Protesters on HK Island today

The protesters headed to HK Island today, and managed to shut down Central and Wan Chai MTR stations πŸ˜” For some reason, I didn’t think they’d ever be able to shut down Central. It’s one of the largest stations on the network, if not the largest, so I didn’t think it would be possible. Apparently I was proven wrong today πŸ˜”

They were at Central, Admiralty, Wan Chai and Causeway Bay (CWB) causing havoc, with police having to cordon off certain exits at CWB MTR. CWB is a major shopping district, but a lot of the stores were closed tonight because of the protests. Business is also being impacted πŸ˜” I’m glad we decided not to do anything today, otherwise we might also have gotten caught up in all of this. We have noticed how much quieter HK seems to be these days. I guess other people must feel the same way as us πŸ˜”

And of course they continued over on the Kowloon side as well, with more clashes happening at Mong Kok and Prince Edward today, as well as Whampoa. Sighhh… I don’t think this is going to end well for HK…

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Citygate and the end of season one

Our grocery home delivery came at around 11am today. Their morning window is 9am-2pm, which is such a huge window! But they seem to come at around 11am each time, so that’s not too bad.

We decided to watch an episode of The Umbrella Academy before heading to Citygate, a discount outlet store out near the airport. We actually spent more time out there than I had expected to, and we didn’t even finish the whole mall. Probably worth a visit a few times a year to stock up on anything that we need, as their stuff actually isn’t too bad πŸ‘

We also discovered Taste out there, this supermarket that has the most awesome ready made food section. Rivals Takashimaya in SG, if you ask me! And that’s saying something, because I thought Takashimaya’s downstairs food section was pretty good 😲 I was wondering if there was another Taste closer to home, as I don’t really want to be travelling all the way pretty much to the airport each time I want some ready-made food for dinner! They apparently have one in Wan Chai, so I will have to go check it out 😊 Hopefully it’ll be as good, although I don’t have high hopes on this, as I suspect there is much more space out near the airport to have a massive supermarket compared to other parts of the city πŸ˜’ I’d like to be wrong, of course, but like I said, I’m not getting my hopes up.

Korean! πŸ˜‹

There was karate tonight, but N was feeling too tired to go – and so decided to just head down to the gym with me πŸ€ͺ Never mind actually just resting! πŸ˜‚

And then we finished off the evening by finishing off season one of The Umbrella Academy. It was such a good first season! Now we can’t wait for them to finish season two so we can start watching it 😊 I really hope it’ll be just as good as – if not better than – season one 🀞 I have a feeling we’ll be waiting until 2020, though… Sighhh… πŸ˜”

Slightly off the tourist track

We went to the Yamataka Seafood Market in Wan Chai today. I can’t believe we hadn’t heard of this place until quite recently. Food wise, it’s as close you can get to being in Japan without actually going. They have a supermarket for Japanese groceries, and also a few food outlets. And the Market also has an awesome view, looking out across Victoria Harbour. Service was also really good, for HK standards. It was such a good experience. It also wasn’t very busy, I assume because there’s a lot of construction happening in the area, and it’s not so easy to get to. But we’ll definitely be going back! Totally worth the trek! πŸ˜†

The Seafood Market is right above the Wan Chai ferry pier, so we just caught a ferry from there over to Tsim Sha Tsui, on the other side of Victoria Harbour. From there, we caught the train to Sham Shui Po and visited the computer centre there. The computer centre there makes the one in Wan Chai seem really small! And the number of people there is also way more than in Wan Chai. It’s Wan Chai on steroids πŸ˜† So I’d definitely recommend the Sham Shui Po one if anyone needs anything computer related! It’s not quite as tourist friendly (although HK tourism has been advertising Sham Shui Po a bit lately), and a bit farther out from where tourists would normally stay when they’re in HK, but it may be worth a visit even if just to experience the craziness of HK! πŸ˜†

Start of the long weekend

I got up at 8am this morning, to make sure I was awake for when our home delivery arrived today. Their window was 9am – 2pm, which is a pretty damn huge window! πŸ˜‚ Luckily they arrived at around 11am, so we didn’t have to wait around for too long.

We had lunch in Wan Chai at Sabah Malaysian Cuisine, which apparently is in the Michelin Guide! It reminded me so much of SG, where all these types of dishes were just readily available. Awww SG, still missing you πŸ˜” But they’re closing in October, due to their lease expiring, so we’ll have to find out where they end up setting up shop again, for those times when we have a hankering for Malaysian food πŸ˜‹

We stopped by the computer centre once again, since we were in the area. It’s almost obligatory to stop by if we’re in Wan Chai πŸ˜‚ This time N bought some charging cables. I think electronics are his gazingus pins, a term coined by the authors of Your Money or Your Life to describe items that you are just compelled to buy, even if you already have a bajillion other similar items at home. So he always wants to stop by electronics stores and check out whatever gadgets they have there. In SG it was Challenger; here, it’s pretty hard to beat the Wan Chai Computer Centre! πŸ˜‚

