More TV and more rona cases

N took the day off today. So of course that didn’t help me concentrate on anything ๐Ÿ˜‚ I did teach all my lessons, but I didn’t do much else except watch more TV ๐Ÿ˜

We continued watching Timeless. I started watching it because it involves time travel, and I like shows that have time travel in the storyline. But it’s also quite funny: they make references to pop culture but they integrate it into the storyline in a creative way. They go back in time to significant moments in American history, so if I was American and actually knew more American history, I would probably like this show even more. And it’s also quite sensitive to the racism and sexism that existed in their history, and I thought they dealt with that issue quite well too. So overall, I’m really enjoying this series! It’s a shame it got cancelled after the second season. So yeah, it won’t be long before we’ll be on the hunt once again for our next show.

Any suggestions?? ๐Ÿ˜

The HK government has brought back restrictions, which start on Wednesday. Public gatherings have now been tightened to just 2 people, down from 4; most civil servants will be back working from home, and the government is encouraging the private sector to allow working from home to resume once again; and they’re considering increasing fines for violating social distancing rules. Gyms and sport facilities can stay open, but activities will be restricted to 2 people in each group. 76 cases today ๐Ÿ˜” But at least that’s better than yesterday’s 115.

Binge watching

I spent a ton of my day just watching TV ๐Ÿ˜† I continued watching Gossip Girl, and continued to still be disappointed with the cinematography. Then again, it was filmed back in 2007, so I guess I shouldn’t be so harsh ๐Ÿ˜Š

And then N introduced me to Timeless, this time travel drama. It turned out to be quite addictive! I think we watched the first five episodes today ๐Ÿ˜ณ

Not much to do, as you can see, when you’re at home coz the number of rona cases just continues to increase outside ๐Ÿ˜’ We had 115 cases today, the most we’ve seen since goodness knows how long. Maybe since July. I’m actually quite surprised that the government hasn’t brought back any restrictions yet. This surely is our fourth wave ๐Ÿ˜”

N isn’t as freaked out as me, so he’s been going out to get his exercise and meet friends. I’d rather that he didn’t, of course, but it’s his choice. And if the government brings back some of the previous restrictions, this choice may be taken away from him anyway.

Books, travel and the rona

I finished reading Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None today. I first read this book as a kid, so this was the first time I read it as an adult. I’m surprised I even understood it as a kid ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Don’t underestimate children’s intelligence! Anyway, I remembered enjoying this book as a kid, so I thought I’d see if I’d enjoy it again as an adult. And I did! I guess because Agatha Christie isn’t really known for writing children’s books. Again, I’m surprised that I even read this book as a kid!

So the next book that I want to read is Murder on the Orient Express. I’ve never read that one, so I have no expectations – other than the fact that I enjoyed her previous book, so, in a way, I’m hoping that this one will be just as good! ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿคž

It’s the last week of November, can you believe that?! Where did 2020 go?? Well, the rona sorta screwed it pretty bad ๐Ÿ˜’

I’ve been wanting to travel so badly, but I know it’s not going to happen anytime soon. Apparently the chief exec of HK, Carrie Lam, went to Beijing to see if we can have a travel bubble between mainland China and HK. Apparently she came back empty-handed and they effectively told to get her city’s act together first before they will even consider such a deal ๐Ÿ˜” And then the HK-SG travel bubble has been delayed because of the increasing number of cases here. We had 81 cases today. That’s pretty much a whole week with cases in the high double digits. Dang. So I’m guessing these travel bubbles ain’t happening anytime soon. Sighhh…

So it’s making me not really want to go out again. We have this dinner thing on Saturday that we have already committed to, but if I had a choice, I wouldn’t go. It’s a large gathering, and large gatherings freak me out a bit these days. In fact, I’m tempted to forego the money that we’ve already paid so that I’m not exposing myself unnecessarily in this current environment.

Early Christmas presents

I’m turning into a bit of tech geek. I am watching techy YouTubers talk about the specs of different tech gear that came out last month – and I’m being tempted to buy them! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ This is all so weeeird…. ๐Ÿ˜ณ Before, it was always N who was interested in tech stuff, and I had no interest whatsoever. And I definitely wouldn’t be watching YouTube videos on new gear that’s just come out – because I wouldn’t have even cared about the old stuff that’s already available! Now I’m the one seeking out the info, knowing the improvements they’ve made to the previous model, and I’m the one telling N about it! What. The. Hell!

