Citygate and the end of season one

Our grocery home delivery came at around 11am today. Their morning window is 9am-2pm, which is such a huge window! But they seem to come at around 11am each time, so that’s not too bad.

We decided to watch an episode of The Umbrella Academy before heading to Citygate, a discount outlet store out near the airport. We actually spent more time out there than I had expected to, and we didn’t even finish the whole mall. Probably worth a visit a few times a year to stock up on anything that we need, as their stuff actually isn’t too bad πŸ‘

We also discovered Taste out there, this supermarket that has the most awesome ready made food section. Rivals Takashimaya in SG, if you ask me! And that’s saying something, because I thought Takashimaya’s downstairs food section was pretty good 😲 I was wondering if there was another Taste closer to home, as I don’t really want to be travelling all the way pretty much to the airport each time I want some ready-made food for dinner! They apparently have one in Wan Chai, so I will have to go check it out 😊 Hopefully it’ll be as good, although I don’t have high hopes on this, as I suspect there is much more space out near the airport to have a massive supermarket compared to other parts of the city πŸ˜’ I’d like to be wrong, of course, but like I said, I’m not getting my hopes up.

Korean! πŸ˜‹

There was karate tonight, but N was feeling too tired to go – and so decided to just head down to the gym with me πŸ€ͺ Never mind actually just resting! πŸ˜‚

And then we finished off the evening by finishing off season one of The Umbrella Academy. It was such a good first season! Now we can’t wait for them to finish season two so we can start watching it 😊 I really hope it’ll be just as good as – if not better than – season one 🀞 I have a feeling we’ll be waiting until 2020, though… Sighhh… πŸ˜”

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Felt like dΓ©jΓ  vu

I felt like I had just as productive a day today as I did yesterday, only today I spent more time on Chinese than trading. I think it was the other way around yesterday, but regardless, it was productive 😊 It felt a bit like déjà vu, in a way.

By the time I finished working, I couldn’t be bothered making my way down to the supermarket, so I just had whatever was in the pantry: so I had spam for dinner tonight! Eating into our emergency food stash πŸ˜‚ Not the healthiest of meals, so I shall make an effort to go to the gym tomorrow πŸ’ͺ

And I finished off the evening with an episode of Love O2O, my current Chinese drama. I’m getting closer and closer to the ending, so I really have to start looking for my next drama! Even if it is a Korean drama πŸ˜† I’d prefer to find a Chinese drama so I can continue working on my poor listening skills, but the Korean dramas are just too good to pass up sometimes…! (Most of the time?? πŸ˜‡)

Listening and watching

There was a trading webinar last weekend that I wanted to join. It was split into two sessions, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday 6pm Central time, which is actually Sunday and Monday morning 7am HK time. But when I tried to log in to catch the Monday morning session, it said that the webinar had already finished. The link that they gave didn’t seem to allow for different time zones around the world, and just took Saturday 6pm local time, regardless of where you were in the world. So it seemed to have the webinar registered to start at 6pm HK time on Saturday and Sunday πŸ˜’ Bizarre… So luckily I didn’t try to join the webinar Sunday morning, and not have it work then either! The organisers emailed copies of the presentations today, as well as a link to the recordings of the sessions, so I started watching them today. I would’ve preferred to have joined the webinar live, but I guess this is the next best thing πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

I also spent some time on my Chinese today. I did some active listening, something which I need to do more of – well, I really need to do more of any sort of listening! πŸ˜† And by active listening, I mean focussing solely on what is being said and trying to understand as much as possible. I prefer to do this with a transcript, if possible, because my listening skills are still so bad. This way, I can associate sounds with the written word, which makes it easier for me to link the sounds with meaning. It takes a lot of effort, as you can imagine, which is probably why I don’t do it very often. But I’m going to try and actively listen to even just one minute on a daily basis, as surely this is better than doing nothing at all. This sort of listening is probably the best type of practice to really improve my listening skills, but it takes so much effort that I can really only do it for just a few minutes at a time. Most of the time I just do more passive listening: watching tv or listening to the radio and listening out for words and phrases that I know, but not getting too caught up with not understanding everything that they say. But it’s obviously still not enough, as my listening skills are still so shite! 😩 But I’m continuing to persevere, with the hope that one day, it will all magically come together…! 🀞

We watched another episode of The Umbrella Academy tonight. We’re running out of episodes – and they’ve only made the first season! They’re still working on season two! But we’re both really enjoying it. I haven’t enjoyed a western tv show as much as this one for a long time now, so I’m really happy that we stumbled across this series! I might have to go back to the Asian dramas once we finish season one 😊 Err, for listening practice… 😜🀣

An odd shopping experience

I went to Bonjour today to buy some moisturiser, and one of the staff members noticed that I had some in my basket. She then proceeded to say that there was a better product for my skin than the one I had in my basket, as my skin is “so dry” 😳 Really?! If anything, I thought it was more on the oily side… But my point is, who goes around insulting their customers?? πŸ˜‚ Although I’m sure this is just a language thing, but still… πŸ˜† And besides, I wasn’t sure if she was just flogging this other product… πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ But just in case, I think I shall be lathering my face with more moisturiser – with my current brand! πŸ˜†