My gazingus pin is stationery 😊 I love stationery, and I really have to stop myself from buying the stuff. This is one area where I am not an underbuyer! πŸ˜‚ But I have reined in this buying habit a fair bit now, and I have told myself that I have to use up all the stationery at home first before I can buy any more. I’ve kept it under control so far, as my desire for a less cluttered home is also quite strong. But yeah, stationery is definitely my gazingus pin πŸ˜†

We’re planning on going to Macau tomorrow, I’m very excited! Another new country to visit 😊 Although technically part of China, like HK is, it also falls under the “one country, two systems” policy, so it’s also a “Special Administrative Region”. But I still see it as a country in its own right, despite the technicalities. I’m excited to be doing this day trip! 😊

A late start

N went to watch some football match with a few workmates last night at a sports bar in Wan Chai. Football fans are probably disgusted that I don’t know much about the match other than the fact that Liverpool was playing πŸ˜‚ The match was starting at 3am local time, so you can only imagine what time he got home… Needless to say, the sun was already out πŸ™„

So that meant he slept in until the middle of the day, and by the time we got out of the house, it was around 2pm πŸ˜‚ I decided to go and have yum cha in Causeway Bay, as I wanted to go to IKEA afterwards to get a new shower curtain. I did a search for yum cha restaurants in this area alone, and a bajillion results came up 😱

And this is just one area! You have an endless amount of choice for yum cha in this city. Yes, I know it is The Source, but the sheer numbers are craaaazyyy!

I went to the gym tonight, although I had to tear myself away from Asian Boss, this new channel that I stumbled across on YouTube. I really like their videos, they have fun ones as well as ones that deal with some pretty serious issues that’s being faced by some Asian countries. They focus mainly on North Asia, but they do also have a few videos from South East Asia and India as well. They’ve pulled me away from my usual polyglot videos and general “learn Chinese” ones, so that’s a pretty big feat πŸ˜†

Ballet

We were supposed to go to Mong Kok to go buy some insulation for the aircon pipes that run through the bathroom, but we didn’t have much time before we had to go to the ballet, so we decided to go another time. Next week, perhaps.

My brother rang just before we had to leave for the ballet, but at least I still got to chat to him and my nephew for a few minutes 😊 I inadvertently taught him how to say “angry cat” 🀣 I picked up Kitty so he could see her in the video chat, but I had to put her down soon after, as she doesn’t like being carried for very long before she starts getting rather upset. So I described her as being an “angry cat” – and he picked up on it! πŸ˜‚ You’ve gotta be careful with what you say in front of toddlers! πŸ˜‚

We watched The Rite of Spring, which was actually a compilation of three different performances: Chroma, Year of the Rabbit and The Rite of Spring. Of course The Rite of Spring was the best one, and it was worth going just to see this performance alone. But I didn’t mind the first one, and N didn’t mind the second, so at least we both enjoyed two out of the three performances today 😊 We’re not really fans of contemporary ballet, as we prefer the more traditional stuff, but I occasionally like to branch out and see what the contemporary guys are doing, if the description is interesting enough. Something must’ve attracted me to this one, but I can’t remember what that was now, though. Regardless, we went and watched it, and had a great evening 😊

They had a bit of a mini-interview at the end with the two choreographers for The Rite of Spring, so that was an unexpected bonus. One of the choreographers was Chinese, and he decided to answer one of the questions in Mandarin, as he is obviously more comfortable speaking in his native tongue. So I also got a bit of listening practice in πŸ‘ I picked up the odd word here and there, but I still can’t quite get a full sentence yet, unless it’s mega simple. Argh, when will my damn listening improve?!? It can be so frustrating sometimes 😀

Soon after we got home, N went out again to meet up with some workmates to watch some football match. Apparently this match is quite popular (is it a final or something??), and so they’re expecting sports bars to be really packed tonight (even though the game is starting at 3am HK time?!?). So to make sure they will definitely see the game, a whole bunch of them hired out a private room in one of the bars in Wan Chai! Must be a pretty damn important game?!? πŸ˜†

But I, on the other hand, will be asleep instead. So on that note, have a wonderful evening, and I shall speak to you again tomorrow 😊

Earphones and Asian Dramas

We went and had yum cha in Wan Chai today. There’s a computer centre in Wan Chai, not sure if I’ve mentioned it before. We like going there for all our electronic needs. I needed a new pair of earphones. I wanted to get a wireless pair, as it’s hard to practise dancing without headless earphones, as I have to hold my phone the entire time, and I can’t move my arms around as easily, which is necessary in Latin. We found a pretty cheap pair, as I don’t really need anything fancy, especially if it’s really more for when I’m practising. I could easily lose it, or break it, so an el cheapo pair is perfect πŸ‘Œ

And so I used them tonight at the gym. It doesn’t have much of a bass, but like I said, good enough for my purpose. I felt so free today! πŸ˜„

And we finished off the evening with another episode of the Cantonese drama, The Exorcist’s Meter. It’s not a bad drama. For some reason, it’s taking us forever to finish it. Oh, I know why: because N has been travelling so much for work lately! Ugh. He’s in HK all of next week, at least. I am currently juggling about four Asian dramas at the moment, it’s a bit insane πŸ˜‚ And I’m not making much headway on any of them as I’ve been busy working on my goals lately! Which isn’t a bad thing 😊