Things don’t always go to plan

I was planning on going to the gym this morning, I got changed and everything! πŸ˜‚ 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 πŸ˜‚ You blink and they’ve landed, it’s so damn fast πŸ›«πŸ›¬

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! πŸ˜” 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 πŸ˜… 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.

Relationship βœ…

Career βœ…

Health & fitness βœ…

Three goals sorted today, woohoo! πŸ‘

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Surprises everywhere

I decided to try the cafe on the ground floor of the hotel that we were staying at. I somehow stumbled across reviews of the place, and everyone was raving on about their egg tarts, so I just had to try it – even though I’m generally not a fan of egg tarts!

I was pleasantly surprised: it turned out that I enjoyed the egg tarts wayyy more than their coffee! And it’s primarily a coffee shop! I still drank what was effectively flavoured water πŸ˜• coz I needed the caffeine. But it was pretty bad πŸ˜‚

I then decided to walk around Mid Levels today, hoping to find a place to have a quick bite to eat before I flew out later tonight. It’s very hilly in that area, although I did use the mid-level escalators on the way up, so I didn’t exert that much energy πŸ˜‚ They’re doing works on the escalators for the next four years though, so they’re closing down sections as they work on them. So I did walk up stairs for a bit of it, but not enough for me to really work up an appetite. So I ended up just ordering half a sandwich (you can order just half a sandwich! How awesome is that?!) from a bakery chain and taking it back to the hotel and eating it there. I love the half-a-sandwich option. It is so good for times like today when you’re not that hungry but just need a little bit to get you through.

I gave myself three hours to get to the airport, which was ample time. The longest part of the whole trip was waiting at the check-in counter! Terribly inconvenient for people like me who just need a boarding pass and don’t have any luggage to check in. I hope Singapore Airlines introduces their self-service check-in machines at Hong Kong airport soon! Given the number of people who travel to and from these two airports (I basically see it as akin to Sydney – Melbourne, with multiple flights flying between these two cities daily). They were trialling it in Melb last time we were there, so I’m surprised they haven’t introduced it in HK – a much closer destination, and no doubt a much more frequented one!

I wanted to watch Stranger Than Fiction during the flight, but I started writing a new post for my blog project. I just got carried away with that, and I didn’t have time to return to the movie. I’m getting a little excited about my new blog, actually. I’m surprised I have had quite a few things to write about. I was a bit nervous that I wouldn’t, especially given the topic, but I can’t keep up with my ideas! Sorry, that was all rather vague, but all will soon be revealed! I just need to come up with a blog name, and it’ll be good to go soon after that, I reckon. Fingers crossed!🀞

Dinner on the fight was really nice. I haven’t been that impressed the last few flights, actually, tsk tsk to Singapore Airlines πŸ˜† But they redeemed themselves today πŸ‘

Anyhoo, flight was fine, no issues, but the taxi ride home was a different story. I had a maniac driver who seemed to be using the speed limit as a minimum number, braking and accelerating every five seconds. And he preferred to take up two lanes whenever he could. He was tailgating and trying to overtake whenever he got the chance. I was totally freaking out the entire time I was in the cab, holding my breath at times, muscles tensed. But once we got to our apartment block, he helped me take out my luggage from the boot, and he was this nice, gentle older man, smiling and being all pleasant! Where was he when we were driving home?!? 😲

But I got home in one piece (just!), and I got to see Kitty again 😊 I always miss the little one every time we go away. Leaving her is always the worst part about travelling πŸ˜”

Dancing and immigration

My friend pulled out of lunch at the last minute, as she wasn’t feeling well this morning and needed to go to the doctor during lunch today. So I ended up going to the dance comp earlier than I expected to.

I’m glad I decided to attend this comp, even just as a spectator: the standard of dancing was just on a totally different stratosphere. It must be what it’s like watching a comp in Europe. I don’t know what the Europeans do, but their dancing is truly incredible. I don’t get to watch so many high-level dancers all at the one comp, so this was a rare experience. Plus we got a three-course dinner, and I actually got to enjoy the food this time, as I wasn’t dancing! It was well organised at a nice venue; with good food and top-level dancers. I definitely want to go again next year. Maybe we can get a group together 😊

Oh and I applied to use the e-channel service at Hong Kong airport. Apparently Aussies with no “issues” with the HK government can apply. And since we’ve been coming to HK so often recently (and will probably continue to do so), I thought by being able to use their e-channel when going in and out should help to expedite the travelling. Hopefully…! 😊

Feeling a little down

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 πŸ˜”

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 πŸ˜‚ 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! πŸ˜‚

Staying close to the hotel

It was my first full day in HK. And I ended up leaving the hotel at around 11:30am πŸ˜‚ I went and had breakfast at this small cafe around the corner from the hotel called 18 Grams. I had a banana and peanut butter bagel, which was so filling that this meal ended up being brunch 😊

I then just wandered around Causeway Bay for the rest of the afternoon, walking around the Times Square area, where they had The Incredibles promotional statues just outside the entrance of the shopping mall. So cute!

