Hong Kong is more than just a haven for shoppers or a paradise for foodies. While most people may not think of Hong Kong as an adrenaline-fuelled destination, there is plenty of adventure to be had there. With great weather year-round, outdoor activities are always an option that most people never even think about when visiting. So once your stomach ... Read More »
The Pearl of the Orient. The Fragrant Harbour.
Whatever you want to call it, Hong Kong is a special place indeed. After calling it home for over two years, I realized that Hong Kong is the perfect gateway to Asia. Being a major financial hub, it's all shiny and quite Westernized. Tourists can visit and easily get around using only English, yet something about it is still very exotic. Very Asia. It's no wonder it's newest nickname calls it Asia's World City.
Nowadays more and more university graduates are considering going overseas to teach English rather than going directly into an office job at home. Why? Well, it’s a great cultural experience or a fun gap year abroad with only slightly more responsibility than what they had in university, but the real reason most consider it? The money. Sure it might be tacky ... Read More »
Almost daily now many of you send me e-mails asking questions about teaching in Hong Kong. I’ve found that most of you actually have the same questions, so I thought it would be helpful just to put them all down in one place as a resource for you guys! Here are your frequently asked questions about teaching English in Hong ... Read More »
Every Friday I’ll be sharing a photo from someplace in my travels. This week’s photo is of the Aqua Luna in the Sparkling Victoria Harbour. Hong Kong will elicit sensory overload from just about anyone who is unsuspecting– the lights, the smells, the sounds. At first the city can be a little intimidating with its densely packed streets, fluorescent lights and ... Read More »
As the infamous Hong Kong humidity comes rolling in, the junk boats start sailing out. And while the term “junk boat” may have once referred to the traditional Chinese fishing boats famous for their red sails, today it seems to refer to any sort of pleasure-yacht– and usually one that involves all you can drink alcohol, hence the popular phrase ... Read More »
As I’m writing this, I am sitting in the airport in Hong Kong, the last minutes of our time here ticking down. This past week was full of going away parties– farewell dinners with family, drinks with friends and coworkers. Being an expat is an amazing experience, but due to the short-lived nature of most expats’ careers abroad, saying goodbye is something ... Read More »
Every Friday I’ll be sharing a photo from someplace in my travels. This week’s photo is of outside my window in Hong Kong. When I first visited Hong Kong, I was amazed by constantly seeing green mountains and blue seas every which way I looked. Coming from the Midwest, neither mountains nor ocean were things I were accustomed to, but I still ... Read More »
Next week marks the famous Dragon Boat festival in Hong Kong. Called Tuen Ng in Chinese, this festival always falls on the 5th day of the 5th lunar month, and has been taking place since as far back as the third century. While this festival has a bit of a long history, it is mainly known for its energetic and ... Read More »
After being born and raised in Chicago, it wasn’t until I left nearly two years ago that I truly began to appreciate, and even miss, the city I once called home. When I was living there, I rarely thought about what a great city it was. It has great food, great architecture, and always some festival or another going on ... Read More »
Every Friday I’ll be sharing a photo from someplace in my travels. This week’s photo is of towering towers of buns in Hong Kong. It’s that time of year again, when the people of Cheung Chau–a small island fishing village in Hong Kong, are busy preparing paper-mache deities, sewing beautiful costumes, baking “lucky” buns, and sticking them together to create sky-high bun ... Read More »