Monday, 18 April 2016

#HKDiaries Week 8

Catch Up: Week 1Week 2Week 3Week 4Week 5Week 6, Week 7


Sorry this is late! I won't burden you guys with excuses of why this didn't go up yesterday so I will just apologize :) 

After two months in Hong Kong, I have come into a sort of consistent pattern with my lifestyle and realized that the day by day, weekly recap might no longer be suitable for sharing on the blog with you. I do not want my posts to seem repetitive and lose the power to transport you guys along this journey with me. Therefore, I decided to change the format of HK Diaries. I plan to still share weekly but in a different style- I will only be sharing the most important highlights of my week in free flow as opposed to the more restrictive daily recaps. I'm keen to hear what you guys think of this new style, let me know in the comments! 



Week 8 Highlights

Work 

As expected, things got more intense at work this week as I'm starting to get deeper into the planning of my biggest project while I'm here. More intense means longer hours, much more work and more responsibilities. I'm not complaining though because I really love what I do and I am learning a lot during this assignment so it is all good. It can get overwhelming sometimes learning and trying to understand so many new things at once but the key is to keep asking questions. 

Late night post-work selfie :)

The Nigerian society is shaped in such a way that people tend to feel incapable or inadequate when they ask questions but this is not the case. Asking questions actually means you have taken the time to reason the issue at hand and to make progress you need more clarity. Don't stop asking questions.

#Random Saw this cute elderly couple on my way back one night

Food

I had a couple of new gastronomical experiences this week, in simple words, I tried new restaurants! Lol. 


I bought this pasta and roasted duck breast from a lunch spot in my office complex called Classified. I had actually been in there a couple of times but never really been drawn to buy anything till today. It was alright, a bit too oily, even though it doesn't look like that in the picture.  

You guys might notice that I am eating out much more than I planned to, well, plans changed. I decided to take time off any major cooking while I am here because I figured that I have the rest of my life to cook for me and my family. I really love cooking but I'm trying to live just a little more as I explore (within reason) all the lovely food HK has to offer. 


I also had lunch with my team at a restaurant called Caprice Four Seasons hotel and it was proper fancy, Michelin two star and everything. They served up French Style bistro dishes and while everything was splendid to look at, it was very bland to taste. I was just happy it was covered by my manager and not me because it would have pained me to spend so much and not enjoy it. Isn't that really annoying? 



I don't even recall what my starter was called but it was an egg in some sort of creamy sauce and it was just bleh...For mains I ordered the sea bass and when it came I thought, where's the rest of it???? Dessert was cheesecake and I just wanted regular ass cheesecake but again they had to fancy it up and ruin it, sigh..


Social Life

Since I got here, most weekends have been spent bar crawling LKF so this weekend I decided to have an alcohol free time. Went to the cinema (by myself) to see a movie called Demolition which was pretty weird. It was good because Jake Gyllenhaal was in it but the story line was just strange and it ended even stranger. Have any of you seen it? 





I loved the solo cinema experience, the caramel popcorn was spot on, the cinema hall was very comfortable and it was pretty cool seeing the Chinese subtitles, lol. I foresee more cinema days in the near future.  I used to think people that went to the cinema alone were weird, look at me now? 


After the movie I popped into Zara to buy a cardigan. It is HK spring right now and the weather is in that strange in between where it's too hot for a coat and too cold to wear nothing so I bought two cardigans. Zara is the only shop I have entered here that has anything in my size so shout out to them for coming through for me! 


Fitness 

Went to my usual Zumba class once this week and they played a Nigerian song! Can you believe that? I  was so thrilled when I heard Iyanya's Kukere blaring through my fully Chinese instructor's speakers and I had absolutely nothing to do with it. I didn't even bother following his moves, I etighi-ed my way through the whole song! I'm planning to start going running in the morning, three times a week with my friend Audra who lives about 5 mins away from me, we'll see how that plays out...





On my way home, I stopped at the sports store to buy some much needed workout gear and was pretty chuffed that I found stuff in my size...the little joys! I had serious luggage limitations on my way here thanks to bloody Emirates (who by the way have finally increased their baggage allowances) so I couldn't pack nearly enough of anything, workout clothes inclusive. 

