Sunday, 27 March 2016

#HKDiaries Week 5

Catch Up: Week 1Week 2Week 3, Week 4

Sunday

Most of Sunday was spent marinating in my bed after the weekend's shenanigans. I didn't even party that heard but I was blacked out for must of Sunday. Old age? 

I barely managed to make it to the supermarket before they closed at 10:30pm so I quickly picked up what I needed for the week. Was still way too tired to do my usual Sunday cooking so I just climbed back straight into bed. 





Sunday was for sleeping...

Monday

It was back on the grind on Monday and it was super busy but my consolation was that it was going to be a 4-day week. I mean next week is also a 4-day week as well! It doesn't get any better than Easter holidays man. 

For lunch I grabbed a hot wrap from Pret A Manger and it was deliciously reminiscent of a Sharwama. I enjoyed every last bite. All that was missing is the spiciness that often comes with Nigerian sharwama. 


Had one of my late night calls again so I worked till late but this is ceasing to be news right? 

Tuesday

The weather has been really sucky this week, it has been raining non stop and I hear it is likely to rain like this all week. I feel like Amrezy complaining about the weather but seriously, bad weather can be a downer sometimes. 

Packed my lunch of couscous, mixed veg and salmon so thats what I ate when I broke my Intermittent Fast at 12 noon. I have learnt to balance eating out vs packed lunches in favor of packed lunches because weight and money, that is all.



On the topic of saving money, I figured out how to make a Macchiato today using the Nespresso machine and milk frother in the office. A macchiato literally translates to "stained milk" so all it is is pouring an espresso shot over frothier milk! Eureka! Basically, Starbucks will not be seeing me as often as they currently do.


When I got home at night I watched the most hilarious Yoruba movie on YouTube called "Were Meta". I laughed so hard through out the movie that I'm sure my neighbors kept wondering if I was ok..If you like Yoruba movies please check it out, I really enjoyed it. Can you guys recommend any other nice, jazz free Yoruba movies I can watch on YouTube? Not every time oyibo oyibo, sometimes connect with your roots :)

Wednesday

A few of my colleagues are planning to go to Macau, a small island in Hong Kong for Easter. It is like a 30 minute ferry ride from here and I hear it is a must- see, they call it the Vegas of Hong Kong. So me too I was feeling among making plans to travel there when I suddenly remembered the dirty green color of my passport. I decided to check online and turns out that Macau is for the most part visa free except you are a national of some 8 countries of which Nigeria, of course is one.  I felt a little deflated but I'm going to try to see if I can get a visa before Satuday apparently there is an express service BUT it might not be available to Nigerians. I learnt that bitter lesson when I tried to apply for a Spanish visa with my classmates in London. They were all going to get their passports back within 3-5 days in time for the trip while us Nigerians were given an estimate of 15 working days, no express service available, smh! Safe to say that my flight ticket money went to waste and it is still paining me 5 years after, yes. 



Went with Emma to my favorite Korean takeaway place Food Expressions and ordered my usual Bibimbap which was nice but wasn't as mad as I expected it to be. Maybe it is time for me to find a new favorite food here...


Left the office at 9:30 pm but one of the perks of working late is that you get to see the city lit up in all of its beauty. Been here a month already and I'm still not over how beautiful everywhere looks at night! 

Thursday 

This was officially the last working day of the week and my usually oh-so-serious colleagues actually seemed a bit more relaxed today. The joy of Easter is the real deal, lol. A lot of people made plans to go away for the weekend so there was just a general buzz everywhere.

Oh, guess who doesn't actually need a visa for Macau?????ME!!!!! *dancing* One of my colleagues called Immigration to confirm and it turns out I don't need one. Not because the Nigerian passport is any less wretched but because I have a Hong Kong ID card :) See, I've left you people!



After work, I went to this waxing place called Strip which was recommended to me by Jennifer (remember her from Week 2?). She mentioned that Strip is an International brand with stores across Shanghai, New York, London etc. She was like "Girl, I can vouch that they know what to do with Black hair"..lmao...you know our hair be different.


I decided to start with something small, an Under Arm wax just to test up the place and see if it was any good before going for the big one. They use a sugar wax which they claim is better than paper strips in that it doesn't give bumps and is less painful. Their wax is chocolate flavoured and it had the whole place smelling like a dessert shop.

Strip calls their waxing technicians, waxperts and that's exactly what this girl was. She was done in about 10 mins and everywhere was baby smooth. Oh yes, it was just a little bit less painful than those savage paper strips. I left there happy and booked to get a Brazilian next week Friday. I hope it goes well but either way, y'all will hear the story! 

I had been craving dumplings for a while going into different random shops and requesting and they all said they had no dumplings! I was a bit taken aback because me I thought being as I was in Hong Kong, they would perhaps be sharing dumplings on the road for free, yanah. Apparently not, dumpling is a traditional Chinese food so is common place in China but not here. Only a few specific places here sell dumpling and I was directed to one by good old Wilson. 


