Category #3: Papers

One of N’s bosses, her husband has tested positive ๐Ÿ˜” So now her and the kids have been shipped off to quarantine. This is exactly what I was talking about yesterday and how I didn’t want this to happen to us! ๐Ÿ˜ฉ So now their whole team has been asked to work from home for the next few weeks. Greeeat. N doesn’t like working from home. The connection isn’t very fast, and he only has one monitor at home. Plus he’s in a lot of meetings, so if I want to film any videos, I have to go set up in the bedroom and close all the doors so that his voice doesn’t get picked up in the audio. Plus he just makes noise, like any person does, which, again, isn’t great when all the noise is picked up by the mic! And then sometimes I’m teaching while he’s in a meeting, so he has to walk off to take his call in a different room. So yeah, it’s not the ideal work situation for both of us. But given all the cases at the moment in the area, I’d still rather that he stay home.

N started cleaning out his closet today, which inspired me to start cleaning out all the papers in the study! I got through some, but there is still quite a fair bit to get through. I’m guessing I’m about halfway through – and that’s after tidying up for around 3.5 hours today! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ And that’s just papers. I still have other miscellaneous items to sort through. Not just in the study but everywhere in the house. Sighhhโ€ฆ I don’t know if I’m going to get through it all in 8 weeks! That seems really ambitiousโ€ฆ But I’ll just keep pushing through and just do whatever I can in that timeframe. Much like my 30-day splits challenge, I never actually made it to the full splits at the end of the 30 days, but I ended up with a new daily habit. And maybe this 8-week challenge will be similar. If that’s the case, then I’ll be happy ๐Ÿ˜Š

Working on my goals

I went to Causeway Bay with the intention of going to IKEA to buy some storage containers. After clearing out so much of my wardrobe on the weekend, I now know exactly what storage containers I need to put into the wardrobe.

But I never made it to IKEA. I took so long to eat lunch that by the time I had finished, I didn’t have any more time to go shopping! ๐Ÿ˜” Not that I really wanted to go anyway LOL If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, then you probably already know that I’m not a fan of going shopping – even when I actually need to because I’ve actually run out of something! ๐Ÿ˜† So I’m not at all disappointed. I’ll just go another day ๐Ÿ˜Š

Oh, and just an update on my splits: my right leg splits (where my right leg is in front) is getting pretty close! My left leg splits need a bit more work. But that leg is the one that I strained during my 30-day challenge, so I think subconsciously, I’m still a little more cautious when I do stretches on that leg. But my right leg splits is looking promising! ๐Ÿ‘ It’s still not comfortable, and I’m still groaning every time I get out of them – on either side! So there is still a lot of work for me to do. But I think I can actually get all the way down to the floor by the 3-month mark, if not beforehand. That is seriously insane! I could possibly get there before the 3-month mark, but I won’t be comfortable. Maybe I could be somewhat comfortable at the 3-month mark? Maybe??

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. One step at a time! One milestone comes before the other, so let’s focus on the first milestone first and get all the way down to the floor first! ๐Ÿ’ช hahaha can I use the word ‘first’ any more times?!? ๐Ÿคฃ

Changes in my daily routine

I got up at ridiculous oโ€™clock with N this morning. Heโ€™s been going to the gym before work, and normally, I just go back to sleep once he leaves. But today, I was actually quite awake, and so I just got up. I didnโ€™t feel too bad throughout the day, but I did have more caffeine than I normally would on a typical day ๐Ÿ˜ณ Hopefully the caffeine wonโ€™t keep me up tonight because Iโ€™d like a good nightโ€™s sleep for the busy day that I have tomorrow! ๐Ÿคž

I had my Chinese lesson today, and it actually wasnโ€™t too bad! I didnโ€™t stress out as much as I normally would, which allowed me to understand more of what she said. But my general problem is my lack of speaking and listening practice. I need to do more! Watch a little bit of a TV show or YouTube video each day. I need to incorporate that into my day somehow. Iโ€™ve made so many positive changes into my daily routine now, surely I can figure out how to incorporate this one thing??

Here are the new changes Iโ€™ve made recently:

  • I’ve started to review my Anki flashcards first thing in the morning, as soon as I wake up. It’s virtually the first thing I do once I wake up;
  • I’ve been doing my splits stretches on a daily basis, except on my one rest day a week;
  • I’ve been listening to podcasts in the morning while I’m getting changed;
  • I’ve been listening to an audiobook while getting ready for bed in the evenings.


How awesome is that?!? And I only introduced all of these new habits recently, possibly just in the last month. That’s pretty damn good! So surely I can figure out how to incorporate listening to a TV show or YouTube video in one of my target languages into my day?? ๐Ÿค”

After listing that out, I’m quite proud of my effort! Well done, me! ๐Ÿ˜ It’s amazing just how much you can achieve just by pairing activities today:

  • Anki flashcards – paired with getting up first thing in the morning;
  • Podcasts – paired with getting ready each day;
  • Audiobooks – paired with getting for bed.

Can I pair this TV show or YouTube video with something? Or maybe I can just set another 30-day challenge for myself? I just have to try and see what works for me.

