Turning into a techie!

It was raining quite heavily this morning, so I didn’t think I would be able to go out for a walk to test out my new camera today. But apparently the rain didn’t really want to stick around: about an hour later, the sun was out again and it never went away ☀️👍

I decided to go for a walk around the ferry piers at Central as well as Harbourfront, as there are quite a lot of photo opportunities around there. I took a ton of videos, of course, but not sure yet if I’ll turn them into a vlog or if they will just feature as pretty backgrounds in my next video.

I went at a really good time actually, in the late afternoon, and I stuck around until sundown, so I could also see how the camera would cope in low light conditions. It’s not the best, but still pretty good for a compact camera.

What I did realise, though, is that my regular handbag does not handle all the extra little things that I need to carry with me now if I want to be vlogging outside with my new nifty little setup. So when I got back home, I started looking at some product reviews of camera bags on YouTube. OMG I am turning into a techie! 🤪😱 This is insane! So now I need to think about what I want in a camera bag.

As a female, I would actually want a camera bag that doubles as a handbag. Does that even exist?? Is there enough of a market for such a bag?? One possible solution is that I just buy a bigger camera bag, and put all my other stuff in the other spaces in that bigger bag. Would that work? Any other women out there that have the same problem??

Things didn’t go my way today

It was one of those days that really tested my patience.

Firstly, I remembered yesterday that my library books were due. But I remembered after midnight, so there was no way I could renew them online and I knew I had no choice but to go and return them today.

But when I got to the library, I found out that they have changed the opening times for some reason. They now only open from 1pm! Not sure what prompted this change. I can only assume it has something to do with the pandemic, as almost everything revolves around that these days 😒

And then when I went to go and edit my next YouTube video, I discover that there is a mismatch between my audio and video files. The audio was actually great, but I don’t know if I didn’t hit the record button or if I deleted the file, but the corresponding video file wasn’t there! O.M.G. So the final video ended up being around four minutes long, when it probably should’ve been closer to double that length. Sighhh… 😒 But I am learning one additional skill from all this video making: the ability to adapt and create the best thing that you can with what you have. Being creatively resourceful 🤣

But now I want that new Sony ZV-1 vlogging camera even more badly now!! 😩 I’m going to do some research online now to see if anyone has any good deals, and then we can go shopping tomorrow 😁

And then N came home early today with suspected food poisoning 😔 He slept for most of the afternoon, and luckily felt better when he finally woke up. At least he got it out of his system really quickly.

So not the best day, unfortunately 😔

I think I’m getting a bit TOO excited

OK, I have pretty much decided on my new camera: a Sony ZV-1 👍 It’ll actually be my first camera since maybe the 2000s. I don’t even remember when I last had a camera that wasn’t my phone, that’s how long it’s been! 😱

So now I can’t wait to buy it 😊 Hopefully there won’t be protesters around Causeway Bay on the weekend again and so the Sony store will actually be open 🤞 I feel like I’m entering a brand new era with my videography/vlogging and photography journey with this new camera. I might actually even create a vlog about it 😂

N and I haven’t really found a new tv show to watch after we finished Community, so while we’re searching for our new show, we’ve been watching product reviews on YouTube of the various cameras in the market at the moment! 😆 I don’t know why I keep watching review after review of the Sony ZV-1. It basically does everything that I need from a camera at this stage of my journey, so more reviews of the product isn’t going to change my mind 🤣

Can you tell I’m so excited?? 😁 I’m building it up in my mind to be this mega awesome camera, but then what if it doesn’t deliver? I need to stop getting all hyped up about it. It could end up being very anti-climactic… 😒

Vlogs

I couldn’t have asked for a more productive day today. I have no idea where all the productivity came from, but I ain’t complaining! 😆 And it’s a Monday, so I’m even happier! 👍

Oh I don’t think I told you: the birthday girl liked the video that I put together for her of her birthday brunch last Saturday! I forgot to add the date and place somewhere in the video, though, that was a bit disappointing. But it was the first ever video I’d ever put together for someone else, so I’m just happy that I got to even do that 😊

I should definitely try and do more vlogs while we’re living here in HK. They’re so much fun to do ☺️ Plus they’ll be a really good way to remember our time here. And like SG, we don’t know how long we’ll have the privilege of living here, so I’m going to try and make the most of it 😆

So maybe I can start tomorrow 😊

Fun and relaxation

N did a ton of karate today, two hours in the middle of the day and two hours later in the evening 😱 I did the complete opposite: absolutely nothing 🤣😔

Well, in terms of exercise, that is. I did manage to cobble together a quick video from yesterday’s brunch, I actually had enough footage to work with 👍 I hope the birthday girl liked it. If anything, it’s the thought that counts 😊 This whole vlogging business is so much fun, though. I really should do more, I enjoy making them so much 😄

N is also doing some research for me in the camera space. The difference between us, though, is that he is willing to spend a lot more money on technology than I am. So the camera he suggested to me is 5x more than what I’m willing to spend 🤣🤣 FIVE TIMES! So I didn’t even look at the specs of the camera. But for that price, I’m sure it’s pretty damn awesome. Or least it better be!

