My new camera! πŸ“·

I finally bought a new camera! It’s my first proper camera since the 2000s and I’m sooo excited! 😁 I wanted to use it today, but I needed to charge the battery, so I just had to make do with the camera on my phone πŸ˜† I want to try it out tomorrow, but I don’t have any plans, so not sure where I’ll go…

We also walked from Causeway Bay to Wan Chai to go to the Wan Chai Computer Centre, which is about a 1km walk. This is a pretty decent walk, but this was after walking around Causeway Bay for around two hours already, so needless to say, I was pretty knackered by the time I got home. My feet are still throbbing now 🦢 And remember that it’s summer, so the heat was also draining me. Maybe I need to drink more water too, that might help.

I want to read the manual for my phone, but I don’t know if I have the energy to even do that!

But despite my tiredness, I’m still very excited! I can’t wait to try out my new camera 😁


A few people say that summers in HK can be even more brutal than in SG, which I think N agrees with, but I’m yet to feel it. As you may know, I don’t get hot very easily. My ideal temperature is in the low 30s, and only when it gets into the high 30s would I start considering it “hot” πŸ˜† Temperature-wise, it can get warmer here, but I actually felt the humidity more in SG. Actually, let me rephrase that: I don’t really understand what humidity means, as I don’t really feel it πŸ€ͺ The only way I can judge the extent of the humidity is just how drenched my back is at the end of the day πŸ˜‚ And so far, my back has barely cracked a sweat this summer. But today was the first time the weather was actually starting to rival SG’s, so maybe the proper summer is yet to come…?? I’ll find out soon enough… I’ll keep you posted πŸ˜‰

But having said that, we have a mould issue in the apartment, which is terribly annoying and apparently very common in these high humidity climates! And people’s suggestions on how to combat the problem? Leave the aircon on 24-7! 😲 I don’t think it’s a very cost effective way to solve the problem, nor is it the most environmentally friendly, which is just as frustrating as the problem itself! We didn’t have this issue in SG, but apparently it’s a big issue there too πŸ˜” Maybe because we live in an older building here, and so ventilation isn’t as great?? πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ So as a compromise, I tend to turn on the aircon whenever I’m in a room, and turn it off when I leave. And I also turn the aircon on in whichever room Kitty is sleeping, so she’s a little comfortable too. I hardly ever turned on the aircon in SG, it was only ever on when N was home too. But here, I use all the aircon units on a daily basis because of the mould issue. Isn’t that just lovely πŸ˜’

Rounding out the month

I got up at ridiculous o’clock this morning for no reason whatsoever. And so my morning ended up being quite productive as a result. Every time I get up early, I always seem to get a ton of stuff done in the morning, so I don’t know why I don’t get up earlier more often… Maybe that could be my goal for June 😊

N came back from Taiwan today, so we decided to go out for dinner. The pizzeria we went to plays retro music – ie music from our era πŸ˜† A few songs that we heard tonight:

  • Truly Madly Deeply – Savage Garden
  • Torn – Natalie Imbruglia
  • This Kiss – Faith Hill
  • You’re Still The One – Shania Twain
  • All My Life – K-Ci & Jojo

And then a few Celine Dion songs and a Mariah Carey song, I can’t remember which ones now.

So it has a pretty cool atmosphere! Plus even though it’s a restaurant, it’s really casual, and doesn’t actually have a door, you just sorta walk in. So it’s got a bit of a front courtyard feel, if that makes sense. Their service is great and their food is good too. It’s a bit farther up on the mid-levels escalator, and not many people tend to go up that far, so it’s also pretty quiet there. It was a bit pricey, as western food tends to be in this city, but ok for the occasional dinner.

