Seegs Quarterly Apr – June 2017

It’s Seegs Quarterly time! Here are some highlights from the last few months: Holiday in the Philippines I visited the Philippines for the first time. One of my very good friends in Hong Kong is from Cebu and recommended the tropical and somewhat deserted Bantayan Island for a beach getaway that we all DESPERATELY needed. Recommendation from a local? I’m all about it. Done and done. Bantayan Island is a true tropical paradise, but like many Filipino islands, it takes awhile to get to. I certainly didn’t mind because the drive up the Eastern coast was one of the most…

Macau

Macau and Hong Kong are like the two small cousins of China. Hong Kong, given it’s International reputation  as an air hub, is a lot more well-known. But, for a lot of reasons, Macau is well-worth a visit, especially if you are passing through Hong Kong for a long enough time. Macau was a Portugese region until 1999, and is now a special administrative region of China (SAR), just as Hong Kong became in 1998, and operates under the same “one country two systems” during a 50-year transition period. It’s now considered somewhat of a gambling hub. Since visiting Macau, when…

Seegs Quarterly Jan – Mar 2017

I’ll start with my apologies for the late posting. Just chalk it up to being a full-time graduate student with very limited time on her hands, and in the free time I do have the last thing I want to be doing is writing or staring at my laptop. I said things would slow down around here, and they have, but I did still manage to have a little fun in the past few months :) Here’s what I got up to: Lunar New Year My favorite time of year – the Lunar New Year holiday – was upon us…

Welcoming the Year of the Rooster

Last year, in Taiwan, I had my first experience celebrating Chinese/Lunar New Year at the source in Asia and I learned that it is a much bigger ordeal than I’d thought. That being said, I actually found the festivities in Hong Kong to be a bit more tame than in Taipei, comparitively speaking. Hong Kong didn’t have firecrackers going off at all hours of the day and there were no incense burning constantly to ward off bad spirits. Also, Taipei was quite deserted during the holiday, while Hong Kong seemed a lot busier and more touristy. I guess for some…

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…