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 😆 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 👍 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 😔 So more than a year later, hopefully we can get back into our dancing 🤞

Eyes 👀 and plans

I went to the optometrist today to get my eyes checked. I have really dodgy eyes, like I would probably be a “good-study-subject-for-final-year-optometry-students” dodgy 🤪 She put eye drops in my eyes to dilate the pupils so she can check the general health inside my eyes. The eye drops make everything blurry for 4-6 hours, which of course includes my phone. And you know how reliant we all are on our phones these days ☹️ But it actually wasn’t too bad, and I got my dodgy eyesight back soon enough. And the optometrist said that my eyes are stable, so they haven’t gotten any more dodgy, at least 😅

N and I were supposed to try a dance class tonight, to get back into some sort of dancing routine, whatever that routine may be in HK. But then a whole pile of 💩 came across his desk in the afternoon, so that plan was soon shelved. I guess our return to dancing will just have to wait 😔

So I spoke to my parents for a while instead, and that was nice. I think that’s going to be one of my goals this year: to call them more often and just chat. I think that’ll be a nice goal for all of us 😊

December is flying past!

Little Miss woke me up a number of times overnight again 😒 Despite this, though (or perhaps because of it??), I was totally full of energy beans today, running on something, I don’t quite know what 😆 I wonder if it’s because of my gym going lately… That always seems to have a positive impact on my physical and emotional wellbeing. Maybe I should put the gym back closer to the forefront next year, it took a bit of a backseat this year. I think we’re also going to try to get back into our dancing next year too, so that should be help as well 👍

I went to the gym again tonight, and yet again, I couldn’t tear myself away from that relative new John Mayer song that I discovered the other day, New Light. It is on repeat, and I can’t stop listening to it! I’ve listened to it 50 bajillion times and I’m still not sick of it. I’d like the obsession to subside now, please, so my life can go back to normal! 🤪

It’s Christmas next week already!! 🎄 How in the world did it sneak up on us?!? I am totally not ready! 😳😱 I want to start planning what we can do over the next few weeks while N is on leave. I am so unorganised this Christmas! 😔

I also want to start working on putting together my bullet journal for 2020, since apparently the new year is just around the corner 😱 I seriously don’t know where the first half of December went! 🔍

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 😊

Crappy sleep

I had the crappiest sleep last night. I went to bed sometime after 2:30am, as caffeine must have still been running through my system after I had green tea late in the afternoon yesterday 😒

Little Miss wakes me up a few hours later, scratching at one of the doors. And then a few hours later after that, N’s alarm goes off 😒 I couldn’t really get back to sleep when his alarm went off, so I just go up and started my day early. And surprisingly, I managed to stay awake the entire day!

I did some Jive at the gym tonight. I partly wanted to get some cardio in, but my main reason though, was to exhaust myself so that I could get a good night’s sleep tonight to make up for last night! Let’s see how well my plan goes 😆 I’m feeling pretty knackered now, so hopefully my plan will indeed work out… 🤞

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 👍

Keep calm and dance on!

The protesters were out at the airport today, so no closures due to safety concerns affected our area. So we managed to get some dance practice in! We got through our entire samba choreography, to music and all! That was total amazeballs 😂 Now we just need to remember our other bajillion choreographies and then we’ll be back, baby! 🤣

School goes back for a lot of students tomorrow, so I’m hoping that these protests will now start dying down, as they start the new school year. Wishful thinking, probably, but one can only hope…! 🤞

And a T3 signal is currently in place, so I’m expecting quite miserable weather this coming week 😔 Just as long as we don’t get anything higher than a T3, then I’m (relatively) fine 😊

If it’s not the protests, then it’s typhoons! So all you can do is just keep calm and dance on 😄

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! 👍