Beijing for the weekend

Being in the Eastern hemisphere has it's benefits. Specifically, whenever someone comes into town (town being anywhere in East Asia) I am promptly informed, my presence is inquired after, and advice is sometimes sought. The truth of the matter is, if a person means a lot to me, and they are within an 8 hour... 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 →

A rainy weekend in Taipei

I love Taipei. It is so chill. It has a city feel, but also seems more rural and friendly. I went for three days last week over the Dragon Boat festival holiday. (I missed the festival in HK, but it was great to get away for a second. I'll go next year?) It is like... Continue Reading →

Tiananmen and Turkey

June 4th is the 24th anniversary of Tiananmen square. In Hong Kong there is a yearly vigil in Victoria Park; last year saw 180,000 people participate, and last night tens of thousands braved a rain/thunderstorm to hold candles under umbrellas. This is a nice overview of it. Censorship has long been a problem in China,... Continue Reading →

Hosting Friends

Being in Hong Kong there are constantly people coming and going. Whether they are here on a layover, vacation, visa run, working or actually visiting you, you are constantly seeing or meeting new people. I have seen old colleagues, classmates, acquaintances, friends from 15 years ago, friends of friends, all passing through our city in... Continue Reading →

Passport Pages

A few weeks ago I filled up the last blank page in my passport. Cambodia uses a full page sticker, and entry and exit stamps, so it ended. I knew I would have to add pages eventually, and–with a trip to Vietnam on the horizon–eventually became now. I made an appointment at the consulate, queued... Continue Reading →

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