Since you are here already…

I came across this tweet today, which is exactly what my theme is for 2018: consistency. Love it. I think I did a good job with it this year, actually – well, up until the news of our upcoming move to HK, that is! After the move was confirmed, anything regular and consistent fell apart ๐Ÿ˜‚ But that’s ok, that’s part of life, and I just have to roll with the punches ๐Ÿคœ๐Ÿค› I’m sure we’ll have a new “regular” set up in our new country before we even know it ๐Ÿ˜Š

I think I already know what my theme will be for 2019, but I want to think about it some more over the next few months before I finally settle on it ๐Ÿ˜Š It’ll set my focus for the year, so I want to give myself some time to think it over. I don’t want to decide on it hastily and then regret my decision just one week later. But I will have a theme. I loved it this year, it really kept me focussed and got me working on my goals. So I want the same for next year. Bring on 2019 already! ๐Ÿ˜†

We had lunch with some friends today, before the mum goes to hospital on Monday to have their baby. They have scheduled in a c-section, and I will go and pay them a visit Tuesday morning. Perfect timing, before my first flight to Hong Kong in November. At least I get to say hi to mum and baby before we leave for HK.

And then we had our last calligraphy lesson in the afternoon. We got to write an idiom today, rather than just practising random characters, so that was pretty cool.

ๆ—ขไพ†ไน‹ๅ‰‡ๅฎ‰ไน‹ (jรฌ lรกi zhฤซ zรฉ ฤn zhฤซ)

Hard, as we didn’t get to write the same character a bajillion times like in our previous lessons and improving our technique, but it was fun nonetheless. She asked us to choose what idiom we wanted to write, and this six-character one came up. It was short, and we already knew four of the six characters, so that made it look even more promising. I looked it up in the dictionary, and the meaning it gave was something along the lines of “Since you are here already, you may as well stay and make the most of it.” I thought that was perfect for how I’m feeling right now with this move to HK, so that just clinched the deal ๐Ÿ˜‚

Our Chinese language teacher over the past few years was also teaching while we had our class, so we got to say bye to him too. Ahhh… the end of our SG chapter is nearing… ๐Ÿ˜”

Two decades and forever

Sooo… We got married today ๐Ÿ˜‚ I’m not going to say much on this, except that HK (and Asia in general) doesn’t recognise de facto relationships. Never mind the two DECADES that we’ve been together. Anyhooo… moving on… ๐Ÿ™„

After having brunch with a few friends in celebration, we then had our calligraphy lesson in the afternoon. We wrote:

ไนŽ – hลซ

ๆ‰‹ – shว’u

ไน‹ – zhฤซ

ๆ–‡ – wรฉn

ๅ…ฅ – rรน

Look how simple these characters look, yet they are so damn hard to write! But they have all the basic strokes that you need to learn, so that’s where the beginners start. As with anything, you start with basics. And you keep working on your basics forever. That’s how you get good. Like rumba walks: if you want your Latin to look good, you do rumba walks forever ๐Ÿ˜† I’m really enjoying this class. I’d like to continue with calligraphy after we move to HK, even if it’s just self-directed learning. While I continue working on my Mandarin ๐Ÿ˜†

Speaking of Rumba walks, we went and joined the last half hour of Latin practice tonight. I didn’t even get through that, as I started feeling really dizzy after about 20 minutes. I had just done a few spins, but I don’t think that was the sole contributor, as I spin all the time. I did have a few glasses of alcohol during brunch, and I probably didn’t have enough water, especially considering the alcohol and the heat today. So I felt off for the rest of the evening. I drank a fair bit of (non-alcoholic ๐Ÿ˜‚) liquids after practice, and had a quick dinner near the dance studio to give me time to recover a bit before heading home.

