Self imposed rules for a new tai tai slash freelancer slash early retiree in Hong Kong

How my life looks in my head. Pic thanks to Olivia Von Halle.

How my life looks in my head. Pic thanks to Olivia Von Halle.

Limit cups of Earl Grey tea to no more than three a morning.

Or no more than four….

Always, always get showered, dressed, blow dry hair and apply full make up FIRST THING in the morning despite not having an office to go to. It’s amazing how if you don’t the day can just slide by in your  pyjamas (which despite what the magazines say, does not constitute day wear even if they are silk ones by Olivia von Halle).

Endeavour to go running on the Bowen Road every morning in an attempt to a)replace routine of not having an office to go to b) getting a rock hard bod that every expat in Hong Kong seems to have [no excuses now since no full time job to go to] and c) avoid spending all day in silk pyjamas.

Under no circumstances shall you watch day time television.

Maybe just the news at lunch time. Which always seems to segue somehow into Real Housewives of New York City or Keeping up with the Kardashians or the Rachel Zoe Project or Flipping Out (which is sort of educational as it’s about propery rennovation)…

Stop buying hideously overpriced glossy magazines from the UK and US and buy ipad versions instead.

Get over loathing of ipad versions of magazines which don’t come anywhere near to the wonder of flipping actual real, glossy pages (despite swooshy noise ipad versions make).

Perhaps stop reading magazines from the UK and US altogether and start living in HK instead.

But despite embracing the internet, limit purchases on Net-a-porter.com. Although it doesn’t feel like you’re actually spending money, you actually are.

Don’t drink alone before husband gets home from work despite thrilling presence of 1930s style gleaming bar (which is not at all naff) in rented apartment.

Or don’t drink before 7pm.

Or at least not before 6pm.

Attempt not to drink every night despite having no consequences of turning up to work/looking after kids/appearing presentable for a live in helper the next morning to deal with.

Which brings us back to the start….

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2 thoughts on “Self imposed rules for a new tai tai slash freelancer slash early retiree in Hong Kong

  1. Hi, I just stumbled upon your blog and read all the entries in one go. I live in HK too and can really relate to what you are going through. Plus, you are super funny! Please keep the posts coming.

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