Posts Tagged‘asia’

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…

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,…

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…

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…

Hanging Out in Asia’s Themed Cafes

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

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…

Taiwan Lantern Festival

On the last (15th) day of the Chinese New Year celebrations, I went to the Taiwan Lantern Festival in Pingxi. This festival is rated as the #2 festival in the world by the Discovery Channel right alongside better known worldwide festivals like Carnevale in Rio and Oktoberfest in Munich. It’s also been recognized by Fodor’s and CNN Travel as “must do in your lifetime” festivals. After experiencing it now firsthand,  I will resolutely say that this festival should be on everyone’s bucket lists if it isn’t already. The purpose of the lanterns is to attract the good spirits and signal…