day 1506 – grandma’s arm

my grandma is over ninety but probably healthier than me even before i turned nineteen. rarely has she made my family worry, but today i received bad news that she broke her arm from a fall. i’m worried that she’s suffering in pain, that she can’t take care of herself, that she wants my father by her side. she needs to go through a procedure and what she needs most is care that i cannot provide her. i just can’t rest easy knowing what she is going through and can only wish i could take it for her

solo series [day eight]

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today is mainly a transit day with bus rides and plane rides. on my way to japan, but first, a short layover in taiwan. i managed to squeeze in short face time chats at the airport. i landed in osaka slightly past 7:30pm and didn’t get to my b&b until well past 9:30pm so my japan adventures will begin tomorrow

this concludes the hong kong portion of my trip. i had an enjoyable time getting to see all the family in my birth place. i can’t complain about the scheduling because i was able to fit in all the friends i wanted to catch up with. it’s always hard to say goodbye, especially to my ageing grandmas. although i don’t get to physically spend time with my grandparents, we do make frequent calls to keep in touch

i had one of those emotional day last night where i wasn’t quite my composed self. i really shouldn’t have mentioned it to mo because it makes no sense for him to worry about me halfway across the globe. i think i gave him a scare but i’m much more relieved and lighter after talking it over with mo

solo series [day seven]

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i spoke too soon. another sub par sleeping night due to irritating mosquito bites. but that’s totally fine because mo was at the gym chatting with me between his sets. day seven without the gym and i’m feeling slightly depressed, i know it will only get worse in the upcoming days.

my grandma was very excited to have lunch with my parents and i; she seemed especially energetic today. she knows that this will be the last meal together until the next time we visit. it wasn’t a fancy meal, but it was an important one

seeing si hing again, this time we covered the causeway bay and tsim sha tsui territory. we walked through almost every adidas and nike store in the area, talking about shoes. he needed food before his shift, so we sat down discussing taekwondo as he ate. time went by so fast and i didn’t want to part, but we must say goodbye for now until we meet again. i refuse to say farewell

my last dinner in hong kong was no doubt spent at home with my other grandma. i consider this one of the best meal on this trip so far. it’s a plain homecooked meal with no fancy dishes; simply because i missed eating tofu and veggies

the number of mosquito keeps piling on – the count is at eleven. not only is it growing in number, it’s also growing in size and irritation. at last i couldn’t stand if anymore and went out to get some ointment. i hope this works wonders and gets me out of the itching misery

day 1027 – born ready

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going to my grandma’s and spending some time with her on my last day in hong kong. my uncle showed several videos of the young me where i was swimming, jumping and lifting things that’s much too big for me. it was hilarious to see myself running around in two pigtails and sailormoon clothes. it’s a good reminder of the things i did growing up that made me who i am today; it’s proof that i was born an athlete

solo series [day three]

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first thing is first, i have to be a good granddaughter and do my due diligence. that means i am having morning dimsum with my grandma on dad’s side, then having lunch dimsum with my grandma on mom’s side

after taking care of family business, i was free to do as i wished. before my meeting with a good friend, i took the opportunity to train out and explore on my own. i was prepared to get lost as i wandered the streets, but that’s totally fine because i’m more than capable of finding my way back

evening was spent hanging out with one of the four underconstruction crew. we met up to have happy hour drinks at knutsford, shopped in mall, and later went for noodles at tsim sha tsui. she took me around to a famous noodle shop that i’m sure mo would approve of as it’s specifically known for their spices

i was up at 4am and couldn’t fall asleep again, but that worked in my favour because i was able to have our first overseas video chat. it’s been a long day for me travelling across the city and back. i am hoping to shop more tomorrow morning before meeting up with my “si hing” for some miscellaneous activities to be determined

day 84 – happy meal

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some swag i received from my grandma in hong kong. the little things that she remembers that makes me feel like a special grandchild even though our normal means of communication is through long distance phone calls. best grandma in the world, i wish you were not halfway across the globe so we could go to mcdonalds together