American Skies

The sky is bigger and bluer in America. It's true. Even though I'm in a city filled with high rises and skyscrapers, the sky is obviously clearer and larger [than Hong Kong specifically, and other places generally]. This may seem like just an aesthetic quality, but let me assure you it is not. There are... Continue Reading →

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Dragon Boat Festival

On Monday, we spent the hours from 8AM to 9PM in Stanley, on the south side of Hong Kong Island, most of it in the sun on the beach. It was a public holiday, this time in honor of the annual Dragon Boat Festival. Last year I took off to Taipei, but this year I... Continue Reading →

Dragon Boat

I have taken up a new sport: Dragon Boat. Last year, while I worked every Sunday, P joined a dragon boat team that practiced Sunday afternoons in Stanley. I was not-so-secretly jealous. I like paddle sports, and I like fitness, and I love being on a team (ex-college athlete). So this year, without the Sunday... Continue Reading →

CNY and Busy

Lunar New Year is the time in south Asia when all the expats go on vacation. China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Taiwan all shut down in some way; everyone has public holidays and reunion dinners, so the foreigners tend to take off. True, plenty of people stick around. There are fireworks in Hong Kong,... Continue Reading →

Two Peaks

My legs hurt. It has been more than 48 hours. I am going to have to do something about it. Possibly go on a long walk or take up yoga. On Sunday morning at 8 AM, P and I started running. The race started in Tung Chung on Lantau, roughly sea level, and the course... Continue Reading →

Infinity Pool

Summer is a good time of the year to stay in the shade or in the air conditioned comfort of the indoor mecca that is Hong Kong. It is also a good time to get sunburned on a hike and jump into freshwater streams or the ocean, then eat a delicious meal on the beach,... Continue Reading →

Hiking!

I did a couple of hikes recently. One was actually boring, it didn't work out: Hong Kong trail 7. It was okay, there were some good moments: abandoned villages on HK island, gorgeous flowers, and Stanley Harbor. I went around one of the villages, overgrown with fig trees. You don't have to go all the... Continue Reading →

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