As I am calmly enjoying my dinner (eating chips-I’m healthy) and watching Storage Wars (my life is so exciting, I swear), I hear what sounds like a stack of plates being dropped on the ground. As it turns out, you can’t microwave an egg. Go figure, haha. My roommate learned that the hard way, as all of it just exploded in the microwave and we were left with this:
I don’t think I have laughed so hard in such a long time (granted this was after I made sure she was okay). There was egg EVERYWHERE. I’m talking the walls, the stovetop, the fridge, and of course, all over my roommate. I was in near tears haha. Luckily we cleaned everything up pretty well, but now our entire apartment smells like eggs, lovely.
I also got to teach another lesson today! Yay! It was intermediate phonics this time, and there was only one kid who showed up (the classrooms that are academic based generally have 4 kids total). So it wasn’t so bad! He was such a smart cookie so we spent a good portion of the time playing games. It is finally starting to feel a little less scary doing it, and I am getting a little bit more confidence in it. Tomorrow I get to teach a lesson bright and early, meep. So that should be interesting.
We also made a playdoh volcano today with playdoh people and it was a blast haha. The kids were so creative. Here is our little alien world with colorful trees and aliens, and all of them dying in the lava haha:
Also, there’s a very good chance I am going to end up in the hospital with salmonella poisoning. Hopefully, it won’t be until I get my Hong Kong ID so I can at least go to the hospital at a discounted rate, but at this point its more of a “when it happens” as opposed to an “if it happens”. My issue? My addiction to sushi. It’s seriously becoming a problem. Not only is it absolutely delicious.. I mean, look at how amazing this looks:
And thats just the cheap basic kind. I can’t even begin to explain how good this is, and how delicious the really goods stuff is. For those who are friends with me on snap chat (and really you should all be friends with me, I’m addicted and will constantly snap you :P), you will see that I basically have sushi everyday.. It is becoming a problem (one that I really don’t ever want to fix.)
The reason it is such a problem is how inexpensive it is! Generally sushi rolls in the US cost SOOO much money. It’s is difficult to keep an addiction you can’t afford (probably why I can’t do drugs, too poor), but seriously, that sushi set cost me $13 HKD. US dollars, that comes to a grand total of $1.68. ALMOST TWO WHOLE DOLLARS, THE HORROR.
Do you see my problem!? How can I possibly say no to something so delicious that only costs me $1.68. It becomes really difficult to say no. I was constantly told that the cost of living in HKD is ridiculously expensive, and I am going to be really breaking the bank… but to be honest, I haven’t experienced that. Granted, I’m not going out every night and experiencing all that I could be, so that also plays a role. But, even still, I seem to be kind of living the good life right now (not to brag or anything 😉 ).
Here’s a break down for all of you lovely people. My bus ride to the MTR is $4.5 HKD, so there and back in one day is $9 HKD. Plus my train ride (one way to work is about $5, so $10 HKD total), and I am looking at $19 HKD to take public transportation to and from work. How much is that you may ask? $2.45 USD. Let me say that one more time… TWO DOLLARS AND FORTY FIVE CENTS. One way on the CTA is $2.25.. this is crazy. My
hotel apartment costs me about as much as my apartment in Champaign, and is about the same size. However, it includes two swimming pools, indoor and outdoor (management said it would get filled next month, fingers crossed), a gym (hopefully I will put that to use eventually lol), A FREAKING 3-D MOVIE THEATER FOR PERSONAL USE, a pool table, piano room, reading room (??), and on top of that it’s a freaking sky scraper. I literally live in what would be deemed a condo in the US, for the same cost and my little apartment in Champaign. Granted, it is through the school, so that definitely works to my advantage. But oh the amenities (yes, just trying to make everyone jealous, is it working? haha). But in all seriousness, so far I have been having a pretty easy time saving my money, and finding ways to not spend too much. The other day, at the grocery store, I bought: 3 1.5 L water bottles, sushi (I’m telling you its a problem), bread, ham, chips, potstickers, and some other stuff I can’t remember for a grand total of $13 USD. It’s pretty surreal.
But there is a flip side to that. Going out to eat constantly, while cheaper relatively, will start to add up. Plus if you want to go anywhere worth going to, you are going to have to pay up (tomorrow is another rooftop bar day, so I promise it’ll be more interesting and some lovely photos as well).
All in all, I’m kind of loving it here. It has some pretty great food, an awesome nightlife, fantastic scenery (cannot wait to go hiking), and gives me easy access to places that I really want to visit (Phuket, Thailand–> I’m looking at you; as soon as I can take leave, that’s where I am headed. Hanging out with elephants, here I come). So the real issue here is, will I ever come back?