Trying to be the best toddler I can be!

I went to the library today and spent some time in the children’s section, trying to get back on the language learning wagon. I’ve slackened off a bit on my Chinese language learning, so I’m feeling a bit disappointed in my lack of time management. Well it’s not really a lack of time management, I’ve just chosen to dedicate more time to my trading these past few weeks, so I shouldn’t be so hard on myself. It’s the usual balancing act that I always have a hard time managing. I’m sure a ton of other people in the world have the same problem as me ๐Ÿ˜”

I got through three kids’ books today:

One was about sharing and looking after loved ones; one was about brushing your teeth; and the last one was about not being afraid of getting an injection ๐Ÿ˜† Kids’ books are actually quite good because they repeat sentences over and over – eg “Little Pig wasn’t afraid of getting the injection”, and then “Little Cat also wasn’t afraid of getting an injection” and so on, so you see the same grammar structure over and over again. It’s really good practice! ๐Ÿ˜Š And even though they’re picture books, there are still a few words that I don’t know, so I get to build on my vocab as well. Any exposure is good! ๐Ÿ‘

I’ve also started shadowing podcasts where they speak in Chinese, inspired by my nephew who, in his toddler years, just naturally mimics whatever he hears. So even though I can’t repeat everything the native speaker says, I just try and repeat as much as I can, even if it’s just a few words here and there, and whether or not I know what the words even mean. So basically just trying to be the best toddler that I can be! ๐Ÿ˜† So hopefully it’s all adding to my web of Chinese language “stuff” ๐Ÿคž

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Slightly off the tourist track

We went to the Yamataka Seafood Market in Wan Chai today. I can’t believe we hadn’t heard of this place until quite recently. Food wise, it’s as close you can get to being in Japan without actually going. They have a supermarket for Japanese groceries, and also a few food outlets. And the Market also has an awesome view, looking out across Victoria Harbour. Service was also really good, for HK standards. It was such a good experience. It also wasn’t very busy, I assume because there’s a lot of construction happening in the area, and it’s not so easy to get to. But we’ll definitely be going back! Totally worth the trek! ๐Ÿ˜†

The Seafood Market is right above the Wan Chai ferry pier, so we just caught a ferry from there over to Tsim Sha Tsui, on the other side of Victoria Harbour. From there, we caught the train to Sham Shui Po and visited the computer centre there. The computer centre there makes the one in Wan Chai seem really small! And the number of people there is also way more than in Wan Chai. It’s Wan Chai on steroids ๐Ÿ˜† So I’d definitely recommend the Sham Shui Po one if anyone needs anything computer related! It’s not quite as tourist friendly (although HK tourism has been advertising Sham Shui Po a bit lately), and a bit farther out from where tourists would normally stay when they’re in HK, but it may be worth a visit even if just to experience the craziness of HK! ๐Ÿ˜†

A curveball of a Saturday

I got woken up at around 7:30am this morning, with Kitty doing her usual scratching at whatever door took her fancy. Then she went to the bathroom twice, before throwing up ๐Ÿคฎ It wasn’t a great start to our day. I then went to clean up her mess, and put the bathmat that she threw up on into the washing machine. I then went to console her, and that’s when I noticed that she was bleeding, after having gone to the bathroom. So for the next hour, she just paced around the house, looking for somewhere to lie down and hide. She was clearly not comfortable ๐Ÿ˜”

The vet opened at 10am, which felt like an eternity. And then I wasn’t even sure if we could get an appointment, as I know the clinic gets very busy, especially on the weekend. When I rang, the receptionist did say that they were fully booked today, but because Kitty was bleeding, they squeezed her in somewhere, and we managed to see a vet, phewww

The vet suspects that she has cystitis, and has given her a bajillion meds. The poor little one ๐Ÿ˜” And us too, as we have to administer some of these meds orally, and Little Miss is grumpy at the best of times. How are we going to get her to cooperate when she’s sick?? ๐Ÿ˜’ So let’s see how we go…

The aircon guys were also supposed to come this morning, but there was a bit of an issue with their earlier appointment and so the earliest they could come today ended up being 4pm. They asked if that was still ok, or if we’d prefer to reschedule. I chose the latter and rescheduled the quarterly clean for next Saturday instead.

