A few things to distract me

We went to Shake Shack for lunch today. The place was virtually empty, and we had to get our temperature checked at the door, which is so common in HK now whenever you enter a restaurant or a store. We sat outside in the general public seating area, but there was next to no one there either. Not that Iโ€™m complaining, especially during these current times!

Absolutely no one in this shot ๐Ÿ‘

Oh and btw, FYI, I donโ€™t think I have ever explicitly said it, but HK is not in lockdown. We never have been. So Iโ€™m not openly flouting any lockdown laws or anything, in case youโ€™re wondering! ๐Ÿ˜† I am voluntarily exercising self-quarantine as much as possible, as I mentioned a few weeks ago when I was anticipating this second surge in cases here ๐Ÿ˜’

And then in the evening, we watched another episode of Dirk Gently and an episode of How I Met Your Mother when Ralph Macchio, the Karate Kid, guest starred. It was actually quite a good episode!

TV took my mind off the fact that the numbers are still increasing in HK and around the world, sighhh ๐Ÿ˜” Even if just for a little while.

Weโ€™re now at over 800K cases and almost 40K deaths. I still remember about a month ago when I was wondering how long the overnight increases of 10,000 would last. Now that number looks small. What the hell, man. Itโ€™s just all so surreal.

Food, yoga and languages

N felt like Malaysian/SG food today, so we decided to try this new place weโ€™d never been to before in Sheung Wan, Asam Chicken Rice. I thought the food was good, but N thought the food in SG is better. Well, itโ€™s tough to compete with The Source…!

They didnโ€™t have dessert, though, so we went to Shake Shack for one of their shakes ๐Ÿ˜† N was so full that he was ready to take a nap, but for some reason I was full of energy beans. I have no idea where all that energy came from. All the sugar in my shake, probably! ๐Ÿ˜‚

So I decided to do a power yoga session when we got home, to use up all this excess energy that I seemed to have. I forgot just how hard yoga can be! Iโ€™ve been doing more of the relaxing ones or the ones that are more about stretching and flexibility, and only in 10-minute bursts, but todayโ€™s session was all about power and strength. And it was tough! But totally what I needed. Iโ€™m so glad I did it today ๐Ÿ‘

And then in the evening, we went out for Korean BBQ in Causeway Bay with a few of Nโ€™s workmates – well, 18 of them ๐Ÿ˜‚ One of the guys is from Spain, and that motivated me to learn some Spanish before I see him again at the next dinner / drinks event. The last time I saw him was a good few months ago, so surely I can get through an entire Spanish textbook for beginners in a few months?? Itโ€™d be nice to practise even just basic Spanish with him next time. Man I love learning languages! #polyglotgoals ๐Ÿค“

Since I was out quite a fair bit today, I noticed something else that I do now whenever Iโ€™m outside: I assume that everything I touch is infected. Which means that as soon as possible, I need to wash my hands or at least use hand sanitiser. So Iโ€™d add this to my list of things that I do whenever Iโ€™m outside now, which I talked about in a recent post. So continue to stay safe and take all the precautions that you need to.

Our two sports

We went to the second day of the karate comp today, but just to the morning session. They had the official ceremony this morning, which was odd, as I would’ve thought they’d have it at the beginning of day 1?? Perhaps one of the officials wasn’t available to attend yesterday or something, and so they moved it to today.

We went and had lunch with a few of N’s mates from karate, and then after that, we just went home and took a nap before our first proper dance training session since we moved to HK ๐Ÿ˜ฑ It wasn’t a complete disaster, we didn’t forget everything ๐Ÿ˜‚ N remembered more of the Ballroom choreography while I remembered more of the Latin, which doesn’t come as a surprise since he prefers Ballroom and I prefer Latin ๐Ÿ˜† It was good to get back into it, nonetheless. Plus the room booking fee is way cheaper here than in SG, and for a much larger room: we’re basically paying the same amount here as in SG, but in HK dollars (S$1 is about HK$6 – so wayyy cheaper!). Something that is actually cheaper, for once! And the room was a decent enough size that we could somewhat practise our Ballroom, something which we struggled to find in SG. This too is quite surprising, given the lack of space in this city.

Good size room, good enough even for Ballroom ๐Ÿ‘

Afterwards, we then just went to Shake Shack – not quite the best choice in food after a training session! ๐Ÿ˜‚ But it was nice, my first time eating at a Shake Shack in HK ๐Ÿ‘