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˜‚

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

Good stuff and not-so-good…

I actually felt better today, which was good. I got to do some more trading related stuff, and I also got to read some more of my books too.

I decided to buy Pimsleur Mandarin today through Audible, Level 2, lessons 1-5. I wasn’t sure what level I would be on their program, but I figured I would be past Level 1, as I’m pretty comfortable with the basics of the language. So I decided to start at Level 2 and give it a go. Pimsleur focuses more on speaking and listening at first, much like how kids learn, so it’s actually really good for me since my listening is so poor, as I’ve mentioned before.

I worked my way through the first lesson, and it turned out that even though I knew about 95%+ of it, there was still stuff that I didn’t know, and the stuff that I did know, I still got to review. And because it’s all about speaking and listening, it was still good practice for me. The time it takes me to form sentences is still a bit slow, so it was definitely not a waste of time starting at Level 2! And the pace of the lesson is also a tad fast, so even though I already knew almost all pof the course material, I still found it pretty fast going. So I think there will come a point where I will have to repeat a lesson a few times! I’ll see how these lessons go and how far they will take my listening and speaking skills…

N went out for drinks tonight, so I just watched my current Korean drama, Who Are You, freaking myself out in the process πŸ˜† It’s a good series, though, which is why I’m sticking it out. It’s a short one too, with only 16 episodes, so I’ll finish it in no time 😊

N came back with maccas for dinner, as I had requested πŸ˜‚ Probably not the best thing for when I’m feeling a bit under the weather – probably not the best thing, regardless πŸ˜‚ – so let’s see how I feel tomorrow… 😏

A repeat of yesterday – or was it??

Today felt like a repeat of yesterday, with a few minor changes. I went to the library again; met up with N and went home together; had pretty much the exact same dinner, and watched a Marvel movie. We watched Iron Man 2 tonight. I think I preferred the first movie, but this one was still pretty good.

Apart from a different movie, there were some other minor differences compared to yesterday: I didn’t speak to my parents; had a totally different lunch; and I went to the supermarket today. OK, so today wasn’t quite a repeat of yesterday, my bad πŸ˜‚ But it sure felt like it!

Oh, and I read that children’s book that I borrowed from the library the other day. It didn’t take very long, as there was only one sentence per page πŸ˜‚ Nonetheless, I still learnt a few new words. Children’s books are good because they use everyday language, and they will say things in a natural, conversational way, so you get to see how the language is actually spoken. Much like in the (modern) dramas, but without the craziness and hilarity that comes with those πŸ˜† Although this book started with “my little sister is not cute”, which I thought was quite an amusing way to start the book! There are a few more “learning” pages that I need to work though, teaching kids about jealousy. After I get through these last few pages, I will return it and borrow another book from the series 😊

Outburst

My plans got a little derailed today, as my mum rang and we spoke for almost two hours πŸ˜‚ She actually pushed some of my buttons today, so much so that I was almost ready to hang up on her πŸ˜” This outburst doesn’t normally happen with me. My parents can get on my nerves sometimes, as all parents do, so nothing new there. But normally I can shrug it off and say whatevs, ignore whatever I disagree with, and move on. But today, she must’ve triggered something in me somehow, whether it was something she said that was against my core values, or I was just in a bad mood and she just pushed me over the edge, perhaps a bit of both. Either way, I feel bad. I don’t like getting angry, it’s not helpful to anyone πŸ˜”

That outburst didn’t put me in a good frame of mind, and it took me ages to shrug it off. Not the anger, but the guilt that I didn’t handle the situation better. I’m usually much better at controlling my emotions, but something just triggered me today. I want to think about it some more to understand the root cause, and to make sure it doesn’t get triggered as explosively again in future.

I went to the library and spent a few hours there reading one of my current books on trading. Another textbook of sorts that I’m working my way through. It was good to get back into something work related, to get my mind off my outburst from earlier in the day.

Afterwards, I met up with N and we went home together. After we had dinner, we watched The Incredible Hulk, the next movie in the sequence that I have decided to watch the Marvel movies in. I actually liked it! Probably helps that I like Edward Norton too. Next up: Iron Man 2! 😊

Reading and Allergies

Pretty uneventful day: I spent the day reading my textbook of sorts on trading; watching an episode of my Korean drama About Time; and doing a bit of cleaning around the house.

I also had a look at my list of books that I want to read: there are over 150 on the list! 😲 I don’t think I could get through all of them in my lifetime, since I’m such a slow reader πŸ˜‚ And I do other stuff in my life too, and not just read books, which adds to the time it’d take to get through that rather intimidating list. Maybe I can aim to read 2 books a month, one fiction and one non-fiction. Is that too ambitious? πŸ€” Or maybe I should first do a speed reading course so I have a better chance of achieving that goal?? πŸ˜†

N reacted a bit to Kitty tonight 🀧 His eyes were puffy and red, his nose was all stuffy and he was sneezing. He doesn’t react as badly to her as his brother does, but sometimes his allergy flares up, like it did tonight. Luckily we bought some Claratyne a few weeks ago, so he could take one to ease the symptoms.

I find it interesting that they spell it as Clarityne here (note that there is no English on their website here! 😩) and Claritin in the US. Why the subtle differences in spelling? Is it a copyright issue in each region??