Crazy real-life stories

N worked from home today. And supermarkets are again limiting the number of items you can buy of the more popular products, the products that were flying off the shelves during round one (remember the toilet paper hoarding?? ๐Ÿ™„) It feels like weโ€™re back in February again ๐Ÿ˜”

Although remember this post? Back then, I was wondering if Iโ€™d be waking up to 10,000 new cases every morning. These days, four months after that post, cases are going up by at least 100,000 each day ๐Ÿ˜ฑ I seriously did not imagine that this would happen. This is definitely very different to what was happening back in February-March ๐Ÿ˜”

My estimate back then was that the worst will be around May-June, and to some extent, that might actually have been a pretty good estimate, with a lot of countries slowly starting to return to normal now. With the exception of the United States perhaps. I really didnโ€™t expect the whole world to change as much as it has this year. No one probably did. Crazy times.

I started reading John Carreyrouโ€™s Bad Blood yesterday and I am riveted! It is so good! If the writing stays as good as it has been in these first few chapters, then this is going to be my book for the year. It is so good! And just as amazing is the fact that itโ€™s a true story. Heck, if a book was written about this COVID-19, that would sound like a pretty insane book too! Real life can sometimes be so insane that you just canโ€™t think that it could even be real.

Rant then no rant

I started writing a blog post this afternoon. I needed to vent, I was getting very frustrated with the protesters here and the usual western media bias / double standards. So just a typical rant for me these days ๐Ÿ˜‚ I gave my usual disclaimer, warning you about the negativity in my post, and to just skip my post if you donโ€™t want any additional negativity in your life today.

But six hours later, Iโ€™ve now had the chance to calm down, and Iโ€™m feeling like my usual cheery self again ๐Ÿ˜ And so Iโ€™ve decided not to share that earlier rant with you. I donโ€™t want to give out more negative vibes today. This world is so negative these days as it is. I donโ€™t want to contribute more to that.

I havenโ€™t deleted that post, though. Itโ€™s still sitting here as a draft. So who knows if something will eventually tip me over the edge and I end up posting it anyway ๐Ÿคช

Remembering the recent past

I pretty much told myself that I was going to chillax today and not do much at all. Mission accomplished! ๐Ÿ˜† I did do some work in the morning; I also spoke to my mum briefly and I also did some laundry. So I wasnโ€™t a couch potato for the entire day! But I did watch a lot of TV today ๐Ÿ˜‚

I remembered this post that I wrote back in March, and I was wondering how long I would have to wake up to 10,000 new coronavirus cases. I donโ€™t track the numbers as closely anymore as I did back then, but the numbers are now going up by around 100,000 each day. Which means that I am basically waking up to even more cases two months later ๐Ÿ˜”

I also guesstimated in this other post that the global peak will be around May-June. Well weโ€™re smack bang in the middle of that estimate, so I wonder if the numbers will soon start tapering off now…

Iโ€™m glad I have these posts to read again, to see what life was like back then when we were at the peak of cases here. Despite feeling rather emotional at the time (and the panic buying! ๐Ÿ˜’ ๐Ÿ˜‚), life still went on as normal here, just with schools and other government-owned facilities closed. I do remember the apocalyptic feeling, though, when the usually bustling HK was eerily quiet, and when restaurants that we usually go to were really empty. Weโ€™re not quite at the same level yet as pre-rona, but weโ€™re getting there, at least. And Iโ€™m truly grateful for that ๐Ÿ™

The perfect storm, unfortunately

I wrote in my post yesterday how I thought the number of COVID-19 cases would go above 190,000 by the time I woke up this morning. But unfortunately, that number had already been surpassed while I was writing yesterdayโ€™s post. Instead, 200,000 was what greeted me this morning ๐Ÿ˜ž 10,000 new cases overnight. That is scary. Is this what Iโ€™m going to be greeted with each morning for the next few days? Weeks?? ๐Ÿ˜ฑ I really hope not.

