Is this the start of the fifth wave??

I talked about the lovely 🦠 cases at N’s gym recently. Well apparently there is a cluster at a particular gym near our place, and it has taken the city’s cases up to 60 today πŸ˜” And because the gym is near our place, these same people also live near us, so more cases have cropped up in our district / suburb. Arghhh! And there is also the risk that gymgoers go and visit other gyms, so the risk of this stupid virus spreading in our area is even greater. Faaantastic πŸ˜’

There is currently a government policy saying that if someone is a confirmed positive case, everyone in their building must undergo testing. HK is a city filled with high rises, so the risk of the 🦠 spreading quickly in a building is quite high. So hundreds, if not thousands, of people would have to be tested in a single building 😱 If there’s a case in our building, I’m sure we’ll hear about it soon enough πŸ˜”

So maybe this weekend will be spent at home yet again πŸ˜” I was thinking of doing a staycation again during the easter long weekend, but I’m not sure if I want to do that now. What if this is indeed the start of a fifth wave?? Arghhh! πŸ˜’

These damn waves πŸŒŠ

I mentioned recently that the restrictions have been eased a little here in HK. They have extended dine-in hours to 10pm, and people can now sit in tables of 4. And a few places have been allowed to reopen.

One that is very important to N is gyms. But unfortunately, there were a number of positive or preliminary positive 🦠 cases at gyms today, including one of the gyms that he frequents πŸ˜” The positive case went to this gym on the same day that N did, but after N went there. N went first thing in the morning, and the positive case went there in the late afternoon on the same day πŸ˜“ Sighhh… So he’s thinking that maybe he should stay away from the gym for a while. I completely agree.

And now with all these cases from the gyms, the government might reassess the restrictions once again. Sighhh… We were getting the numbers down so low, and now they’ve gone back up again. I hope this isn’t the start of yet another wave. I’m getting so sick and tired of these damn waves! πŸ˜’

His crazy 400% goal

N has been doing this crazy 400% goal for one day each month, and he chose to do it today. Basically he tries and achieves 4x whatever his ‘burn calories’ goal is on his Apple watch. He goes crazy hard and exercises regularly throughout the day. And because he has to exercise so much in order to achieve this goal, he usually starts this first thing in the morning, and is still going until late at night.

When he set this challenge for himself, the gyms were still closed here, thanks to 🦠, so he had to go find ways to exercise throughout the day. Today was the first time he had to achieve his goal and the gyms were open. He said it was easier to do when he had whatever resources he wanted at the gym. It’s still by no means an easy feat, but he managed to do it with much more time to recuperate and relax today πŸ˜… And even better for him, massage parlours are also back open, so his muscles could get some much needed rest – so that they could keep going for the second half of the day! πŸ™„

And because he worked so hard today, I let him go crazy at Crazy Food Hall, my favourite supermarket here in HK πŸ˜† We bought too much food for dinner, but I figured he needed it, since he exercised so much today. It turned out that it was indeed a teeny bit too much food for him πŸ˜† And we bought sushi as well, which doesn’t keep too well, so we sorta forced ourselves to finish it all. Not good for either of us!

And today marks the end of rectangular February. Man I loved that so much, it was just so perfect #geekingout πŸ€“πŸ€£

A bit of a rant

** Warning: I rant quite a fair bit in today’s post. So if you had a πŸ’© day too and don’t need more negativity in your life today, then please skip today’s post and I’ll just see you tomorrow. Or just read the last paragraph 😊 **

My dad’s mobile saga continues, sighhh… We finally gave up on finding the phone, and I just told them to go to Telstra, one of the telecoms in Oz, and just sort it out there. I erased all the data off his phone remotely before it lost battery, so hopefully that actually worked 🀞 I’m still annoyed that we couldn’t the phone using the Find My Phone function.

