I’m a complete slacker, I know. Fall break was a month ago, and I finally managed to roll this out. I miss Italy. My heart aches for homecooked pasta, fresh pizzas, and cannolis. I miss staring down the entire city of Florence from the Dome of Santa Maria Cathedral, listening to live, acoustic music on top of Piazza Michelangelo, and sitting in front of St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican City because I couldn’t be bothered to line up to get in.
Imagine somewhere above Earth, an artist accidentally spilled his painting palette, splattering colors all over this island of Italy. That’s Venice for you.
I realized that in general, Hong Kongers are obsessed with Japan, and for good reasons.
1. Close proximity. Only 2 hours away by plane, that is negligible time comittment.
2. Toilets with wonderfully weird functions, e.g. auto-warming seats, jets of water to cleanse your butt, fake flushing sounds to *ahem* cover up when you do your big business.
3. Vending machines that are literally everywhere, even more numerous than the number of public trash cans (though, to be fair, Japan is famously known for having very limited amount of public bins in order to discourage people from littering)
Six years ago, I stepped foot in Los Angeles, my first time ever in the U.S. That was still the time when I lumped all the West Coast cities together and thought Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Las Vegas are all in California. Being the geographically ignorant kid that I was, I’ve come a long way since then, though I’m still not that much better with geography… Continue reading “San Diego & LA – Spring Break Pt. 2”
“Portland? Why Portland?” was the reaction I got when I told people I was going to Portland. AKA out of all the typical spring break destinations I could choose from, like Florida, California (which was actually the second part of my spring break), the Carribeans, my home, why Portland? Continue reading “Keeping Portland Weird – Spring Break Pt. 1”
There’s nothing as exhilarating and refreshing as taking a spontaneous weekend trip to a different city. Okay, well, semi-spontaneous because it took me a while to actually decide on getting the plane tickets. But it’s the combination of an IDGAF mindset, taking a break from the monotonous school life, and just being at a different place, that makes this trip so amazing. Christina, my friend whom I traveled with, and I had such a BLAST of a trip. Continue reading “72 Hours in New York City”
Over winter break, I visited Shanghai, a city I haven’t been to in almost ten years. Deciding to go there was actually kind of a last minute decision, but I figured, why not? I’ll be in Hong Kong for three entire weeks and I have a lot of free time. Selina and Karin, my two friends from Shanghai, were like, NAT COME COME COME IT’S GOING TO BE FUN. So voilà, I got my ass to Shanghai. Continue reading “Winter break: Shanghai eats and more!”