. Excuses excuses tsk tsk… ๐Ÿ˜Š