Lockdown 6.0 Activities

Our lockdown has been extended for another week, this doesn’t come as a surprise to me at all. I think, we have al just learnt to deal with it. The only unfortunate thing for me is that I am on annual leave right now…so the days just pass by meaningless and occasionally I feel like I am wasting away not doing anything. Thankfully I have my family in Adelaide thate I can call from time to time!

I was also able to get a few weekend shifts at work and was lucky to be able to cancel 2 days of my annual leave to get dose preparation for pfeizer! This is one of my goals for coming to Melbourne! It was to be involved in the fight against covid! It feels great to be part of the bigger picture and not just in our own ‘Pharmacy world’. Working at the Covid Vaccination Centre means we work closesly with nurses to draw up the right amount of patients. They are really strict about how many doses we draw up and how many get wasted. The vaccine is a precious commonidity and I guess we have to be really careful how the doses get used. We unfortunately don’t have enough doses to vaccinate everyone as of yet.

Something else I started doing was playing League of Legends again…I played briefly around 9 years ago with my first ex! But since we broke up I deleted the game and haven’t touched it since…so it was super exciting to re-download the game on my Mac Book and see everything that has changed since 2012! It’s amazing how nice the graphics look and they even have tutorials to help teach you how to play the game!

Recently I have spent a lot on health care and I am really thinking perhaps I need to buy a higher level of health insurance :(. I’ve been started on medicine that costs around $70 a month…I’ve also been seeing the Physio for my shoulder which costs $60 per 20 minute session. Today I saw a dermatologist for the keloid in my ear and it was $200 out of pocket for a 20 minute session! The total cost for the session was $336! You have to be super rich to be able to afford to be healthy….that’s what I personally think :(. I put everything on my credit card of course…sad..Costs so much to see a specialist for such a short time..I tried to hide my shock at the costs.. -.-”’

Thirdly, I’ve still been trying to get my daily count of 10,000 steps when I can! I’ve been taking walks around the university campus near my house and it’s nice and relaxing! A lot of people have been going outdoors to exercise! Playing on basketball courts, soccer, or jogging around the campus. I guess this is one of the perks of living near a university campus. As per my Physio, they have asked me to buy weights to help strengthen my arms…I’ve also been using them to exercise too! Slowly I am going to make a tiny home gym! Lockdown has really forced ourselves to be more creative in the way we exercise…

Fourthly and finally, I tried cooking a new recipe today…! Mexican tacos! Well, not really cooking since I had the kit with all the spices and sauces inside already…But I still had to assemble and cook the chicken! In my tacos, I had chicken, capsicum, and spinach! It’s nice to something different every now and then…Because I occasionally get bored of the same thing everyday…

I hope you guys have been well! If you have experienced lockdown, do you have activities or new skills you started doing in lockdown?

How to be comfortable #forever alone

There are going to be times where you will be alone, whether driving to work, going on work vacations or if you don’t know anyone in a social situation…or even during Covid lockdowns. I think it is always useful to have something to do in case you have time to kill and don’t want to waste it.

1. Have a piece of technology with you at all times…most likely at least your phone…so you can use it to surf the internet, use social media, or write ideas for future blog posts…

2. Have a book to read…Whether a light novel, autobiography or whatever. It is perfectly acceptable to sit somewhere to read, you would less uncomfortable with a book than without. Can even read manga or ebooks from your phone like Webtoons! Or listen to books being read out loud on Audiobooks etc.

3. Have some good music to listen to. Emo music is great.

4. Get a pet. Dog, cat, fish, or turtle etc. Even plushie or bolster is fine. xD. Anything you can cuddle really….

5. Learn how to play an instrument..but don’t spend too much on your first instrument xD you can learn from Youtube videos.

6. Just learn to love yourself and to love the friends and family around you. You can do this with the help of Apps, self-health books, psychological services, or just spending time on yourself.

7. Maybe get a plant? But only if you can keep it alive, nothing is more depressing than a dead plant in the house :(.

8. Watch online streamers or even start streaming yourself! Maybe a good way to connect with other people or make new friends.

9. Get into the stock or share market!! Why not use all that spare time you have being single and grow your investment portfolio and become a bit more well off than you are now. Also look into your Super Fund and see if they are really growing your supperannuation for you or is it time to choose a different option for yourself.

