Our first trip to Discovery Bay

We went to Discovery Bay today. It reminds me of an ocean-front suburb, like Manly or the Northern Beaches in Sydney, and a bit like Sentosa too, in SG. It’s very idyllic, and especially so today because the weather was really nice. It didn’t have the whole hustle and bustle feel of what you would expect when you think of typical HK.

The high-rise apartment blocks aren’t here, and there is a ton of space with very few people. Again, not your typical HK!

Apparently Discovery Bay is known as DB, and some people say that stands for “Dogs and Babies” – ie it’s a very family-friendly area. It’s so true, I saw a ton of dogs and kids everywhere ๐Ÿ˜†

We also saw a ton of golf carts ๐Ÿคจ Apparently DB residents get around on these things! I’m not sure if they’re supplied by the apartment buildings for the residents to use, or if they’re privately owned by the residents themselves, but either way, I thought that was a pretty cool way to get around the area! ๐Ÿ˜Š

So if I feel like going somewhere to get away from the craziness that is HK, I think I’ll consider going back there. It’s pretty easy to get to: we just caught a ferry from pier 3 at Central Ferry Pier, and the ferry takes you all the way to Discovery Bay in about 30 minutes.

It’s quite expensive (HK$45+ on way, I believe, which is something like A$8+ or US$6+), especially when you’re used to paying around HK$6 when using public transport. But for the odd visit, it’s not too bad. Plus they’ve got some offer where if you spend HK$120 or more on dining at specific restaurants in DB, your return ferry trip is free. You just have to show your receipt to the service counter near the ferry pier and give them your octopus card, and you’re good to go ๐Ÿ‘

Maybe next time we go, we can do one of the hiking trails there ๐Ÿฅพ It’s starting to get cooler now, so it’s the perfect time to start going hiking around the city! ๐Ÿ˜Š

A few disappointments

We went and visited what used to be our favourite yum cha restaurant in HK, but after today’s experience, it has now been downgraded. Very sad. The standard of their food has taken a turn for the worse, unfortunately. I guess our second choice has now been bumped up to first: Maxim’s Palace at City Hall. Now let’s see if someone else can bump her off… ๐Ÿ˜†

We gave Little Miss her meds today, and she was very angry about being disturbed from her slumber. She ended up scratching N pretty badly ๐Ÿ˜’ She might be in a bit of pain, which is why she got so angry at us. But the irony is that once she gets her meds, she’ll actually feel better! Sighhh… Hopefully her meds will kick in soon enough.

And then we finished the evening with another episode of Lucifer. We’re getting close to their latest episode, so we’re going to have to find a new show soon… A friend recommended Animal Kingdom, which I thought sounded like a doco ๐Ÿ˜† Any thoughts on this show??

Sore and clumsy

My leg muscles are sore as! I ran to the bar yesterday – in fact, I sprinted. But I hadn’t stretched or warmed up, I just ran like my life depended on it, because I didn’t want to miss any part of the grand final ๐Ÿคฃ I’m not a long-distance runner, so I couldn’t run the whole way there. I’m more of a sprinter, so I sprinted about 200 metres, the maximum distance I can really do without dying, and then half walked, half ran the rest of the way there.

Anyway, today I’m really feeling it. My calf muscles are sore as! And even my shins hurt! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ It probably didn’t help that I didn’t run in sneakers, so I wasn’t getting the proper support ๐Ÿ˜

Despite the soreness, ironically it sorta makes me want to start doing some sprints again! I haven’t sprinted since high school, but doing a few now and then wouldn’t be a bad idea… ๐Ÿ˜œ

We went to the Wan Chai Computer Centre today and bought some new phone cases. N got a new case for his new work phone, and I ended up getting a new cover and case too as mine were looking a bit worse for wear. I’m not the most careful when it comes to looking after my phone, unfortunately. I’ve dropped it a bajillion times ๐Ÿ˜” I’d buy one of those hard cases that looks like it’d survive being run over by a truck – if the case itself was pink and glittery and had a cute picture of Hello Kitty on the back of it ๐Ÿคฃ They’re a bit too rough and blokey for my liking, so I go for something in between, just something to protect my phone from my clumsiness. But after a while, that “in between” level of protection gets worn down and I have to replace it, which is where I was today ๐Ÿ˜† So now it looks like I have a brand new phone. If only I can keep it this way!

