No routine yet

My friend visiting from Sydney texted me saying that her and another friend were walking up The Peak today, and they were meeting up at 10am. I’ve been wanting to walk up too, but the only problem was, I got up at about 11am today πŸ˜‚ So I missed out today πŸ˜” I’ll have to do the walk up another time. Apparently the walk is relatively easy, and takes about half an hour from Conduit Road, the highest point that the mid-level escalators take you. Easy or not, I’d still like to do the walk during the colder season – ie now. I reckon the temperature at the moment is a really nice time to do hikes in this city, so I’d like to do a few over the next few months, especially while we are not quite in a regular daily routine yet, before dancing, karate and Chinese classes eventually become a significant part of our daily lives once again.

Instead, we went and had yum cha with N’s brother at Dim Sum Square in Sheung Wan. This place is really popular: even though we got there at around 3pm, well after what could be considered lunchtime, we still had to queue for about 15min before we got a table. But it was worth the wait, the food was awesome! πŸ‘ And cheap as: we paid HK$224 (S$40) for the three of us! That’s pretty damn good. It’s cash only, but you’re paying so little that this isn’t too much of an issue. At those prices, I could go for lunch every day! πŸ˜‚

We then wandered around Central and Sheung Wan before heading back home and watching a few more episodes of Legion. The lead actor in Legion was also in Downton Abbey!! We totally did not recognise him. He looks completely different in the photos on IMDb from the two shows. He’s a good actor. I really enjoyed watching him on Downton, and now he’s playing this complex character on Legion really well too. I’m only four episodes in, but it’s a good series so far, very bizarre and unlike anything I’ve seen in a long time. Looking forward to finishing season one, which only has eight episodes. So I’m halfway through already 😊

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Weird sh*t coming out of my mouth

In complete contrast to yesterday, today I was full of energy. No idea how that happened! I was like the Energizer Bunny today, constantly on the go go go! I wish I was pumped with energy like this every day. Must be how kids feel all the time without needing caffeine πŸ˜‚

Ah caffeine. I think that’s what gave me all my energy! I remember now: I had a large cup of tea from Heeretea, this bubble tea shop here in HK. I wonder how many non-Chinese speaking people actually walk in there, because the guy who served me today looked nervous as hell having to converse with me in English πŸ˜‚ Welcome to my world, dude! You’re probably feeling what I’m feeling whenever I have to pull out my limited Mandarin! 🀣 I ordered in English, and he had to look over at the menu to check that he had entered my order correctly. I probably could’ve said my order in Chinese because I could actually read it for once, but instead “this one” in Mandarin came out of my mouth πŸ˜† It’s so hilarious how the weirdest stuff comes out of my mouth when it comes to Chinese. I don’t have the same problem with Japanese. That language comes much more easily to me in comparison! But I’ve known the basics of that language for a lot longer than Chinese, so it’s not really a fair comparison.

We got our shower curtain shortened at an alteration place, and I picked it up today. The woman gave me a nice plastic bag, but as I mentioned in an earlier post, I’m used to carrying my own shopping bag now, so I didn’t need theirs. Plus I figured they would re-use it much more than I would, so it made more sense for them to keep it. So I returned it to them. But what came out of my mouth as I gave the bag back to her wasn’t quite as eloquent as that, of course: I said “not ours”. That’s it! OMG. I didn’t even construct a full sentence πŸ˜† Although complete sentences aren’t entirely necessary in Chinese conversation, so what I did say was probably ok. In any case, she did give me this bewildered look, which I didn’t quite understand. Was it because she was surprised I could speak Mandarin, even if it was broken? Or was it because I sounded so weird that she was taken aback, not having heard anyone with that weirdo accent before? Or maybe because native Chinese speakers would never actually say what I said? Was it because I greeted her with “hello” in English and then suddenly reverted to Mandarin? Was it because she herself doesn’t understand Mandarin?? Perhaps a combination of all of these things?? πŸ˜† Nonetheless, they did a nice job with the shower curtain, and it now fits perfectly in our bathroom 😊

And then I spent the evening looking at Instagram and Pinterest photos for interior design and storage ideas. They’re good sources for ideas and inspiration, since I am pretty hopeless with that sort of stuff. While I was on social media, N half watched Legion (this looks interesting!) and half slept, as he’s still quite sick πŸ€’ Bizarro world, as normally I’m the one who’s sick and he’s the one running around with all the endless energy! But Legion sounds interesting, I may have to catch up on the first few episodes that he saw tonight!