And then my brother rang just before we were about to head out for some dance practice. I was speaking to my nephew as well, who’s almost three years old. He picks up English words really quickly and easily! I need to mimic like he does: just have whatever Chinese show on in the background, and repeat whatever they say, even if what I say is not perfect and I have no idea what they’re saying. The more I do it, the more phrases will come naturally to me, and hopefully over time, they will eventually start actually meaning something and not just be random sounds. You really just have to expect to be starting from scratch when it comes to learning a foreign language! ๐Ÿ˜†

And dance practice was good, although I couldn’t say the same about the quality of the actual dancing ๐Ÿ˜‚ We had only booked the room for an hour, and when you essentially have eight dances to practice, one hour just ain’t enough. We managed to get through four dances, and even then, only superficially. We need to do these sorts of sessions more often.

On the way home, the streets seemed really quiet tonight, for HK standards, anyway. Normally this city is bustling, with lots of people everywhere. But tonight, where we were, it just seemed quite dead. And for this area to be dead at 9:30pm is highly unusual. I wonder if there was another protest today that everyone had gone to…

So it was quite an unexpected Saturday!

Food and geography

One of the contestants on Masterchef Australia cooked an Indonesian fish curry in one of the episodes that I watched last night. And being so easily influenced when it comes to food, I went searching for an Indonesian restaurant in HK ๐Ÿ˜‚ I found one, and went there for lunch! I might write up a post on that in My Non Foodie Life (which I haven’t touched in months, unfortunately… ๐Ÿ˜”) so I’ll leave the review of the restaurant for that post. Maybe I need to watch more food shows to get me exploring different restaurants in this city ๐Ÿ˜Š

Another episode had the contestants cook fried chicken, and one of them cooked Korean fried chicken ๐Ÿ— I still haven’t satisfied that craving, so I’ll have to do a search for that soon. And with Korea being so close to HK, surely I’ll find a place or two to go for that too?! I don’t think I’ve ever had Korean fried chicken, so that will definitely be a first for me, regardless of where I go! ๐Ÿ˜† So I’m happy to hear of any recommendations ๐Ÿ˜Š

N flew to Japan today, to Okinawa specifically. I discovered two things on the map as a result of his flight today:

  1. Okinawa is wayyyy down south and is quite far from what I consider to be “Japan”. In fact, it is closer to Taipei than it is to Tokyo!
  2. Hanoi is wayyyy higher than I thought it was, and is pretty much in line with HK! So perhaps a short trip is in order… ๐Ÿ˜‰

My geography is clearly stuffed! There you go, you learn something every day. I just happened to get a geography lesson today ๐Ÿค“

Indoors

It rained pretty much all day today, I assume from the remnants of the typhoon warning from yesterday that continued pretty much overnight, so I just stayed indoors.

I was hoping to continue reading one of the bajillion books that I have on the go at the moment, but instead, I binge watched Masterchef Australia ๐Ÿ˜‚ I finished Nigella Week, and started watching Legends Week. I’m still making my way through the earlier episodes, so I’m busily watching as much as I can to catch up with where Oz is. I don’t think I’ll ever catch up, but I’d like to get as close as possible ๐Ÿ˜Š There are a few people that I like this season, which is more important to me than the cooking – I watch the show for the reality tv aspect of it ๐Ÿ˜†

N got home very late tonight ๐Ÿ˜” He has taken the rest of the week off, so he needed to get some work out of the way before finishing work for the week. It’s a bit of a shame because I was hoping to spend some time with him tonight before he flies to Japan tomorrow, but that wasn’t meant to be ๐Ÿ˜” Oh well, such is life ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ He’s actually in Japan the entire weekend, so I’m thinking I might get through a ton of Masterchef again then ๐Ÿ˜‚

Probably wonโ€™t be an early night…

Had quite a relaxing day, which was a nice way to end the long weekend. N and I both did some work in the afternoon, but then just took it easy the rest of the evening.

