We wandered around and did some touristy stuff today. We decided to check out the streets near the HK Museum of Medical Sciences and Man Mo Temple in the Sheung Wan area. This area is steep, I remember exploring this neighbourhood when we were just tourists in this city, well before there was even talk of us moving here. I was climbing the bajillion steps in this area, following exactly what Google maps told me to do. Even though, yes, it was telling me the quickest route to get to the museum, but it didn’t take into consideration the steepness! I was absolutely exhausted by the time I got to the museum – and I still remember finally reaching it, only to find out it had already closed for the day! The inter web gave me the wrong opening hours for the museum! Argh! 😩 And yet I still went back the next day, and climbed the damn stairs again, that’s how much I wanted to see the museum then!
But now I know better: do NOT take those damn bajillion stairs, unless you want the exercise 😂 And especially in the HK heat and humidity, which can rival SG, believe it or not. Take the mid-level escalators and get off at Caine Road, and make your way to the museum from there. It may take longer, but it is a much less strenuous route. And then from the museum, you can then make your way down to Man Mo Temple. Doing the museum first and then the temple means a downhill walk, instead of a painful uphill climb. But you can make up your own mind which route you wish to take 😊
The area is pretty funky, with a lot of antique stores as well as a few cafes, creating a nice juxtaposition of eastern and western influence. And the place wasn’t overly busy either when we wandered around, which made for quite a relaxing afternoon walk 😌 So we’d like to go back again and check out a few cafes and restaurants in thjs area. Maybe find a new yum cha place sometime next weekend? 😄
And then in the evening, we finished the last few episodes of The Exorcist’s Meter. N is off to SG tomorrow for the rest of the week so we both just wanted to finish the series today rather than have to wait until next weekend to do so. I don’t want to say anything other than the ending was goood! It was right up there with some Korean dramas in terms of endings, actually. I was quite impressed with the last few episodes 👍 Now we need to find our new drama…
We met up with a friend who’s here in HK for the weekend. We took her to yum cha, of course 😊 She apparently just turned 21! I didn’t realise she was so young. I made a comment saying that we are probably as old as her parents, which she agreed with 😂 So not sure why she likes hanging out with us oldies. I guess dancing just brings everyone together, regardless of age 😊
N went to karate, while I practised some more of my Chinese. I’ve been really focusing on my speaking and listening, to get it up to the same level as my reading and writing. I don’t want to get to a point where I can read a Chinese novel, and still not be able to hold a basic conversation! I’m still learning new words, so I’m automatically still working on my reading, but it’s just not where my focus is right now. I just want to speak more and listen more at this stage, and be as exposed to the spoken language as much as I can.
YouTube has been an absolute goldmine, a seemingly endless resource for all things related to improving these very skills. There is a ton of stuff specifically for my level, and then of course there’s more stuff that’s aimed at native speakers. I’m obviously just looking for Chinese resources, but I’m sure you could find almost any other language on there. It’s pretty crazy.
And then in the evening, we watched an episode of The Exorcist’s Meter, our current Cantonese drama. We’re getting close to the end, so we’ll have to find a new one soon! 😊
I didn’t feel all that crash hot today, so I didn’t have the most productive day. I did manage to go to the supermarket to buy some food for both Kitty and for the hoomans in the house 😊
Speaking of food, Deliveroo has started a monthly membership deal of sorts where you can get free delivery. It’s HK$98 per month (US$12.50), so we’d have to be ordering more than five times a month if we were to get any value from it, as the current delivery fee is HK$20, I believe. We’d be lucky to order home delivery once a month, so this isn’t good value for us, but there must be regular customers where this monthly fee will work out better for them. It’d be interesting to hear how well it’s received by customers.
