Things not working together

I went to bed at around 2am last night, so I was fully expecting to be getting up really late, especially since we have another public holiday today 😌

But no, my body had a different idea. And so did Kitty 🙄 She was hungry at around 6:45am and she let me know it 😒 I decided to get up and feed her, and then go back to sleep straight afterwards. But this time, my mind had a different idea. It wanted to wake up and do things. WTH, man. C’mon, mind and body. Just work together for me, will ya?!? 😩

So I watched a few YouTube videos on different cameras that may suit my needs. As I’ve mentioned before, my top priorities are portability, convenience and ease of use. Not just as a camera but also for vlogging. I want something that’s good enough to do both because I just want to carry one thing. I don’t need the fanciest gadget out there or the sharpest photos. I just need something that will do a pretty good job.

So after watching a bajillion videos on YouTube, I narrowed it down to two Sony point-and-shoot cameras: the ZV-1 or the RX100 VII. As N pointed out, the video capabilities is what I’m really focussed on, and that’s exactly what the ZV-1 does: it is primarily for vlogging. Taking photos is secondary, although its camera is still pretty good for a point and shoot. I’m going to watch a few more videos on the ZV-1, but I think I’ve pretty much made up my mind.

So we went to Causeway Bay (CWB) today to go to the Sony store there to check these cameras out. Unfortunately, though, we discovered that the protesters were also over in CWB today 😔 So the police had cordoned off the main road going through the area, clearly trying to drive people out of the area and discouraging people from loitering around.

And the Sony store is on this main road. Needless to say, they had already closed by the time we managed to get there. I was terribly disappointed as I really wanted to see their cameras today 😔

We decided not to check out the Wan Chai Computer Centre, as it too sits on the main road that the police have cordoned off, so they have probably shut their doors for the rest of the day too 😔

I was so looking forward to checking out my potential new camera, but I guess I just have to wait until the weekend. Hopefully the protesters don’t target CWB again on the weekend, and we can safely head over to the Sony store and hopefully, maybe, buy a camera 🤞

I should’ve researched where the protests were going to be today. I should’ve anticipated it, at least, given the significance of the date and the introduction of the new security law. And that it’s a public holiday today. Sighhh… I was too busy doing my research on cameras! 📸 😂

Happy, amused, and very full!

We went and had yum cha today for the first time in what feels like aaages. We went to one of our favourite places, but they’ve changed their menu a bit, and it seems like the quality of their dishes has dropped slightly. I’m sure they suffered during the past few months and are trying to cut costs, but you can’t sacrifice the quality of your food. Unless you are happy to take the risk of losing regular customers. I’m not sure if we’ll return again now. We probably will, since they’ve been one of our favourite restaurants since we moved to HK; but if we leave with the exact same opinion for a second time, then they may just have to be bumped off our list 🤷‍♀️

We then took Kitty to the vet after lunch. Getting her there is always a painful experience because she never likes leaving the house. She’s always been an indoor cat, and so new environments just aren’t her thing. And especially now as an older cat. She gets so angry at everyone, and she hisses and growls at anyone who comes close to touching her.

They still managed to get a blood sample. though, and her test results came out much better than the vet expected. So he commended us for managing her health really well this past year, as there was no major deterioration in her health, and to just keep doing what we’re doing. Yayyy, I was so happy to hear that 👏

And then later on in the evening, we went to this rather interesting hot pot restaurant. We went with a friend from China, and she asked us if we knew the meaning of the name of the restaurant, which is in Chinese. Apparently it’s the name of a famous brothel in ancient times! Interesting choice for a restaurant name! 🤣

The brothel theme continued in the restaurant, with some sex positions listed in their drinks menu and their moist towelettes in little packets that looked like individual condom wrappers 🤣 Quite amusing, and good food too 👍

I have to study the Chinese since, as you can imagine, this is not something I would ordinarily come across in my textbooks! 😂

The biggest comedy of errors

I had an excellent start to my day: I somehow managed to get up at ridiculous o’clock this morning, and so I had all this time this morning to work through my to-do list.

And one of the things that I wanted to do was film my next YouTube video. But apparently our neighbours had other ideas: they’re doing renovations upstairs 🙄 The drilling and hammering sounded like it was directly above me. So filming in the apartment wasn’t happening today, sighhh…

So I got ready to go and film outside, pulling together all my usual equipment and making sure Little Miss had food and aircon (it’s very warm again today).

