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‘

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All finally back home

A bit of a lazy day today, I didn’t do much at all. I was lacking a bit of energy all day, and so of course was tempted to skip the gym, but even more so than usual today. But I went anyway. Maintaining the habit of going was more important than achieving something at the gym today. Normally I try and beat something from my last session, whether it be a shorter time between sets, more reps or heavier weights on a particular exercise. Today I didn’t care so much, and just focussed on doing something. I probably did less than I normally would, but I didn’t mind. I was fatigued, and my muscles were still sore from yesterday’s session, so I didn’t want to push myself too much today.

I did spend more time on the treadmill doing rumba basics and waltz and foxtrot basics. I’ve recently started adding Ballroom to my treadmill repertoire! πŸ‘ I did over 800m of basics, quite impressive. That’s twice around the track and field oval 😊 So basically I was doing rumba walks for one round of the oval, and then waltz and foxtrot basics for the second round. Obviously not as elegant as these guys, and definitely not with sneakers on πŸ˜‚ but you can get a feel for how odd I must look when I’m on the treadmill in the gym doing moves like these!

And N finally got back to SG tonight, after being away for so long. I tracked his flight while I was at the gym, despite taking over an hour from the scheduled departure time to finally take off, and then saw the landing when I was back in the apartment and while I was in the middle of writing this post 😊 We’re all finally back home again.

β€œIt’s just another manic Monday”

I got an electric Grab car on the way to the vet this morning. Very cool! And more importantly, very environmentally friendly. Especially since it’s a Grab car (the Uber equivalent in South-East Asia, ever since they joined forces a few months back), so it’s on the road pretty much all day, every day. My driver said they had thirty electric cars in their existing fleet, which is awesome. I hope they keep adding to that number.

We got an update from our Aussie friends who are currently living in SG: they’re heading back to Oz asap πŸ˜” He put his hand up for a redundancy, and he got it. The lifestyle here didn’t really suit them, and they were ready to go back. We are very sad to be losing friends here, but happy for them that they get to go back to Australia and to the lifestyle that they missed. And their family and friends. We’ll still see them back in Oz, of course, but it’s just not the same as when they were (are) here. They’ve been talking about going back, and I think I’ve mentioned this in previous posts, but I was expecting them to move back sometime next year, not sometime in the next few months! I’m not psychologically ready for this!! πŸ˜”

So I went to the gym – in line with my decision last week to go on non dancing evenings πŸ‘ I spent longer than I normally would there, just so I didn’t have to think about their going back to Oz. I did do some Rumba walks on the treadmill, but the other dances are harder to do properly on the treadmill. So I decided to just stick to Rumba. I did about 700m of Rumba walks! That’s a lot of Rumba walks! I’m really excited about this new commitment to go to the gym, I’m going to get more Rumba walks in now than I’ve been able to in a long time! πŸ‘

And I had some wine 🍷 and cheese πŸ§€ after dinner, as reward for getting through the comp yesterday. I’d held off having anything all of last week, trying to eat as clean as possible leading up to the comp, so I thought I’d relax a bit once it was all over. It was a nice way to end the day 😌

Oh and the title of this post is from The Bangles’ song 🎢 It was playing on the radio in the electric car this morning, which I thought was so appropriate πŸ˜‰

Getting ready

I ran a few errands today, getting ready for our weekend trip to Malaysia! The trip has completely snuck up on me, I can’t believe it’s almost here. But I guess we’ve had a few friends visit recently, keeping me distracted from this upcoming getaway. We’re going with a few friends, so I’m sorta just running with their itinerary, I haven’t really planned anything. I’m just seeing this as a weekend away with some friends to KL, having a bit of R&R (and good food!) along the way. I really should do some research, since it’ll be my (our) first time in the city. It’d be good to know a bit about the city before we fly in! 😊

Although I do still find it weird that we can go on a one hour flight and be in a totally different country. It’s like flying from Sydney to Canberra, how can we be in a different country after only one hour?! I still find the proximity to SG of all the other Asian countries quite astounding. Coming from a country as large as Oz is, the fact that you can drive or be on a ferry for less than an hour and suddenly be in a totally different country is just amazing.

N got caught up at work, so we didn’t get to dancing today, unfortunately. And we probably won’t go tomorrow, and we’ll miss this weekend too πŸ˜” I must try and do stuff during the day then, even if it’s just stepping through things on the spot, or doing some visualisation, or Rumba walks. Or Jive kicks! πŸ˜‚ I think a massage is on the itinerary in Malaysia. I’m not a fan of massages as the others are, so I may use that time to do some dancing instead 😊

I’ll definitely post some photos of our weekend trip! 😊

Biweeklies

We took our bi-weekly trip to the vet today. Kitty was well behaved: we barely had to restrain her for the measly few minutes that she was hooked up on the drip. And her appetite is pretty much back to normal! πŸ‘ There’s something oddly satisfying with reporting good news back to the vet! 😊

We had an extra Latin lesson tonight, on top of our usual lesson yesterday. I think N was lacking a bit of confidence in his dancing ability yesterday, feeling rather out of form and lacking focus. His mental attitude was much better today, which then came across in his dancing too. We’re still nowhere near our previous level, but we can only continue to put in the work consistently over the next few weeks, and just do our best for the 3 Feb comp. If we do that, then I think we’ll be happy.

Our rumba and samba felt better today. There are still a few wobbly, shaky parts, but by and large, I thought we danced them well. I think we can do this comp. We probably won’t win, but that’s not the aim of this comp. We just want to get back the feel of being on the comp floor again. And if we can dance all 8 of our routines cleanly, then that’ll be enough 😊

Dancing and Star Wars

We went and had brunch at a local cafe this morning. I was hoping that it would get me through the 3.5 hours of dancing that we had today. Simply writing that out makes me feel tired hahaha The plan was 1.5 hours of Latin, followed by 2 hours of Ballroom.

Well we got through 3 hours, but I was really dying in that last half hour. Sighhh… I’m either too old for all this dancing or just out of form. Probably both hahaha

And now my hip flexors are really sore and I’m just hobbling around! I feel OLD πŸ‘΅πŸΌ

We hobbled over to Suntec tonight to watch Star Wars: The Last Jedi. It was 2.5 hours, but it didn’t feel like it at all. Even though I recall pretty much next to nothing about the previous Star Wars movie (omg), I still enjoyed this one. Maybe I should watch the previous one again… In fact, maybe the prior six movies too… 🀣

Very tiring Sunday. Just in time for the start of a new week. Week 2 of 2018, omg. Where did that first week go?! 😲