Photography Expedition: Abroad in Asia

By Emily Dang | Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship Recipient

Study abroad. Two words that hold so much more significance than the very definitions that define them. Study abroad is a tinkering of one’s heart. It rips open your mind and makes you vulnerable to the world and people around you. It forces you to step into the unknown, get lost, find and feel the unexpected, then it repeats. It’s an endless cycle of exploring something called life. It keeps repeating and repeating until you tell yourself you’ve had enough. But days later (seconds later), you realize you can’t stop. The feeling one gets from studying abroad is like watching ONE MORE YouTube video, eating ONE MORE piece of chocolate, spending ONE MORE hour with that person you love being around. It is an addiction. Satisfaction. Happiness. Sadness. Hope. SO MANY DIFFERENT THINGS THAT KEEP YOU COMING BACK FOR MORE. It also has no boundaries. You see, study abroad is just the first step. For me, studying abroad gave me the confidence to travel alone to countries I never dreamed of traveling to. India, Nepal, Berlin, and Italy are just some of the places I traveled to by myself after studying abroad in Hong Kong.

Reflecting on my time abroad, I realize that I did not just simply study abroad in Hong Kong. I fully immersed myself into Asia and I became part of it. I learned how to think in new ways, work in foreign environments and interact with humans of different backgrounds.

As a recipient of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, I challenged myself to take on opportunities that would help me grow personally, mentally and professionally. My adventures in Asia started on August 8th and (temporarily) ended on December 15th. I was part of the Syracuse University Study Abroad Program in Hong Kong. The program was structured into three modules: module A — two week travel seminar (three credits), module B — ten weeks of coursework (twelve credits), module C — five week internship (three credits).

I’ve sorted through all of my photos and organized some of my favorite ones in chronological order. Some photos are accompanied by anecdotes while some have little to no descriptions. There were adventurous days, there were mundane days. I hope you enjoy my photos from those days and everything in between.

August 8, 2015 — My first day in the magical land of Hong Kong was very special and started when I arrived at 5:30AM. I arrived two days earlier than the group flight so I could explore and really get a feel for HK before the program officially started. I met my first friend within seconds of arriving at the Grand Blossom House (HK SU Abroad Housing). After conversing for a few minutes, I quickly came to learn that my first friend in Hong Kong was also a brother in the same business fraternity as me, Alpha Kappa Psi. TALK ABOUT OLDEST AND LARGEST PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS FRATERNITY IN THE WORLD. [Victoria Peak]
August 8, 2015 — I spent the rest of the day exploring Hong Kong with a good friend of mine who is a HK local. He is an Architecture student at Syracuse University so I got the inside scoop on all of the buildings in Hong Kong. Forever grateful. [Star Ferry Pier]
August 9, 2015 — Getting lost is the best way to find the most delicious restaurants. [Hung Hom, HK]
August 10, 2015 — [Taken at a restaurant…somewhere in Soho]
August 10, 2015 — Rain or shine, the HK skyline is always beautiful.
August 10, 2015 — [Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade (TST)]
August 10, 2015 — [Star Ferry Pier, Central Hong Kong]
August 10, 2015 — [Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade (TST)]
August 11, 2015 — This was the first day of orientation. These photos were taken from a place called The Peak. [Victoria Peak, Hong Kong]
August 11, 2015 — You’re going to see this in a lot of captions but, JUST LOOK AT THAT VIEW behind me! (It never got old. Never. Not once.) [Victoria Peak, Hong Kong]
August 11, 2015 — Living in Hong Kong allows you to experience “the best of both worlds”. One moment you are in the middle of a concrete jungle and the next, you are in the middle of an actual jungle (with monkeys). [Victoria Peak, HK]
August 11, 2015 — The infamous Jumbo Floating Restaurant. [Aberdeen, Hong Kong]
August 12, 2015 — First day at City University of Hong Kong :) [Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong]
August 12, 2015 — The Syracuse University Hong Kong program was made up of students from Santa Clara University, Pomona College, Georgetown University, DePaul University, Johns Hopkins University, Barnard College, Davidson College, and of course, Syracuse University. [Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong]
August 13, 2015 — Taken from my room at the Grand Blossom House (also known as GBH). [Hung Hom, Hong Kong]
August 14, 2015 — The study abroad program started with a two week travel seminar around Asia (module A). Destinations: Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, Malacca, Singapore. [Hong Kong International Airport]
August 14, 2015 — The four hour delay wasn’t too bad with all of these beautiful mountains to look at :) [Hong Kong International Airport]
