I felt like I had just as productive a day today as I did yesterday, only today I spent more time on Chinese than trading. I think it was the other way around yesterday, but regardless, it was productive 😊 It felt a bit like déjà vu, in a way.
By the time I finished working, I couldn’t be bothered making my way down to the supermarket, so I just had whatever was in the pantry: so I had spam for dinner tonight! Eating into our emergency food stash 😂 Not the healthiest of meals, so I shall make an effort to go to the gym tomorrow 💪
And I finished off the evening with an episode of Love O2O, my current Chinese drama. I’m getting closer and closer to the ending, so I really have to start looking for my next drama! Even if it is a Korean drama 😆 I’d prefer to find a Chinese drama so I can continue working on my poor listening skills, but the Korean dramas are just too good to pass up sometimes…! (Most of the time?? 😇)
Today was my first day back into my normal routine, after being sick for a few days and then family visiting for a few days after. It was nice to get back into the swing of things 😊
I got bitten really badly I assume when we went to Kowloon Walled City Park. I don’t think I’ve ever been bitten so badly in my life: I have at least half a dozen mosquito bites on each leg 😲 And I’ve also somehow reacted quite badly to them, as they’re all really massive and itchy. Mozzie bites on steroids, I tell you 😱 I actually got a bad sleep last night because they were so damn itchy! I’ve been putting some cream on them all day today, topping up every few hours when the itchiness becomes unbearable again. It’s been two days now since we went, so I’m hoping that they’ll start to die down tomorrow… Surely…?! 🤞
We have started watching this show called The Umbrella Academy, and we’re both really enjoying it! I haven’t enjoyed a tv series as much as this one in ages, so it’s refreshing to finally find a series that I am looking forward to watch. They’re only up to the first season, so we’ll be caught up in no time, and then we’ll have to find another series.
Speaking of finding another series, I am still yet to find a new Chinese drama… Love O2O is okayyy, but it’s a bit too soppy for me, and not enough excitement. I’m still just watching it for the listening practice 😆 So if I can’t find another semi-decent Chinese drama, I’ll have to go back to my Korean list, I have a huge backlog of those! 😂
I finally started feeling close to normal today, so I got through a ton of stuff, trying to catch up on everything that I didn’t do over the past few days since I’ve been sick 👍
N flew to Japan today, so of course I tracked his flight ✈️
His fellow karate mate who is also on this trip with him lost her train ticket when they got to Osaka, and he was asking me how to say various things in Japanese that was relevant to their situation – eg: “she lost her ticket”. The problem is, I’m not there to help them! 😂 So I told them to use Google translate, which is actually quite good for a lot of things. I use it to help me with my Chinese all the time. I don’t use it word for word, but it sometimes guides me or gives me a better idea on how to structure a particular sentence that I can’t seem to get right on my own.
And of course they were fine – they’re in Japan, after all 😉
I had my online Chinese lesson again today. I’m really enjoying them! They’re freaking hard as, since we spend the entire time doing exactly what I need: speaking and listening practice! And since my listening is so bad, I swear I ask her to repeat every second sentence that she says 😳 I hope it eventually improves, because right now I’m feeling pretty dunce-y! I’ve already told her that my listening is the worst, so she already knows my biggest problem. She’s really patient, though, and rather than resorting to English, she just repeats herself a few times, mega slowly, until I get it. It is exactly what I need 👍 I just wish I had her with me day in day out, correcting everything I say – like a parent! 😆 But alas, as an adult, I don’t have this luxury. I just have to do some more studying on my own….
And so I finished the day watching a few episodes of Love O2O, my current Chinese drama, just continuing to persevere with the show for some listening practice, which is what I desperately need for my Chinese!
I’m starting to feel better, finally. I decided to go to Causeway Bay tor lunch today, and had a beetroot soy latte at Habitu, which I thought sounded rather odd, but it supposedly has immunity boosting benefits, and right now, I’ll take all the immunity boosting that I can get, so I thought I’d give it a try 😆
It actually tasted quite nice! I’d definitely order it again, if I’m not tempted by something else on their drinks menu, which is quite fancy schmancy, actually. Last time I was there, I tried their latte with this thin layer of caramelised sugar on top, which was also really nice. So that’s two out of two drinks so far, which is a pretty good strike rate, if you ask me! I’d like to make it three out of three next time 😊
I stopped by the vet on the way home to pick up some more medicine and food for the furry little one, and also stopped by the supermarket for some food for us hoomans 😊
And then in the evening, I was just so tired that I had to take a nap to get some rest, and then finished off the day with a few more episodes of Love O2O, the current Chinese drama that I’m persevering with until I find something more suited to my taste 😆
I slept until noon today, excluding the time when the FedEx guy buzzed in this morning 😒 I must’ve looked so out of it when I opened the door, I felt pretty shite when he buzzed in, pretty much just grunting at him the entire time 😂
But somehow I managed to still do some work in the afternoon, but then I had to take a bit of a nap in the early evening to get some more rest.
