N and I have had pretty unsettled stomachs these past few days, and as per usual, N’s is much worse than mine. It kept him up last night, never letting really get a proper night’s sleep. It was better today, but we tried to eat more bland foods anyway, rather than testing the limits of what our stomachs can handle.
We went grocery shopping and bought potatoes, bread, saltines, tea and apple juice. What a lovely diet for the weekend 😆
While we were at the supermarket, I remembered a few more things that I’ve noticed recently about grocery shopping in HK:
- The supermarkets near us do not have self-service registers, so queues can be out the door at peak times. I would have expected the city to be much more efficient and streamlined;
- They don’t hand out plastic bags automatically, which is a good initiative. And if you do need a bag, they charge you HK$0.50 (S$0.09) for it. It’s not much, but it’s enough of a deterrent for me (and hopefully others) to remember to bring my own bag;
- They sell ready-to-eat sushi and sashimi in one of the main supermarkets here! 😲 These were only available at Meidiya in SG, so to have them readily available here is pretty damn good 👍
- There are tons of cute things everywhere, like Gudetama on bandaids!
- And speaking of kawaii things, there are a lot more Japanese products available here compared to SG, I guess because it is closer to Japan. I wonder if there’s a larger Japanese expat population here too, and hence, more opportunity for me to resume picking up my Japanese…? 😊
We finally got our internet connected at home, woohoo! And internet also means tv! It’s all starting to come together, it’s very exciting 😄 Every little piece helps to bring the place together, making it feel more and more like home.
We applied for a HK library card today. It’s free, which is what I expected, unlike the ~S$50 fee that I paid in SG. But having said that, the ebook collection in HK is atrocious. Well, at least the English collection is, I can’t comment on the chinese collection, obviously. And that’s pretty much all I borrow! 😔 So despite having paid S$50 in SG, I got to read so many more ebooks and audiobooks there than I think I’ll be able to here, simply because they’re just not available. So I’m feeling rather disappointed with that. I’m hoping that I’m just not searching properly, or accessing the wrong database or something, I’ll have a better look in the next few days… 🤞