August 14, 2015 — This photo was taken in Hong Kong right before we took off for Beijing. I didn’t get a picture of the Beijing airport but boy was I happy to be there. Growing up, people often asked if I had ever been to China and my answer was always no. I visited Vietnam a couple of times with my family and had a layover in Singapore but that was the extent of my travels in Asia. I hadn’t been back in this part of the world since I was six years old. It was a nostalgic feeling to finally arrive in my motherland. [Hong Kong]
August 15, 2015 — [Tiananmen Square — Beijing, China]
August 15, 2015 —I was very surprised when I saw how vibrant and blue the skies were in Beijing. I later came to learn that the government set strict emission regulations on cars and factories in preparation for Victory Day. http://www.cnn.com/2015/09/04/asia/china-beijing-blue-sky-disappears-after-military-parade/ [Forbidden City — Beijing, China]
August 15, 2015 — [Forbidden City — Beijing, China]
August 15, 2015 —The imperial roof decorations were one of my favorite things to photograph. [Forbidden City — Beijing, China]
August 15, 2015 — [Forbidden City — Beijing, China]
August 16, 2015 —The first of many extraordinary experiences and sights. The ride up to the Great Wall of China was long but tranquil. Looking at it from above puts into perspective how massive the wall actually is. [Mutianyu section of the Great Wall — Beijing, China]
August 16, 2015 — LOOK, I’m part of the Great Wall! ^_^ [Mutianyu section of the Great Wall — Beijing, China]
August 16, 2015 — [Mutianyu section of the Great Wall — Beijing, China]
August 17, 2015 — Our day started off with an early morning tai chi exercise at the Temple of Heaven. [Temple of Heaven — Beijing, China]
August 17, 2015 —None of us were actually good. We tried and that is all that matters. [Temple of Heaven — Beijing, China]
August 17, 2015 — D’awww. Just look at us :) [Temple of Heaven — Beijing, China]
August 17, 2015 — Learning about tea culture. [Beijing, China]
August 17, 2015 — Exploring the Shichahai historic residential district. [Beijing, China]
August 17, 2015 — Mr. Bai’s beautiful paintings. [Beijing, China]
August 18, 2015 — We started off the day at the American Embassy and the American Center for Education Exchange and ended it at The Place (shopping center in Beijing.) This was actually one of the longer days as we had lectures from 9:30am–5:30pm. The girl standing next to me in this photo became one of my best friends during the trip. We made it a point to take a selfie under every cool ceiling we saw in Asia. We sort of failed and only took one other photo in Singapore at Clarke Quay. [Beijing, China]
August 19, 2015 — [The second destination in the Seminar was Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia] - SO MANY MENTOS. Growing up, my grandma always had Mentos at her house. I never questioned why she had so many, I just helped her eat them. Seeing all of these Mentos at the Malaysian supermarket immediately made me want to call my popo :) [Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia]
August 20, 2015 — Study abroad isn’t just fun and games; we do indeed have to actually study. This day consisted of journal entries, quizzes, lectures and a tour of the Royal Selangor Factory. We also got to see the Petronas Towers ^_^ [Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia]
August 21, 2015 —Lecture at US Embassy → Islamic Arts Museum → National Mosque. [National Mosque — Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia]
August 22, 2015 — [Malacca, Malaysia]
August 22, 2015 — [Malacca, Malaysia]
August 23, 2015 — One of my fondest memories from the seminar was visiting a Malay village in Sungai Rambai. We learned about rubber tapping and the art of basket weaving. The food was delicious and the rain didn’t stop us from weaving our mini baskets :) [Malacca, Malaysia]
August 23, 2015 — Third Destination of travel seminar: Singapore.
August 23, 2015 — Do you like my hat? [Singapore]
August 24, 2015 — [Little India — Singapore]
August 24, 2015 — [Little India — Singapore]
August 24, 2015 — [Little India — Singapore]
August 24, 2015 —As you can see from the photos above and below, August 24th showed me the peaceful and harmonious fusion of religion and culture in Singapore. [Arab Street — Singapore]
August 24, 2015 —Little wonders. [Chinatown — Singapore]
August 24, 2015— [Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum — Singapore]
August 24, 2015 — Traditional meets modern. [Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum — Singapore]
August 24, 2015 — [Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum — Singapore]
August 24, 2015 — The coolest UFO looking garden ever. [Gardens by the Bay — Singapore]
August 24, 2015 — Up close and personal :) This photo was taken at the top of one of the UFO looking trees. [Singapore]
August 25, 2015 — The first half of the day was spent at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS). Our morning lectures covered various topics relating to the challenges of Singapore in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The second half of the day was spent at the NeWater Factory. All I could think about was how much my AP Environmental Science teacher from high school would appreciate the NeWater Factory. Singapore’s management of water is simply brilliant. [NeWater Factory, Singapore.]