I then got up and finished off Goblin, my current Korean drama. This drama actually picked up in the second half of the series, as a lot of them seem to, so overall, I enjoyed this series too. It has nice music and impressive cinematography, and quite artistic at times as well. I think this series has the potential to be watched a second time, and you’d still get something out of it the second time around. I don’t say that with many (any?) dramas, so I think this one is a bit more multi-layered compared to other dramas.
I went looking for a Chinese drama to watch, to work on my poor listening skills. But I can’t find any that I like! I resumed watching Love O2O, which is okayyy… But it still doesn’t have the same pull as the Korean dramas 😔 But I’m persevering with it anyway, just so I can work on my listening skills a bit, and continue looking for a series that is more up my alley – that is not a Korean drama! 😂 The Story of Yanxi Palace and Eternal Love have both been recommended to me, but the former is a period drama and the latter is a full-on fantasy, neither of which appeal to me. I prefer dramas set in the modern day, with a bit of fantasy thrown in – much like Goblin! 😆 So I’m open to other recommendations, if anyone has any!
It was another public holiday here in HK today, woohoo! 🎉 Not that we did much, though 😂 We went and had brunch at one of my favourite local cafes, and while we were at the cafe, I decided that we should go and vote today. We can actually vote any time during the two weeks leading up to the election, so that’s pretty handy. But of course you need photo ID – and I forgot to bring our passports with me today. And ironically, I carried them with me the last two days! Yesterday would’ve been the perfect day to go, but it was the only day that the embassy was closed – argh! 😤 So I decided to head back home and pick up our passports anyway, otherwise the next time we can vote will be on Election Day itself, and I have a feeling the rest of the Australian expat community in HK will be voting on that day, so I wanted to avoid going on that day.
It was actually quite quick, and they even had signs at the bottom of the building that the embassy is located in, pointing people in the direction of where to go – and they also had a bajillion people working today to help direct people. Not that there were that many of us there to vote – half a dozen max when we were there! There were more staff working than there were voters 😂 Not that I was complaining, at least we were in and out in no time 👍
We then went to the Wan Chai Computer Centre, which was only a few minutes down the road from the Australian Embassy, just to wander around. It’s a good place for all your electronic stuff, on the HK Island side. I think there’s a similar one on the Kowloon side, I can’t remember what it’s called right now. I’ll have to ask N, it’s more his forte 😊
And then N went to karate and I resumed watching Nice Witch, a Korean drama that I’m still working my way through. I’ve been so focussed on my Chinese language study lately that I’ve barely had time for the Korean dramas. I’m also watching Love O2O, a Chinese drama, but that’s more for listening practice than for personal enjoyment. So I have a bit of a backlog of Korean dramas to watch at the moment! 😆
Little Miss woke me up at around 7am 😒 Our usual morning routine is after giving her breakfast, we go sit in the study together until she gets bored with me and hops off my chair and sleeps somewhere else in the room. So even though I was half-asleep this morning, I knew she’d want to do the same thing this morning. She couldn’t care less that it was a Sunday 😆 So I sat in the study just surfing the net, trying to stay awake, to keep her company. She’s like a baby sometimes, I tell you! 👶🏻
So at around 9am, she finally let me head back to bed to get a bit more sleep.
And the next time I woke up, it was 12 noon! 😲 Wahhh! So I scrambled to get ready, so that we could go have our usual weekend yum cha brunch before they all close on us so they can prepare for their dinner service.
After brunch, we just headed back home and N just picked up his gear and headed to karate. I went down to a nearby laundromat to wash one of our bath mats, as our own washing machine doesn’t like it when we wash it in ours 🤪 It always gives us an error message whenever we try to wash it at home. And Kitty has thrown up on it, so it definitely needed a wash. The washing machine at the laundromat is industrial size in comparison to ours, so the lone mat looked tiny inside it. I should’ve taken a photo. This one could definitely handle this teeny mat! 😂
I then just went home and watched another episode of Love O2O, a Chinese drama that I initially started watching just for listening practice, but now I’m actually getting into it 😊 Not my favourite Chinese drama, and it doesn’t even come close to any of my favourite Korean ones (they reign supreme in this world, I tell you 😆), but it’s not too bad. The episodes are getting better as the series goes on 👍
It was a fun Sunday, despite the rather disrupted start to the day!