It’s official, I can finally say that I have made my decision and no Magic 8 Ball was shaken in the process. I made the decision all by myself, well, with a few little fateful signs thrown in for good measure (of course).
I AM MOVING TO HONG KONG!
Wow, suddenly it feels so real writing it in capital letters like that. It felt even more real when I clicked ‘purchase’ on the flight ticket earlier tonight. It’s all booked, I’m all set, a new adventure is just on the horizon and I am E X C I T E D. It just so happens that on this exact day, exactly four years ago, I set foot in Hong Kong for the first time in my life (The picture above is from that day…how happy do I look!! I felt so free in that moment- so relieved to have a little break from China, so blessed to have my Mum visiting, so young and new to the world of adventuring). I remember because it was the October 1st National Holiday and the streets were abuzz with crowds of excited tourists and locals alike, all preparing for the epic feast of fireworks that would add to the glam and glitter that so encompasses Hong Kong. I was one of those excited innocent young beings dashing through the streets to make it to the harbour on time. Due to being caught up in a rather delicious plate of dim sum, I didn’t quite make it. I did however, allow myself to get washed along and picked up, dancing and tripping over the feet of other city-goers, as we stood in the middle of the vast street, soaking Hong Kong up in all it’s beauty.
And now I can be a part of that crazy, glitter city every single day! I’m moving to Hong Kong!! I cannot contain my excitement at the thought of exploring a new place again. Actually, it doesn’t really matter how long I’ve lived somewhere- I never grow tired of exploring. Ah, but Hong Kong- so many little streets to get lost in, so many islands to hop, so many parts of the ocean all around to dip my tired feet in, so many new people to meet, so many brand-new and wonderful things to encounter and let into my life.
I never could have imagined that I’d have the chance to live there one day. It was always the city I escaped to when things became busy and exhausting in Shenzhen. I’d dart across the border to rejuvenate, purchase a book or two, stock up on real chocolate, visit my lovely Hong Kong friends or visit my favourite little getaway- Lamma Island.
Hong Kong is everything I’m looking for right now; an exciting, creative work opportunity, a chance to live with some of my closest friends from days gone by, a new city to inspire and intrigue me everyday, and despite it’s masses of people- hopefully the breath of fresh air I’ve been craving.
I am so looking forward to sharing my daily stories and adventures here on the blog. Perhaps Hong Kong and I will even become quite good friends. Leaving behind my beloved Taiwan (AGAIN!) is going to be so sad, but Taipei is just a one hour plane ride away and due to all the sneaky little signs lately, I think Taipei is pushing me to broaden my horizons and kick me back out into the big, bad world where it’s not all sparkly streets and sweet red bean buns all the time. Oh man, I LOVE Taiwan.
I am so so ready for this new challenge! Hong Kong, let’s do this!
This picture was taken last year as I jumped off the Star Ferry to go meet my friend Angel for dinner before heading to see The Jezabels live in concert. It was one of those unbelievably special moments. All of Hong Kong just stopped as this beautiful rainbow arched across the city from one island to the next. It was definitely a rare, precious occurrence in a city as bustling and non-stop go go go as Hong Kong is. I’ll never forget it and I hope I get to see plenty more rainbows in that big city.
Hong Kong, I’ll see you on Saturday.