Floradix

Someone recommended Floradix to me a few years ago – when we were still living in SG – as an all-natural iron supplement. I didn’t notice too much of a difference when I was taking it back then, so I eventually stopped taking it.

A few days ago, I discovered that I had another bottle in our cupboard, but I don’t remember where I bought it! I’m guessing I bought it during our last trip back to Oz before all this rona business changed the world forever. So when I saw it in the cupboard, I figured I should start having it before it expires, so I’ve been having it once a day for the past few days.

And I think I am actually feeling a difference this time around! I have a lot more energy, and I feel like I always just want to go, go, go! 🏃‍♀️

I only have one bottle, though, so hopefully I can find it in one of the shops here in HK. N tried it this morning, so if he’s seeing an uptick in his energy levels too, then I will definitely have to find a local supplier!

Still going strong

Kitty’s just not letting me have a good night’s sleep 😔 I should just let you know when I do have a good sleep, because they occur much less often these days!

Today she wanted more food – at 3:15am. Because what better time is there to eat than smack bang in the middle of the night?!?? 🙄 She had licked her bowl clean, so I had no choice but to give her some more food. Luckily I could get back to sleep today, though, unlike yesterday’s tossing and turning.

Anyway, have I told you about how I reframe these disruptions? I am just grateful that she is still alive to wake me up in the middle of the night 🙏 I still remember the vet three years ago now, when we were living in SG, emailing me while we were overseas, saying that our pet sitter had brought her in, and that she was weak and wasn’t eating. Her condition was pretty serious and potentially life-threatening, he said. We were in Sydney at the time, and I still remember being really upset that I might not see her alive again 😢

We went to see her as soon as we could once we got back to SG, and miraculously, she perked up as soon as she saw us, and even the vet was surprised. He really didn’t think she had much left in her.

And here she still is. I am still grateful every single day that she’s still going strong. She’s almost 90 years old in human years, and she can still attack me, so that’s pretty impressive! 😄

I’m going to go and give her a big hug now – while also being careful not to be scratched yet again! 😆🤗

Exercise

A friend posted a video on Facebook of her son playing Lewis Capaldi’s Someone You Loved. I went looking for the original song, and, once I heard it, I knew that it was going to be my song for the year. It’s a rumba, and rumba is my favourite latin dance. I was out having lunch when I discovered this song, so I couldn’t wait to go back home and practise! 😆

I would normally be practising at the gym, but that’s been out of the question for most of this year 😔 My last latin song was Daddy Yankee’s Dura, and when that was my song for the year (I think it was last year??), all I wanted to do was practise samba! 😂 Now I just need some more addictive songs for ballroom, and I may actually practise some of the ballroom dances for once! 🤣

So now I may be doing quite a fair bit of rumba for the next few days/weeks! 😊

I’ve also been mimicking paddling on a surfboard, thanks to Bondi Rescue 😆 The lifeguards have been doing various iron man type races in each season of the show, and so of course N wants to try doing the course too. We don’t live in Sydney anymore (at least not for now), so he’s doing the best he can to replicate the race here in HK. One leg of the race is to paddle your surfboard from Bronte Beach to Bondi, which is something like 2km 😱 So he’s tried to mimic this part of the race by using resistance bands. It’s on dry land, and you don’t have the punishing ocean to contend with, but it’s good enough for exercise purposes 👍

Anyway, in the race on Bondi Rescue, they probably have to paddle for at least 10 minutes. N is currently dying after about 2 😂 And I am dying after about 10 strokes 🤣 Well, I’m now up to 20 strokes, but still nowhere near his 2 minutes! And I think 10 minutes will just be impossible for me! Regardless how many I actually do and for how long, it’s all good training for my upper body 💪

An uneventful day, but still feeling blah

The typhoon signal was actually ‘upgraded’ to a T9 overnight, the second highest level, but it was back down to a T8 when I woke up this morning, and then all signals were cancelled by around lunchtime. An uneventful typhoon, thankfully. Hopefully all typhoons remain uneventful while we’re living in this part of the world! 🤞

