Self-quarantine and a bit of a break

N is now effectively in enforced self-quarantine. His work has decided that he, and a number of others in their office, was exposed to the virus by going to the same gym on the same day as a now-known COVID-19 case. Rather low risk, but work isn’t taking any chances. So now he’s at home like so many others around the world. And he’s taken over the home office πŸ˜‚ He takes a number of calls throughout the day, so I leave the room when he’s on these calls, which means I can’t get any actual computer work done. I think I’ll just work on my videos in the living room during these times πŸ‘

We watched the last episode of season one of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. We stopped watching it when we discovered The Good Place, but now that we’ve finished that series, we’ve gone back to Dirk Gently. It only has two seasons, so it won’t take us long to finish it. And then we’ll be on the hunt for yet another tv show…!

All the news today on the coronavirus was affecting me mentally again, so I tried to minimise reading or watching anything on it this evening – hence resurrecting Dirk Gently πŸ˜† But when you hear that Spain is using an ice rink as a temporary morgue; people in Australia are being laid off by the thousands and so are queuing up for hours to get government payments because they no longer have a job; and you see that numbers rose by 54 thousand in 24 hours, it’s hard not to get affected by it all πŸ˜” It’s totally war time, except the enemy is this damn virus that nobody can see.

Quiet

We went and had yum cha today at one of our usual places, and we actually had to wait for a little while for a table to free up 😱 We haven’t had to wait for a table the last few months, thanks to the protesters dampening the enthusiasm of both locals and tourists. I guess the Iran crisis has diverted the American funds over to the Middle East, leaving the protesters here high and dry. It’s no wonder things have quietened down πŸ™„ Plus their main account has been frozen, so they can’t access their funds anyway, even if the US wasn’t preoccupied with Iran πŸ˜‚

We then watched a rugby match πŸ‰ at Happy Valley, and just hung out there for a few hours. I have no idea why this sport has gotten me intrigued. I’m usually not all that interested in sports, but this one has somehow gotten my attention. Weird! πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

And then we just went to the gym in the evening and had a quiet night in, finishing the HK drama that we’ve been watching recently, Sexy Central. Quite a nice Saturday! 😌

A mega-busy Victoria Peak

Merry Christmas!! πŸŽ„πŸŽ„

We had quite a relaxing day. We decided to go up to The Peak and just hang out there for a little while. It was mega busy! 😱 The queue for the tram up was ridiculous. I’ve never had to wait to get on the tram before, I’ve usually just been able to get onto the next tram, no issues. Straight onto the platform. That wasn’t happening today! πŸ˜†

And then of course it was also mega busy up on The Peak itself. We still had to wait for a table for lunch – at 2:30pn! And there was just a ton of people milling around, both inside and outside the two shopping malls up there. So now I’m not sure if I’d want to go up there on a public holiday again… πŸ€”

N and I went to the gym once we got back from The Peak, while his brother met up with a friend near Sogo in Causeway Bay. We then all just met up together again for a late dinner somewhere in Central.

Hope you had a wonderful day too! 😊

December is flying past!

Little Miss woke me up a number of times overnight again πŸ˜’ Despite this, though (or perhaps because of it??), I was totally full of energy beans today, running on something, I don’t quite know what πŸ˜† I wonder if it’s because of my gym going lately… That always seems to have a positive impact on my physical and emotional wellbeing. Maybe I should put the gym back closer to the forefront next year, it took a bit of a backseat this year. I think we’re also going to try to get back into our dancing next year too, so that should be help as well πŸ‘

I went to the gym again tonight, and yet again, I couldn’t tear myself away from that relative new John Mayer song that I discovered the other day, New Light. It is on repeat, and I can’t stop listening to it! I’ve listened to it 50 bajillion times and I’m still not sick of it. I’d like the obsession to subside now, please, so my life can go back to normal! πŸ€ͺ

It’s Christmas next week already!! πŸŽ„ How in the world did it sneak up on us?!? I am totally not ready! 😳😱 I want to start planning what we can do over the next few weeks while N is on leave. I am so unorganised this Christmas! πŸ˜”

I also want to start working on putting together my bullet journal for 2020, since apparently the new year is just around the corner 😱 I seriously don’t know where the first half of December went! πŸ”

Gym and TV

I made it to the gym tonight, my first visit in aaages. I don’t know why I fell off the wagon, probably because of the douchebags πŸ™„ I blame them for everything πŸ˜† But it was good to be back πŸ’ͺ

I also weighed myself for the first time in ages. We don’t have a set of scales at home, so I just rely on the one at the gym. My weight has pretty much stayed constant, much to my surprise. That was totally unexpected πŸ€ͺ

We watched the first episode of Silicon Valley tonight. It was actually pretty funny! I think we may be adding this to our list of tv shows 😊

But N will be in Japan for quite a fair bit these next few weeks, so we’ll have to put it on hold for a while, I think. He finished off the evening packing for his flight tomorrow morning πŸ˜”

Lots of processed food

It was a pretty quiet day, but at least it wasn’t a πŸ’© one like yesterday was πŸ˜†

I ate a lot of processed food today, I was not happy with that at all. I’m not the cleanest eater, but I’m also not at the other extreme end either. But today, I was right up there with the best (or rather, the worst) of them: I had instant noodles for lunch; chicken nuggets from maccas and frozen pizza for dinner; and a packet of chips in between. The only decent food I had was a banana. That’s it πŸ™„ No, that’s not true. I did have muesli for breakfast, and I had one of those yoghurt drinks too. Okay, so it wasn’t all bad. But still, it wasn’t that great either. The gym session tonight probably didn’t make up for it πŸ˜’ I might try and go again sometime tomorrow.

