This New York + Beijing bender cost me almost 5000 USD (maybe it’s only 4500 but I dare not be precise in my calculation). Thankfully the ticket is in my current credit card bill, about 900$ I withdrew in cash and the rest go towards the next month’s bill. No mean amounts these are.
I am not saying that I am broke or anything. But I do have a definite year-end target for my bank balance and when I have to pay half my salary on a credit card bill, it makes me cringe a little. And the realization that I will not own an apartment in Hong Kong by the age of 30 makes me cringe more. So I feel like I have to punish myself a little and restore the balance.
My point is that once again, some damage control needs to be done. I am thinking on the food and liquor angle. Maybe no partying till the little brother gets here (that’s in a week) and maybe no eating out. I assure you I am not one of those people who buys a bag and then eats toast for 2 months. I am too much of a glutton – that’s the trouble with having several vices – you have to sacrifice one for the other but in small doses and you have to rotate them like fucking crops.
I had Vietnamese rice paper rolls for dinner the last two nights with scrumptuous grilled tofu and peanut dipping sauce. You’d be surprised but that barely cost anything. Lunch yesterday was a 21 HKD subway sandwich and the day before it was cheap grocery store sushi. One has to try to make up for the debauchery. Even at the grocery store last night, I showed restraint, I didn’t buy every single vegetable that looked pretty and I didn’t buy any cheese, which is just as well considering I need to give my stomach a break. And I am trying very hard to resist or at the very least delay the urge to bake. (I haven’t baked in a while, it’s time consuming and hitherto time was the one thing I didn’t have)
Nonetheless, I must shamelessly confess that there is only grimace at the consequences but no guilt whatsoever about the actions. If I had more time, I swear I would have bought more. I mean, look at these babies, not too shabby eh?