Great work

I decided to go to IKEA today to buy a new bath mat, one that our lame washing machine can handle, so I don’t have to go down to the laundromat each time I need to wash it. But IKEA’s current bath mats come in blah colours! I was going to just get white, but then I was undecided because the mat is actually quite small. So I hesitated. And when a non-shopper like me hesitates, it means nothing gets bought. And that’s exactly what happened today. I need to mull over this purchase now! This underbuying tendency can be so ridiculous sometimes. I can’t remember how much the bath mat was, but it’s IKEA, for crying out loud, it wouldn’t have broken the bank. Plus it cost time and money to get there, so now if I do decide to buy it, I’m going to have to spend the same amount of time and money again – and including the cost of today’s trip, perhaps with a total spend of almost the same amount as the cost of the mat itself! Ridiculous. Just ridiculous. If I had thought of this when I was at IKEA, I probably would’ve made the decision to buy the small, white bath mat then and there. Sighhh… But as it stands, I still don’t have a replacement bath mat, and the one in the bathroom is still stained with Kitty’s vomit. Lovely. Great work, 99, great work.

On a more positive note, after a good sesh at the gym, we watched the Christmas special of season two of Black Mirror. It was goood!! It’s such an awesome series. Jon Hamm was in the episode, which I didn’t expect, so that was a pleasant surprise. Lucky I’m behind with the series, so I still have a few more episodes to go before I’m fully caught up 👍 It was good to watch some western tv for once 😆 I’ve been stuck in my Korean drama world for ages, it’s nice to get out of my little tv bubble every now and again 😂

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A lame cop-out

I went to bed quite late last night, and was woken up a few times by Little Miss, which has been the norm for her now for goodness knows how long ðŸ˜Đ So the lack of sleep, which was also disrupted, didn’t leave me very alert today 😔 I wonder if there’s a way to stop her from waking up in the middle of the night. I might try spraying this “calming spray” that we bought at the vet, for when your cat is about to do something stressful – like go to the vet! 😆 It’s supposed to help them relax a bit. I don’t know how effective it is with her, but I use it anyway, just in case it actually does help her to relax. I tend to use it more for when we’ve just moved into a new home, which is obviously very stressful for everyone. But it may help her for more day to day relaxation as well.

We were supposed to go to the gym again tonight, but I was tired and also rather comfortable on the couch watching Goblin, my current Korean drama, so N just went without me. Not good! Especially after yesterday’s session that felt really good. A pretty lame cop-out, in all honesty 😔

A stock standard, but enlightening, day

I went to the library today for the first time in weeks. I sorta got stuck there as it started pouring at some point while I was inside the library, and I only noticed the rain when I looked out the window to go out and grab a late lunch. So I had a quick bite downstairs at the library, where there is a fast food joint of sorts, HK style 😆 I hadn’t been there for ages, since there are so many other better food options in HK, but I didn’t have much of a choice today. It’s relatively cheap, though: HK$49 (A$9) for bbq pork and rice and a drink, so it’s very friendly on the wallet. Reminds me of what I would buy at a food court in SG. Awww, SG. I still miss you 😔

We went to the gym tonight, and I skipped the weights and spent virtually the entire hour on dance practice. I might do a few more gym sessions focussing on dancing, just to push the cardio a bit more, to make sure I’m still working on my stamina as well, which is one of the things that kills me on the comp floor. This way I shouldn’t be so completely out of form when we do finally get back to doing comps.

