A detailed plan

I continued working on my goals today, around my Chinese language learning, my trading, and general fitness. I still think that I can do more in each category, so I’m going to plan out my week going forward, be more specific about what actions I will take on each day and at which time. I think my current plan is still a bit too general, which leaves me with too much choice, too much freedom as to when (or if!) I will do something – and therefore a higher likelihood of me making the wrong choice, and therefore end up not ticking things off my daily to-do list. I’ll try putting together a detailed plan for tomorrow, and see how that works out. I’ll try it on Friday too, and if I find some good success with it, I’ll continue with it into next week as well. I’ll keep you posted 😊

I finished Go Back Couple tonight, my latest Korean drama. The ending was totally predictable, even for me who normally never sees where the storyline is going! But the last episode was still quite enjoyable to watch. And overall, I enjoyed the series. Now time to look for my next drama 😊

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Unproductive day

I didn’t do much of anything today, sighhh. I was feeling really tired, after getting up with N this morning, who had an early flight to catch. I never really recovered from the early start to my day πŸ˜”

After a shite trading session, I just consoled myself by watching more of my current Korean drama, Go Back Couple. It’s not a bad series; it takes you from laughter to sadness to anger and frustration all in one episode. And does it all over again in the next one. It’s mainly set back to 1999. Even though it’s in Seoul, they still have posters up in the kids’ rooms of some western movies that were out at that time – eg The Matrix and The Truman Show. It takes me back to that time, and also back to our uni days, which is where a lot of the scenes also take place. It’s quite a fun series, but with some serious themes running through it as well, so I think it’s quite well written. But I can see the ending from a mile away, though, and I normally can’t predict where storylines will go. So let’s see if the writers can surprise me with a different ending 😊

TV, movies and Tandem

I spent more time using that Tandem app again, sending more voice message than I normally would, as I’m trying to push myself to speak more. I keep telling myself that it doesn’t matter how slow I’m talking, just as long as I’m talking. The more I talk, the more comfortable I’ll get with sentences, and sooner of later, my speed should get faster. Well, that’s the theory, right?! And since I’m speaking to so many people, they ask me the same questions and I keep repeating the same answers, so over time, I’m hoping that these standard questions and answers will somehow stick, with me hearing enough native speakers speaking that I can actually make out what they’re saying, and soon I can progress to an actual conversation! I’m just not quite there yet, so in the meantime, I’m working with voice messages 😊

We watched Isn’t It Romantic today, with Rebel Wilson and Liam Hemsworth, two Aussie actors. Liam Hemsworth turned on the Aussie accent for the movie, so I felt even more at home watching it 😊 I needed a bit of a break from all the Marvel movies that I’ve been watching lately, so we went for a light-hearted comedy. I really enjoyed it, it was much better than what I was expecting, especially given its mediocre IMDb rating of just 6.0/10. It pokes fun at rom coms yet is one itself, so I thought it was really well written. It’s not going to win any oscars, but that’s not its intention, and I think it delivered what it wanted to in quite a clever way. It was fun 😊

And then I finished off the evening with an episode of Yanxi Palace (a Chinese drama) and Go Back Couple (a Korean drama). The Korean drama is more the type of series that I like to watch, despite the former garnering a bajillion views when it first aired (I’m always late to the tv or movie party, in case you haven’t noticed πŸ˜‚). I’m not a fan of period dramas, I think it is partially because of the strong patriarchal attitudes of the era, which absolutely do not sit well with me. And based on this journalist’s opinion piece on the series, I probably won’t enjoy it for the same reasons. Plus, needless to say, Go Back Couple has lured me in already. So I’m still undecided with Yanxi Palace. If it didn’t have the popularity vote already, I would’ve given up on this one and moved on to another drama already. But it has the vote of the masses, so I am tempted to give it some more time to lure me in. Plus it has 70 episodes (!!) so maybe it’s taking its time introducing the audience to the characters and laying out the scene in great detail. So let’s see how far I can go with it without me getting too annoyed with the patriarchal attitudes of the era – especially since the first episode has already irked me 😠

In contrast, Go Back Couple has me intrigued. It has already made me laugh and made me cry in its very first episode, and I’m ready to go back for more. It has time travel, which I absolutely love, and it’s only twelve episodes! No contest. There almost never is.