10. Work out and get yourself the best body you can have! Go to the gym as much as you can, get fit, and get healthy..or play a sport, like badminton!! I guess this is good for making friends and socialising as such, if your area let’s you go back to indoor spoorts that is.

I am guessing the reality of these things I listed is because when you DO eventually get into a relationship, you most likely will have less time to yourself and to do what you want. Why not make the most of this single prime time and make it your time..

-#Foreveralone

Staying Fit During Covid-19

Hi All,

Thought I would like to share my personal first experience of trying to do some workout at home!! While I was quite disappointed that my gym was closed due to the pandemic, I understood that this was for not only my health, but the health of many others too. I have to admit, I was hoping the Covid-19 restrictions would only last a few weeks or so, but it looks like it will be much longer than that! So, I had no excuse to keep putting off the exercise, just because gym was closed.

So like most things, before I start anything new or out of the ordinary for me…I asked those around me what they were doing. How many days did they work out in a week? When did they do it? Who did they do it with? What equipment did they use? It was interesting and innovative the answers that I received. From using your bed, to handbags, and hand sanitisers as weights.

So off I went yesterday. After finishing work, I changed into my sports gear as if I were about to head to the gym or badminton. Grabbed a towel from the bathroom, spread it on the bed room floor, got my laptop and placed it in an easy to see location. Typed in google and brought up Blogpilates (who I know is an online Yoga instructor from some other Youtubers) and clicked on a 14 minute yoga stretch video. I don’t want to get into the hardcore stuff yet, I am unfit and tight from not exercising properly! It was important that I put the phone away, made sure my door was closed, and didn’t stop the video. I have to admit it was a bit hard trying to keep my eyes on the screen while doing some weird position and difficult trying to copy what she was doing. But, at the end of it, I felt a lot better! I needed to do some core work outs too, so I looked up “5 minute work outs” on Youtube and got this video of a man doing 10 different exercises over 5 minutes with no break! There was planks, pushups, and other difficult stuff, but after that I was puffed out, hot, and a bit tired. It was a good work out, I think. Was tired this morning, but I had a good sleep.

I think it is really important to keep exercising amidst this time, as it is not only good for our health but also for our mental well being and SLEEP! My sleep has been so bad lately, probably because I am not using up all my excess energy before I sleep :(. I am going to aim to do exercises at home 3-4 times a week and continue my daily walks during lunch breaks. I hope you can find some time to schedule in some exercise in your schedule too!

Take care and stay safe.

PS: I gave into FOMO and bought an expensive yoga mat from Ebay.. xD Hopefully it arrives before the gym reopens!!

JL

Out of my comfortzone

Today marks a new day where I joined a new gym. Long story short, the all-girls exclusive gym where I had half-price membership – closed down last month 😦 After being a member there so long.. I really really do miss it :(. Unfortunately they will be moving (next year) to a different location that is not close to me anymore. Due to being busy with life, I stopped gymming for a month and just increased the days I played badminton. So instead of once a week, I played about three times a week. I mean, badminton is good and all for stamina development and cardio.. but not so much gaining a more toned body.. which I much desire.

Anyways, this is a momentous occasion, because I’ve never joined a mixed ggm before… I do admit I feel intimidated seeing the guys (and some buff girls) pumping weights heavier than me. 😦

I kinda feel like I’ve been going to a private all girls school and to a public Co-Ed school. LOL. Well, on impulse I’ve joined up for 12 months (more lols coz i wanted to live overseas next year)- guess i ll worry about the consequences of that later.

I’ve been really put out of my comfortzone lately. Flying to Sydney for a wedding in which I only basically knew the person getting married. :/ Sitting on a table in which I knew absolutely noone. Brave? Maybe. I was scared shitless though. So many things. The wonders that travelling to another city makes you do. Syndey.. is not bad actually. Could i live there? Maybe. We’ll see. So many things to do. Yet, Where do I even start?

Hmmm new gym. New job. New haircut… new..??? New instrument to pick up??

That reminds me, I’ve been watching a Chinese Drama called “Untamed”… soo good. Highly recommended if you don’t mind handsome guys, pretty girls, and lotsa action and suspense.! They feature quite a few traditional Chinese instruments and it just looks so cool and I want to learn to play the flute LOL. I swear I used to have one or two of them.. but no idea where it went ;( .

Do you guys often get that sudden inspiration to learn something after watching a show, movie, or reading a book? What inspired you?