Size and dramas

I borrowed my first library book today! 👏 I was looking for a copy of it in a nearby library, and found one relatively close to home, so I decided to make my way out there today. It was effectively a library in the ‘burbs, which I wasn’t quite used to, as I’ve been going to one of the main libraries that takes up about ten floors. So as you can imagine, this suburban one on its lone teeny tiny floor felt really small in comparison! But it had the book that I was after, and that’s all that matters. Size doesn’t count when you don’t have the calibre in your book collection 😆

Since I’m new to this city, I had to use Google Maps to find where the other libraries were that stocked this particular book. One library was apparently 12km away! Now this is nothing by Sydney standards, but after being in Asia for a few years now, 12km seems like it’s forever away! And it is even worse in HK when it feels like we could do virtually everything we want to do within a 1km radius from home 😲 Karate, dance, Chinese class, work, shopping, movies. I still can’t believe how dense this city is! I’m going to feel like I have so much space when I am back in SG – let alone in Oz! 😆

I started watching my new Korean drama today, About Time. Definitely a good start! It’s drawn me in right from the beginning much like Lover’s Lies did, so it’s looking promising! Even if there was the blatant product placement of famous Korean brands like Kia and Samsung in the very first episode 😂

Trying to save money

We had a pretty lazy Sunday. I didn’t want to spend any money today, as we’ve spent quite a fair bit these past few weeks, while we’ve had family and friends visiting. And if I went out, the temptation to spend money will be greater, so I chose to stay home and be a scrooge 😆

I watched a few Chinese dramas, trying to find my next series, but nothing drew me in as much as Lover’s Lies did right from the start. I was hoping to find a Chinese drama so I can continue working on my listening skills, but I haven’t enjoyed the dramas that I’ve picked so far. So I may just watch the Korean dramas that I have on my list at the moment (About Time and Money Flower) and just watch for the entertainment, rather than for language study.

I am currently subscribed to Audible, which I have really enjoyed for the last few years. Then I became of a member of SG Library, and I started borrowing a lot more books through them, as they had a huge collection of both ebooks and audiobooks, my preferred methods for reading books. Even though it cost me around S$50 to be a member for one year, it was totally worth it. Now I have membership at HK library, but their ebook and audiobook collection is terrible. So this has prompted me to review my Audible membership. I am now thinking of cancelling it and moving to Scribd. It’s a little cheaper than Audible, and its offering is more like what I had with my SG library membership. Only problem is, I have 13 credits left with Audible, and if I cancel my membership, I lose all my credits. So I need to use up my credits before I cancel my membership, meaning I have to find 13 audiobooks that I want to buy! 😲 This will take me a while to come up with 13 audiobooks that I want! So I won’t be cancelling my membership and swapping over to Scribd anytime soon…!

But having said all that, I will be heading down to one of my local libraries tomorrow anyhow! 😆 I still want to make use of whatever HK library has to offer, no matter how limited that may be 😊

What’s the dealio?!

I actually felt better today, despite staying up until 3am to finish watching Lover’s Lies and waiting up for N to come home from work drinks 😆 It’s amazing just how different I feel mentally as well as physically when I’m well.

So yeah, I finished Lover’s Lies, and the ending was definitely not what I expected, which was great. I like different endings, and I really like how this one ended. It was worth watching right up until the end 😊

I also got through some trading, some housework and I also went to go buy some groceries, looking for a specific brand of cat litter at all the various supermarkets nearby. Can you believe it: none of them had the brand that I have been using the past few weeks! So now we have to use yet another brand, sighhhh… I didn’t have this problem back in SG (or in Oz!), what’s the deal here?? Luckily Kitty hasn’t been too fussed with the recent change in her cat litter, so hopefully she’ll be ok with yet another brand again 😒

We also booked in aircon guys to come in tomorrow to clean the aircon units. They are wayyy more expensive to get cleaned here compared to SG! We didn’t know this when we agreed to get them cleaned quarterly as part of our lease contract 😒 One clean here is effectively a year’s worth of quarterly cleans in SG! Knowing how dirty they get in SG even with a quarterly clean, we didn’t see this as an issue to have it included in our lease contract, even if it isn’t a standard clause in a typical lease here. And with the pollution here that everyone keeps going on about, I actually would be welcoming the quarterly clean! But the price! 4x what we were paying in SG?!? Again, what’s the dealio, HK?!? Redonkulous!! I thought it may have just been the aircon guys that I was coming across who were charging these crazy prices, but N confirmed with a few people in the office that what I was being quoted was indeed market prices. Sighhh… This is a crazy expensive city to live in!!

Fun and not so fun

One thing that happens when I’m sick is that I get through a lot of tv, so I am now getting close to the end of my current Chinese drama, Lover’s Lies. It’s so farfetched and ridiculous, but that sorta makes it all the more fun to watch 😆 Plus this one is in Chinese, so it’s not just entertaining, but it’s helping me improve my listening skills 👍 I think I mentioned before that I want to watch a few select episodes again: learn new words and grammar, and then watch the episodes again to hear what I just learnt being used in “real life”. And now that I know the storyline, it should make things easier for me to pick things up the second (and third?!) time around 😊

I am thinking my next drama will be this one: About Time. It is in Korean, though, so this one will purely be for entertainment 😊 Korea makes the best dramas, they have somehow found the recipe to be able to make so many awesome ones!