August 26, 2015 — Last day of lectures at ISEAS. [Singapore]
August 26, 2015 — Finally back in cute little 9A :) Everyone in the program lived on three floors of the Grand Blossom House. Each flat had three rooms, a kitchen, a living space with a couch and a dining room set, and two bathrooms. [Hung Hom, Hong Kong]
August 29, 2015 —See that really tall building? That’s the building Batman jumps off of in The Dark Knight. Cool, right? [Central, Hong Kong]
August 29, 2015 — There’s the tall building again. Batman’s building. Fun fact: I didn’t watch any Batman movies until I went to Hong Kong. Also, here are some fabulous human beings posing with the most beautiful city skyline in the whole world :) [Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong]
August 30, 2015 —Sunday exploration at the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery. Yes, there were THAT many Buddhas at the monastery. Maybe even more! [Sha Tin, Hong Kong]
August 30, 2015 —Nature and buildings. Two things that you will see in A LOT of my photos. [Sha Tin, Hong Kong]
August 30, 2015 — The beautiful Bodhisattva of compassion ❤ [Sha Tin, Hong Kong]
August 31, 2015 — This was my first lunch at a City University canteen and I was SO HAPPY. Fish balls, chicken feet and mushrooms with noodles for lunch? YES! [Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong]
September 3, 2015 — The SU alumni network is so active in Hong Kong. This photo was taken at the home of an SU alum who graciously invited the study abroad group over for some afternoon tea. [Central, Hong Kong]
September 3, 2015 — Thank you Holly and family for welcoming us to your home :) [Central, Hong Kong]
September 4, 2015 — I’m going to write a separate post for all of the food I ate in Asia but this right here…this was the best lamb burger EVER. [Seafood Shack — Hung Hom, Hong Kong]
September 4, 2015 — Those who lived on the 9th floor with me will understand this photo. [Hung Hom, Hong Kong]
September 5, 2015 — One of my favorite days in Hong Kong. My friends and I were ready to go on a short two hour hike. Little did we know our little “hike” would turn into three hours of stream trekking and eventually lead us to a beautiful waterfall oasis. [Wong Lung Waterfall — Lantau Island, Hong Kong]
September 5, 2015 — Arriving at the waterfall was such a serene and rewarding feeling. We were the only ones at the waterfall oasis. [Wong Lung Waterfall — Lantau Island, Hong Kong]
September 6, 2015 — Not one weekend was wasted. [Shek O Beach — Stanley, Hong Kong]
September 7, 2015 — No, this was not an ad on a HK bus. I WISH lol. My friend back in Cuse sent this photo to me while she was on an SU bus. Ma, I made it! [Syracuse, NY]
September 8, 2015 — The first meal my roommate and I made in our beautiful apartment. [Hung Hom, Hong Kong]
September 10, 2015 — I didn’t know anything about Alice except that we were in the same business fraternity and that she graduated from Syracuse University back in 2012. I immediately reached out to her when I found out she was visiting Hong Kong for a couple of days. Turns out she was also in the SU HK program back in 2011! She introduced me to her friend Cathy who was a student ambassador at City University during the time of her study abroad trip. Hearing their stories reminded me how important it is to foster the relationships in your life. [Mong Kok, Hong Kong]
September 11, 2015 — Weekend learning excursion. [Sam Tung Uk Museum — Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong]
September 11, 2015 — Funny story. I crashed into a bush, we got stuck, and then we found out we had a flat tire. All thanks to me. Yeah. [Tai Po, Hong Kong]
September 11, 2015 — Biking and mountains, two of my favorite things. [Hong Kong]
September 11, 2015 — My dad used to help me and my younger siblings make paper lanterns every year for the Autumn Moon Festival. I wish they were with me to see the magical lanterns in Hong Kong. [Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong]
September 12, 2015 — Stanley trip with Professor Trimarchi. [Stanley, Hong Kong]
September 13, 2015 — The guy on the orange kayak found a tv in the water two minutes after this photo was taken. [Lama Island, Hong Kong]
September 13, 2015 — [Central, Hong Kong]