And then we did some more decluttering while watching The Intern on TV. We’re slowly getting through our stuff…! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Saturday

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˜‚

A shite start but an awesome end

I was feeling pretty shite this morning when N left to go to karate at around 9:30am. I decided to go back to sleep and get at least a few more hours’ sleep before he finishes training. I actually set my alarm to go off at noon, because I didn’t want to waste the day just sleeping! But when it did go off, I still didn’t feel all that great, but still managed to get myself out of the house, at least.

We had our second calligraphy lesson today. I didn’t feel as hopeless today as I did during our first lesson, and the teacher actually complimented me on the “balanced” look of my characters. There are rules around what makes a character written correctly, and one of those rules is making it look balanced – ie the length of the strokes isn’t too long or short relatively to each other; the distance between strokes is also reasonable; and if it’s supposed to be symmetrical, that it actually is written that way. So I’m getting a good structure with my characters, apparently. Now I “just” need to write them better! I’m really enjoying the class, calligraphy has this meditative aspect to it. It calms my mind and makes me focus solely on writing each stroke and what it is that I’m actually doing. It could be my form of meditation! Just need to practise it daily to get more benefit – and while I’m busy meditating, my writing could actually be improving along with it too! ๐Ÿ˜†

And then later in the evening, we went to Day 2 of the Singapore Grand Prix. It was the qualifying race tonight, and Lewis Hamilton got pole position. And then after the race, The Killers performed to finish off the evening. As you can imagine, this band drew a completely different crowd to the Jay Chou one last night ๐Ÿ˜† The lead singer was amazing. He was like the Energizer Bunny, he just kept going and going and going! But my favourite part of the evening was when they picked a Singaporean from out from the crowd to play the drums for one of the songs! ๐Ÿ˜ฒ

But ever since the whole Courtney Cox plant in Bruce Springsteen’s Dancing in the Dark video clip, I’m now forever dubious about people being “plucked out” from the crowd ๐Ÿ˜‚ Especially since this guy was sooo good! So yes, he was probably Singaporean, and he can actually play the drums, and he probably rehearsed a few times with the band to be so in sync with them! Plant or not, to be able to play onstage with The Killers is pretty freaking awesome. I guess it would be even more so if you’re a musician yourself and are also a fan of the band! That was great fun, and definitely the highlight of my evening. I was so happy for that guy ๐Ÿ‘

So that was an awesome way to end the evening, after a pretty shite start to the day ๐Ÿ˜Š

An early start to the weekend

I decided to go all the way to Expo today, just one station from Changi Airport on the east. They have a Female Festival thing on this weekend, in one of the halls at Singapore Expo. Lorna Jane, my favourite fitness apparel brand, has a stall there, so I had to go check it out. They mark up the prices in SG, but the 20% discount that they’re offering at the Festival just brings it down closer to the prices in Oz. And without flying back to Oz, this is the best I can do.

I wanted to get there at 10:30am, the opening time of the Festival, but that’s a tad early for me, so I got there closer to 11am. Not that it mattered, coz SG is not a morning city anyway ๐Ÿ˜Š When I got there, there were way more people manning the stalls than there were actual visitors ๐Ÿ˜‚ So I got to browse through the racks comfortably, and try on items without having to wait for the one and only change room at the stall. The (relatively) early morning start was worth it ๐Ÿ‘

I had a quick breakfast at Changi City Point, virtually across the road from the Expo halls, before heading back into town to attend our very first calligraphy lesson! We’re taking a bit of a break from Chinese language lessons, so this short course should help us maintain a bit of the reading and writing aspect of the language.

But man, that lesson was tough. Just writing one horizontal (or vertical) stroke and making it look good was hard enough. Anything more complicated than that was just ridiculous. I guess with anything, it all comes down to practice, and this was our first attempt at this form of art. We had fun, and got a bit of a challenge along the way. I can see how the practice can be quite meditative, so I’d like to continue practising, even after we finish this short 5-lesson course.

I got my hair cut later in the afternoon, and then went home and just chillaxed the rest of the evening. We watched a few more episodes of Masterchef Australia, before calling it a night. I have another early morning start tomorrow, this time for dancing ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป