Last day of February

It is the last day of February. We are already two months into 2019, can you believe it?! Where in the world has this year gone?! It is flying!

I have only just realised this, so I didn’t review my goals today. At the end of each month, I normally assess how I am coming along with achieving my goals (or not achieving them, as the case may be); what went well during the month to get me closer to my goal; and what things could be improved to clear the path some more. I’ve been doing this monthly review ever since I started my Bullet Journal, and it has definitely kept me on track. It also makes me properly review any of goals, and make a call whether I want to keep one or not, or tweak it somehow to make it more relevant to me. But one thing I should do more often throughout the month is look at my goals. I know what they are, but I think having them stare back at me each and every day has a different effect to just remembering what they are. And also to read my whys, why each of my goals are important to me. That’s what spurs you on to keep going, I think, your why. I’ll have to build this into my daily routine πŸ‘

Still trying to find our feet

We’re both still trying to find our feet in this new city. We haven’t yet found our new local joint, our go-to place for when we don’t feel like cooking and just want a quick and dirty meal nearby. We haven’t found a dance studio yet either; a new hairdresser; a new doctor; a new favourite shopping mall; and I haven’t found where to buy my Japanese goods that I’ve gotten used to having on hand in SG… The list goes on. Plus we’ve been so focussed on our respective work that we haven’t really done much else! Hopefully we’ll start getting into a good rhythm soon enough 🀞

We watched the Friends episode tonight where they make New Year’s resolutions. It’s still one of my favourite episodes, and is still hilarious to this day. This year marks the episode’s 20th anniversary OMG. I can’t believe it (this episode and the series as a whole) was released a whole generation ago. The show is now getting a whole new batch of fans in the form of millennials 😲

And I decided to give Devilish Joy a go, and make it my new Korean drama. It’s not bad, but definitely not on the same level as Sky Castle or The Last Empress. It’s more a light-hearted rom com, with a bit of amnesia thrown in 😊 That’s not a bad thing, because the previous two that I watched were pretty full-on and crazy intense. I hardly ever felt like I was “relaxing” in front of the tv, if you know what I mean. So this will be a good break from all the stress that the previous two series brought into my life! πŸ˜‚

Looking for my next fix

I finally finished The Last Empress today, my current Korean drama. I found out today that they sometimes extend dramas after their initial number of episodes, if the series ends up proving quite popular. So they extended The Last Empress for another four episodes. But because of this, one of the main actors couldn’t film these last four episodes, due to a scheduling conflict, so they had to write that into the storyline. That was actually really disappointing, as his character played such a pivotal role in the story. I think if they didn’t have to work around this real-life issue, the story might have ended a little differently. Nonetheless, despite this, I thought the ending was really good. I don’t think I could’ve asked for a better ending.

So now I’m feeling rather empty! πŸ˜† This is how I usually feel after every drama series that I watch, even more so when the series is really good, like this one was. They’re like drugs, I tell you! You’re constantly looking for when you can get your next fix, your next high πŸ˜‚ They really suck you in. I will need to find my next drama soon, to fill this current void in my life! πŸ˜† I think it’s going to be hard to find the next one, as the last two series will be hard to match, let alone beat. They were awesome πŸ‘

Boohoo

Little Miss had a lovely time scratching at doors at 2 o’clock in the morning, waking me up on numerous occasions. I had to put her on the couch and coax her to sleep, before I could head back to bed myself. Needless to say I had yet another poor night’s sleep πŸ˜”

I had a pretty shite trading day today πŸ˜” I overtraded, wanting to win back my losses – acting exactly like a complete noob. You’d think I’d know better by now, but no, obviously not πŸ™„ In hindsight, after such a poor night’s sleep, maybe I shouldn’t have traded today…

And I watched a few more episodes of The Last Empress, and I now only have two episodes left. I am nearing the end of yet another drama series, so I have gone searching for my next one already. I have a few on my shortlist, so I’ll see which one draws me in right from the very first episode. It’ll be hard to draw me in now, I reckon, after watching the last two very good dramas, Sky Castle and The Last Empress. These two, as great as they were, were very stressful, though, so I hope I can find a more light-hearted drama for my next one, perhaps more a traditional rom com type one…! 😊

An expensive day

I got to do some more flight tracking, with N flying back to HK today 😊

We decided to order in today, but we still somehow managed to pay over HK$400 (S$70) for dinner. We did order quite a fair bit of food, though, so at least it’ll last us until tomorrow. Still, HK$400 stung quite a fair bit, just for takeaway πŸ˜”