I then went to Watsons to buy some Clarityne for N – and walked out with some free instant noodles, as you do πŸ€ͺπŸ˜‚

Walk in to buy some meds, and walk out with some free noodles, as you do πŸ€ͺπŸ˜‚

OK I did buy other stuff too while I was there, so I’m not sure exactly what item(s) I purchased that made me eligible to receive a free pack of instant noodles, but regardless, it’s not the type of free item that I would expect from a health and beauty store! πŸ˜‚

We went to the gym tonight, apparently my first visit in two weeks. Two weeks! But I was sick for a few days, and then my brother, sister-in-law and nephew came to visit, and that all happened in those two weeks, so I haven’t been slacking off all that time. I don’t feel so bad now πŸ˜…

And then we finished off the evening with another episode of The Umbrella Academy. I’m really enjoying this show! πŸ‘

Mozzie bites and TV dramas

Today was my first day back into my normal routine, after being sick for a few days and then family visiting for a few days after. It was nice to get back into the swing of things 😊

I got bitten really badly I assume when we went to Kowloon Walled City Park. I don’t think I’ve ever been bitten so badly in my life: I have at least half a dozen mosquito bites on each leg 😲 And I’ve also somehow reacted quite badly to them, as they’re all really massive and itchy. Mozzie bites on steroids, I tell you 😱 I actually got a bad sleep last night because they were so damn itchy! I’ve been putting some cream on them all day today, topping up every few hours when the itchiness becomes unbearable again. It’s been two days now since we went, so I’m hoping that they’ll start to die down tomorrow… Surely…?! 🀞

We have started watching this show called The Umbrella Academy, and we’re both really enjoying it! I haven’t enjoyed a tv series as much as this one in ages, so it’s refreshing to finally find a series that I am looking forward to watch. They’re only up to the first season, so we’ll be caught up in no time, and then we’ll have to find another series.

Speaking of finding another series, I am still yet to find a new Chinese drama… Love O2O is okayyy, but it’s a bit too soppy for me, and not enough excitement. I’m still just watching it for the listening practice πŸ˜† So if I can’t find another semi-decent Chinese drama, I’ll have to go back to my Korean list, I have a huge backlog of those! πŸ˜‚

I need a parent πŸ˜†

I finally started feeling close to normal today, so I got through a ton of stuff, trying to catch up on everything that I didn’t do over the past few days since I’ve been sick πŸ‘

N flew to Japan today, so of course I tracked his flight ✈️

  • His fellow karate mate who is also on this trip with him lost her train ticket when they got to Osaka, and he was asking me how to say various things in Japanese that was relevant to their situation – eg: “she lost her ticket”. The problem is, I’m not there to help them! πŸ˜‚ So I told them to use Google translate, which is actually quite good for a lot of things. I use it to help me with my Chinese all the time. I don’t use it word for word, but it sometimes guides me or gives me a better idea on how to structure a particular sentence that I can’t seem to get right on my own.
  • And of course they were fine – they’re in Japan, after all πŸ˜‰

  • I had my online Chinese lesson again today. I’m really enjoying them! They’re freaking hard as, since we spend the entire time doing exactly what I need: speaking and listening practice! And since my listening is so bad, I swear I ask her to repeat every second sentence that she says 😳 I hope it eventually improves, because right now I’m feeling pretty dunce-y! I’ve already told her that my listening is the worst, so she already knows my biggest problem. She’s really patient, though, and rather than resorting to English, she just repeats herself a few times, mega slowly, until I get it. It is exactly what I need πŸ‘ I just wish I had her with me day in day out, correcting everything I say – like a parent! πŸ˜† But alas, as an adult, I don’t have this luxury. I just have to do some more studying on my own….
  • And so I finished the day watching a few episodes of Love O2O, my current Chinese drama, just continuing to persevere with the show for some listening practice, which is what I desperately need for my Chinese!
  • My pink latte

    I’m starting to feel better, finally. I decided to go to Causeway Bay tor lunch today, and had a beetroot soy latte at Habitu, which I thought sounded rather odd, but it supposedly has immunity boosting benefits, and right now, I’ll take all the immunity boosting that I can get, so I thought I’d give it a try πŸ˜†

    The pink-ness of this latte doesn’t really show up in the photo, unfortunately

    It actually tasted quite nice! I’d definitely order it again, if I’m not tempted by something else on their drinks menu, which is quite fancy schmancy, actually. Last time I was there, I tried their latte with this thin layer of caramelised sugar on top, which was also really nice. So that’s two out of two drinks so far, which is a pretty good strike rate, if you ask me! I’d like to make it three out of three next time 😊

    I stopped by the vet on the way home to pick up some more medicine and food for the furry little one, and also stopped by the supermarket for some food for us hoomans 😊

    And then in the evening, I was just so tired that I had to take a nap to get some rest, and then finished off the day with a few more episodes of Love O2O, the current Chinese drama that I’m persevering with until I find something more suited to my taste πŸ˜†