Sunday, 10 April 2016

#HKDiaries Week 7

Catch Up: Week 1Week 2Week 3Week 4Week 5, Week 6


Sunday

I spent Sunday recuperating after  the night I had on Saturday. I was unable to peel myself off the bed till later on in the evening. Listened to Joel Osteen's podcast to get my church on though. Listening to this guy has blessed my life in more ways than I could have ever imagined. Shout out to @lumy_dee for putting me on him. Don't you just love friends that sow seeds of positivity into your life?






The rest of Sunday was spent in proper chill mode...

Monday

Like I mentioned last week, today was a public holiday in HK. I had planned to go see the Big Buddha in Lantau Island but i decided to wait till my husband gets here on holiday to do that and some other stuff. You know, so I don't "finish all the enjoyment" before he gets here..haha. 

I shot my first official YouTube video for the blog and men, that shit is hard work. Big YouTubers deserve all the money they make abeg, it's not easy at all. I reviewed two lipsticks from Mac's liquid lipstick collection...watch the video here


Remember the Nigerian guy I met out a few weeks ago? He invited me to join him and his friends for dinner at the Nigerian Buka. He had told me it was a proper hole in the wall and I shouldn't expect anything fancy but my people, I wasn't ready for what my eyes saw. I mean I got all dolled up and everything...




The Nigerian restaurant is located in Kowloon (north of Hong Kong island) in a place called Chungking Mansions. That place is seriously the dingiest, dodgiest place in all of Hong Kong and maybe Asia. It is basically the base for Immigrants, Refugees and the like where about 80% of the population is from Sub Saharan Africa. There are shops, restaurants, guesthouses and even residential quarters there run by these minorities. If you google "ChungKing Mansions" you will be able to read articles and research papers about this ghetto, the central point of corruption and scam in Hong Kong. This article by BBC is very revealing, read here.


Can you believe this is in Hong Kong? LOL. A few people messaged me on SnapChat to ask if I was back in Nigeria



The Nigerian buka we went to was proper ghetto, with table fans and all..LOL...I never esperredit. I was sweating profusely the whole time we were there. They didn't have 3/4 of the things on the menu so I just ordered rice and egos soup. The guys all had eba and either okra or egos soup. Honestly the food was just alright. It was not worth the conditions of Chungking mansions and the buck itself. Let's just say I will not be making a return visit, if I don't eat Nigerian food till I go back home, I will be fine...


I went with white rice

Tuesday

I went back to Tim Ho Wan for lunch today because seriously those dumplings are life. Maybe it's not only Nigerians that wash-put o...There are lines waiting to be seated outside this restaurant from when they open till when they close...amazing stuff.



I managed to drag my butt to Zumba this evening and I did not regret it. It was good time spent dancing and torching calories. The instructor Nigel is really good at what he does. I think I'm going to get him to include some Nigerian songs in his routine.




Wednesday 

Today was tough at work. I got pretty strong feedback from my manager that didn't go down quite well with me because i thought it was an unfair judgement. But it's a manager's world like they say so I tried to be receptive of it and need to work somethings out. I guess this is all part of adjusting to a new manager and their style. 


After work I meet up with Eli (who I met last week Saturday) at Ce La Vi's roof top bar. She is into events so she always organising one thing or the other around Hong Kong. This one was a wine tasting so there was loads of free wine which is always a good thing, yes? :)


Was out till way past midnight because I was having too much fun. Eli's from Togo so she speaks French and she was hanging out with a bunch of French people who are honestly a delight to watch when they are drunk...they get even more animated, lol...Made a couple new friends tonight as well..Check me out social butterfly :) 


Thursday

I struggled to get out of bed this morning because of my bad decisions last night- drinking and staying out late. My head honestly felt like it might explode when I got out of bed. I managed to stumble into the office though and felt better after drinking almost 2L of water and having breakfast. Also had a yummy homemade salad for lunch...



This weekend there will be several thousands of tourists in Hong Kong for the yearly Rugby 7s tournament. It is one of the biggest events in Hong Kong's sports and social calendar and people travel from all over the world to attend this 3 day event. The games are great but the intense partying that goes along with it is what has made Hong Kong the place to be late March/ early April every year. . People get dressed up in costumes to attend the games, drink and party. It's like Halloween meets the World Cup meets Carnival. Tickets are super expensive though so I'm still considering if it would be worth attending at all. 