More HK experiences

Today was supposed to be all about culling and continuing to get the house in order. But we were both so tired this morning that we ended up taking a nap after breakfast πŸ˜† Probably receiving a lack of nutrients due to our upset stomachs these past few days hasn’t helped πŸ˜”

N woke up to a message from one of his karate teachers in HK, asking if we wanted to go somewhere with him for a late lunch. He actually lives nearby, so he popped in to our apartment first to check it out, and then we went to a Chinese restaurant in Sheung Wan called Star of Canton (εˆ©ε―Άι–£) for some pretty decent yum cha. It was around 2:30pm when we got there, so the crowds had already died down by that time and we easily got a table. Apparently it’s pretty insane between 12-2pm, so it’s better if you go during off-peak time, like we did. The only downside though is that their signature dishes might already be sold out by then, so you have to be prepared for that possibility if you go later in the day. Or maybe another alternative is going before the lunchtime rush and rock up for brunch instead 😊

My stomach didn’t agree with yum cha, though, and about half an hour later, I needed to go to the bathroom to get it out of my system πŸ˜” I must’ve caught a bug at some point a few days ago because my stomach is still not quite right… I need to drink more fluids and try to flush out this damn beast from my system πŸ’¦ So I just stuck to my bland dinner of potatoes and tea again for a second day running. Boh-ring 😐

I finally got to play around with our new tv today. There are a ton of tv dramas available, and they are categorised into a number of categories, these were the ones that were of most interest to me:

  • Western
  • Korean
  • Chinese
  • Japanese

OMG, there are so many Asian dramas that they have to be categorised by country! 😲 The only problem for me, though, is that the subtitles are all in Chinese! But dramas are such a good way to learn a foreign language, as they use everyday language, with people just generally talking to each other about life, so it’s not like you need a whole ton of “specialist” words to understand them. So if I just watch a little every day, then hopefully my reading and listening will both improve. And then I could even start working on my Japanese too! But listening to Japanese and reading Chinese subtitles is too hard, so I think I’ll only be able to do this when I get to a good enough reading level with my Chinese. Which is aaages away! So I’ll just have to work on my Chinese first 😊 In any case, it’s probably a good thing that there are no English subtitles. Otherwise I may just waste hours upon hours watching these very addictive dramas! πŸ˜‚

I swapped over my winter and summer clothes today – ie basically my entire SG wardrobe has now gone into storage πŸ˜” Boohoo… I miss my endless summers! I haven’t needed to swap seasonal clothes like this since living in Sydney! Melbourne was almost always winter gear, and SG was always summer gear πŸ˜† It seems HK weather is closer to Sydney weather, so I’m going to need to build up my winter wardrobe again. And in particular, shoes! I just don’t have many good shoes for cold weather anymore. So in the meantime, I’ve just been surviving on my cold weather gear for when we go on holidays to somewhere cold, which consists of very little items! So shopping for winter gear may be the next pressing item on my to do list…

Ready to roll

The Traders Fair was on today. I really just wanted to see one trader from the US who I really admire. I’m on her company’s mailing list, which is how I heard about the Fair in the first place. She had two 2-hour sessions today. Her morning session was a FULL HOUSE – all the seats were filled!! 😲 And there were people standing at the back of the room. I guess other people really like her too! So I wanted to grab a quick bite to eat during the one hour between her sessions, to make sure I get a seat and don’t end up standing for two hours all the way up the back! πŸ˜†

I didn’t have time for breakfast this morning, and my quick bite was very small, so again, I was just running on adrenalin for most of the day. Not good! I know what my body is like. It never does well just running on adrenalin. Case in point was this time last week, when I ended up crashing a few days after πŸ˜” So I’m going to try and have a quieter evening, to make sure I don’t crash and burn in the next few days, just before I fly to HK!

Overall I actually enjoyed the content of all the sessions that I attended at the Fair. My key takeaway from the day: I am doing the right things in order to succeed at this trading game – even if it doesn’t feel like it at times! πŸ˜† I picked up some new things as well, and also reminded of a few other things that I have forgotten in recent months. Now I’m terribly excited to get back into my trading. I just want to get this move sorted – and to find a place to actually live in once we get to the other side! – so that I can get back on my trading wagon 😊

This evening, I decided to order takeaway from a new place that’s opened just down the road from us. As I was walking there, I went past one of our regular haunts just a few shops down, and the waiter who usually takes our order was at the front, and we waved hello to each other. I felt guilty ordering takeaway from one of their competitors. I felt like I was betraying them! So as I stood around waiting for my order, I was trying to hide so that he doesn’t see me outside the other shop πŸ˜†

Ah, I’m going to miss these small things, these relationships that you build up over time. Things that you just take for granted as you go about your life – until that life is uprooted and takes you on a totally different path. So we’ll be establishing new routines once again once we arrive in our new country. Ah… Such is our life.

As I promised to myself, I took it easy tonight. I watched the next episode of Madam Secretary while I munched away at my dinner. I felt like that episode was better written compared to the first one. I think I’m going to enjoy this series, it’s looking promising! πŸ‘

And I cleaned out one of the last two drawers that needed sorting. Once we clean out the medicine drawer, then we’ll be ready to roll. Wow. I can’t believe we got to this point, it didn’t seem possible at one point. I’m sure if I read through my blog posts these past few weeks I’ll probably find something that mentions this seemingly insurmountable task. So I think for the last few days that I’m in SG, I’ll just continue updating my itemised inventory list so that it is up-to-date for HK.

Oh and our visas for HK arrived today. It’s all happening now! 😲

A break from packing

I started working on one of the two drawers that I mentioned yesterday. The drawers contain papers and medicine, so the latter will be much easier to get through. As important as they are, papers relating to finance stuff don’t interest me whatsoever, so I probably won’t get through it all before we leave. I’ll just have to carry the papers with me to HK and make a conscious effort to stay on top of it there!

