Phew 😅

Gas Guy came this morning, he had excellent English, I was so happy about that. But what was even better was his fix for our stove top: a new set of batteries! 😂 That was it! Luckily he had a spare set, so he changed them over, and all was good with the world 😅 And he just charged for parts and not labour, which was also pretty damn good, so I assume the government pays for these maintenance appointments. It was already a good start to my day 😊

I then rang the vet to check if Kitty’s meds were ready for me to pick up – they were 👏 So I swung by in the afternoon after my trip to the library. Kitty didn’t like the first can of food that I gave her this morning, though, which was rather annoying, as it’s such a waste of money and food! And she spent the morning sleeping, which concerned me too. Not eating and then sleeping without having eaten anything isn’t her usual routine.

But then when I returned home later in the afternoon, she was back to her normal self. She had woken up and eaten most of the second can that I had given her, phewww 😅 Maybe Gas Guy stressed her out a bit. She really isn’t a fan of strangers. She’s barely a fan of us, so I can only imagine how she feels about people she doesn’t even know 😂

On my way to the library today, I suddenly realised that I had forgotten to bring one of the books that I had wanted to return! ðŸ˜Ŧ Isn’t that great. I didn’t turn back to collect it, though. I figured I’ll be heading to the library again sometime in the next few days anyway, and I’ll return it then. I’m really enjoying my library trips. It feels like there is so much knowledge there, all virtually for free! 😆

N had a team dinner tonight, so I had the evening to myself. I’ve decided to read Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman. Being alone in a dark house while reading it is not a good idea – especially for a scaredy cat like me! 😂 But it’s good. I can’t remember where I heard about the book, maybe Reese Witherspoon’s book club?? Yeah, I think that’s where I first heard about it. I don’t normally like the books that the club puts forward, as they’re just not the types of books that I’d be interested in reading. But this one is more up my alley, so I thought I’d give it a go. I’m enjoying it so far! 👍

Admin day

I actually felt somewhat normal this morning. No crazy keen bean, jump-out-of-bed-giddy-with-excitement-like-a-crazy-morning-person start to the day 😂

I updated our address details with a few more companies today. Sigh, so many organisations to update 😔 And then some organisations require us to complete a change of address form, adding to the ugh-ness and making the task feel that much more psychologically insurmountable 😂 But I think we’re almost done now. I think we just have our respective professional organisations to update, and that’ll be it, and I think those will just be logging in and updating our addresses online 😅 Gosh, I forget just how onerous (and expensive!) the whole moving house thing is!

I also booked the gas people to come in and check our stove tomorrow. The stove tops are very temperamental, they will only switch on when they feel like it. And you can’t have both on at the same time: if you try to have both switched on, they will both die. We couldn’t make dinner last night because the stove tops wouldn’t switch on, so we figured we should get them to come in sooner rather than later. So I couldn’t believe that they had a slot free tomorrow! Sometimes this city’s efficiency surprises me. So hopefully the gas dude can fix it tomorrow ðŸĪž

Tired and annoyed

I am still unsure about my chosen vet for Kitty here 😐 Firstly, we dropped by yesterday to ask for some more medicine for her, and I was told it will take a day or two to get it prepared for her, and to just call tomorrow once I’ve checked her dosage (I couldn’t remember what it was and it was the first time I’m buying her meds in HK, so the clinic doesn’t have it on her records yet). Why couldn’t I ring them up after I got home to check?? I asked her that and she said, Iit’ll take a day or two to prepare it anyway, so just call tomorrow.” Okayyy…

So I rang today. I gave her the back story, and mentioned that Dr X (Kitty’s new vet in HK at this clinic) recommended dropping the dosage slightly. She then queries who Dr X is.

Me: Dr X, Dr FirstName X

Vet nurse: Oh Dr FirstName X, from here?

She sounded as if the penny just dropped. Why would I just be dropping random vet names if Dr X didn’t work at that clinic?? 😒 Anywayyy… After comprehending Kitty’s back story, she then said, “Okay, I’ll call you back.” I am still waiting for that call. Ummm, and when, pray tell, do you plan on calling me back? 😒 Perhaps when the medicine is ready for me to pick up?? Sighhh…

In complete contrast, I would just rock up to our SG vet, ask for the meds, and they head over to the cabinet and give me exactly what I need. Maybe I’m being unfair as these guys don’t know Kitty yet as well as the SG guys did, but this clinic just doesn’t seem as slick an operation… Nor have I been that impressed with their level of service. Apart from the vet, most of my other interactions at the clinic have been pretty mediocre 😔 Hence my contemplating changing clinics…

Anyway… I’m probably grumbling right now because I’m tired. All my keen bean-ness and lack of sleep over the last few days is finally starting to come to an end. Maybe I can feel somewhat normal again tomorrow!

