Shopping

Kitty woke me up in the middle of the night – throwing up πŸ˜” And she threw up on that hard-to-wash bathroom mat, the one that we have to take down to the laundromat because our crappy washing machine can’t handle it. I think buying a new bath mat that our washing machine can wash will be better for us financially!

The weather this week has just been miserable. It has been cold and wet, and I’ve basically had to take out some winter gear, since I’d packed most of it away, as I thought we were done with the cold weather! And you know how I feel about cold weather… πŸ˜’ So it hasn’t been the best week on that front.

Nonetheless, I went to Causeway Bay today, specifically to Eslite, that bookstore that I went to the other day. I was actually going to check out a different stationery store, as well as Muji, but since it was forecast for rain, I figured I might as well stay put at Hysan Place and not bother trying to brave the weather, especially since the rain here can be quite torrential. I was quite happy that I did, because I discovered this part of Eslite that I didn’t see when I was there last week, a whole stationery and crafts section! Now I know one other place where I can go for my stationery needs in HK 😊

Advertisements

All caffeine’d up

It was another miserable, dreary day in HK 🌧 This time, lightning and thunder were also at play β›ˆ Thankfully the thunder was very far away, and so Kitty wasn’t bothered at all with the sound πŸ˜… Unlike the thunder we could hear in our apartment in Singapore, which sounded like it was originating just outside our building! It was so scary sometimes, even for me, so I can only imagine how poor Kitty felt πŸ˜”

Somehow the sun actually made an appearance in the afternoon, so hopefully that’s a positive sign of more such weather to come 🀞

It was around 3pm when I decided to have a cup of decaf coffee. Yet somehow my body went into autopilot mode, and as soon as I was in the kitchen, I made myself a normal cup of coffee! I normally only have one cup of coffee in the morning to jolt me awake, so having two cups of coffee in a day is rare for me. The last time was probably this day – I had an unintentional second cup of coffee that day too! πŸ˜‚ Needless to say, I was rather productive this afternoon, pumped with a ton of energy (read: caffeine πŸ˜†), getting a whole ton of stuff done! Maybe I should make this second cup of coffee every once in a while to boost my productivity… Occasional enough so as to not get too used to that much caffeine where I no longer feel the effects, but often enough that I still reap the benefits of a caffeine boost on a regular basis! πŸ˜‚

I also had one of my best trading days ever. EVER. Could I pin that on my second cup of coffee as well?! It was like I was one with the market. Remember that meme about two stages every trader goes through? Well today I finally didn’t feel like the dog! πŸ˜‚ It felt goood! Now how do I enter this stage more often…?? πŸ€”

We finished our HK drama, Love in Time. I actually didn’t mind the ending, even though it was a tad predictable. And I watched more of my Korean drama, The Last Empress. Man, it’s goood! I don’t know which one I prefer, this one or Sky Castle. It has so many characters with such different personalities: strong types; innocent; conniving; pure evil; ditzy; obedient; power hungry megalomaniacs; driven; kind; gentle; accommodating… All wrapped up in this one little drama. No wonder these shows suck me in! πŸ˜‚

Home

I stayed home all day, didn’t really do much at all. We got the home office somewhat sorted, so it’s starting to look a bit more presentable now. Not long to go before the New Year!

I watched a few more episodes of Lover’s Lies, and then chatted online to family and friends about tv and movies to watch. Here are a few of their ideas, in case you’re interested.

Sneaky Pete – tv series: crime, drama

A Star is Born – movie: drama, romance (musical)

Mother! – movie: drama, horror, mystery

The Purge series – movies: action, horror, thriller

I think I’ll stick to just the first two, thanks πŸ˜† Horror movies are definitely not my thing!

Maybe we’ll just stay home and watch tv tomorrow, to finish off 2018. We are so boring πŸ˜‚ Plus it’s so cold, we don’t feel like doing much at all! 10Β°C is cold for us. I much preferred my 30Β°+ weather in SG!

Oh speaking of weather, I found this app recently, What the Forecast?!!, and I absolutely love it. It’s got sass, and I find its comments absolutely hilarious. Here is the current page for HK.