Anyway, I still need to read up on the various options that I have. I still have no idea what I want to buy! 😒

And I finally finished Crash Landing On You, five months later. I don’t know exactly when I started watching that drama, all I know is that it took me months to finish it! Not that it was bad or anything, it was just that I never really had the time to watch it. And when I was watching TV, it was usually with N, and Korean dramas aren’t really his thing, so we usually just watch whatever American show looks interesting.

But I’ve finally finished it, so now it’s time to find a new show. Actually, we’ve also just finished Community, so if you have any suggestions for our new show (or an Asian drama for me 😉), then please let me know! 🙏

Plans thrown out the window

I continued working on that data for the non-profit organisation here. The data is sooo bad, sighhh… I spent so much time on it today that it totally threw out my morning – and I still haven’t finished checking / cleaning it! I may as well just do it all by hand, that’s how bad the data is!

But I did manage to finish my next YouTube video 👍 It’s a vlog-style vidéo, I haven’t done one of those in aaages. I actually enjoy making them! I should make more. I usually make them when we’re out and about doing stuff or travelling, but we haven’t really been doing that because of the rona, so there hasn’t really been anything to vlog about! But now that HK is slowly returning to normal, I think we can start doing stuff around the city again, so I should start making more of these vlogs 😊

And because my plans were thrown out the window because of the dodgy data, I didn’t get to ring my parents today, like I was hoping to. I’ll have to do that tomorrow.

Time to upgrade?

The one word to describe my day: procrastination 😔 I procrastinated all day, continually telling myself that I have enough time to finish my next YouTube video, don’t worry. But what I forget each time is that I severely underestimate just how long it actually takes me to edit a video! And I also conveniently forget just how painful it is to edit on my phone. Yes, I edit my videos on my phone. In fact. I do virtually everything on my phone. I also film my videos with it 😊 Which is all fine when you’re first starting out, but now that this is becoming a regular thing for me, my phone just isn’t cutting it. So I think I’m going to soon need to fight my under-buyer tendencies and just go and buy the equipment that I need to make my videos properly! Let’s see how long it’ll take me to win this battle against myself 😂

So if you are a vlogger and have any equipment recommendations, I’d be happy to hear your thoughts and experiences on this! 🙏

My first video

I did it. I finally created my first video and posted it on YouTube! 👏 I’m so excited that I finally managed to get a video out there. It’s not the best video, but it’s my first one, so I’m just happy that I even created it! 😊 I also added captions to the video, as I figured my target audience (English learners) would have an easier time learning English if they have captions to help them. I didn’t say much in the video, plus it’s really short, but it still took forever to transcribe it! Hopefully the whole process will just get easier over time. Actually, I know it will. I just need to get through this painful beginning stage first…!

I’ve started putting together my next video, which I’m hoping to upload next week. I’m thinking that maybe I can create a tutorial-style video once a week, and then a more fun, vlog-style one perhaps once a fortnight. I think that’s regular enough without being too stressful… I’d just like to get more content out so I can gauge what people want to see. Not that I’m expecting that huge an audience. One guy had posted 200+ videos before he saw any traction on his channel! So I have a lonnnggg road ahead of me 😱

But it’s fun so far, and I like looking for topics to make videos on. And with all the craziness that makes up the English language, it’s not that hard to do! 😂

My new project

In complete contrast to yesterday, I was felling all pumped today! It was as if I had taken energy beans in the morning, and they kept me going all day. I wish I felt like this every day! I have no idea where all that enthusiasm and excitement came from 🤷‍♀️ But I want more of that pill! 😆 Kitty didn’t wake me up in the middle of the night, nor did I wake up on my own. I actually slept straight through the night, which rarely happens these days. So maybe that contributed to my excellent mood today 👍

I brainstormed a few different ideas for my doesn’t-exist-yet YouTube / Weibo channel. It’s going to take a lot of work! 😱 But I have a goal, and I want to give it a good go. I want to see how far I can take this idea. The end result may not look anything like what I’m imagining right now, but I have to get the journey started before I can determine which track I’m supposed to be on. I just have to get my first few videos up and gauge people’s reactions to it, read people’s comments, and continue to make videos based on what people say. Not that I’m expecting that many views right from the get go, but I’m hoping to get some traction somewhere along the way. I always get very excited with new projects! 😁

My new project

In complete contrast to yesterday, I was feeling all pumped today! It was as if I had taken energy beans in the morning, and they kept me going all day. I wish I felt like this every day! I have no idea where all that enthusiasm and excitement came from 🤷‍♀️ But I want more of that pill! 😆 Kitty didn’t wake me up in the middle of the night, nor did I wake up on my own. I actually slept straight through the night, which rarely happens these days. So maybe that contributed to my excellent mood today 👍

I brainstormed a few different ideas for my doesn’t-yet-exist YouTube / Weibo channel. It’s going to take a lot of work! 😱 But I have a goal, and I want to give it a good go. I want to see how far I can take this idea. The end result may not look anything like what I’m imagining right now, but I have to get the journey started before I can determine which track I’m supposed to be on. I just have to get my first few videos up and gauge people’s reactions to it, read people’s comments, and continue to make videos based on what people say. Not that I’m expecting that many views right from the get go, but I’m hoping to get some traction somewhere along the way. I always get very excited with new projects! 😁