Quiet again

We had another quiet day today, picking up some groceries and just generally cleaning up the house and running errands.

We practised a little bit in the evening, me dancing and N karate. We hired a dance room in one of the sports centres here. I might’ve mentioned this before, but hiring a room in a sports centre is one of the cheapest things you can do in HK ๐Ÿ˜† It surprised me just how cheap it was, considering how almost everything else is so damn expensive in this city.

We have decided to start a ballroom group class after Chinese New Year ๐Ÿ‘ We’ll try it out first and see how we like the class, the teacher and the studio. I find that getting back into our regular activities when we move cities is always quite challenging. And perhaps it’s because it’s not as urgent as, say, finding a new home, it always tends to get put on the back burner ๐Ÿ˜” So more than a year later, hopefully we can get back into our dancing ๐Ÿคž

Successful and unsuccessful practice sessions

We went and did some dance practice today. We booked the dance room for two hours, and only did three dances: one hour on waltz, and half an hour each on rumba and cha cha. I remember our old ballroom teacher telling us that she used to train for four hours each day. That’s how you become Chinese champion, I suppose! So we are barely scratching the surface ๐Ÿ˜” But we do this for fun, not to become world champions or anything, and we’re currently not competing, so at least we’re keeping up with some training…!

While we were practising, I got a text message – from the HK police! ๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™€๏ธ It’s rather stressful getting a random text message from the police! It was in Chinese, but since I was so stressed that I just got a text from the police, I just copied and pasted directly into Google Translate, rather than trying to read the message myself ๐Ÿ˜† It was just a public service announcement letting everyone know that there’s another march today, and to make sure to receive updates from social media about it. I thought that was a really nice thing to do, despite the initial stress of seeing “HK police” show up on my phone! ๐Ÿ˜†

N decided to still go to karate tonight, despite this rally that’s going on. But as soon as he got to the venue, they cancelled the practice session! Apparently the venue had decided to close for the rest of the evening, we assume because of the rally. So he had no choice but to just head back home ๐Ÿ˜” I guess I should be grateful that these minor inconveniences is the extent to which we are impacted by these protests. I just don’t want them to escalate into something worse – and I don’t want to find out what “worse” could be ๐Ÿ˜”

Happy to be the weirdo

I had a good productive evening. My sesh at the gym was really good. I did a few basics on the treadmill, as per usual. I had one guy on the treadmill next to mine as I was doing Ballroom basics, and then a new guy replaced him when I switched over to Latin ๐Ÿ˜‚ I still wonder what people think when they see me do these basics on the treadmill. Afterwards I do actually dance a bit in the small space available near the equipment, so hopefully people put two and two together! Not that it matters, I’m happy to be the weirdo at the gym ๐Ÿคช

And then when N came home from karate, for some reason he had decided to only speak Chinese for the rest of the evening. Sometimes I think to do this, but it is so much effort that once I say a sentence, I then revert to English pretty much straight after that. But for whatever reason, he persevered tonight, and so we had a good – and very challenging – practice session! ๐Ÿ‘ We probably said a bajillion things incorrectly, but that’s ok, it’s all about getting the message across to the other person, and I understood him most of the time, which is the whole point of language. Native speakers and teachers can correct us as we go along this language journey, but we have to make the mistakes first in order to be corrected. Ah, it’s all part of the fun ๐Ÿ˜Š

Our two sports

We went to the second day of the karate comp today, but just to the morning session. They had the official ceremony this morning, which was odd, as I would’ve thought they’d have it at the beginning of day 1?? Perhaps one of the officials wasn’t available to attend yesterday or something, and so they moved it to today.

We went and had lunch with a few of N’s mates from karate, and then after that, we just went home and took a nap before our first proper dance training session since we moved to HK ๐Ÿ˜ฑ It wasn’t a complete disaster, we didn’t forget everything ๐Ÿ˜‚ N remembered more of the Ballroom choreography while I remembered more of the Latin, which doesn’t come as a surprise since he prefers Ballroom and I prefer Latin ๐Ÿ˜† It was good to get back into it, nonetheless. Plus the room booking fee is way cheaper here than in SG, and for a much larger room: we’re basically paying the same amount here as in SG, but in HK dollars (S$1 is about HK$6 – so wayyy cheaper!). Something that is actually cheaper, for once! And the room was a decent enough size that we could somewhat practise our Ballroom, something which we struggled to find in SG. This too is quite surprising, given the lack of space in this city.