I had another meh day today 😕 I called my mum to see how they are. My dad is continuing his long road to recovery, and my mum is tired from all the walking going to and from the hospital each day 😔 But otherwise, they’re holding up ok 👍

I watched more Bondi Rescue today 😆 I’m so obsessed with this show right now that I made my Chinese teacher listen to me talk about it for our entire lesson today 🤣🤣 It was a good lesson because there are so many words about the show that I didn’t know how to say in Chinese: things like people drowning (or almost drowning); people getting stung by jellyfish; lifeguards catching petty thieves; ringing the ‘shark alarm’ if one is spotted in the water; and chasing them away when there is one nearby 😆 Lots of new words and phrases!

And I try and hold as much of the conversation in Chinese, so I had to try and describe all of this to her in Chinese with my limited vocab! And sometimes I just had to rely on charades 🤣 But I still didn’t use English, that’s the main thing!

The show just makes me miss Sydney 😔 I wonder if that’s adding to my blahness lately. Normally we fly back quite regularly, but with the rona, that’s all been ground to a halt. And then with my dad in hospital but not being able to visit him in person, that’s pretty tough too 😔

Bondi / Sydney / Australia

It was quite a nice, relaxing day. We quickly went and bought some groceries, and then spent the rest of the afternoon just watching Bondi Rescue, Modern Family and The Umbrella Academy, flicking through the shows so we didn’t get too bored with any one show!

I’m actually a bit addicted to Bondi Rescue. It sorta even makes me want to be a lifeguard! 🤣🤣 It ain’t happening in this lifetime, but they do make the job look quite appealing 😊 I’m watching from season one. I used to watch it in Oz when it first came out, but I haven’t watched it for yeeears, and definitely not since we moved to Asia. But now I’m back onto it again, and I reckon I like it even more now than I did back then!

I think it’s because it makes me miss Oz. Bondi isn’t my favourite beach – there are too many tourists, as this show clearly shows 😂 – but it still shows a part of Sydney that we still visit every now and then. And it also gives you an idea of the Aussie culture. I miss that too. So it’s nice to see all of this in the show 😊

Family and beaches

Kitty woke me up at around 3:30am because she wanted more food. She finished everything that was in her bowls and she needed a top-up. Her appetite enhancing meds had kicked in 👍

At around 6:30am, she went to the toilet. And she didn’t miss the tray! Woohoo! 👍

But then she kept going to the toilet. Again and again, trying to empty her already very empty bowels for the next hour or so. As you can imagine, I was up this entire time, cleaning her tray for any urine skerricks that she might’ve left. I tried to go back to sleep, but she kept making all this noise each time she used her litter tray, so by the time 7:30am rolled around, I just decided to get up. So another night of broken sleep of around 4-5 hours 😔

I rang the vet to ask for some advice, because she’s already on a second round of meds for this infection. They’ve decided to dispense more meds 😔 I just feel like we’re just feeding her so many drugs at the moment 😔 Poor thing. I hope that at least one of them clears up this infection! 🤞

My next YouTube video is going to be about safety at Australian beaches, but because I can’t film in Oz right now, I was going to film at one of the beaches here in HK instead. But as I was getting ready to head out to one of the beaches, the skies opened up and it just poured 🌧 Filming at the beach all of a sudden became out of the question 😒 So I just filmed it in our bedroom, like a few of my other videos 😆 Now I just have to find some photos and videos of a few Sydney beaches that I’ve taken in recent years to add to the video. It’s the best I can do given the circumstances!

And then to top it all off like a big fat cherry, my dad had his bypass surgery today. Apparently everything went fine, though, thankfully, and he’s now just recovering. I’ll give my mum a call tomorrow, hopefully I can get to see them both in a video chat or something.

