I have been able to type for most of my life. I probably learnt how to type when I was around 12. So I can actually type without really thinking about where my fingers need to go. I can close my eyes, say the words in my head, and my fingers will somehow know where to go. If anything, it’s actually faster if I close my eyes, because I don’t have the screen as a distraction. I then start visualising where my fingers are moving on the keyboard hahaha I don’t know what’s better, visualising it or actually seeing the words being typed on the screen. How are my fingers doing that?? And it’s not like I’m going “OK, now move your finger to the F and now to the I, then the N, then G…” etc etc. I can be thinking about something else, like how sunny it is today, and somehow my fingers will still find the right letters. It’s really odd! Seriously, how did I learn to do that?!? This is my delight for the day 😊
I had my Chinese lesson today. We talked about:
How the appointments for the German vaccine have been cancelled here because it has been found that the vials were not sealed properly 😒
How our landlord is asking us to pay his legal fees without even consulting us beforehand; and
The Mr Tickle book that I borrowed from the library recently – in Chinese 😱
Obviously, my version in Chinese didn’t come out as nicely as this 🤣 It was more like:
The small bottles from the German company were bad, so the government cancelled our appointment;
The person who owns this house is asking us to pay his lawyer’s fees;
I borrowed this book from the library.
We then went on to discuss each point in turn, focussing mainly on the first two points. So you can imagine just how difficult this lesson was! But it’s all about communication, not perfect grammar, and I got my message across, that’s the main thing. Sure, it’d be nice if I had perfect grammar, of course, but I’m not studying every single day for hours on end. So given the limited amount of time that I do spend studying the language, I’m quite happy with my progress! 👍🏻
Maybe we can talk about the Mr Tickle book next week. Hopefully I would have finished it by then!
N and I went out for lunch again today. He took me to a different place today, a Viet place that he and a few of his mates from work go to quite regularly because it’s so close to their office. I don’t have Viet very often, but I’ve had it twice in as many days so far this week. Let’s make it three in a row tomorrow, shall we?! 😂 Don’t tempt me, I can easily do it! 😜
There’s one thing that I realised today about Aussies: we like to pay each other out. I don’t know if this term is a specific Aussie thing, but just in case it is, it means to make fun of each other or to insult each other, all in a joking, harmless way. We like to make jokes about things, and poke fun at things. We’re just very easygoing people 😊
I am currently reading a book called The Book of Delights by Ross Gay, and I am absolutely loving it. It is not the type of book that I would usually read, but I am so glad I decided to try something new. This seems to be a recurring theme for me lately! And it’s actually bringing a lot of delight into my life. I think I’m going to keep this up, this try-something-new thing, and see what other delights it will bring 😊
So this realisation about us Aussies being very easygoing people who can poke fun at each other – and also be able to take it from others at the same time – is one of my delights today 🥰
I also spoke to my mum late this afternoon / early evening. I hope I brought some delight into her life as well today 😊
I had one of the most productive yet fun days that I’ve had in a long time! 😁
We started the day off having an online meeting with our financial advisor in Oz. That took longer than I expected, but I should’ve known it would take ages. It’s not like we’ve just met the guy 🙄 But it was productive, and totally worth taking the time to catch up with him 👍
My mum called soon after. My parents needed help looking at stuff online, so I helped them out as much as I can. I have somehow found how to be zen when talking to them. I don’t quite know what I’ve done, but I’ve solved the mystery 😂
That call took longer than I expected, so it took us a while to head over to TST for afternoon tea. I had a voucher for 20% off at this afternoon tea, so we took advantage of it today 😊 That too took longer than I had expected, so by the time we finished up, it was pretty much time for N to go to karate. Karate is over on that side of Victoria Harbour, so we went our separate ways. I went home via the supermarket, and then filmed my next YouTube video.
