day 2401 – missing hometown

it’s been almost a year and a half since i’ve been back to my hometown but i can’t go back in midst of the crazy riots and now covid 19. i miss the good times back in hong kong, i miss some of my friends, but most importantly i miss visiting my grandparents who’s getting up there in age. the whole world’s economy is affected by this global warning. even my parents haven’t gone back with all the chaos. i wonder when it’ll all be okay to travel again

day 1685 – board cuts

the aftermath of a blackbelt test i didn’t want to work. it didn’t bode well from the beginning and only got worse when i’m told by the grandmaster to hold a board when he knows very well my hand isn’t healed for it. it really has become a hostile environment i’m tired of bearing his unreasonable and unethical ways. it has caused me too much grief and too much sleep and i’m no longer willing to go the distance to suit his needs while i sacrifice my happiness. either his attitude has to change and respect has to be there, or that’s the end of an era

day 1662 – chinese new year celly

the year of the dog starts off with more food celebrations; chinese new year celebration at the office, then with family. stayed up late to make long distance calls to my grandparents and relatives in hong kong. it’s good that i hit the gym between the two chinese meals. i guess i’ll run and workout a little harder to work the food overload. and at the end of the day, i have a few red pockets to take home with me

day 1198 – japan travels

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memoir of my traveling days this spring, visiting family in hong kong and then japan. it was a very simple yet dangerous phenomenon that made me gain weight in the wrong way – basically eating out everyday and going temple hopping all day long. the nightlife, shopping, ramen, sushi and attractions were all great. the only thing i can’t get used to is the humidity and inaccessibility of fitness facilities. i enjoyed the exploration and look forward to my next travels wherever it may take me

solo series [day one]

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i am excited to be heading home to hong kong to see my relatives and visiting japan for the first time. it’s a long overdue trip as it’s been three years since i last visited hong kong and my extended family. my parents decided to keep my appearance a top secret. i’m curious to see how my relatives react upon my arrival. now that nationals is over, i will definitely cut back on competition training and turn my attention to other trainings. but before i dive back into training, i need some time off because it’s been a while since i last had a real vacation. i’ll also take this opportunity to recuperate from the recent stresses of life. only then will i come back recharged and ready to make some tough decisions and big changes

for the next twelve days that mo and i will be apart on different continents, i will writing my “solo series” to keep everyone back home in the loop with what’s happening in and around my life. stay tuned and be ready for my journal of adventures

day 817 – return of parents

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that was a quick two weeks, my parents are back in town after their annual hong kong visit. sounds like they had a good relaxing trip and that all relatives are doing well. hearing stories of the happenings and that my grandparents still act the way they do – like a five year olds. it’s great that they’re back to take care of my day to day needs again, but i am losing the unlimited freedom and going back to normal routines. man, it’s a slow day and i am still feeling the effects of yesterday night’s epicness

day 777 – costco stock

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looks like someone went a little crazy at costco the other day. i got home to see a stash of supplements and vitamins on the table as if costco was on a closing out sale. i guess my parents are getting ready for their hong kong trip and bringing back vitamins for grandparents and infinite relatives. i imagine these are high in demand in the east when other relatives are also putting in requests for some year after year

day 573 – red pockets

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i didn’t get a whole lot of red pockets for chinese new year as usual and if i were in hong kong it would be totally different story. every year i miss out on all the red pockets from grandparents and relatives overseas, but i can’t be bothered too much, i’ll take it as it’s given. it’s who remembers to give it to me that counts. be grateful because there are many people who don’t receive any

day 316 – hong kong days

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may days of last year spent in hong kong as part of the ritual of my family but i will not have a chance to back this year. i miss this place and really wish i oculd visit as often as my heart desires. already looking into next year’s vacation plans and hong kong is definitely up there in priority knowing my grandparents will be delighted to see my face again. the only thing in the way of vacation days is time constraints and probably money. if that wasn’t an issue, i’d be in vacation throughout the year

day 184 – happy chinese new year!!

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receiving red pocket is pretty standard. making phone calls back to hong kong and regurgitating dozens chinese proverbs is pretty standard. but it never gets old just seeing their faces or hearing their voices on chinese new year. chinese new year is not about receiving the money inside red pockets, it’s about cherishing each and every special moment spent with the ones you love and can’t live without. embracing the year of the horse, i look forward to everything you have in store for me