Keeping myself occupied

N flew to SG today πŸ˜” He’s there until Sunday, so I think I will end up immersing myself in my trading more over the next few days, and also watch a few more episodes of The Last Empress 😊

Speaking of the latter, I am now halfway through the series, and it is total cray cray! It is very stressful and very extreme, and so of course very addictive. I sorta want to the series to end so all the stress can leave my life! I’m constantly stressed that someone will overhear a conversation that they shouldn’t have heard, or a betrayal is revealed and someone gets killed for it, or the good people being framed for something they didn’t do and being punished for it. But I’m only halfway through, so I don’t know how much more insane the storyline can get. But it’s so good! 😊

I also finished my current fiction book, What Alice Forgot. I actually enjoyed it, I’m glad I gave it a go πŸ‘ Now to look for my next book… I’m thinking of just finishing Rich People Problems, the third book in the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy. I had to return it to the library before I could finish it and couldn’t renew the loan because a bajillion other people had reserved the book (my renewal was something like 88th in the queue! 😲). But now that I have subscribed to Scribd, I can just “borrow” it from there and resume where I left off 😊

And I also had a relatively good trading day today. Not as good as my godlike performance yesterday, but I was still happy with what I did today πŸ˜‚

Overall a good day 😊

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All caffeine’d up

It was another miserable, dreary day in HK 🌧 This time, lightning and thunder were also at play β›ˆ Thankfully the thunder was very far away, and so Kitty wasn’t bothered at all with the sound πŸ˜… Unlike the thunder we could hear in our apartment in Singapore, which sounded like it was originating just outside our building! It was so scary sometimes, even for me, so I can only imagine how poor Kitty felt πŸ˜”

Somehow the sun actually made an appearance in the afternoon, so hopefully that’s a positive sign of more such weather to come 🀞

It was around 3pm when I decided to have a cup of decaf coffee. Yet somehow my body went into autopilot mode, and as soon as I was in the kitchen, I made myself a normal cup of coffee! I normally only have one cup of coffee in the morning to jolt me awake, so having two cups of coffee in a day is rare for me. The last time was probably this day – I had an unintentional second cup of coffee that day too! πŸ˜‚ Needless to say, I was rather productive this afternoon, pumped with a ton of energy (read: caffeine πŸ˜†), getting a whole ton of stuff done! Maybe I should make this second cup of coffee every once in a while to boost my productivity… Occasional enough so as to not get too used to that much caffeine where I no longer feel the effects, but often enough that I still reap the benefits of a caffeine boost on a regular basis! πŸ˜‚

I also had one of my best trading days ever. EVER. Could I pin that on my second cup of coffee as well?! It was like I was one with the market. Remember that meme about two stages every trader goes through? Well today I finally didn’t feel like the dog! πŸ˜‚ It felt goood! Now how do I enter this stage more often…?? πŸ€”

We finished our HK drama, Love in Time. I actually didn’t mind the ending, even though it was a tad predictable. And I watched more of my Korean drama, The Last Empress. Man, it’s goood! I don’t know which one I prefer, this one or Sky Castle. It has so many characters with such different personalities: strong types; innocent; conniving; pure evil; ditzy; obedient; power hungry megalomaniacs; driven; kind; gentle; accommodating… All wrapped up in this one little drama. No wonder these shows suck me in! πŸ˜‚

Consoling myself

The beautiful spring day that we had on Saturday seems like a dream that is slipping further and further away. Today it was even colder and a fog was over the city this morning, leaving us in an even more depressing state πŸ˜” I even turned the heater on during the day! What’s the dealio there?? And then in the afternoon, the rains descended upon us. Not the usual piddly rain that we’ve had these past few months, which is basically mist πŸ˜‚, but actual rain rain, where you’d actually need an umbrella so that you didn’t get soaked. Probably the heaviest rain we’ve had since we moved to HK. Isn’t that a fantastic start to the week…

My trading wasn’t all that great, either. Ugh. It was so dark in the study today, I had to turn on the light in the middle of the day! I looked out the window to see why and that’s when I discovered it was raining 🌧

So after a crap trading day with miserable weather outside, I consoled myself and watched a few more episodes of The Last Empress in the evening and had a glass of wine 🍷 And then when N got home, we watched a few more episodes of Love in Time. We’ve almost finished the drama, it’s actually a really short series! Perfect timing, just before he flies off to SG in a few days πŸ‘

So let’s just write off the day and start again tomorrow. Can you believe it’s the 18th, today?? The days just keep going faster and faster! 😲

