My long to-do list and a purchase update

I got up relatively early this morning feeling really pumped. I must’ve had a really good night’s sleep! πŸ˜† I wrote down everything that I wanted to do today, as I usually do in the morning, and it came to 10 things 😱 Errr, yeah right. As if that was going to happen. And in terms of the urgent-important matrix, this is the breakdown of those 10 things:

Urgent AND important – 5

Urgent but not important – 0

Important but not urgent – 5

Neither important nor urgent – 0

And where were the 5.5 completed items in the above matrix?

Urgent AND important – 4

Urgent but not important – 0

Important but not urgent – 1.5

Neither important nor urgent – 0

So not bad. I did attend to 4 out of the 5 urgent AND important items. But Thursday is my busiest day, so I don’t know why I thought I would magically have all the time in the world today to get all of the items done πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ

And by the time the evening rolled around, I was totally shutting off, getting ready for the Easter long weekend πŸ˜† So yeah, I don’t know what I was thinking. I think it was my keen bean-ness early this morning that made me think I’d be superhuman and be mega-productive today.

I spoke really quickly to my mum this morning: they bought their new TV and it was delivered today! 😱 That was a very quick delivery! Didn’t I just speak to her yesterday about their planned purchase?? How did they order the TV and get it delivered all within 24 hours?! Efficiency is not a very Aussie thing! πŸ˜‚ I was very surprised. I only spoke to her briefly, so I’ll have to get more info from her about it next time.

N had dinner with some workmates, so in the evening, I just watched some of my favourite YouTubers for inspiration. I don’t watch YouTube for entertainment (apart from watching music videos). I watch YouTubers for educational purposes first and foremost. And I like them. Something about their personality and/or the way they deliver their content appeals to me. And so I continue to watch more of their stuff because I like them and also for the content that they produce. I also need to start watching more of their videos with a critical eye, to learn how I can improve my own videos. There is so much to learn, and I don’t think I spend enough time trying to improve with each video. Something else to add to that to-do list! πŸ™„πŸ˜œ

Waking up – to sign our tax returns πŸ˜†

I wasn’t feeling particularly great when I woke up this morning. I actually had a good night’s sleep – quantity and quality were both good, in fact – so I’m not sure why I felt really tired when I woke up. It took me aaages to get out of bed, as I really didn’t want to get out of bed as I knew that I had a busy day ahead of me.

I did eventually start waking up around mid-morning, thankfully, once my coffee started to kick in. And I managed to get through my typically busy Thursday feeling quite all right for most of it πŸ‘

We also signed our FY18 and FY19 Oz tax returns – woohoo! We’re perpetually behind with our tax returns, so to now only be one year behind is actually pretty good for us πŸ˜† Although we will be two years behind again very soon… πŸ˜’ And to be able to sign them electronically now makes the whole process sooo much easier. Technology can be so good sometimes!

Do you recall this post about taxes here in HK, where they fine you a ridiculous amount of money if you don’t pay your taxes on time? Well if they had that in Oz, I’d definitely be submitting my taxes over there on time too! πŸ˜†

To be fully up-to-date with our taxes by the end of this year is one of the things I have on my to-do list, so I’d really like to get both FY20 and FY21 done before the end of the year. And now that we can do everything online, the process is just so much easier πŸ‘

My fun, productive, awesome day πŸ˜

I had one of the most productive yet fun days that I’ve had in a long time! 😁

We started the day off having an online meeting with our financial advisor in Oz. That took longer than I expected, but I should’ve known it would take ages. It’s not like we’ve just met the guy πŸ™„ But it was productive, and totally worth taking the time to catch up with him πŸ‘

My mum called soon after. My parents needed help looking at stuff online, so I helped them out as much as I can. I have somehow found how to be zen when talking to them. I don’t quite know what I’ve done, but I’ve solved the mystery πŸ˜‚

That call took longer than I expected, so it took us a while to head over to TST for afternoon tea. I had a voucher for 20% off at this afternoon tea, so we took advantage of it today 😊 That too took longer than I had expected, so by the time we finished up, it was pretty much time for N to go to karate. Karate is over on that side of Victoria Harbour, so we went our separate ways. I went home via the supermarket, and then filmed my next YouTube video.

Oh, and to top it all off: HK opened up the vaccination program today, extending it to everyone over the age of 30. We logged in to see when we could get a booking, fully expecting everything to be booked until November or December. We actually managed to get a slot at the end of this month!! 😱 OMG! Sooo happy! 😁 I didn’t think we’d be able to get vaccinated until the end of the year, I really thought we’d be right down the bottom of the totem pole. I’m so glad that the HK government is pouring a lot of resources into this massive undertaking #grateful

So that was my awesome day. I wish I had more days like this one!

A screwed up world

Apparently the HK government has decided to extend the vaccination invitation to everyone over the age of 30. So from tomorrow, we can sign up to get vaccinated. There are two vaccines available in HK: the Sinovac vaccine and the Pfizer-BioNTech one. I couldn’t decide which one to get, as choices like this are not normally available to consumers. I just get jabbed and that’s it πŸ˜† But one thing that I wanted to make sure was that the Australian government would recognise the vaccine. At the end of the day, we are Australian, so we need to make sure that whatever vaccine we take would allow us to enter Oz.

