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˜‚

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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

Day #2 of back-to-reality week

The sun was out today β˜€οΈ It makes such a huge difference to my mood when the sun comes out. It just makes me smile πŸ˜€ It doesn’t seem to come out during winter here in HK, so its appearance is always a pleasant surprise. We’re coming to the end of my least favourite season, so hopefully I can start to enjoy my time in this city now πŸ˜†

Day #2 of back-to-reality week, and I’m getting into the swing of things already, which is great πŸ‘ I would like to start getting back into my gym routine too, but I’m still coughing (wth!), so I’m waiting until it’s fully gone before I go back. It’s been lingering around for over a week now, it’s just so ridiculous. I’m otherwise fine, which makes it all the more annoying having it being the only remaining symptom of my cold that is staying behind. So I’m still taking my bajillion cough medicines in the evening, to make sure I (and in turn, N) get a decent night’s sleep and not be woken up by this stupid cough.

There are all these ads for cold and flu medicine on tv at the moment, since it is that time of the year (another reason why I don’t like this season πŸ˜‘). This one is really cute and is pretty much exactly how I feel: a hairball constantly rubbing itself at the back of my throat! So I want to buy this πŸ˜† It’s actually not one of the bajillion ones that I’m taking right now, so it won’t hurt to add yet another one to the mix! πŸ˜†

Speaking of tv, they were showing a Cantonese drama tonight called Love in Time (ι‚„δΎ†εΎ—εŠε†ζ„›δ½ ). The acting was pretty bad, but the story seemed interesting enough to want me to watch it: a guy with superhuman powers and a woman with a cat tail were two of the characters… πŸ˜† But I couldn’t follow it because it was in Cantonese, and the subtitles were also in Chinese and I can’t read that fast (nor know enough vocab to follow with ease). So I went looking online to see if I can find a version with English subtitles. Can you believe it, YouTube has come to the rescue! 😲 So I have now added yet another drama to my ever-growing list πŸ˜† I still can’t believe that I never even knew this whole world of Asian dramas existed before we moved to Asia! Blissfully ignorant. And now I waste hours watching them! πŸ˜‚

End of CNY week

We went to Mong Kok today, to check out the Ladies Market and the Goldfish Market. The Ladies Market is like Paddy’s Market in Sydney or Queen Vic Market in Mebourne, but without the fresh food. But the Goldfish Market… Now that’s different. It’s basically a street with all these stores selling fishies and aquariums, and other pet stores as well. It’s quite strange how all these stores are all right next to each other. Wouldn’t they want to spread themselves out over the city?? I don’t get it. It made for a fun afternoon in any case πŸ˜†

We watched Guardians of the Galaxy tonight, continuing to make my way through the Marvel movies. And then I watched the first episode of Big Mouth, which was totally weird and out there, but hilarious at the same time. I’ll see if it gets any weirder and more outlandish as the episodes go on, like South Park did…

And today marks the end of the Chinese New Year week, and our lives go back to normal tomorrow. How sad… The holiday period is always so much fun πŸ˜”

Anger eventually subsided

There aren’t many things that get me really angry, but for some reason, the poor design of women’s toilets in public areas is one of them. Today’s experience had to be one of the worst, and I was so riled up that if I was She-Hulk, she would’ve come out today πŸ˜’Not only was there only one cubicle for the women’s toilet at the McDonald’s that we went to, but it also doubled as the disabled toilet. And the queue was so long that it was basically cutting through the ordering counter. It was the most ridiculous design I have ever seen πŸ™„ It was just so ridiculous that I think one woman went to go use the men’s toilet. Why can’t they just get these toilets right?? I don’t understand why it’s so hard. Surely these architects have seen – and used – public toilets and how poorly designed they are. Why do they continue not to solve the problem?!? It just makes me so maaaaad!! 😑😑 ** cue She-Hulk **

Anyway… just needed to get that off my chest…

We went to Yau Ma Tei today to a street dubbed Kitchen Street, I assume because it has numerous stores selling kitchenware items. But I couldn’t confirm this today as the vast majority of stores were still closed for Chinese New Year! We’re not having much luck with shopping this week! There was one store that was open, though, and N got most of the things that he wanted there. So he made some egg tarts when we got home, using a recipe from one of the cookbooks that he borrowed from the library. For a first attempt and with limited equipment and a dodgy oven, they turned out really well! πŸ‘ It’s always nice when a recipe you try for the first time actually works out 😊

And while he was making his egg tarts, I finished watching Sky Castle, my latest Korean drama. This has to be, hands down, my favourite Asian drama so far. It wasn’t your typical drama with love triangles and/or relationship issues between the main characters. It dealt with a major social problem in Korea (and other parts of Asia) and showed its impact on both the parents and the children, as well as on the family unit. Some characters were so caricature-ish they were just hilarious to watch, and kudos to the actors who played them, as I’m guessing such characters would be quite hard to play. And then there were other characters who were more complex, roles that also would have been challenging to do. It was just so good all around. This one’s going to be hard to beat!

Not much luck shopping

I am so into my Korean drama at the moment, Sky Castle. It is sooo good. I don’t think I’ve enjoyed a drama as much as this one. It’s all about how wealthy parents in Korea push their kids into medicine or law. I think it’s relevant all around Asia, with parents being so competitive in this part of the world. I wonder how the drama was received in Korea. Of course it’s a satire, so there are elements in it that are just so silly and ridiculous, which adds to the fun of the show. But some scenes are also pretty full on, and unfortunately, I can see some of these being re-enacted in real life πŸ˜” So I am totally loving it! I’d like to finish it this weekend, if possible, I only have a few episodes left. Just need to do a bit more binge watching to get to the finish line! 🏁

We went to Wan Chai today to visit a Victoria’s Basement of sorts, only to discover that the store was closed for Chinese New Year – and will reopen on Valentine’s Day! So I guess they’re taking a nice long break 😊

So we then proceeded to head over to Causeway Bay to buy some Crabtree & Evelyn. And there I find out that their store has closed down! 😩 So I went online to find another Crabtree & Evelyn store in HK, only to find out that they’re slowly closing down all their physical stores in both HK and SG! Whaaat?!? Apparently they’re moving 100% online. Boohoo… So I guess I have to embrace this whole online shopping business a bit more now!

And we finished the evening with the next movie in the Marvel series: Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Not bad, and definitely much better than the first Captain America movie πŸ˜† But I have to say that out of the ten movies that I have seen so far, the Iron Man movies are probably my favourite. The two Guardians of the Galaxy movies are up next 😊