N went to get a massage after the gym, while I just went back home and watched a few Asian Boss videos where they interviewed two North Korean defectors. It was quite interesting to hear their views. And that just led me to continue watching a few different YouTube clips on North Korea, including a few TEDx talks. I wonder if reunification is possible in my lifetime. I’ve lived through a few historic moments in my relatively short life, and this one would be a really nice one to add to the list 😊

A late start

N went to watch some football match with a few workmates last night at a sports bar in Wan Chai. Football fans are probably disgusted that I don’t know much about the match other than the fact that Liverpool was playing 😂 The match was starting at 3am local time, so you can only imagine what time he got home… Needless to say, the sun was already out 🙄

So that meant he slept in until the middle of the day, and by the time we got out of the house, it was around 2pm 😂 I decided to go and have yum cha in Causeway Bay, as I wanted to go to IKEA afterwards to get a new shower curtain. I did a search for yum cha restaurants in this area alone, and a bajillion results came up ðŸ˜ą

And this is just one area! You have an endless amount of choice for yum cha in this city. Yes, I know it is The Source, but the sheer numbers are craaaazyyy!

I went to the gym tonight, although I had to tear myself away from Asian Boss, this new channel that I stumbled across on YouTube. I really like their videos, they have fun ones as well as ones that deal with some pretty serious issues that’s being faced by some Asian countries. They focus mainly on North Asia, but they do also have a few videos from South East Asia and India as well. They’ve pulled me away from my usual polyglot videos and general “learn Chinese” ones, so that’s a pretty big feat 😆

Happy to be the weirdo

I had a good productive evening. My sesh at the gym was really good. I did a few basics on the treadmill, as per usual. I had one guy on the treadmill next to mine as I was doing Ballroom basics, and then a new guy replaced him when I switched over to Latin 😂 I still wonder what people think when they see me do these basics on the treadmill. Afterwards I do actually dance a bit in the small space available near the equipment, so hopefully people put two and two together! Not that it matters, I’m happy to be the weirdo at the gym ðŸĪŠ

And then when N came home from karate, for some reason he had decided to only speak Chinese for the rest of the evening. Sometimes I think to do this, but it is so much effort that once I say a sentence, I then revert to English pretty much straight after that. But for whatever reason, he persevered tonight, and so we had a good – and very challenging – practice session! 👍 We probably said a bajillion things incorrectly, but that’s ok, it’s all about getting the message across to the other person, and I understood him most of the time, which is the whole point of language. Native speakers and teachers can correct us as we go along this language journey, but we have to make the mistakes first in order to be corrected. Ah, it’s all part of the fun 😊

Finding that right balance

I put together our new budget for HK today. Ugh, this city is so expensive ðŸ˜Đ I thought SG was bad, I think it’s worse here 😔 Nonetheless, I’m going to make the most of our time here, and try and enjoy it as much as I can. We may not achieve our financial goals while we’re here, but we’ll do our darndest to get close ðŸ’ĩ

I went to the gym today and apparently worked my arms to buggery, they are now sooo tired and sore! I can barely lift them 😂💊 That’s a good sign 👍

I didn’t spend much time on my Chinese today, because I spent so much time on our budget and finance stuff that there wasn’t much time (or energy!) left over for study. I’ll try and do more tomorrow to make up for it 😊

It’s always hard finding that right balance of how much time to spend across my different goals. I’ve been dedicating a whole ton of time on my language journey lately, and today I just rejigged it a little 😊 I think what I tend to do is focus on one particular area and end up spending way too much time on that, at the expense of other areas of my life. I need more balance! ⚖ïļ

Feeling positive

I had quite a productive day today, successfully working on all my main goals today: my Chinese, my trading and my fitness 👍

I went to the gym for the first time in aaages, ever since I got sick, so I didn’t feel all that strong today. But I just wanted to get back into the routine of going, so I achieved that, at least. But then about half an hour in, my earphones ran out of juice 🔋 And I do my dance practice in the second half of my gym session, and my earphones died on me right when I needed them. Isn’t that lovely 😒 But that’s ok, at least I went, I just needed to get back into it today, that was really my only goal today.

And then we watched the latest episode of Game of Thrones. It’s still making me interested in reading the book series, so I’ve pulled out book one from the study – N has the whole series 📖 It’s thick as! 😆 Like I mentioned before, it’s not a genre that I usually read, so I’m not sure if I’ll enjoy it, but I’ll give it a go anyway. I’m enjoying the tv series, so I’m hoping that I’ll get some level of enjoyment from the books too ðŸĪž