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Atypical Sunday

IMG_3680My typical Sunday routine includes attending church’s Sunday service, followed by dim sum with family, and avoid going back to the studio.  Today was atypical in that I was really late for church (my sister and brother-in-law needed finish watching Olympics volleyball finals first), skipped dim sum with family (I was trying to stay away from my mother because she’s currently in one of her irritating exploding mood swings), and went back to the studio for a little solitude. 

I can never be more grateful for the studio space in which an introvert like me can find solitude and restore my energy.

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Fuzzy Head

IMG_3676Caught a minor cold/flu with a runny nose, clogged ear, and fuzzy head.  Couldn’t quite put myself to work with this state of mind, took it easy today and watched some Olympics badminton and continued my reading of Jimmy SPA’s illustrative books.

<<Beautiful Solitude>>, another imaginative book by Jimmy SPA.  There were a few occasions in the book when the author mentioned about the time when he was sick and spent many days hospitalised.  Brought back memories of my 12 days spent in the hospital more than a year ago before Christmas, back then I also thought about Jimmy’s experience and how he picked up illustration again after his sickness.  What did I learn from that experience?  For one thing, I seemed to be spending my time more wisely and not have it wasted easily.  I stopped playing badminton and soccer because I didn’t see myself improving with the games and the associated social time with friends was put in a lower priority than my studio work.  With little regular exercise for the past few months, my immune system seems to be weakened and sickness is creeping into my life and using up my time again.  Time, can you rest a little and give us a break?!

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Primary School Friend in Town

A primary school friend was in town, it was a good opportunity for me and two other hk-stationed primary school classmates to catchup with him.  Couldn’t remember the last time the 4 of us met up, and we were still missing one who’s in Canada now and to whom we could only greet via WhatsApp.  It’s always good to meet and chat with old friends, but for some reason I didn’t seem to be as immersed into the conversation as I usually do this time around.

Perhaps I was just a little tired, still not 100% recovered from my sickness?  Truth is that I seem to be having a difficult time sleeping and focusing since Tuesday after inviting a friend to visit my studio and sharing with her the many works and ideas I have.  Admittedly an introvert, I don’t usually open up myself this easily to others.  I now find my mind constantly going back to the conversations I had with her on Tuesday evening (which coincidentally turned out to be 七夕) and trying to decipher whether she shares the same feelings I have for her.  Dropping this down on my journal, which I doubt anyone reads, seems to give a little relief.  What should I do next?

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Sick Day

Woke up with a minor sore throat and light fever, decided to take a day off and rest at home.  I can’t remember the last time I spent the afternoon at home on a weekday.  Managed to read the entire book of Ezra and prepare the ppt for tomorrow’s fellowship while taking a few naps in between.  

I also had the opportunity to watch some Olympics for the first time since it started about a week ago.  Watched a few badminton games, makes me miss playing the game.  I think I’m really lacking regular exercise, perhaps that’s why I seem to be getting sick more easily these days.  I’m hoping to pickup some regular running and soccer again after the summer heat subsides. 

Thankful for having my parents make congee and having b/s pray for me, my fever is almost gone (98.6 degrees) before going to bed at night!   Pray that I will be fully recovered before fellowship tomorrow. 

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Typhoon Nida

IMG_3628Typhoon signal no.8 was hoisted at 8:40 last night as Nida hit near HK coast.  The signal lasted for most of the morning today and much of the HK workforce got a morning off.  I went back to the studio in the early afternoon, walking pass many fallen branches and leaves along the way.  Many shops and restaurants were still closed, the city seemed to be made quieter and cooler by the cyclone.

The studio also seemed quieter than usual as one of my colleagues is on vacation this week and the other colleague only came back for a short while before leaving.  I got through my daily errands quicker than usual with much time to spare.  Spent some time to fold up the July’s daily to-do lists while listening to the radio and doing a little reflection.  Time seems to be running slower, which is good, as I’m feeling tired of racing with time in this hectic city.  I think I can use a good long vacation!

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“When you’re thrown lemons, make Lemon Tea!!”

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