Ordered beef noodles and some dumplings and had that for dinner, super yum. This was my first time having noodles in broth because I always turned my nose up it like wth? Where they do that at? Don't knock what you haven't tried people, it was really nice. Still prefer dry noodles all day sha. 

Yoruba movies are my new thing and I spent Thursday night watching another movie called "Fifehanmi" on YouTube, best Nigerian movie I have seen, either English or Yoruba. I don't know how I have slept on Yoruwood for this long, shout out to @pheyiola on Twitter for recommending. 

Friday

I slept till really late on Good Friday simply because I could. Nothing more awesome than public holidays men, really. I managed to roll out of bed at around 11 am to make myself a bowl of cereal and then roll right back in. 


In the evening, my sweet, darling husband decided to give me a treat *lone tear*. In his absence, he fully funded my date night with myself. Yes, I took myself out to an Italian restaurant called My House because you don't need people to have fun. I went there, had a delicious meal plus drinks and couldn't have been happier. I'm the type of person that loves socialising and being around people (just in case you couldn't tell, lol) but being in HK is teaching me to enjoy my own company a lot more. 





The manager of the restaurant, Allison was so so nice to me, bless her. I think she felt sorry seeing me all alone, probably thought I was nursing a heartbreak..lol...She discounted my main meal by 50% and gave me a free cocktail! So generous of her I had to give her a big fat hug. Definitely gonna be going there a lot, that's how you win customer loyalty, in addition to providing a great service which in this case was amazing food. Date night with self was a resounding success :) 

Saturday

I woke up bright and early on Saturday morning (idc, idc, 9 am is bright and early) ready to interact with mere mortals once again. I signed up for a dragon boat trial with Micki (from Week 4) and her mum who run a all-female team called "Yes She Can". Dragon Boating is the number one social sport in Hong Kong and a lot of Asia and it is more or less canoe racing. 

Joined the group at Stanley beach for this activity and it was such a lovely day to be outdoors. The sun was shining brightly and everyone was so happy considering the rubbish weather we'd had all week. 





We started off with some warm ups and then went out into the ocean to dragon boat! Man, that shit was not easy! There is an actual technique to it where you are supposed to move your paddle with your core and not your hands but I had a bit of trouble mastering that. I used all the strength in my arms and they were and still are hurting like a bih! I had a lot of fun though and I'm still considering if I should join the team proper. Like there will be training for about 11 weeks then an actual dragon boat tournament where we would compete against other teams, yikes! 


The highlight of my day was meeting a Nigerian girl here! When she told me she was Nigerian, I hugged her so tightly. In a " Finally, I have found my people!" type of way. She was there for the dragon boating trial with her friend who is from the Carribeans and we three just hit off from there. 


We walked through Stanley market aka Tej afterwards and then had lunch in Repulse Bay at a Caribbean restaurant called Lime Wood. 

I got so excited when I saw plantain on the menu but look at the mess they served me....Sacrilege! 

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The food was good though and we had one too many Rum Punches, a traditionally Caribbean cocktail. . It took me back to when my husband and I were on honeymoon in Turks & Caicos and basically got drunk to Rum Punch every single day, good times yo. 





And thus went Week 5...


Peace & Love, 


Y. 

Hong Kong Fun Fact



Hong Kong has a long coastline with many beaches that are guarded by mountains. Because of that there are hardly any large waves making the beaches convenient for swimming and other water sports like dragon boating! Can't lie that I wasn't scared that a massive wave was coming for me in that boat! 





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16 comments

  1. Lol at"See, I've left you people" Levels!

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  2. Waiting one week for another post is loong. Totally enjoying reading your posts

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    1. Lol..wish I could write more often but time won't permit..Thanks for reading though!

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  3. Dragon boating sounds like fun. I think you have a silently lethal competitive streak, so it might be perfect for you.

    Yay to meeting a Nigerian.

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    1. LOL...Girl, how do you know me this well? Silently lethal competitive spirit is spot on...haha..Seriously considering signing up to the team...Up Nigeria! :)

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  4. Hey... Happy easter. No review from Macau or was the dragon boating in Macau?

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    1. Hey hun, happy Easter...All the details of Macau trip next week :)

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  5. For dumplings, you should try "Tim Ho Wan". Its the worlds cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant. I think there are a couple of them but I went to the one on the basement level of the IFC mall.

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    1. ohh thanks so much..def checking them out this week..xx

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  6. this is so cool. i feel like i know you sef. you really write beautifully. plus you're having so much fun. amazing that you've made so many new friends and met so many people. well done!

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    1. Thank you so much...I'm really lucky because i have been meeting such awesome people...makes the transition so much easier...

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  7. Lol @ the "Carrying shoulders up" meme, i'm def stealing it. I live for these your HK posts! More more more more..


    SkyNotFancy

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  8. BUAHAHAHAHAHA @ I've left you people! Our passport sha. Le sigh

    Berry Dakara Blog

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  9. Awwwww...I like your zeal... Hang in there girl. I love that you love to have fun and keep busy. xx

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  10. I think I'll check out the Yoruba movies you suggested. I've been wanting to watch Yoruba movies but I never know which one to pick.

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