Speaking of tomorrow, we’re supposed to be going to birthday drinks at a bar on one of the main roads that the protesters like to traverse. Greeeat. We might be up close and protesters with them πŸ˜’

A relatively quiet Chung Yeung Festival

Today was the Chung Yeung Festival, and the last day of the long weekend. With all these protests still going on – and the fact that the protesters have ramped up their violence this weekend πŸ˜’ – we’re still reluctant to venture too far from home, in case we get stuck somewhere with no way back home. So we decided to just go out for brunch somewhere nearby.

Protests were actually quieter today compared to the past few days, but the protesters were still out wreaking havoc in little pockets around the city. And the train network still shut pretty early, so they could continue doing their repairs. I’m sure they’re going to want to open as many train stations as they can tomorrow, with everyone being back at work again, and the MTR network being such a crucial mode of transport for residents in this city.

N decided to head to the gym while I took a nap πŸ˜‚ I did manage to make my way down later, though, while he went for a massage πŸ˜… And then we ended the evening off with a few episodes of Lucifer.

Another relatively quiet day to round out the long weekend. But at least the quiet day was on all fronts today.

What the media doesn’t show about the HK protests

I didn’t have a good night’s sleep last night, both in terms of quality and quantity, so I felt pretty shite all day. Probably why I felt so weak when I went to the gym today.

This sums up exactly how I felt at the gym today πŸ˜‚

And probably why I felt so much more annoyed when I watched this video today that shows the sequence of events leading up to that guy being shot by a police officer yesterday. The media always seems to conveniently neglect to mention just how violent the protesters have been, and the life-threatening situations that the police officers are often put in. These guys went to attack this one lone police officer, and the police were clearly outnumbered and just protecting themselves.

This happens all the time. When the police have been outnumbered and were just defending themselves, and the media chooses to ignore that fact.

They ignore the fact that the protesters are becoming increasingly violent, carrying bricks, metal rods, petrol bombs and whatever else, with the intent to damage buildings and property and hurt police officers.

They don’t show police stations all around HK barricaded: police barricade themselves because of the escalating violence inflicted by the protesters.

They don’t show the guerrilla tactics that the protesters use to make the lives of the officers even more difficult than it already is.

They don’t mention the fact that the protesters are threatening police officers’ families, their partners and children, who have absolutely nothing to do with the issue, and yet are being dragged into this mess. Whatever gripe you may have with the police (which doesn’t make sense to me as it is, but anyway), what purpose is there to attack their families?? 😠

They don’t mention the fact that all the police resources are being put into controlling these protests, therefore other things that the police usually do (eg walking the beat and attending to other regular crimes) is being impacted.

They don’t mention the fact that the police officers themselves are stressed and overworked, with these protests going on for over four months now.

And have the protesters forgotten that these officers are HKers themselves who are just doing their job? They are human too, who have been made the unfortunate target of this ongoing battle.

The police are there to maintain law and order, and if people do things that threaten this, then what do you expect the officers to do? A mob is attacking a fellow colleague, and you expect them to sit back and watch you kill him??

So I’m tired, I’m annoyed, and I’m sick of the senseless violence that these protesters are inflicting on their own city. I see the aftermath on a regular basis now. They would rather destroy their city and see it descend into chaos and lawlessness than have a constructive dialogue to try and resolve the issues. It just doesn’t make any sense to me 🀯

Rugby World Cup

We went to a pub in Central today to watch the Australia vs Wales match in the Rugby World Cup. It was a much better game compared to yesterday’s AFL grand final, but Australia still lost πŸ˜”

It was a great atmosphere, though. It’s nice being in a city with enough expats where pubs will draw enough of a crowd to keep them in business πŸ‘ I wouldn’t mind heading down to a pub during the next few weekends to watch some games. I’m not a big drinker by any stretch of the imagination, but I do like pub food πŸ˜‹ I haven’t really eaten much pub food here, and even less during our time in SG, as I like to try all the different local food that is available in abundance, making the most of our time in whatever city that we’re in. But having said that, I’d be happy to have pub food a bit more regularly over the next few weeks! πŸ˜† It’s not the healthiest food, but it’ll only be once a week for a few weeks while the Rugby World Cup is on 😊 I’ll just have to make more of a conscious effort to work out as well πŸ’ͺ

And I did make it to the gym afterwards today, so it’s all good 😊 And seeing this ripped woman at the pub today with the nicest arms gave me more incentive to go too πŸ˜†

Continuing my mediocre week

The vet rang today to give me the results of Kitty’s thyroid test. It was fine, which means we still don’t know what caused her to lose her balance last week πŸ˜” So all we can do now is just monitor her. At the moment, she’s doing ok, so I guess that’s all I can ask for πŸ™

I managed to make it to the gym today. It was my first visit this week, which isn’t the best attendance rate for me. I haven’t been feeling all that great this week, so I guess this poor attendance rate isn’t too much of a surprise. But at least I went, that’s the main thing πŸ’ͺ

It’s Friday tomorrow, which means my mediocre week will soon come to an end – thankfully! πŸ˜…