Writing Challenge: Map It Out

Writing Challenge: Map It Out.

Places I’ve lived.

Daily Prompt: Study Abroad

Daily Prompt: Study Abroad.

Me Eating a Tiny Scorpion in Beijing

Me Eating a Tiny Scorpion in Beijing

I did actually study abroad in Hong Kong for five months. I would have stayed longer if I’d been able to. I stayed in residence and though I met some great people and had a lot of fun, I’d probably like to have my own place to live. I think I drove my roommate a little batty the last time, though we are still good friends, right Kristel?

If I could do it again, I’d do Japan. I’ve always loved the Asian countries and it’s definitely on my bucket list. I’d ride the trains, eat sushi as much as possible, train in the same martial arts that I do here and finally pick up the Japanese language.

I’d visit Mount Fuji and the shrine of the 47 Ronin. I’d travel to Naha, Osaka, Nagasaki and Okinawa. It would take me probably years to do it, but I’d do it all. Might still do it, just as a travel. But who knows what the future holds?

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Near and Far

Weekly Photo Challenge: Near and Far.

Near and Far - A High Five With Buddha

Near and Far – A High Five With Buddha

Weekly Photo Challenge: Movement

Weekly Photo Challenge: Movement.

It wasn’t just the fact they were in motion, but the expression on his face. Taken on a boat tour in Hong Kong, October 2007. There were a bunch taken that day, but this is one of the best.

Movement

Movement

Weekly Photo Challenge: Close

Weekly Photo Challenge: Close.

Close

Can’t get much closer than this.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth

Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth

One of the first nights in Hong Kong for the exchange program, a few of us wanted to go for karaoke. Amazing how the group grows when you tell a few friends. It was 5 years ago today that I went on this trip.

The first night of karaoke in Hong Kong

The first night of karaoke in Hong Kong

Weekly Photo Challenge: Friendship

Weekly Photo Challenge: Friendship.

Friends in HK

Friends in HK

Weekly Photo Challenge: Hot

Weekly Photo Challenge: Hot.

Taken at our farewell party in Hong Kong. It was definitely hot to get a drink around there!

Hot Bar in Hong Kong

Hot Bar in Hong Kong

Weekly Photo Challenge: Comfort

Weekly Photo Challenge: Comfort.

When I went to Hong Kong for five months, my friends chipped in and bought me a night at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.  Any hotel that has a pillow menu makes the case and the photos don’t do it justice. Trust me, it is the epitome of comfort.

Mandarin Oriental - Full Room

Mandarin Oriental - Full Room

Mandarin Oriental - Chair by the window

Mandarin Oriental - Chair by the window

Mandarin Oriental - Bath

Mandarin Oriental - Bath

Mandarin Oriental - Bed

Mandarin Oriental - Bed

Weekly Photo Challenge: Colorful

Weekly Photo Challenge: Colorful.

These photos were taken on New Year’s Eve 2008 in Hong Kong Harbour where I rang in the new year with many of my new friends while on exchange at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. I had trouble picking just one, so here are two of them. Neither one has fireworks in them, but it shows how colourful it was without them.

Hong Kong Harbour on New Years 2008

Hong Kong Harbour on New Years 2008

Hong Kong Harbour on New Years 2008

Another shot of the Hong Kong Harbour on New Years 2008