• Hong Kong - Central at night

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    Hong Kong Wandering

    Today’s travel post about my trip to Hong Kong is a bit different because on this particular day there wasn’t anything in particular we had planned to do or see. We just walked around, ate at multiple stops, shopped a little, and tried to avoid the rain. It was a slower paced day, which was nice since we’d been going nonstop for so much of the 2 week vacation. We started out the day in Causeway Bay for a really good lunch at Pepper Lunch – a chain at a food court – and then did some more shopping before heading over to Wan Chai for freshly made chips and…

  • Conrad Hong Kong - pool

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    Wan Chai + Pool Time in Hong Kong

    Monday was a slower paced, more relaxing day in Hong Kong. We took the MTR one stop to Wan Chai to do some shopping – primarily food/dried goods shopping. My parents wanted to stock up on things that are either hard to get or you can’t get in the States and I got some snacks for myself and gifts for others. Then, we took the ding ding to Causeway Bay because my dad had lunch plans with old school friends. I didn’t get any shots outside, except for one across the street from Times Square. While my dad was at lunch, the rest of us went to do some more…

  • Victoria Peak

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    Central, Symphony of Lights, & Victoria Peak

    I’m now back in the States and writing from New Jersey! I had a great 2 weeks in Japan and Hong Kong. Luckily, I still have a few travel posts to write up so I can relive vacation and forget that I’m going to work on Monday. On Sunday, the day started off a little cloudy with some on/off rain. We took the MTR over to the Central District for a dim sum lunch with family in one of the Exchange Square buildings. After trying to get there early so we could walk around the big mall next door and being unsuccessful, we had a delicious lunch which I’ll show…

  • View from Lei Yue Mun

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    Rainy Hong Kong Day + Lei Yue Mun

    Saturday was another on/off rainy day in Hong Kong, but we didn’t let that slow us down. As mentioned in previous posts, Hong Kong is made up of different islands. We took a taxi to Lei Yue Mun, which I knew was across the harbor since we took a tunnel there, but I wasn’t sure exactly where it was. My dad said something to me about being by an inlet, but I looked it up on Google and learned that it’s a short channel separating Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. It’s also a fishing village, which I knew since we were going there specifically for a seafood lunch. While there…

  • Hong Kong - night

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    Japan –> Hong Kong

    On Thursday, I woke up at 4:30am and got ready to get picked up for the airport. I flew from Tokyo to Hong Kong in about 3-4 hours. Once through security, my family and I did some duty free shopping, got some food in the ANA lounge, and relaxed a bit before our flight. The flight was delayed due to the bad weather from the typhoon, but luckily it was only delayed an hour. The flight was pretty comfortable and didn’t feel that long. Definitely not as long as my initial flight from New Jersey to Tokyo and not as long as my flight home from Hong Kong is going…

  • Rainy Tokyo

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    Last Day in Japan

    I’m almost halfway through my trip to Hong Kong and I’m just getting to writing about my last day in Japan! As mentioned yesterday, my last day in Japan was pretty rainy. A typhoon was headed in the direction of Tokyo so most of Saturday was pretty wet. The hotel lent out umbrellas to guests and I also bought a $5 rain jacket in the convenience store. The jacket is actually really well made and a thick plastic so it’s reuseable. It has a hood and buttons up! It really did the trick on my last day in Japan and I’ve used it in Hong Kong too! Best $5 ever!…

  • Mt. Fuji 5th Station

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    Mt. Fuji & Shinjuku at Night

    As I write this it is Wednesday evening and I’m relaxing in my hotel room in Tokyo hiding from the rain and having just woken up from a nap. I haven’t been feeling well the past day and a half and I think I caught a cold. So the rainy weather caused by a typhoon on its way was the perfect excuse to spend the latter part of the day indoors. Plus, I have to be up at 4am tomorrow for my flight which I hope still takes off! But this post isn’t about the weather or my cold – well okay, it’s a little about the weather because it…

  • Kiyomizu Temple

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    Kyoto Day 2

    As promised yesterday, I’m back with day 2 of my weekend trip to Kyoto while I vacation in Japan. Day 1 was very tiring because of the extreme heat and lack of air conditioning on the bus, but the sights in Nara were worth it. I’m pleased to say that Day 2 was filled with other beautiful and awe inspiring sights and included buses with air conditioning! This will also be another picture heavy post because we saw so many beautiful sights. There also may be a picture or two that are mislabeled because when I was going through them I lost track of the order and some of the places…

  • Todai-ji Temple - Buddha

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    Kyoto – Day 1

    I have to preface this post by telling you that this is going to be a picture heavy post! I took so many photos during day 1 of Kyoto and these are just a handful (large handful) of them! If you’ve been keeping up with my Instastories then you know I spent the weekend in Kyoto. My family and I packed overnight bags (shout out to the amazing foldable Eddie Bauer bags that zip up in to a pouch that we also took with us to Alaska a few summers ago!), took the bullet train from Tokyo and arrived in Kyoto a little over 2 hours later. We booked a 2…

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    Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Part 2

    Yesterday I wrote about the first half of my day at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter last week at Universal Studios Orlando and I mentioned that I had so many pictures that I wanted to share that I had to split the post in two. So I’m back today with Part 2! Forgive me in advance if I write any sentences that don’t make sense. I’m writing this ahead of time (Tuesday night) and I came home from work today with a high fever. I’m taking a sick day tomorrow since my temperature isn’t back to normal yet and I have burst of energy right now – enough to…