Good size room, good enough even for Ballroom ๐Ÿ‘

Afterwards, we then just went to Shake Shack – not quite the best choice in food after a training session! ๐Ÿ˜‚ But it was nice, my first time eating at a Shake Shack in HK ๐Ÿ‘

Another productive day

I got up really early this morning, which is always such an amazing feat for a night owl like me. So again, I had a very productive day! This is becoming a good habit that I’d like to maintain for as long as possible! ๐Ÿ˜Š

I returned my bilingual Chinese/English picture book today, and went searching for another one in the same series, since I’m really enjoying them. It took me forever to find them, as they were on the shelf! They have sooo many children’s books that some books just sit on nearby trolleys. I couldn’t quite figure out if there was any sort of order to the trolleys, and even some semblance of order to the books on the trolleys, as the books weren’t always in order either. But luckily I decided to go through the half a dozen or so trolleys scattered around near the shelf where the books were supposed to be, and finally found the series. I decided to borrow “I am Punctual!” today. I figured I could learn a thing or two from it, and not just Chinese ๐Ÿ˜‚

I went to the gym again today. I decided to do some dance basics on the treadmill, something I haven’t done in months. I was halfway through a slow fox song, and my calves were already sore! I am obviously so out of training! ๐Ÿ˜” We really need to get back into it asap. Or at least go back to the gym on a more regular basis and just continue doing basics and also to keep up the stamina. But first things first, we need to find a new studio and new teachers … ๐Ÿ˜”

I needed to buy some cat litter today, so I went to virtually all the supermarkets near home. Only one stocked the cat litter that we have now switched to – and, wouldn’t you know it, it was the last supermarket on my list! So typical. But I have recently started turning annoying things into times of gratitude – in this instance, for example, instead of being feeling inconvenienced by having to wander around to various supermarkets, I’ve decided to view this as being fortunate enough to have a few different supermarkets so close to home for me to be able to choose from. It feels like such a more positive way to view it! I’m liking this new technique, I’m going to try and do it more often whenever I start getting annoyed at something; turn it around and be grateful that I have the problem in the first place! ๐Ÿ˜Š

And in the evening, I watched another episode of my Korean drama, About Time. I’m getting close to the end of the series, so I need to find my next drama soon. I need to create a watchlist, so I can just go straight to that for ideas ๐Ÿ˜Š

Our last comp for 2018

I got up at 6:15am today ๐Ÿ˜ฒ I actually wanted to get up at 6am, but I’m still somewhat happy with my effort. It did mean that I missed out on eating breakfast, as the comp today officially starts at 8am and our first event was pretty early in the program. We got to the venue at 8am, and the music wasn’t even on yet, so obviously official proceedings hadn’t even started yet. But the late start meant that they ran behind schedule for the rest of the day, finishing more than two hours late by the end of the day session.

So that meant a lot of waiting. We actually didn’t dance too much today: we either danced a straight out final for events with fewer people; or we didn’t make it to the final for those with more competitors. Plus for each event, I don’t think they played the music for too long as they were running so far behind. I’m not sure if I pushed myself hard enough on the dance floor today, or if I’m just getting fitter, but I didn’t feel like I was completely spent at the end of the day like I normally do. The former might have contributed to the mediocre results today. Not to mention the lack of regular training these past few months, since we’ve been flying to and from HK to organise this move! ๐Ÿ˜‚

We went and grabbed burgers for dinner after the comp – our first proper meal of the day at 6:30pm ๐Ÿ˜ฒ I needed something sinful. We’d just been surviving on fruit, chocolate and energy gels the rest of the day! And my BFF these past few days: adrenalin ๐Ÿ˜†

So we’re done with comps for the year. And when we resume sometime next year, we’ll be doing HK comps, and perhaps more comps in North Asia. Wow. New dance experiences around the corner. That’ll be fun!