I also got a call from the vet about Kitty’s test results. Apparently the results weren’t definitive, but she suspects that what Kitty has is more likely than not to be cancer. She has given us a few options, which we will have to discuss and weigh the pros and cons. She recommends that we make a decision sooner rather than later, as she believes the cancer is quite aggressive, and even though Kitty shows no symptoms now, she will eventually start to show signs 😔 Given her age, I’m not sure they can do much anyway, but getting a specialist’s opinion first may be the best way to go. She has had problems with her kidney for over a year now, so, cancer or not, I have sorta been given the past year to come to terms with this. Poor little one. She’s a well travelled Kitty, and has moved with us everywhere we’ve gone. She’s a strong one, and I hope she can survive this latest obstacle too 💪💪

A half-arsed day

Greeeat, I have caught a cold. I felt so tired when I woke up this morning, and my energy levels never really improved for the rest of the day 😔 It’s the first time I’ve been sick in aaages, I think, I can’t even remember the last time I fell ill. But it’s winter, so it’s to be expected, especially for me. I miss the SG weather, the warmer weather suited me much more.

I did do a bit of trading though, but not much. I slept for a bit and watched a bit of my current Chinese drama Lover’s Lies. I never really had much energy to do anything wholeheartedly, so I felt like everything was a bit half-arsed today. Including this blog post! Hopefully I’ll feel a bit better tomorrow 🤞

Shopping and eating

I got up earlier than the two brothers today, although that wasn’t hard because N went to bed at around 4am and his brother hadn’t even arrived home yet 😲 So I watched a few episodes of Lover’s Lies in the morning, after which N had finally gotten up. So we left Little Brother to sleep and we went to that 24-hour breakfast place for a late breakfast. OMG all-day breakfast places – let alone a 24-hour place! – are the best! 👍👍

We then went to IFC and Landmark, two shopping malls in Central. The latter has the Cocoa Monsters display, which was sooo cuuute! They have little Cocoa Monsters hanging on all their Christmas decorations in the mall (and any other building that Landmark owns), so I’ve seen these cute monsters scattered around in what I thought were just random places.

I’m glad I got to see them! I wonder if they always make an appearance in Landmark buildings at Christmas each year…

One thing I have noticed about HK is their poor signage. They’re not very good with telling people (ie new people to the city) where things are located. For example, the start of the Mid Level Escalators is actually quite hard to find. There are numerous signs telling you which direction you need to go in order to reach them, but they don’t tell you how far away they are, and if you reach a fork in the road, for example, which “prong” you need to take. Very similar to when we were walking up to The Peak. So it’s not the most tourist friendly city, unfortunately. You really have to just wander around and immerse yourself in the city – which can be frustrating, if you’re pressed for time! So maybe if you are wandering around, give yourself extra time to find your destination – as well as extra time to fight the throngs of people who will no doubt be all around you! 😂

I cleaned up around the house a bit in the afternoon, in time for the New Year, and I’ll continue to do so for the remaining two days of 2018. I always like to have a clean house to welcome the New Year, and here in Asia, there is the western New Year as well as Chinese New Year. So I tend to do a massive clean twice, before the two New Year’s Days. I do a major cull, and I usually also clean out the cupboards and wipe down shelves and clean the windows etc. But since we’ve just moved in, everything is still quite clean, so it’s really more about tidying up this year for us. Except the home office! Argh! That’s a disaster and a half. We’re running out of time to get that sorted! ⏰😩

And then we went for hot pot in the evening. I have grown to really like hot pot! Despite the warm, humid weather in SG, hot pot was really popular there, and that popularity rubbed off on me, so now I’m totally into it. And now that we’re actually living in a city that gets cooler weather, hot pot is going to be even more enticing for me here! 😋

I can’t believe there are only two more days left in 2018. Where did this year go?!? 😲 I’ve almost finished my usual annual review of my year, so I’ll post that up sometime in the next two days 😊

Family time

We took Kitty to the vet today, just for a general checkup, as well as to get some more meds for her. And to introduce her to her new doctor 👩‍⚕️ So we had to initiate Operation Sydney again…

It was mega busy at the vet. We had a 12:15pm appointment, and we weren’t seen until close to 1pm. That’s rivalling hooman doctor waiting times! I hardly ever had to wait in SG. There must be sooo many more cats here (or fewer vets).

Nonetheless, the vet was very thorough, and was concerned about both her heart and one of her kidneys. But because they’re fully booked today, the vet asked if we can bring her back to do a full checkup next week. So I have to trigger Operation Sydney once again… 😒 Poor little miss. Hopefully the vet is just being overly cautious and that she is ok for her age 🤞

We then went for a late lunch at Fortress Hill, and did a bit of window shopping at the Nike and Adidas factory outlets nearby. I know where to go now if I need some bargain shoes 👍 (and you now too, if you’re ever in HK 😆)

And then we just went home and I watched a few more episodes of my Chinese drama Lover’s Lies, while N went to karate and N’s brother tried to sleep off a headache. I also listened to a few Chinese songs on YouTube, continuing to work on my listening and reading while enjoying some nice songs song the way. Here are a few songs that I liked from tonight:

愛過你有多久就有多痛 Love Hurts by Xiao Bing Chih

幾分之幾 You Complete Me by Crowd Lu

偉大的渺小 Little Big Us by JJ Lin

演員 Actor by Xue Zhi Qian

學貓叫 Learn to sound like a cat (😂) by Xiao Feng Feng

The last one is just fun and not really on the list for musical beauty 😂 But it’s a good one to learn as it has quite simple words in the song 😆 But listening to songs is definitely a fun way to learn some new words 😊