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 six]

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i got a full eight hours of sleep last night, best i’ve slept since arriving. that works in my favour because i am well rested for my hike today. met up with my friend and two of her friends to do my first ever hong kong hike at tai mo shan that began in tsuen wan west. transiting to the base took over an hour and the hike took a total of three and a half hours. the trail wasn’t extremely difficult but it had dangerous sections. it was pretty good experience minus all the bites despite spraying on a lot of bug repellent. i am all tired out from the long hike, one ankle is swollen, as i expected

another highlight of the day, and another must-do thing on my list, was having taste tested the special mcdonalds pulled pork burger and successfully finishing it myself. it tasted good but i felt like a fatty with it inside my stomach

tomorrow will be my final full day in hong kong. i have set aside the morning to see my fanling grandma once more before i leave. i should also double check to see if i have completed the hong kong portion of shopping list

day 1026 – hiking abroad

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the healthiest thing i’ve done this trip thus far is this hike in tsuen wan. this three and a half hour hike had some dangerous segments and no shortage of flies. no amount of bug repellent could stop the mosquitoes from attacking my blood. my right ankle is sore and swollen from all this, i regret only taping my knee but not my ankle. got my first hong kong hiking experience under my belt

solo series [day five]

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another day of sub par sleeping, i am beginning to believe it’s not a result of jetlag. perhaps I just miss my own comfy bed. waking up at 4am has been the trend this whole trip

walking the streets of mongkok and yau ma tei on saturday mid day is not the brightest idea, but that’s exactly what we decided upon. as if the mtr and city streets were not busy enough on weekdays, weekends can be described as scary busy. a hamber friend took me to a nice waffle restaurant for lunch. of course, we ordered a savoury waffle plus a salad to share. we also grabbed bubble waffle; one of the items on my must-do list before i leave hong kong crossed off. we talked a lot and caught up on what’s been going on related to school, work, family, boys and life in general

my left knee is hurting throughout the day. i’m a little concerned as i’ll be needing my legs for tomorrow’s hike. this will be my main source of exercise on this trip as i have given up on acquiring trial gym passes

day 1025 – waffles waffles

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a fellow hamberite showed me hong kong life through waffles. we were very ambitious when we decided to hit up mongkok area on a saturday afternoon. we shared a savoury waffle for lunch and then later shared a bubble waffle for afternoon snack. so much eating and no exercise isn’t making my body very happy. to be fair, there’s a lot of walking around involved, but it’s just not the same

solo series [day four]

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the weather took a hit today. hong kong rain is nothing like vancouver’s; when it rains, it really pours. started the day in a mall called apm, that’s where i did some shopping and had lunch with my parents. the rain lightened in the afternoon so we decided to go to shum shui po to buy stuff from street vendors. even with the muggy weather, the streets of kowloon were jam packed with people

i am happy to meet up with my si hing who’s been ever so influential. we hung out and chatted as if we were back in the old vancouver days that i dearly miss. he took me around to local favourites and hidden gems. there i bought a lot of things and almost bought a new phone too

went to my cousin’s house for a homecooked dinner. this is really the first time i encountered my niece since the last time i saw her she was only four. she’s unbelievably smart and witty, but sometimes that makes her a little arrogant. luckily she adored me and listened to everything i said. she said i was the coolest person she met and even invited me to sleepover with her

it was a productive day despite the weather affecting some of our initial plans. i am spending a ton of money eating a ton of food here on vacation. i’ll need to work harder at earning it back and working it off when i return