It took me a bajillion hours to leave the apartment. And when I finally did and I made my way to the bus stop (I’d rather catch the bus than walk in this heat), no one was at the bus stop. So I checked the bus timetable. Apparently I was ten minutes out with the bus arrival time. So instead of being five minutes early to the bus stop, I was five minutes late. Argh! So I had no choice but to walk 😤

And then as I was walking, I noticed just how bright it was, so I went to go get my sunglasses from my handbag 🕶 Apparently I left them at home. WTH. I almost always bring my sunnies with me, unless there’s a downpour. But it was clearly sunny outside, so there was absolutely no reason not to bring them with me today. Plus they sit right next to my wallet at home, which I brought with me today, so what happened with my sunnies?!? 😤

So you can only imagine just how annoyed I already was when I got to my chosen lunch venue – and how even more annoyed I was when I saw just how many people were waiting for a table. I waited for almost half an hour for a table 😒 I wanted to beat the lunch time rush, but because it took me so long to get out of the house (and then the subsequent debacle with the bus), I ended up getting to the restaurant almost an hour later than I had originally planned. Argh!

While I was waiting for a table, my mum called to tell me that their financial adviser hadn’t kept their phone appointment, and that they’d been waiting for his call for half an hour. Not sure what happened there either. It just seems like the universe is against us today. Sighhh… 😒

It was too bright and hot for me to stay outdoors for too long today, so I decided to just go home and see if I could continue filming my video back in my study. It was a beautiful day, though, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to take a few selfies while I was out. But then I ended up doing this for longer than I expected – and so missed the bus home! I missed the bus leaving home and then I missed it again going back home. Arghhhh! 😩

Anyway, so I finally got home, and I thought I’d watch back the footage that I took today to determine where in the script I needed to pick up from. It turned out that what I filmed today had absolutely no audio. Not bad audio, no audio. I must’ve had the audio setting set incorrectly, so I ended up not capturing any audio whatsoever. So basically I was back at square one. Can you believe it?!? Un. Be. Lie. Va. Ble.

If anything could go wrong, it did go wrong today. I didn’t have much time this afternoon to film my video from scratch, so instead, I did a vlog, ranting about my day! 🤣 🤣 Not sure how well it’ll go down with my audience, but oh well. Such is life! You can’t things too seriously, and sometimes I forget that. And who knows, it could end up being one of my more popular videos! 🤷‍♀️ You just don’t know 😆

Mysteries

Little Miss kept scratching at the cupboard doors in our bedroom last night 😒 If I walk to the spare bedroom and get her to follow me, she’ll stop her scratching. But the downside to this is that I end up having to sleep in the spare bedroom! I don’t even know why scratches anyway. It’s not like she doesn’t have any food or water 🤷‍♀️ So my sleep ends up getting terribly disrupted on most days 😔

Despite this, I still managed to get quite a fair bit done today, thankfully 👍 And that’s also despite the crappy weather we had today. Man, this 💩 weather is still lingering around! I wonder if this means we’re going to get more typhoons this year… 😱 Our first year in HK (last year) was very uneventful, thankfully, with only one T8 typhoon the whole year. T8 is the second highest typhoon level, i understand. So these typhoons are still a big mystery to me. I’m curious and nervous at the same time – as in, I don’t really want to feel our apartment building swaying as if we’re on an amusement park ride! 😲 Yesss… This is how it has been described to me. W.T.H. Hopefully that was a really bad one and most typhoons aren’t that insane!

A hot but productive Saturday

I wanted to go for a bit of a walk today, but N thought it was too hot to do anything, so we just stayed at home until later in the afternoon. We went to go pick up some meds for Kitty at the vet, and then we went and had dinner at some restaurant near the vet.

And I finally finished my next YouTube video! 😅 I feel like as soon as I finish one, I have to start working on the next one 😔 I really need to try and streamline the process, I can probably be much more efficient.

We had no new cases today again, woohoo! During the week, we lost our beautiful 23-day streak of no locally transmitted cases and added 3 new cases to our tally. And now they’re wanting to test a whole heap of people because of these recent cases 😔 I really hope that they can keep this recent cluster contained! 🤞

A relaxing Mother’s Day

It was quite a relaxing day, which was nice. I just watched TV, and also took a nap as Little Miss kept waking us up in the middle of the night again last night / this morning 😒

I also finished reading The Subtle Art of Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson, which was pretty good. Very easy to read. I like his writing style 👍

And I also gave my mum a call. It’s Mother’s Day in Oz, and apparently in a ton of other countries around the world too, so I thought I’d wish her a Happy Mother’s Day. They can’t really go out at the moment because of the rona, which is a bit sad, but hopefully they’ll be able to go out soon. The curve is pretty much flattened in Oz, it seems.