I do wonder sometimes if my parents like to have drama in their lives. I certainly don’t. I like my life to be as drama-free as possible. But I think some people like having drama in their lives, even if it’s at a subconscious level, just to keep their lives interesting, perhaps. They stressed me out and frustrated me to no end today, so much so that I had to take a quick nap in between lessons. It’s my busiest day too, and their stress just added to my stress πŸ˜’

And they also don’t seem to understand that I work. I no longer have a corporate job, but I still work. But this doesn’t seem to compute, and I feel like they think I just sit around and do nothing all day, and can happily take their calls whenever they call. My mum also doesn’t seem to realise that I can SEE that she has called, that my phone will tell me that I missed a call from her. Instead, my mum will call non-stop until there are literally SIX missed call notifications from her. WTH, man. So I text her and say, “I am in a meeting, I can’t talk right now.” And what does she do? CALL ME STRAIGHT BACK. WTAF. Seriously 😑

My dad doesn’t call. He just texts. And gets annoyed that I don’t text back straight away. FOR CRYING OUT LOUD. It’s like they have forgotten that they used to work too, and that everyone is now retired like they are!

OK, rant over. I don’t like giving out negativity in the world, but it has just been such a stressful day that I needed to get that out today πŸ˜”

So on a more positive note, to balance all that negativity out πŸ˜†, social distancing rules have finally been relaxed in HK – yayyy πŸ‘ Gyms have reopened, so N is very happy; and dine-in services at restaurants have been extended to 10pm. And groups of 4 people can now gather in public. Oh, and the most exciting thing for me: libraries have opened up again! Woohoo! πŸ₯³ I may just go and borrow some books tomorrow. It’ll make me feel better after all the stress from today! 😊

The day before

N felt like going out for lunch today, so we went and had Japanese. There were still a lot of people out, surprisingly. I’m guessing that everyone was just getting their last feeling of freedom before things start shutting back down again tomorrow πŸ˜” He also went to the gym in the evening, and he said it was also busy as there. 104 new cases today. Enough said. These restrictions couldn’t come any earlier.

After N got back from the gym, we just had dinner and watched a few more episodes of Timeless. We’re getting to the end of the show, we’ll probably finish it by the end of the week. What’s our next show?? I didn’t get to watch more Gossip Girl because I was too busy editing my next YouTube video. It took way longer than I expected today. Maybe because lunch took a chunk out of my afternoon that I wasn’t expecting to lose? πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

I had a crazy thought earlier today: what if I go for a walk at around 7am each morning, maybe for around 20-30 minutes just around the neighbourhood, before I get started with my day? That’d be a nice way to start the day, don’t you think? Never mind the fact that I’m not a morning person and I hate winter 🀣 Could I do it?? I guess I don’t have to commit to it straight away. Maybe just try it once and see how I like it? And then maybe do it a second time, and then a third time. And if I can (or want to!) make it stick, then it could be a nice addition to my fitness routine… 😊 Anyway, the 7am business is a pretty damn huge hurdle πŸ˜‚ So once I overcome it and actually go for this walk, I’ll definitely let you know. It might actually be worthy of ending my Facebook / social media boycott and actually post something πŸ€ͺ

Under control

I had quite a productive day today πŸ‘ I love days like this, when things go well! 😊

We also only saw 8 new rona cases today, and only 8 new cases yesterday as well. Woohoo, things are finally under control again! So gyms will reopen tomorrow, along with a few other sports facilities, but you still have to wear a mask when using them 😷 Restaurants can also open until 10pm from tomorrow, extending dine-in hours by an extra hour. Hopefully we can maintain these low numbers once again! 🀞 We did it last time, I don’t see why we can’t do it again.

And we’re now up-to-date with Lucifer. Hopefully we don’t have to wait a full year to see the next few episodes!