September 14, 2015 — Living on a budget means making a delicious dinner with spam, seaweed, rice and eggs :) [Hung Hom, Hong Kong]
September 17, 2015 — Kung Fu lesson with 吳師傅. [Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong]
September 17, 2015 — This was the night I discovered all of the pet stores in Mong Kok. Goldfish, dogs, cats, turtles, birds, you name it, they have it. [Mong Kok, Hong Kong]
September 18, 2015 — Alpha Kappa Psi, the oldest and largest business fraternity in the world. Syracuse University, Santa Clara University, University of Southern California, University of Texas, Austin and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology represent. [HKUST — Clear Water Bay, Hong Kong]
September 19, 2015 — Hanging incense coils in Man Mo Temple on Fu Shin Street. [Tai Po, Hong Kong]
September 20, 2015 — Four hours later… :) T’was a strenuous but rewarding hike. [Tian Tan Buddha — Lantau Island, Hong Kong]
September 20, 2015 — Shout out to my cousins who visited me from Okinawa. Thank you so so much for eating, hiking, and exploring with me. ❤ [Tian Tan Buddha — Lantau Island, Hong Kong]
September 21, 2015 — Enjoying the HK skyline at night with the cousins. [Victoria Peak — Hong Kong]
September 24, 2015 — Eating at the cutest cafe in Hong Kong with the roommate! [Sogno Cafe+ — Central, Hong Kong]
September 25, 2015 — Color coded trash at the ECO Park of Environmental Protection Department. [Tuen Mun, Hong Kong]
September 25, 2015 — SU students spent an afternoon volunteering at the Crossroads Foundation. My small group was in charge of organizing books into different genres. These books were then packaged up and prepared for shipment to different schools in Africa. [Tuen Mun, Hong Kong]
September 26, 2015 — Mid-Autumn Lantern display at Victoria Park. [Causeway Bay, Hong Kong]
September 26, 2015 — Thank you to all of the City University student ambassadors who brought the SU students around :) [Causeway Bay, Hong Kong]
September 30, 2015 — Skrillex didn’t come but it was still a great night with a great friend:) [Asia Expo Center — Lantau Island, Hong Kong]
October 1, 2015 — Happy National Day! [Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, Hong Kong]
October 2, 2015 —I felt like I was in a dream. [Sai Kung East County Park — Hong Kong]
October 2, 2015 — As I was taking this picture, I received a phone call from my cousin in Connecticut. I tried to tell her what the view in front of me looked like, but now she can see it for herself :) Hi Susan Jie ❤ Also, my friends and I set up our tent right on that sandy patch of land. [Ham Tin Wan Beach — Sai Kung, Hong Kong]
October 3, 2015 — Woke up at the break of dawn to continue our hike :) T’was a beautiful and colorful morning. [Sai Kung East County Park — Hong Kong]
October 3, 2015 — Two hours into our hike, we came across a pier and ferry stop. We managed to wave down this boat after waiting at the pier for about an hour. Much better than hiking another three hours to get to the bus. [Sai Kung East County Park — Hong Kong]
October 5, 2015 — My sweet spot in Hung Hom. The milk ice with red bean and grass jelly was my FAVORITE ❤ [Hung Hom, Hong Kong]
October 7, 2015 — Selfie time at the Hong Kong Science museum with the English Cantonese Corner group. I was in an ECC group with four CityU students and one other SU student. Thank you ECC group for showing us your favorite places to eat and explore in Hong Kong. [Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong]
October 8, 2015 — My design in progress for the SU Abroad shirts. [Hung Hom, Hong Kong]
October 11, 2015 — Shout out to my cousin Susan on running her first full marathon! This wasn’t taken in Hong Kong but it was definitely the highlight of my day. [Connecticut, USA]
October 14, 2015 — The infamous BINX. I was deathly afraid of small rodents before getting to know this little guy. I’m still too afraid to hold hamsters but at least I can watch them play without cringing inside.

October 15th-24th — I traveled to Taiwan and Thailand and managed to only miss one class because of all the holidays we had. Cheers to red-eye flights and making it to class on time. There will be a separate post for these two trips but for now, here are my favorite photos from Taiwan and Thailand.

