Imagine that, it’s Spring now and it snowed today. How weird is this weather. This morning, Mee and I woke up with snow pouring down. It was quite heavy but the snow didn’t settle. Hence, we still went to our usual Body Balance class. After that, we headed to town centre as I had an appointment with HSBC advisor that I booked last week. Guess what? Mee and I are now planning to buy a house and the phrase ‘we can’t wait to move out’ can finally be history. So, the reason of meeting the advisor is just to find out how much we can borrow before we go house hunting.
I actually had a lengthy discussion with my mom last week. By the end of the conversation, my mom just passed the phone to my dad and we only talked about 5 minutes before my dad kind of supported my decision. A few hours later, I got a text from my dad asking me to phone home. Well, it’s typical and I sort of expected that already. Every time I made some huge decision, they always seem to support me at first and later, they will want to speak to me again once they calm down.
Again, my dad asked me to consider it carefully as mortgage loan is almost lifetime. Before that, I was 100% sure that I want to buy a property. After speaking to my dad, the percentage went down to may 80-90%. After a week’s consideration, I am more than confident that I want to buy a property. If I am not buying a property, Mee and I will still want to move out. We will then be looking at a one bed property which will cost us more than £600 in rent only. Looking at my mortgage quote, I could be paying less than £600 for a two bed or maybe three bed property. That doesn’t really make any sense if I am opting for the rental option.
In addition, if I were to move back to Malaysia, two bed property could easily be rented out for more than £700. At the moment, I can’t really see that buying a property is a bad idea.
The new Body Balance routine is kind of a mixture of old and new. Well, I don’t really like it as I still prefer the previous routine. The current routine is not so tough and it left me wanting for me after the session. Surprisingly, more and more people are attending the class. For the past few weeks, it’s almost always full. In the past, I believe the instructor would already be happy when it’s half full.
The room is actually quite small and when a class like Body Balance where it requires a mat for each learner, it can be quite cramp when the class is fully booked. As Body Balance requires learners to adjust the mat horizontally or vertically once a while, some selfish learners use two mats and place both the mats in a cross shape on the floor. They don’t seem to realise that they have taken a lot more space than other learners who are only using a mat. When the class is fully booked, it doesn’t help too as latecomers would have no mats available to them. Some start to bring in thick yoga mat but even then, they might not have a space in the room if they were late.
The worst thing is that the previous class is the spin class. Those who attended the spin class always leave without wiping off their sweat from the floor. It can be quite disgusting during summer. Why can’t people be more responsible and hygienic? We all pay to use the gym and we should always be thinking about the next person who will be using the equipment or room. It’s the same case as the free weight area. They come, they take the dumb bells, they use and they just leave it on the floor. Some people just don’t read at all.
My whole body is aching now. I did a free weight session at the gym on Tuesday, Body Attack on Wednesday and Pilates today. Luckily, it will be a rest day for me tomorrow before Body Balance on Saturday and another free weight session on Sunday. Sometimes, I wonder if my body will ever recover. Whenever my muscles recovered, I would try to lift more weight. And then I would work harder during Body Attack. The only time I really have a rest is when I fall sick, normally fever and cough. After that, I have to go through all the training again just to get back up to my normal weight and stamina. I think I sounded a bit daft. Anyway, my plan now is to take more care on my body. Even though I still have late night sleep but believe me, I am trying hard to sleep early. It’s just that I have too much things to think lately.
During my last Body Attack session, the instructor mentioned that she will be opening a new class on Friday. I think only a third of the class was kind of interested in it as the class will be set to start from 1930. It’s kind of late, especially it’s a Friday night. The class is called Bokwa and it’s kind of like the latest keeping fit trend. Much like Zumba fever. I looked at some videos on the internet regarding Bokwa but they didn’t look interesting. I didn’t think it’s as high energy as Body Attack and the routine was like repeating all the time. When it’s officially start, which I believe there will be certain charge since the instructor is going to rent the studio for the purpose of teaching Bokwa, I might go to the gym and have a peek. Chances are I won’t be interested in it though the instructor did mention that it’s more suitable for men than women. However, most of the students in Youtube Bokwa videos were women.
Time flies … I always like to use those two words. In fact, I almost forgot about this blog. I only thought about it when I was taking shower last night. I feel bad. Anyway, I didn’t update this blog that frequently because a lot of things happened and I am very busy with my work. The shocking news, though not really shocking, is that my manager has since resigned. He will leave the company early March and no one knows what will happen then. A lot of staffs have been put at the ‘at risk’ category. I am still fine because we are actually short staffed. No one can actually do my work at the moment, hence, I am still safe. That goes the same with my other colleagues in my department. Well, we are in the same department but the works that we do are totally different.
I have changed my daily habit quite a bit minus the late sleeping part. I am still trying to coach myself to sleep early but it’s always until midnight where I start to get all energetic. I have started to take shower before having dinner. The vacuuming routine has changed from Sunday to Monday instead. Mee and I have started attending gym classes during weekend; Body Balance on Saturday and Zumba on Sunday. Well, Zumba is only for Mee as I am not interested. I will just be in the gym area doing free weights stuff. We used to also go to the gym on Tuesday as Mee attended aqua fit class. However, the pool has closed since before Christmas and will only be opened next week. Hence, we have been staying at home all this while on every Tuesday.
Right now, Mee and I can’t wait until our booked holiday period. The last time we went abroad was almost four months ago and it seems like forever. This time, we are quite ambitious as we will be going to Australia and possibly New Zealand. Mee has a couple of friends living in Australia and we could save quite a bit in the accommodation side of things. In addition, my uncle and his family lives in New Zealand, hence, we will most probably be going there and stay at his house for a few days while sight seeing.
Today, Mee and I went to the pilates class. It was full. I guess almost all the classes now are full as most people are trying to get rid of the weight that they gained over the holiday period. The gym area was crowded too. The pilates class was a bit different today as we used resistance bands which kind of help us to stretch further than usual. It’s not often that we use some kind of equipment in this class though it should make the class more interesting. The instructor, I believe, is the best among others in that gym. She monitors the progress of the regulars and will often encourage us to go a bit deeper each time. As for other instructors, they just show you the moves and it’s up to you to follow through.
Come Saturday, we will be going to our second body balance class. It’s a good class but again, the instructor only minds her own business. I did a step wrong last week and she didn’t bother to correct me, or anybody else. Well, I think I just have to be careful myself and not overwork in the body balance class in order to avoid any unwanted injury.