It's time for reflection but I don't know where to begin. I've finally mustered some energy and motivation to put this blog together now that my extreme jet lag is starting to wear away. My body has been waking up at 4 pm Los Angeles time thinking that it is 7 am Hong Kong time.
How do I describe my 6 month experience with anything but a whirlwind? From meeting new friends from all over the world to taking international business courses and learning exceptional amounts of so many different cultures, this is a semester I will never regret and never forget.
I met most of my great friends on a hike to Victoria Peak and they became the people I traveled with time after time...starting with the Philippines and ending with Thailand over the course of the semester. Over this time, I realized how ignorant I was to outside cultures and while I initially blamed this on the educational system with which I was brought up, it really came down to my own minimal self-exposure to the world. I'm so very happy to say that I've learned an enormous amount about myself, life, travel, and what it means to care for others.
I returned home a few days ago feeling ready to return to the reality of productive college student existence and ready to spend quality time with my little brother who I missed the most. It is nice to escape the humidity of Hong Kong and rejoice in the beauty of my temperate LA but while I feel so different and changed, everything back home has remained the same. I cannot say I didn't expect this as I did but it is just peculiar to finally be here and witness it in action.
Cheers to the amazing KZhang and new local and mainland friends :)
@ South Hong Kong Island, Stanley Market, wealthy HK celebrity housing. The higher the floor, the fewer the poor.
This post has been backdated and re-posted from my previous blog as it is due for closure sometime in August. Farewell, Jux. You were cool while you lasted.
En route to Hong Kong. Tediously typed with two index fingers on my iPad's Notepad (Thanks big sis.)
I'm finally aboard Cathay Pacific and I think I'm getting a little delusional. Let me detail my train of thoughts over the past 20 minutes.
On the shuttle from the departure gate to the actual airplane awaiting our ground arrival:
"Jeez this shuttle ride is so long. It's so dark. Why did they turn out the lights? Ohh probably so it doesn't distract the pilots as they land... Duh. But wow, this shuttle ride is ridiculously long...what the hell, do they plan on driving us to Hong Kong?"
Upon arrival of the airplane:
"Whoaaaa I'm standing in front of th--
Aw curses. Pause. I need to switch off my iPad . Brb.
Okay continuing now.
"Whoaaaa I'm standing in front of the jet engine ! I wonder if anyone will take a picture for me (no)"
On the airplane:
"Nicee the seats look so comfy and spacious! Ballinn'. Oh wait, that's business class."
"Oh shit the plane is taking off - no turning back now."
"Man I'm glad I have so much leg room (~two feet)"
"Okay the plane is really taking off - must turn off phone data or else my mom will kill me for the phone bill. Omg no more phone contact for now. I don't know the Hong Kong equivalent of 9-1-1! I'm stranded I'm stranded!!! Meh. I'll just find WiFi."
Pilot: "The flight will be 14 hours and 51 minutes. Have an enjoyable flight "
Meanwhile, the screen in front of me illustrates the distance from Los Angeles to Hong Kong on an animated map. 4xxx miles. Say hello to the Pacific Ocean . Wave to Hawaii as we pass on by. Oh look there's Tokyo just 10 hours into the ride.
My face: D:
Maybe I was just a little frantic/sleep-deprived. Or perhaps it's undiagnosed ADD.
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