Showing posts from February, 2017

WTF Wednesday

I used to do WTF Wednesday posts regularly when I lived in Ecuador, but didn't always find the inspiration living in Hong Kong. However, I've recently come across some questionable scenes in my city that I wanted to point out.

Every piece of produce is individually wrapped in plastic in Hong Kong grocery stores
Historic building in my neighborhood taken over by a salon, immediately painted Pepto Bismol pink
Old ladies bundled up when it was 63 degrees out- I repeat: 63 degrees.
Old ladies who curse your 'villains' for a small fee
Old lady pushing her dog in a stroller
Apparently the majority of these 'wtf' moments involve old ladies. Is it because the old ladies in Hong Kong have so much time on their hands? They basically live forever, so maybe the age of retirement should be bumped up a bit? My old lady relatives in Florida just sit in their rocking chairs watching their 'programs', so I guess it's good at least that the old ladies of Hong Kong are gettin…

Day Trips in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is the perfect city for exploring on the weekends. Yes, sometimes I want to sink into my couch to mentally recover from a hectic work week, but most of the time, I want to get out and poke around a new area. Hong Kong has it all for the intrepid urbanite: dizzying heights, remote islands, run down warehouses, and lush green trails.

Easy and scenic walk from Ocean Park to Stanley
Recently, I've gone on two fun day trips that I wish I would have done sooner. First up was a leisurely stroll with friends from the Hong Kong Country Club down to Stanley, passing through both Deep Water Bay and Repulse Bay. It starts off on the Mills & Chung Path, which is a lovely waterfront promenade, and ends with a trail through the woods that drops you in Stanley for some afternoon drinks and snacks.

On the stretch from Ocean Park to Deep Water Bay
The view from the path
We stopped a couple times along the way on this trip and really took our time, but it could be done in about an hour an…

Chinese New Year

Lunar New Year is always a fun holiday in Hong Kong. Last year I went away to the Philippines for the break, but this year I decided to stay and take advantage of the festivities happening on my doorstep. The Year of the Rooster is in full swing here in Hong Kong, and they certainly rang in the new year with quite a party.

People decorate the doors to their flats for the occasion
The temple near my house is packed during CNY holiday
A group of my students also asked me to lunch over the Chinese New Year holiday, which I thought was super sweet. They took me a Chinese yum cha place, and one of them was genuinely surprised that I knew how to use chopsticks. Ha!

With my students during CNY
Living in a city I don't feel the need to escape from is such a big change from Quito. It was a rare long weekend when I chose to stay in Quito- most of the time I hopped on a bus to the cloud forest or Andes instead. But I love Hong Kong so much, and we have such a variety of options for exploring wi…