I felt like I had just as productive a day today as I did yesterday, only today I spent more time on Chinese than trading. I think it was the other way around yesterday, but regardless, it was productive 😊 It felt a bit like déjà vu, in a way.
By the time I finished working, I couldn’t be bothered making my way down to the supermarket, so I just had whatever was in the pantry: so I had spam for dinner tonight! Eating into our emergency food stash 😂 Not the healthiest of meals, so I shall make an effort to go to the gym tomorrow 💪
And I finished off the evening with an episode of Love O2O, my current Chinese drama. I’m getting closer and closer to the ending, so I really have to start looking for my next drama! Even if it is a Korean drama 😆 I’d prefer to find a Chinese drama so I can continue working on my poor listening skills, but the Korean dramas are just too good to pass up sometimes…! (Most of the time?? 😇)
There was a trading webinar last weekend that I wanted to join. It was split into two sessions, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday 6pm Central time, which is actually Sunday and Monday morning 7am HK time. But when I tried to log in to catch the Monday morning session, it said that the webinar had already finished. The link that they gave didn’t seem to allow for different time zones around the world, and just took Saturday 6pm local time, regardless of where you were in the world. So it seemed to have the webinar registered to start at 6pm HK time on Saturday and Sunday 😒 Bizarre… So luckily I didn’t try to join the webinar Sunday morning, and not have it work then either! The organisers emailed copies of the presentations today, as well as a link to the recordings of the sessions, so I started watching them today. I would’ve preferred to have joined the webinar live, but I guess this is the next best thing 🤷♀️
I also spent some time on my Chinese today. I did some active listening, something which I need to do more of – well, I really need to do more of any sort of listening! 😆 And by active listening, I mean focussing solely on what is being said and trying to understand as much as possible. I prefer to do this with a transcript, if possible, because my listening skills are still so bad. This way, I can associate sounds with the written word, which makes it easier for me to link the sounds with meaning. It takes a lot of effort, as you can imagine, which is probably why I don’t do it very often. But I’m going to try and actively listen to even just one minute on a daily basis, as surely this is better than doing nothing at all. This sort of listening is probably the best type of practice to really improve my listening skills, but it takes so much effort that I can really only do it for just a few minutes at a time. Most of the time I just do more passive listening: watching tv or listening to the radio and listening out for words and phrases that I know, but not getting too caught up with not understanding everything that they say. But it’s obviously still not enough, as my listening skills are still so shite! 😩 But I’m continuing to persevere, with the hope that one day, it will all magically come together…! 🤞
We watched another episode of The Umbrella Academy tonight. We’re running out of episodes – and they’ve only made the first season! They’re still working on season two! But we’re both really enjoying it. I haven’t enjoyed a western tv show as much as this one for a long time now, so I’m really happy that we stumbled across this series! I might have to go back to the Asian dramas once we finish season one 😊 Err, for listening practice… 😜🤣
It was very noisy in the apartment today: the guys downstairs are renovating, so I could hear drilling and hammering for most of the day; the guys next door moved out yesterday, but it seemed like they came back today to clean up whatever crap they still had in their apartment; and then fire alarm testing for the entire building was happening pretty much all day today as well 😒 But surprisingly, I still had a very productive day! I must have an aversion to silence 😆
And we headed down to the gym again tonight, for the third day in a row. I’m proud of that effort 👏 I brought my earphones with me today, after suffering without them yesterday. I didn’t do any dance practice yesterday as a result, since I like to dance to – surprise surprise – music! 🎶 So I allocated a bit more time to dancing today to make up for the lack of music yesterday.
