Compassion and gratitude

I was feeling all compassionate and grateful today πŸ₯° I should try and bring in more gratitude into my days, try and come up with three things that I’m grateful for at the end of each day. It’s such a different mindset when you think in terms of gratitude, and I just feel happier when I do. I probably could’ve done with some of this during the week! πŸ˜‚

The weather was still πŸ’© so I didn’t really feel like going out today. And then N had a Zoom catch-up with some mates from Sydney at 2pm HK time anyway, so I figured we may as well just stay home. And then maybe go out later in the evening, if we wanted to. Pffft, as if we did 🀣 But I did manage to finish my next YouTube video, and I also got through an episode of Crash Landing On You, my current Korean drama πŸ˜† I need relaxation goals too! 😌

Hopefully the weather will be a little bit better tomorrow, and I’ll actually feel like heading out for a bit of a walk somewhere 🀞

Happier in the midst of all this doom and gloom

All that gratitude from yesterday might’ve paid off, because I actually felt better today! 😊 Even when I discovered that the audio on my latest video was shite! I went to edit the video, only to discover that about half the audio was basically inaudible 😩 I did do some spot checks on the day that I filmed it, but I must’ve just heard the decent sections. Dannnggg… So I spent a bit of time re-recording the video today. But even this unexpected spanner didn’t affect my mood. I groaned for a little bit and then just continued on with my day πŸ‘

So maybe we should all try to be more grateful, especially with the current state of the world at the moment. We are up to 1.5 million cases globally! I really did not expect this explosion in the numbers 😞

HK had its lowest one-day increase in three weeks, with only 13 cases today. SG, on the other hand, had an explosion today, with 287 cases 😱 They’re seeing a huge number of foreign workers infected. So HK is inching towards 1,000 cases, and SG towards 2,000 πŸ˜” And yes, HK is still at the top of the β€˜leaderboard’ that lists all the Chinese cities and regions by number of people who are still sick from Covid-19. HK has 676, Wuhan 398. Faaantastic πŸ˜” BUT both numbers have decreased from just a few days ago, so that’s promising!

Focus on gratitude

I was trying to focus on gratitude today. I read this on Twitter today. True or not, the sentiment is the same. There are millions of people with no running water, living in cramped quarters where social distancing just isn’t possible. And they will no doubt bear an unfair share of the pain that this virus is imposing on the world. So I was trying to focus on just how lucky we are indeed.

And my mum rang me again today, asking some inane question. But during the call, I reframed my thoughts on this interruption, and so went from irritated to grateful. I decided to remember that I’m one of the lucky ones who still have both of my parents alive and both relatively ok, mentally and physically, for their age. I still get calls and messages from them. One day this will no longer happen, so I’m just grateful that I still receive them. And I know she’s probably bored out of her mind just sitting at home because of this damn virus, so the least I can do is help to alleviate some of that boredom!

Feeing grateful

Yesterday I said I was felling better. Which was true, but that was emotionally. Today I physically started feeling better. I’d been feeling pretty rundown all week, with a sore throat, lack of energy and a headache, so I’d been taking it pretty easy. Today was the first time I’d actually started feeling somewhat normal again πŸ‘ It’s such a good feeling! I always appreciate my health whenever I get sick. It’s something I take for granted too easily, but I really should be thankful for it each and every day that I’m well.

And today, I was also thankful for having moved to Asia and being able to understand China more and more. I’ve always been so blind to the country, having been bombarded with the usual western rhetoric about it for most of my life. But there’s actually more to the country than what the collective west would have you believe.

I was already starting to see a different side to China when we were first in SG, as SG is much more neutral towards China than the west. And so my western blinkers started to slowly be taken off. And now that we’re in HK, my understanding of the country has grown even more. And the escalation of these protests has probably accelerated my understanding more than if they hadn’t happened at all.

It’s not like information about China isn’t out there. It’s just that you actually have to care enough to look for it. And of course, the west (ie Google) doesn’t make it easy for you to find it πŸ™„ And to be honest, if I wasn’t living in HK, I probably still wouldn’t care so much, and continued to just absorb whatever mainstream media told me about it. But we do live in HK, and that mere fact alone has let me see things that I would’ve completely ignored before.

I have taken one positive out of these protests and I’m not so angry and frustrated about them today. The benefits of gratitude πŸ˜†

Update on our fur babies

They put down my friend’s cat today 😭 I really didn’t expect her to tell me that 😞 I really thought that once he saw her, he would at least stabilise, and hold on for Just that little bit longer. But I guess it was just time for him. He led a good, long life, so we should be thankful for that. At times like this, I always start reflecting on what’s important in my life, and just being more grateful overall.

