I was feeling a little down today, not sure why. It’s probably a combination of a few things, the main one probably being all the stress that this HK move is adding to our everyday lives. I just want to get it over and done with! Argh! 😩

I went to my usual FX seminar today, and it was a full house! I was a little late, as I had the property agent come in and take some photos of the apartment today, so there were very few seats available when I got there!

I soon discover that a few young’uns decided to join us today – and they were being very disrespectful. They talked throughout the seminar, and one guy even had the nerve to stand up and walk to the middle of the room to take a photo of his mates while the facilitator was talking! Wth?!? So rude and disrespectful, not just to the facilitator but also to us attendees who were there to listen and to learn. A fellow attendee eventually told them off, as this photo taking business happened right in front of her, and that shut them up for the most part. I don’t know why they were there in the first place, but surely they wouldn’t behave like that in a classroom?? Ruuuude!!

After the seminar, I caught the lift down with the woman who told the young’uns off earlier. I thanked her for doing so, as I think she did everyone a favour and made the remainder of the seminar that much more pleasant. Hopefully the young’uns either behave next week or their little assignment required just one seminar attendance!


Back to normality – except for one thing

Back home, back to normality. Back to the vet, trading and the gym. A stock standard day.

Except for one thing: we may be moving to HK! OMG! N’s been working with their HK office lately – hence why we’ve been over there quite a few times these past few months – to the point where they are now considering moving us over there on a more permanent basis. Well, as permanent as an expat can be…! So I may have to say farewell to this little nation very soon 😔 I will keep you posted on what’s happening when I have more info, but at the moment, it’s looking quite likely that it’s going to happen… New experiences, yes, but yet again, we will be uprooting our little family and plonking ourselves in new surrounds and starting all over again – and leaving friends that we’ve made while we’ve been here. It’s never easy.

I posted this article on FB a few years ago when I stumbled across it, coincidentally around the same time we had just moved to SG. I like to read it every now and then, even if I don’t quite agree with everything in the article. It just makes me ponder on life, on moving overseas and our decision to be expats. Do I regret the decision to move overseas? Not in a million years. I have grown as a person, learnt more about myself in the past few years than I ever did back in Oz, and learnt more about people in general. But I miss family and friends. I miss just being able to hang out with them on the weekends or after work. That’s the toughest thing for me.


It was the day after a mid-week public holiday, so of course I felt a bit disoriented, not really sure which day of the week it actually was today!

So the hangover from the public holiday lingered on today 😂 I didn’t really feel like doing much at all. I did do some trading stuff, including attending my usual FX seminar, but that was about it. I was quite relaxed the rest of the day. I watched To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, after reading a few things on social media about it. It’s primarily aimed at teenagers / young adults, but it wasn’t too bad a movie nonetheless. Maybe I’ll also add it to my ever-growing list of books to read… 😆

Speaking of books, I finished The Diabetes Code. The book has motivated me to eat healthier, and to even try the intermittent fasting regime that it recommends. The one that I’ve heard about is the 16:8 plan, where you eat during an 8-hour window each day, and fast for the remaining 16 hours. And you choose whichever 8-hour window works for you and your lifestyle. I don’t know if I can go straight to that plan right from the get go, so maybe I’ll aim for 12:12 first, then 14:10, and then eventually 16:8. Ease my way into it 😊 And also to reduce my carb intake. I’m not diabetic (as far as I know! 😳), but better that I take steps now to prevent it than have to manage it later on down the track.

A good day, despite the vomit

For the past week, Kitty has been throwing up about once every second day 😔 She threw up this morning at around 6am and woke up N in the process. And on the living room rug too, which is quite plush and therefore quite hard to clean 😔 I mentioned it to her doctor today, and he said this is quite common for cats with kidney problems, and I can give her more of her anti-vomit medicine if need be. I gave her some this morning, and I’ll monitor her over the next few days, so hopefully she can get better on her own without extra dosage 🤞

Despite not having started the day in the best of ways, I still ended up having a good trading day, and I also wrote another post for my new blog project, which I am still yet to launch… 😳 Soon, very soon…

But my motivation from yesterday to collate my FY18 tax papers didn’t spill over in to today, unfortunately. So FY18 is still looming over my head…