You can set the profanity level: none, some or on. I have it set to on, obviously πŸ˜‚ It’s much more entertaining that way 😊

But it’s our first NYE in HK, so part of me wants to brave the bajillion people who will no doubt be out tomorrow to watch the fireworks along the harbour. Maybe we’ll do that: just plonk ourselves somewhere along the harbour and freeze to death while we wait for the fireworks πŸŽ†πŸŽ‡ You can probably tell just how excited I am about this idea πŸ˜‚

New experiences

I went to Muji and Uniqlo today, the former to get some more storage ideas, and the latter to get some additional cold weather gear. People have said that it doesn’t get much colder than what it currently is at the moment (around 15Β°C / 59Β°F), so maybe I just need to buy one or two cardigans or jumpers, and I think I’ll be right. It’s not very windy here, surprisingly, so you don’t need a coat or jacket to protect you against any potentially biting winds, which is what killed me/us in Melbourne. So I think I’ll be able to survive the HK winter! πŸ‘

N’s brother flew in to HK this afternoon, so we went and had dinner with him and his mate. His mate now lives in HK too, but they used to be flatmates back in Sydney for over eight years, and they still remain quite tight, which is pretty cool.

Oh and we got a little Christmas tree! It’s 30cm and looks really cute sitting on our dining table, and it’s REAL! Our first real Christmas tree! It’s also our first Christmas that we’re celebrating in winter. I am so excited πŸ˜† New experiences this year for Christmas πŸŽ„

More HK experiences

Today was supposed to be all about culling and continuing to get the house in order. But we were both so tired this morning that we ended up taking a nap after breakfast πŸ˜† Probably receiving a lack of nutrients due to our upset stomachs these past few days hasn’t helped πŸ˜”

N woke up to a message from one of his karate teachers in HK, asking if we wanted to go somewhere with him for a late lunch. He actually lives nearby, so he popped in to our apartment first to check it out, and then we went to a Chinese restaurant in Sheung Wan called Star of Canton (εˆ©ε―Άι–£) for some pretty decent yum cha. It was around 2:30pm when we got there, so the crowds had already died down by that time and we easily got a table. Apparently it’s pretty insane between 12-2pm, so it’s better if you go during off-peak time, like we did. The only downside though is that their signature dishes might already be sold out by then, so you have to be prepared for that possibility if you go later in the day. Or maybe another alternative is going before the lunchtime rush and rock up for brunch instead 😊

My stomach didn’t agree with yum cha, though, and about half an hour later, I needed to go to the bathroom to get it out of my system πŸ˜” I must’ve caught a bug at some point a few days ago because my stomach is still not quite right… I need to drink more fluids and try to flush out this damn beast from my system πŸ’¦ So I just stuck to my bland dinner of potatoes and tea again for a second day running. Boh-ring 😐

I finally got to play around with our new tv today. There are a ton of tv dramas available, and they are categorised into a number of categories, these were the ones that were of most interest to me:

  • Western
  • Korean
  • Chinese
  • Japanese

OMG, there are so many Asian dramas that they have to be categorised by country! 😲 The only problem for me, though, is that the subtitles are all in Chinese! But dramas are such a good way to learn a foreign language, as they use everyday language, with people just generally talking to each other about life, so it’s not like you need a whole ton of “specialist” words to understand them. So if I just watch a little every day, then hopefully my reading and listening will both improve. And then I could even start working on my Japanese too! But listening to Japanese and reading Chinese subtitles is too hard, so I think I’ll only be able to do this when I get to a good enough reading level with my Chinese. Which is aaages away! So I’ll just have to work on my Chinese first 😊 In any case, it’s probably a good thing that there are no English subtitles. Otherwise I may just waste hours upon hours watching these very addictive dramas! πŸ˜‚