I ordered flowers from Roses Only to be sent to her tomorrow πŸ’ I hope they can at least brighten up the house for her for a few day during this terribly sad time. I also hope that she takes the day off to grieve, and just go and do something for herself. She won’t be able to concentrate at work anyway, and she needs the time to process her emotions.

Kitty seems to be a little better today. She’s eaten a bit today, and she’s walking around a little more than she did yesterday. She still seems weak, but I suspect that’s because she hasn’t eaten much yet, and needs to build up her energy again. She jumped up onto the dining room chair on her own today (to sit with me – awww πŸ₯°), so it’s good to see that she can still do that. But she too is showing signs of her age. But for a 17-year old who has travelled quite a fair bit, I think she’s doing pretty damn well.

Old and new

I received an email from my SG broker saying that they’re closing my account in a few weeks, as new regulations won’t allow them to hold accounts for residents of HK πŸ˜” I am soooo sad about this!! I really like this broker. Their service is great, and their platform is really easy to use and navigate your way around.

So I then went searching for a new broker, and wasn’t all that impressed with what I found πŸ˜’ But I did come across an Australian one, which I’d heard of before, so I signed up for a demo account. And less than ten minutes later I reckon, a relationship manager gave me a call to say that he’d seen my application! Talk about customer service! And note this was at 7pm Sydney time, where the call came from, and where their head office is. So that was quite impressive. But before I sign up properly, I just want to play with their demo platform for a while and make sure I know how to use it before I actually give them real money.

I spoke to my mum for a little while after I spoke to mr broker representative guy, and then just watched a few episodes of Masterchef Australia. I feel like I’m sooo behind this year. I’ve watched most seasons of this show, and maybe I watch it even more religiously now, as it’s one of the last few remaining symbols of my life in Australia. I do miss my life in Oz, but I have also had an amazing experience living in Asia the past few years. Not always sunshine and rainbows, but definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience. And as I keep saying, I don’t know how long we will have the privilege of living here, so I just try and be grateful for every day that we do get to spend in this part of the world. But that doesn’t mean I won’t vent here every once in a while! πŸ˜‚

Decisions

A friend’s dad recently had a stroke, and apparently he’s not doing too well πŸ˜” She’s trying to be strong throughout it all, but of course it’s tough for her and the rest of her family. You never know when your time will be up, which is why I try and make the most of every day that I have. It’s not always easy – like having a shite trading day like I did today 😫 – but it’s moments like this when I become even more grateful for what I do have. I hope he pulls through 🀞🀞

I took out some trans-seasonal pieces from storage today; it felt appropriate to do so, for some reason. It hasn’t been all that cold these past few weeks – I’ve been living quite comfortably in cardigans – so I also put away the thicker winter gear that I haven’t worn recently. You know what this means, then: that I’ve been overly optimistic and that the temperature will probably drop tomorrow! 😩 In fact, it’s actually raining right now… 🌧

One of N’s colleagues invited him/us to walk up The Peak tonight, but I declined, as I wasn’t feeling all that great today. I’m glad I stayed home, as apparently the colleague is a bit of a hiker and was powering up the mountain! πŸ” I would’ve held him / them back. But even N’s legs were screaming, so I’m definitely glad I didn’t tag along! πŸ˜… It wouldn’t have been a leisurely walk at all for me!

Another productive day

I got up really early this morning, which is always such an amazing feat for a night owl like me. So again, I had a very productive day! This is becoming a good habit that I’d like to maintain for as long as possible! 😊

I returned my bilingual Chinese/English picture book today, and went searching for another one in the same series, since I’m really enjoying them. It took me forever to find them, as they were on the shelf! They have sooo many children’s books that some books just sit on nearby trolleys. I couldn’t quite figure out if there was any sort of order to the trolleys, and even some semblance of order to the books on the trolleys, as the books weren’t always in order either. But luckily I decided to go through the half a dozen or so trolleys scattered around near the shelf where the books were supposed to be, and finally found the series. I decided to borrow “I am Punctual!” today. I figured I could learn a thing or two from it, and not just Chinese πŸ˜‚

I went to the gym again today. I decided to do some dance basics on the treadmill, something I haven’t done in months. I was halfway through a slow fox song, and my calves were already sore! I am obviously so out of training! πŸ˜” We really need to get back into it asap. Or at least go back to the gym on a more regular basis and just continue doing basics and also to keep up the stamina. But first things first, we need to find a new studio and new teachers … πŸ˜”