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial — [Taipei, Taiwan]
The inspiration for Hayao Miyozaki’s Spirited Away. “Only two hours” slowly changed to a whole day of exploring this magical place. [Jiufen, Taiwan]
Everyone thought I was Thai. [Bangkok, Thailand]
[Phuket, Thailand]
October 26, 2015 — All of this beautiful art ended up in my belly. Lighthouse noodle place was the bomb dig. [Hung Hom, HK]
October 27, 2015 — Late nights at the library. [City University Library — Kowloon Tong, HK]
October 29, 2015 — Chilling with my girl, Sadness. [Hung Hom, HK]
October 30, 2015 — The English Learning Mentoring Scheme at CityU is a program that connects students from CityU to visiting students from other countries. My friend Andrew and I were the MCs for the annual Halloween event. [Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong]
October 31, 2015 — Note to self: NEVER go to Lan Kwai Fong on Halloween ever again. [Central, Hong Kong]
November 1, 2015 — Birthday celebration at Tung Po! This squid ink pasta was delicious ^_^ [North Point, Hong Kong]
November 3, 2015 — Finals season and late night journeys home with the roommate. [MTR — Hong Kong]
November 4, 2015 —While sitting in a small dessert place in Hung Hom, a girl approached me and my friend Ivanna asking if we were from Syracuse University (thank you to Ivanna’s shirt for connecting the SU community together). We found out that this stranger was actually not a stranger but a 2015 Syracuse University graduate from Hong Kong. The next question she asked is what surprised me the most. “You were my TA right?” (TA = teaching assistant). The girl who had approached us in this tiny dessert shop was a student in the web design class I had been a TA for the semester before. Orange pride was on a whole new level that night. Anne, thank you for making this one of the most memorable nights in Hong Kong. [Hung Hom, Hong Kong]

November 5 — 8 was quality final essay writing time.

November 9, 2015 — First day of internship selfie! [Hung Hom, Hong Kong]
November 12, 2015 — The third module of the program was a five week long internship. I had the opportunity to work alongside some of the smartest people at BSD Code and Design Academy. This photo features a Makey Makey kit and coke cans being used as a musical instrument. [Central, Hong Kong]
November 12, 2015 — As I mentioned before, the alumni network in Hong Kong is very strong. This SU mixer gave me and other current students the opportunity to connect with alumni from all over Hong Kong. [Central, Hong Kong]
November 15, 2015 — Saturday morning exploration in the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. We were kicked out four seconds after this photo was taken. [Wan Chai, Hong Kong]
November 15, 2015 — [Wan Chai, Hong Kong]
November 16, 2015 — Mango ice on point. [Hung Hom, Hong Kong]
November 17, 2015 — Beef tendon Taiwanese slobbering noodles, on point. I know I’ve said this in other food photos but this really was my favorite thing to eat in Hong Kong. [Hung Hom, Hong Kong]
November 19, 2015 — “You are the apple of my eyes” ❤ Random sticky note in a dessert shop. [Hung Hom, Hong Kong]
November 20, 2015 — Meet SQ and Ian. This was our failed attempt at trying to spell out BSD with our bodies. These two guys were my fellow intern buddies at BSD Code and Design Academy. SQ (in the middle) was only at BSD for one week for his high school internship program. He is hands down one of the smartest 16 year olds I know. [Central, Hong Kong]
November 21, 2015 — I loved my internship at BSD Code and Design Academy. Aside from learning about user experience design and teaching students how to code video games, I also got to attend a robotics forum. The Internet of Things Robotics Forum at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology was like a tech playground. There were startups and speakers from all different sectors of the robotics industry. [Clear Water Bay, Hong Kong]
November 21, 2015 — Symphony Under the Stars was a magical musical experience. This outdoor musical extravaganza was performed by the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. [Central Harbourfront, Hong Kong]
November 21, 2015 — First time on the Hong Kong Observation Wheel. [Central, Hong Kong]
November 22, 2015 — Tai O fishing village, my favorite hidden gem in Hong Kong. [Tai O, Hong Kong]
November 22, 2015 — I was spoiled with the most beautiful scenery on this day. [Tai O, Hong Kong]
November 22, 2015 — Tai O fishing village was one of my favorite places in Hong Kong. Upon returning from my study abroad program, I loved telling people about my outdoor adventures in the mountains and fishing villages of Hong Kong. Everyone was always surprised they heard me talk about “old Hong Kong.” Don’t let those city lights and extravagant shopping malls fool you, there is so much beauty beyond those consumer borders. [Tai O, Hong Kong]