I then headed back to the hotel and spoke to my parents for a little while when I was back in our room. I also read a bit, and then N came back from work and we headed out for a quick dinner, also around the corner, just across the road from where I had brunch. I didn’t venture far from the hotel today! πŸ˜‚

An ordinary Thursday, with a flight thrown in

I went to bed really late last night (about 3am 😲), because I was all keen bean and full of energy. But maybe it was more nervous energy, because I just wanted to get stuff done last night before I flew out today πŸ˜‚

And then the fire alarm went off just before 6am. Whether it was in our building or the building next door, I couldn’t tell. I was half asleep! All I could think about was hoping that it was a false alarm because I really didn’t want to get out of bed and evacuate, if it was indeed a genuine fire and that it was in our building and not next door. But a few seconds later, it switched off and I breathed a sigh of relief πŸ˜… I could go back to sleep and get a few more hours’ sleep this morning.

I woke up once every hour, though, until my alarm went off at 9am, so it wasn’t the most restful of sleeps. But I knew I had things to do today, including cleaning up the last few things around the house before I flew out later tonight, so the energy still magically came from somewhere.

I did go to the vet and to the FX seminar, so it was as normal a Thursday as I could make it. Except all the house preparation and final packing. And the worst part of travelling: leaving Kitty. I was actually late to the airport because I didn’t want to leave her all alone. I was hoping to sneak out when she was asleep, but that didn’t work out as I had hoped. Instead, she watched me leave the house, looking all sad and forlorn πŸ˜”

So I didn’t have much time at the airport this time. I bought some Irvin’s Salted Egg chips for N’s colleagues, entered a competition currently being held at Changi, and then it was time to head to my gate already. I didn’t get the chance to shop or visit the Butterfly Garden. But that’s ok, I wanted to maximise my time with Kitty, and I accomplished that 😊

I discovered on board that you can now link your seat to the SingaporeAir app! How cool is that?! I was wishing this exact same thing just a few flights ago, being able to access your playlist just by knowing where you’re sitting on any Singapore Airlines plane. I have to figure out how to use it properly though, as it wasn’t quite syncing for me on this flight. I compiled a playlist on my phone, but I couldn’t access it from my seat. However the playlist I compiled on board, I could control on my phone. So maybe it’s only a one-way street at the moment, seat monitor to phone, and not vice versa? I’ll link again on my return flight home, and see what happens then.

On the flight, I watched this Chinese variety show to help improve my listening. I chose this particular one coz Dwayne Johnson was a guest on the episode that they were showing on board! πŸ˜† He was promoting his Jumanji movie, but it was good to see him mucking around and joining in the challenges and activities on the show. I couldn’t really follow what some of the challenges were, which made me even more determined to get my Chinese to a level where I can at least get the gist.

I landed safely, albeit a little late. I still managed to get to the hotel by train, as I think trains operate until 1am in HK. Freaking awesome! I hope I can get a good night’s sleep tonight, as I am feeling rather spent right now!

Actual vs plan

In complete contrast to – and because of – yesterday, I was very mindful of how I approached my day today. I already planned to head over to the SG Garden Festival in the morning, and then head over to a bathroom supply store to pick up a new soap dish, before heading home to do some work. And then in the evening, go to the dance social to get some practice in.

I did end up doing most of this, but everything was moved about three hours later than I had planned! So it was already noon by the time I got to the Garden Festival 😩 And then the Festival turned out to be so much better than I had expected that I ended up staying there for way longer than I had originally planned! So if you like flowers and plants, I highly recommend this Festival πŸ‘

So the only thing that I didn’t do as per my original plan was to go to dancing. Since I ended up spending so much time at the Festival, everything else got pushed back even more, so it was already 7pm by the time I got home. And I hadn’t done any work, nor packed for my flight tomorrow. But since I’d walked for about six hours today already, I figured that I could skip dancing and the gym today anyway 😊

So now I’m packed. And as per usual, I feel like I’ve overpacked – even though I’ve only got carry on! So what I have packed for this five-day trip, excluding what I’ll be wearing onto the plane :

  • 2 gym outfits
  • 2 tops
  • A pair of shorts
  • A pair of sandals
  • 2 pairs of socks
  • 2 bras
  • 3 pairs of undies
  • A dress, if we end up going somewhere relatively nice
  • A cardigan

Gawd, even typing that out seems like a lot! πŸ˜† Let’s see how I go and what I actually end up wearing 😊