Rebecca Writes



Vietnam 2016: Ho Chi Minh City

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.

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Long Time No See

Today I received an alert that my travel blog domain was up for renewal. Then I remembered I have a travel blog. Then I sat and read them all and had a cry. Then I remembered, ACTUALLY I have had some adventures in the past 3.5 years since the last post. Then I sat down and wrote about them all (with the help of a couple of draft posts I found lingering around).

Grab a cuppa, you’re in for the long haul….

Some thoughts on solo travelling

My most recent journey, the Trans-Siberian Railway, was done completely as a solo traveller. I have zero regrets about doing this trip on my own. It’s something that I needed to do and I’ve built up a lot of courage doing it. Now, bear with me a minute this might get a little corny….

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Trans-Siberian: Hong Kong to Beijing

Friday 15th April 2016

Location: Hong Kong

After months of deliberation, preparation and research, it’s finally time for me to leave my home of the past three years and start my travels back to dear old Blighty. Saying goodbye to Hong Kong was one of the most difficult things I have ever done and while I feel sad, I’m certain that the reality of it hasn’t quite hit home yet. I feel sorry for whoever has to deal with that when it sinks in at some point over the next few weeks.

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Taking the long way home

My major life decisions have always been a little impulsive. I moved to Hong Kong with two weeks notice and then stayed ‘just one more year’ three times. I’ve been getting itchy feet for a while and, call it a gut feeling, I’ve started to feel the need to move on. I want to take some time at home to recuperate and reflect, to figure out what on earth is next. Since last summer I’ve had an idea at the back of my head but it took a bad day at work and a glass of wine to suddenly go out on a whim and book it. So, dear readers, in two months time I shall be heading back to dear old Blighty by train.

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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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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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Just keep swanning. Things I’ve learnt about single life so far.

I’ve hit the two month mark and I’m still standing, even if it is a little shakily. Here are some of the top tips I’ve learnt about single life so far:

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Preparing for takeoff

I’ve written a handful of blogs in my time. Some were for work and others for pleasure, but none of them have really sat right with me. Up until now it’s always been a blog for joint experiences- a place where I could share my adventures around the world with my friends and family. In fact, it was a place where I could share our adventures.

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