Alternative Thanksgiving in Hong Kong

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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…