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 😮 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! 😆🤞

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

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 😔 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.

Travel

I went to Kowloon Walled City Park today and filmed what will hopefully be my next vlog. It was overcast today, and I did feel a few raindrops every now and then, so that might have kept people away from the park. I like parks in general, though, and I had the time to read a bit more about Kowloon Walled City today in the little information building in the park.

The SG-HK travel bubble has been postponed for two weeks because cases have suddenly increased here in the past two days 😔 We were thinking of taking advantage of that bubble, but the price and all the rigmarole that you have to go through is putting me off. It’s still not as simple as what the marketers would have you believe. It’s still not quite like how it was travelling in the pre-COVID era 😑

So instead, I’m thinking of doing a staycation over Christmas and/or New Year’s. So I’ve started having a look at a few different hotels. A lot of places have staycation deals, so I’m going to see which hotel has the best deal for us 😊 I never really wanted to do a staycation when Kitty was still here, because I always felt bad for leaving her at home. But now she’s letting us go. I would still much rather have her back with us, though 😢

New things to come in the next few months, perhaps?

It was one of those good days where everything went well. These days are nice 🥰 And despite not getting enough sleep last night, I still managed to have a very productive day 👍

And this new Apple Watch is definitely making me move more. I love tracking my stats, so this watch is perfect for me. I already track a bajillion things in my bulletin journal, now my watch helps me track my health and fitness 👍 So I’m drinking more water; I’m dancing more; doing other health and fitness things (yoga, push-ups, squats, meditation etc) and I’m getting up and just moving more in general. It’s great! ☺️ I’ve only had it for a few days, so I’m sure it’s just going to continue to change my daily habits for the better 👍

There has been rumours going around that SG and HK will set up a travel bubble from November, meaning that we could go and visit SG without having to go through quarantine. Woohoo! That is sooo exciting 😁 So now I’m trying to decide which hotel I’d like to stay at. I’ve never actually stayed in a hotel in SG, so I wonder where I’d like to stay…

We haven’t really been able to travel in recent years because of Little Miss, but now she has allowed us to travel again. It’s like she timed it: she was able to spend more time with us this year because we were home much more, thanks to the rona; and now, travel looks like it may resume for us.

But if I had a choice, I would still want her back with us 😢

Yum cha and the Apple Watch

We went to our favourite yum cha place today, which has finally reopened. It was busy as, I think all the tables were full 😱 They’ve swapped all their tables to smaller ones, matching the current public gathering maximum of four people. We didn’t have to queue up, though, so it’s still not as busy as it usually is. This yum cha place is popular with tourists, though, and they’re next to non-existent right now, so I think that explains the lack of a queue.

We then went to the Apple store afterwards, I am thinking of buying one of their watches. But I think because of the design of the new watch bands and how they have to measure your wrist to get the right band fit for you, they were asking people to queue up if you wanted to try on one of the watches. The queue was a little long and it was moving veryyy slowwwly, so I decided to just view the watches that were underneath their glass cabinet display. I’m still not 100% convinced yet anyway, so I’m still thinking about it.

Do you have an Apple Watch? What do you think of it? Do you think it’s worth the investment? It’ll be my first watch (so I’m obviously not an early adopter of technology 😂), so I’ve survived without one up until this point. So right now I’m thinking, why bother…

Then again, that’s exactly what I thought of the smartphone back in the 2000s too… 🤣

My luck with plants

I wanted to go to this nursery nearby to see if I can pick up a few plants to put around the house. Just really easy-to-take-care-of plants, like succulents and cacti 😆 But it turns out that they’re closed on Sundays! 😔 I was really looking forward to sprucing up the house with a bit of colour 🌈

I like plants, but I just don’t have much luck with them, unfortunately. A lot of them die under my care. All of the plants that we had in SG died, and I have a feeling that it will be quite similar here too 😔 But I don’t want to jinx myself since I’ve never actually owned a plant here in HK! And surely a few succulents will be fine?!? 😜

N is taking tomorrow off (since he’s got his annual leave for the year but we have nowhere to go 😒), so we’ll head back to the nursery again.

The loss of a close friendship

Have I mentioned a friend who I am having trouble parting ways with? I think fully parting ways will be impossible, as I have known her for a very long time, so I have moved her from my ‘close friends’ list to just a ‘normal’ friend. And even the latter is stretching it.

I have struggled with this friendship for a long time now, and what finally sealed it for me was when I told her that I’d be in Sydney because my mum was in hospital (this was before the pandemic all started so international travel was still happening) and the only thing she said to me was, “I can’t meet up with you because I’ll be in Melbourne”. Nothing about wishing my mum well or sending her regards. And no follow up about how she was doing afterwards either. I found it quite upsetting that a supposedly close friend of mine didn’t even bother to ask how my mum was doing 😞 She’s fine now, btw, in case you’re wondering 😊🙏

So that was the final straw after years of constantly making snide remarks about me. For years now, I haven’t felt like she supported me in any way. And even with my relatively new YouTube channel, she hasn’t bothered to even watch the videos or show her support in any way, Yeah, sure, she’s not my target audience, but she’s supposed to be one of my close friends, and I would like my close friends to show some interest or support in something that is important to me 😔

So I’m distancing myself from her, not engaging with her on social media as much, if at all, anymore. I think friends should bring each other up and not make you feel like you’re not worth their time, or only talk to you when the friendship is convenient for them.

