I got approved!! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

Continuing on from yesterday’s BIG news, I applied to join the YouTube Partner Program late last night to monetise my channel. I couldn’t wait ๐Ÿ˜‚ Luckily I did, because apparently the wait to be approved can be up to one month. And it can actually be longer ๐Ÿ˜ฑ So all this potential revenue that I won’t be getting during this waiting period – assuming that they even accept me into the Program, that is!

I actually got an email from YouTube in the early hours of the morning inviting me to apply for monetisation. They obviously want people to join the Program! ๐Ÿ˜‚

So anyway, this evening, I decided to log into YouTube just to see my stats. I went into my dashboard, which I hardly ever do, and this ‘Important Notification’ section caught my eye. Like I said, I hardly ever go into my dashboard, let alone look at this ‘Important Notification’ section. Out of the corner of my eye, I thought I read “Congratulations, << something something >>”. I thought I was just seeing things, since I’ve been so obsessed with getting accepted into their Program ๐Ÿ˜‚ So I actually took a closer look: apparently they had already approved my application. I am now able to monetise my channel! OMG! Woohooooo!! ๐Ÿฅณ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿฅณ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿฅณ๐ŸŽ‰

I still can’t believe I have reached this milestone. It’s not even about the money, because that’s just going to be pennies, at least initially. It’s actually achieving it. What I had to learn in order to get here. I have grown so much as a person during this journey, and I am so proud of finally achieving this. I totally understand it when people say that you have to focus on the journey, not the destination. Because if it was just the latter, I don’t know if I would have made it this far.

But anyway, nothing really changes for me ๐Ÿ˜‚ Just that I now get money from people watching the ads that are shown before and after (and during) my YouTube videos! I’ll still continue to make videos, only now, I’m even more motivated because money is now extra motivator. Before, I used to track how I was going in order to achieve monetisation eligibility; now, revenue earned might be the new thing to track! ๐Ÿ˜œ I will forever be stats and data driven, even if I have changed career paths, so I always have to be tracking numbers ๐Ÿ˜‚

So if you crossed your fingers and toes for me, thank you so much!! I am so happy right now!! ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿฅฐ

Notion and YouTube

I resisted the urge to spend all my time watching YouTube videos about Notion today ๐Ÿคฃ I reminded myself that planning is not the same as doing, something that I have fallen for so many times in my life. But maaan, Notion looks sooo goood! I just want to spend all my time setting up my dashboard so that itโ€™s ready to replace my Bullet Journal for 2022 ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

Oh and I reached a huge milestone today: I met YouTubeโ€˜s requirements for my channel to be eligible for monetisation! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿฅณ When I first started on this YouTube journey, i couldnโ€™t imagine ever reaching this milestone. You can probably look back at some of my old blog posts here where I say something to this effect! ๐Ÿ˜† But now Iโ€™ve reached it. Wow. Itโ€™s been a very slow journey, but a very steady one. And Iโ€™m just so proud of myself for finally reaching it ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Now I need to actually applyโ€ฆ So there is still a chance that YouTube can knock me back ๐Ÿ™„ Itโ€™s a slim chance, but itโ€™s still a chance. Sighhhโ€ฆ I really hope that it gets approved. Please cross your fingers and toes for me!! ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž

Notion!

One of the YouTubers that I follow introduced me to Notion. I was curious, so I went and did a bit more research about it. And now I am obsessed! ๐Ÿ˜‚ OMG it is like an electronic version of my bullet journal , and I looove my bullet journal. I probably donโ€™t gush enough about it here ๐Ÿ˜‚ It keeps me so mega organised. And if I donโ€™t use it, things fall through the cracks. It has totally changed my life, something that Iโ€™ve been looking for since I left high school, probably. I canโ€™t believe I didnโ€™t come up with the idea myself ๐Ÿ˜’

Anyway, so Notion is basically an electronic version of a Bullet Journal and then some. Itโ€™s basically a whole series of databases that you can link together as much or as little as you want. So itโ€™s Microsoft Access all prettied up to the nth degree ๐Ÿคฃ Thatโ€™s my analogy! And so, just like Access, itโ€™s not very intuitive. They give you a ton of templates to choose from, but like my Bullet Journal, I want to tailor my workspace exactly the way *I* want to use it. And that requires research and learning how to build an effective database. And, similar to Access again, itโ€™s very powerful ๐Ÿ’ช But you need to learn how to maximise its capabilities to suit your needs.

