Day 54: Insomnia and Insanity

I couldn’t sleep. I had stayed up to finish my blog and now I was paying the price. Hours of tossing and turning. I tried washing my face, drinking water, turning on the aircon, listening to music, sleeping upside down and without pillow to without avail. My constant movement spurred my mother to try to help me get to bed. She sat by me quietly, gently massaging me and trying to gently lure me to sleep. Just a reminder how kind she was. By the time I got to bed it was around six and an hour later it was time for swimming.

Lyka had experienced a similar problem and was running on two hours of sleep. After two cups of water for breakfast and bare bone hygiene I was out the door. Then I went to meet Lyka. I was starving so we decided to go to McDonald’s for a while to get something to eat. While there we started to have doubts if we were gonna get any swimming done. We were dauntless however and trudged on to our destination.

We went to swim at a public pool at a place called Mount Carmel which is near the Cotai Casino Strip and a lake. The is where the yearly Lusofania is held aswell.

The place where the days exploits began

Lyka knew how to swim, but we went there to iron out the kinks if you will; perfect her freestyle. We made good progress, and in the end swam about 10 laps over the course of an hour. While leaving for the changing room, I unintentionally ended up in the woman changing room. Luckily I was unnoticed and made haste my escape!

Lyka was taking a shower so I had some time to play around with my new compact camera. Obviously not as good as my Nikon, but it’s so handy to just video blog and point and shoot. I got to take some photos of the surrounding areas.

Old traditional Portuguese house that is now a museum

Street Art on Mount Carmel

We then finally got to met Liam after our failed attempt on Sunday. They were chilling at Liam’s house. Man it was good to see him again! We ended up watching lots of trailers for horror movies. Also this:

We ended singing it the entire day -,-

We had a quick-lunch at Liam’s and then were off to dance practice. Liam wanted to start a dedicated group of dancers and it was a debut practice. They made a dance to Mercy by Kanye West. You hear the same part over and over again, you just start hating the song. Lyka and I, not being dancers were quite bored but came to support anyways. We danced for a good four hours and were off for dinner.

We had dinner at Little Red Panda again. Most of the predinner time was spent taking and hiding each others things. On the way to the bus stop we stopped at US Mart to get some Laffy Taffy.

Before I could go home and rest I needed to do one last thing. We were having a Picnic tomorrow and me and Marilda were in charge of chips and utensils. We spent more time than needed, blankly looking at items and talking. Marilda crashes the cart. Alot.

Tomorow there’s going to be a picnic, then John has planned this F4 graduation Party before school starts. Then were gonna sleep over somewhere. Better get some sleep now I suppose..

Two Random Things.

My mom got to see the Chinese Gold Medalist today, including a Ping Pong Player named Ding Ning which I cheered on and made fun off a few weeks back.

My headphones are actually sounding bad due to bad MP3’s.  A rewatched review alerted me to that.

Day 53: Back to the trade

Ah back to blogging! It’s been a solid half a week without using a computer so it will take some time to get out of writer’s block. O well, no use complaining let’s go straight in.

Today is the last day of what I call “The Great Ta-ta drought.” Our helper will be back on Monday to patch us up. On a side note my cockroach house has accumulated many guests over the past few days (fewer then I hoped) but it’s still a fair catch. At least we are combating them somehow, damn vermin.

Breakfast was at the normal cafe. For some reason I paid more attention to today’s bible preaching. I don’t know if it was a good speaker, or that I read the english version beforehand but it’s worthy of note. Today we played a game which was basically church monopoly. First one to build 10 churches wins. There were special event cards like temptation, blessings and justice. surprisingly fun. I minor annoyance is Annie (a girl in my class) is getting a bit clingy. She didn’t leave when we stayed (she could have left) and to makes matters worse my mom decided to drive her home and have lunch with her.

Then I went to meet up with Joel at his house with Joao. I haven’t seen Joao for the entire summer and it was good seeing him again :). The gang was finally getting back together. We headed to the back streets of Central Macau for a cheap haircut at Smart Saloon. It’s run by men with an alternative lifestyle (nothing against them btw). When it was my turn I toke some time to talk to my dresser. He told me some hair tips and explained he was using a thin comb to well.. thin out my front bang. He then proceeded to gel it, making me look emo and a slight shade of cool. It was only temporary, since I have no how to clay hair.

We then met up with Joel’s sister Lyka and looked at some of the local shops. Some attractive stuff, but none of us had money to drop. On the way to the bus a prostitute whispered at Joao calling him to follow her. So there was that..

The Real reason we went out today was to greet our friend Liam who was coming back. He was in South Africa the entire summer. Joao in his infinite wisdom only brought enough money for the haircut so we were of to his house to get some money.

We spent a few good hours in Joao’s house watching youtube on his Tv and testing out his speakers (if you remember I helped him pick a while back). We made multiple calls to Liam’s house but to no avail. I was also lucky enough to ask Lyka about the girl I met before (same school). She told me somethings that weren’t too flattering but I’ll i guess I’ll have to judge for myself.We didn’t even know what time he was coming back. Eventually our hunger drove us from our chill spot. Joao didn’t get any money.

We then waited at McDonald’s even longer, waiting for a call from his house phone. After finishing our food we finally decided to go to Venetian. Venetian is always a nice place to kill an afternoon. We look at clothes we can’t buy, check out shoes etc. I was also fortunate enough to be wearing my swatch, and had it adjusted to fit even my skinny wrist. It was completely free and the guy was really nice about it! Yay swatch watch!

