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 💐 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 🥰), 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 😔 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 😒 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! 😂

Decisions

A friend’s dad recently had a stroke, and apparently he’s not doing too well 😔 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! 🏔 I would’ve held him / them back. But even N’s legs were screaming, so I’m definitely glad I didn’t tag along! 😅 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 😂

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! 😔 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 … 😔

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 😖 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 😔

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 😔 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 😂

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 👍 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… 😆 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 💪💪 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 😊

Gratitude

Our friends flew back to Oz today for good today, after living here for around 2.5 years. It was great having them here during that time, but it has now come to an end 😔 End of a chapter, start of a new one. And like I keep saying, who knows how long WE will be here, so I just try and make the most of each and every day, grateful for even having the opportunity to live here 🙏

The new theme at Gardens by the Bay started today, so of course I decided to head over there 😊 I wasn’t disappointed. It was so pretty! All different types of orchids, different shapes and colours. This is probably one of the better displays 👍 This is one place I would definitely miss if we ever leave SG!

And then tonight, I went back to the gym for the first time in what felt like aaages. Well, over a week, at least, since we flew to Vietnam Thursday last week. And then I wasn’t feeling too well earlier in the week, so I skipped the gym. And last night, we met up with a friend for dinner. It feels more like 3 weeks, actually, not just one. So I wasn’t really expecting an improvement from my effort since last time. But I surprised myself a little, improving on a weight for one of the exercises, so that got me a little excited 😆 So it’s a start to my going back to my normal routine, woohoo! 👏