The Australian PM addressed the nation this morning, apparently. The travel alert now is no travel for Australians to anywhere in the world, the first time this level of alert has ever been enforced in Australiaโ€™s history. Unprecedented times. I really hope the countries worst hit can withstand the onslaught of this relentless virus.

Apparently our February rent wasnโ€™t paid, there mustnโ€™t have been enough money in the account when the direct debit was scheduled. So the landlord chased us up for it. I was in the middle of getting the money together to transfer to him, when my mum rang. I was already stressed about not having paid rent, and HSBCโ€™s prehistoric online banking website was annoying me too (it seriously looks like itโ€™s from the 1980s or 1990s, it is that terrible ๐Ÿ˜’) and the news from this morning also hadnโ€™t helped my mood. So I ended up snapping at her. I really feel bad about it, and Iโ€™ll apologise next time I talk to her. She didnโ€™t deserve that at all. I also didnโ€™t want her to think that I had yet another hour just to chit chat, like she has, and even more so with the self-imposed quarantine in Oz at the moment. I just didnโ€™t convey that very well today, unfortunately ๐Ÿ˜”

So it wasnโ€™t the best day, unfortunately ๐Ÿ˜”

New ideas

Do you remember my other blog that I started sometime last year? Well I sorta abandoned it when we moved to HK, while we were just settling into this city. Anyway, I’m thinking of actually deleting it and starting a brand new one: writing about my language journey as I learn Mandarin. And then hopefully other languages in the future as I continue on this lifelong journey. I’m really enjoying the journey, and I think it would be nice to have a written record of it, to see the frustrations as well as the triumphs, and to share with others on a similar journey the numerous resources that I’ve come across that have helped me (or still helping me) improve my Mandarin. Anyway, it’s just an idea at the moment, but one that is certainly piquing my interest ๐Ÿ˜Š

We had bak kut teh for dinner tonight! ๐Ÿ˜‹ N bought a few bak kut teh packet mixes from the supermarket in SG while he was there for work last week. Ah SG, how I miss you ๐Ÿ˜”

And then we watched the latest episode of Game of Thrones (season 8 episode 3) while we ate our bak kut teh. Stressful episode! But a damn good one. I don’t know how many more episodes are left, surely they’re close to wrapping up the series? I am thinking of making my way through the books now, surely they’re just as good as the tv series, if not better?? It’s not quite the genre that I like to read, so I’m not sure how I’ll find them. Maybe I’ll give the first book a go anyway. I’ll let you know ๐Ÿ˜Š

Routine

I miss the sun โ˜€๏ธ It feels like I haven’t seen it in aaages… It’s been cloudy and foggy for so long now, I can’t wait for the sun to make an appearance. Not just to brighten my mood, but also to warm things up! It’s not too cold anyhow – it feels more like autumn here than winter, really – I just prefer warmer weather in general. Which is precisely why I miss my SG all-year-round summer! ๐Ÿ˜”

My cold is still lingering around too, which is terribly annoying. I want to start my routine of going to the gym again, but I’m waiting until I’m better before I start getting back into it, otherwise I can see myself getting sick all over again ๐Ÿ˜”

It was a pretty uneventful day for me. I spent most of the day on my trading: the library book that I borrowed yesterday is a trading textbook of sorts, so I’m making way through that. I also watched a few episodes of About Time, my current Korean drama, which I’m really enjoying. And I also got back onto social media (My Non-Foodie Life) and posted a few things for the first time in a while. I’ve been busy entertaining family and friends these past few weeks that I lost whatever semblance of a routine that I had before, so I’m trying to get back into it now. So rather than “uneventful”, instead I should perhaps describe my day as “routine” ๐Ÿ˜Š

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

Instagram update

I came across this mum on Instagram, sumpermommyof123, and she puts an entertaining spin on the joys of motherhood. I’m not a mum (well, not to a human), but even I find her posts quite amusing, so actual mums may appreciate her that much more. Anyway, just spreading the love ๐Ÿ’•