But he’s still techy, don’t get me wrong. I’m the one who’s jumped on the same bandwagon. He’s probably thinking, “Finally!” ๐Ÿ˜‚

The problem with this, though, is that tech stuff costs money ๐Ÿ’ฒ๐Ÿ’ฒ๐Ÿ’ฒ๐Ÿ’ฒ Moolah. Dough. Cash. Whatever you want to call it ๐Ÿ’ต๐Ÿ’ด๐Ÿ’ถ๐Ÿ’ท So it starts becoming a rather expensive hobby ๐Ÿ˜‘ But now, since it’s a shared hobby, we can at least sorta share the gear. OK, so at the moment, it’s all about me using his existing gear: I use his tripod, his cables, his SD cards, his camera bag…. But he’s more than welcome to use my stuff too, if he wants! ๐Ÿ˜†

So I think we will be getting each other techy stuff for Christmas this year ๐Ÿคฃ But we’re going for dinner with a bunch of people on Saturday, and we both want to buy our tech toys before that so we can play with them at the dinner. Now why do we want our toys specifically for this particular dinner? Because it’s up at The Peak, and there is an awesome view of Victoria Harbour from up there. And we want to have some fun capturing the view with our toys ๐Ÿ˜†

So we might be getting our Christmas presents early this year ๐Ÿ˜œ

Three blahs and one yay

I wasnโ€™t feeling all that great today ๐Ÿ˜” And it just happened to be the day that I spoke to my mum, so I was probably snapping at her more than I should have ๐Ÿ˜” Not that I should be snapping at her anyway, sighhh…

I was also working on my next YouTube video today when my editing software crashed on me and I lost about an hourโ€™s worth of work ๐Ÿ˜ฉ Mannn, I really didnโ€™t need that today ๐Ÿ˜”

And the hot water in the kitchen is now just lukewarm. Isnโ€™t that just great ๐Ÿ˜’ Weโ€™ll have to get the handyman in to see if he can fix it.

But I did have a good Chinese lesson! ๐Ÿ˜† We worked through my journal, the one that Iโ€™ve been writing at least one sentence in each day since sometime last week. My goal of writing just one sentence per day seems to be working…! If I only have the time (or energy) to write one sentence, then I just write one sentence. But if I can write more, then of course I write more. But sticking to just that one sentence keeps me consistent, and one sentence per day is better than none at all ๐Ÿ‘

So I think I will end todayโ€™s entry on that high note, hopefully as a lead in to tomorrow ๐Ÿ˜Š

Our rather morbid order

We extended the weekend feels by having hot pot yet again tonight ๐Ÿ˜† Man, having the gear to be able to eat it at home is just sooo good! ๐Ÿ‘

That was probably the highlight of my day. It was a pretty mediocre Monday, to be honest. It wasn’t the most productive, but it also wasn’t the least productive. Like I said, mediocre!

Remember the keychain that we ordered with Kitty’s DNA, fur and bone? Well it has arrived. As per N’s plan, we can now splice her DNA with a lion and make a giant kitty ๐Ÿ˜‚ I was going to go and pick it up tomorrow, but I don’t think I can, so I might go later in the week instead. Their office is in Woop Woop relative to where we are, so by public transport, it’ll take over an hour to get there and then an hour to get back. So I might leave that trek for another day.

They messaged me to say that her ‘necklace’ was ready, but I requested for a keychain, so I hope they got my order right…. Plus they called her ‘Whiskey’ ๐Ÿ˜’ So I hope it’s just poor English and not an actual stuff-up of my order! Or maybe they were meant to send the message to a different customer… ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ Anyway, I’ll text them tomorrow just to confirm the details.

Sighhh… I still miss her… I don’t think this feeling will go away for a long time yet ๐Ÿ˜ข

Food and reward points

We went to this rather fancy schmancy place in Wan Chai for ramen today. The food was good, sure, and the service was unique (I’ll leave it at that ๐Ÿ˜œ) but for the price that we paid, I didn’t think it was worth it. Okay, so they had wagyu beef, but still. It was very expensive!

We then did some dance practice (rumba today ๐Ÿฅฐ) before heading home and having hot pot! We’ve only had hot pot once at home since we redeemed our stickers for our hot pot set from one of the supermarkets here (you can see the set in the photo below โ˜บ๏ธ). I love hot pot, so it’s great to be able to have it at home now at a fraction of the price that you pay at a restaurant! ๐Ÿ‘ Especially since we paid so much for lunch ๐Ÿ˜’

We actually had too much food! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

I still can’t believe that we can redeem stuff at the supermarkets here. That was sooo good. They have since changed their rewards points, and now it’s all electronic. N has it on his phone, so I don’t actually know what we can redeem these days. I should go through the app with him to make sure we do redeem stuff. We’d redeemed a few items prior to the hot pot set, but the hot pot set is still our largest “reward”. Now I don’t want to miss out on anything simply because I didn’t know it was available. A clear case of FOMO right here ๐Ÿ˜‚

Heart palpitations and handstands

My heart was racing like crazy this afternoon. It felt like I was having a panic attack. Not that I know what panic attacks feel like, but I’m guessing that what I felt today is what they would feel like. Well, maybe just the heart palpitation symptom. Panic attacks probably have other symptoms as well. So maybe the similarity stops with the heart palpitations. And they were bad enough! I have no idea where it came from. Sure, I had a cup of tea this afternoon, and even though I don’t have caffeine too often in the afternoon (maybe once or twice a week), this surely couldn’t have triggered it?!