I needed to buy some cat litter today, so I went to virtually all the supermarkets near home. Only one stocked the cat litter that we have now switched to – and, wouldn’t you know it, it was the last supermarket on my list! So typical. But I have recently started turning annoying things into times of gratitude – in this instance, for example, instead of being feeling inconvenienced by having to wander around to various supermarkets, I’ve decided to view this as being fortunate enough to have a few different supermarkets so close to home for me to be able to choose from. It feels like such a more positive way to view it! I’m liking this new technique, I’m going to try and do it more often whenever I start getting annoyed at something; turn it around and be grateful that I have the problem in the first place! 😊

And in the evening, I watched another episode of my Korean drama, About Time. I’m getting close to the end of the series, so I need to find my next drama soon. I need to create a watchlist, so I can just go straight to that for ideas 😊

Today, focus on the positive

The countdown to HK continues. It is officially T minus 33, so just over a month away. But N actually needs to be in HK pretty much from 1 November, so his countdown is actually T minus 12! 😲 And he’ll come back for the last 5 days to clean and pack up the apartment, just before we hand over the keys to the agent. I’ll be flying back and forth for the weekends, as we hope to see some properties together. I am really hoping that we can find something semi-decent relatively quickly… 🀞

I met up with the pet transportation company today to arrange Kitty’s flight to HK. And to pay. The cost for her to fly over is basically the cost of a business class ticket 😲 Crazyyyy… But he’s been flying pets around the world for over 20 years, and our vet recommends them, so I’m confident that Kitty is in good hands. He was telling me some crazy stories about having to fly pets to certain countries that make it mega difficult to bring animals into their country. Maybe he was trying to reassure me that flying Kitty to HK is relatively straightforward in comparison!

I then went to go and get my results from my medical check-up a few weeks ago. It was all relatively ok, but there’s one gynaecological issue that I need to go get checked by a specialist πŸ˜– And as with all things medical or dental, I’m currently freaking out. The GP wasn’t overly concerned, so I’m trying to not freak out either, but that’s easier said than done. I’m going to call the specialist tomorrow and see if I can get an appointment later this week, to get their opinion. It’s just fantastic timing since HK is just around the corner… 😩 And it’s not just the move, but it’s also the insurance cover. And there’ll be a point where our insurance ceases in SG and commences in HK, so the management of my medical treatment and just general monitoring is just going to be disrupted by moving countries regardless πŸ˜”

So with the HK move sneaking up on us so quickly; paying an arm and a leg for Kitty’s flight to HK; and then having to go see a gynaecologist for some dodgy test results…. I did not have a good day πŸ˜” I can’t muster up any excitement today whatsoever, no matter how hard I try 😞

I saw this on FB, though, so here’s my attempt:

  1. Despite my gynaecological anomaly result, I had good results on almost everything else, especially on everything that people mostly worry about, like blood sugar levels, cholesterol and blood pressure;
  2. I had a nice lunch at Paragon today, discovering Shimbashi Soba and their late afternoon mini lunch set for S$8.80++, which is a perfect size for people like me who don’t eat much at all 😊;
  3. I discovered this new tv show A Million Little Things, which I’m really enjoying. It’s challenging the Korean dramas! Well not quite, but it’s pretty good πŸ˜‚

OK, I’m glad I did that. I needed to do that, especially today. I feel that little bit better now 😊

Go forth and be grateful

I flew back to SG today. The flight itself was one of the smoothest flights I’ve had in a long time. I think the pilot has had to switch on the seatbelt sign at least once on almost every flight I’ve taken this year. But the sign wasn’t switched on at all today, so for once, I actually felt ok when I stepped off the plane!

I watched Book Club on the flight, which turned out to be better than I had expected. I wanted a light-hearted comedy and that’s exactly what I got πŸ‘ There are has some big names in the movie, in comedic roles that I don’t normally associate them with, so that made it all the more fun to watch 😊

I actually first started watching Inside Out with Japanese dubbing and a Chinese subtitles, just to work on my language skills 😲 I thought that’d be a good movie to watch in a foreign language, because I’ve seen it so many times and I know the story really well. But that failed miserably 🀣 All I ended up doing was listening very intently to the Japanese, and paid next to no attention to the Chinese subtitles! Maybe I should just stick to learning one language at a time… πŸ˜† And because watching a movie in a foreign language takes effort, I could only do this for so long before my mental energy was depleted, so that was when I switched over to Book Club where I could just relax and enjoy the movie 😊

I’m feeling all pumped and ready to go through all the clutter in our apartment tomorrow πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺ Let’s see what I can get through. Even though we have two months to vacate, we’re aiming to have sorted through all our stuff by the end of October, so we don’t feel so rushed in the last few weeks that we have left in the country. Today is T-58… 😳 Not long to go. One way to truly put you in the moment and to appreciate what you have right now is when you know it’s going to be taken away from you very shortly. Appreciate what you have right now, because you never know when it will be taken away from you. That’s my lesson for today, peeps. Now go forth and be grateful 😊