Speaking of Instagram, I have created mynonfoodielife, to complement my My Non-Foodie Life blog. The whole project has been good, actually. It that been getting me to actually try new recipes as well as go to different restaurants, so that I have different blog posts to write and photos to upload; and I’m not cooking the same things over and over again, and going to the same places and ordering the same things off the same menu each time, like I normally would ๐Ÿ˜†

I surprised N at the airport today, I didn’t tell him I was going to meet him there ๐Ÿ˜Š Well, it helps that Changi is such an awesome place to go and visit, even when one isn’t travelling! It’s a destination in itself ๐Ÿ˜Š And it’s even better when you are travelling, as they have all the good stuff in the transit areas. Ah Changi, I’m gonna miss you ๐Ÿ˜˜

Day T-56 today…

Headless chicken routine

As per usual, I did my headless chicken routine just before I’m about to go overseas, where I have to clean out the fridge, sort through the mail and tidy up the house. Why do I torment myself like this each and every time?? Not that I work my way through it all in the days leading up to my flying – nooo, that would just be too sensible. I have to leave it until the day before. Which means staying up til 2am to get it all done. Sighhh… ๐Ÿ˜” And it’s still not all done! I haven’t even packed yet, and I haven’t organised Kitty’s stuff yet either. Whyyy can’t I get myself more organised?! I don’t even have a checklist, can you believe it?? You’d think I’d have a checklist. I should write one out when I’m in flight ๐Ÿ˜‚

And then I was also trying to get documents collated for our visas for HK. University certificates, passport photos, ordinary photos… argh!! ๐Ÿ˜ซ

On a more positive note, my new blog, My Non-Foodie Life, is now up-to-date! ๐Ÿ‘ I’m still so excited about it. And in a way, I’m actually a bit disappointed that I didn’t start it when we first arrived in SG, because we’ve been to so many places in the last four years that we’ve been here. But at least the blog is now in place for when we move to HK, so it’ll capture our time in that country, at least, however long that may be.

Hopefully I’ll rest well tonight, since I still have a ton of things to finish off tomorrow before I head to the airport ๐Ÿ˜ฉ

My comprehensive health check-up

I managed to get up at 7:30am this morning, to get to my health check-up appointment at 9am. It was a rather interesting process, I felt like a cog in a wheel with a hundred different parts, all running like a well-oiled machine, and I’m the only one new to the whole process.

I did a bajillion tests, done in the following order:

  • First they drew blood for various blood tests;
  • Then they took my resting ECG;
  • After that, my blood pressure and general body measurements like height and weight etc;
  • And then a quick eye test, like really quick, nothing like what you’d do at the optometrist. Not sure what she was testing for, that I could see something – anything, perhaps?
  • And after about a half hour wait, I ended up finally seeing a GP who did a more comprehensive exam.

And in between the tests, I just sat back down in the waiting room and waited until the next test. There were about six of us shuffling in and out of the various rooms to get the different tests done. One takeaway from the whole process: bring a good book or a fully charged smartphone to keep you occupied! ๐Ÿ˜‚

I hadn’t eaten or drunk anything except water, since I needed to fast for whatever tests they needed to do this morning. But that was just helping with my intermittent fasting anyway, so I was fine with that ๐Ÿ˜Š They had a whole spread at the clinic, though, with fruit and sandwiches and coffee, which was very tempting! ๐Ÿ˜ฉ So I dug into the food once I got the go ahead from one of the nurses. I’m a sucker for free food ๐Ÿ˜†

I then went to the radiology clinic downstairs to get some x-rays, ultrasound and a mammogram. Indeed a comprehensive check-up!

So after all this, I get my results in about three weeks. Is that a long time? Feels like a long time. Anyway, I’m glad it’s all done. I now just need to make sure I do this yearly check-up, to make sure I’m on top of my health, and we catch anything as early as possible.

The check-up took aaages, so by the time I got home, it was almost 4pm! And with my cold, I was completely spent, so I took a long nap to recover.

And then in the evening, I tried to wrinkle out a few technical issues with my new blog, around contacting me and subscribing to the blog. Hopefully it’s now all sorted… ๐Ÿคž

So it was a productive, but tiring day ๐Ÿ˜Š