November 22, 2015 — My friends and I were lucky enough to catch the last two hours of the Korean Carnival in Lan Kwai Fong. SO MUCH GOOD FOOD. [Central, Hong Kong]
November 23, 2015 — I spy, a unihuman with a rainbow tail. [Hung Hom, HK]
November 25, 2015 — This was my view while waiting for the bus back to Hung Hom every night after work. Beautiful. [Central, HK]
November 26, 2015 — The quiet bus that we were always way too loud on. [Somewhere in Hong Kong]
November 28, 2015 — My day started at 6:30am with a solo hiking trip to Dragon’s Back. [Shek O Country Park, Hong Kong]
November 28, 2015 — Ten minutes after I got back from my hike at Dragon’s Back, I decided to join my friends on a monkey exploration at Monkey Mountain. [Kam Shan Country Park]
November 28, 2015 — Beautiful family. The monkeys roam around freely and never bother any humans around them. Just don’t look them in the eye and you’ll be safe and sound. [Kam Shan Country Park]
November 28, 2015 — The calm before the chase. Mr. Monkey right there started chasing my two friends two seconds after this photo was taken. They were okay :) Just a little scare. [Kam Shan Country Park]
November 28, 2015 — Thanksgiving family with Queen Joffre and the HK family ❤ [11A — Hung Hom, HK]
November 29, 2015 — Portuguese Chinese fusion. [Macau]
November 29, 2015 — We look so happy in this photo :) That was, until 5 minutes later when we realized we missed all of the ferries going back to Hong Kong Island for the rest of the night. We had two choices, 1) Ball out and stay at the Venetian for the night, 2) Wait in the standby line with hopes of getting home before the morning. OPTION TWO FOR THE WIN. Luckily, we got on a ferry within 2 hours :) [Macau]
November 30, 2015 — Mmmmm tangyuan ❤ [Central, Hong Kong]
November 31, 2015 — My favorite dessert spot. [Hung Hom, HK]
December 2, 2015 — JUST LOOK AT THIS HEAVENLY SASHIMI BOWL. AFFORDABLE AND DELICIOUS. [Hung Hom, HK]
December 3, 2015 — Taiwanese Slobbering Noodles is the name. Favorite place. [Hung Hom, HK]
December 4, 2015 — BSD holiday party ft. sock snowmen :) [Taken in Central, HK]
December 5, 2015 — No, I do not know who this couple is. Yes, I think their love is beautiful. [Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong]
December 6, 2015 —There was a senior citizen home right below my apartment. I would see the same gong gong sitting by the window in his wheelchair every day. I miss his warm smile and happy wave. [Hung Hom, Hong Kong]
December 6, 2015 — Exploration day with the HK fam. [Central, Hong Kong]
December 6, 2015 [Antique Street — Sheung Wan, Hong Kong]
December 6, 2015 — Happy family moments :) [Temple Street — Hong Kong]
December 7, 2015 — Pork belly Shanghai noodles always hit the spot. [Hung Hom, Hong Kong]
December 8, 2015 — So saucey. TavaQuick was one of my favorite places to get lunch in Central. My favorite was the lamb plate with mint sauce❤ [Central, Hong Kong]
December 9, 2015 — LAN party at work :) {LAN = local access network.) [Central, Hong Kong]
December 10, 2015 — The two little cuties here helped me overcome my fear of holding dogs. :) (I’ve been scared of dogs ever since I was chased by one when I was seven.) [Sheung Wan, Hong Kong]
December 11, 2015 — Observation and preparation ft. Ivanna. [Hung Hom, Hong Kong]
December 12, 2015 —Doesn’t the mountain in this photo look like Mr. Lava?!? — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uh4dTLJ9q9o — [Lantau South Country Park, Hong Kong]
December 12, 2015 — Our failed attempts of trying to take a “high school musical” photo. [Lantau South Country Park, Hong Kong]
December 12, 2015 — The plants seemed to look particularly greener and more lush on this day. [Lantau South Country Park, Hong Kong]
December 13, 2015 — Simply delectable. [Hung Hom, Hong Kong]
December 14, 2015 — Oh City U, how I miss you. [Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong]
December 14, 2015 — The final shirt. I tried to incorporate the sky, earth and water into the design. [Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong]
December 14, 2015 — Last night in Hong Kong. [TST Promenade, Hong Kong]
December 14, 2015 — Panda. panda. panda. panda. panda. panda. panda. [TST Promenade, Hong Kong]
December 14, 2015 — “I don’t know if you’ve ever been in love…but I’m in love with Hong Kong.” (What I tell people when they ask me how Hong Kong was.) [TST Promenade, Hong Kong]
December 15, 2015 — Discovered new art during the last wee hours of my trip. [TST, HK]
Thank you to all of my family and friends who made this experience a treasure in my heart.