Merry Christmas!! πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸ₯‚

We had a really nice, quiet Christmas Day, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Usually it’s filled with too many people, too much socialising for an introvert like me, even if the socialising is with family. So today’s quiet day was absolutely wonderful.

I got up ridiculously early this morning and spent about an hour on Facebook wishing friends and family a Merry Christmas. I then watched a few episodes of my new Chinese drama, Lover’s Lies, before the two brothers woke up. After breakfast/brunch, N and I made our way up The Peak, one of the most famous hiking trails in HK. It’s paved and you go past a number of residential buildings, so it’s not like you’re roughing it at any point. But it’s tiring. Unless you’re used to doing lots of uphill climbs. It is steep, and there are barely any breaks where the trek flattens out. The signs say it takes half an hour to walk to the top, but that’s assuming that you’re pretty much at the starting point. Getting to the starting point is an effort in itself πŸ˜†

But once you’re up there, it’s a pretty nice view. You get a view of both Victoria Harbour as well as the south side of the island, which is totally worth the hike. Today was a bit overcast, so the view wasn’t as great as it could be, but what we could see was still pretty awesome.

View of Victoria Harbour from The Peak

So if the other hikes around HK are just as well laid out as Victoria Peak, then I’d definitely want to do more. I’m not sure how easy it is to get to the other trails compared to this one, as you basically just take the Mid Level Escalators right to the end, turn left, and then make your way up to the start once you see the pink sign pointing to The Peak. All within a residential area. But other trails may not be so close to civilisation… I will have to do some research on them. Dragon’s Back is apparently quite nice and relatively easy to do (although that is quite a subjective term!). And it is one of the more popular ones too. Maybe that can be our next trail 😊

We then went back home to freshen up; met up with N’s brother; and then we made our way to Lan Kwai Fong for a nice, quiet family dinner.

But as soon as we walked out of the building, this was the chaos on the street:

On Christmas Day!! 😲 Crazy stuff! I’m used to very quiet streets on Christmas Day, with virtually everything closed in Oz. This is the complete opposite to that πŸ˜‚

So that’s one more Christmas done βœ… I hope you enjoyed this one as much as I did 😊

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Getting back to my level of β€œnormal”

Kitty woke me up a few times last night, it felt like she was scratching about once every two hours. So I didn’t have the most restful of sleeps πŸ˜”

So my depleted battery wasn’t quite replenished when I got up this morning, and I was also feeling a bit like an “imposter” again, after all my socialising over the weekend. I didn’t quite feel like I was back to my usual self yet, and so I spent the morning relaxing and just trying to get back to my level of “normal”. I had to take Kitty to the vet, though, so I had to get through that first!

I turned the tv on and it was on the Bloomberg channel, so that actually helped me start replenishing my drained self. I then ended up trading for wayyy longer than I had planned, and ended up not getting to the gym as a result πŸ˜” But by the end of the evening, I felt like I was pretty much back to “normal”, so I was just happy about that 😊

And we got to the halfway point on Masterchef Australia, twelve contestants left. N found out who won πŸ˜” Someone posted the winner on FB and he happened to see their photo πŸ˜” Awww knowing who wins ruins the journey, I reckon πŸ˜”

Social battery

We went out for lunch today with N’s karate instructor and his wife. They did more training this afternoon, but there wasn’t much space for me today, so I just sat to the side and wrote a few posts for my new blog project. Plus I was just feeling a bit drained and didn’t really feel like training anyway.

By the time the evening rolled around, my social battery was virtually completely drained, and I couldn’t wait to go home and recharge. As much as I like our friends and family, I cannot interact for too long before I just need to go home and spend some time on my own. And there was just a whole lot of interaction this weekend. It would’ve been better if I had stayed home this afternoon, and then just joined them again later for dinner. At least I would’ve had a few hours to myself to just recoup and recharge. Oh well, lesson learnt.

So even though I didn’t do any physical exercise today, I am still drained. Just in a different way.

Enjoyable performances

We got up at 11:30am today 😲 We were both so tired, N from his crazy busy work week, and me from being woken up three times during the night by Little Miss. So by the time we went for brunch, it was 1pm and so technically already lunchtime πŸ˜‚

We had our Latin lesson, and we covered both Cha Cha and Rumba, the two Latin dances that we were going to perform at the birthday dinner tonight. We’ve been asked to perform 😲

So of course I’ve been stressing about it for the past few days, since I’m probably one of the few dancers who actually don’t like to perform! As a true introvert, I just don’t like the attention. The same reason why I don’t really like comps, not to mention all the pomp and fuss that goes along with them.

