You can take the girl out of Asia but you can’t take Asia out of the girl. I couldn’t resist the call of the East for long and just five months after leaving Hong Kong I found myself on a plane heading to Vietnam.Continue reading “Vietnam 2016: Ho Chi Minh City”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.