Half relaxing, half working

I never made it out of the house today. At least N went out to do some shopping πŸ˜‚ I basically spent the day either watching TV, sleeping or working on my next YouTube video. That’s it. So it was half relaxing, half working. Not a bad way to spend the second day of our 4-day long weekend ☺️

We saw two new cases today, as more HKers returned from overseas. Great. Our lovely streak has now been broken πŸ˜’

And the protesters have come out again today too πŸ˜” It’s either the virus or the protesters. Sighhh…

Peng Chau kicks off the long weekend

We went over to a friend’s place last night, and I had a bit too much to drink πŸ₯‚ so I wasn’t feeling all that well by the time we got back home πŸ˜‚ So I missed writing in here last night πŸ˜”

But I was perfectly fine this morning, just in time for the start of the long weekend here in HK 😊 I actually wanted to go to Cheung Chau today, one of the outlying islands here, but by the time we got to the ferry pier at Central, there were a bajillion people queueing up for the ferry to Cheung Chau. Sighhh… We really need to get out of the house earlier… πŸ˜” But apparently there’s an annual bun festival that was supposed to be held today out in Cheung Chau, so that probably added to the numbers of people who wanted to head out there today. But it was cancelled at the last minute, although that probably didn’t stop people from wanting to spend the day out on the island anyway.

So we changed our plans. The queue for the ferry to Discovery Bay was also long, but the queue for the Peng Chau ferry was much shorter in comparison, so we decided to go there πŸ˜†

I’m glad we went because we had a great time on the island! They have a walking trail on the island, the Peng Chau Family Walk, which goes around pretty much the entire island, and we ended up walking half of it. Remember that I am not a hiker by any stretch of the imagination, and even I found this walk relatively ok πŸ˜† It is indeed a family walk, unlike other supposed family trails that we’ve walked in HK! πŸ˜’ It actually reminded me a little of the Bondi-Coogee walk in Sydney, as you’re walking along the edge of the island and walking past a number of beaches along the way.

One of the many beaches that we walked past on the Peng Chau Family Walk

And we had beautiful weather today too, which made it an even nicer walk. It was definitely on the warmer side, and unfortunately we didn’t bring any swimming gear with us, so we couldn’t cool down in the water. But now that we know, we’ll come better prepared next time πŸ‘

Although I’ve heard that there are a ton of islands to visit around HK, so I wonder if we’ll ever go back to Peng Chau. It’d be nice to see as many of the other islands as we can while we’re living here!

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.

Probably won’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 πŸ˜₯ This is no doubt travelling all around the world right now πŸ˜” So rather than an early night, I may be staying up to watch this…

Start of the long weekend

I got up at 8am this morning, to make sure I was awake for when our home delivery arrived today. Their window was 9am – 2pm, which is a pretty damn huge window! πŸ˜‚ Luckily they arrived at around 11am, so we didn’t have to wait around for too long.

We had lunch in Wan Chai at Sabah Malaysian Cuisine, which apparently is in the Michelin Guide! It reminded me so much of SG, where all these types of dishes were just readily available. Awww SG, still missing you πŸ˜” But they’re closing in October, due to their lease expiring, so we’ll have to find out where they end up setting up shop again, for those times when we have a hankering for Malaysian food πŸ˜‹

We stopped by the computer centre once again, since we were in the area. It’s almost obligatory to stop by if we’re in Wan Chai πŸ˜‚ This time N bought some charging cables. I think electronics are his gazingus pins, a term coined by the authors of Your Money or Your Life to describe items that you are just compelled to buy, even if you already have a bajillion other similar items at home. So he always wants to stop by electronics stores and check out whatever gadgets they have there. In SG it was Challenger; here, it’s pretty hard to beat the Wan Chai Computer Centre! πŸ˜‚

My gazingus pin is stationery 😊 I love stationery, and I really have to stop myself from buying the stuff. This is one area where I am not an underbuyer! πŸ˜‚ But I have reined in this buying habit a fair bit now, and I have told myself that I have to use up all the stationery at home first before I can buy any more. I’ve kept it under control so far, as my desire for a less cluttered home is also quite strong. But yeah, stationery is definitely my gazingus pin πŸ˜†

We’re planning on going to Macau tomorrow, I’m very excited! Another new country to visit 😊 Although technically part of China, like HK is, it also falls under the “one country, two systems” policy, so it’s also a “Special Administrative Region”. But I still see it as a country in its own right, despite the technicalities. I’m excited to be doing this day trip! 😊

Productive just before the long weekend

I actually had a really productive day, and ended up doing most things that I wanted to do today πŸ‘ It was just a shame that I was feeling quite down for a lot of the day, so I didn’t get to revel in the success of my day πŸ˜” I normally would be quite proud of having had such a productive day, but today I just felt empty πŸ˜” I don’t like these sorts of days, but I guess everyone has them – it’s just part of life, right? You have to take the good with the bad, that’s how I see it.

We have another long weekend tomorrow – it doesn’t feel like the last one was that long ago?! Public holidays here seem to be spaced out quite nicely πŸ‘ Although after having said that, there’s probably a dearth of public holidays between now and Christmas…! πŸ˜…

Yep, the next one after Monday 1 July (HK Establishment Day) is Tue 1 Oct, National Day. That’s THREE MONTHS away! OK I spoke too soon, sighhh… Although that’s still not as bad as the almost FIVE-MONTH stretch in Melbourne between the Queen’s Birthday long weekend in mid-June to Melbourne Cup day which is early November, before they introduced the AFL grand final long weekend, which broke that long stretch up a bit. That was torturous πŸ˜‚ I think SG’s public holidays were the most evenly spread out. Not only were they a culturally balanced mix of public holidays, but they were also well spread out throughout the year. Awww SG, I still miss you πŸ˜”