Later this evening, I started to feel really ill, sneezing and generally feeling weak. I went to bed with hopes that I would feel better in the morning. 

Friday

I did not feel better in the morning, I felt worse. My head was pounding, my throat was on fire, I was in so much pain. I could hardly make it out of bed but I had to go in to the office to let my manager know that I wasn't going to be at work. I also had to call the insurance company to write a letter of authorisation for me so that I could go to the clinic and get treated.




Got to see a doctor and she said that I had Upper Respiratory Tract Infection aka the flu. I had actually been meaning to go get the flu vaccination for weeks but I kept procrastinating. I take the blame 100% for this illness :(. She gave me some medication and asked that I rest for the day which I did. Emma was really lovely, she took me to the hospital, helped fill all the commendation required, took me back home everything. I had taken care of her when she fell ill a few weeks ago so it was my turn to be babied and she did it so well. Thanks Emma!

:( :( :( 
I spent the rest of the day sleeping and recuperating in bed.... 

Saturday

By Saturday I felt much better but I spent the most part of the day indoors still. I got invited to a birthday dinner so I decided to step out of the house for some fresh air. Like I mentioned earlier, it was the Rugby 7s this weekend and I had been considering attending a game just for the fun of it. Once I fell ill though, I lost all ginger. 

All the thousands who attended the games flooded the streets of LKF though, continuing the drinking that had probably started since 8am in the morning. I saw all sorts of ridiculous costumes but what took the cake had to be a grown man dressed in a diaper! 




We were quite a large group of about 10 traipsing  the streets of HK. We started off with dinner at an Italian place called Wagyu, my food was bland...no bueno!  After that we did a mini bar crawl stopping at two different spots for drinks and a little boogie. 



I wasn't feeling it much though, my body started to tell me that I was pushing it too far, too soon so I decided to call it a night and head home. 

And thus went week 7....


Peace & Love, 


Y. 

Hong Kong Fun Fact 

Photo Credit: www.guardian.com

The World Rugby Sevens Series is held annually across 5 continents in 10 countries- Australia, the United Arab Emirates, South Africa, New Zealand, Canada, the United States, Hong Kong, Singapore, France and England. The Hong Kong edition is considered the premier tournament.... Go HK! We (fancy me saying we, lol) didn't win this year's tournament, though Fiji did...boo! 
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14 comments

  1. Dear Yewande, your blog has become my little guilty pleasure every sunday night before getting ready for the hassle that is Monday morning. You have such a positive and practical attitude towards life. Love it! I hope you get well soon fluwise and I cant wait till next Sunday :)

    Take care! Xoxo

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    1. Hi Senami, thanks so much for your lovely comment and thanks for reading!:)

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  2. Hmmmm, HK Diaries is becoming shorter and less fun.

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    1. wow...She did not go to Hong Kong to entertain us o...hope you feel better soon Yewande! xo

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    2. especially since she mentioned she was ill this week. Hope you feel better.

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    3. Since you're so pressed why not buy your own ticket to HK and have all the fun in the world. Long hissssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

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    4. LOL! Thanks guys for responding to this :)

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  3. Awww, sorry you fell ill. I hope you feel much better now. Maybe all the outings took a toll as well? As much fun as you're having, make time to rest.

    Berry Dakara Blog

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    1. Thanks Berry...I have decided to rest much more...very essential...

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  4. Awww... Hope you feel better. That African food place though... I doubt that I would've been able to eat anything on seeing the place.

    I pray this new week holds better stuff for you, great health, better feedback from your manager...

    iembergavar.wordpress.com

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    1. Thank you so much..Yeah that place was dodgy AF, never agaun!

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  5. Awww. I hope you feel better soon.
    Where you able to pick out the constructive part of your Manager's feedback? If yes, go you!


    Watched the YouTube video already and I totally agree with video recording/vlogging being stressful.

    Re the grown man in Diapers, was he drinking from a feeding bottle? O_O

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    1. Hi Vivian, thanks a lot. Yes I did pick up on some constructive bits and I am trying to do better :) and you have a sharp eye that joker was drinking out of a feeding bottle...smh

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    2. I recently stumbled on your blog and have religiously been reading your HK posts. Let me just say you're hilarious!

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