Got woken up at nearly 6 a.m. by a loud thunder clap. Couldn’t go back to sleep but not willing to really wake up, so rolled about bed for an hour trying (unsuccessfully) to catch a few winks. Reached gym at 7.30 a.m., had my measurements taken, did 15 minutes treadmill and almost 15 minutes of cycling. Was about to take a shower when the gym chick rushed in to tell me that I was not done with my programme.
“Oh the FULL body fat reduction programme.”
Apparently they already set up a list of things I should do — 15 minutes of treadmill, 15 minutes of cycling and another 15 minutes of using some other machines. So the first week I should do no less than 45 minutes of sweaty stuff. By the second week, I should add another 5 minutes to both treadmill and cycling.
Very nice and sweet of them. But this shit is tough. At the end of the 10th minute of cycling today, my legs are begging me to stop, STOP THIS MADNESS OMG YOU ARE PERFECT, YOU SHOULDN’T GIVE A SHIT WHAT OTHER PEOPLE THINK ABOUT YOU, YOU DON’T NEED TO TORTURE YOURSELF LIKE THIS STOP STOP STOP STOP STOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111111111
So, back to gym on Friday.
While putting my stuff into the locker, a young-looking middle-aged lady came in and started complaining about the lack of lockers bla bla bla. I was rather puzzled because there were plainly so many unused lockers in sight, but I guess she only wanted the ones at arm’s reach. She started to make conversation, going on about how we should keep everything, including shoes inside the locker because apparently someone else’s shoes were stolen while she was in the shower.
“Must keep everything locked one you know. That stolen shoes must have been taken by people who are not like you and me. This gym got other races one… They must have taken it lor… People like you and me won’t take other people’s shoes one… you know lah, they not Chinese is like that one… last time ar, my daughter used to put her music player and her mobile phone out like that when she showers… I was like, haiyohhhhh but luckily no one ever take. I scolded her you know!! Cannot leave things out like that one!!! Other people will take one!!! Of course not Chinese lah… Now she studies in Australia and she goes to gym there and she leaves her stuff like that, but no one ever take! You know lah, our people and mentality here… simply take take one… over there is not like that!!!
Last time my daughter leaves her things here, sometimes she forget to take them home. Lucky the maid here finds it and keep for her! The maid here very good one… very poor you know… so sometimes I give her things lah.. you know, like some biscuits I buy that are too sweet and I cannot eat, so I give her loh! They really appreciate one!! These people are very poor one… if you give them so they take lor… and they are very thankful… Like we have a lot of clothes that we cannot wear anymore, I also give!! The maid ar… very poor but very good!”
Times like these, I really don’t know how to converse. How do you tell someone you just met that she is a racist but somewhat philanthropic Chinese? So I tried to make my exit but it wasn’t easy.
Where can I buy a comfortable but not expensive office chair for my home use?