My new challenge

I didn’t have the most productive day today. I just wasn’t in the right headspace ๐Ÿ˜” I really wanted to do more stuff, but I just didn’t have the willpower. Sighhh…

N and I were also hearing negativity around us, which didn’t help matters. Sighhh… This is one of many reasons why I don’t like giving out negativity into the universe. If someone is already down, you’re just going to compound that feeling and make them feel worse. I don’t want to be a source of negativity. I want to be a source of inspiration, of motivation. But I, too, have down days, so it’s not always easy. But I try ๐Ÿ˜Š

I’m thinking of doing this 8-week decluttering challenge set by Marie Kondo. It’s a tad longer than my 30-day splits challenge, but I’m sure she made the daily tasks bite-size and totally doable. Plus week one sounds really fun and easy ๐Ÿ˜† I totally go into these decluttering sessions with guns blazing, but then six months later, I fall back into my old habits, and the house looks almost exactly the same as it did before I did the decluttering session ๐Ÿ˜” I say ‘almost’ because I do improve incrementally each time. But it’s never as neat and tidy as straight after the decluttering session. So if I do a full-on 8-week deep dive, then maybe I can actually change my habits during those 8 weeks and actually see long-lasting results. Maybe… ๐Ÿคž

And as per my one-word theme for the year, you may as well just do it and see what happens! Much like my 30-day splits challenge, sure I didn’t get all the way down to the floor, but I’m so much closer to the floor now than I’ve ever been my entire life. And now that I have a new daily stretching habit, I may actually eventually reach this goal too! But I won’t know unless I keep stretching every day and keep pushing myself. I’m definitely going to keep tracking this goal and see where I am at the end of 90 days, and then after 180 days – a whole half year of stretching! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ Much like so many things in life, if you just keep working at it consistently, more often than not, you will see progress. That’s what I’m hoping for with these stretches and with this 8-week challenge ๐Ÿ˜Š

Not quite what I had planned…

I had planned on cleaning out my closet today, doing a really good decluttering. But that didnโ€™t happen. At all. I didnโ€™t even start ๐Ÿคฃ I only had one thing that I wanted to do today, and I really shouldโ€™ve started with that before doing anything else – ie before plonking myself down on the couch!

So it ended up being a lazy day โ˜บ๏ธ We watched:

I also did my stretches. Iโ€™ve actually finished my 30-day splits challenge, Iโ€™m not sure if Iโ€™ve told you. But Iโ€™m still continuing with the stretches, wondering if I will ever get down to the floor one day. Like with my YouTube channel, I donโ€™t know if Iโ€™ll actually achieve what Iโ€™d like to, the only thing I can control is to try my best to achieve it. And I just have to keep showing up and hope that one day, the results will speak for themselves ๐Ÿ˜Š

A stressful first day back

My dad lost his phone today, so I was helping my parents track it down. I used Google’s Find My Device and found it quite quickly. It was saying that it’s in the general area where my dad was this afternoon for his doctor’s appointment, and luckily it hadn’t moved. So I asked them to go and check out the area. My mum said that it wasn’t anywhere, and she asked all the places in the area that were still open, and no one had handed in a phone. So I’m guessing that he left it at the doctor’s surgery. Of course it was already closed by this time, so all they / we can do is wait until the morning to check to see if he did indeed leave it there . I kept tracking it all afternoon and evening, and it’s still in the exact same spot, so I’m really hoping that it’s at the doctor’s! ๐Ÿคž

After all that stress (and it’s doubly stressful when you literally have to do everything online because you live in a totally different country ๐Ÿ˜’), I felt like I needed a stiff drink ๐Ÿฅƒ๐Ÿฅƒ

But instead, I did my stretches. It’s actually Day 30 of my 30-day splits challenge, and even though I didn’t quite make it to the full splits, I’m getting pretty damn close ๐Ÿ˜ฑ I’m going to keep continuing with these stretches, and hopefully I will eventually achieve my goal. I might do a check-in at the end of 3 months and then 6 months, see where I am at that point. But it’s very exciting ๐Ÿ˜Š I’m still very happy with my progress, though. And maybe getting to the splits at the end of the 30 days isn’t the point. Maybe it’s to build the discipline to stretch every day in order to eventually achieve it ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ

A whole range of states

I was feeling all keen bean this morning, listing out 13 – thirteen! – items on my to-do list ๐Ÿ˜ฑ I managed to tick off 7; got halfway through 2; and I started another item. Not bad! I might’ve been able to finish one of the halfway-done items if I wasn’t having tech issues. Nonethless, I was happy with my effort today!

I did my usual stretches today, but I think I over-stretched one of my muscles because now it hurts if I move my leg in certain angles. Sighhh… I hope I haven’t done anything too serious to it. I’ll definitely have my rest day tomorrow and then see how it’s feeling on Sunday before I resume my stretches. Sighhh… I hope this doesn’t ruin my momentum. I’ve been doing so well! ๐Ÿ˜”

One of N’s mates told him about how he had stage 4 cancer ten years ago. He’s obviously in remission, since he’s still around to tell N the story. But I was like what the f*##kkkkk?!?? That is insane. He was relatively healthy too, and he was only in his early 30s. And the only thing that got him to go see a doctor was this niggling cough that wouldn’t go away. That was it. OMG. I still can’t believe it. It’s just so random. This is another reason why I try and appreciate each day. You never know when your time will be up.

