singapore 2018

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the seventeen-day hong kong and singapore trip was pretty good but also came with some hard realization. it was an eventful two and a half weeks full of relatives, eating, walking, relaxing, chilling and exercising. with my parents, we explored the many places of singapore with exceptional architecture and delicious foods. i thought i would gain a lot of weight being in asia with endless eating, but that was not the case since i kept my exercise level up. i met up with old friends who took me on a wild tour to see the ins and outs of what hong kong is about. the main purpose of this trip was to visit my two grandmas. they are getting up there in age and it’s important for me to see them as often as time permits. spending time with them during this trip made me learn the brutal reality of health and aging. both of them had their mobility restrictions. my heart felt sour knowing i can’t help them out of this brutality even with the vast amount of experience, knowledge and education. all i can do is be by their side and spend time with them. with that said, i could see my grandmas’ face glow when i take them out for lunch, or even simply pay them an afternoon visit. regardless of what was said, it was good to spend time traveling with my parents; i don’t get that much anymore. that’s a wrap for my 2018 asia trip. i’ll be back soon enough

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day 1940 – lunch on me

lunch for the roundtable was on me as i take my grandma out to eat at her favourite vegetarian temple. my grandma was very happy that her once young granddaughter is now a proven and capable of taking her out. seeing my grandmother happy makes my mom happy, which in turn makes me equally happy. my two grandmas are the reason i visit hong kong as often as i do, so naturally knowing i can do something to brighten up their lives is a fulfillment for me

day 1939 – mr. brown

had a day with my parents before heading to grandma’s place for a homecooked dinner. we spent the day shopping at apm and in the area of guan tong. i didn’t but anything in particular, except a matcha ice cream waffle cone from tsujiri. i tell myself it’s okay to indulgence a little, as long as i keep up with the walking and workout. i did, however, meet gigantic mr brown and couldn’t resist the urge to climb on him as per usual. i started a lineup of kids also wanting to sit on gigantic mr brown

day 1416 – 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