Books, travel and the rona

I finished reading Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None today. I first read this book as a kid, so this was the first time I read it as an adult. I’m surprised I even understood it as a kid 😮 Don’t underestimate children’s intelligence! Anyway, I remembered enjoying this book as a kid, so I thought I’d see if I’d enjoy it again as an adult. And I did! I guess because Agatha Christie isn’t really known for writing children’s books. Again, I’m surprised that I even read this book as a kid!

So the next book that I want to read is Murder on the Orient Express. I’ve never read that one, so I have no expectations – other than the fact that I enjoyed her previous book, so, in a way, I’m hoping that this one will be just as good! 😆🤞

It’s the last week of November, can you believe that?! Where did 2020 go?? Well, the rona sorta screwed it pretty bad 😒

I’ve been wanting to travel so badly, but I know it’s not going to happen anytime soon. Apparently the chief exec of HK, Carrie Lam, went to Beijing to see if we can have a travel bubble between mainland China and HK. Apparently she came back empty-handed and they effectively told to get her city’s act together first before they will even consider such a deal 😔 And then the HK-SG travel bubble has been delayed because of the increasing number of cases here. We had 81 cases today. That’s pretty much a whole week with cases in the high double digits. Dang. So I’m guessing these travel bubbles ain’t happening anytime soon. Sighhh…

So it’s making me not really want to go out again. We have this dinner thing on Saturday that we have already committed to, but if I had a choice, I wouldn’t go. It’s a large gathering, and large gatherings freak me out a bit these days. In fact, I’m tempted to forego the money that we’ve already paid so that I’m not exposing myself unnecessarily in this current environment.

Books and interrupted routines

I went into the library app to renew my library books, exactly how I’ve been doing it all year 😂 It feels like the libraries here have only been open for about 2-3 months this year – and one of those months was January, before this whole pandemic started! 😱 So they’ve allowed people to continually renew their loans online basically indefinitely, with no overdue fines being imposed, simply because there was no way you could return your books!

So I went into the app exactly how I’ve been doing so all year, ready to go through the same process again. Only this time, I find out that I can’t renew my books because I’ve already renewed them a bajillion times, and libraries are now open so I can actually go and physically return them 😆

In a way, this was a bit sad, because I was getting so used to the indefinite renewal process and being able to hang on to the same books for months 🤣

But I returned them today and, of course, managed to find new books to borrow 😆 So that part of being able to borrow new books is nice to have back again!

Oh and what was the fiction book that I decided on? And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. I read this yeeears ago when I was still at school 🧒🏻 I don’t remember any of the detail, I just remember that I really liked the book. So let’s see how much I like it this time around as an adult 👩🏻

YouTube and reading goals

I finished another YouTube video today – woohoo! It’s always such a good feeling whenever I finish one. They take foreverrr to make, but it’s so good when I finally get one done 😊 I mentioned the other day (or was it yesterday? The days all just blur into one 😂) that I was thinking of trying to do two videos per week. Errr, not sure if I can do that! I don’t know how people create more than two! Maybe if I had one or two people helping me, yeah sure. And if I was actually making money from the channel and I could actually pay someone to help me, then yeah sure. But even then, I’d probably still want to do the vast majority of the work. But hey, I’ll let you know when I am actually at that stage!

I have only read one fiction book this year 😱 Everything else that I have read has been non-fiction. Maybe I need to add some variety and throw in a fiction book in the mix! 🤪 How about Harry Potter? Or even Game of Thrones? I’ve had that book for aaages now and I still haven’t read past page one 😳 I also have Brave New World and The Handmaid’s Tale. Maybe I just need to read something lighter? Maybe something by Liane Moriarty? I haven’t read any of her stuff in ages.

I’ll let you know tomorrow what I decide 😊

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.

Mindfulness and passports

I started reading The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. It’s actually not too bad so far. It’s helping me become much more present and aware of what’s going on around me. I don’t think I can ever become fully enlightened, which isn’t really my goal anyway. I just want to lead a more mindful life, not get too anxious about things and just try to really experience each moment. It’s doing exactly that so far, so I’m happy! 👍

I also organised stuff to get our passports renewed. Fat chance we’ll be travelling overseas this year, but our passports are expiring soon, and I want to be ready for when things do start returning to normal. I don’t want to be scrambling around at the last minute. So we got our photos taken yesterday; printed out the application forms today; and I’ve also booked our appointment at the consulate on Wednesday 👍 Hopefully the photos will be fine when I go pick them up tomorrow 🤞 For the price I paid for them, they better be!

And because no one is travelling right now, bookings are eeeasy to make at the consulate at the moment! Their website says they’re usually booked out at least one week in advance, so we should take that into consideration if we have travel plans. But because of the rona, no one’s travelling, so I could’ve made a booking for tomorrow if I wanted to! 😱 Crazy days! But I’m not complaining ☺️

A bit of perspective would be good

Hmmm… I’m just not having a good week. I don’t feel like I even did anything productive today 😔 I know I did, but my brain seems to be ignoring all that and it’s just focussing on the fact that what I set out to do today (write up the script for my next YouTube video) didn’t happen. Why focus on the negative?? 🤨 Because some good things also did get done today!

For example, I finished reading From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler, a children’s book by EL Konigsburg. I’ve read a few children’s books lately, and I actually haven’t been all that impressed with them. But I actually really liked this one! I would definitely recommend this to my 10-12 year old self 😊 Now I’m thinking that my next fiction novel should be one that’s for adults 😆

And I’m also connecting with a few friends on Facebook. I’m trying to be a bit more active on social media these days to try and stay in touch with friends, especially my friends in Oz who I don’t see much these days (and not at all at the moment 😔).

And I did do some research for my next YouTube video today too. Now I just need to get a better idea of what I want included in the actual video. Okay sure, I didn’t write out a script like I had wanted to, but I’m on my way there, so I have done something.

So even though I might not have gotten the script written up, it wasn’t a complete waste of a day. Get a bit of perspective, sheesh! 🙄