So of course I tried to calm myself down by doing some mindful breathing. My heart did eventually slow down, so I still don’t know what happened ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ

Oh, and I have been doing yoga DAILY for a few weeks now. I’ve been so impressed with my effort ๐Ÿ‘ I really hope this is the start of a good habit. I only do about 10-15 minutes each morning, but like I keep saying with language study, a little bit each day is so much better than a huge session once a week. It’s all about consistency. And then of course this counts towards my Apple Watch stats, which is one of those daily goals that is top of mind for me right now.

And coming out of this, I’ve had this crazy thought lately: are handstands good for you? I haven’t done one for yeeears. I even wonder if I’ve done one as an adult. But I was wondering if there are any benefits to being upside down, even for just a little while? I am picturing myself going up against the wall like I used to do so easily as a kid. But my body is probably 30 years older now compared to the age of my body in that memory! ๐Ÿคฃ Could I still do it?? Maybe I should do it with N around in case I injure myself?!? ๐Ÿคช Or maybe I just shouldn’t do it at all?!

HK and YouTube

I saw some school kids today, and they were wearing this cool school uniform. It was in the style of the traditional Chinese dress, the cheongsam or qipao. And then the school emblem is worn as a badge right under the collar, along with the studentโ€™s house. It was a cool idea. In reality, though, the uniforms didnโ€™t have any shape, so the uniform didnโ€™t look all that flattering ๐Ÿ˜” And the high collar is probably terribly uncomfortable during the sweltering HK summer ๐Ÿฅต But the idea is pretty cool ๐Ÿ˜Š

It’s been a bit cooler lately, so we decided to go for a bit of a walk around our neighbourhood. N was looking for a basketball court near home, but we didn’t come across any places where he could shoot some hoops. We had a nice walk, though ๐Ÿ˜Š

And it allowed us to think whether we want to move from where we are. The end of our lease is coming up any day now, and I’m guessing we’re just going to sign on for another two years. We haven’t really found anything that has blown us away. Despite the 2019 protests and now the rona, prices haven’t really changed much in the areas that we’re looking at ๐Ÿ˜” A few of N’s colleagues found some really good deals in Happy Valley near Causeway Bay (and the racecourse!), but that’s not really an area that suits us. So unless something mind-blowing becomes available in the next week, we’ll probably continue on in our current place for another two years.

Oh, and I reached 200 subscribers on YouTube! Woohoo! ๐Ÿฅณ I’m so excited! It’s taken forever to get here, and I’m probably moving mega slowly compared to so many other people, publishing much fewer videos than your average YouTuber. But whatevs. This is my pace, I’m doing the best I can, and I’m happy with my progress. And that’s all that matters! ๐Ÿ˜

Biden, yum cha and shopping

Biden was basically called just as I was heading for bed last night – at around 2am ๐Ÿ™„ So we missed all the fanfare and just caught up when we woke up this morning. Iโ€™m still wondering what Trump is going to do. The whole world is still wondering what heโ€™s going to do Not to mention the remaining weeks where he is still officially president. Who knows what unknown crazy antics he will unleash on the world and what ramifications they will have ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ

But at least one set of stats will have less of a grip on me now! ๐Ÿ˜†

We went to Wan Chai for yum cha today, wanting to continue the yum cha feels from yesterday โ˜บ๏ธ It was a place that we decided to give a second chance, after a mediocre experience we had last time we were there. I thought theyโ€™d redeemed themselves, but not fully with N ๐Ÿ˜† So letโ€™s see if heโ€™ll be willing to return.

We then walked 2km to Causeway Bay (CWB) to go to Toys R Us to buy a basketball ๐Ÿ€ CWB was so busy – and this is without the tourists! So things feel like theyโ€™re pretty much back to normal. I hope this doesnโ€™t mean a new wave will emerge, though. We had ten new cases today, which is quite a lot for HK, as weโ€™ve been seeing single digit numbers for a while now. Fingers crossed this was just a slight blip ๐Ÿคž

I hope your city is doing relatively ok!