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˜”