But somehow, when today finally rolled around, the nervousness somehow dissipated and I just allowed myself to enjoy the evening. And of course, when I’m not nervous, I follow N better, I interact with the audience more, and I just feel the music so much more and therefore dance that little bit better. The birthday lady said that she really enjoyed my dancing, and so did her friends. That was really nice to hear, coz we always think it’s so terrible when we watch it, we just never think that other people would actually like it. So it’s nice to hear that some people do in fact appreciate our dancing 😊

We got food at the birthday – there was actually a dancers’ table, with all three performing couples and our entourage (parents and spouses) all given dinner, which I thought was very nice of the birthday organisers to do. And the food was really nice! Pretty much all the food was what would be usually served at a Chinese wedding. But unfortunately, I didn’t get to eat as much as I would have liked. I can never really eat when we have to go and dance. This happened during the comp in Vietnam too.

So we cooked some gyoza from out of the freezer and ate them while we watched the France πŸ‡«πŸ‡· vs Croatia πŸ‡­πŸ‡· final πŸ₯ŸπŸ₯Ÿ We got home just in time for the match πŸ˜… Awesome game to watch! Who would’ve thought six goals would’ve been scored in the final?! 😲 A good final πŸ‘

A tired Monday

I was really tired today, and struggled to get through the day. We did have a very busy weekend wandering through the zoo and the safaris, and Kitty hasn’t given me a decent night’s sleep for weeks now, and last night was no exception. So I struggled big time today. Maybe I should’ve had a second cup of coffee to help me get through the day β˜•οΈβ˜•οΈ

We did some Ballroom practice this evening. I was supposed to meet N at 7, so we could then walk to the dance studio together. But as soon as I got to our designated meeting spot, N messages me and tells me that he’s just been called into a meeting. Arghhh! So I decided to go to a nearby 7-Eleven and buy a packet of chips for a snack, and nom nom’d my way through the packet before N arrived. Not the healthiest of snacks, I know πŸ˜” I should come more prepared with something healthier, like fruit πŸ‡πŸˆπŸ‰

Especially since the comp is this coming Saturday! Argh! 😱 I’m actually starting to get a bit freaked out again. I wish I was a born performer, or at least enjoy performing. It would make me feel so much better about comps, and I may actually look forward to them instead of dreading them. Why do I dance, then, you ask? Yes, I wonder that myself 🀣 Well definitely NOT for the performance side, the glamming up business, nor the costs associated with the sport. More for the challenge, the exercise, improving my technique, and making new friends. I just have to keep my focus on these reasons.

But for now, I would just like a decent night’s sleep… πŸ’€

An β€œimposter”

One of these things that I struggle with is being an “imposter”. I don’t quite know how to describe it, so I’ll just describe a typical situation and you can help me figure out a more appropriate word for it 😊

So last night we went to that dinner n dance. Because I had my mantra playing in my mind all day (“connect”), I was busily trying to “connect” with people. Plus because we were there as “the dancers”, so I felt like I was working in a way, and one of my duties for the evening was not just to dance but also to socialise and mingle with the guests.

Now I am a true introvert, and I know that I am not the type of person who draws energy from external stimulation. It actually drains me of energy. So when I am there chatting to people and generally being the one APPROACHING others for a dance and then having a quick chat afterwards, and I’m doing this for the entire evening, it starts to get very tiring very quickly.

So at the end of such events, I always feel like I was being ungenuine (is that a word?!) and that I wasn’t being my authentic self on the night, not showing a true reflection of who I really am as a person. But, having said that, I wasn’t saying things or behaving in a way that was out of sync with my values either, so in that respect, I wasn’t being ungenuine – hence my dilemma of trying to describe how I feel about such events. Maybe it’s just because I was behaving more like me on steroids that it just always feels really weird afterwards. Coz during the event / evening, I am actually enjoying myself, and it’s only when the event is over that I feel this remorse of sorts. It’s all very odd.

I wonder if anyone else feels this way… πŸ€”