I had a pretty shite trading session, which didn’t put me in a good mood for the rest of the day 😠 I was in no mood to go to the gym, so we just ended up watching the last few episodes of season one of Titans. The ending wasn’t too bad, but N didn’t seem all that impressed. They had a preview for next season: Superman was in it! How exciting, a new character! 😄
We also started talking about where we can go for Christmas / New Year this year. I was thinking of going somewhere in Asia, but I’m still not sure… I feel like I should go back to Sydney and spend the festive season with our parents… But at the same time, I don’t want to leave Kitty on her own in HK either…. Maybe they can fly over instead, that could be a compromise 😊 But right now, since I’m still in a shitty mood, I just don’t want to do anything 😔
We decided to head over to HK University today, hoping to see some interesting buildings around there. Walking around the campus made me miss our uni days, and part of me actually wanted to go back! What was up with that?!? 😆
Anyway, after wandering around for a little bit, we headed back home, and as we were almost home, N realised that he had left his sunnies somewhere at HKU 🕶 Argh! So we traipsed all the way back, hoping that they’d still be where he thought he left them. Luckily they were still there, even though there were people sitting right next to them! Phewww 😅 Good to see that the honesty in HK rivals that of SG 👍
But then as we went to catch a bus to make our way home, it was then my turn to lose something: my Octopus card! 😩 It’s basically like the Opal card in Sydney or the Oyster card in London (was the sea theme here an intentional collaboration?! 😂), but it is used much more extensively in HK: it is not only the main payment method for public transportation in the city, but it also allows you to pay for items at numerous stores and vending machines as well. Plus you can link it to your account so that it automatically tops up to a pre-selected value every time your balance falls to or below $0, so you don’t constantly have to manually top it up. I have this linked to my Octopus card, so of course I was even more concerned about having lost it 😔
So we retraced our steps and went back to HKU for a third time. But unlike N’s sunnies, I didn’t have any luck finding my card 😔 So we cancelled the Octopus card then and there. I was reading up on what happens with an automatic top-up service on the card, and apparently an Octopus card will only top up once per day, so the maximum I am liable for is the value already on the lost card, as well as one top up. Good to know! I was a bit stressed that they could just go on a crazy spending spree until I cancelled the card 😩 Hopefully with the honesty that we encountered with N’s sunnies, I will also find the same level of honesty with my card, and it is either just lying somewhere untouched or it has been handed in somewhere, waiting to be claimed 🤞
So after we cancelled the card, I went and bought a new card so that I could get home! Now I have to go through the lovely administrative process of linking this new card to my account again… Sighhh… The price I have to pay for being careless with my card 😔
We decided to have fish’n’chips for dinner tonight – and then the store owner got our order wrong! He is normally so precise with our order. Of course today had to be the one day where he stuffs it up 😒
The universe was obviously not in our favour today… 😔
It was all about the home today: the aircon guys came this morning to do the regular quarterly service clean. We then went out for a quick brunch, and then did some grocery shopping, before heading back home and cleaning up bit 🧹 N took a long nap, catching up on sleep from the past week; whereas I had all this energy for some reason, and so I did some Chinese study while he slept 🤓 It’s amazing what your brain retains if you put in a bit of effort! 😜
And then we went to Tsim Sha Tsui for our anniversary dinner, which was nice. We went for seafood tonight, my favourite cuisine in the whole wide world. We used to go to Doyles at Watsons Bay in Sydney for special occasions, and I am still yet to find a place that can even rival their seafood. The hunt continues! 😆
We did a day trip to Macau today. We started the day off early, leaving the house at around 8am. But 15 minutes into the journey to the ferry terminal, N realises that he forgot his phone 😔 In this day and age, we can’t survive without it, so we made the decision to head back home to collect it, thereby adding an extra 30 minutes onto the first leg.
Turns out that it wasn’t too much of an issue, as there were plenty of seats available, even on the next ferry that was due to leave. I was a bit worried about this, as it’s a long weekend, and I thought everyone in HK might be wanting to head over to Macau today. Maybe those who did want to head over were already there, because it didn’t seem too busy to me this morning. Or maybe my definition of “busy” has since shifted since moving to HK… 🤔
For Sydneysiders, and those who have been to Sydney, heading over to Macau is pretty much like heading over to Manly from Circular Quay, just with immigration involved. It’s pretty straightforward. We went from the Macau Ferry Terminal in Sheung Wan, which has ferries running pretty often to Macau.
