Together, apart, and then back together again

We did a bit of shopping today, and the shops now have their winter gear out on sale. Greeeat… My favourite season will soon be coming to an end 😔 So I focussed on stocking up on cold weather gear, as I felt like I was severely lacking on this front last winter. But we did just arrive from SINGAPORE, the place with an endless summer. So my wardrobe was definitely more tropical more than anything else when we first arrived in this city. I had to quickly stock up on a few winter items when we finally settled in 😆

N then headed back to the office again to do some more work 😔 And so I decided to continue with my TEFL course, and prepare yet another lesson plan! They’re quite time consuming for me to do, firstly because I don’t really know what I’m doing, so I constantly have to refer to my notes; and secondly, I’m not very creative, so I’m constantly racking my brain trying to come up with fun and interesting things to do in class! But it’s a new skill, so I have to be patient with myself 😊 So I probably spent twice as long preparing this lesson plan as it would take me to teach the damn lesson! 😂 I can’t wait until I get this skill under my belt!

And then we headed down to the gym once N got back from the office. I did another round of Jive kicks 🦵 They are still an absolute killer. I don’t know how many rounds of Jive I have to do until this gets easier, coz at the moment, they’re still torture! 😖

To give you a bit of an idea of what it is that I’m doing, check out the first five seconds of this video on YouTube. He’s doing it mega fast, and doing a fancy double kick – not to mention dancing really nicely as well! – but hopefully you get the gist. Now imagine doing that for an entire 3.5-minute song, and you get the self-inflicted torture that I’m putting myself through. And I’m certainly not looking as fresh and excited as he does in the video! 😂 So now my legs feel really heavy, and my whole body is sore from the whole session at the gym. I guess looking at it positively, you could say that I had a very successful session today! 😜


Incessant beeping and vomit didn’t stop me

I had yet another crappy night’s sleep, sighhh 😔 The aircon in our bedroom is on the blink, and last night it kept switching itself on and off – even after I had switched it off. It kept beeping every time it switched itself on, so it wasn’t the fact that it was warm in the room without the aircon on that kept me up, but all the incessant beeping! 😩

And because I was half awake already, I heard Kitty throw up while all this beeping was happening 🤮 I couldn’t just let her vomit fester on the floor or rug or wherever she threw up, so I went to clean up her mess as well.

Eventually, the aircon somehow sorted itself out. It finally decided to stay on for the rest of the night, so I ended up getting some sleep sometime after 3am 😒

As a result of the crappy night’s sleep, I did struggle to stay awake during the day, so I had some tea in the afternoon, which seemed to have helped. I actually ended up having a more productive day than I thought I would 👍

And then in the evening, I headed down to the gym. I did another round of Jive kicks while I was there, building up my stamina and working my legs 🦵 I’ll probably feel it tomorrow 😂 We’re going out for dinner tomorrow night, so I wanted to get a workout in beforehand (and hopefully afterwards too, on Sunday 😊)

And then we watched another episode of Lucifer to round out the evening. It ended up being quite a productive Friday, so I’m happy 😊

Dance practice

We didn’t do much at all today. We did some dance practice in the evening, but that was pretty much it! I wanted to do some more Chinese as well, but I didn’t get around to doing much of that either. I was really tired today, as if the lack of sleep during the week finally caught up with me. I ended up taking a 2-hour nap in the afternoon 😴

Dance practice was good – well, not the dancing per se 😂 But we achieved quite a fair bit in the two-hour session 👍 We need to do more of that, in order to get back into it. But we did say that we were going to take the year off from dancing competitively, so given this, I guess the amount that we are doing isn’t too bad… Plus I’m still doing some of my own stuff at the gym as well, so it’s not like we’ve taken a complete hiatus 😉 And coupled with the fact that I was just generally tired today, I was happy with what we did manage to get through 👍

Slight change of plans

We wanted to get some dance practice in today, but as soon as we got to the venue, we were told that they were closing for the rest of the day because of the expected protests, and that they will organise refunds for those who had already paid. Sighhh… I don’t know what’s going to happen to HK at this rate 😔

We have been reading up quite a fair bit on these protests, and also a bit on the history of China and HK. I’ll have to write up my own take on it all, as it is much more interesting than I thought.

Anyway, since we didn’t get to dance today, we decided to spend some time at the gym instead, so we still got some exercise in, despite the ongoing protests. And I still do some dance practice at the gym anyway, albeit just my own solo technique and styling 💃🏻

And then we finished off the evening with a few more episodes of Lucifer. It’s not a bad show! They are four seasons in, so at least we have a fair bit of catching up to do, unlike the other shows we’ve been watching lately, where they’re only up to season one. So I’ve got a few shows on the go now in multiple languages: Korean (Hotel Del Luna), Chinese (Ode to Joy) and English (Lucifer). They’ll keep me busy for a while yet 😊

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 😔 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! 👮‍♀️ 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 😆 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! 😆

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 😔 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 😔

Noise and music

It was very noisy in the apartment today: the guys downstairs are renovating, so I could hear drilling and hammering for most of the day; the guys next door moved out yesterday, but it seemed like they came back today to clean up whatever crap they still had in their apartment; and then fire alarm testing for the entire building was happening pretty much all day today as well 😒 But surprisingly, I still had a very productive day! I must have an aversion to silence 😆

And we headed down to the gym again tonight, for the third day in a row. I’m proud of that effort 👏 I brought my earphones with me today, after suffering without them yesterday. I didn’t do any dance practice yesterday as a result, since I like to dance to – surprise surprise – music! 🎶 So I allocated a bit more time to dancing today to make up for the lack of music yesterday.

So it ended up being a more productive Monday than I expected it to be! 👍

Asia International Dance Championship

The Asia International Dance Championship was on today. I got to go last year, as I just happened to be in HK on one of my reconnaissance trips prior to us permanently moving here 😆 I enquired about spare dinner tickets on the actual day of the comp last year, and luckily they had one, so I got to go. I was inappropriately dressed, as I was effectively on holidays then, so I wore the most dressy thing I had: a summer dress with sandals 🤣 But apart from that, I remember the standard of the comp being totally amazing. It actually felt like I was watching a comp in Europe, with all the top-level European dancers actually competing in the comp. And we also got dinner on the night too, a proper three-course dinner, which I could actually enjoy since we weren’t competing. But N couldn’t go because he had some work function on that evening, so as much as I enjoyed the dancing, I didn’t get to enjoy it with him, which was a shame.

So now that we’re actually living in HK, I figured I should go again. But can you believe it, N is in Shanghai for work for the next few days! So he missed out for a second year in a row 😔 Terribly disappointing. So I went on my own again.

And once again, the standard of the competition was on a whole other level. When you have some of the world’s best competing at the comp, you know you’re in for an awesome evening. And the food there is amazing too. I don’t know how the chefs can cook such high quality food for an event as large as that. Kudos to them as well 👏 It’s great to actually enjoy the dinner when you’re just at the comp as a spectator and not actually be part of the evening’s performances! 😆

It was raining tonight, so I decided to catch an Uber to the comp, despite it costing twice as much as a regular cab. But the service is a bajillion times better, and a lot of the Uber drivers can speak English unlike regular cab drivers, and their cars also don’t feel like they’re going to fall apart before we get to my destination. And you can pay by credit card through the app, unlike regular cabs, which pretty much only take cash.

But the rain had stopped by the time I was on my way home, so I decided to make up for the double cost of the earlier Uber by catching the bus home, which cost less than 10% of the Uber. I feel better now 😆