Oh, and to top it all off: HK opened up the vaccination program today, extending it to everyone over the age of 30. We logged in to see when we could get a booking, fully expecting everything to be booked until November or December. We actually managed to get a slot at the end of this month!! 😱 OMG! Sooo happy! 😁 I didn’t think we’d be able to get vaccinated until the end of the year, I really thought we’d be right down the bottom of the totem pole. I’m so glad that the HK government is pouring a lot of resources into this massive undertaking #grateful
So that was my awesome day. I wish I had more days like this one!
I ran a few errands today, including getting my Octopus card all set up with automatic top-up. A few weeks ago, I lost my old Octopus card, if you remember all the stress associated with that 😒 Now I have finally got it all sorted: I got the balance on my old Octopus card transferred to my new card, and I also got the automatic top-up set up on the new card – woohoo! It’s now all done 👍 I really should just set it up on my phone like N has, so I don’t have to worry about carrying one extra item – and therefore worry about having one extra item to lose!
One of our friends here just went and had his annual check-up. Apparently the doctors have recommended that he go for an angioplasty! 😱 He’s not even that old, I think he’s in his mid-40s, so I don’t understand how the doctors can recommend surgery straight away. What about changing his diet first and seeing if that will improve the situation?? What about lifestyle changes? Medication? Surely there are other things he can do before surgery?! Obviously I’m not a doctor, and I don’t know his medical situation, but unless his heart is in really bad shape, then I can’t understand why surgery is what they’re recommending already. Maybe his heart really is in bad shape? Hmmm… Anyway, he is still relatively young, so even if he does go for the surgery, he should come out OK 🤞
It’s news like this that jolts me back to reality, that life can be a real b!tch and 💩 happens to good people, and not always to the bad ones; that children can die from incurable diseases; that you can lead a mega-healthy lifestyle and still be struck with some disease; that you can be diagnosed with something with NO family history – and that you can escape something even if everyone else in your family had it. It’s such a lottery sometimes. Which is another reason why I try and enjoy my life as much as I can, because who knows what the universe has in store for you tomorrow 🤷♀️
I was feeling all keen bean this morning, listing out 13 – thirteen! – items on my to-do list 😱 I managed to tick off 7; got halfway through 2; and I started another item. Not bad! I might’ve been able to finish one of the halfway-done items if I wasn’t having tech issues. Nonethless, I was happy with my effort today!
I did my usual stretches today, but I think I over-stretched one of my muscles because now it hurts if I move my leg in certain angles. Sighhh… I hope I haven’t done anything too serious to it. I’ll definitely have my rest day tomorrow and then see how it’s feeling on Sunday before I resume my stretches. Sighhh… I hope this doesn’t ruin my momentum. I’ve been doing so well! 😔
One of N’s mates told him about how he had stage 4 cancer ten years ago. He’s obviously in remission, since he’s still around to tell N the story. But I was like what the f*##kkkkk?!?? That is insane. He was relatively healthy too, and he was only in his early 30s. And the only thing that got him to go see a doctor was this niggling cough that wouldn’t go away. That was it. OMG. I still can’t believe it. It’s just so random. This is another reason why I try and appreciate each day. You never know when your time will be up.
So I went from being productive to being in pain to being grateful today. A whole range of states there! 😆
I edited a video for N today. He went paragliding a few weeks ago with a few workmates, and he had a GoPro attached to their parachute as they floated down to the beach. He also took a few videos during the hike up, so I stitched all of the available footage together to make a quick 5-minute video of what ended up being an all-day adventure. It’s good practice for me, learning more about the editing software that I use, as well as just improving my editing skills generally. The video is really only for friends and family, but I’m still adding it to my porfolio! 😜
I also rang my mum, since I had a bit of time up my sleeve today. That turned out to be something like a 2-hour conversation! 😱 She’s very chatty, so she can go on and on if you let her. And I let her ramble on today. I don’t know for how long my parents will be around, so I try and make as much time for them now. Knowing my mum, she’ll stick around for another 20 years, but you never know. And I don’t want to take anything for granted these days. If being an expat has taught me anything, it’s that things are constantly changing around you. And so you just have to appreciate what you have now, because you don’t know how long you’ll have them around.