Oh and this morning, as I was watching some random event at the comp, someone came up to me and tapped on the shoulder. It was the dancing doctor! She just came around to tell me that my test results were ok ๐Ÿ˜… That was very nice of her. She didn’t have to do that, as I’m seeing her on Monday anyway, but I appreciated it nonetheless. But she slunk away straight after she told me, as I think she was so embarrassed being seen in her dance costume. I completely understand. It’s very surreal when two of your very separate worlds collide! ๐Ÿคช

My ever shrinking world

A colleague from N’s work gave him the details of a property agent in HK named Ben. His colleague recommended Ben because he didn’t mind him, as he was quite transparent and didn’t have the usual property agent BS. I half jokingly said “I wonder if it’s that jerk stick guy who I went with to go see a property last time we were in HK”. N quickly dismissed the possibility, as a normal person would, since there are a bajillion agents in HK. But after the dancing doctor yesterday – which I am still floored about, btw ๐Ÿ˜ฑ – I am much more prepared for things with a very low likelihood to actually occur ๐Ÿ˜‚ So I asked N to give me Ben’s number just to double check that we’re not liaising with the same person. And O-M-G, WE ARE ACTUALLY TALKING TO THE SAME PERSON. Seriously?! How is this happening?! My world is getting smaller and smaller!! ๐Ÿคช๐Ÿคช So maybe I will be giving this guy a second chance after all ๐Ÿ˜Š

Kitty has been very restless in the mornings, scratching numerous times around dawn, waking me up each time. Today I picked her up and sat with her on the couch, and she had her tail wrapped around my arm. She’s never done that before, and I thought that was really sweet. I would’ve taken a photo of it if I wasn’t so catatonic and hadn’t just been woken up for the third time in two hours in the middle of the night ๐Ÿ˜‚

I spent the day continuing to prepare for this lovely move. I’ve posted online all the furniture that we want to sell, and two people have already expressed interest. I’m working with N’s countdown, and today is T minus 10 ๐Ÿ˜ฑ We will be in single digits tomorrow! My own countdown is T minus 31, but I’ll be going back and forth between SG and HK during November as well, so I don’t actually have that many days to get everything sorted. Wahhh… It’s oh so close now! ๐Ÿ˜ฉ

We had our last Ballroom lesson with our teacher today. That’s so sad. And then we had our last Latin practice too, as I don’t think we’ll be practising next week after the comp. We’ll probably just spend the evenings doing more culling and packing, and closing down accounts etc etc.

I must keep telling myself that this is all very exciting, a new chapter in our lives, a new adventure begins. Coz I still feel quite sad about it all ๐Ÿ˜”

Can the world be any smaller?!??

I went to run an errand at City Hall today, so I decided to have brunch at Raffles City, the shopping mall attached to City Hall MRT. I got caught up in writing a blog post for my food blog about the cafe that I was at that I completely forgot that I still had an errand to run! ๐Ÿ˜ฉ Once I remembered, I quickly went to pay so I could go run my errand.

So I get to my destination, only to discover that they have MOVED ๐Ÿ˜ซ To JURONG, which is way out west!! So now I have to make a concerted effort to go all the way out there ๐Ÿ˜” I think I’ll go on Friday and make an afternoon of it ๐Ÿ˜Š

I then made my way to the gynaecologist who the GP from yesterday referred me to. That’s one awesome thing about SG: getting a specialist appointment is wayyy easier than in Oz. I rang this morning asking to book an appointment, and the receptionist asked for when. I’m used to THEM telling me when I can come in – and it’s usually at least six weeks from when I ring! So of course I said as soon as possible, so I can deal with this stupid medical thing as quickly as I can. And she offered a slot for this afternoon! ๐Ÿ˜ฒ I don’t know why it’s so much easier to see a specialist here compared to Oz. I had a similar experience with the eye specialist too. Maybe it’s just a case of supply and demand?? ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ In any case, I’m very grateful for it! ๐Ÿ™

So I get to the medical clinic, and after a short wait, I see the gynaecologist. The first thing she says to me is “we’ve met before”. And I’m like OMG where. We are in SG, and my social circle here is much smaller than in Oz, so surely I can place her much more easily. So I study her face a bit, and after a few seconds, I figure out who she is: she has her dance lesson after us!! She looks different in her corporate attire, so I didn’t recognise her straight away. But O-M-G. CAN THE WORLD BE ANY SMALLER?!?? ๐Ÿคช๐Ÿคช