And then the evening was gym and Masterchef Australia. I’m starting to wonder just how long it’s been since we’ve danced! Excluding the dance basics that I’ve been doing on the treadmill, I have not done any dancing in weeks. I can’t even remember the last time I stepped foot in a dance studio 😳 Gawd, what is our dancing going to be like when we return… 😒 But I do feel stronger, at least, since I have been doing more weights at the gym, which I wouldn’t have been doing if we were dancing as per usual. Gain one thing at the expense of another… Always the way… Hopefully it will still indirectly assist with my dancing somehow…! 😬

I’m more than halfway through that Men Without Women book my Haruki Murakami. It comprises six short stories and I’m now into the fourth story. The first three were relatively normal stories, I thought, very tame for Mr Murakami. They were still good, but pretty “normal” for this author, I thought. But now story #4 shows the reason why I like this author: it is just so damn weird! I’m pulling faces as I read, because the story is just so odd 🤪 But that’s what I love, being able to pull faces at the weirdness of it all 😆 Maybe he left the el weirdo stories for the second half of the book 😊

So overall, it was a surprisingly good day, despite being woken up early this morning by the sound of Kitty throwing up 🤮

Two goals forward, one back

FY17 tax papers are done! The relief! 😆 It felt like forever collating the last remaining few papers, but once FY17 was done, I figured I should start collating FY18 papers too, since I was already on a roll. I got through a bit of the next financial year, but then the boredom just set in and I just couldn’t do any more. Hopefully I can push back the procrastination for long enough tomorrow to finish off the rest of the papers, so then I can be all caught up 🤞

I ended up trading for way longer than I was expecting to, so I missed out on going to the gym today. I’m feeling a bit “heavy” now as a result 😔 I really feel like I could do with a walk right now.

But that’s ok, two goals progressed at the expense of one. I can live with that 😊

Best day I’ve had in ages

I went to take Kitty to the vet this morning. As I was waiting downstairs of our apartment building for my Grab driver, the skies decided to open and spew forth a whole heap of rain. When the driver arrived, I started whinging to him about how I didn’t bring an umbrella with me. So when we got to the vet clinic, he was actually nice enough to give me his umbrella. I felt sooo bad taking the umbrella, as I would’ve survived the 20 metres from the car to the entrance without it, and I knew the chances were slim that I’d need it on the way home, as torrential rain hardly ever lasts for more than 10-15 minutes in SG. But he insisted. When I got home later, I tried ringing the Grab hotline to see if there was a way to give it back to him, but the customer service officer actually spoke to him and he told her to tell me to keep it. Arghhh! So that was a very kind gesture that I received this morning, which I definitely want to pay forward one day.

And while I was on my way to the vet, the designer of my new Ballroom dress sent me his sketch of the proposed dress.

It’s so niiice! I’m so happy with it 😊 It’s simple yet elegant, and will match my Latin dress wonderfully, all of which was what I had requested from him. I’m starting to get excited about it now, after having (mostly) gotten over the shock of having paid so much for the deposit! 😂

And then the rest of my “usual” day worked out well too: I had perhaps my only good trading day this entire week; and I also had a good session at the gym later in the evening, lifting heavier weights for the most part and also still getting my dance basics done on the treadmill 👍

I finished off the day with the season five Christmas special of Downton Abbey. It was a good episode, happier than most, but it was Christmas when it was released, so I suppose they didn’t want to make it too depressing 😆

I couldn’t have asked for a better way to finish the work week 😊

A new book added

I started reading The Diabetes Code by Dr Jason Fung, adding to the bajillion other books that I’m already reading. There seems to be a paradigm shift that’s happening around how to prevent and manage type 2 diabetes, and I am really interested in it. Also now that I’m older, I’m more concerned about developing it too, so the more I can learn about how to prevent it, the better. The two main points that I’ve gotten so far: 1) eat less sugar; and 2) burn the remaining sugar, through exercise but more through fasting. Interesting stuff. I’ve been trying to eat less carbs as a result, particularly the more refined carbs like white rice and white bread. But it’s so damn hard! I don’t think I can eliminate carbs in its entirety, nor do I think I should, as the body still needs it to function, I just have to be more selective with my choice of carbs. The author was on this podcast, if you’re interested.

But apart from this new book, everything else about my day was pretty stock standard: trading seminar, trading, gym, and house stuff, rounded out with an episode of Masterchef Australia. Prince Charles and Camilla were on the episode that I watched tonight! 😲 They’re not going to be able to top that in future seasons! 😂