Start of the long weekend

I got up at 8am this morning, to make sure I was awake for when our home delivery arrived today. Their window was 9am – 2pm, which is a pretty damn huge window! 😂 Luckily they arrived at around 11am, so we didn’t have to wait around for too long.

We had lunch in Wan Chai at Sabah Malaysian Cuisine, which apparently is in the Michelin Guide! It reminded me so much of SG, where all these types of dishes were just readily available. Awww SG, still missing you 😔 But they’re closing in October, due to their lease expiring, so we’ll have to find out where they end up setting up shop again, for those times when we have a hankering for Malaysian food 😋

We stopped by the computer centre once again, since we were in the area. It’s almost obligatory to stop by if we’re in Wan Chai 😂 This time N bought some charging cables. I think electronics are his gazingus pins, a term coined by the authors of Your Money or Your Life to describe items that you are just compelled to buy, even if you already have a bajillion other similar items at home. So he always wants to stop by electronics stores and check out whatever gadgets they have there. In SG it was Challenger; here, it’s pretty hard to beat the Wan Chai Computer Centre! 😂

My gazingus pin is stationery 😊 I love stationery, and I really have to stop myself from buying the stuff. This is one area where I am not an underbuyer! 😂 But I have reined in this buying habit a fair bit now, and I have told myself that I have to use up all the stationery at home first before I can buy any more. I’ve kept it under control so far, as my desire for a less cluttered home is also quite strong. But yeah, stationery is definitely my gazingus pin 😆

We’re planning on going to Macau tomorrow, I’m very excited! Another new country to visit 😊 Although technically part of China, like HK is, it also falls under the “one country, two systems” policy, so it’s also a “Special Administrative Region”. But I still see it as a country in its own right, despite the technicalities. I’m excited to be doing this day trip! 😊

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Productive just before the long weekend

I actually had a really productive day, and ended up doing most things that I wanted to do today 👍 It was just a shame that I was feeling quite down for a lot of the day, so I didn’t get to revel in the success of my day 😔 I normally would be quite proud of having had such a productive day, but today I just felt empty 😔 I don’t like these sorts of days, but I guess everyone has them – it’s just part of life, right? You have to take the good with the bad, that’s how I see it.

We have another long weekend tomorrow – it doesn’t feel like the last one was that long ago?! Public holidays here seem to be spaced out quite nicely 👍 Although after having said that, there’s probably a dearth of public holidays between now and Christmas…! 😅

Yep, the next one after Monday 1 July (HK Establishment Day) is Tue 1 Oct, National Day. That’s THREE MONTHS away! OK I spoke too soon, sighhh… Although that’s still not as bad as the almost FIVE-MONTH stretch in Melbourne between the Queen’s Birthday long weekend in mid-June to Melbourne Cup day which is early November, before they introduced the AFL grand final long weekend, which broke that long stretch up a bit. That was torturous 😂 I think SG’s public holidays were the most evenly spread out. Not only were they a culturally balanced mix of public holidays, but they were also well spread out throughout the year. Awww SG, I still miss you 😔

Old and new

I received an email from my SG broker saying that they’re closing my account in a few weeks, as new regulations won’t allow them to hold accounts for residents of HK 😔 I am soooo sad about this!! I really like this broker. Their service is great, and their platform is really easy to use and navigate your way around.

So I then went searching for a new broker, and wasn’t all that impressed with what I found 😒 But I did come across an Australian one, which I’d heard of before, so I signed up for a demo account. And less than ten minutes later I reckon, a relationship manager gave me a call to say that he’d seen my application! Talk about customer service! And note this was at 7pm Sydney time, where the call came from, and where their head office is. So that was quite impressive. But before I sign up properly, I just want to play with their demo platform for a while and make sure I know how to use it before I actually give them real money.

I spoke to my mum for a little while after I spoke to mr broker representative guy, and then just watched a few episodes of Masterchef Australia. I feel like I’m sooo behind this year. I’ve watched most seasons of this show, and maybe I watch it even more religiously now, as it’s one of the last few remaining symbols of my life in Australia. I do miss my life in Oz, but I have also had an amazing experience living in Asia the past few years. Not always sunshine and rainbows, but definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience. And as I keep saying, I don’t know how long we will have the privilege of living here, so I just try and be grateful for every day that we do get to spend in this part of the world. But that doesn’t mean I won’t vent here every once in a while! 😂

Humidity

A few people say that summers in HK can be even more brutal than in SG, which I think N agrees with, but I’m yet to feel it. As you may know, I don’t get hot very easily. My ideal temperature is in the low 30s, and only when it gets into the high 30s would I start considering it “hot” 😆 Temperature-wise, it can get warmer here, but I actually felt the humidity more in SG. Actually, let me rephrase that: I don’t really understand what humidity means, as I don’t really feel it ðŸĪŠ The only way I can judge the extent of the humidity is just how drenched my back is at the end of the day 😂 And so far, my back has barely cracked a sweat this summer. But today was the first time the weather was actually starting to rival SG’s, so maybe the proper summer is yet to come…?? I’ll find out soon enough… I’ll keep you posted 😉