When we finally left and were making our way into Taipa we ran into Marilda! She decided to part ways with her parents and have dinner with us. It was already late so we ended having McDonald…again. We called one last time; still not home. Well this was a disappointment. After Mcdonalds we all just went home.

I made the mistake of not bringing my camera for anything, but today I decided not to bring my bag so no photos for this one (please don’t be mad!). I also made the mistake of playing one game of League of Legends with Joel which really dragged out the night. Liam finally called Joel at around 11.

Tomorrow I’m going swimming with Lyka early in the morning and then meeting Liam for some dance stuff. Goodnight 🙂

Day 42: Summer Bliss

Today we went swimming. This is my second time to the people the entire summer. Blasmphemy, I know. I was with my friends Joel, John, Anthony, Bruno and Ivan. It was blazing hot there at the pool, I literally burned my feet. Joel, forgetting to bring trunks had to use my spare speedos. Ivan also had this case that let him use his iphone underwater. He can listen to music underwater and take photos :3. We also played Russian Roulette with my bb gun and picked up some bbq chicken wings at the nearby beach tourist traps.

On the way back from the pool John did a fair bit of trolling on the bus. Inspired by online sensation Janoskians, my friends and I decided cause a little bit of a ruckus. We kept randomly shouting. John toke it further, shooting people with a  bb gun pistol and yelling insults at pass-a-byers. Once in Taipa, Bruno, Ivan and Anthony went home to their respective homes.

After we split up, we went to a local apartment complex called Nova City to play basketball. We ended up playing 2v3 with a man and his son, with me on their side to even the sides. You could say it was a bit of a grudge match (with Joel managing to hit his son with the basketball) and when the son stopped for a breath it was on. 2v2. The Father and me, and Joel and John. He then scored 4 points.. in a row. He was nice enough to pass to me before scoring. We then played a game called “Around the World.” Normally each player takes turns shooting, and if you score you can go again. The first person to make successful shots and advance around the court wins. This time however we used to train, allowing John to take as many shots as he needed to advance. When it was my turn, I managed to get four shots in a row :D.

After basketball we went to have Mcdonalds. I was so thirsty that in my attempt to drink the coke faster I spilled it. We sat there, having a good chat.

The most curious thing happened to me as I went home. Made me love Summer even more. A girl just randomly comes up (a pretty one) and starts talking to me! We got into a conversation, and she games a lot too XD. She exchanged phone numbers and added each other on Facebook. Hopefully, this a new chapter in the JackOfAllTrades.

Day 22: My brother turns 13

Today is my brother’s birthday, but more on that later.

First thing we did today was go to swimming class for the first time in weeks. For some reason the one day we return is the most grueling. Our tortures today included but are not limited to:

  • Swimming an entire lap with our heads up
  • Swimming an entire lap without breathing
  • Swimming an entire lap frog style (my worst style) with our hands behind our back

After swimming we went to a Japanese restaurant for a mini-celebration with my mother and maid. We ate tons of sushi and sashimi :D. We will have a bigger celebration when my father returns during the weekend (he works abroad during the week).

Afterwards I bought a plant for my desk for two reasons (three really)

  • I read its healthy and reduces stress
  • I wanted one
  • A Youtube commentator named Spazie has a plant

I then meet up with my friend Chester to pick up a gift for my brother at the computer mall. Our original plan was to get him a complete audio overhaul with a soundcard, headset and speakers. Even with our combined money we were unable to buy anything without cheaping out on some parts or excluding some. We ended up buying him a headset with a built-in soundcard. Our logic was to get him one better thing, rather than some small rubbish ones. We got him a creative sound blaster tactic 3d alpha. Yeah its a mouthful.

Afterwards we helped the birthday boy setup his new headset (creative drivers suck). Chester ended up using my computer so now I’m stuck on my netbook, writing this article.

Double Digit Days: Day 10

I’ve finally reached the double-digit mark of continuous blogging! Hopefully I will be able to blog more and with more quality in the future!

Today I went to swimming class, but this time my brother came along. He’s in the class after mine, but my mother had it arranged so we could be in the same class. It makes that much more bearable (still don’t understand him though).

After having lunch, I ran into a small problem. A game was on sale on the American Steam (which is unavailable here) and I was trying to trade for it online. After half an hour of desperate forum posting and chat spamming, I failed. Damn you region locking!

I’m of to teach little kids dance and sing (ill try to take videos and pictures) and film with Miguel. Update you guys soon! – William

Day 8 (八): Swimming Class Woes

Today was my first day at swimming class, and I came back with mixed emotions. On the ones side im getting excercise which is good and I count it for my daily excercise. On the otherside I have a grumpy old instuctor that alternates between 2 dialects of chinese which makes it almost impossible to understand him. I also discovered how bad at Frog style I am. My swimming class was largely uneventful. Like previous summers, I one of the oldest people there, and im plagued by stomach aches and dry throats. Hopefully these problems will disappear soon :).

Today I’m going to film with Miguel again, then hopefully get more gaming in. Update you guys later!

 

Where did all my time go? The rushed beginning of Day 6

My mom woke me at 10 today to attend my first swimming class of the summer. Me, being tired for playing League of Legends with Joel till 2 in the morning wished for nothing more to avoid it. My wish came true, with my mom and helper unable to find my speedos and swimming cap. I went back to sleep…and now, its 1. Where did all my time go?

I must make it a habit of sleeping earlier and waking up earlier if I’m going to be able to be truly productive this summer. Theres so much I want to do! Today I’m going to film with Miguel and buy my swimming stuff.