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 😂 So I missed out today 😔 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! 👍 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! 😂

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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New experiences

I went to Muji and Uniqlo today, the former to get some more storage ideas, and the latter to get some additional cold weather gear. People have said that it doesn’t get much colder than what it currently is at the moment (around 15°C / 59°F), so maybe I just need to buy one or two cardigans or jumpers, and I think I’ll be right. It’s not very windy here, surprisingly, so you don’t need a coat or jacket to protect you against any potentially biting winds, which is what killed me/us in Melbourne. So I think I’ll be able to survive the HK winter! 👍

N’s brother flew in to HK this afternoon, so we went and had dinner with him and his mate. His mate now lives in HK too, but they used to be flatmates back in Sydney for over eight years, and they still remain quite tight, which is pretty cool.

Oh and we got a little Christmas tree! It’s 30cm and looks really cute sitting on our dining table, and it’s REAL! Our first real Christmas tree! It’s also our first Christmas that we’re celebrating in winter. I am so excited 😆 New experiences this year for Christmas 🎄

Energy vibes

I am really liking our new apartment. In fact, I reckon I am willing to take it so far as to say that perhaps I like it even more than our SG apartment 😲 Yeah it’s older; the curtains look like they’re straight from the 80s; the stove and oven is still gross from the previous tenant(s) and we haven’t yet had the chance to clean it properly; the doorbell doesn’t work; and the water temperature in the shower won’t stay constant (wth, right, this drives me insane!) and a few other things that’s not quite great, but there’s just something about this place that I really like! I feel so comfortable in the apartment. Don’t get me wrong, I was comfortable in our SG apartment too, but it’s just different in our HK one. It’s like it gives me energy. I feel energised being at home. It’s so bizarre. It’s like the apartment and I are a vibrational match, if that is even a thing. Maybe the feng shui is really working for me in this apartment, which is all about energy vibes. Very interesting…

But yes, let me elaborate on the stupid water temperature in the shower. So as per any shower you take, you adjust the shower tap to your desired temperature, and you happily take your shower. But in our shower, about 15 seconds later, it will start to get hotter and hotter, and will get to a point where it’s just too hot to bear and you have to turn the tap back towards the “cold” end. You then have to find your desired temperature again, and it stays at that temperature for about 15 seconds before it starts getting colder and colder and you then have to turn the tap back towards “hot”, and the cycle starts all over again. There are a few annoying things in the apartment, but this has to be the most annoying one! As with most things, I was getting used to the routine, and the regular switching back and forth of the shower tap was starting to become the norm.

Then N’s purchase arrived today: he got a new shower head! He replaced the old shower head with this new one, and wouldn’t you know it, this water temperature changing business is now gone! It was the shower head all this time! Who woulda thunk?! So my biggest bugbear with the apartment is now fixed. See what I mean about the vibes in this apartment just being on my side?? Crazy stuff!

So I hope that these positive energy vibes spill into the rest of our lives. I don’t think I’ve ever felt so energised like this before! It is just the most bizarre feeling. And note that we are in winter. Winter and I do not get along whatsoever. Yet despite this, I am still full of energy, as if it’s the middle of summer, radiating with happiness and ready and willing to tackle each new day with gusto. Bizarrrre, right?!?

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 😂

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 😂 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 😆 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 😆 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?? 😆 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 🤒 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!

Not the best start

I felt pretty shite today, I didn’t really do much at all. I felt like I had no energy whatsoever, probably because I didn’t eat much as my stomach is still feeling rather unsettled. N made some beef and vegetable soup for dinner, so I had some heartier food in the evening, which hopefully doesn’t upset my stomach while I’m trying to go to sleep tonight…! 🤞

N has now also caught a cold. Greeeat. Coupled with our upset stomachs the past few days, this hasn’t been the best start to our move to HK… 😞

I have also realised that I have no tracksuits to just wear around the house! All my cold weather gear is for travelling, and since I don’t hang out at the hotel or Airbnb when we’re overseas, I haven’t needed one! So I will need to expand my wardrobe that little bit more again. Sighhh… None of this is working towards my minimalism goal…! Or I can just choose to be cold for the next three months 😏

Unsettled, and settled

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… 🤞

A table!

Our furniture has arrived! I’m terribly excited that we now have a dining table! It’s the first dining table that we’ve had in years. We had a bar table of sorts in SG, which we didn’t really like to use as a dining table, so we never used it for that. So we decided to revert back to a traditional table – and we had our first dinner on it! 👏 It’s all so very exciting 😊 #adulting

And what was even more exciting was that I put it together all by myself – the table and all four chairs! I got N’s help towards the end to place the table top, as it’s quite big and heavy, but apart from that, it was all me, baby! I even used a hammer and all 😂 So proud of my effort 😊 The box was actually missing some little pads that the table top is supposed to rest on, so I have to go in tomorrow to see if I can get them from the store. We need to remove the table top again in order to do that, so we decided to leave the protective layer on the table just to protect it that little bit more. But part of me just wants to leave it on so that it can remain protected from my roughneckage! 😂

I’m still giddy with excitement! I can’t wait to use the table tomorrow 😊 The new apartment is coming together! 👏