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My name is Nick and I blog about Skincare, Self-care, and my life in Hong Kong & Vancouver.

Steady May 2018

Steady May 2018

May was probably the month where I felt I have finally settled down since I moved back two months ago. It was a month where I felt prioritization was more important than ever, so was being focused. Oddly enough, I also felt somewhat less energetic, in the sense that I was starting to feel falling back to my "autopilot" mode. Maybe it's just that I recently took up a part time job on the weekend. I work at Time Bar from 9:30 till late every Friday and Saturday now. Drop by to say hi if you're around.

I have been practicing a few habits. I realize just how important it is to have something in your life that you do consistently. This kind of things grounds me. I continue my daily meditation session (currently on 149 streak). I also started intermittent fasting, which means I limit my eating period to only 6 hours everyday, effectively allowing myself 18 hours of fasting. I don’t eat anything until around 3pm and I stop eating at 9pm. Intermittent fasting forces your body to burn fat during that long fasting window. 

Anyway, here's what happened in May:

1st: Yung Bae Hong Kong 2018. I had a chance to meet and take a picture with him!

 Yung Bae Hong Kong 2018

Yung Bae Hong Kong 2018

 

3rd: Finally met up with Leo and Terence for dinner. I met one of them from high school and the other from Instagram. They now work at the same company. Go figure who's who.

 Leo, Me and Terence

Leo, Me and Terence

 
 Do I look good in these specs?

Do I look good in these specs?

4th: Hanged out with Mario and his ex-roommate.

5th: I went hiking at Mount High West, again. Then I had dinner with Calvin at this Shanghainese place in Causeway Bay called 正宗上海生煎皇. It's a pretty famous chain restaurant in Hong Kong. We went there for the pan-fried pork bun but stayed for the spicy wontons, which were honestly one of the best spicy wontons I have ever had. Then we went clubbing (by that I really mean drinking, checking out different bars and just catching up...). Very fun night!

 Came here for pan-fried pork bun. Stayed for the spicy wontons. These spicy wontons are one the of the best I've ever had.

Came here for pan-fried pork bun. Stayed for the spicy wontons. These spicy wontons are one the of the best I've ever had.

 正宗上海生煎皇 👍 (Shanghainese at Causeway Bay)

正宗上海生煎皇 👍 (Shanghainese at Causeway Bay)

 I can have ice cream from Via Tokyo all day everyday

I can have ice cream from Via Tokyo all day everyday

 After Clubbing with Calvin...around 3am at night

After Clubbing with Calvin...around 3am at night

 

6th: Had lunch at Lomofama and then I met Kellog for coffee. We went to the same high school but he's a few years older. Then I went to Tsim Sha Tsui for dinner.

 Getting Coffee with Kellog at Joint Cafe in Kennedy Town

Getting Coffee with Kellog at Joint Cafe in Kennedy Town

 Sai Wan Estate

Sai Wan Estate

 The Victoria Harbor from Tsim Sha Tsui

The Victoria Harbor from Tsim Sha Tsui

 

7th: Met up with JC, my oldest friend (I've known him for 20+ years). We went to this Chinese place called Social Place in Central. Then we had ice cream at Oddies and a couple drinks at Time Bar.

 If you think this is mushroom think again. These are buns - that look like mushroom, stuffed with mushroom. Highly recommend.

If you think this is mushroom think again. These are buns - that look like mushroom, stuffed with mushroom. Highly recommend.

 Oddies Ice Cream is one of the my favorite ice cream place in Hong Kong

Oddies Ice Cream is one of the my favorite ice cream place in Hong Kong

 JC, a friend who I've known for 20+ years :)

JC, a friend who I've known for 20+ years :)

 

10th: Finally hanged out with Ricci. Had dinner with him at Causeway Bay.

 Dinner with Ricci

Dinner with Ricci

 Dinner and hanging out

Dinner and hanging out

 

11th: Went to this new, pretty cool funky Shisha Bar called SpaceX HK. It's near LKF. I went there with my high school friends. We chilled there for a bit and then we went drinking. Ended up leaving Sheung Wan around 4am. Super fun night.

 SpaceX HK

SpaceX HK

 SpaceX HK Shisha Bar

SpaceX HK Shisha Bar

 Drinking with High School Friends - From SpaceX Shisha in Central to Zoo Bar in Sheung Wan. Such a fun night

Drinking with High School Friends - From SpaceX Shisha in Central to Zoo Bar in Sheung Wan. Such a fun night

 

12th: Finally met up with Tim for coffee. Later that day, I got a message from the bartender from Time Bar. They needed help so I started working there again, as a back up while learning bartending.