So I went from being productive to being in pain to being grateful today. A whole range of states there! ๐Ÿ˜†

My 30-day splits challenge: day 16

My legs are sooo sore!! ๐Ÿ˜ฉ Maybe Iโ€™ve been pushing the splits thing a bit too hard the past few days ๐Ÿ˜‡ Every time I bend down to pick something up, I feel my legs and I groan ๐Ÿ˜‚ I feel like I need a rest day already! Although I have done five days in a row now, I think last Saturday was my rest day. So yeah, a rest day is due very, very soon! ๐Ÿ˜†

But I do feel like Iโ€™m getting sooo damn close. I still canโ€™t believe just how far I am from the ground now – or rather, how close I am to it! Donโ€™t get me wrong, Iโ€™m still aaaages away, but what I think has changed the most is my expectation. When I first started this whole 30-day challenge, I was like, yeah righhht, as if Iโ€™m going to get anywhere near the ground! But halfway in, now Iโ€™m thinking that this my may actually indeed be possible! Not sure if itโ€™ll happen within the 30 days, but I feel like it can actually happen, rather than just being a pipe dream. And thatโ€™s totally amazing.

And I think thatโ€™s whatโ€™s spurring me on to keep going. During the first 10 or so days, I was just going through the motions, not thinking that my flexibility could actually improve in such a short period of time. Then somewhere around the 2-week mark, something turned. Now I actually feel like thereโ€™s real progress and that there is an actual chance that I can achieve this crazy goal. Itโ€™s pretty insane, and I keep saying that at the end of each day. I am really tempted to start another 30-day challenge after I finish this one! ๐Ÿ˜†

The hunt for my Australia Day pav

I ticked off sooo many things on my to-do list today ๐Ÿ˜ฑ I am now so freaking exhausted as a result! ๐Ÿ˜…

Firstly, I did some research, wrote the script AND filmed my next YouTube video – all in the one day. Normally I space all of this out, but I managed to do them all today. Total amazeballs. Now I just have to do the editing tomorrow, the step that always takes the longest time for me.

I also walked heaps today: according to my watch, I took 16,500 steps and walked 10.5km. OMG. And then once I got home, I did my stretches again: today was Day 14 of my 30-day splits challenge.

It’s Australia Day today (Happy Australia Day! ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿจ๐Ÿฆ˜) and I decided to revive the tradition that I started when we first moved to Asia: have a pavlova on Australia Day every year. That was fine in SG, it was relatively ok finding a pav there. Here, however, it was hard work! I went to all the possible places that I could think of that could possibly sell pavs, but each time I went there, I left disappointed. I was ready to go home when I decided to try one more thing: the Deliveroo app. I put in ‘pavlova’ in the search field, and lo and behold, one search result came up! And it was only like 200 metres away from me. Despite being so mega-tired by this point, I figured I should walk over there and just order it! I’m so glad I did. I had revived my Australia Day tradition โ˜บ๏ธ

I also filmed my hunt for my Australia Day pav, so I should have enough footage to make a blog out of my expedition today ๐Ÿ˜†

And as a result of all my hunting today, I discovered what could potentially be my favourite supermarket in HK so far: Great Food Hall at Admiralty ๐Ÿ˜† Yes, I was wowed by a supermarket ๐Ÿ˜‚ But it was seriously good! There was another supermarket out near the airport that was pretty impressive too, but that’s out in woop woop (it’s near the airport – enough said! ๐Ÿ˜†). Admiralty is way closer to home. So I think I’ll have to go visit it again soon!

Needless to say, it was a wonderful Australia Day โ˜บ๏ธ

Klutziness and exercises

I was a bit of a klutz today: I spilled a little bit of oil on myself when I was cooking lunch; and then I dropped one of our portable speakers on my ankle ๐Ÿ˜ฑ As for how one does the latter, I have no idea ๐Ÿคฃ So now, I’m expecting a bruise to form on that ankle. Isn’t that lovely.

I also felt a bit anxious today, my heart was racing. I don’t know why. So I did some mindfulness breathing, which helped a little bit, believe it or not. It helped me focus just on my breathing and staying in the present. Have you ever tried these breathing exercises? It’s haaard. Your mind constantly wanders all over the place. It’s hard to make yourself just focus on your breathing. I have to constantly bring my focus back on to my breathing. But it is quite good, though. I did feel calmer after just ten minutes of this. This is something else that I should do more often!

The other thing that I’ve been doing lately are my stretching exercises for my splits. I’m up to Day 10! Day 10 baby! I’m 1/3 of the way there. It feels like it’s been aaages since I started doing these stretches, when in fact it’s only been 10 days – well, 11, if you count my rest day; 12, if you count my actual start day ๐Ÿ˜† But 10 official days of stretching. It’s not getting any easier ๐Ÿ˜” I wonder if it ever will!