And then after dinner, we just did some grocery shopping – with the bill racking up to almost HK$1,000 (S$170)! 😲 And we barely bought any food! OK so HK$200 (S$35) of that was alcohol, which is obviously a splurge; and we bought Froot Loops, which apparently cost HK$70 (S$12)!! 😱 But there wasn’t much else added to that: cat food, cleaning stuff for the house, and a little food for us. That’s it. So if we want to buy our western comforts, it ends up becoming a rather expensive grocery bill! πŸ˜”

We did also buy some of those dehumidifier packs, as the humidity here is apparently quite bad. There is mold growing on some of our stuff! 😱 We never had this problem in SG! But we suspect it was because we had the aircon on quite a fair bit each day there (it was always on overnight, as we wouldn’t be able to sleep otherwise), which must’ve helped to some extent to dehumidify the apartment. So now I’m making a concerted effort to turn on the aircon units for a little while each day, if only to help dehumidify the place. We may eventually need to buy a dehumidifier, if the aircon units and dehumidifier packs don’t alleviate the problem πŸ˜”

So it ended up being an unintentionally expensive day πŸ˜”

Work and play on a Saturday

I went to K11 at Tsim Sha Tsui today, a shopping mall, to look for a replacement handbag for my current black one, because it is now looking pretty appalling, with the material just wearing down and disintegrating, and bits of the material now flaking off. I am getting rather desperate πŸ˜‚ This is what it can come down to when one is an underbuyer! But once again, as per usual, I had no luck finding anything vaguely appealing πŸ˜” I will continue the hunt tomorrow…

I actually spent the afternoon at the library today, trying to finish off the trading book that I’ve been reading in their reference section the past few weeks. It took longer than I had expected, so rather than being there for about an hour, it ended up being the entire afternoon πŸ€“ I felt so proud of myself finishing a trading book, of all things, on a Saturday 😊 But I did expect to spend more time on my trading while N was in SG these few days, although I didn’t think it would spill into the weekend too πŸ˜†

And then in the evening, I just watched more of The Last Empress, my current Korean drama. There were a few more light-hearted scenes in the episodes that I watched today, so that made it easier for me to get through them. The stressful ones are just very exhausting to watch! πŸ˜‚ I am getting close to the end, so I’m tempted to just binge watch the remaining episodes tomorrow…! And then I will need a new drama to watch, to fill the void that this one will no doubt leave behind πŸ˜†

Quiet but productive

I missed the delivery for what I think was my first-ever Amazon non-book purchase. I don’t do much online shopping, as you can see πŸ˜† So I had to go collect it from the GPO. I walked in there for the first time today: the place is HUGE! It’s multiple stories and I had NO idea where I was supposed to go. I had to ask someone on the ground floor, and then someone on the next floor up to point me in the right direction. But now I know where to go in future if I miss the delivery of any of my online purchases 😊

I went to the library and read more of a trading book that I’ve been working my way through these past few weeks. It’s only available as a reference book – ie you can’t borrow it – so I just read one chapter at a time whenever I’m there. It’s working out quite well, actually. I probably concentrate better reading it at the library anyway, rather than trying to read and trade, which is what I tend to do when I’m at home.

I tracked my parents’ flight to Manila today. Their flight was delayed for over an hour, and they never made up the time while in the air πŸ˜” Nonetheless, they landed safely, and that’s the most important thing 😊

And then I just watched some more of The Last Empress, my current Korean drama, and cleaned up a bit around the house. A relatively quiet, but productive, day 😊

Written in the stars

I updated our address details with a few more organisations today. A lot of Aussie sites won’t let you update your address without a postcode, which is fair enough, because everyone has a postcode in Oz. But in HK, there are no postcodes! I still find this really odd, after having lived my entire life up until this point in places with a postcode. And in Singapore, postcodes are even more precise in that a postcode will effectively give you the building’s street address! So it is even more of a contrast that there are no postcodes here. So websites that require me to input a postcode get my default “0000” πŸ˜† They really should just build open fields for overseas addresses, as different countries all have different address formats. But I guess it’s probably not enough to build that added complexity to your website if only a very small minority of your users have an overseas address… Anyway, just sayin’ (read: ranting πŸ˜†).