I have a few Japanese shows on the β€˜waiting list’, though, plus I still have Bondi Rescue to get through – not to mention all the Korean dramas! 🀣 So there’s not shortage of things for me to watch while I wait, it’s all good πŸ˜†

Self-quarantine and a bit of a break

N is now effectively in enforced self-quarantine. His work has decided that he, and a number of others in their office, was exposed to the virus by going to the same gym on the same day as a now-known COVID-19 case. Rather low risk, but work isn’t taking any chances. So now he’s at home like so many others around the world. And he’s taken over the home office πŸ˜‚ He takes a number of calls throughout the day, so I leave the room when he’s on these calls, which means I can’t get any actual computer work done. I think I’ll just work on my videos in the living room during these times πŸ‘

We watched the last episode of season one of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. We stopped watching it when we discovered The Good Place, but now that we’ve finished that series, we’ve gone back to Dirk Gently. It only has two seasons, so it won’t take us long to finish it. And then we’ll be on the hunt for yet another tv show…!

All the news today on the coronavirus was affecting me mentally again, so I tried to minimise reading or watching anything on it this evening – hence resurrecting Dirk Gently πŸ˜† But when you hear that Spain is using an ice rink as a temporary morgue; people in Australia are being laid off by the thousands and so are queuing up for hours to get government payments because they no longer have a job; and you see that numbers rose by 54 thousand in 24 hours, it’s hard not to get affected by it all πŸ˜” It’s totally war time, except the enemy is this damn virus that nobody can see.

Quiet

We went and had yum cha today at one of our usual places, and we actually had to wait for a little while for a table to free up 😱 We haven’t had to wait for a table the last few months, thanks to the protesters dampening the enthusiasm of both locals and tourists. I guess the Iran crisis has diverted the American funds over to the Middle East, leaving the protesters here high and dry. It’s no wonder things have quietened down πŸ™„ Plus their main account has been frozen, so they can’t access their funds anyway, even if the US wasn’t preoccupied with Iran πŸ˜‚

We then watched a rugby match πŸ‰ at Happy Valley, and just hung out there for a few hours. I have no idea why this sport has gotten me intrigued. I’m usually not all that interested in sports, but this one has somehow gotten my attention. Weird! πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

And then we just went to the gym in the evening and had a quiet night in, finishing the HK drama that we’ve been watching recently, Sexy Central. Quite a nice Saturday! 😌

A mega-busy Victoria Peak

Merry Christmas!! πŸŽ„πŸŽ„

We had quite a relaxing day. We decided to go up to The Peak and just hang out there for a little while. It was mega busy! 😱 The queue for the tram up was ridiculous. I’ve never had to wait to get on the tram before, I’ve usually just been able to get onto the next tram, no issues. Straight onto the platform. That wasn’t happening today! πŸ˜†

And then of course it was also mega busy up on The Peak itself. We still had to wait for a table for lunch – at 2:30pn! And there was just a ton of people milling around, both inside and outside the two shopping malls up there. So now I’m not sure if I’d want to go up there on a public holiday again… πŸ€”

N and I went to the gym once we got back from The Peak, while his brother met up with a friend near Sogo in Causeway Bay. We then all just met up together again for a late dinner somewhere in Central.

Hope you had a wonderful day too! 😊

December is flying past!

Little Miss woke me up a number of times overnight again πŸ˜’ Despite this, though (or perhaps because of it??), I was totally full of energy beans today, running on something, I don’t quite know what πŸ˜† I wonder if it’s because of my gym going lately… That always seems to have a positive impact on my physical and emotional wellbeing. Maybe I should put the gym back closer to the forefront next year, it took a bit of a backseat this year. I think we’re also going to try to get back into our dancing next year too, so that should be help as well πŸ‘

I went to the gym again tonight, and yet again, I couldn’t tear myself away from that relative new John Mayer song that I discovered the other day, New Light. It is on repeat, and I can’t stop listening to it! I’ve listened to it 50 bajillion times and I’m still not sick of it. I’d like the obsession to subside now, please, so my life can go back to normal! πŸ€ͺ

It’s Christmas next week already!! πŸŽ„ How in the world did it sneak up on us?!? I am totally not ready! 😳😱 I want to start planning what we can do over the next few weeks while N is on leave. I am so unorganised this Christmas! πŸ˜”

I also want to start working on putting together my bullet journal for 2020, since apparently the new year is just around the corner 😱 I seriously don’t know where the first half of December went! πŸ”