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Moving Home: The Biggest Adventure Yet

This one time, in Hong Kong….

It’s the sentence I dread slipping out. I don’t feel ashamed or embarrassed about my time spent living in Hong Kong but having moved back after three years away, I’m conscious of sounding like one of those friends who lived abroad and ‘found themselves’. But as I approach the three month mark of being back home, Hong Kong is slipping away and I’m not entirely convinced that I’ve taken time to think about what that means.

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Sunshine Hunting and Island Hopping in El Nido

Winters in Hong Kong are usually short and sweet but this year it feels like it has been grey, cold and wet forever. It’s pretty much been like living back in Manchester. On a hunt for some sunshine my best friends and I packed our bags and headed back to the Philippines hoping, this time, to avoid a 7 day hangover and a dislocated shoulder.

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Thinking about Goodbyes

The final countdown is underway. I’ve got one week left at work and six weeks, to the day, until I leave Hong Kong. I’m feeling a lot of mixed emotions about it. I’m very excited for my long journey home, being reunited with friends and family, cheap cheese, long summer nights, but I’m scared of what I’m leaving behind… friends, a boyfriend, an incredible city and the best three years of my life.

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Staycationing in Hong Kong for the holidays

Kung Hei Fat Choy!

I can’t believe it’s my third Chinese New Year in Asia. Partly through lack of learning centre holidays and partly through choice, I’ve actually spent my first one in the city. I was a little apprehensive at first as all of my friends were booked to jet off to foreign lands and I was worried I would be craving the Thailand beaches I’ve spent the last two CNY festivities on. Turns out, I had a pretty awesome time.

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Photographing Hong Kong

Recently I was hired to be a City Correspondent for Hong Kong. It’s been an interesting job and a great opportunity to get back into travel writing and photography. I’ve been walking all over Hong Kong to review hotels, restaurants and attractions and I’ve seen angles of the city that I’ve never seen before.

You can read all of my reviews and guides on my Gogobot profile here.

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Robots, Penguins, Disney and Sushi in Tokyo

With only one day left in Tokyo, I wanted to make it count. I had checked off most of the tourist attractions and city walks on my list so I was left with a day to do all the bits and pieces that were at the back of my mind. I grabbed my guidebook and planned my route to Odaiba.

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Getting my Ghibli Geek on

To say I’m a bit of a Ghibli nerd would be an understatement. My whole trip to Tokyo revolved around when I could get into the museum. It’s a funny place to try and talk about because my favourite part of visiting was that I had no expectations. For the first time ever, I didn’t do a single bit of research or Instagram searching because I wanted it to be a surprise.

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Bird Scaring and Maid Dreamin’ in Harajuku and Akihabara

I’ve seen my fair share of temples so I wasn’t sure if there were going to be any on my Tokyo bucket list. After speaking to my friend over dinner I quickly learnt the Meiji Shrine was the place to go. A quick rummage through my Lonely Planet book further backed this opinion and I decided to give it a shot.

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Finding my Feet in Asakusa, Ueno and Shibuya.

The past year has seen me set myself some terrifying challenges. I’ve been pushing myself beyond boundaries I previously couldn’t even hope to reach. One of the biggest struggles for me in recent years has been as simple as being alone. Alone with my own thoughts and my own responsibility. This month I went past that boundary at lightening speed as I travelled to Tokyo completely alone, I truly was flying solo.

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