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Taking an international flight is my chance to catch up on Cantonese or HK movies that I otherwise don’t have an opportunity to watch. The first one I saw was 77 Heartbreaks, which is about a female divorce lawyer who endures 77 lies/wrongs by her BF before she finally decides to break up with him. The breakup happens early on in the film, and the rest of the time is spent on a choice selection of vignettes of those 77 moments of heartbreaks.

This is a cultural-focused millennial film. The boyfriend is clearly someone trying to “find their path”. He graduated with a law degree but has floated around and is now a kickboxing teacher. Parts of the story are told using Facebook, with the through-the-Facebook-screen filter technique. And of course, being a romantic drama, there are the clichés – including the grandiose gesture by the BF near the end of the film.

This type of movie is not what I am used to watching, but it was interesting to see how HK millennials live their life. The movie wasn’t bad and was enjoyable to watch so it gets a 3 out of 5 from me.

In HK, based on some recommendations, we went to this place:

If it’s not entirely obvious from that video, this place was a big washroom, complete with showers, where they serve food. It’s a theme restaurant, like the Maid Cafés except the waitress are normal. Instead, you get your food served in various bathroom furniture like toilets, urinals, soap dishes etc. The food isn’t that great, nor is it gratuitous because you’re really paying for the benefit of eating in a bathroom!

Oh the things we go on vacation to do…

We’re at Hong Kong airport now (they have free WIFI unlike North American airports), with another 3 or 4 hours left before we’re finished the in-transit mode. After everything is said and done, we would have spent 30 hours “in-transit”; from leaving home at 7 in the morning to checking into our Taipei hotel at around 1AM two days later!

Our flight from EWR to HKG took some 15 hours, which is a really long time. I don’t remember the Japan flight being that long and boring (although we flew from Vancouver). They had the same in-flight entertainment system they had on the LAN Airlines flight, but I didn’t want to spend my time staring at a small screen and drying out my eyes.

So it was quite boring; there’s only so much sleep one can do after sleeping for the night before the flights.

I needed to get a R4 for my NDS, but as it turns out the Chinese government closed down the R4 factory (or something like that), and the supply of it was pretty sparse (although they are back in stock now). Because of that, I ended up getting a EZ-Flash V w/ expansion pack for my (ahem) homebrew needs. It seems to be on par with the R4 except that fewer people use it (so less English material and more Chinese) and the microSD slot isn’t spring loaded (a pain in the ass, but not insurmountable). I think it’s a slightly better deal than the R4 because the expansion pack provides rumble, RAM (for DS Browser) and Slot-2 (for GBA games) support. Also because it was reasonably cheap and like, you know, in stock!

I bought it from DealExtreme, which has a lot of random tech components and things (I ended up buying a bunch of other useless junk). It’s kind of like the cheap stuff you can buy on Ebay except it’s from a store. It’s even shipped from HK too! When I ordered, I was worried that it would take a long time to get here (too cheap to pay an extra $13 for expedited shipping). I stuck with registered air mail, and my shipment took 12 days from order to arrival (4th), although it might have been less because there was a weekend and Labour day right before I received my order. It took 7 days (22nd to 29th) to leave HK, but once it was in Canada it was pretty quick. I broke up my order into 2 packages in order to hopefully avoid customs. One that was slightly under $20 and the other was $55. Fortunately, I didn’t get hit by customs for either packages; apparently I received a lot of LED flashlights as gifts.