We walked past this Filo restaurant yesterday and so decided to try it out today. It was good! I’m glad we decided to try this place. It was one of those really tiny places with only 8 seats inside, and they had none of the social distancing measures in place 😂 And they only took cash. But whatevs, the food was good! And there was a ton of it too. We pretty much had to take half of it home!
Service was really nice and friendly too, unlike so many other places in HK. I’m sure I have mentioned the poor customer service in HK before, so this place was a pleasant surprise. I’d definitely go back 👍
And while we were there, I checked my YouTube stats: I reached 100 subscribers today! Woohoo! It’s not the largest number, but it’s my first big milestone, I’m sooo happyyy 😁
It’s the journey, I tell you. I’ve grown so much this year in so many ways, and I’m so happy about that. Like I’ve said before too, I’m so grateful for these first subscribers because they still found value in my videos, despite the crappy audio that I struggled to get right for sooo many videos! Despite the not-so-great quality of my videos; and despite my not-so-wonderful performances. Thanks to these guys for sitting through my dress rehearsals and still finding value in my videos 🙏
We had a video chat with friends from Melbourne today. The restrictions there are strict. I feel so sorry for them and for Melbourne / Victoria in general 😔 I can understand that they don’t want a repeat of what happened back in July when they were seeing literally hundreds of new cases every day, but they’re now back down to single digits, so I would’ve thought more easing of restrictions would’ve been allowed. Apparently the Victorian government doesn’t see it the same way 😔 It was good to see them, though. Video chat is the best we can do during these crazy times.
We then went to Sheung Wan for lunch. N felt like laksa, so we went to this Singaporean place that we’d never been to before. It was a good choice 👍 There are sooo many food choices here in HK. I’m always amazed as to how so many can stay in business. But many do, so they must get the customers!
The restaurant made me miss SG. If I had the choice, I would definitely move back to SG in a heartbeat. I loved that city 🥰 HK, not so much 😆 But still, I’m going to make the most of our time here. I still see this opportunity to live here as a privilege that not everyone gets to experience 🙏
N then went to the gym in the evening and I filmed my next YouTube video. I would’ve liked to have filmed two videos tonight, actually, but it took so long just to film just the first one that I was too tired to film a second one! 😔 Yeah, that two videos a week idea ain’t happening 🤪
I wasn’t feeling too bad today, maybe because I got enough sleep, despite it being yet another interrupted one 😒
I gave my parents another Facebook Messenger tutorial today, this time on groups. I kept my cool today, surprisingly. There were moments when I probably did lose it a bit, but they were far fewer than usual 👍
I just employed the same thing as I do with Kitty: just appreciate every day that they’re still around. It’s not always easy keeping my cool, but for some reason, it worked really well today. I don’t know for how long they will still be with us. It could be two days, two years, or twenty years. So for however long they are still here, I’m going to try my damndest to appreciate each moment.
Kitty’s just not letting me have a good night’s sleep 😔 I should just let you know when I do have a good sleep, because they occur much less often these days!
Today she wanted more food – at 3:15am. Because what better time is there to eat than smack bang in the middle of the night?!?? 🙄 She had licked her bowl clean, so I had no choice but to give her some more food. Luckily I could get back to sleep today, though, unlike yesterday’s tossing and turning.
Anyway, have I told you about how I reframe these disruptions? I am just grateful that she is still alive to wake me up in the middle of the night 🙏 I still remember the vet three years ago now, when we were living in SG, emailing me while we were overseas, saying that our pet sitter had brought her in, and that she was weak and wasn’t eating. Her condition was pretty serious and potentially life-threatening, he said. We were in Sydney at the time, and I still remember being really upset that I might not see her alive again 😢
We went to see her as soon as we could once we got back to SG, and miraculously, she perked up as soon as she saw us, and even the vet was surprised. He really didn’t think she had much left in her.
And here she still is. I am still grateful every single day that she’s still going strong. She’s almost 90 years old in human years, and she can still attack me, so that’s pretty impressive! 😄
I’m going to go and give her a big hug now – while also being careful not to be scratched yet again! 😆🤗