And then we finished off the evening with a really good episode of Lucifer. It was so good, actually, that it would’ve been worthy of a season finale. But we actually have two episodes left in season three. I’m surprised they didn’t end the season with this episode! ๐Ÿคจ

TST, Central and some tear gas

We headed over to a relatively new mall at TST called K11 Musea, but we didn’t really get past the foodcourt ๐Ÿ˜‚ So we ended up just having lunch there and then checking out a few stores in the mall and around TST before just heading home. We’ll have to go back another time to check out the rest of the mall! ๐Ÿ˜†

As we left TST, we saw some police vans lining the street, and police obviously getting ready for more protests later in the day. Sighhh…

N then went meet up with one of his workmates to watch the rugby grand final somewhere in Central. I eventually decided to join them, and then we just hung out at the bar for a little bit before grabbing some dinner nearby.

The protesters came by while we were at the bar, and the police fired tear gas, which wafted over to the bar. The staff had to close us in for a little while, as we waited for the protesters and the tear gas to disperse. Such is life in HK now ๐Ÿ˜” I don’t normally get caught up in any of it, but for some reason the protesters were a bit farther up today from where they usually are, and so we were unexpectedly caught up in some of it. Luckily it wasn’t too long before the bar opened up again ๐Ÿ˜…

But despite this, it was a good day ๐Ÿ˜Š

My new toy!

My Amazon purchase arrived today and I absolutely love my new headset. My voice sounds so clear through them! Although I don’t really have anything to go by except for the earphones that my iPhone came with ๐Ÿ˜† But for US$20, I think they sound pretty damn good! My voice comes across quite naturally. Now all I want to do is record stuff! I sorta wish I had my own podcast now, just so I can record stuff with my new headset. Maybe I can start one ๐Ÿ˜‰

I called my parents to try out the new headset, just to make sure they were working ok. My mum said I sounded like I was really far away, so I started to become discouraged, thinking that I might have just wasted US$20 on a crap headset. But after fiddling around with the audio settings on my computer, I managed to get the volume back up, and I sounded perfectly fine again – a bit too loud, actually, according to my mum. So it was all good ๐Ÿ‘ So I’m really happyyy!

I’ll get to try it out again tomorrow during my online lesson. No doubt I’ll be going on about how excited I am with my new headset – in Chinese! ๐Ÿ˜† But to what extent I can express that excitement in Chinese, let’s wait and see, shall we?!? ๐Ÿค”

Oh what exactly are these headsets, you may be wondering. Well it’s these ones:

MPOW BH071A USB Headset

And here is the Amazon link, if you’re interested. Not that I get any kickbacks for sending you this link, I’m just sayin’ it’s here, FYI. But I should give them some feedback anyhow, because I’m so happyyy with this product! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

Google Translate, shopping and the RWC

I texted a handyman here to fix our leaking toilet. I used Google Translate to reverse-engineer my English, to make sure that what I say in my text in English can be understood in Chinese if he chooses to use Google Translate to translate my text ๐Ÿ˜‚ I’ve done it before too, when people send me texts that sound really odd in English. I just put it into Google Translate and read the Chinese, which ends up making more sense ๐Ÿ˜œ A different way to use Google Translate, but hey, whatever works!

We then went to Wan Chai and Fortress Hill to do a bit of shopping. It was pretty quiet, which is still really odd to see on the weekend. I guess people are still not really going out, despite the protests quietening down the last few weekends. I still think it’s a good time for people to take advantage of this time! Snap up a few bargains virtually everywhere ๐Ÿ‘

We went home soon after to watch the Wales vs South Africa rugby semi-final, which was a really close match. It was anyone’s game for pretty much the entire 80 minutes! Now just one more match to play and then the Rugby World Cup will be over once again. That’s quite sad. I am really enjoying it, and so it’ll be quite sad to see it come to an end ๐Ÿ˜”

Apart from the rugby

We went and had yum cha again today, which was nice ๐Ÿ˜Š We then did a bit of shopping and then N went to the gym and I went to the library, before meeting back up again at home to watch the disastrous England vs NZ semi final in the Rugby World Cup ๐Ÿ˜’

We then went to the vet to pick up some more meds for Kitty, and ran into one of N’s workmates on our way there. I just realised that at least three of N’s workmates live within, say, 300m from us. That is insane! Goes to show just how compact this city is!

We then picked up a pizza on our way back from the vet, and then afterwards N went to meet up with some workmates for a few drinks.

Apart from the crappy rugby match, it wasn’t a bad Saturday ๐Ÿ˜Š