Lazy, convenient

It was a nice, lazy day today 😌 The weather was shite, and the number of new cases has been in the triple digits for 12 consecutive days now, so I was even less inclined to go out today.

I watched a few episodes of the Chinese drama All is Well. I don’t remember if I’ve talked about this drama before, but let’s just say that I was not terribly impressed with the first two episodes when I first started watching it about a week or two ago. I’ll just leave it at that in case you want to watch this show, I don’t want to spoil anything for you! I pretty much told my teacher this, but she suggests that I continue watching because it supposedly gets better. I have now watched five episodes in total, and I’m still not all that impressed. But it was very popular in China when it came out last year, and it’s a relatively good show for working on my listening skills, so I’m persevering. But it better improve soon, otherwise I don’t know if I’ll have the patience to stick it out!

One of N’s workmates likes to bake, and she baked some cakes today and gave us some 🍰 Notwithstanding the fact that HK is so densely packed, expats tend to live close to one another, and so she actually just lives a street down from us, about a 5min walk away. I think four of his colleagues live within a 500m radius from us 😂 Actually, there are 5 (five!) supermarkets within that same radius 😱 I think I will miss this convenience when we move.

Yum! 😋

Not that we’re moving any time soon, don’t jump to conclusions! I’m just sayin’ 😉

A depleted battery that wasn’t full to start off with

Let me just start off by saying that my day was very productive, the type of day that I wish I had more of 👍

But I didn’t have a very good night’s sleep, so I didn’t quite start the day with a full battery. So the full-on day just depleted whatever juice I did wake up with🔋

So by the evening, I was completely exhausted. All I wanted to do was just sit in front of the TV and mindlessly watch whatever light-hearted show took my fancy tonight.

But that’s when l I discovered that our TV wasn’t connecting to the internet for some stupid reason 😒 And so I wasted probably about an hour trying to figure out how to get it to reconnect – with no success 🙄

N was using the wifi for a social Zoom call, so I couldn’t reset it to see if that’d help. I decided to just give up on the TV tonight and try again tomorrow.

But when he finished Zooming and turned the TV back on, it somehow magically reconnected 🙄 At least it’s connected again. I’m trying to focus on the good news and not on the hour that I wasted trying to get it to connect! 😒

Remember the all-day ban on dining in at restaurants that was introduced two days ago? Well the government changed their mind about that decision. The all-day ban only lasted for 48 hours 😂 We can go back to eating breakfast and lunch at restaurants again 😅 I can go back to having my brunches. That’s all I need so I’m happy 😄

Reality hits

I sorta feel a bit empty now, after finishing Bad Blood 😂 I always feel this way after finishing something that has consumed me for days or weeks on end. I guess my obsession was short-lived! I still want to listen to the podcast The Dropout, and watch the Jennifer Lawrence movie, but thankfully that all-consuming feeling that I had yesterday is no longer there 😆 Monday has probably brought me back to reality.

Cases in HK continue to rise, unfortunately, and there is now talk of a possible curfew if the numbers don’t improve after the tighter measures that they put in place on the weekend: masks are now compulsory in indoor spaces such as shopping malls and public transport; and civil servants in non-essential services are working from home this week. Sighhh… We were doing so well in this city, did we just get complacent at some point?? 😔

Bad Blood, The Inventor, The Dropout

Like yesterday, we didn’t leave the house again today. And I’m glad we didn’t: apparently there were 108 cases today! OMG! I think that’s a record number of cases in one day that we’ve seen throughout this entire pandemic. I’m really not wanting to go outside these days 😔

So I just spent most of the day just reading Bad Blood and actually finished it 🤪 I couldn’t put the book down, it’s so addictive! Even though I already know what happens to the company and to the CEO, it’s still a very riveting story. One of those times when you just can’t believe that something as crazy as this actually happened.

I then watched The Inventor after I finished the book. I’m obsessed with the story now! I also found The Dropout, a podcast on the whole crazy story about Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos. So obviously I can’t wait to start listening to that! 😂 And of course I’m going to watch the Jennifer Lawrence movie when that comes out 🤣

I had heard about Theranos and Elizabeth Holmes years ago, but I never really followed the story. And then all of a sudden I heard how it was all one big fraud, and I was like, howww?!? How did it go from being this mega awesome company to becoming the biggest fraud case in recent times?? I just couldn’t believe it. And part of me still can’t. The whole thing is just so surreal.

Anniversary weekend – day 1

I’ve sorta labelled this weekend as our anniversary weekend. If you recall, I was thinking of doing a staycation this weekend, since we can’t travel anywhere at the moment. But I’m glad I didn’t, because the virus numbers are still going bonkers 😔 There were 64 new cases today! And the total number of cases has now apparently surpassed the total number of SARS cases back in 2003. Sighhh….

So we just stayed home again. And since it’s our anniversary weekend, I just wanted to relax and enjoy this weekend 😌 So I just read more of Bad Blood and finished watching season one of Modern Family. You can’t get any more relaxed than that! 😉

Virus and Bad Blood

The stupid virus is back with a vengeance. There were 58 new cases in HK today 😔 Blahhh… This third wave is terribly annoying. I seriously don’t know where they’re coming from. Everyone has been so digilent:

– Almost everyone wears a mask whenever they’re outside, and almost all places expect you to wear one before you walk in;

– Heaps of offices, shops and restaurants take people’s temperatures before they’re even allowed to walk in;

– There are partitions between tables at restaurants if they can’t provide 1.5m between customers, and sometimes there are still partitions anyway; and

– Hand sanitisers are everywhere, and they usually give you some while they’re taking your temperature. Some escalators even have these automatic hand santiisers that go over the handrail belt that continually cleans it!