I also didn’t make it to the gym because I was just too tired today. I figured it wouldn’t be the most productive session anyway if I did go, so I figured resting would be a better good use of my time, and I’ll go on a day when I’m actually feeling better physically. So my lack of activity probably didn’t help my mood today either.

Not the best start to the week… 😔

Learning, friends and food

YouTube has unexpectedly become a good source for Chinese songs. I am currently working my way through ä― é‚„čĶæˆ‘怎æĻĢ (What do you want me to do), learning all the new words, trying to translate the lyrics, and trying to read the Chinese fast enough to sing along. It’s actually quite a challenging song, with a lot of new words, and the pace of the song can be quite fast at times. But YouTube is helping, giving the pinyin (the romanisation system of the Chinese sounds) and the English translation. So I can look up the new words much more quickly (although I really should just listen to what’s being sung, since listening is my primary focus this year 😆) and also get the translation if I’m struggling to translate it on my own. Plus I like the song, so I’m also ok with having it on repeat 😂

I started reading The Motivation Myth today. It’s written in a rather entertaining way, and has been really easy to read so far. Excluding my Chinese children’s picture books and my trading textbooks of sorts, this is my first book for the year. My first non-fiction book for the year. It’s perhaps a good one to start off with, to kickstart my motivation for 2019 😊

We caught up with a friend from SG today, who’s in HK for the next few days for work. He brought us some pandan cake! It is so light and fluffy 😋 I could eat the whole cake on my own! 😆 There are some foods that I miss from SG; food was something that I took for granted while we were there. And now I’m missing some of them, like pandan cake. And chilli crab 😔

But now, I’m enjoying YUM CHA!! They didn’t really do yum cha in SG, so having it so prolific in HK is just too good! 😆 Shame our friend is busy with work the entire time he’s here, though. He doesn’t even have one evening to himself to spend time with us, so we can’t even take him out for a meal 😔 Busy busy bee 🐝


I started my new Korean drama today, Who Are You. As I had expected, it was a bit freaky! Not quite the usual drama that I watch, but it’s been good nonetheless. I think I’ll continue with the series – unless it gets more freaky, in which case I may just give up on it! 😂

And then we went to Tsim Sha Tsui for an early dinner. This area / neighbourhood / suburb, whatever you want to call it, is sooo busy. There are people everywhere. We were only there for a few hours today, and the sheer number of people is just insane. I think there are so many tourists that head over there, and then coupled with locals on the weekend, the place is just totally crazy. It’s ok to see the craziness as a tourist, but experiencing it every time you go there just gets really draining. It actually puts me off going over there, to be honest. But we’ll still go on the odd occasion, because there are a ton of restaurants in the area that we want to try 😆

I wanted to watch the next movie in the Marvel series, The Avengers, but I was so sleepy by the time we got home that I had to abandon the idea. Hope it’s a good one! ðŸĪž

Water and TV

I have this thing with scents. I come across something that smells really nice, and I can spend days just getting high on the stuff 😂 What’s really weird is that I find the smell of water here quite nice. It is totally bizarre! I can sniff the water coming out of the tap for aaages! 😆 I think it smells quite “metallic”, it’s the best word I can think of to describe it. And even if that was a good description of it, that still doesn’t explain why I would like the smell of metal?! ðŸĪŠ I don’t think it’s just the water in our apartment building either, as I have smelled the water out in public places before too. Totally weird, right?! So if you’re ever in HK, let me know if you agree with this “metallic” description of mine – or if you have a better word for it! 😆

It was a pretty uneventful day for me. I spent most of the day on my trading, and finally finished About Time tonight. The ending was ok, not my favourite, but good enough. I did enjoy the series overall, though. In my quest to find my next drama, I came across this one: Who Are You. Not sure if it’ll scare the bejesus out of me, but surely it won’t be that bad…?? I’ll let you know when I watch the first episode…! 😆

Another productive day

I got up really early this morning, which is always such an amazing feat for a night owl like me. So again, I had a very productive day! This is becoming a good habit that I’d like to maintain for as long as possible! 😊

I returned my bilingual Chinese/English picture book today, and went searching for another one in the same series, since I’m really enjoying them. It took me forever to find them, as they were on the shelf! They have sooo many children’s books that some books just sit on nearby trolleys. I couldn’t quite figure out if there was any sort of order to the trolleys, and even some semblance of order to the books on the trolleys, as the books weren’t always in order either. But luckily I decided to go through the half a dozen or so trolleys scattered around near the shelf where the books were supposed to be, and finally found the series. I decided to borrow “I am Punctual!” today. I figured I could learn a thing or two from it, and not just Chinese 😂