I started watching some YouTube videos to see how other people are using Notion. But like with anything popular, there are a bajillion videos on the topic. And I donโ€™t have an endless amount of time to watch them ๐Ÿ˜” So at this stage, I think Iโ€™ll just continue to learn as much as I can about this app, and try and see if it can indeed replace my bullet journal next year ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

Sleepy to wide awake

I felt very sleepy all morning, despite having had my usual cup of coffee. It didn’t feel like a great way to start my week ๐Ÿ˜” So I had a cup of tea in the early afternoon. That woke me up for the rest of the day, but now it’s almost 1am and I’m sill up! ๐Ÿ˜ฉ I hope I can get to sleep soon after I go to bed ๐Ÿคž Needless to say I didn’t have the most productive of days ๐Ÿ˜”

We finished Alice in Borderland today. Yep, I definitely liked it more than Squid Game. If Squid Game did so well, then I don’t understand why this show didn’t do just as well, if not better. I thought everything about it was better. Maybe it’s too dark and macabre for most people. I thought Squid Game was tamer in comparison. Yes, if that is at all possible! ๐Ÿ˜‚ Or maybe Alice in Borderland isn’t available in as many countries for some reason? ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ

So we have finished yet another show. I’m not sure what we’re going to watch next. A few people have mentioned Maid, but the storyline doesn’t interest me. Maybe science fiction really is more my thing. I might see what other shows My Drama List recommends if I liked Alice in Borderland. Or what Netflix recommends. Oh, I did start watching Hotel del Luna, another Korean drama, but stopped for some reason, so I might watch that again from the start and give it another go.

But tonight, if I can’t get to sleep any time soon, I might just read a bit. My new autumn of alternate realities is much more slow-going than my summer of memoirs! I might not even get through my very short list of books for this season! I thought I might get a head start on my winter theme, but by the looks of things, I might not even finish my alternate reality books. Although it is also partly because of the two memoirs still left over from summer. They’re taking forever to get through! ๐Ÿ˜’

A walk and some more TV

We went for a bit of a walk this evening, this time walking around Sheung Wan. We like seem to like choosing a ‘suburb’ (I don’t know what the equivalent is called here, maybe ‘area’??) and then just wandering around on and near the main street in that suburb/area. One of our favourite yum cha places in Sheung Wan has closed down and has now been replaced by a new place. We thought they had just closed for renovations, but apparently they have closed down entirely ๐Ÿ˜” So many places have closed down in just the few years that we’ve been here. I think even long-standing places have closed down these past few years because of the protests (read: riots ๐Ÿ™„) and then ๐Ÿฆ , including a lot of places that I really liked going to. It’s quite sad ๐Ÿ˜”

A lot of expats are also leaving HK at the moment, with fewer visas being issued. So fewer expats and virtually no tourists makes it quite difficult for businesses to survive in this climate. Tough times ๐Ÿ˜”

And we also continued watching Alice in Borderland. Man, this show is intense! If you have watched Squid Game, as apparently a bajillion people around the world have, this show makes Squid Game look like it’s for kids (no pun intended – or was it?? ๐Ÿ˜‚). We’re about halfway through now, and it’s been excellent so far. So if you enjoyed Squid Game, then you would probably enjoy Alice in Borderland. If you found it too macabre and stressful, then maybe don’t watch Alice in Borderland! ๐Ÿคฃ

So it was a nice, relaxing way to end our extra-long weekend – although I wouldn’t exactly call Alice in Borderland relaxing, but you get what I mean ๐Ÿ˜œ

One-year death anniversary

We put Kitty to sleep this time last year ๐Ÿ˜ข My Timehop app has been showing me photos these last few days of her last few days with us. I felt like I was reliving those few days all over again ๐Ÿ˜ž I canโ€™t look at them without breaking down. I also canโ€™t delete them. Maybe one day Iโ€™ll be able to look at them without feeling so, so sad. But right now, the feelings just come back almost as strongly as when I first experienced them.

And the photo album on my phone has also created an entire memory of her last day with us. I really like it, theyโ€™ve chosen some really nice photos for the memory. But at the same time, it is just so heartbreaking to see ๐Ÿ˜ข I donโ€™t know if itโ€™s a fortunate or unfortunate thing, but my photo album wont let me share the memory. I canโ€™t even share it with N, except to just hand my phone over for him to watch. I can save other memories, just not this one. Strange. Maybe my phone is trying to tell me something ๐Ÿค”

I read somewhere that one way to talk about death with children is to tell them that the personโ€™s body just stopped working. So now I keep telling myself the same thing. Her body just stopped working. Which it did. And in a way, that sorta makes me feel better. Slightly.

Oh and btw, this death anniversary is apparently a thing, in case you didnโ€™t know. I guess itโ€™s a nice way to remember those who are physically no longer with us. I would like to move on, although I think there will always be a part of me that will never be able to. At least thatโ€™s how Iโ€™m feeling right now, one year on ๐Ÿ˜ž

Shopping!

We had the aircon guys come in this morning to do the regular aircon servicing. One of the units is leaking, which I might have mentioned before. Thankfully it wasn’t a big issue. Something was just blocked and he just cleaned it out, so it’s all good now ๐Ÿ˜…

We then went to a discount shopping mall out near the airport. We only go there around once or twice a year, since we’re not big shoppers, so we’ve only been there a handful of times since we moved to HK. Plus it’s really far. It’s near the airport! ๐Ÿ˜† The first time we went there, it was maybe a two-storey mall that looked like a pretty budget mall, in line with the shops that were in there ๐Ÿ˜† The next time around, it looked like they had extended the mall out a bit more, but it still looked pretty budget. The third time, it looked like they had actually renovated the extended section and there were even more floors. And today, it looked like they had polished off the renos even more. That was pretty cool that we got to see its transformation.