So it ended up being a more productive Monday than I expected it to be! 👍
I went to the library today and spent some time in the children’s section, trying to get back on the language learning wagon. I’ve slackened off a bit on my Chinese language learning, so I’m feeling a bit disappointed in my lack of time management. Well it’s not really a lack of time management, I’ve just chosen to dedicate more time to my trading these past few weeks, so I shouldn’t be so hard on myself. It’s the usual balancing act that I always have a hard time managing. I’m sure a ton of other people in the world have the same problem as me 😔
I got through three kids’ books today:
One was about sharing and looking after loved ones; one was about brushing your teeth; and the last one was about not being afraid of getting an injection 😆 Kids’ books are actually quite good because they repeat sentences over and over – eg “Little Pig wasn’t afraid of getting the injection”, and then “Little Cat also wasn’t afraid of getting an injection” and so on, so you see the same grammar structure over and over again. It’s really good practice! 😊 And even though they’re picture books, there are still a few words that I don’t know, so I get to build on my vocab as well. Any exposure is good! 👍
I’ve also started shadowing podcasts where they speak in Chinese, inspired by my nephew who, in his toddler years, just naturally mimics whatever he hears. So even though I can’t repeat everything the native speaker says, I just try and repeat as much as I can, even if it’s just a few words here and there, and whether or not I know what the words even mean. So basically just trying to be the best toddler that I can be! 😆 So hopefully it’s all adding to my web of Chinese language “stuff” 🤞
It was a tough day for me today, I was feeling quite down for most of the day 😔 I spent a lot of time on my trading, probably to distract myself, otherwise I probably would’ve just wallowed in my sorrows and taken the day off and put it down as a mental health day. I haven’t needed one of those in quite a long time; today would’ve been a good day for one. I didn’t even go down to the local sports bar to watch tonight’s State of Origin with N and a few of his colleagues 😔 Hopefully I’ll feel a little better tomorrow.
I watched a few more episodes of Masterchef Australia instead. I reckon something is going on between Derek and Larissa, but I don’t want to Google this possible relationship in case any of the results that come up give something away from “the future” 😂 So if anyone out there is also watching this season’s Masterchef Australia, do let me know if something is going on between these two! 😆
I received an email from my SG broker saying that they’re closing my account in a few weeks, as new regulations won’t allow them to hold accounts for residents of HK 😔 I am soooo sad about this!! I really like this broker. Their service is great, and their platform is really easy to use and navigate your way around.
So I then went searching for a new broker, and wasn’t all that impressed with what I found 😒 But I did come across an Australian one, which I’d heard of before, so I signed up for a demo account. And less than ten minutes later I reckon, a relationship manager gave me a call to say that he’d seen my application! Talk about customer service! And note this was at 7pm Sydney time, where the call came from, and where their head office is. So that was quite impressive. But before I sign up properly, I just want to play with their demo platform for a while and make sure I know how to use it before I actually give them real money.
I spoke to my mum for a little while after I spoke to mr broker representative guy, and then just watched a few episodes of Masterchef Australia. I feel like I’m sooo behind this year. I’ve watched most seasons of this show, and maybe I watch it even more religiously now, as it’s one of the last few remaining symbols of my life in Australia. I do miss my life in Oz, but I have also had an amazing experience living in Asia the past few years. Not always sunshine and rainbows, but definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience. And as I keep saying, I don’t know how long we will have the privilege of living here, so I just try and be grateful for every day that we do get to spend in this part of the world. But that doesn’t mean I won’t vent here every once in a while! 😂
I watched the second episode of Goblin, my new Korean drama. It was actually quite mediocre compared to the first episode, I was rather disappointed! It got a very high rating on mydramalist.com, and the first episode lived up to this rating, so I’m quite surprised that it’s already starting to lose its appeal. I hope it picks up soon, otherwise I may just have to abandon this drama and move on to the next one 😔 But I do want to give this one a chance, as some dramas that I’ve watched in the past have started off slow, but then got really good as the drama continued, so I shouldn’t be so hasty! 😆
And then we watched the Detective Pikachu movie tonight. The Pokémon were sooo cuuute! But apart from them, I didn’t think much of the rest of the movie, unfortunately. Ryan Reynolds was his usual funny self, so that helped, but yeah, not much else going for this movie 😔
And coupled with some pretty ordinary trading today, basically my Friday was filled with mediocrity ☹️