But having said that, we have a mould issue in the apartment, which is terribly annoying and apparently very common in these high humidity climates! And people’s suggestions on how to combat the problem? Leave the aircon on 24-7! ðŸ˜ē I don’t think it’s a very cost effective way to solve the problem, nor is it the most environmentally friendly, which is just as frustrating as the problem itself! We didn’t have this issue in SG, but apparently it’s a big issue there too 😔 Maybe because we live in an older building here, and so ventilation isn’t as great?? ðŸĪ·â€â™€ïļ So as a compromise, I tend to turn on the aircon whenever I’m in a room, and turn it off when I leave. And I also turn the aircon on in whichever room Kitty is sleeping, so she’s a little comfortable too. I hardly ever turned on the aircon in SG, it was only ever on when N was home too. But here, I use all the aircon units on a daily basis because of the mould issue. Isn’t that just lovely 😒

Meetups

I went to a social entrepreneurship meetup today, my first meetup in HK. I went to a few in SG, mainly (only?) language meetups, which weren’t too bad. But today’s meetup was awesome, really inspiring. I want to do something in this space, but still not sure what, but today’s meetup inspired me to really spend some time on this interest and actually see if I can actually make some meaningful contribution somehow. A few different organisations were mentioned today, and that has already given me enough to research for the short term. These guys were so full of passion and ideas, I really just wanted to join in the movement and actually do something too! So watch this space, there may be something that comes out from this 😊 I’m really glad I went today. Hopefully their future meetups will be just as informative and inspiring ðŸĪž

And speaking of language meetups, there’s a few here for Mandarin language learners as well. And given the positive experience I had today, I’m more inclined to try a few of these other meetups now too 👍

Asia International Dance Championship

The Asia International Dance Championship was on today. I got to go last year, as I just happened to be in HK on one of my reconnaissance trips prior to us permanently moving here 😆 I enquired about spare dinner tickets on the actual day of the comp last year, and luckily they had one, so I got to go. I was inappropriately dressed, as I was effectively on holidays then, so I wore the most dressy thing I had: a summer dress with sandals ðŸĪĢ But apart from that, I remember the standard of the comp being totally amazing. It actually felt like I was watching a comp in Europe, with all the top-level European dancers actually competing in the comp. And we also got dinner on the night too, a proper three-course dinner, which I could actually enjoy since we weren’t competing. But N couldn’t go because he had some work function on that evening, so as much as I enjoyed the dancing, I didn’t get to enjoy it with him, which was a shame.

So now that we’re actually living in HK, I figured I should go again. But can you believe it, N is in Shanghai for work for the next few days! So he missed out for a second year in a row 😔 Terribly disappointing. So I went on my own again.

And once again, the standard of the competition was on a whole other level. When you have some of the world’s best competing at the comp, you know you’re in for an awesome evening. And the food there is amazing too. I don’t know how the chefs can cook such high quality food for an event as large as that. Kudos to them as well 👏 It’s great to actually enjoy the dinner when you’re just at the comp as a spectator and not actually be part of the evening’s performances! 😆

It was raining tonight, so I decided to catch an Uber to the comp, despite it costing twice as much as a regular cab. But the service is a bajillion times better, and a lot of the Uber drivers can speak English unlike regular cab drivers, and their cars also don’t feel like they’re going to fall apart before we get to my destination. And you can pay by credit card through the app, unlike regular cabs, which pretty much only take cash.

But the rain had stopped by the time I was on my way home, so I decided to make up for the double cost of the earlier Uber by catching the bus home, which cost less than 10% of the Uber. I feel better now 😆

Biting the bullet

We tried to catch up with one of N’s mates from Oz today and go and have yum cha with him and his wife; they’re in HK for a few days for his wife’s work. But it didn’t quite pan out that way, so we just ended up having our usual weekend brunch on our own 😆

We were a bit adventurous today and thought we’d try a place that didn’t have an English menu ðŸ˜ą

Yum cha menu all in Chinese ðŸ˜ą

I know the Chinese for most of the dishes that we like now, so I’m relatively more comfortable walking into these places nowadays, and seeing a yum cha menu entirely in Chinese isn’t as intimidating anymore. Plus it gives me the opportunity to learn a few new dishes, so it’s all good 😊 Dinner menus, on the other hand, are a different story… But we don’t tend to do Chinese for dinner; and if we do, we would normally go with friends who can read Chinese anyway, so they end up doing the ordering 😆

We went to Muji afterwards to buy a portable essential oil diffuser. I’ve been wanting one for ages now, but the under-buyer in me continually stopped me from buying one. But for some reason, something just compelled me to go and buy it today, so I bit the bullet and just went for it. And I absolutely love it! People go on about the health benefits of essential oils, but I just love the smell of bergamot and can’t sniff enough of it, it’s like a drug for me ðŸĪĢ And if it’s a drug that’s good for me, then even better! 👏 I won’t say no to the stuff *sniff sniff* hehehe

My new Muji portable aroma diffuser 😊