Trying CBD

N decided to go and eat out for lunch today – which we can do again, after the all-day ban on dining lasted for a measly 48 hours! On the way back home, I stopped by a cafe and picked up a hot chocolate – and added 10mg of CBD to it 😂 Apparently CBD is legal in HK, hence why this cafe had it on offer to add to one’s coffee (or in my case today, hot chocolate 😊).

I don’t have any of the symptoms that CBD is being touted as helping to alleviate, but I figured it might help to relax me anyway. Not that I felt any different this afternoon / tonight, so I don’t know if one ‘hit’ is enough to see a difference 😆 Although I did record my next YouTube video while I was drinking the hot chocolate, so maybe I’ll be able to see a more relaxed version of me in today’s recording! 😆 And hopefully I get a good night’s sleep tonight as well 🤞

And then in the evening, one of N’s friends came over for dinner. That was nice. We cleaned the house up a bit before she arrived – it’s amazing just how much cleaning I can get done when guests are coming over! We should just pretend that guests are coming over every weekend. The place would be so much cleaner then! 😂

A depleted battery that wasn’t full to start off with

Let me just start off by saying that my day was very productive, the type of day that I wish I had more of 👍

But I didn’t have a very good night’s sleep, so I didn’t quite start the day with a full battery. So the full-on day just depleted whatever juice I did wake up with🔋

So by the evening, I was completely exhausted. All I wanted to do was just sit in front of the TV and mindlessly watch whatever light-hearted show took my fancy tonight.

But that’s when l I discovered that our TV wasn’t connecting to the internet for some stupid reason 😒 And so I wasted probably about an hour trying to figure out how to get it to reconnect – with no success 🙄

N was using the wifi for a social Zoom call, so I couldn’t reset it to see if that’d help. I decided to just give up on the TV tonight and try again tomorrow.

But when he finished Zooming and turned the TV back on, it somehow magically reconnected 🙄 At least it’s connected again. I’m trying to focus on the good news and not on the hour that I wasted trying to get it to connect! 😒

Remember the all-day ban on dining in at restaurants that was introduced two days ago? Well the government changed their mind about that decision. The all-day ban only lasted for 48 hours 😂 We can go back to eating breakfast and lunch at restaurants again 😅 I can go back to having my brunches. That’s all I need so I’m happy 😄

Chillaxing at home

Little Miss appears to be back to normal again, which is great to see 👍 She’s being affectionate again, she’s walking around, and she ate two cans of food last night! 😱The appetite stimulant meds that the vet gave her is definitely working!

And the vet called too just to check to see how’s she’s doing. I really appreciate this follow-up call, it’s a really nice service 😊

Cats are apparently considered ‘senior’ when they’re over 7 years of age. She is sooo much older than that, I don’t even remember what she was like when she was 7! 😆 She’s 18 this year!! And despite her health problems, she is still fighting. She tried to scratch me again this morning because I was bothering her (again 😇). Gotta love her spirit 💪

The cases in HK are now going up by 100+ cases each day now. WTH. We had it under control! 😒 WTH happened?! I wanted to go to Wan Chai today, to go and visit the Wan Chai Computer Centre (again 🤪), But N convinced me not to, and to just minimise my going out during these crazy times. So we stayed home once again. N went out briefly to meet up with a friend to help her out with some stuff, and then he stopped by the supermarket to buy some groceries. But other than that, we were home all day. I just hope all this craziness will disappear soon enough 😔

Making up for yesterday

We went over to a friend’s place for dinner tonight, which was nice. We played this card game called Cards Against Humanity, and apparently there are different versions of the game, each of which are tailored to a specific country’s culture. They had the Aussie version, so that was pretty cool. The game itself was rather inappropriate, but it was still quite fun 😆

And Kitty was also feeling better today too, thankfully. She was up and about much more, so that was nice to see. And she was eating again too, thanks to the appetite enhancer / promoter meds that the vet gave her 😆

So a much better day than yesterday!

A bit of a traumatic afternoon

Kitty was bleeding again this morning 😔 Luckily got an appointment at the vet this afternoon. They ran a whole heap of tests on her again, which of course cost an arm and a leg 😱 Surprisingly, though, some of her test results came back better than the ones from just a few weeks ago! This little one is a fighter, I tell you 💪 Her doctors in recent years have been surprised at her resilience. Heck, we’re surprised sometimes! 😄

But I wasn’t there with her when she saw the vet, though. As with so many places in HK now, everyone checks your temperature. And my temperature beeped a very high 38.1°C today, well above the cutoff temperature point when they’ll tell you to leave the premises (which is 37.5°C) 😱 It was a hot day (the maximum temperature was 35°C 🥵), so they gave me some cold water to see if that’d help. They took my temperature again soon after, but it was still coming in slightly above 37.5°, so I couldn’t stay at the clinic 😔 N stayed with her instead while I just went back home.

She actually peed in her carrier on the way to the vet, so we had to clean her up when she got home. We gave her a rinse while she was still in the carrier, it was the only way we could do it without her running away. As you can imagine, she was NOT happy. And this was after spending time at her doctor’s office – and having to wear an Elizabethan collar to boot! It was a very traumatic afternoon for the little one 😩

You can hear her growling 😡

So now I’m a bit concerned about my own health 😔 I checked my temperature again when I got back home and I got 37.8°C! Still high 😔 I was feeling perfectly fine this afternoon, but now I have a bit of a sore throat. I’m not sure if it’s psychological or if I genuinely have a sore throat… 🤒 And with all the COVID cases at the moment in HK, I can’t help but freak out a little bit!