And now I’ve heard that Australia won’t recognise the Sinovac vaccine πŸ™„ I don’t know how true this is, but given the current political climate, I wouldn’t be surprised if this is indeed the case. I don’t know if this will change over time, but right now, apparently that’s their stance. So true or not, rather than risking it, I think we will just go with the less risky option. The decision has effectively been made for us πŸ˜’

I feel like we live in such a screwed up world at the moment πŸ˜”

On the hunt for a few apps

We went to one of N’s workmate’s places for lunch today. A few others came over as well, and they all played mahjong. I don’t really know how to play. My knowledge of mahjong is just as good as my knowledge of poker – ie very little! πŸ˜† So I just watched on the sidelines, asking questions and trying to figure out the rules of the game. I want to learn how to play both, but mahjong requires a whole kit: the tiles and all the other bits and bobs, as well as an actual table. I wonder if there’s an app where I can just learn to play on my phone, and I don’t have to actually bet any real money (yet?? 😜). And same with poker. I’ll be trying out a few different apps tonight! 😊

And then I watched the men’s singles final at the Australian Open. It was too quick a match, unfortunately, but it was still great to watch. It’s not as easy as just turning on the TV and having it on free-to-air TV like in Sydney, so at least I didn’t put my life on hold for two weeks just to watch tennis πŸ˜† So I only watched the odd game this year. But at least I could still watch it at home here in HK without having to go find a sports bar that’s playing it on one of their TVs πŸ‘

But my one and only project for this weekend never happened: my closet was not touched πŸ˜” Maybe next weekend.

A bit of a rant

** Warning: I rant quite a fair bit in today’s post. So if you had a πŸ’© day too and don’t need more negativity in your life today, then please skip today’s post and I’ll just see you tomorrow. Or just read the last paragraph 😊 **

My dad’s mobile saga continues, sighhh… We finally gave up on finding the phone, and I just told them to go to Telstra, one of the telecoms in Oz, and just sort it out there. I erased all the data off his phone remotely before it lost battery, so hopefully that actually worked 🀞 I’m still annoyed that we couldn’t the phone using the Find My Phone function.

I do wonder sometimes if my parents like to have drama in their lives. I certainly don’t. I like my life to be as drama-free as possible. But I think some people like having drama in their lives, even if it’s at a subconscious level, just to keep their lives interesting, perhaps. They stressed me out and frustrated me to no end today, so much so that I had to take a quick nap in between lessons. It’s my busiest day too, and their stress just added to my stress πŸ˜’

And they also don’t seem to understand that I work. I no longer have a corporate job, but I still work. But this doesn’t seem to compute, and I feel like they think I just sit around and do nothing all day, and can happily take their calls whenever they call. My mum also doesn’t seem to realise that I can SEE that she has called, that my phone will tell me that I missed a call from her. Instead, my mum will call non-stop until there are literally SIX missed call notifications from her. WTH, man. So I text her and say, “I am in a meeting, I can’t talk right now.” And what does she do? CALL ME STRAIGHT BACK. WTAF. Seriously 😑

My dad doesn’t call. He just texts. And gets annoyed that I don’t text back straight away. FOR CRYING OUT LOUD. It’s like they have forgotten that they used to work too, and that everyone is now retired like they are!

OK, rant over. I don’t like giving out negativity in the world, but it has just been such a stressful day that I needed to get that out today πŸ˜”

So on a more positive note, to balance all that negativity out πŸ˜†, social distancing rules have finally been relaxed in HK – yayyy πŸ‘ Gyms have reopened, so N is very happy; and dine-in services at restaurants have been extended to 10pm. And groups of 4 people can now gather in public. Oh, and the most exciting thing for me: libraries have opened up again! Woohoo! πŸ₯³ I may just go and borrow some books tomorrow. It’ll make me feel better after all the stress from today! 😊

Uselessness

My parents still couldn’t locate my dad’s mobile today. The doctor’s surgery was closed today, and Find My Device is still telling me that it’s in that general area. He doesn’t have much battery left, so I really hope that they can find it at the doctor’s surgery tomorrow 🀞

I also tried contacting Telstra to figure out what we can do to secure his device in the meantime (if we can do anything at all), but their messaging service is sooo baaad. I felt like I was getting the same message over and over again from them, all from different people, and no one was even bothering to read the messages that I was sending back. I wonder if Telstra still outsources their customer service hotline offshore… I was so happy when the banks moved their services back onshore. Surely they realised just how much of a waste of time and money that was πŸ™„

So if it’s definitely not at the doctor’s surgery tomorrow, then I’ll ask them to just go to a Telstra shop and cancel it then and there, rather than stuffing around with these useless people online πŸ˜’

To add to my woes, I also got an email from the Australian Electoral Commission telling me that they’ve taken me off the electoral roll because I didn’t reply back to them to extend my overseas elector status. And it’s not just my overseas status that they cancelled. They’ve basically taken me off the entire electoral roll, and I didn’t even get a warning. I didn’t get any sort of notification to tell me that I had to action something! FFS πŸ˜’ WTAF. Seriously ridiculous. And even if they did send a letter by snail mail, with COVID, who knows where that letter ended up πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ

So I wrote a letter back, as they requested, asking them to reinstate my voter status in Oz. It was the most formal letter that I have written in a lonnnggg time πŸ˜† Well, it was the first letter that I have written in a long time πŸ˜‚ I could barely remember the structure of a letter, it’s been that long since I’ve actually had to write one!

