Resting

It had finally tuned into a full-blown cold today 🀧 I spent more of the day sleeping than awake, so with all this rest, I hope I start feeling a little better tomorrow. Sighhh… I hate being sick πŸ˜”

I managed to watch Avengers: Endgame, though, all three hours of it. Despite the length, I still enjoyed it, and I thought it was a nice way to end the series, if it is indeed the end of the series. I assume it’s the end, but I thought they were in the middle of filming another Thor movie, so maybe there’s still a few more to go… Maybe it’s the end of the Avengers movies, but maybe they’re still making more for each of the individual characters πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

And then after a lonnnggg nap – N managed to sneak in a gym session while I continued to rest – we then watched the first episode of The Umbrella Academy, which looks quite promising. It’s a little different, and a bit dark, so it’s piquing our interest… They’ve finished the first season and now working on a second, so hopefully we enjoy this first season, at least 🀞

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Consistency

I changed my settings on my phone today so that the default language is Chinese. So now virtually everything looks like this:

I’m doing ok so far, but I can barely read anything at the moment! I am going by memory most of the time to find where things are πŸ˜‚ I am constantly looking up words. But I figured that once I get over the initial hurdle, things will get easier after a few weeks (or even better, days?!), and I’ll also have added even more vocab to my slowly-growing list. I am trying to go with as much immersion as I can. Let’s see how this little experiment goes…

We went and had yum cha again today. There is a seemingly endless number of restaurants that do yum cha in this city! Sooo good! πŸ˜‹ Anyway, when the bill came, which was in Chinese yet again, I surprised myself when I could in fact read the entire bill without having to consult the dictionary. That is pretty exciting for me! It feels like this web of Chinese language “stuff” that I’m growing is actually getting tighter, and at quite a faster rate than I expected. I’m focusing on doing something – anything – every day, to make sure I am progressing daily. It doesn’t matter how much I do, just as long as I do something, I just need to make sure that I keep the momentum going. And it all seems to be helping. It’s that consistency that I keep going on about, I tell you. So exciting! 😊

We watched two Marvel movies tonight: Doctor Strange and Thor: Ragnarok. I’ve seen Doctor Strange before, but I don’t really remember anything about the movie, so I basically enjoyed it all over again today πŸ˜† And I’ve been enjoying the Thor movies, and this one didn’t disappoint either. We just need to watch three more movies (Black Panther and Captain Marvel, and Avengers: Infinity War), and then we’ll be fully ready for Endgame. I can’t believe we’ve watched almost all of them these past few months. Perhaps we can soon move on to the DC Comics movies now… πŸ€“

Marvel series

** spoiler alert re Spider-Man: Homecoming **

We watched Spider-Man: Homecoming tonight. I was actually a bit disappointed, as it was a bit too “teenager-y” for me. He was just being a silly teenager for a lot of the movie, which I just found rather frustrating. But Ironman featured a few times in the movie, which I didn’t expect, and he always has some amusing lines, so that kept things a bit more interesting. And things did get better towards the end, but the lead up to it was pretty blah, unfortunately.

We actually have six more movies left to watch in the series, and I’ve already seen three of them, so I’m thinking of skipping those and just watching the other three, so we can go and watch Avengers: Endgame at the cinema on the weekend. So tomorrow we’re planning on watching Ant-Man and The Wasp, and then Captain Marvel, if we can squeeze it in. And then that just leaves Thor: Ragnarok, and then I’ll be ready for Endgame! πŸ‘ I think it would be nice to see all six movies before Endgame, though, so let’s see what we can get through this weekend… Ambitious, much? Let’s see… πŸ˜‰

A public holiday in a bajillion countries

It was a public holiday in HK today (and a bajillion other countries as well, apparently: Switzerland, France, Germany, Italy, China and Singapore), but N has come down with the flu and so pretty much slept all day. So I ended up pretty much treating the day as a regular work day. A bit of a waste of a public holiday, but hey, such is life, what can you do πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

I took a nap in the late afternoon / early evening, and when I woke up, it was 9pm! OMG! I was obviously rather sleep deprived and I didn’t even know it 😱

After I woke up, we resumed watching the Marvel series, after an unintentional 6-week break. We watched Captain America: Civil War, which started off really boring, but fortunately it got better. The next movie is Black Panther, which I’ve actually already seen, so maybe we just skip it and move on to the next movie on the list: Spider-Man: Homecoming, as we still have a ton of movies to get through! The series is lonnnggg!

