Productive day in a different way

I had a pretty shite sleep last night ๐Ÿ˜” N woke me up when he got home in the middle of the night, and I couldnโ€™t get back to sleep after that, so I started reading one of my trading textbooks – at something like 4am. For an hour. OMG. I eventually fell back asleep, but then Kitty woke me up soon after with her scratching, for crying out loud. I sorted that out quickly, and from there, I finally got a few hoursโ€™ sleep in, and surprisingly stayed awake the rest of the day.

We received a letter from HSBC the other day, and there was no English translation. Normally most large organisations will have both English and Chinese, but for whatever reason, this letter was just in Chinese. So we went into a branch to get them to translate for us, and everything was all good ๐Ÿ˜… That’s all we wanted to hear, and off we went on our merry way ๐Ÿ˜Š

We then went for yum cha somewhere near the branch. I seriously can’t enough of yum cha, it’s just the best, man! And we’re now at The Source, so yum cha is everywhere, at all price points and all varieties. We went to one today, Social Place, which apparently serves a more contemporary style, pushing the boundaries on what can be served at yum cha. It was quite good! Randomly choosing a restaurant from the OpenRice app can obviously be a bit hit and miss, and today was a good hit ๐Ÿ‘

We then went to Wan Chai Computer Center to get a new phone case and mouse, as both of mine are dying. The state of my phone case is now embarrassing, with bits of material flaking off it ๐Ÿ˜‚ Reminds me of the sad state of my old handbag and my old pair of shoes, both of which I replaced recently as well. I use things right up until they’re on their deathbed – and then use it some more ๐Ÿ˜‚ But I managed to find replacements for both today the Computer Centre, so I’m happy ๐Ÿ˜Š

And then we spent the evening on fitness, with N going to karate and me to the gym.

Quite a productive day in a different way, this time ๐Ÿ‘



I decided to go and have cake at Lady M today, and noticed that they had osmanthus tea on their menu. I had never even heard of this tea before we moved to HK, and now I see it everywhere. It’s in sooo many things here. The funny thing for me is that I actually find the Chinese word for osmanthus (ๆก‚่Šฑ guรฌ huฤ) even with tones easier to say than ‘osmanthus’! It’s such a tongue twister! So today, I ordered and said pretty much this: โ€œCan I have the pistachio mille crepe and can I try the ๆก‚่Šฑ่Œถ?โ€ ๐Ÿ˜‚ She had to repeat the tea to make sure she got my order right, as I probably threw her off by mixing English and Chinese ๐Ÿคฃ

The fun and enjoyable time I had at Lady M was then soon wiped out by a shite trading session ๐Ÿ˜” You’d think I’d learn by now, but no, I keep repeating the same damn mistakes over and over ๐Ÿ˜’

I took out my frustration at the gym and had a pretty good session there tonight. I did a few Jive kicks, which were a real killer, but definitely something that I need to do more often to help boost my stamina. I should end each gym session with one song’s worth of Jive kicks. And then work my way up to two songs, then three songs, then who knows how many songs! ๐Ÿ˜†

I’ve actually been so focussed on my goals lately that I have barely had the chance to go on the usual social media sites, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest etc. I should make an effort to log in more often, and get the latest on what’s happening in the lives of my family and friends. I tend to be all or nothing when it comes to my goals, but I think a more balanced approach would be better and more sustainable over the longer-term. But with my detailed schedule now and achieving a good momentum with my goals, I feel like all the progress is just feeding itself and I just want more of it! ๐Ÿ˜†

A detailed plan

I continued working on my goals today, around my Chinese language learning, my trading, and general fitness. I still think that I can do more in each category, so I’m going to plan out my week going forward, be more specific about what actions I will take on each day and at which time. I think my current plan is still a bit too general, which leaves me with too much choice, too much freedom as to when (or if!) I will do something – and therefore a higher likelihood of me making the wrong choice, and therefore end up not ticking things off my daily to-do list. I’ll try putting together a detailed plan for tomorrow, and see how that works out. I’ll try it on Friday too, and if I find some good success with it, I’ll continue with it into next week as well. I’ll keep you posted ๐Ÿ˜Š

I finished Go Back Couple tonight, my latest Korean drama. The ending was totally predictable, even for me who normally never sees where the storyline is going! But the last episode was still quite enjoyable to watch. And overall, I enjoyed the series. Now time to look for my next drama ๐Ÿ˜Š

Language learning day

I like reading these bilingual picture books at the library, where one side is in Chinese, and if you flip the book over, you can read the book all over again in English. It’s really handy to make sure I’m understanding the Chinese correctly. I also get to learn more everyday words and phrases that won’t ordinarily be taught in adult classroom lessons, words that kids will naturally hear at that age, like “toys”, “games”, “dinosaur” etc, and expressions like “my mum and dad don’t have to hold my hand”‘ or “I can put away my toys by myself”, continuing to add to my vocab.

