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Hong Kong lit upHead over to the Unsettled TCK Gallery for more pictures. Introduction Hong Kong is one of my absolute favourite places in the world. I was born there and I have been back every single year of my life. During my uprooted childhood, Hong Kong was one of the points of stability that I could always hold on to. In fact, Hong Kong actually mimicked my life. In case you aren't familiar with the city, it is always changing. Stores that have been open for decades close and are...

*To see more pictures head over to: Unsettled TCK Gallery**Note: Most of the rides and attractions in Ocean Park during Halloween are Haunted Houses. Also performers will just wander up and randomly scare you. BE WARNED! I didn't know and I felt like I walked into a terrifying scare trap. Also, if you only want to read about Halloween at Ocean Park, skip down since it starts halfway down the page under the obvious heading "Halloween."**Also, if you can't be bothered to read everything: BUY THE MOST EXPENSIVE TICKET. You can...

Having already done Top Ten Lhasa Quirks and Top Ten TCK Quirks, I am moving on to the Top Ten Hong Konger quirks! I have been waiting on this post for awhile because honestly, it's hard to see the forest for the trees. By that I mean that I was born in Hong Kong and have visited every single year I was alive before finally living there for a year last year. Because of this, it is hard for me to differentiate between peculiar traits and what I would consider normal,...

I was born in Hong Kong and have been back to visit pretty much every year of my life. When you have this sort of pattern with a city, you tend to want to visit the areas you are familiar with and won't see for a year. My brother and I stuck to Causeway Bay, TST, Mong Kok, and Sham Shui Po. These were the parts of the city where you used to be able to get bootleg games and movies (the government cracked down a few years ago and...

I am currently on my way back to Hong Kong after three months in Lhasa. For the occasion, I have compiled a list of things that I am looking forward to in Hong Kong and things that I will miss about Lhasa. Everything that I am looking forward to applies only to my individual situation. I am not making any sweeping claims about what anyone else experiences or their priorities. I also know that some problems are beyond the control of any of the hotel staff and the people I am around....

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To continue with my series on quirks of different cultures, here is one on TCKs. The first one I did was Top Ten Lhasa Quirks. If you enjoyed this, head over to part 2: Top Ten TCK Quirks Part 2   Here is a book about us TCKs that I also mentioned on my Me Page:Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds    1. Visas and passports   For the longest time, I didn’t know that there were two meanings to the word "visa". I thought it meant that thing in...

To fund my travels, I still work for my boss at StoryJungle Co. Ltd. This is an English education center in Hong Kong which focuses on promoting reading and writing as a means of learning English. The idea is that students will be actually engaged and interested in storybooks as opposed to being forced to learn. It has proven to be an extremely effective method! There is something really amazing about seeing children, whose first language isn't English, actively excited about reading stories in another language.I currently write the curriculum that...

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Last Monday, April 25 was the birthday of Tin Hau. She is also known as Mazu and she is the goddess of the sea. She protects fishermen and sailors. You are supposed to invoke her whenever going on a journey, especially by sea! I gather it's no surprise that's she is so popular in Hong Kong... According to Wikipedia (my university professors would have had conniptions if I ever wrote that on a paper), her birthday is the twenty-third day of the third lunar month of the Chinese calender. Quite...

I feel like from an early age, it's been drilled into me to never cheat or plagiarize. Doesn't mean that it never happened, but at least I was aware that I was breaking the rules. Here, not so much. I ended up having the most frustrating class last Thursday when I spent about an hour and a half convincing these two high schoolers that not only was plagiarism immoral, they just weren't skilled enough to get away with it. It was the second argument that stuck.To give a bit of context,...

One of the most interesting tournaments I've ever seen has been the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens. Every year around March, Hong Kong is overrun with drunken, obnoxious, and hilarious rugby fans that see the tournament as secondary to the party that comes with it! This year it was March 25-27.   Hong Kong Sevens home site   This is the first year I have been in Hong Kong during the Sevens. The first time I ever heard of them was when I was living in the Philippines. My high school was...