In a way, it was good that she’s a dancing gynae, as she understood my lifestyle as a fellow dancer and could take this into consideration in her recommendations. She actually wants me to do more tests, and asks if Iโ€™m available this weekend – โ€œor are you competing at the Singapore Open?โ€ Omgggg who would know this except a dancing doctor?!?! ๐Ÿคช๐Ÿคช I am still floored that we know each other!! This small world that we live in is distracting me from my medical issues, at least! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

I then decided to stop by Orchard Road to use my Charles & Keith vouchers that are going to expire very soon. I still have S$200 worth of vouchers ๐Ÿ˜ฒ And being a non shopper, in a way, I feel like I’m being forced to buy something, so as to not waste the vouchers, if that makes sense.

So I bought two handbags, one of which is to replace one of my existing ones that is on death’s door. This is how bad something has to get for me to go shopping! Clothes and accessories need to be falling apart before I will replace them ๐Ÿ˜‚ So now I’m down to S$50. It’s going to expire before we move to HK, so I have to find one more item within the coming month ๐Ÿ˜†

And then we practised tonight, seven of the eight dances we’re doing at the comp on Saturday. Now my thighs are sore hehe But that’s good, means I worked hard tonight ๐Ÿ’ช ๐Ÿ˜Š Dancing gynae will be there too ๐Ÿ˜ฑ After all the medical talk, we then proceeded to discuss the comp and dancing in general. So weeeeird!! ๐Ÿคช


I reluctantly sold my electric scooter on Carousell today, the popular local online marketplace in SG. HK isn’t the most scooter friendly place, being all hilly and with such narrow streets, so I thought it’d be best to sell my scooter here rather than take it with us to HK and let it take up space and gather dust in what will no doubt be a very small apartment. Very sad. I barely got to use the scooter before we got the news about HK ๐Ÿ˜” It was so much fun using it. And SG is such a good place to have one, with the city being relatively flat and also being so safe. I hope the new owner will enjoy the scooter and get much more use out of it than I did.

The property agent is coming around tomorrow to take photos of the apartment so they can advertise it online. So we had to tidy up the place tonight! We had all sorts of crap lying all over the place, sorting through our clutter trying to figure out what to keep and what to chuck. So at least this property agent visit has forced us to decide a bit faster! ๐Ÿ˜‚ Right now I’m in major purge mode, and if I’m unsure about something, my first instinct is to just throw it out. I’ll probably regret it with a few things, but I’m hoping that for the vast majority of items, I won’t even remember throwing it out! So let’s see just how far I can take this whole purging phase… ๐Ÿ˜Š

We had our Ballroom lesson tonight, the only “normal” thing about today! We covered a ton of stuff, it was major information overload ๐Ÿคฏ Including today, we have three lessons left before our next competition (and our last one in SG before we move ๐Ÿ˜”), so I think he’s trying to cram as much information into us before then ๐Ÿ˜† Now we just have to to try and remember it all…!


We had our third calligraphy lesson today. N did better than me today: his characters were looking much more balanced than mine, and he seemed to be at one with his brush today ๐Ÿ–Œ I, on the other hand, seemed to have lost my relationship with my brush ๐Ÿ˜‚ Hopefully I didn’t peak too early, and I can get my mojo back next week…!

And then in the evening, we went to our first Latin practice session in what feels like months. It was actually pretty good, much better than I expected it to be ๐Ÿ‘ Nothing fell apart too badly; we remembered all our routines; and I wasn’t as unfit as I thought I’d be, given how long it’s been since we had a good Latin practice session. So maybe we can survive the comp after all ๐Ÿ˜Š At least on the Latin side. Ballroom could be an entirely different story…! ๐Ÿ˜ณ

And we finished the evening continuing our search for this elusive HK apartment… Sighhh… I just want to hear from the Property Agent that apartment #1 is off the table, so I can then mourn the loss and move on and continue to be mega disappointed with the lack of semi-decent properties available in HK ๐Ÿ˜‚