We had three new cases today, all imported. So still no new locally transmitted cases for 21 days straight now. C’mon, we can make it to the one month mark! 💪

More good news than bad

I had one of those now seemingly rare days when I actually got a good night’s sleep – and this was despite Kitty still waking me up in the wee hours of the morning scratching at a door or miaowing to ‘announce’ that she was about to drink some water. Yes, she does this 🙄 Whyyy would you have the need to announce to me that you’re about to drink some water??!? Sighhh…

But despite this, I woke up bright and chirpy this morning, and my energy levels stayed with me for pretty much the entire day 😮 So I was mega productive and I got a ton done! I was basically working until about 11:30pm 😱 So N and I barely spoke to each other today. He left quite early for work this morning, and then I was in the study for pretty much the whole evening 😔 Thankfully tomorrow is the start of the weekend!

And some more good news: we have recorded our sixth straight day of single-digit COVID-19 cases – woohoo! It’s looking promising! 👏 The government is now considering opening some outdoor recreational facilities and libraries! Woohoo! Although I have been enjoying being able to continually extend my library loans indefinitely 🤣

But SG’s foreign workers are still suffering, making up the majority of the country’s cases this past week. They’ve now exceeded 5,000 cases 😔

So please continue to stay safe out there, no one is quite yet out of the woods 😔

A bit of a rant

** Warning: some ranting ahead. If you don’t need additional negativity in your life right now, especially in the current environment that our world is in, then please skip this post **

The usual mainstream media BS is starting to show once again, especially now as governments are being slammed for their lack of leadership during this difficult time 🙄 The hypocrisy of it all is just so annoying. I don’t like being negative, which is why I don’t like to rant about it, but sometimes, like today, it just gets too ridiculous and I just need to vent here. N was talking to a Russian mate recently about the bias in western media, and his mate said something along the lines of, ‘We’ve been reading this BS for decades now 🙄 I totally get it’. Sighhh… We’ve only just started to realise this ever since we moved to Asia, but no doubt this has been going on for yeeears 😔 It’s sorta like the current Cold War equivalent in the Information Age. And us westerners who live in Asia can totally see it, and we regularly go on about it. And sometimes it’s reassuring to hear the others voicing the same thoughts as me, as they too see it first-hand.

Anyway, enough ranting. I did have a good day, despite having ventured into the mainstream media BS today. I got a relatively decent night’s sleep, which doesn’t happen too often nowadays, thanks to our bossy Little Miss who likes to wake up in the middle of the night – and stay up 😒

We reached the 1 million ‘milestone’ overnight, and now we’re at 1.070 million, with 57,000 deaths. The numbers are staggering. SG has effectively gone into lockdown now too, but the PM stopped short of calling it that. He’s calling it ‘circuit breaking’ 😆

I wonder if HK will enforce similar measures too. A number of commercial places here have been asked to close, including bars and pubs, as a number of recent local cases are known to have gone to bars and pubs. And it’s quite hard to maintain any sort of distance between patrons at these establishments… Schools still remain closed, as well as government-run facilities like museums and libraries. Our numbers still continue to increase, albeit nowhere near the pace seen in other countries, but they’re still increasing. And now that SG has pretty much gone into a ‘circuit breaker’, I suspect HK will follow suit, if we too can’t control the numbers 😔

A late start and a ‘milestone’

Little Miss kept waking me up in the middle of the night, and then finally stopped bothering me pretty much at around dawn 🙄 I finally got a few hours of uninterrupted sleep – which meant that I (actually, we) finally woke up at 10am 😱 Neither of us had set our alarm clock, as we’re both pretty good at getting up in the morning. Not so good at it this morning, though! 😂

I still managed to have a productive day, though, despite the late start 👍 And because I was busy with other things, I barely even looked at the stats today. So it was a bit mind blowing to see it at almost one million cases tonight. One million cases! I never imagined we could hit this ‘milestone’. It’s just totally unbelievable. I’ll probably wake up to this number 😱😔

So please stay safe out there, and take all the necessary precautions that you need to.

Groundhog Day

My days are looking very Groundhog Day like: get up; work; take a break; work some more; take another break; then do some more work. And intersperse that with some Kitty hugs and watching a bit of tv, and you pretty much have my day! 😂

It’s quite sad that we haven’t really had the chance to explore this not-so-new city that we live in. We’d barely been here for six months when the protests started; and then soon after that died down, the coronavirus outbreak occurred and the whole city went into lockdown mode. There are places that I still want to visit in this city, but it’s just not quite the right time to do so 😔

The other thing that I wanted to do this year was take more trips to China, since we are literally right next door now. But again, the coronavirus completely derailed those plans 😔 And any other travel I wanted to do in North Asia is also out of the question for at least another few months yet.

So in the meantime, I’m just working and saving because that’s all I can pretty much do right now!