I swapped over my winter and summer clothes today – ie basically my entire SG wardrobe has now gone into storage πŸ˜” Boohoo… I miss my endless summers! I haven’t needed to swap seasonal clothes like this since living in Sydney! Melbourne was almost always winter gear, and SG was always summer gear πŸ˜† It seems HK weather is closer to Sydney weather, so I’m going to need to build up my winter wardrobe again. And in particular, shoes! I just don’t have many good shoes for cold weather anymore. So in the meantime, I’ve just been surviving on my cold weather gear for when we go on holidays to somewhere cold, which consists of very little items! So shopping for winter gear may be the next pressing item on my to do list…

Four seasons, SG style

It was a hot day today. I like the heat, but every year, I seriously forget how hot it gets here during summer. This is how I would describe the four “seasons” in SG:

Winter (Dec-Feb) – oh this is actually quite ok, what is everyone taking about? There is a breeze and it is quite pleasant in the evenings. Balmy, even 😊

Spring (Mar-May) – things start to warm up, but you still get the odd breeze and evenings can still be relatively ok. The “feels like” temperature in my weather app starts hitting 40Β°C.

Summer (Jun-Aug) – it is hot. There is no longer a breeze, and you are just perpetually surrounded by this cloud of invisible warmth everywhere you go, day or night. You could go out for an evening stroll at 11pm and it’ll still feel like it’s 35Β°C πŸ˜‚ The “feels like” temperature gets close to 50Β°C.

Autumn (Sep-Nov) – monsoon time in the later end of this season. A lot of rain can fall, which can cool things down, especially if the rain decides to hang out the whole day.

So based on my rough breakdown, I always recommend family and friends to come at the beginning of the calendar year, around January – February. They won’t feel as oppressed by the humidity during “winter”, and when they feel the relative coolness, they may even wonder what all the fuss was about, why everyone keeps going on about SG being so hot and humid when it’s rather pleasant right now πŸ˜‚

Summer is also the only time I go swimming πŸŠβ€β™€οΈ I get cold easily, hence why I love SG weather. And the only time I feel warm enough to go for a swim is if it’s 30Β°C+ outside, the humidity is oppressive, and the sun is out and beaming right on top of me πŸ˜‚

We went over to a friend’s place for dinner and a few drinks tonight. We sat outside to eat, but everyone (except for me πŸ˜†) was dying from the heat, so we went back into airconditioned comfort straight after dinner. We watched this movie called Circle. I’d never heard of it before, and I don’t even remember how we ended up choosing it, but we did. I think half of us weren’t particularly interested in the movie, but the other half were completely engrossed. I was in the latter half. But to be fair, I think the other half struggled a bit because there was so much dialogue and their grasp of the English language isn’t that strong. If the tables were turned and the movie was in Chinese, I’d be struggling to follow the movie too. Another lesson learnt: choose an action or horror film where dialogue is not so important to follow the story!

But we had a good time nonetheless. A nice way to round out the long weekend 😊

My mantra for the day

I got another cool idea from the Happier podcast: a daily mantra. It’s sorta similar to the one-word theme for the year, but this one is for each day. I like this too, it makes me focus on what I want to achieve during the day, and it’s a very quick way to remember what I want out of the day.

So today I chose “finish”: I wanted to finish doing some stuff around the house; finish my Chinese homework and also finish the training modules for my trading. Ambitious, yes, but a very appropriate word, don’t you think?! And no, I didn’t finish everything, but I got through a helluva lot of it! 😊 Now I have to come up with a mantra for tomorrow / the weekend. I don’t think I’ll choose the same word, it just doesn’t sit right for our typical weekends… Lemme think about it and I’ll let you know tomorrow what I choose πŸ€”

The weather in Singapore this week has been ridiculously COLD. It’s Singapore. It is not known for its cool weather. So when the temperature hovers all day – ALL DAY – in the low 20s, then you know we’re in bizarro world. A cold snap in winter. Seriously. This has to be the coldest January we’ve experienced since moving here. Heck, I’m wearing jeans and a cardigan! Highly unusual, as my default attire is shorts and a t-shirt. My wardrobe has not been designed for this freezation weather πŸ˜‚

It’s even made the news, that’s how crazy this is πŸ˜‚

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/cold-weather-singapore-forecast-22-degrees-celsius-9854432