I always have mixed feelings about August. On one hand, I want to clutch at the tail end of summer and shriek “summer, don’t go!” Because with the end of summer, my workload and office hours increase by two-fold, and I feel like my freedom is severely curtailed. But, on the other hand, I want to give the roasting weather of August the boot, and enjoy wearing sweaters and drinking hot beverages again. The bright side to this month is that I think I achieved a little work-life balance and hopefully it will carry through to the months to follow.
This month, I took a trip that was just long enough for me to feel refreshed and inspired. This photo was taken during a ferry trip to Tap Mun. I guess the tour guide really wanted to make sure our group got our money’s worth, because he had the captain steer us all the way to Shenzhen, before looping back to Hong Kong. The waters were choppy, but the view was quite spectacular. At the time, I was definitely a bit scared, and kept an eye out for the life jackets hanging above our heads, but now I’m glad that I got to see such an stretch of sea. (Such an expansive view makes me feel that some of those niggling little problems in life are very small in proportion).
This is the view I saw on my way to the workshop every morning. It is hard to imagine that such lush greenery exists in Hong Kong’s concrete jungle, but indeed it does! I would take in the view before descending into the basement (and windowless) lecture hall, and seek out the view of the sky and mountains whenever I had a break in between lectures.
I had the chance to meet an old friend from graduate school before leaving Hong Kong. It was so sweet for her and her family to make time for me on a Sunday afternoon, right before school started for their little girl. It was lovely to talk about old times, and catch up on our lives in the 10 years since we’ve seen each other. I was sad to leave, but I had to catch my flight. Speaking of flights, my flight was delayed by 3 hours at the gate, and then another 45 minutes or so on the runway. I thought I would be immensely annoyed at the delay, but I kind of enjoyed it. I ate dinner, bought myself a drink, wrote blog posts for an hour or so, and then I did some shopping at the duty free makeup counters. I was pleasantly surprised by the onboard meal~ chocolate and matcha marble cheesecake from Paul’s! So delicious. The lady sitting next to me didn’t even open the box, and just went back to sleep. (I had to resist the impulse to snatch that box away from her!)
I had to go back to work the day after, and it’s been go-go-go ever since that day. However, in the evenings, I’ve managed to squeeze in a drama binge too! Chinese period dramas are all the rage now, and my friend Peter recommended The Story of Yanxi Palace. I don’t know if this has ever happened to you, but you come home, turn on the air conditioner, eat dinner, start watching, and then suddenly, it’s midnight. It’s an addicting 70 episode long drama. Each episode is edited in such as way that you absolutely cannot wait to see what happens next. I’m on episode 60 now, so the end is near! (Much to the relief of my eyeballs).
The movie of the summer for me was the much anticipated Crazy Rich Asians. In the past few years, I breathlessly read each book in the series, and nervously anticipated the movie. I actually went to see it on opening day, (which I never am organized enough to do). The movie was charming, with some gorgeous visuals (and stars) and had some hilarious moments. It had all the ingredients of a satisfying romantic comedy, but I still felt as if something was still missing. Did you see Crazy Rich Asians? What did you think?
Also, if it weren’t for this little reminder from WordPress, I would have forgotten that Ciao Desserts is now five years old!
I really am grateful for all your encouragement and support these past five years.