I did manage to go to the gym and did a little bit there, just to keep up my momentum. And then we watched another episode of The Exorcist’s Meter, our current Asian drama. Oh, and Game of Thrones is back! We must watch the first episode of season 8 soon 😊
We went and had yum cha again today. We can’t get enough of yum cha, I tell you! And there are sooo many places to try, surely we can’t run out of options, even if we went somewhere new every single day for a whole year 😄
We left the house thinking it was quite warm, so we were both wearing shorts. But then as soon as we left the restaurant, the temperature had dropped and it had also started raining! I was freezing! 🥶
So I decided to stop by one of those bajillion tea places that you can find all over the city to order myself a cup of tea, to help me deal with this sudden onslaught of cold weather that I wasn’t dressed for. But the guy who took my order spoke very poor English, and forgot to ask whether I wanted hot or cold tea – and I forgot to specify – and he chose to give us cold! Arghhh! Why would you do that?? But the good thing about cold tea is that it just stays cold, so I took my time drinking it all afternoon… 😌
We then just watched a few episodes of our current Cantonese drama, The Exorcist’s Meter, before N headed off to karate. I then spent the rest of the evening on my Chinese, learning a few new words and reviewing recent ones. I still don’t think I’m doing enough practice on my listening. But listening is so haaard and mentally exhausting! 😩 Native speakers speak so damn fast. But I must persevere and just get to the next level, where I can hear even more words. I still think I’m expecting too much from myself at this stage of my learning. Still, I must push on and expose myself more and more to the language.
So despite the crappy weather that decided to stay all day with us, I think the day didn’t turn out too badly in the end 😊
We went and had yum cha in Wan Chai today. There’s a computer centre in Wan Chai, not sure if I’ve mentioned it before. We like going there for all our electronic needs. I needed a new pair of earphones. I wanted to get a wireless pair, as it’s hard to practise dancing without headless earphones, as I have to hold my phone the entire time, and I can’t move my arms around as easily, which is necessary in Latin. We found a pretty cheap pair, as I don’t really need anything fancy, especially if it’s really more for when I’m practising. I could easily lose it, or break it, so an el cheapo pair is perfect 👌
And so I used them tonight at the gym. It doesn’t have much of a bass, but like I said, good enough for my purpose. I felt so free today! 😄
And we finished off the evening with another episode of the Cantonese drama, The Exorcist’s Meter. It’s not a bad drama. For some reason, it’s taking us forever to finish it. Oh, I know why: because N has been travelling so much for work lately! Ugh. He’s in HK all of next week, at least. I am currently juggling about four Asian dramas at the moment, it’s a bit insane 😂 And I’m not making much headway on any of them as I’ve been busy working on my goals lately! Which isn’t a bad thing 😊
It was a pretty uneventful day, not much happened, really. I did watch an episode of Love O2O, a Chinese drama, to help me with my listening skills, which is by far the worst out of the four (reading, writing, speaking and listening). So my current focus is to listen a whole lot more, even if I understand only 5% of what’s being said. The Chinese sounds are much clearer than before, so I know it’s improving, albeit incrementally. And I’m also slowly adding to my vocab, so I’m hoping that, with time and practice, this will help with the comprehension too.
It’s funny how native speakers always speak so fast. I was talking to a Chinese friend once and for whatever reason, I asked her if she understands N and me when we talk to her. She said that we talk a little too fast sometimes – and that’s with me already slowing down for her, because I know her English isn’t too good! (Which is still wayyy better than my Chinese 😔) So I try not to get too discouraged when I can’t understand much at all when native speakers are talking. I just have to keep persevering, listening as often as I can and also adding to my vocab. Over time, with continued focus and study, it should hopefully improve. Hopefully 😆
They were cleaning the water tanks in our apartment building this morning, so I went and spent the morning outside. I had a leisurely morning tea, and then headed over to the library to read my trading textbook for a while. While I was there, I also decided to borrow The Little Prince, a book that I stumbled upon the other day. The library’s version has both English and Chinese, so I figured that will be good reading practice, especially since it’s a children’s book and so is quite easy to read. It’s a huuuge step up from my “Where’s Spot?” Chinese equivalent books that I’ve been reading 😂 So it may be a bit ambitious for me. Even if it is, the story is quite entertaining anyway, so at least I can enjoy the English half 😊
After another shite trading session, I decided to vent my frustration at the gym – and actually ended up having a good sesh there! 💪 I was quite proud of my effort 😊
And then we just watched an episode of our current Cantonese drama, The Exorcist’s Meter. I can’t believe I’m not obsessed with a Korean drama at the moment, actually. I think I’ve just been so focussed on my goals that I haven’t really cared too much about tv. That and the fact that I haven’t found an addictive series to get into! 😂 So if anyone has any recommendations, send them my way! 😊