Seegs Quarterly Oct – Dec 2016

The fourth and final Seegs Quarterly of 2016 is a little late this time, but here’s what I was up to recently: Hong Kong I found my footing in Hong Kong during these months. I successfully got a semester of graduate school under my belt, with two more to go! One of the best parts of pursuing this path in Hong Kong was meeting so many like-minded people. I’ve had more interesting conversations in the few short months I’ve been in Hong Kong than I’ve probably had in the past 5 years. Hong Kong has one of the best expat communities…

My 6 Best Travel Moments of 2016

I started last year with My 5 Best Travel Moments of 2015, so why not kick it up a notch this year to My 6 Best Travel Moments of 2016?! This year was more about living abroad, and adjusting to an expat lifestyle, instead of traveling, and it has undoubtedly been one of the more important years of my life. While last year was more about solo travel and looking inwards, many of my favorite moments from this year were spent with others: both strangers and friends, and of course strangers who became friends. This year was all about connections,…

3 Days in Cambodia

Like most travelers, Angkor Wat in Cambodia had been on my bucket list for ages, and I had definitely hoped to finally check it off while I was living in Hong Kong. My hopes materialized! I had one weekend free right before my final exams (which you couldn’t study for), and a friend from home that was living in Kuala Lumpur told me she’d planned on going with some of her coworkers. I booked my ticket (within a time span of two minutes) and was on my way! Surprisingly, I liked Cambodia a lot more than Vietnam. Although, I know many people…

Alternative Thanksgiving in Hong Kong

Thanksgiving is probably my least favorite holiday – I’m not a fan of any of the common Thanksgiving foods, and there’s never really anything to do on the day except sit around, digest and make small talk. So there was no love lost on missing Thanksgiving to be in Hong Kong this year. Actually, my favorite holiday memories are ones that I’ve spent abroad. Needless to say, I hadn’t initially made any plans for the Thursday of Thanksgiving in Hong Kong, even though I didn’t have class that day. But then I’d spoken to my friend, Virginia from Humid with a…

Being Patriotic via Instagram

I think it’s possible to be anti-Trump (and the incoming administration) without being anti-American. With homesickness starting to kick in and simultaneously having to hear so much anti-American sentiment lately abroad (including from myself), I think a reminder of how amazingly beautiful, colorful and diverse my country is would be perfect right about now. What better way to do so than through a homegrown American invention: Instagram! This is my attempt at being patriotic.                                                    …

Seegs Quarterly July – Sep 2016

My move to Hong Kong is complete – woohoo!! This summer felt endless with anticipation, but I’m happy to finally be here (loving it!) and underway with things. Some other things went down this summer, too, including some drama (of course). Let’s break down what I’ve been up to the past three months: More NJ – and more wedding season! I’m really glad I didn’t have to miss out on two of my best friend’s weddings. I basically planned my entire summer around attending, but I was happy to since they’ve both always been there for me and it was worth…

Attempting to Close the Door On the Past

I recently found out that the ex-boyfriend that I’d been back in touch with for six months now had gotten married in the time we were apart, and had simply failed to mention it to me upon reconnecting. Then when I found out and questioned him about it, he said that I “never asked.” It’s probably important to mention that I had indeed asked what he’d been up to since we broke up and what made him decide to move upstate (which it now seems had something to do with his new wife). He did manage to tell me about his change…

Hello Hong Kong!

If you missed my big announcement in the last Seegs Quarterly, I am in Hong Kong for at least the next year to attend graduate school. While I know I’m going to be busy AF with that, I’ll still do my best to keep Hong Kong updates coming on the blog. I’ll also be hoping to make a few trips around Asia during my breaks and I’ll be sure to report back on those. But things will probably be more quiet around here for awhile. Before that happens, though, I’ve already made some snap judgements about Hong Kong after living…

Simple Summer Update

Things have been pretty quiet around here lately. I thought spending some time at home before heading off to Hong Kong would be relaxing, and I’d have plenty of time to pump out lots of posts that I’ve been meaning to write about Taipei, but the truth is it’s been anything but. I’ve been traveling back and forth between New Jersey and New York on a weekly basis, which means I’ve still been living out of a suitcase. I’m not complaining by any means, but the feeling of only staying put for a few days here and there, especially when…

Taipei’s Top Night Markets

There are few experiences more Taiwanese than visiting a Night Market, and Taipei is renowned for having some of the best night markets in the world. I’m going to go ahead and vouch for that ranking. The markets are a way of life in Taiwan, and when you visit one you’ll be eating alongside many locals. This differs from a lot of other markets around the world that are mainly catered to tourists. I’ve compiled a guide of the best of the best of Taipei’s Night Markets – six in total. Please keep in mind that these are my opinions,…