Takeaway lunch and some bleeding

N wanted to go out for lunch today, but just as we were literally walking out the door, he remembered that he had a meeting in about 45 minutes 😆 I asked if he could take the call at the restaurant or if he needed to be in front of the computer for it. He said he would prefer the latter. So that meant his idea to eat out just wasn’t going to happen today, so we just went and bought takeaway and ate at home so he could make it in time to his meeting 😆

Kitty started bleeding again today 😔 This is probably the third or fourth time this has happened to her in recent years, but it still doesn’t make me feel any more prepared to deal with it. I also forget what to do when it happens. She seems relatively ok at the moment, so we can wait until tomorrow to go and see the vet. But still, bleeding is not normal, so I’m still feeling rather anxious 😟 Plus she’s been particularly fussy with her food the last few days, so I hope this isn’t a sign that she’s taken a turn for the worse 😔 I’ll keep you posted 🤞

Apart from this unplanned (albeit quick) outing, I had a very productive day.

The Peak (again!)

We woke up to rain 🌧 So our idea of heading up to The Peak didn’t look like a good idea anymore 😔 I’ve been up there when the weather hasn’t been great, and the view of Victoria Harbour is also just as blah, so I wouldn’t want to repeat that mediocre experience. Sighhh…

But wouldn’t you know it, after about half an hour, the weather actually cleared up! Wth! Not that I’m complaining, hehehe 🤭 And it stayed nice and sunny for the rest of the day. So by the time evening rolled around, we were back on our original idea 👍

Because no one is travelling at the moment, The Peak basically had no tourists. And the current restriction of takeaway only at restaurants after 6pm seemed to have extended to ‘closing’ at 6pm for almost all the shops up at The Peak. So by the time we got there at around 8pm, hardly anything was open 😔 There were others around, but it wasn’t anywhere near as vibrant and buzzing as it usually is, especially in the middle of summer. It’s all quite sad, really.

But with or without the rona, the view never disappoints. In a way, The Peak is now my new Gardens By The Bay. It doesn’t quite bring me the same level of happiness and joy as Gardens, but I think it’s the closest that I will get in HK.

View of Victoria Harbour from The Peak

Restrictions in HK

More COVID cases today again 😔 I really hope they start coming down soon, otherwise we may actually see a curfew imposed in the city. We’ve never had any sort of lockdown here, but if the numbers don’t improve, we may actually experience it 😔

Not that that stopped us from going out today 🤪 We went and had brunch at a local cafe, and they actually asked us to sign in online and give our details. Now that’s a first. So many firsts in this current environment. And the place was full! I’m surprised that everyone is still out and about right now.

We may go up to The Peak tomorrow night. We want to go and check out this comet if we can see it. Not that we have binoculars or a telescope or anything, I’m just going to have to rely on N’s eyesight, which is 100 times better than mine! I’m not expecting to see anything, I just want to go up to The Peak! I like it up there, it’s quite nice. I don’t go up often enough. I would’ve liked to have dinner up there, but that’s not possible at the moment with the current COVID restrictions 😔 Maybe some places still do takeaway, so we could still eat up there somewhere, just not inside an actual restaurant. I’ll let you know tomorrow 😆

Anniversary weekend – day 1

I’ve sorta labelled this weekend as our anniversary weekend. If you recall, I was thinking of doing a staycation this weekend, since we can’t travel anywhere at the moment. But I’m glad I didn’t, because the virus numbers are still going bonkers 😔 There were 64 new cases today! And the total number of cases has now apparently surpassed the total number of SARS cases back in 2003. Sighhh….

So we just stayed home again. And since it’s our anniversary weekend, I just wanted to relax and enjoy this weekend 😌 So I just read more of Bad Blood and finished watching season one of Modern Family. You can’t get any more relaxed than that! 😉

Virus and Bad Blood

The stupid virus is back with a vengeance. There were 58 new cases in HK today 😔 Blahhh… This third wave is terribly annoying. I seriously don’t know where they’re coming from. Everyone has been so digilent:

– Almost everyone wears a mask whenever they’re outside, and almost all places expect you to wear one before you walk in;

– Heaps of offices, shops and restaurants take people’s temperatures before they’re even allowed to walk in;

– There are partitions between tables at restaurants if they can’t provide 1.5m between customers, and sometimes there are still partitions anyway; and

– Hand sanitisers are everywhere, and they usually give you some while they’re taking your temperature. Some escalators even have these automatic hand santiisers that go over the handrail belt that continually cleans it!

One of the escalators in a shopping mall at Causeway Bay that has this automatic sanitiser that continually cleans the handrail belt

And somehow, despite all these precautions, this stupid virus is still penetrating its way through! 😒 Argh! I wonder if people were starting to get complacent. It happens. It’s exhausting. But obviously this is how the damn virus survives 🦠

So we stayed home again today. I was thinking of going for yum cha this weekend, but I’m hesitant to do that now 😔 I’d rather be bored at home, thanks, than catch this stupid virus.

Not that I’m bored anyway, since I’m reading Bad Blood. OMG, I can’t put this book down, it is so good! I can see why people did what they did in the story, given what they knew at the time, but it’s just sad how things turned out for so many people.

Apparently there’s a documentary about the whole thing, and also a movie, so of course I want to watch both. The whole story is fascinating but quite sad as well, with all the false hopes that Theranos promised to customers and investors. I hope lessons have been learnt from this scandal that must’ve rocked Silicon Valley at the time.