A shitty mood never helps

I had one of those days where everything felt shitty. Firstly, I didn’t get a very good night’s sleep, so that already wasn’t a great start to my day. But then that shitty start just carried on throughout the day 😔

Firstly, we went to a karate expo out in Kowloon Bay. We caught a bus for part of the trip, but ended up missing our stop, so we just got off at the next one, which, according to Google Maps, was FIVE KILOMETRES AWAY. W-T-H!! It felt like we were well on our way to China, that’s how far the next stop was!! It was a bit insane ðŸĪŠ And then the drizzle wasn’t helping matters either 😒

I have mentioned this before, but it was apparent again today, and exacerbated when one is in a shitty mood: HK is not very tourist friendly. The signs to various tourist spots are not very clear, if they even exist, and signs in general are pretty lacking. So we were just wandering around the general area where the expo was being held, not knowing where in the world the entrance actually was. And even when we found the entrance, there was still no sign saying what the venue was called, so we weren’t even sure if we were in the right building! ðŸĪ·â€â™€ïļ

Well we were, and we managed to fumble our way to the expo , after a rather frustrating journey to get there. It actually wasn’t all that great, even for N, so it was a shame that we went all the way out there only to be disappointed when we finally got there. I think it was the inaugural one, though, so hopefully it’ll continue to improve each year. We didn’t stay for long. And afterwards, we just had a quick lunch in the food court there, and just went home.

N then went to karate and I spent most of the evening just watching Chinese language instruction videos and general polyglot videos on YouTube. They’re still so inspiring! Which then made me want to practise some more Chinese, so I did 😊

Errant public transport

We thought we’d try our luck getting around on HK’s public transport system today. The other day we got on a minibus, which can be a bit daunting for tourists like ourselves. These minibuses don’t have buzzers to indicate to the driver that you want to get off, you just have to shout your intent 😆 But the drivers don’t speak English, so I’m not sure what you’re supposed to say in Cantonese! They have green and red minibuses, and apparently the red minibuses are more rogue, and the green ones are more well behaved. Supposedly. The green minibuses have a fixed price and you can use your octopus card on them, and they have fixed stops. Although I have seen people flag them down at random stops too, and the drivers still stop for them. However, the red minibuses don’t have a fixed route, a fixed price or fixed stops! Omg! I think we’ll leave those ones to the locals! 😂 So we just caught one of the better-behaved green ones. Our stop was the last stop in the route, so we still didn’t get to hear what people say to the driver to indicate that they want to get off! We’ll have to catch one of these minibuses again next time we’re in HK 😊

We decided to catch a regular, run-of-the-mill bus today, so we caught it from the side of the road where the buses were going in the direction that we wanted to go. But halfway towards our destination (Sai Ying Pun – again 😆), it decided to loop around and basically do a 180°, thereby changing direction and heading away from where we wanted to go! Argh! So that threw a spanner in our works, and we decided to get off at Central MTR, and then just catch the train to Sai Ying Pun.

We get on the train at Central, and then as soon as we got on the train, we realise that it was going in the complete opposite direction to our destination! Again! So we hopped off at the next stop and caught the train back. We were happily just browsing our phones, and after a few stops, I figured I should look up to see if we were at our stop already, since Sai Ying Pun is only a few stops from Central. Somehow, though – and until now I still have no idea what happened – we had not moved stations, and we were now on a totally different train line. What in the world happened in those five minutes?!? Freeeaky!! It freaks me out just thinking about it! 😧 The public transport system just seemed to be repelling us away from the area!

We did eventually make it to Sai Ying Pun, and had a late lunch in the area. We caught a bus back to our serviced apartment, and as we were walking back, we ran into one of N’s workmates on his way home. Small world! So we just stood around chatting with him for a little while, before we had to go so N could get to karate training. I wandered around a bit more for a while on my own, before heading back to the apartment and calling it a day.

I’m now packed, ready for my flight back home tomorrow 😔 But I’ll get to see Kitty, so I’m looking forward to that 😊