But we forgot about this extended section. We were still just expecting the old two-storey mall from when we first visited, a place that we could finish in less than an hour – if that – if we didn’t want to try on anything. Now, you could spend the entire day in there. There are so many more stores, and so many more food options. And there’s a cinema in there too now! We were completely unprepared for this. So we missed stores that we just didn’t have the energy to go to. But now we know, so we can go in better prepared next time ๐Ÿ˜† Shopping requires stamina, which I clearly donโ€™t train for ๐Ÿ˜‚

Day 1 of our extra long weekend

All typhoon signals were cancelled by the time I woke up this morning, so we were freeee!! ๐Ÿ˜‚ Great timing because today was another public holiday. They have sooo many public holidays here, I feel like weโ€™re jipped in Oz!

But despite my best efforts to finish my next YouTube video last night, I didn’t quite get there ๐Ÿ˜” So I had to spend the morning working on it. But that worked out fine, actually, because N went to the gym with one of his mates, and then they went for brunch afterwards. And by the time he got back, I had just finished the video. Perfect timing ๐Ÿ‘Œ

We then spent the entire afternoon at K11 Art Mall. We checked out the Normally Abnormal art exhibition, which was pretty cool. A lot of the labels were in Chinese, though, and my Chinese isn’t at the level yet where I can just casually read a label about artwork and get the general gist of what it’s about. Although, admittedly, I didn’t actually try… ๐Ÿ˜† I just took photos of the labels of the ones that I actually wanted to read so that I can study them when I got home.

The name of the exhibition was what drew me. Apparently it’s the second half of a six-week-long exhibition. The first half was called ‘Normally Abnormal’ and the second half – the one that we saw today – is ‘Abnormally Normal’. I wish we saw the first half. It would’ve been interesting to see what was deemed ‘normally abnormal’, in contrast to what we saw today.

One of the pieces at the exhibition today

I was pretty tired walking around the mall all afternoon, so we went home soon after we finished the exhibition. I actually fell asleep on the couch when we got home ๐Ÿ˜‚ But I still managed to watch the first episode of Alice in Borderland while we ate dinner ๐Ÿ˜† Based on the show description and that first episode, it seems like a Japanese version of Squid Game… And like with Squid Game, which had nine episodes, Alice in Borderland only has eight. I don’t know if they’ll continue into a second season for either show, but at the moment, I only have 8 x 45-50mins to get through – actually, 7 now ๐Ÿ˜† So it’s not such a huge time investment. It’ll be interesting to see where it goes and how it compares with Squid Game!

So despite the small hiccup with my YouTube video, I thought Day 1 of our extra-long weekend started off quite well ๐Ÿ‘

Planning my holidays

The T8 signal remained in force for the whole day. The rain did eventually start, maybe sometime after midnight last night ๐Ÿ˜‚ And it stuck around all day today. They eventually downgraded it to a T3 just before 5pm, which is still in force now at around 11pm.

Everyone works from home now when thereโ€™s a typhoon. Before, everyone would have the day off. But thanks to COVID, everyone is now set up to work from home, so itโ€™s no longer seen as a day off ๐Ÿ˜” Although Iโ€™m sure some people still treat it like one!

Gyms reopened two hours after the T8 was downgraded, so N went after dinner. Apparently it was packed. Everyone was probably itching to go, after being cooped up at home all day today.

So I just worked on my next YouTube video, which is taking foreverrr to make! ๐Ÿ˜ฉ Iโ€™m thinking of staying up tonight to finish it rather than spending time tomorrow working on it. Itโ€™s another public holiday tomorrow, and weโ€™re taking Friday off as well. So I want two full days off where I donโ€™t actually do any work. I think Iโ€™m getting fatigued again. Itโ€™s now close to the end of the year where I feel like I need a longer break. Weโ€™re going to take the first two weeks of December off, but Iโ€™m thinking of extending my own holiday until the end of December. But letโ€™s see. The first two weeks might be enough. Plus Iโ€™ll take a week off in the first week of February for Chinese New Year, which sorta feels like a second Christmas / New Year break to me anyway. I wonder if we will be able to travel by thenโ€ฆ! ๐Ÿคž

Crying wolf

The HK Observatory announced a T3 today, and they said that they will issue a T8 later in the day. So, like I mentioned yesterday, I decided to go to the supermarket and buy a few things before the T8 was announced. Apparently everyone else had the same idea: the queue at the registers went all the way down the supermarket! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ But for some reason, no one likes to use the self-service registers, which had next to no one there. So I just bought my few items there and went on my merry way ๐Ÿ˜Š

The Observatory gave the usual heads up that they would be issuing a T8 signal in two hours, if not earlier, to give people time to start making their way home to hunker down and wait for the typhoon to pass. And as per their earlier announcement, they issued the T8 exactly two hours later at 5:20pm.

And so far, at our place at least, it looks pretty normal outside. Maybe just a little windy. So at the moment, it feels like the Observatory is crying wolf! ๐Ÿ˜‚