Compassion and gratitude

I was feeling all compassionate and grateful today ๐Ÿฅฐ I should try and bring in more gratitude into my days, try and come up with three things that Iโ€™m grateful for at the end of each day. Itโ€™s such a different mindset when you think in terms of gratitude, and I just feel happier when I do. I probably couldโ€™ve done with some of this during the week! ๐Ÿ˜‚

The weather was still ๐Ÿ’ฉ so I didnโ€™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 ๐Ÿคฃ 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 ๐Ÿ˜† I need relaxation goals too! ๐Ÿ˜Œ

Hopefully the weather will be a little bit better tomorrow, and Iโ€™ll actually feel like heading out for a bit of a walk somewhere ๐Ÿคž

Happier in the midst of all this doom and gloom

All that gratitude from yesterday mightโ€™ve paid off, because I actually felt better today! ๐Ÿ˜Š 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 ๐Ÿ˜ฉ I did do some spot checks on the day that I filmed it, but I mustโ€™ve just heard the decent sections. Dannnggg… So I spent a bit of time re-recording the video today. But even this unexpected spanner didnโ€™t affect my mood. I groaned for a little bit and then just continued on with my day ๐Ÿ‘

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 ๐Ÿ˜ž

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 ๐Ÿ˜ฑ Theyโ€™re seeing a huge number of foreign workers infected. So HK is inching towards 1,000 cases, and SG towards 2,000 ๐Ÿ˜” And yes, HK is still at the top of the โ€˜leaderboardโ€™ 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 ๐Ÿ˜” BUT both numbers have decreased from just a few days ago, so thatโ€™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 isnโ€™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 Iโ€™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 Iโ€™m just grateful that I still receive them. And I know sheโ€™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 ๐Ÿ‘ 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 ๐Ÿ™„ 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 ๐Ÿ˜†

Update on our fur babies

They put down my friend’s cat today ๐Ÿ˜ญ I really didn’t expect her to tell me that ๐Ÿ˜ž 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 ๐Ÿ’ 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 ๐Ÿฅฐ), 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 ๐Ÿ˜” 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 ๐Ÿ˜’ 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! ๐Ÿ˜‚

Decisions

A friend’s dad recently had a stroke, and apparently he’s not doing too well ๐Ÿ˜” 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 ๐Ÿ˜ซ – but it’s moments like this when I become even more grateful for what I do have. I hope he pulls through ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž

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! ๐Ÿ˜ฉ In fact, it’s actually raining right now… ๐ŸŒง

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! ๐Ÿ” I would’ve held him / them back. But even N’s legs were screaming, so I’m definitely glad I didn’t tag along! ๐Ÿ˜… It wouldn’t have been a leisurely walk at all for me!