Books and TV

I started reading Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore today. I don’t come across many books that keep me interested from start to finish. I start reading books because the blurb sounds interesting, but I don’t tend to finish a lot of them because I lose interest somewhere along the way. So the ones that do keep my attention tend to be ones that have a bit of a mystery to them, because I just want the mystery solved! This book has that, and it also has a little humour, which I also appreciate. It’s got my attention so far, so hopefully I can make it until the end this time! 🀞 Maybe I need to find authors who write in a similar way to the writers of Korean dramas… πŸ˜‚

Speaking of which, I finished The Heirs tonight. I liked the ending, it wasn’t your typical “happily ever after” finale. It wasn’t a total tragedy either; it was somewhere in between, a more realistic ending – and I say that after going through a crazy, unrealistic ride for the previous nineteen episodes! πŸ˜‚ I was thinking of jumping back in and watching a new Korean (or Chinese?) drama straight away, but perhaps I’ll give myself a bit of a break and watch something in the western tv world… 😊 I hear Black Mirror has a few new episodes… I’m actually a few seasons behind, so that series can keep me/us occupied for a little while… 😊

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Flowers and Korean dramas

I learnt two kinds of flowers in Chinese today: azaleas (ζœιΉƒ dΓΉ juān) and camellias (茢花 chΓ‘ huā). I don’t know much about flowers, so I thought I’d take this opportunity to Google them and see what they actually look like 😊

Azalea

It turns out that I’ve liked camellias all this time, I just didn’t realise that they were called camellias πŸ˜† You learn something every day!

And I’ve almost finished The Heirs! I have two episodes left of my current Korean drama, and then I need to find a new one. But as I’ve mentioned before, I have a huuuge backlog, so I just need to choose one from that πŸ˜† This series was good, I really enjoyed it. Barring a really baaad ending, I’d rank this drama right up there πŸ‘ Korean dramas are the best, I tell you! πŸ˜†

A movie and a drama

** Warning: Dark Phoenix spoiler alert below **

We somehow managed to get out of the house by 8:30am today – on a SUNDAY. That was total amazeballs. I didn’t think we’d be able to do it. They have cheaper movie tickets for the 9am sessions, compared to sessions later in the day, so this was a good enough reason for us to try and make it to the cinema early πŸ˜† HK is generally a night time city, which makes me all the more inclined to try and turn into a morning person while we’re here, simply to avoid the crowds that are everywhere in this city, especially on weekends. I’ll keep you posted on how this is working out… or not πŸ˜‚

We watched the new X-Men movie, Dark Phoenix. I actually had no idea what the movie was about, just that Sansa was in it πŸ˜‚ Apparently she plays Jean Grey. I was actually enjoying the movie, until people started dying – ie people who are still alive when the first X-Men movie finished. And if you go by the timeline of it all, I thought this movie would fit somewhere more like a prequel. So why did these characters die??

And there was no Wolverine, which doesn’t make sense either because this was set some time before the first ever X-Men movie, as McAvoy and Fassbender are playing the younger versions of Professor Xavier and Magneto respectively, and ditto with the other actors who were playing characters who were featured in the first film. But no Wolverine probably has more to do with Hugh Jackman probably not wanting to reprise his role any longer, so I reckon there were more external factors at play with this omission more than anything else, so this one didn’t bother me too much.

And then, Professor Xavier “retires”, and the movie ends with the school being named the “Jean Grey School”. Seriously, what the f is all this about?!? I am confused and at a complete loss as to where they’re taking this. So unless these characters somehow come back to life in the next film, and they somehow get the story back on the right track, they may have lost me as a fan πŸ˜” It’s quite sad. Especially as it is supposed to be in memory of Stan Lee. I would be turning in my grave if I were Stan πŸ˜’

We then went and had yum cha (of course πŸ˜‹) before heading back home. I took a quick nap, as the early morning start was just that: early. And then I just binge-watched more of The Heirs, my current Korean drama, while N went to karate. I’m getting close to the end, so now I’m keen to just finish it off! It’s quite good, of course, I’m really enjoying it. It’s so crazy and out there, which is one of the main reasons why I watch these dramas. They’re just fun and silly, and takes you out of reality for just that little while 😊

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 😊

A pretty uneventful day

It was a pretty uneventful day. I just watched an episode of my new Korean drama, The Heirs, and then watched a few more YouTube clips from Asian Boss. I’m really enjoying their clips 😊

And then N and I sang to Eric Chou’s γ€Šζ€ŽδΉˆδΊ†γ€‹(What’s Wrong). It’s a relatively easy song, so we’re both trying to learn the lyrics. He sings quite fast at some points, so it’s quite hard to keep up with him, but I’m getting there. I no longer need the pinyin to sing along to this song (pinyin is the romanised spelling for how to pronounce the Chinese characters), so that’s always a huge step.

I’ve been listening to so many Chinese songs lately, to improve my Chinese, that I have no idea what’s trending in the English speaking countries right now! It’s a bit insane, but I’m trying to immerse myself in all things Chinese, and people keep saying that singing to songs in your target language really helps. So it’s one way I’m trying to improve my Chinese 😊

The other thing that I’ve done is switch the language on my phone to Chinese 😱 Now this one is pretty insane, because everything is now in Chinese. I would look up the lyrics to an English song and Google now gives me the option to translate it into Chinese. And then the “translate” button in social media sites like FB and Instagram now gives me the translations in Chinese πŸ˜‚ And anytime I Google something, Google now gives me the Chinese version of Wikipedia first. My Chinese isn’t good enough yet to just “casually” read the Chinese version of Wikipedia, so I always still just scroll down to find the English version, which is also always given, it’s just now further down the list. It’d be nice if I could eventually read the Chinese version one day! #polyglotgoals

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…

Learning Chinese

I did an online survey in Chinese today 😲 Their 15-minute estimate to complete the survey was obviously for people who could read the language with relative ease, not for someone like me who reads like (and has as much vocab as) a five year old! It took me forever and a day to finish it, constantly copying and pasting into Google Translate πŸ˜‚ Words like “music streaming services”, “provide exclusive content” and “download” are not quite standard in your usual beginner/intermediate Chinese lessons…! But I persevered, and I finally got through it πŸ˜…

My initial reaction when I see a whole page of Chinese writing like this is “OMG I can’t read that! Are you insane?!” But I have noticed, though, that if I actually calm down, look at each character properly and not just throw my hands in the air and give up straight away, I can actually make out some of it, and sometimes enough that I can get the gist of a sentence without knowing every single word. It’s quite motivating when that happens πŸ‘ It doesn’t happen often (unless I’m reading a children’s book πŸ˜†), but when it does, it’s terribly exciting 😊

I also logged back into Tandem today, a language exchange app. I forgot how useful it can be! I just remember the annoying guys who just want to chat to women, who aren’t really there to learn a language πŸ˜‘ Plus I think there are so many more Chinese people on there wanting to learn English than the other way around, so of course I get a lot of people introducing themselves to me. In fact, I don’t need to introduce myself to anyone, I get more than enough people saying hi that I can barely keep up with these! I don’t need to add more people to this list! πŸ˜† I think the toughest part is finding people who you click with, much like with friends in general, I suppose. But it’s good fun, and I’ll have to try and log in there more often to get some real-life practice in – and along the way, help others with their English too!

And I started watching two dramas today: Love O2O (Chinese) and The Heirs (Korean). I’ll give you one guess as to which one has me hooked already… I really should be learning Korean, based on the amount of their dramas that I watch! πŸ˜†