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˜’

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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˜…

An improvement on yesterday

I had one of those mega-productive days that I wish every day could be like πŸ˜† I finished a module in my TEFL course, as well as another lesson plan; I had an unusually good trading session; and I made it to the gym! Oh, and then to relax, I watched a few episodes of Ode to Joy, my current Chinese drama. Pretty good, even if I do say so myself! 😊

And Little Miss also seems like she’s back to her usual self. She’s not losing her balance today, and she’s come up to me numerous times to get some attention. And she’s eating quite well too. I feel as if I was just crying wolf at the vet yesterday! πŸ™„ I guess she is getting older, and she does have kidney problems, so I guess these things will show up every now and then. I should just be thankful that they don’t happen very often and that she is still somewhat pretty good for someone her age πŸ™

Learning and more learning

I’m enjoying the library here in HK more than I thought I would. I didn’t expect them to have such a good range of English books – non-fiction books, in particular, especially finance books. They don’t have many English fiction books, which is disappointing, so I stick to non-fiction books when I’m there. And of course they have a ton of Chinese books in the children’s section for me to work my way through. So it’s unexpectedly been quite a good resource for me 😊

But unfortunately, they are still all paper books. What I liked about the library in SG was that it was the other way around: they had a lot more e-books, which I prefer. As a foreigner, I had to pay an annual fee to join the SG library, but it was totally worth it, given the extensive range of e-books that they had.

I managed to make it to the gym tonight, after having spent what felt like a bajillion hours watching YouTube. I usually watch YouTube for educational purposes, watching “learn Chinese” type videos or clips in Chinese aimed at native speakers, or watching things like TED talks. But today I just watched it for pure entertainment. That site is such a time sucker, I tell you! πŸ˜‚ You really have to watch your YouTube watching, otherwise, before you know it, the entire evening is gone! 😲

And then when I got back from the gym? I watched another episode of Ode to Joy, my current Chinese drama. Oh, remember my BHAG from yesterday? Well I finished writing up the first five minutes! πŸ‘ I am so proud of myself 😊

A portion of the dialogue from Ode to Joy (S1E12)

I’m going to continue doing this for the scenes that I liked (and in this episode, there are plenty!), so hopefully I’ll pick up some decent words and phrases along the way πŸ€“ I’ll have to show my teacher tomorrow. She’ll probably think I’m a total nutcase! πŸ˜‚