It’s just really sad because we’ve been friends for so long now. But I guess friendships evolve, and unfortunately, this one has evolved into the loss of one 😔 I guess I can still remember our years of friendship when we did have a good time together, and just accept that we have now both changed and we are no longer the same two people anymore. It’s just a bit sad to have to mourn the loss of what was once a close friendship 😞

Floradix

Someone recommended Floradix to me a few years ago – when we were still living in SG – as an all-natural iron supplement. I didn’t notice too much of a difference when I was taking it back then, so I eventually stopped taking it.

A few days ago, I discovered that I had another bottle in our cupboard, but I don’t remember where I bought it! I’m guessing I bought it during our last trip back to Oz before all this rona business changed the world forever. So when I saw it in the cupboard, I figured I should start having it before it expires, so I’ve been having it once a day for the past few days.

And I think I am actually feeling a difference this time around! I have a lot more energy, and I feel like I always just want to go, go, go! 🏃‍♀️

I only have one bottle, though, so hopefully I can find it in one of the shops here in HK. N tried it this morning, so if he’s seeing an uptick in his energy levels too, then I will definitely have to find a local supplier!

Still going strong

Kitty’s just not letting me have a good night’s sleep 😔 I should just let you know when I do have a good sleep, because they occur much less often these days!

Today she wanted more food – at 3:15am. Because what better time is there to eat than smack bang in the middle of the night?!?? 🙄 She had licked her bowl clean, so I had no choice but to give her some more food. Luckily I could get back to sleep today, though, unlike yesterday’s tossing and turning.

Anyway, have I told you about how I reframe these disruptions? I am just grateful that she is still alive to wake me up in the middle of the night 🙏 I still remember the vet three years ago now, when we were living in SG, emailing me while we were overseas, saying that our pet sitter had brought her in, and that she was weak and wasn’t eating. Her condition was pretty serious and potentially life-threatening, he said. We were in Sydney at the time, and I still remember being really upset that I might not see her alive again 😢

We went to see her as soon as we could once we got back to SG, and miraculously, she perked up as soon as she saw us, and even the vet was surprised. He really didn’t think she had much left in her.

And here she still is. I am still grateful every single day that she’s still going strong. She’s almost 90 years old in human years, and she can still attack me, so that’s pretty impressive! 😄

I’m going to go and give her a big hug now – while also being careful not to be scratched yet again! 😆🤗

An uneventful day, but still feeling blah

The typhoon signal was actually ‘upgraded’ to a T9 overnight, the second highest level, but it was back down to a T8 when I woke up this morning, and then all signals were cancelled by around lunchtime. An uneventful typhoon, thankfully. Hopefully all typhoons remain uneventful while we’re living in this part of the world! 🤞

I had another meh day today 😕 I called my mum to see how they are. My dad is continuing his long road to recovery, and my mum is tired from all the walking going to and from the hospital each day 😔 But otherwise, they’re holding up ok 👍

I watched more Bondi Rescue today 😆 I’m so obsessed with this show right now that I made my Chinese teacher listen to me talk about it for our entire lesson today 🤣🤣 It was a good lesson because there are so many words about the show that I didn’t know how to say in Chinese: things like people drowning (or almost drowning); people getting stung by jellyfish; lifeguards catching petty thieves; ringing the ‘shark alarm’ if one is spotted in the water; and chasing them away when there is one nearby 😆 Lots of new words and phrases!

And I try and hold as much of the conversation in Chinese, so I had to try and describe all of this to her in Chinese with my limited vocab! And sometimes I just had to rely on charades 🤣 But I still didn’t use English, that’s the main thing!

The show just makes me miss Sydney 😔 I wonder if that’s adding to my blahness lately. Normally we fly back quite regularly, but with the rona, that’s all been ground to a halt. And then with my dad in hospital but not being able to visit him in person, that’s pretty tough too 😔

Family and beaches

Kitty woke me up at around 3:30am because she wanted more food. She finished everything that was in her bowls and she needed a top-up. Her appetite enhancing meds had kicked in 👍

At around 6:30am, she went to the toilet. And she didn’t miss the tray! Woohoo! 👍

But then she kept going to the toilet. Again and again, trying to empty her already very empty bowels for the next hour or so. As you can imagine, I was up this entire time, cleaning her tray for any urine skerricks that she might’ve left. I tried to go back to sleep, but she kept making all this noise each time she used her litter tray, so by the time 7:30am rolled around, I just decided to get up. So another night of broken sleep of around 4-5 hours 😔

I rang the vet to ask for some advice, because she’s already on a second round of meds for this infection. They’ve decided to dispense more meds 😔 I just feel like we’re just feeding her so many drugs at the moment 😔 Poor thing. I hope that at least one of them clears up this infection! 🤞

My next YouTube video is going to be about safety at Australian beaches, but because I can’t film in Oz right now, I was going to film at one of the beaches here in HK instead. But as I was getting ready to head out to one of the beaches, the skies opened up and it just poured 🌧 Filming at the beach all of a sudden became out of the question 😒 So I just filmed it in our bedroom, like a few of my other videos 😆 Now I just have to find some photos and videos of a few Sydney beaches that I’ve taken in recent years to add to the video. It’s the best I can do given the circumstances!

And then to top it all off like a big fat cherry, my dad had his bypass surgery today. Apparently everything went fine, though, thankfully, and he’s now just recovering. I’ll give my mum a call tomorrow, hopefully I can get to see them both in a video chat or something.