Once we got to Macau, we decided to catch the Grand Lisboa shuttle bus (I think it was green) to Grand Lisboa and then from there; just walk to the must-see tourist destinations for first-time visitors to Macau. All the massive casinos in Macau offer these free shuttle buses to ferry people to and from their casinos, even if you’re not staying there. So we basically got our transportation in Macau covered, since we were just going to tourist spots anyway 👍 We saw Senado Square; Ruins of St Paul’s; The Venetian, one of the massive casinos in Macau; and also accidentally stumbled across The Parisian, another hotel in the area. There are a number of hotels all inter-connected – they must all be owned by one conglomerate – so it was pretty easy to get lost in that giant maze.
Oh, all of these touristy areas that we went to today accept HK dollars, so we didn’t even have to change any of our currency. And bet amounts in the casinos were also all stated in HKD. I was reading that they might give back change in Pataca, the local currency, but we were always given change in HKD. We went to very touristy areas, though, so I guess they’re used to just dealing with HKD, which is obviously fine with us! 😆
We left The Venetian at around 8pm and caught one of their shuttles back to the ferry terminal. We managed to get on the the 8:45pm ferry back, and it was almost 11pm by the time we got home. So door to door, our commute was still pretty long, despite the actual ferry trip being only just over an hour. So maybe next time we’ll stay the night, so we can actually spend an evening gambling 🎰 or at least just chillaxing, and then just take our time heading back home the following day.
We’re thinking perhaps heading back for the Macau Grand Prix 😊 Although tickets and hotels might already have been sold/booked out for it… Probably worth checking now while its still a few months away…!
Macau was fun, and I’d definitely want to go again 😊
It was all about friends today. We caught up with some old friends back from our uni days who have been living in HK for the past sixteen years. We went and had yum cha (what else, man, it’s HK 😆) in Causeway Bay and then afterwards we just wandered around a bit and did some shopping.
We then went back home and I just watched a few more episode of The Heirs, my current Korean drama, before heading out again and having dinner and drinks with one of N’s workmates. It was supposed to be with him and his wife, but she got stuck with the parental duties, so she ended up having to go home to attend to the kids. It was quite fun anyhow, but still, hopefully next time it’ll be all four of us. Both him and his wife are also from Sydney, so it was good to just speak normally and be completely understood and not feel like a bogan, like I usually do 😆
It’s yet another public holiday here in HK – they’re very well spaced out here, it seems! 👍 We decided to go check out the dragon boat races in Stanley, on the south end of Hong Kong Island. But N had a pretty sh1t night’s sleep, as he ate something yet again that his stomach didn’t agree with. Unfortunately his stomach doesn’t agree much with him 😔 So he ended up sleeping for most of the day instead. So by the time we left the house, it was already 3:30pm. Maybe the late time helped our cause, because by the time we got to Stanley, it didn’t seem as crowded as I was expecting it to be. I was expecting Causeway-Bay-on-the-weekend type crowds, and Stanley wasn’t anywhere near that when we were there. Not that I’m complaining 😊
We watched a few dragon boat races, and then wandered around nearby Stanley Market for a bit, before just heading back home. It would’ve been nice if we could’ve made a whole day of it, but that’s ok, we still got to see a bit of it nonetheless.
There were actually two other beaches that the bus drove past on the way to Stanley: Deep Water Bay and Repulse Bay. The whole bus trip reminded me of the northern beaches in Sydney, as well as the Bondi-Coogee coastal walk, a sort of blend of the two. It looked like there was a bit of a pedestrian walkway near one of the beaches, so I’m wondering how far this walk is, and which beaches it connects, if it connects them at all. We should try walking it one day!
If you recall, I mentioned yesterday that each day I was going to pick three areas of my life to focus on. Well I chose them for today, but I didn’t end up focussing too much on the third area. Should that then be recorded as not being a focus area for the day? Do I need to record actual vs expected focus areas?? I feel like I’m being too analytical, as I always tend to be 😂 Nonetheless, I think I will indeed do this – in fact, I already have an idea for my Bullet Journal 👍 Let’s see how it actually works out in reality once June starts… 😊
I started watching my new Korean drama today, The Heirs. I watched the first episode aaages ago but then got distracted by a few other shows, so I never got back to it. But now that I’ve finished Nice Witch, I can now resume watching this one 😊 It only has twenty episodes, which is a good number. I get put off by longer series at the start, because you know it’s such a huge time commitment. But if it turns out to be good, I want it to go on forever! 😂
Anyway, there were scenes in the episode today that was filmed in the US. It made me miss Sydney, my home town 😔 As much as I’m enjoying our stint in Asia, it is still very different from what I’m used to, and I haven’t been back home in a long time. Maybe this is a sign telling me that I’m well overdue for a trip back…