This year is just so ugh

I’m still worried about Little Miss. She didn’t quite make it all the way into her litter tray today, so her pee went all over the bathroom floor instead 😔 She has one of those trays that has a cover, and I suspect that she can’t turn comfortably inside at the moment. So I think I have to remove the cover so that she is more comfortable using it. Poor little one 😔

She was no longer drugged out, at least, and has gone back to sleeping for most of the day. She still doesn’t seem to be back to her usual self, though, so I’m still worried about her 😔

A friend of mine also just told me that her aunt passed away last week, and the funeral is tomorrow. But because of the rona, they can only have 35 people at the funeral. But apparently it’s going to be live streamed, so others can tune in.

And my dad has ‘checked in’ at the hospital for his bypass surgery tomorrow. Fingers crossed it all goes well 🤞 I’ll give my mum a call tomorrow to get an update.

This year is just so ugh 😞

Family update

I got up at ridiculous o’clock this morning, thanks to Little Miss (who else?? 😒). So by around 9:30pm, after dinner, I fell asleep in front of the TV. I was really trying not to, as now this nap may disrupt my sleep tonight. But what I shouldn’t have done was lie down in the first place! That was where I went wrong! 😂

My mum rang me this afternoon to let me know that the date has finally been scheduled for my dad’s bypass surgery. I’m surprised it’s happening so quickly, given all the rona issues in Oz at the moment. But I guess the biggest problem is in Victoria, so maybe the hospitals in Sydney aren’t too bad at the moment, which is great. Under normal circumstances, I would fly back, but right now, I don’t think it’s a good idea to do so. There’s the 14-day quarantine, and the increased risk of being exposed to the rona myself 😔 So I’ll just have to keep in touch with technology. At least we have that option these days! 🙏

Crap weather and an even crappier situation in Melbourne

I woke up at around 4:30am to Little Miss vomiting 🤮 Poor little one 😔 I cleaned it up and went back to sleep, but then she woke me up around 2.5 hours later wanting food 🙄 So I just got up and started my day, and took that opportunity to give her her anti-vomit meds with her breakfast.

By early afternoon, I was feeling really tired so I decided to take a quick nap. Plus the shite weather all day probably contributed to my flat mood. There are two typhoons in the area at the moment, hence the crappy weather the past few days.

It turned out to be a really good idea to take that quick nap because I had a very productive rest of the afternoon and early evening! 👍 The Spaniards are onto a good idea there with their siestas! 😁

And new cases finally dropped below three digits today – woohoo! We ‘only’ had 80 new cases today. Hopefully people are starting to get back on track again 🤞 I really don’t want to go in the same direction as Melbourne. They have imposed a curfew from 8pm to 5am for the next 6 weeks. The city looks so deserted 😔 Not that I’m out partying every other night and so my lifestyle will be severely hampered if this did happen 🤣 I just hope that we can get this under control again in just a few weeks 🤞

Our surreal world right now

After just one day since the HK government introduced an all-day ban on dining in at restaurants starting from yesterday, they have just changed their mind about that and from tomorrow, we can resume dining in for breakfast and lunch again 🤣🤣 My next YouTube video is actually about the coronavirus situation here in Hong Kong, but I recorded it last Tuesday, so it already contains old news! 🤣 I will have to write an update somewhere in the description to my video, and I’ll probably also give an update as part of my intro of my next video. Hilarious 😆

Anyway, apparently they changed their mind because of a public backlash against the all-day ban. And they still changed their mind despite the record number of new cases that we had today (149 😱). Sighhh…

Apparently Victoria in Oz is suffering big time as well. They saw a record 700+ cases today, along with 13 deaths. Their total numbers are now around the 10,000 level, and the next affected state is NSW with ‘just’ over 3,500. I hope today’s numbers were just a one-off… 🤞

Back in March, I estimated that May-June would be when we see the peak globally. It doesn’t seem like we are anywhere near that peak 😔

So unless someone comes out with a vaccine soon, I think we will be living in this surreal state until at least the end of the year…