Macau!

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 πŸ˜” 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… πŸ€”

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 πŸ‘ 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.

Beautiful weather when we got to Senado Square
Ruins of St Paul’s
The Venetian. Reminds me of Marina Bay Sands 😊 (awww… SG…)
Totally wasn’t expecting to see the Eiffel Tower in Macau! πŸ˜†

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! πŸ˜†

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 😊

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All about friends

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 πŸ˜†) 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 πŸ˜†

It was a good day 😊

Hong Kong’s southern beaches

It’s yet another public holiday here in HK – they’re very well spaced out here, it seems! πŸ‘ 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 πŸ˜” 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!

Pretty damn nice view from the bus! Deep Water Bay
Repulse Bay – how sci fi like are the buildings in this area?!
Dragon boat races at Stanley Main Beach

Distracted

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 πŸ˜‚ Nonetheless, I think I will indeed do this – in fact, I already have an idea for my Bullet Journal πŸ‘ 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! πŸ˜‚

Anyway, there were scenes in the episode today that was filmed in the US. It made me miss Sydney, my home town πŸ˜” 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…

Exploring more of our new city

I went to HK Zoo today. I read a blog post about how this zoo is really tiny and could barely be called a zoo, so I had pretty low expectations prior to going. The blog was pretty much spot on πŸ˜† It’s very small, probably around half the size of Hyde Park in Sydney, ie just one side of the park where you don’t have to cross Park Street, to give you a bit of an idea of size. But just a more hilly version, as HK is not a flat city, by any stretch of the imagination. There were a few different types of birds, a few different types of monkeys, and some tortoises. And that’s about it! So basically just view it as a park, with the added bonus of having some animals within. Having said that, though, it’s quite peaceful there, despite basically being located in the heart of the city: it is only about a 10-15 minute walk from Central MTR station – albeit it is pretty much all uphill! πŸ˜“ The walk back down is much more pleasant πŸ˜… It took me less than an hour to finish the zoo, and I was taking my time, texting friends and taking photos and videos of some of the animals. It’s not a bad trip out there, but don’t expect to see much by way of the types of animals that you’d see at a typical zoo. It’s free, though, so this makes for a good, cheap way to spend your morning or afternoon!

I then made my way down south, to a discount outlet mall in South Horizons called Horizon Plaza. The building is tall and skinny: there were only a handful of shops on each floor, but there are 25+ floors in the entire building! The lifts are slow, though, so if you plan on going, perhaps plan in advance which shops you want to go to, otherwise you’ll be spending half your time waiting for the lift, or you’ll be traipsing up and down the stairs to go to the different floors. All 25+ of them! 😲

The sun came out in brief, spasmodic moments today, which is what got me to explore the city a bit more. Usually it’s just too cold for me to do much of anything! I’m still waiting for spring to show itself…

A bag of emotions

I went to Tsim Sha Tsui today, to visit one of the few Crabtree & Evelyn stores left in HK. When I got there, I noticed how sad the store looked, and realised that it’s been looking that sad for a while now πŸ˜” My favourite scent is from that store, so now I have to go look for an alternative. I’ve been a loyal customer for goodness knows how long. Their store in the QVB was my go-to store for years when we were still in Sydney. Now I have to go to a competitor πŸ˜”

I went to the library and discovered that another trading textbook of sorts that I’ve been wanting to read for ages now was on the shelf! I took that as a sign that I had to borrow it today πŸ‘ N is going to be in SG for work next week, so I may just immerse myself in my two borrowed textbooks while he’s away πŸ€“

And then tonight, we watched the first episode of Love in Time, the Cantonese drama that we came across on free-to-air tv the other day. It has vampires πŸ§›β€β™‚οΈ so of course I’m interested 😊 Ever since Buffy, I’ve been fascinated with vampires ever since. So despite the mediocre-ness of this drama, I’ve still been drawn in. It only has 9 episodes, so this one will be nice and quick! πŸ˜†

There was a letter from the building’s management office in the mail today addressed to the landlord. It’s been freaking me out, and I keep thinking that it’s a letter of complaint from one of the neighbours about Kitty being in the apartment πŸ˜” I hope it’s nothing of the sort, and it’s just the strata bill that remains outstanding, or minutes from the last strata meeting or something similar. I have such a guilty conscience! πŸ₯Ί

Little Miss

Kitty woke me up really early this morning by scratching on the front door again πŸ˜” And can you believe it: she then proceeded to guide me in to the kitchen! And she sat there expectantly, obviously waiting for me to feed her. I looked over at her bowls. She has a wet food bowl and a dry food bowl. The latter still had kibble in it, but she had totally cleaned out her wet food bowl. Like totally licked it clean. And yet she wasn’t making her way to the dry food, no no, she wanted none of that. She wanted more wet food. And I, her servant, had been woken up to dutifully give it to her. O-M-G. Un-freaking-believable. So needless to say, I was not in a good mood when I eventually woke up properly this morning!

I’ve started to read What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty. She’s an Aussie writer, I assume from Sydney, because she refers to a lot of Sydney stuff in both this book and in Three Wishes, another book of hers that I read last year. In my current book, she mentions Parramatta, Chatswood, Royal North Shore Hospital and Manly beach, among other things, which then of course made me feel nostalgic about my home town. I feel like I haven’t been back in sooo long. Come to think of it, I don’t think I went back to Sydney at all last year, did I?? No wonder the city feels so far and distant right now πŸ˜” I wonder if I’ll go back sometime this year. For Christmas, perhaps? Maybe… We’ll see…

N went to the races tonight with some work colleagues, so I just watched an episode of my new Korean drama, The Beauty Inside, and I’ll probably have an early night. Hopefully Little Miss will stay asleep throughout the night tonight…! 🀞