I was watching Masterchef Australia and was thinking of heading to bed early when I heard that the protests at the Legislative Council building had escalated, and protestors had managed to smash their way into the building. I couldn’t even finish my Masterchef episode, I wanted to see what was going on. The police are nowhere in sight as I write this, and so the protestors have unleashed inside the building. Crazy scenes right now, I’m feeling stressed and saddened as I watch the mayhem unfold on tv ๐Ÿ˜ฅ This is no doubt travelling all around the world right now ๐Ÿ˜” So rather than an early night, I may be staying up to watch this…

Macau!

We did a day trip to Macau today. We started the day off early, leaving the house at around 8am. But 15 minutes into the journey to the ferry terminal, N realises that he forgot his phone ๐Ÿ˜” In this day and age, we can’t survive without it, so we made the decision to head back home to collect it, thereby adding an extra 30 minutes onto the first leg.

Turns out that it wasn’t too much of an issue, as there were plenty of seats available, even on the next ferry that was due to leave. I was a bit worried about this, as it’s a long weekend, and I thought everyone in HK might be wanting to head over to Macau today. Maybe those who did want to head over were already there, because it didn’t seem too busy to me this morning. Or maybe my definition of “busy” has since shifted since moving to HK… ๐Ÿค”

For Sydneysiders, and those who have been to Sydney, heading over to Macau is pretty much like heading over to Manly from Circular Quay, just with immigration involved. It’s pretty straightforward. We went from the Macau Ferry Terminal in Sheung Wan, which has ferries running pretty often to Macau.

Once we got to Macau, we decided to catch the Grand Lisboa shuttle bus (I think it was green) to Grand Lisboa and then from there; just walk to the must-see tourist destinations for first-time visitors to Macau. All the massive casinos in Macau offer these free shuttle buses to ferry people to and from their casinos, even if you’re not staying there. So we basically got our transportation in Macau covered, since we were just going to tourist spots anyway ๐Ÿ‘ We saw Senado Square; Ruins of St Paul’s; The Venetian, one of the massive casinos in Macau; and also accidentally stumbled across The Parisian, another hotel in the area. There are a number of hotels all inter-connected – they must all be owned by one conglomerate – so it was pretty easy to get lost in that giant maze.

Beautiful weather when we got to Senado Square
Ruins of St Paulโ€™s
The Venetian. Reminds me of Marina Bay Sands ๐Ÿ˜Š (awww… SG…)
Totally wasnโ€™t expecting to see the Eiffel Tower in Macau! ๐Ÿ˜†

Oh, all of these touristy areas that we went to today accept HK dollars, so we didn’t even have to change any of our currency. And bet amounts in the casinos were also all stated in HKD. I was reading that they might give back change in Pataca, the local currency, but we were always given change in HKD. We went to very touristy areas, though, so I guess they’re used to just dealing with HKD, which is obviously fine with us! ๐Ÿ˜†

We left The Venetian at around 8pm and caught one of their shuttles back to the ferry terminal. We managed to get on the the 8:45pm ferry back, and it was almost 11pm by the time we got home. So door to door, our commute was still pretty long, despite the actual ferry trip being only just over an hour. So maybe next time we’ll stay the night, so we can actually spend an evening gambling ๐ŸŽฐ or at least just chillaxing, and then just take our time heading back home the following day.

We’re thinking perhaps heading back for the Macau Grand Prix ๐Ÿ˜Š Although tickets and hotels might already have been sold/booked out for it… Probably worth checking now while its still a few months away…!

Macau was fun, and I’d definitely want to go again ๐Ÿ˜Š