CAPTURE THE MOMENTS
Week 3 offered a bit of nostalgia for me as I was able to have a little bit of Aloha in Hong Kong. Back in Hawaii, hiking was one of my favorite things to do in my spare time. I was glad to have found out that Hong Kong has many hiking trails across the city that offer spectacular views. I was also to be able to meet up with some familiar faces for some dinner.
One of the firsts things to do before studying abroad is to research all the fun activities and places to explore within your new city. For me, that involved a lot of research on food, photo spots, and hiking. After thoroughly investigating on some potential hiking spots I settled on a fairly easy hike called Dragon's Back to begin the semester. The hike is quite straightforward as the first half is a nice walk under the shade of trees while the 2nd half gave gorgeous landscape views of mountains and beaches. This experience reminded me a lot about home as my favorite part of any hike was always the view from the top. As I scaled back down the mountain I was reminded that the 2nd best part of a hike is a delicious meal waiting for me to devour.
I was able to have the opportunity to hang out with my brother as he was in Hong Kong for 24 hours before he went off to visit our family in Zhongshan. With this opportunity came another as it ended up being a Shidler reunion of alumni and current Freeman scholars studying abroad in Hong Kong! It was a small reunion as it consisted of alumnus Tony Wong Cam and Lewis Wang as well as current Freeman scholars Joshua Stefen Rasay, Momi Morgan, and myself. We all gathered for dinner at an all you can eat hot pot restaurant called Jackpot. As we filled our stomachs with delicious food, we chatted about missing Hawaii as well as all our new experiences in Hong Kong. Lewis was also able to give us some advice for Hong Kong as he is a part of the alumni association and has been working in Hong Kong since his graduation. Overall, the night was filled with nostalgia and laughter as I was reminded that Hawaii is never too far away as there is a huge network of Shidler alumni located across Asia.