And tonight, I have myself a bit of a break from all this packing and culling: I finally watched the first episode of Madam Secretary. I’ve been wanting to watch the series for ages now, as I like both Tea Leoni and Tim Daly. The episode was good, but the writing just didn’t seem very “polished”, if that makes sense. You know when there is a movie adaptation of a book and they pick out the key elements and work with that in the movie, simply because there isn’t enough time to capture everything that’s in the book? Well that’s how the first episode felt, even though the show is not adapted from a book! It seemed like we were just getting the key elements. So it doesn’t feel like we’re getting a smooth development either of the characters or of the storyline. Well I guess it was just the first episode, so hopefully things go a bit more smoothly from here on in.

I am going to a trader’s fair tomorrow, I am terribly excited. I hope I’m not setting such high expectations that I end up being disappointed at the end of the day! πŸ˜‘ At the very least, it’ll get my mind off all this moving business, even for just one day! 😊

TV, shopping and culling

It was one of those rare days where we had nothing whatsoever scheduled. Gotta love those days! πŸ˜†

We started the day watching a new tv show that N discovered: Titans. It’s so good! There’s only been two episodes released so far, but according to IMDb, there is another ten episodes scheduled to be released before the end of 2018. So that’ll be something to look forward to as the year comes to an end, as well as a welcome diversion as we work our way through this move overseas 😊

By the time we left the house to go buy some new work shoes for N, it was past 4pm πŸ˜‚ This is one thing that I love about Asia: shopping malls are open until late every single day. Unlike in Oz where malls close at 6pm on most evenings. I know it’s changing in the cities, but it’s still not quite the same. Here it doesn’t matter if you’ve had to work back late or if you need a last-minute gift for a party, you know that you can just drop by and pick up something at 8pm, whether it be a bottle of wine or a new dress or just a quick dinner πŸ‘ And for those who are not morning people (like us) and it’s afternoon by the time you leave the house, then the later opening and closing times is just perfect πŸ‘Œ

We then just went home and then continued our culling. It seems like I’ve culled quite a fair bit, but I think that I’m still holding on to a few things that I really shouldn’t be. HK will be a good test of my ambition to be truly minimal. With the lack of space in that country, you really can’t afford to hoard – literally! πŸ˜‚ I still have a few weeks left (today is T minus 28), so I’m sure I can still cull some more items during that time.

And then we finished the day with another new show: New Amsterdam. They’ve only made four episodes so far, so along with Titans, this show will also keep me distracted from all the stress of the move. Perfect timing to have found these two shows πŸ‘

Today, focus on the positive

The countdown to HK continues. It is officially T minus 33, so just over a month away. But N actually needs to be in HK pretty much from 1 November, so his countdown is actually T minus 12! 😲 And he’ll come back for the last 5 days to clean and pack up the apartment, just before we hand over the keys to the agent. I’ll be flying back and forth for the weekends, as we hope to see some properties together. I am really hoping that we can find something semi-decent relatively quickly… 🀞

I met up with the pet transportation company today to arrange Kitty’s flight to HK. And to pay. The cost for her to fly over is basically the cost of a business class ticket 😲 Crazyyyy… But he’s been flying pets around the world for over 20 years, and our vet recommends them, so I’m confident that Kitty is in good hands. He was telling me some crazy stories about having to fly pets to certain countries that make it mega difficult to bring animals into their country. Maybe he was trying to reassure me that flying Kitty to HK is relatively straightforward in comparison!

I then went to go and get my results from my medical check-up a few weeks ago. It was all relatively ok, but there’s one gynaecological issue that I need to go get checked by a specialist πŸ˜– And as with all things medical or dental, I’m currently freaking out. The GP wasn’t overly concerned, so I’m trying to not freak out either, but that’s easier said than done. I’m going to call the specialist tomorrow and see if I can get an appointment later this week, to get their opinion. It’s just fantastic timing since HK is just around the corner… 😩 And it’s not just the move, but it’s also the insurance cover. And there’ll be a point where our insurance ceases in SG and commences in HK, so the management of my medical treatment and just general monitoring is just going to be disrupted by moving countries regardless πŸ˜”

So with the HK move sneaking up on us so quickly; paying an arm and a leg for Kitty’s flight to HK; and then having to go see a gynaecologist for some dodgy test results…. I did not have a good day πŸ˜” I can’t muster up any excitement today whatsoever, no matter how hard I try 😞

I saw this on FB, though, so here’s my attempt:

  1. Despite my gynaecological anomaly result, I had good results on almost everything else, especially on everything that people mostly worry about, like blood sugar levels, cholesterol and blood pressure;
  2. I had a nice lunch at Paragon today, discovering Shimbashi Soba and their late afternoon mini lunch set for S$8.80++, which is a perfect size for people like me who don’t eat much at all 😊;
  3. I discovered this new tv show A Million Little Things, which I’m really enjoying. It’s challenging the Korean dramas! Well not quite, but it’s pretty good πŸ˜‚

OK, I’m glad I did that. I needed to do that, especially today. I feel that little bit better now 😊