After working on my trading, I then spent the evening just chatting to people, this time on a different language exchange app called HelloTalk. The guys on this app seem genuinely interested in improving their English, unlike in that Tandem app, where I had one guy open with “Hi beautiful”. Wth?! ๐Ÿคจ So I’ll just continue to use HelloTalk for a while and see how I like it.

Unproductive day

I didn’t do much of anything today, sighhh. I was feeling really tired, after getting up with N this morning, who had an early flight to catch. I never really recovered from the early start to my day ๐Ÿ˜”

After a shite trading session, I just consoled myself by watching more of my current Korean drama, Go Back Couple. It’s not a bad series; it takes you from laughter to sadness to anger and frustration all in one episode. And does it all over again in the next one. It’s mainly set back to 1999. Even though it’s in Seoul, they still have posters up in the kids’ rooms of some western movies that were out at that time – eg The Matrix and The Truman Show. It takes me back to that time, and also back to our uni days, which is where a lot of the scenes also take place. It’s quite a fun series, but with some serious themes running through it as well, so I think it’s quite well written. But I can see the ending from a mile away, though, and I normally can’t predict where storylines will go. So let’s see if the writers can surprise me with a different ending ๐Ÿ˜Š

2019 is all sorted!

N’s determination in improving his Mandarin is rubbing off on me too, which is great ๐Ÿ‘ I logged into Tandem again today, that language exchange app, making a conscious effort to talk more, which is helping me reach my short-term goal for Chinese: basically to improve my speaking and listening! Chinese speakers in the app are always very impressed with the limited amount of Chinese that I do speak, but I need to move on from my basic sentences and start speaking longer and more complex ones. They’re hard, and I sound so stunted and slow when I hear back what I just said. But then I remember how slow and stunted they sound when they’re speaking in English, yet I still have the patience to listen to them speak and I still also want to help them improve. So I hope they feel the same way about me fumbling my way through their native language! ๐Ÿ˜† So at the moment, we’re pretty much learning Chinese all throughout the day. But just like with dancing, the improvement is so incremental that you don’t even notice anything on a day-to-day basis, but when we look back after a few months, that’s when you notice just how far you’ve come. So I’d like to see how far my Chinese can go by, say, June, halfway through the year ๐Ÿ˜Š Which, really, isn’t all that far away – especially when I remember just how fast the first two months of the year came and went! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

I continued my Marvel journey today: Ant-Man was next on my list. I actually enjoyed this one! There was more of a story, and quite a fair bit of humour.

But the highlight of my day was N telling me about this website: It seems to be like a Netflix for Asian dramas, O-M-G!! WHY DIDN’T HE TELL ME ABOUT THIS SITE BEFORE?!?? ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ™„

OK, so I do vaguely recall him telling me about this site back when we first moved to SG – but that was before I went all k-drama crazy, so I would’ve barely been interested back then. But now… I’m in K-DRAMA HEAVEN!! ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ I think this whole year is going to be directed at three things: my trading ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป; my Chinese ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ; and now, Korean dramas ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท! 2019 is all sorted! ๐Ÿฅณ

Asian dramas and languages

I came across this on Twitter today, which I really needed to see. I’ve been mentioning my shite trading the last few days, and I’ve been feeling rather dejected with my recent results. So seeing this has actually perked me up a little. Maybe I should make a printout of this and paste it up on the wall, so I can see it every day… ๐Ÿ˜Š

I finished my current Korean drama today, Devilish Joy. I really enjoyed the last episode – in complete contrast to the very first one! The first episode was so bad that I actually gave up on the series initially, but then decided to give it a second chance, as I couldn’t find anything else better to watch. I’m so glad I gave it a second chance, as every subsequent episode was way better than that first one! ๐Ÿ˜‚

But now I am back to feeling empty again, with no Asian drama to keep me entertained. I would like to watch a Chinese drama next, to help me with my listening skills. But it’s only the Korean dramas that are luring me in! Damn, why are their dramas so good?!? ๐Ÿ˜†

I’m reading Benny Lewis’ Fluent in 3 Months, it’s my non-fiction book at the moment. It’s given me a few tips so far, and is motivating me to push on with my Mandarin. In fact, it’s making me want to venture into Korean and Cantonese now as well! The former because of all these Korean dramas that I’m watching at the moment ๐Ÿ˜Š and the latter because we’re currently living in a Cantonese speaking city. And of course continue to improve on my existing Japanese knowledge. Never mind the fact that these three languages (Chinese, Japanese and Korean) are notoriously the hardest to learn (along with Arabic) for a native English speaker ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ Of all the languages in the world, why do my target ones have to fall into this hard basket?!? ๐Ÿ˜ฉ So let me continue reading his book and see what other tips he has about learning foreign languages…