My current obsession

The beautiful weather from yesterday did not stick around: it was colder today and it was back to being overcast again πŸ˜” Boohoo. So we decided to just stay home and relax 😌 We watched some more of our Hong Kong drama, Love in Time. I say “our” because we’re watching this one together πŸ‘«

I also went looking for my new Korean drama. This one is all for me πŸ˜† I found it: The Last Empress. It’s in an alternate universe where South Korea is still under imperial rule in the modern day. I like alternate realities, they’re always fun πŸ‘ And it’s also considered mahkjang, woohoo! Crazy, out-of-this-world storylines make the best dramas πŸ˜† It’s a bit scary, though, because I recognised a ton of the actors in this series. From the great grandmother all the way down to the little girl, and a few other actors in between! 😱 And I don’t think I’ve even watched that many Korean dramas!

So it was a pretty lazy day, just binge watching and satisfying my current Asian dramas obsession πŸ˜‚

Feeling wonderful

It was a beautiful day today, I feel a change of season is just around the corner. I am sooo happy!! πŸ˜„ I have never been a fan of cold weather, so when I feel this change in the air, I can’t help but feel extremely excited. I cannot wait for the warm weather to arrive – bring it on!! 😊

I decided to go and have yum cha today. We returned a few of our library books while we were waiting for our number to be called, as the library was just around the corner from the yum cha place. They have the numbers all online in an app, so you don’t have to stand around the entire time waiting for your table. You can just see what number they’re up to in the app, and start heading back to the restaurant when they’re getting close to your number. It’s such a good idea!

We then went to IFC afterwards and just wandered around the mall for a while, before heading home and running a few errands. We went to the gym in the evening, with N practising a bit of karate while we were there. And then we finished off the evening with a few episodes of my/our new Cantonese drama, Love in Time.

It was a wonderful day 😊

A bag of emotions

I went to Tsim Sha Tsui today, to visit one of the few Crabtree & Evelyn stores left in HK. When I got there, I noticed how sad the store looked, and realised that it’s been looking that sad for a while now πŸ˜” My favourite scent is from that store, so now I have to go look for an alternative. I’ve been a loyal customer for goodness knows how long. Their store in the QVB was my go-to store for years when we were still in Sydney. Now I have to go to a competitor πŸ˜”

I went to the library and discovered that another trading textbook of sorts that I’ve been wanting to read for ages now was on the shelf! I took that as a sign that I had to borrow it today πŸ‘ N is going to be in SG for work next week, so I may just immerse myself in my two borrowed textbooks while he’s away πŸ€“

And then tonight, we watched the first episode of Love in Time, the Cantonese drama that we came across on free-to-air tv the other day. It has vampires πŸ§›β€β™‚οΈ so of course I’m interested 😊 Ever since Buffy, I’ve been fascinated with vampires ever since. So despite the mediocre-ness of this drama, I’ve still been drawn in. It only has 9 episodes, so this one will be nice and quick! πŸ˜†

There was a letter from the building’s management office in the mail today addressed to the landlord. It’s been freaking me out, and I keep thinking that it’s a letter of complaint from one of the neighbours about Kitty being in the apartment πŸ˜” I hope it’s nothing of the sort, and it’s just the strata bill that remains outstanding, or minutes from the last strata meeting or something similar. I have such a guilty conscience! πŸ₯Ί

Decisions made today

N came home soon after I had fallen asleep last night, so his coming home woke me up. And then Kitty scratched again to get someone’s attention at about 2am (we left a door closed so she scratched at it to let us know that she wanted it open – argh!); and then again in the wee hours of the morning, this second time because she wanted food. So basically the whole fam woke me up a few times throughout the night πŸ˜” I am not having much luck getting a good night’s sleep at the moment!

I spent quite a fair bit of time on social media today. I don’t normally go on social media for that long, as I tend to prefer to unwind by watching Asian dramas now, after having discovered this whole new world that I never even knew existed πŸ˜† But today, I spent over 1.5 hours scrolling through my feed on Facebook 😲 I must’ve been feeling quite social today πŸ˜‚

Speaking of Asian dramas, I decided to abandon my current Korean drama, The Beauty Inside. It hasn’t really drawn me in, and the episode that I was watching today was particularly uninteresting, so I stopped it and decided to read instead. I have to look for a new drama now… It’s going to be hard, I reckon, after having just watched Sky Castle! πŸ˜† Maybe I’ll choose a Chinese drama, to work on my listening skills again… I’ll see what I can find…

I also finally decided to sign up to Scribd. It’s pretty good so far! Slowly building up my reading list in the app 😊 I’ve set a goal to read one fiction book and one non-fiction book each month, have I mentioned this already? I think Scribd will help me quite well with this goal πŸ‘