Language: Daily study. Biggest contributor is audio while commuting, over an hour a day of shifting attention. Video is next, whether local TV news or dramas or Tai Chi videos. I still only get two book sessions a week, though... wish this was bigger. Not carrying flash cards daily, but if I don't I've got a phrasebook.
Main language since November has been Cantonese. I'd freeze with a conversation, but can pick up a good amount from the TV, from eavesdropping on the bus. Lots of Mandarin, and I can still understand some Japanese in text and video. I spent two weeks recently getting greetings, numbers and question words in Malay, so I can be polite in Singapore (don't think I'll need it, but it would be nice). No work in Korean, or Taiwanese, or other languages I'm interested in. Mostly improvement in Cantonese. My goal this year has been varied speech production, but I'm still stuck in speech comprehension.
Physically, I've been learning lots more working with cane or rope. Don't know how to describe it, though. Cane twirls, figure-eights, wrist rolls, behind-the-body passes, hand slides, shifting two-hand grips, unmatched grips, finger twirl combos... the variety of movement keeps growing in possibility. The ropes teach the same thing in a different way, whatever their length, whether weighted or not... I move a lot of cane twirls to rope and vice-versa.
Recently I took a pair of thin stretchy fabric poi and nested them around one ball, for a nice solid sock that's fun for manipulation. Yesterday I finally put soft weights on the end of a cane-length rope... I still haven't caught how the Chinese Acrobats do one-hand spins with this though. (Put a dozen pennies in a sock, roll it up, secure with safety pin, push a twist-tie through the cloth to secure to an overhand knot in the end of the rope.) I've ordered a pair of lightweight tonfa, after learning that most stores won't sell even foam nunchaku to California. Would like to work with an Indian Club. Been doing a lot of finishing work on canes, too.
Have realized a lot of these "self defense martial arts" techniques are fantasy-based. Not enough of them focus on identifying a situation early, avoiding it, defusing it. Maybe it's cause class subscriptions come from someone who was beat up, so they start at that face-to-face position. A cane is great because it lets you flexibly define a space, and catch the attention of those who are daydreaming, guiding them along a safe path. If I ever get jumped I know it'll be helpful then too, but it's of more frequent use in preventing someone from pushing into me from behind in a queue.
I'm hoping to use two weeks of vacation in March, to spend a week in Hong Kong, a week in Singapore. Will be my third time in HK (three days, then five days), and I really want to explore the historic areas of Kowloon, see some of the beautiful nature beyond the urban areas, and get some conversational Cantonese while negotiating the food scene. Singapore has been amazing me with its approach to multiculturalism, and I want to learn more. Haven't made any firm plans yet, just studying maps, history, menus.