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 πŸ˜‚ 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 πŸ€ͺ

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! πŸ‘ 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 😩 I thought SG was bad, I think it’s worse here πŸ˜” 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 πŸ’΅

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 πŸ˜‚πŸ’ͺ That’s a good sign πŸ‘

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! βš–οΈ

Feeling positive

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

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 πŸ”‹ 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 πŸ˜’ 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 πŸ“– It’s thick as! πŸ˜† 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 🀞

My focus on consistency

I had yet another productive day today. This detailed schedule is doing absolute wonders to my productivity! I’m so glad I started this schedule a few weeks ago πŸ‘

I’ve been watching a few YouTube clips uploaded by Dr Alexander Arguelles on foreign language learning. This guy is a polyglot, and his whole life has been filled with languages. He speaks with a bit (!) of a monotone, which makes it quite hard to concentrate on his videos, but if you do, you can get some little nuggets of useful information, not just for language learners, but for general personal development as well, which I am also quite keen on. And there is no marketing BS in his videos, it’s just him happily giving information out to the general public, if they wish to listen to what he has to say. He’s quite eloquent – and verbose: some of his videos go for about an hour! So I’m still working through these longer ones. He’s obviously very knowledgeable about learning foreign languages. I’m glad I came across him, he’s quite inspirational – except perhaps for the monotone bit πŸ˜„

I ended up going to the gym again tonight. I keep saying I’ll cut my session short, so I can go have dinner, but I somehow manage to stay for about an hour each time. I’ve been spending about half an hour on weight training, then the second half hour on dancing, and a bit of stretching at the end. It’s not bad, and more importantly, I’ve being consistently going. I’m still quite proud of my consistency effort lately 😊

Not feeling all that crash hot

I didn’t feel all that crash hot today, so I didn’t have the most productive day. I did manage to go to the supermarket to buy some food for both Kitty and for the hoomans in the house 😊

Speaking of food, Deliveroo has started a monthly membership deal of sorts where you can get free delivery. It’s HK$98 per month (US$12.50), so we’d have to be ordering more than five times a month if we were to get any value from it, as the current delivery fee is HK$20, I believe. We’d be lucky to order home delivery once a month, so this isn’t good value for us, but there must be regular customers where this monthly fee will work out better for them. It’d be interesting to hear how well it’s received by customers.

I did manage to go to the gym and did a little bit there, just to keep up my momentum. And then we watched another episode of The Exorcist’s Meter, our current Asian drama. Oh, and Game of Thrones is back! We must watch the first episode of season 8 soon 😊

Earphones and Asian Dramas

We went and had yum cha in Wan Chai today. There’s a computer centre in Wan Chai, not sure if I’ve mentioned it before. We like going there for all our electronic needs. I needed a new pair of earphones. I wanted to get a wireless pair, as it’s hard to practise dancing without headless earphones, as I have to hold my phone the entire time, and I can’t move my arms around as easily, which is necessary in Latin. We found a pretty cheap pair, as I don’t really need anything fancy, especially if it’s really more for when I’m practising. I could easily lose it, or break it, so an el cheapo pair is perfect πŸ‘Œ

And so I used them tonight at the gym. It doesn’t have much of a bass, but like I said, good enough for my purpose. I felt so free today! πŸ˜„

And we finished off the evening with another episode of the Cantonese drama, The Exorcist’s Meter. It’s not a bad drama. For some reason, it’s taking us forever to finish it. Oh, I know why: because N has been travelling so much for work lately! Ugh. He’s in HK all of next week, at least. I am currently juggling about four Asian dramas at the moment, it’s a bit insane πŸ˜‚ And I’m not making much headway on any of them as I’ve been busy working on my goals lately! Which isn’t a bad thing 😊

A few of my big, audacious goals

I went to Admiralty today to try a different yum cha place πŸ˜‹ Like I’ve said before, I can’t get enough of yum cha in this city! πŸ˜‚ We’ve tried all different yum cha places, from traditional fare to more contemporary styles, at all different price points. What we haven’t been adventurous enough to try, though, are places where there is no English on the menu 😱 Well, we did in fact go to one that didn’t, but luckily they had the English on posters up on the walls inside the restaurant, along with the Chinese and a photo of the dish, so we just matched up the Chinese with what was on the menu πŸ˜‚ It was tough going, but we got what we wanted in the end πŸ‘ But I want to get my Chinese proficiency to a point where I can just get by with the Chinese menu alone πŸ’ͺ I know most of the dishes that I like, but now I just have to learn the ones that N likes, and I think we’ll be right – when we’re feeling brave enough to walk in to such a restaurant, that is! πŸ˜‚

Have I mentioned one of my fitness goals lately? Well I decided sometime in March that my goal for the year is to do 5,000 push-ups and 5,000 squats 😲 OMG actually writing it out is freaking me out a little πŸ˜‚ Anyway, it’s my big audacious fitness goal for the year. But the thing is, I did the calcs and from whenever I came up with this goal, I only had to do about 20 of each every day in order to reach my goal by the end of the year. Now that is more doable! I find the push-up goal much harder, as I have next to no upper body strength. Prior to setting this goal, I could barely do ten. And I do the easier push-ups too. So pushing the daily target to 20 is pretty damn ambitious! I’m a little behind, but not overly so. I try and do a little more on days when I’m feeling more pumped, to make up for the days when I don’t reach my daily target. I’m having quite a fair bit of fun, actually. And I’m starting to notice the improvement in my upper body strength at the gym too, I can actually lift heavier weights now! πŸ’ͺ Good stuff πŸ‘

I’m telling you, I love this quote: “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in day out.” Even though “consistency” is no longer my theme for the year, the mentality that it brought me last year is also spilling into this year, which is absolutely awesome πŸ‘