Successful and unsuccessful practice sessions

We went and did some dance practice today. We booked the dance room for two hours, and only did three dances: one hour on waltz, and half an hour each on rumba and cha cha. I remember our old ballroom teacher telling us that she used to train for four hours each day. That’s how you become Chinese champion, I suppose! So we are barely scratching the surface ๐Ÿ˜” But we do this for fun, not to become world champions or anything, and we’re currently not competing, so at least we’re keeping up with some training…!

While we were practising, I got a text message – from the HK police! ๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™€๏ธ It’s rather stressful getting a random text message from the police! It was in Chinese, but since I was so stressed that I just got a text from the police, I just copied and pasted directly into Google Translate, rather than trying to read the message myself ๐Ÿ˜† It was just a public service announcement letting everyone know that there’s another march today, and to make sure to receive updates from social media about it. I thought that was a really nice thing to do, despite the initial stress of seeing “HK police” show up on my phone! ๐Ÿ˜†

N decided to still go to karate tonight, despite this rally that’s going on. But as soon as he got to the venue, they cancelled the practice session! Apparently the venue had decided to close for the rest of the evening, we assume because of the rally. So he had no choice but to just head back home ๐Ÿ˜” I guess I should be grateful that these minor inconveniences is the extent to which we are impacted by these protests. I just don’t want them to escalate into something worse – and I don’t want to find out what “worse” could be ๐Ÿ˜”

Two decades and forever

Sooo… We got married today ๐Ÿ˜‚ I’m not going to say much on this, except that HK (and Asia in general) doesn’t recognise de facto relationships. Never mind the two DECADES that we’ve been together. Anyhooo… moving on… ๐Ÿ™„

After having brunch with a few friends in celebration, we then had our calligraphy lesson in the afternoon. We wrote:

ไนŽ – hลซ

ๆ‰‹ – shว’u

ไน‹ – zhฤซ

ๆ–‡ – wรฉn

ๅ…ฅ – rรน

Look how simple these characters look, yet they are so damn hard to write! But they have all the basic strokes that you need to learn, so that’s where the beginners start. As with anything, you start with basics. And you keep working on your basics forever. That’s how you get good. Like rumba walks: if you want your Latin to look good, you do rumba walks forever ๐Ÿ˜† I’m really enjoying this class. I’d like to continue with calligraphy after we move to HK, even if it’s just self-directed learning. While I continue working on my Mandarin ๐Ÿ˜†

Speaking of Rumba walks, we went and joined the last half hour of Latin practice tonight. I didn’t even get through that, as I started feeling really dizzy after about 20 minutes. I had just done a few spins, but I don’t think that was the sole contributor, as I spin all the time. I did have a few glasses of alcohol during brunch, and I probably didn’t have enough water, especially considering the alcohol and the heat today. So I felt off for the rest of the evening. I drank a fair bit of (non-alcoholic ๐Ÿ˜‚) liquids after practice, and had a quick dinner near the dance studio to give me time to recover a bit before heading home.

And then we did some more decluttering while watching The Intern on TV. We’re slowly getting through our stuff…! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Changes because of HK

We had a Latin lesson today. Our teacher asked to see all four dances, and I was thinking “pffft, yeah right! You’ll be lucky to see two today, before your eyes start hurting from our terrible dancing and you’re going to spend the next hour fixing just the first dance” ๐Ÿ˜‚

But surprisingly, we got through all four dances! ๐Ÿ˜ฒ That was surely a first. We barely touched Rumba, he seemed happiest with that; Cha Cha and Jive were also not too bad; and he just really wanted to work mainly on Samba today. I guess he knows we can only do so much before our next competition, so he’s just fixing the blatantly obvious bad bits ๐Ÿ˜† Sigh, we have to find another Latin teacher yet again when we get to HK…

We had a few friends come over for some drinks this afternoon. We were hoping to get through the whiskeys that we have, since we probably can’t take them with us to HK. But our friends aren’t big drinkers, so we barely got through any of the whiskeys! Argh! ๐Ÿ˜‚ So I think we’ll be drinking a fair bit of whiskey between now and takeoff. Today is T-54…

