Hong Kong: To Return or Not to Return? Part II

Out & Abroad

While the virtues of Hong Kong have often been extolled (See: Part I of my article), the city’s darker side has mostly been kept under wraps from outsiders. The truth is that living in Hong Kong and inhaling its infectious energy can also be lethally intoxicating.

Almost four years have gone by since I first landed with my suitcase(s) at Chek Lap Kok. Now I look back at the roller coaster ride that made up the first half of my adulthood: one day “I love this city!,” and then “I want to leave, get me out of this hellhole!” the next.

I already told you why I adored my Hong Kong life. But while the experience has made me more progressive, empowered, and stronger, it has also turned me into somewhat of a cynic – not completely bitter, but slightly jaded, weary, occasionally defensive and pessimistic. Hence, my decision…

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Medium and super convenient Beach Hike: Mui Wo to Pui O (Lantau Stage 12)

Distance: 9km Duration: Under 3 hours Difficulty: Medium (2/4) Compared to a few other trails in Hong Kong which start and end in the middle of nowhere, taking hours to get there and back, Lantau Stage 12 is an easy in-and-out affair that starts at the ferry pier and ends in a long, chilled out beach where you … Continue reading Medium and super convenient Beach Hike: Mui Wo to Pui O (Lantau Stage 12)

Mrs Pound’s “Secret” Stamp Shop Restaurant in Sheung Wan

I dragged two different people to Mrs Pound with me last week on separate occasions because of all the hype surrounding the restaurant. Let me bring you my report on this Asian-fusion place on everyone's lips. During Lunch the door is open and you can see a menu board in front. During dinner the whole … Continue reading Mrs Pound’s “Secret” Stamp Shop Restaurant in Sheung Wan

Easy Night Hike/Walk in Quarry Bay/Tai Koo: Hong Pak Country Trail

Distance: 6.6km in total to and from the MTR station - but the actual trail is only 3.6km Duration: 2 hours give or take. The 3.6km part can be done in 1-1.5 hours if you don't stop. Difficulty: Easy. The description says 'flat walk' but I would say maybe 40% of the hike was a gentle to moderate … Continue reading Easy Night Hike/Walk in Quarry Bay/Tai Koo: Hong Pak Country Trail

Beach Hike/Coastal Walk: Shek Pik Reservoir to Shui Hau Lantau Trail Stage 9

Distance: 6.5 kilometres Duration: 2 hours (You can do it faster if you run, which is possible especially in the downhill/flat parts in the start and end of the trail) Difficulty:  Easy Walk. Perfect for beginners, or for warm weather. Date: Sunday 28 September 2014 On the Sunday of our Mui Wo Staycation (post and link up soon). See … Continue reading Beach Hike/Coastal Walk: Shek Pik Reservoir to Shui Hau Lantau Trail Stage 9