Cutting it fine

My brother, sister-in-law and nephew arrived back in HK tonight, after spending the last 1.5 weeks in Sydney. They must’ve had a nice pleasant winter over there, only to arrive here and get the onslaught of the three Hs of HK: heat, humidity and haze! πŸ˜† I’m not sure what the weather will be like for the next few days, but I hope it behaves, so we can explore a bit of the city before they fly back to Dublin on Sunday 🀞

I also finally got my haircut today, after almost two months. I don’t like going to the hairdresser, it’s just not my thing. I don’t like it when people fuss over me – even though I’m paying them to do so! If my hairstyle allowed it, I’d go to the hairdresser once a year, but I currently have quite short hair, which unfortunately is more high maintenance than longer hair. So I delay my next appointment for as long as I can, until I can no longer put up with how unkempt my hair looks πŸ˜‚ He was running late today, and of all days to be late, when I was expecting people to arrive, it had to be today πŸ˜’ But luckily I made it home with a bit of time to spare, and still managed to greet them downstairs when they arrived πŸ˜…

They were mega exhausted, understandably, so we didn’t get the chance to talk about what they wanted to do over the next few days. I guess we’ll also play it by ear, depending on how Nephew is too. All these new places and people must be quite hard for him, with his regular schedule just completely thrown out the window. And the hot weather here isn’t so conducive for leisurely walks outdoors either, which makes it that much tougher not just for him, but for the parents as well πŸ˜”

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Indoors

It rained pretty much all day today, I assume from the remnants of the typhoon warning from yesterday that continued pretty much overnight, so I just stayed indoors.

I was hoping to continue reading one of the bajillion books that I have on the go at the moment, but instead, I binge watched Masterchef Australia πŸ˜‚ I finished Nigella Week, and started watching Legends Week. I’m still making my way through the earlier episodes, so I’m busily watching as much as I can to catch up with where Oz is. I don’t think I’ll ever catch up, but I’d like to get as close as possible 😊 There are a few people that I like this season, which is more important to me than the cooking – I watch the show for the reality tv aspect of it πŸ˜†

N got home very late tonight πŸ˜” He has taken the rest of the week off, so he needed to get some work out of the way before finishing work for the week. It’s a bit of a shame because I was hoping to spend some time with him tonight before he flies to Japan tomorrow, but that wasn’t meant to be πŸ˜” Oh well, such is life πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ He’s actually in Japan the entire weekend, so I’m thinking I might get through a ton of Masterchef again then πŸ˜‚

First tropical cyclone warning for 2019

The first tropical cyclone warning for the year was announced at 4:15pm today, and is still in force eight hours later πŸ˜₯ It’s currently standby signal T1, the lowest of the signals. Nonetheless, I’m taking it as the start of the typhoon season, as signals can only get worse from here πŸ˜” I understand there are five levels: T1, T3, T8, T9 and T10. Needless to say, last year’s crazy bad typhoon (Mangkhut) was a T10 😱 I’m happy to stay at this T1 level, thanks… The HK Observatory’s map is already freaking me out…!

Any signals issued at T8 or above means work and school gets cancelled, and these apparently happen a handful of times each year. You’ll no doubt be hearing all about it from me when a signal is issued at that level! HK has been experiencing this for yeeears now, so locals are totally prepared and completely used to this. But this is my first time living in a city that is so prone to typhoons, so I don’t really know what to expect, so of course my little brain is going into overdrive… 😩

And coupled with the HK Observatory’s three rainstorm warning signals (amber, red and black), it makes for a lovely summer season 😞

Have I mentioned how much I miss SG?? πŸ˜‚

Humidity

A few people say that summers in HK can be even more brutal than in SG, which I think N agrees with, but I’m yet to feel it. As you may know, I don’t get hot very easily. My ideal temperature is in the low 30s, and only when it gets into the high 30s would I start considering it “hot” πŸ˜† Temperature-wise, it can get warmer here, but I actually felt the humidity more in SG. Actually, let me rephrase that: I don’t really understand what humidity means, as I don’t really feel it πŸ€ͺ The only way I can judge the extent of the humidity is just how drenched my back is at the end of the day πŸ˜‚ And so far, my back has barely cracked a sweat this summer. But today was the first time the weather was actually starting to rival SG’s, so maybe the proper summer is yet to come…?? I’ll find out soon enough… I’ll keep you posted πŸ˜‰

But having said that, we have a mould issue in the apartment, which is terribly annoying and apparently very common in these high humidity climates! And people’s suggestions on how to combat the problem? Leave the aircon on 24-7! 😲 I don’t think it’s a very cost effective way to solve the problem, nor is it the most environmentally friendly, which is just as frustrating as the problem itself! We didn’t have this issue in SG, but apparently it’s a big issue there too πŸ˜” Maybe because we live in an older building here, and so ventilation isn’t as great?? πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ So as a compromise, I tend to turn on the aircon whenever I’m in a room, and turn it off when I leave. And I also turn the aircon on in whichever room Kitty is sleeping, so she’s a little comfortable too. I hardly ever turned on the aircon in SG, it was only ever on when N was home too. But here, I use all the aircon units on a daily basis because of the mould issue. Isn’t that just lovely πŸ˜’

Crazy HK weather

Typhoon season in HK apparently coincides with summer, which is a real shame, because I miss out on beautiful summer days. The weather warnings here, as you can appreciate, are very detailed, given the relative frequency of typhoons in this city. For rainstorms, they have three levels – from lightest to heaviest: amber, red and black. We have already seen a few amber warnings, and the rain during these times is quite heavy. You’ll be soaked without an umbrella, and it would be quite nice to be wearing gum boots. I’m nervous to see what the rain that accompanies red and black warnings looks like… Let alone typhoon warnings…! Typhoons apparently happen a handful of times each year, and some are non-events. But the actual “eventful” ones are the ones I really don’t want to experience! I’ll definitely be letting you know how they are when one does eventuate… 😟

So for people thinking of coming by HK for a holiday, I would definitely recommend going during the cooler months, say November to March. The rest of the time it’s just hot and muggy, and then you also have typhoon season to contend with, when your holiday is more likely than not to be washed out πŸ˜”

I started my new Korean drama today: Goblin. It’s looking promising already! The good ones get you hooked right from the first episode, I tell you πŸ˜† It has a supernatural theme, but not in the usual scary, horror way. I prefer this less-scary way 😊 Actually, I haven’t watched one with a supernatural theme in a while, so I’m probably due to watch something in this genre. It’s a short series with only 16 episodes, so I should be done before I even know it. And if the crappy weather continues and staying home is the more appealing option than having to brave the weather outside, I’ll get through the series even faster πŸ˜†

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 😊

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˜‚