I went to the gym again today. I decided to do some dance basics on the treadmill, something I haven’t done in months. I was halfway through a slow fox song, and my calves were already sore! I am obviously so out of training! 😔 We really need to get back into it asap. Or at least go back to the gym on a more regular basis and just continue doing basics and also to keep up the stamina. But first things first, we need to find a new studio and new teachers … 😔

I needed to buy some cat litter today, so I went to virtually all the supermarkets near home. Only one stocked the cat litter that we have now switched to – and, wouldn’t you know it, it was the last supermarket on my list! So typical. But I have recently started turning annoying things into times of gratitude – in this instance, for example, instead of being feeling inconvenienced by having to wander around to various supermarkets, I’ve decided to view this as being fortunate enough to have a few different supermarkets so close to home for me to be able to choose from. It feels like such a more positive way to view it! I’m liking this new technique, I’m going to try and do it more often whenever I start getting annoyed at something; turn it around and be grateful that I have the problem in the first place! 😊

And in the evening, I watched another episode of my Korean drama, About Time. I’m getting close to the end of the series, so I need to find my next drama soon. I need to create a watchlist, so I can just go straight to that for ideas 😊

Energetic, fussy and another surprise

I woke up this morning feeling excited and full of energy. This hardly ever happens, and when it does, I can’t quite contain myself and I just want to do EVERYTHING!! 😂 Why can’t I have this much energy every day?!? Needless to say, I had a very productive day 👍

I bought a different brand of cat food recently, and gave Kitty a can today. She didn’t even touch it, reacting to the food as if it contained poison or something 😒 I had to throw it all out because she simply refused to touch it. Such a waste of food – and money. I bought it on sale at the supermarket, something like 8 cans for HK$48, so now I have another 7 cans to get through. I wonder if she’ll react the same way for each can, or if it was just that particular flavour. I thought I’d buy her something different, just to give her some variety so she doesn’t get sick of what she’s currently having, but obviously she’d rather stick to her current brand 🙄 That is, until she gets sick of it and I have to find something else that she will eat. Such a Little Miss!

We watched Thor this evening. Again, I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. These Marvel movies are surprising me 😊 I should know better than to judge a book by its cover 😆

A repeat of yesterday – or was it??

Today felt like a repeat of yesterday, with a few minor changes. I went to the library again; met up with N and went home together; had pretty much the exact same dinner, and watched a Marvel movie. We watched Iron Man 2 tonight. I think I preferred the first movie, but this one was still pretty good.

Apart from a different movie, there were some other minor differences compared to yesterday: I didn’t speak to my parents; had a totally different lunch; and I went to the supermarket today. OK, so today wasn’t quite a repeat of yesterday, my bad 😂 But it sure felt like it!

Oh, and I read that children’s book that I borrowed from the library the other day. It didn’t take very long, as there was only one sentence per page 😂 Nonetheless, I still learnt a few new words. Children’s books are good because they use everyday language, and they will say things in a natural, conversational way, so you get to see how the language is actually spoken. Much like in the (modern) dramas, but without the craziness and hilarity that comes with those 😆 Although this book started with “my little sister is not cute”, which I thought was quite an amusing way to start the book! There are a few more “learning” pages that I need to work though, teaching kids about jealousy. After I get through these last few pages, I will return it and borrow another book from the series 😊


My plans got a little derailed today, as my mum rang and we spoke for almost two hours 😂 She actually pushed some of my buttons today, so much so that I was almost ready to hang up on her 😔 This outburst doesn’t normally happen with me. My parents can get on my nerves sometimes, as all parents do, so nothing new there. But normally I can shrug it off and say whatevs, ignore whatever I disagree with, and move on. But today, she must’ve triggered something in me somehow, whether it was something she said that was against my core values, or I was just in a bad mood and she just pushed me over the edge, perhaps a bit of both. Either way, I feel bad. I don’t like getting angry, it’s not helpful to anyone 😔

That outburst didn’t put me in a good frame of mind, and it took me ages to shrug it off. Not the anger, but the guilt that I didn’t handle the situation better. I’m usually much better at controlling my emotions, but something just triggered me today. I want to think about it some more to understand the root cause, and to make sure it doesn’t get triggered as explosively again in future.

I went to the library and spent a few hours there reading one of my current books on trading. Another textbook of sorts that I’m working my way through. It was good to get back into something work related, to get my mind off my outburst from earlier in the day.

Afterwards, I met up with N and we went home together. After we had dinner, we watched The Incredible Hulk, the next movie in the sequence that I have decided to watch the Marvel movies in. I actually liked it! Probably helps that I like Edward Norton too. Next up: Iron Man 2! 😊