We then went home and watched Hello Mrs Money, this Chinese movie that N started watching on the plane but didn’t finish. It wasn’t all that great, really. It was funny at times, but for the most part, it just wasn’t all that great. I should’ve used it more for listening practice – ie something to be studied – rather than reading the English subtitles and enjoying it as a movie, because there really wasn’t much enjoyment to be gained from it πŸ˜†

And here I end May. Bring on June, I say, and a brand new season – my favourite. YEAH!! β˜€οΈ Unfortunately, apparently this also means typhoon season in HK, so I’m a little concerned with that… I’m not sure just how bad these typhoons can get, and I can only go by the terrible damage The Big Almighty One did last year… 😟 Was that a particularly bad one, or are they more or less of that magnitude nowadays?? Unfortunately we will be here to find out…!

A relaxed and heart-warming Sunday

We moved our Latin lesson to earlier this morning, so N had time to catch his flight to HK this afternoon. We agreed to a 10:45am start – and yet we still struggled to get up in time for it! Argh! We are just not morning people! Will I ever accept this fact?! πŸ˜‚

We did Paso Doble today, that elusive fifth dance that we never do. And by not working on it, it is keeping us from competing in five-dance Latin events. At least this way, if we keep working on it for at least the next few weeks in our lesson (when we’re in SG, that is), and we keep practising it ourselves, then we can slowly start building it into our repertoire, and before we know it, we’ll be able to compete with it 😊

Oh, we got some feedback from our performance last Sunday from the guests. They described us as elegant! Awww! That’s so nice! That’s exactly how I like to express myself when I dance, so for others to describe our dancing in this exact same way is just so heart-warming 😊 Despite freaking out every time we go out and perform, I do like it when the audience appreciates our dancing. That is, hearing that we’re not boring them to tears! πŸ˜‚

I then spent the afternoon tracking flights: a friend flew from Canberra to Sydney, and then N’s flight to HK. The Canberra-Sydney flight is nothing: the plane takes off, and as soon as they’ve reached whatever required altitude, they’re needing to get the passengers back in their upright seats in order to land πŸ˜‚ So basically as N’s flight was hurrying to get everyone on board, the Canberra-Sydney flight was done and dusted. Nonetheless, I find this whole tracking business so much fun 😊

I actually wanted to go back and check out the kites at Marina Barrage again today, but it was quite warm this afternoon, so I changed my mind and stayed home and read a bit instead. I ended up taking a nap too, since I had such a disrupted sleep last night, no thanks to Little Miss. It’s that time of year when even I can’t survive without the aircon. Summer is here, baby! The only time in the year when it’s warm enough for me to go swimming πŸŠβ€β™€οΈ

Being healthy on a cool summer day

So yesterday I was going on about how it’s “summer” in SG now. And then today, the skies decided to open up and rain for a while πŸ˜‚ So that kept the weather cooler, and so I opened all the doors and windows to let the nice breeze blow through the house. The breeze didn’t last very long, though, but it was very pleasant while it hung around 😊

I went to the gym again, as per my rule: a weeknight when we’re not dancing, I go to the gym, allowing myself one night off. I am seriously loving this rule, it has created this brand new habit that’s making me go to the gym quite regularly. I got there quite late, so I didn’t do as much as I would have liked. But I was still quite impressed with what I did do. I wasn’t feeling particularly pumped or anything – in fact, I was playing my usual game of trying to trick myself out of going to the gym with some lame-o excuse – but I was lifting the same weights with relative ease compared to last time I was there. I seem to actually be getting stronger. Fancy that, regular sessions at the gym seem to be doing something πŸ˜‚

And I ate so clean today too, I was so proud of myself. Ok not totally clean: I had a glass of red wine 🍷 and half a mini wagon wheel. Yes, I cut a mini wagon wheel in half, that is how sad I am. I just have this uncanny ability to control myself with chocolate – perhaps food in general – and I just didn’t need to eat a whole mini wagon wheel today, I felt like I could just do with half. So I took a knife and sliced it down the middle, ate one half, and put the other half back in the fridge πŸ˜‚ I’m one of those people that eats those blocks of chocolates by individual squares, and make it last for about six months. My chocolate-loving friends simply cannot comprehend this behaviour, in the same way that I cannot understand how they can devour that same block of chocolate in one sitting!

I’m hoping I can maintain this healthy habit for the next two days before I fly to HK when things may go out the window…!