One of the escalators in a shopping mall at Causeway Bay that has this automatic sanitiser that continually cleans the handrail belt

And somehow, despite all these precautions, this stupid virus is still penetrating its way through! 😒 Argh! I wonder if people were starting to get complacent. It happens. It’s exhausting. But obviously this is how the damn virus survives 🦠

So we stayed home again today. I was thinking of going for yum cha this weekend, but I’m hesitant to do that now 😔 I’d rather be bored at home, thanks, than catch this stupid virus.

Not that I’m bored anyway, since I’m reading Bad Blood. OMG, I can’t put this book down, it is so good! I can see why people did what they did in the story, given what they knew at the time, but it’s just sad how things turned out for so many people.

Apparently there’s a documentary about the whole thing, and also a movie, so of course I want to watch both. The whole story is fascinating but quite sad as well, with all the false hopes that Theranos promised to customers and investors. I hope lessons have been learnt from this scandal that must’ve rocked Silicon Valley at the time.

Crazy real-life stories

N worked from home today. And supermarkets are again limiting the number of items you can buy of the more popular products, the products that were flying off the shelves during round one (remember the toilet paper hoarding?? 🙄) It feels like we’re back in February again 😔

Although remember this post? Back then, I was wondering if I’d be waking up to 10,000 new cases every morning. These days, four months after that post, cases are going up by at least 100,000 each day 😱 I seriously did not imagine that this would happen. This is definitely very different to what was happening back in February-March 😔

My estimate back then was that the worst will be around May-June, and to some extent, that might actually have been a pretty good estimate, with a lot of countries slowly starting to return to normal now. With the exception of the United States perhaps. I really didn’t expect the whole world to change as much as it has this year. No one probably did. Crazy times.

I started reading John Carreyrou’s Bad Blood yesterday and I am riveted! It is so good! If the writing stays as good as it has been in these first few chapters, then this is going to be my book for the year. It is so good! And just as amazing is the fact that it’s a true story. Heck, if a book was written about this COVID-19, that would sound like a pretty insane book too! Real life can sometimes be so insane that you just can’t think that it could even be real.

Mondayitis and rose-coloured glasses

I had a mild case of Mondayitis today. I procrastinated and basically just wasted time. So as you can imagine, it wasn’t the most productive day 😔

We watched more of Dance Academy today. It’s making me want to dance again! It’s also set in Sydney, so it also makes me miss my hometown 😔 I too just want to walk through Circular Quay too, or the Rocks, or the Opera House or wherever else they film 😆

But as with any city, once you’re not living there, you remember the place with rose-coloured glasses. I’m sure all the sh1tty things about the city would come flooding back after a few weeks of living there again 😆 But Sydney is my hometown, so it will always have a special place in my heart 🥰

TV nostalgia

For some reason, the Australian teen show Dance Academy came to mind today, and so I felt the urge to watch the series again. The whole series is actually on YouTube, so now I’m making my way through the show 😂 I actually don’t think I watched the entire series when it first aired, so this is as good a time as any to watch it from start to finish 😆 There are only three seasons, so it shouldn’t take too long to get through 😊

We also started watching The Breakfast Club today 😊 This one was because of Modern Family 🤪 They mentioned the song If You Leave by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark , which I think was from The Breakfast Club. But now that I think about it, it might be from a movie with Andrew McCarthy, probably Pretty in Pink…

Yep, it was from Pretty in Pink. Too late, we’re halfway through The Breakfast Club now 😂 That’s ok, that movie is such a classic anyway.

We didn’t finish it, though, because N had to go to karate, so we’ll have to finish it another day. We might watch Pretty in Pink afterwards. I haven’t seen that movie in decades either anyway 😊

More tech gear 😂 and TV

Little Miss woke us both up a number of times last night, so needless to say, we were both very tired this morning 😒

We went to Times Square in Causeway Bay to pick up the tripod that I bought with my camera last week. They were out of stock so they had to order it in.

Times Square is one of the shopping malls in Causeway Bay. They have a promotion again where they give you HK$X in vouchers for every HK$Y that you spend in one day, with a minimum purchase of HK$Z. Sorry for the algebra, I just don’t remember the actual dollar amounts. All I know is that the promotion is good 😂 We got some vouchers during their first promotional period during April-June, and now we got some vouchers again during this second promotional period, July-September. It’s definitely a good way to get more foot traffic into their mall! We definitely wouldn’t be going there as often as we have been these past few months if it wasn’t for these vouchers 😄

We were both pretty tired (thanks to Little Miss 😒) so we didn’t really hang around at the mall for too long. We just picked up some groceries on the way back home and then just chillaxed for the rest of the evening.

Oh, we’ve started watching Modern Family! We both just want something really easy to watch, a modern version of Friends, if you will. And this is the closest thing I could find. We watched a few episodes of Grace and Frankie, but I couldn’t really get into it, so we abandoned that about four episodes in. But Modern Family is going strong so far, seven episodes in 👍 Apparently they had eleven seasons, so they must’ve been doing something right!