Attempting to Close the Door On the Past

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I recently found out that the ex-boyfriend that I’d been back in touch with for six months now has been married the whole time. 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 previously 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 of job and which sports teams he’s now rooting for, though. On top…

Hello Hong Kong!

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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

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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

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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,…

Seegs Quarterly Apr – June 2016

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It’s time for the second Seegs Quarterly! I’m looking back on these past few months with lots of gratitude. Gratitude for the experiences I’ve had, for the patience to know that hard times don’t last and will eventually turn to good, for the interesting people I’ve met around the world, and for my unique lifestyle that wouldn’t have been possible years ago. I spent the first part of the quarter wrapping up things in Taiwan. I was pretty whiney towards the end of my time in Taipei and couldn’t wait to leave, but that was unfair of me. Because I knew…

Hanging Out in Asia’s Themed Cafes

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Visiting a Themed Cafe in Asia is a thing. I’ve been able to visit several throughout Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong but they’re littered throughout all of Asia, with many of the concepts originating in Tokyo. Here’s a look at the four themed cafes that I’ve visited: Hello Kitty Cafe Pink. If I had to sum the Hello Kitty Cafe up in one word, it would undoubtedly be pink. This themed cafe is located in the Myeong-dong neighborhood of Seoul, South Korea. Beyond the cafe, this neighborhood is everything you’d picture Korea to be: bright lights, Korean pop music playing…

My Lasting Impressions and a Goodbye to Taiwan

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I left Taiwan in a hurry because of a family emergency, and therefore I didn’t get to do all the things I’d been planning like visit my favorite noodle shop one last time and say goodbye to friends. Maybe it’s for the best, though, because goodbyes are the worst and give me a ton of anxiety anyways and I didn’t know it at the time  but I’d have more than enough sadness waiting for me when I arrived back in the States. When I’d first arrived in Taipei, I posted my first impressions of the city varying from the delicious food…

Losing a Loved One When You’re Halfway Around the World

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The call came at 11:18 pm, as I was googling Game of Thrones fan theories. I could tell right away that it was serious from the tone in my mother’s voice. My grandmother had been placed in hospice and was given 48 hours to live. I immediately started making calls to see what I could do, and if I’d be able to make it home in time. After about two hours on the phone with various airlines, I’d gotten myself a way home via 4 different layovers and 2 days of travel. It was all worth it for a shot…

6 Foods You Must Try in Seoul

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The food game in South Korea is strong. With the Korean food scene in other parts of the world starting to blow up, I was excited to see if things were different in Korea, much like how food in China is vastly different from Chinese food in America. But either surprisingly or not, Korean food is true to it’s roots and much of what you’ll find in Korea (at least in my brief experience) is exactly what I’d pictured Korean food to be like, except much more fresh and delicious. Here’s what in my mind are the 6 foods you…

Mastering the Art of Dining Alone

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At this point, I’ve probably eaten more meals solo than with dining companions and when you do something frequently enough, you start to prefer it. While it might seem that this is a sad topic, I look at it as quite the opposite. In my mind, being comfortable eating out alone is one of the most obvious signs that someone has the utmost confident in themselves and could care less about what people think. Also, if you’re on the road, you’ve gotta eat, and that shouldn’t be something that stresses you out. Here are a few of my tips so…