This uselessness in Oz is definitely something that I DON’T miss!

Valentine’s Day | Chinese New Year long weekend – day 3

I edited a video this morning, a video that was just for me 😊 It was nice to just be able to make a video for myself and not have to worry about other people. I could use whatever music I wanted with no copyright concerns; and I could add whatever shots I wanted and colour grade however way I want. Yep, I have definitely made videography my new hobby 😱

After I finished editing my video, we went and grabbed lunch at a nearby Japanese restaurant, and then walked around Central for a little bit before we headed over to farewell drinks in the area. One of N’s workmates / friends is heading back to Oz on Wednesday. We didn’t realise that he would be heading back so soon, but apparently flights are mega scarce these days, and if he didn’t get on this Wednesday flight, then he may have to wait until the end of March for the next one. WTH?!? Before 🦠, you had your choice in what flight you wanted on whichever day. Now, the choice is what month?!? That is insane! Sighhh… So yeah, I guess you just take whatever flight you can these days πŸ˜”

I also rang my mum today, and got into an argument with her. Sighhh… I felt bad that I got into this stupid row with her, but sheez, you can only hear the same “problems” over and over again before something just gives. It’s the same with N’s mum. And I say “problems” because I don’t even see them as problems! They just seem to like to make mountains out of molehills. OK, maybe not ‘like’, per se, but maybe they’ve just worried all their lives and now they don’t know how to stop worrying. Or maybe it’s just a different generation, I don’t know. Or maybe we just have different personalities. Whatever it is, it is just so annoying! I just don’t want to hear the same things over and over again. If you can’t control something, then why worry about it?!? Sure, there could be tons of things that could happen tomorrow, but what’s the point of worrying now when nothing has actually happened?? And if you can, then why don’t you do something about it rather than complain?? I just don’t understand them. Hence my frustration 😧

And then in the evening, we decided to watch Jumanji. We were actually going to watch Jumanji 2, but we realised that we couldn’t remember anything that happened in Jumanji 1, so we decided to watch that instead πŸ˜‚ All we remembered were the four main characters and that the movie was quite funny, and that was it! I’m glad we did watch it because it was actually quite good. And now we’ve refreshed our memories, so we can go into Jumanji 2 feeling more comfortable about the characters’ back stories 😊

Oh and no, we didn’t do anything for Valentine’s Day. I did see a few bouquets around today, which were really nice πŸ’ But nowadays, I’d much rather spend the money on more tech gear on my new hobby anyway πŸ˜† The nice lunch was good enough for us πŸ₯°

Life in HK at the moment

N paid his tax today. You pay your tax here at the end of the year in one lump sum. Well, there are two instalments, but the point is it’s a lump sum. In Oz, they take out a portion of your estimated income tax before you even get paid, so you only ever have to worry about a small calibration either way at the end of the year. And more often than not, we would get a refund. But here, you have to make sure you don’t spend that portion of your income that you will eventually have to pay in tax. We’re not too bad with our savings, but still, having such a huge amount come out of your account in one go is quite disheartening! πŸ˜‚ Even though you know it was never yours to begin with, it still hurts!

The government is locking down more than 150 residential buildings on the Kowloon side starting tomorrow, thanks to an outbreak over there. Sighhh…

Victoria Harbour reminds me of Sydney Harbour: If you live on one side, it’s mentally difficult to cross over to the other side. It just seems soooo far – even though the trip across is literally just a few minutes πŸ˜‚

The numbers haven’t come down since late last year, so quite a few places are still closed. Libraries, cinemas, bars and gyms are all still closed; and restaurants cannot offer dine-in services after 6pm. It must be having such a huge impact on these businesses πŸ˜”

The Chinese New Year extra-long weekend is coming up soon, but because of these neverending new cases, I don’t really want to do anything, not even a staycation. If there’s anything positive for me that’s come out of this, we’ve saved money these past 12 months!

Fleeting

We went to a friend’s place today for his birthday. I ate so much, I’m so fulllll πŸ˜‹

I filmed quite a fair bit during the evening, so I hope I can turn it into a commemorative birthday video for him. They’re going back to Oz at the end of the year after a 15+-year stint in HK 😱 So this will be his last birthday here. I hope I can make something half-decent for him! 🀞

It’ll be sad when they go. I really like them. I mentioned in a previous post some friends from Oz who moved to SG when we were there. And then they moved back to Oz and we moved to HK. I still remember when they told us they were moving back. Now I’m feeling the same way again πŸ˜”

But like I’ve also mentioned before, it’s the nature of expat life. It’s fleeting. Friends come and go all the time. You come and go yourself. If living overseas has taught me one thing, it’s to appreciate the present and what you have now. Because you never know how long it will last.