Tourist-y Stuff

After church on Sunday, I had a walk along Lee Tung Avenue which is one of the small shopping districts in Hong Kong. It's a very pretty street with lots of cultural exhibitions making it a great photography spot in the city. There are lots of shops and restaurants in the area so I just walked through each one feasting my eyes.


Stopped a Passions, a very popular French cafe here and the dessert selection was overwhelming I couldn't make a choice. Decided to go for ice cream which I ate sitting at the park while people watching...great way to spend a Sunday in very nice weather :)


And thus went week 8...

Peace and Love, 


Y. 

Hong Kong Fun Fact 

Lee Tung Avenue decorated for Chinese New Year

Lee Tung Avenue used to be called "The Wedding Card Street" and was very popular internationally as a center for wedding card design and printing. It got demolished in 2007 amidst a lot of controversy about the contractors damaging a big part of Hong Kong's history and culture. It was recently redeveloped as a luxury shopping and housing area. 


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21 comments

  1. It's still amazing to read but I already miss your "fun little stories(adventures) that transcends to other details x

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  2. Hi Yewande,

    See ehn, don't put ANY pressure on yourself with your this HK series thing.
    I read a snarky comment about last week's post not being 'fun' enough blah-blah *eye-roll*.
    If this free-flow/highlight way is easier for you, do it this way, and blog about only what you care to blog about.
    People like me who will read and appreciate it, will read and appreciate it.

    P.S, Shauraut to you for even trying all those meals. Whenever i leave my house in this Lagos, i mostly just eat fruits, biscuits, a few pastries and maybe some fish or chicken, FINISH. I ain't eating nothing else, idc, idc..
    xx.


    SkyNotFancy

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    1. Thanks hun! Appreciate your encouragement! And I love food so I am always up to try new things! hehe

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  3. *on yourself with this HK series thing*. #typo.


    SkyNotFancy

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  4. Anyways u choose to blog about is fine. I just get transported and it's like I'm in Hong Kong too. Well done

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    1. Thank you! I appreciate it! xx

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  5. Gotta say this: I have been vicariously living in HK through you. Some of us may never visit there physically, but your documentation has been amazing. Love love. Thank you :-)

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    1. Haha, that's good to here. Thank you Ife!

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  6. LOL noooooo. I'll miss the very detailed descriptions. It's like a reading a book to be honest. Someone else's experiences. When you cut things out its like I'm missing out (even though I don't know you) 😥 I'm such a big baby right now 😩

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    1. Haha! Will still be sharing as much as I can though! xx

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  7. I like the new format, plus its good timing. It might be a shorter read but nonetheless interesting. Wud love to read more of what happens behind the desk tho. I loved the comparisons with the Nigerian office. I can totally relate. But Nigeria is not a "developing country" for nothing. Wish you all the best in your project.

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    1. Thank you Adetola! Will look to share more of the "office dynamics" :)

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  8. Hello Yewande,

    I do appreciate the pressure it takes to write those detailed weekly posts and I support and appreciate whatever format you choose to write.

    We like and miss the more detailed posts but then, you are in HK to work and not to amuse us.

    Its just good to know that you are settling down well in your new environment.

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  9. I like this format. So tempted to do a Lagos Diaries thing. But I moved like over a month ago and I don't even think I am having as much fun as you are.

    Your posts make me happy.

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    1. Thank you! Do it girl! Would love to read your take on Lagos! xx

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  10. I think both formats are fine. This one seems a tad easier to read since it's shorter, but I did enjoy the others.

    Lol, I'm not making this any easier, am I?

    Berry Dakara Blog

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    1. Lol, no you're not Berry! Thanks though! :)

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  11. This format works as well!!!You are not in HK to werk for us :)..and loving the new Youtube content by the way..Im sure you will find one Asian Tech meet up to learn editing and such skills...this has even made me curious about Hong Kong youtubers if there are any...

    Btw can't believe it's been 8 weeks!! I'd like to take a moment to shout out to your braids..how you have managed to maintain them!!!not a rough hair in sight...I moved from Nigeria in sept and by the 5 week mark..my hair was a sorry sight....we need a post on braid maintenance..whatever you are doing works!

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    1. Thanks dear for the constant support! :) And girl these braids are crying now, had to redo the edges and will carry them for maybe another month before they come off! I think Marley hair tends to last longer than expressions...

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