TV, movies and Tandem

I spent more time using that Tandem app again, sending more voice message than I normally would, as I’m trying to push myself to speak more. I keep telling myself that it doesn’t matter how slow I’m talking, just as long as I’m talking. The more I talk, the more comfortable I’ll get with sentences, and sooner of later, my speed should get faster. Well, that’s the theory, right?! And since I’m speaking to so many people, they ask me the same questions and I keep repeating the same answers, so over time, I’m hoping that these standard questions and answers will somehow stick, with me hearing enough native speakers speaking that I can actually make out what they’re saying, and soon I can progress to an actual conversation! I’m just not quite there yet, so in the meantime, I’m working with voice messages 😊

We watched Isn’t It Romantic today, with Rebel Wilson and Liam Hemsworth, two Aussie actors. Liam Hemsworth turned on the Aussie accent for the movie, so I felt even more at home watching it 😊 I needed a bit of a break from all the Marvel movies that I’ve been watching lately, so we went for a light-hearted comedy. I really enjoyed it, it was much better than what I was expecting, especially given its mediocre IMDb rating of just 6.0/10. It pokes fun at rom coms yet is one itself, so I thought it was really well written. It’s not going to win any oscars, but that’s not its intention, and I think it delivered what it wanted to in quite a clever way. It was fun 😊

And then I finished off the evening with an episode of Yanxi Palace (a Chinese drama) and Go Back Couple (a Korean drama). The Korean drama is more the type of series that I like to watch, despite the former garnering a bajillion views when it first aired (I’m always late to the tv or movie party, in case you haven’t noticed πŸ˜‚). I’m not a fan of period dramas, I think it is partially because of the strong patriarchal attitudes of the era, which absolutely do not sit well with me. And based on this journalist’s opinion piece on the series, I probably won’t enjoy it for the same reasons. Plus, needless to say, Go Back Couple has lured me in already. So I’m still undecided with Yanxi Palace. If it didn’t have the popularity vote already, I would’ve given up on this one and moved on to another drama already. But it has the vote of the masses, so I am tempted to give it some more time to lure me in. Plus it has 70 episodes (!!) so maybe it’s taking its time introducing the audience to the characters and laying out the scene in great detail. So let’s see how far I can go with it without me getting too annoyed with the patriarchal attitudes of the era – especially since the first episode has already irked me 😠

In contrast, Go Back Couple has me intrigued. It has already made me laugh and made me cry in its very first episode, and I’m ready to go back for more. It has time travel, which I absolutely love, and it’s only twelve episodes! No contest. There almost never is.

2019 is all sorted!

N’s determination in improving his Mandarin is rubbing off on me too, which is great πŸ‘ I logged into Tandem again today, that language exchange app, making a conscious effort to talk more, which is helping me reach my short-term goal for Chinese: basically to improve my speaking and listening! Chinese speakers in the app are always very impressed with the limited amount of Chinese that I do speak, but I need to move on from my basic sentences and start speaking longer and more complex ones. They’re hard, and I sound so stunted and slow when I hear back what I just said. But then I remember how slow and stunted they sound when they’re speaking in English, yet I still have the patience to listen to them speak and I still also want to help them improve. So I hope they feel the same way about me fumbling my way through their native language! πŸ˜† So at the moment, we’re pretty much learning Chinese all throughout the day. But just like with dancing, the improvement is so incremental that you don’t even notice anything on a day-to-day basis, but when we look back after a few months, that’s when you notice just how far you’ve come. So I’d like to see how far my Chinese can go by, say, June, halfway through the year 😊 Which, really, isn’t all that far away – especially when I remember just how fast the first two months of the year came and went! 😱

I continued my Marvel journey today: Ant-Man was next on my list. I actually enjoyed this one! There was more of a story, and quite a fair bit of humour.

But the highlight of my day was N telling me about this website: icdrama.to. It seems to be like a Netflix for Asian dramas, O-M-G!! WHY DIDN’T HE TELL ME ABOUT THIS SITE BEFORE?!?? πŸ™„πŸ™„

OK, so I do vaguely recall him telling me about this site back when we first moved to SG – but that was before I went all k-drama crazy, so I would’ve barely been interested back then. But now… I’m in K-DRAMA HEAVEN!! 🀣🀣 I think this whole year is going to be directed at three things: my trading πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ’»; my Chinese πŸ‡¨πŸ‡³; and now, Korean dramas πŸ‡°πŸ‡·! 2019 is all sorted! πŸ₯³

Content

We went and had lunch in Kowloon with a friend from Oz, and then just wandered around Elements mall afterwards, checking out what stores they have there. I was still on the lookout for a replacement black handbag, as the straps on my current one are literally falling apart, to the point where it is now rather embarrassing walking around with it πŸ˜‚ But somehow, I found the replacement bag today 😲 I still can’t believe it, after looking for aaages now. Apparently it’s a new product in their range, so it was just a matter of being in the right place at the right time, I think. Happyyyy 😊😊

We then just went home and watched the second half of Guardians of the Galaxy 2, the movie that we’re up to in the Marvel series, followed soon after by Avengers: Age of Ultron. Both weren’t too bad, actually, these Marvel movies keep surprising me 😊

And I watched some more of Devilish Joy, my current Korean drama. It’s not bad too, a light-hearted rom com, which is a nice break from all the intense dramas that I’ve been watching recently 😊

We didn’t get to go to the gym as we were hoping to, so we’ll have to make more of an effort to go tomorrow πŸ’ͺ

It was a fun, relaxing day 😊