 Tim Fung

Tim Fung

 Hustling Tim!

Hustling Tim!

 Working at Time Bar

Working at Time Bar

13th: I did face threading for the first time.

15th: My boyfriend's birthday 💖

17th: Lunch with Alexander and had the one of the best Pad Thai I've ever had. Also met up with Wilson for dinner.

 Had Pad Thai with Alexander in the Cooked Food Center. It's pretty amazing actually.

Had Pad Thai with Alexander in the Cooked Food Center. It's pretty amazing actually.

 Me and Wilson

Me and Wilson

19th: Met up with Nate for brunch and tea

 Had brunch with Nate

Had brunch with Nate

 Peach Soda in Sheung Wan. Pretty Good Stuff!  Photo Credit: @lemonadeweekend (Nate's Instagram)

Peach Soda in Sheung Wan. Pretty Good Stuff!

Photo Credit: @lemonadeweekend (Nate's Instagram)

20th: Went hiking at Quarry Bay, re-visited the monster building, and had Guilinggao

 Monster Building

Monster Building

 Hiking at Quarry Bay

Hiking at Quarry Bay

 Gulinggao (Tortoise Jelly but not really)

Gulinggao (Tortoise Jelly but not really)

 Hiking at Quarry Bay

Hiking at Quarry Bay

 Hiking at Quarry Bay

Hiking at Quarry Bay

 

22th: Went hiking at High West in the evening to catch this beautiful sunset. Then went to Ollies for Special Steak night

 The Sunset view from Mount High West

The Sunset view from Mount High West

 Golden Hours at High West. Hong Kong can be such a beautiful place.

Golden Hours at High West. Hong Kong can be such a beautiful place.

 Ollies Special Steak Night

Ollies Special Steak Night

 
 65 Peel

65 Peel

24th: Went to 65 Peel for their 2nd Anniversary Party and reconnected with a few friends from Primary School. We also had dinner at Little Bao, which I had never been to but this place was always so packed. It was pretty good, though not cheap (about 70HKD per bun). I'd recommend the Szechuan chicken. I also brought my friends from Primary School to Time Bar.

 65 Peel was doing there 2nd Anniversary Party and giving out free Beer. The line was insane. It went all the way up to almost Caine Road

65 Peel was doing there 2nd Anniversary Party and giving out free Beer. The line was insane. It went all the way up to almost Caine Road

 Szechuan chicken bao - most poeple's favorite. I love this and the fish one equally.

Szechuan chicken bao - most poeple's favorite. I love this and the fish one equally.

 This is the fish one. I actually like this one a lot.

This is the fish one. I actually like this one a lot.

 Pork Belly Bao. It was not bad. Kind of expected. No surprises. The pork belly itself is very juicy and tender though.

Pork Belly Bao. It was not bad. Kind of expected. No surprises. The pork belly itself is very juicy and tender though.

 Little Bao - With the neon sign it's very hard to miss it.

Little Bao - With the neon sign it's very hard to miss it.

 

26th: Had tea buffet with my family at Sai Ying Pun. The quality was honestly okay but for the price it was a bargain. Also made my first Cosmopolitan at Time Bar that night. Partied til the sunrise.

 Sai Ying Pun on a Saturaday. Shot on iPhone

Sai Ying Pun on a Saturaday. Shot on iPhone

 Tea Buffet at Sai Ying Pun

Tea Buffet at Sai Ying Pun

 Tea Buffet at Sai Ying Pun

Tea Buffet at Sai Ying Pun

 Made my first Cosmopolitan

Made my first Cosmopolitan

27th: Had a chill relaxing Sunday and hanged out with Ivan

30th: Had lunch with Alexander again at a hidden gem called Daily Set in an industrial building in Wong Chuk Hang. It may look basic but the lobster soup is everything.

 A Hidden Gem in an Industrial Building in Wong Chuk Hang. It may look basic but that lobster maccheroni is EVERYTHING.

A Hidden Gem in an Industrial Building in Wong Chuk Hang. It may look basic but that lobster maccheroni is EVERYTHING.

31st: Company Lunch and saw this funky street art

 Street Art in Wong Chuk Hang

Street Art in Wong Chuk Hang

Life is full of surprises. Towards the end of May new career opportunities start to pop up. I can sense that something exciting is about to come.

 

 

 

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