And then in the evening, we watched the latest series of Strictly Come Dancing. They’re showing it here! ๐Ÿ‘ Tonight was the first and second episodes. It’s the first time I’ve seen the British version, and it’s quite a fun series! The judges are harsh but fair, so I actually like that, it’s quite “refreshing”. If they dance poorly, the judges won’t have an issue giving them a score anywhere from 1-3 out of 10 ๐Ÿ˜ฒ Their feedback is honest, so overall, I think the contestants are getting judged really well. And there’s a ton of celebrities on the show too! The show’s been going for years now, and they still manage to find celebrities each season, so they’re obviously doing something right ๐Ÿ‘

I also found out that there’s this show called Casualty, which seems like a British Home and Away ie a drama that’s been part of the country’s landscape for donkey’s years. According to IMDb, it’s actually been going for slightly longer than Home and Away! ๐Ÿ˜ฒ Crazy stuff.

So we’re enjoying the British version, and we’ll probably watch it right up until we leave SG. Let’s see what tv shows we get to see in HK in a few months’ time…! ๐Ÿ˜’

A bit overwhelming

We had our first Latin lesson this morning, our first one in what felt like over a month, although it’s probably only been two weeks. It was a bit of a struggle to get to the studio by 10am, I just couldn’t get up this morning. So I had to skip breakfast in order to get there on time.

Despite the lack of food, the lesson was actually ok. We focussed mainly on Rumba, always a good dance to start with, and we finished with some Samba. A few things fell apart, but once we got into the lesson, muscle memory kicked in, and it was all ok. Our teacher didn’t even mind our Samba, which was total amazeballs ๐Ÿ˜‚

We went home after grabbing some lunch near the studio, and we both fell asleep because we were so tired from the early morning start ๐Ÿ˜‚ So much so that we missed Ballroom practice this afternoon, which is a bit of a shame, as we are so out of practice at the moment. Our last comp for the year is just over one month away, and it will also probably be our last comp in SG, so it’d be good if we can actually put in a good attempt for this comp. But with everything going on with this HK move, I’m not sure if we’ll get much time to practise for it during this coming month! ๐Ÿ˜”

I think we are both a bit overwhelmed at the moment with this move. I’m sure it’ll be more exciting once we’ve settled in, but at the moment, getting everything organised to actually move is just stressing us both out, on top of the usual day-to-day stuff that we do. Argh! We just need to focus on getting everything sorted over the next few months: make a checklist, do some serious decluttering, and start ticking off everything on that checklist. We just need to be methodical about it and not let the sheer length of the checklist stress us out.

Enjoyable performances

We got up at 11:30am today ๐Ÿ˜ฒ 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 ๐Ÿ˜‚

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 ๐Ÿ˜ฒ

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 ๐Ÿ˜Š

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 ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท vs Croatia ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท final ๐ŸฅŸ๐ŸฅŸ We got home just in time for the match ๐Ÿ˜… Awesome game to watch! Who would’ve thought six goals would’ve been scored in the final?! ๐Ÿ˜ฒ A good final ๐Ÿ‘

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! ๐Ÿ‘ I did over 800m of basics, quite impressive. That’s twice around the track and field oval ๐Ÿ˜Š 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 ๐Ÿ˜‚ 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 ๐Ÿ˜Š We’re all finally back home again.

โ€œItโ€™s just another manic Mondayโ€

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 ๐Ÿ˜” 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!! ๐Ÿ˜”

So I went to the gym – in line with my decision last week to go on non dancing evenings ๐Ÿ‘ 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! ๐Ÿ‘

And I had some wine ๐Ÿท and cheese ๐Ÿง€ 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 ๐Ÿ˜Œ

Oh and the title of this post is from The Bangles’ song ๐ŸŽถ It was playing on the radio in the electric car this morning, which I thought was so appropriate ๐Ÿ˜‰

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! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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 ๐Ÿ˜” 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! ๐Ÿ˜‚ 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 ๐Ÿ˜Š

I’ll definitely post some photos of our weekend trip! ๐Ÿ˜Š


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! ๐Ÿ‘ There’s something oddly satisfying with reporting good news back to the vet! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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 ๐Ÿ˜Š

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 ๐Ÿ‘ต๐Ÿผ

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… ๐Ÿคฃ

Very tiring Sunday. Just in time for the start of a new week. Week 2 of 2018, omg. Where did that first week go?! ๐Ÿ˜ฒ