I assume postcodes aren’t really needed here because the city is so densely populated, and thousands of mail items can be delivered by going down just one street πŸ˜‚ Perhaps maybe even just going into one complex in some instances 😲 I did a quick Google search and found an article that pretty much said that this is indeed the case. And it also says that you should use “00000” for overseas forms that require a postcode to be used. Perfect πŸ‘Œ

I went and did a coding workshop at the Apple store today. I thought I’d find out a bit more about it as I’m interested in making an app. I didn’t learn all that much coding in the workshop per se, but he did give a few resources for us to check out afterwards, so I will have a look through those. It was still a fun workshop, so I may go to a few more in future 😊

Somehow that workshop threw me off my daily routine and I didn’t get to spend as much time on my trading as I normally would. Plus it was a news driven day, which isn’t how I like to trade, so it was sort of written in the stars anyway 😊 Hopefully I can end the week on a positive note 🀞

I went to the gym in the evening, and now my arms are so sore and tired that I can barely lift them πŸ˜‚ They feel sooo heavyyy… Whoch means I had a good session, then πŸ‘

And then I finished the day off with a few episodes of The Last Empress. And I have also decided to resume reading Rich People Problems, the third book in the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy. I felt like something light-hearted and fun, to balance out the stress and intensity of The Last Empress. It’s just so full on and extreme, and each episode is filled with so much nervous tension that you just want a bit of a break from all the craziness! I think the writers try to balance that out with a bit of light comedy thrown in now and then, and just some “regular” scenes where nothing stressful is going on, but it’s obviously not enough of a balance for me! πŸ˜‚

Keeping myself occupied

N flew to SG today πŸ˜” He’s there until Sunday, so I think I will end up immersing myself in my trading more over the next few days, and also watch a few more episodes of The Last Empress 😊

Speaking of the latter, I am now halfway through the series, and it is total cray cray! It is very stressful and very extreme, and so of course very addictive. I sorta want to the series to end so all the stress can leave my life! I’m constantly stressed that someone will overhear a conversation that they shouldn’t have heard, or a betrayal is revealed and someone gets killed for it, or the good people being framed for something they didn’t do and being punished for it. But I’m only halfway through, so I don’t know how much more insane the storyline can get. But it’s so good! 😊

I also finished my current fiction book, What Alice Forgot. I actually enjoyed it, I’m glad I gave it a go πŸ‘ Now to look for my next book… I’m thinking of just finishing Rich People Problems, the third book in the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy. I had to return it to the library before I could finish it and couldn’t renew the loan because a bajillion other people had reserved the book (my renewal was something like 88th in the queue! 😲). But now that I have subscribed to Scribd, I can just “borrow” it from there and resume where I left off 😊

And I also had a relatively good trading day today. Not as good as my godlike performance yesterday, but I was still happy with what I did today πŸ˜‚

Overall a good day 😊

All caffeine’d up

It was another miserable, dreary day in HK 🌧 This time, lightning and thunder were also at play β›ˆ Thankfully the thunder was very far away, and so Kitty wasn’t bothered at all with the sound πŸ˜… Unlike the thunder we could hear in our apartment in Singapore, which sounded like it was originating just outside our building! It was so scary sometimes, even for me, so I can only imagine how poor Kitty felt πŸ˜”

Somehow the sun actually made an appearance in the afternoon, so hopefully that’s a positive sign of more such weather to come 🀞

It was around 3pm when I decided to have a cup of decaf coffee. Yet somehow my body went into autopilot mode, and as soon as I was in the kitchen, I made myself a normal cup of coffee! I normally only have one cup of coffee in the morning to jolt me awake, so having two cups of coffee in a day is rare for me. The last time was probably this day – I had an unintentional second cup of coffee that day too! πŸ˜‚ Needless to say, I was rather productive this afternoon, pumped with a ton of energy (read: caffeine πŸ˜†), getting a whole ton of stuff done! Maybe I should make this second cup of coffee every once in a while to boost my productivity… Occasional enough so as to not get too used to that much caffeine where I no longer feel the effects, but often enough that I still reap the benefits of a caffeine boost on a regular basis! πŸ˜‚

I also had one of my best trading days ever. EVER. Could I pin that on my second cup of coffee as well?! It was like I was one with the market. Remember that meme about two stages every trader goes through? Well today I finally didn’t feel like the dog! πŸ˜‚ It felt goood! Now how do I enter this stage more often…?? πŸ€”

We finished our HK drama, Love in Time. I actually didn’t mind the ending, even though it was a tad predictable. And I watched more of my Korean drama, The Last Empress. Man, it’s goood! I don’t know which one I prefer, this one or Sky Castle. It has so many characters with such different personalities: strong types; innocent; conniving; pure evil; ditzy; obedient; power hungry megalomaniacs; driven; kind; gentle; accommodating… All wrapped up in this one little drama. No wonder these shows suck me in! πŸ˜‚