Time is a weird thing. One the one hand, it can feel like it’s going by really really fast. On the other hand, things that happened just a few months ago can feel like eons ago.
That’s how I feel about my move to Hong Kong.
As of today, I have official spent one hundred days in Hong Kong. In many ways, the time has just flown by. I feel like I just got here. We moved into our permanent apartment less than three weeks ago, and we’re still learning how to navigate our new neighborhood and city. We most certainly don’t feel like locals.
Yet on the other hand, my life in Boston feels like a lifetime ago. It was so different from what my life looks like now: the activities, the friends, the work, the environment . . . it was all so so different. And largely because of the vast difference in lifestyles – I think – the past feels very far away right now.
So I guess you could say I’m in some sort of limbo right now. Not quite settled in my new life, yet feeling like I left my old life a long time ago.
Despite feeling nomadic, it’s been fun having fewer responsibilities and obligations. With any move, you give up a lot of your prior responsibilities and it takes time to adopt new ones. I’ve been trying to enjoy this unusual time of rest, to savor it and take advantage of it as much as possible. I’ve tried – as much as I can – to go hiking and to enjoy the gorgeous trails in Hong Kong.
Bryan and I have also been overwhelmed by the abundance of good food here in Hong Kong. We have definitely been taking advantage of it, trying more new restaurants in 100 days than we ever had in our lives.
In fact, I’ve realized that I have been falling woefully behind on blogging about these restaurants. We are eating out at a much faster rate than we ever did in Boston, and my backlog is growing.
In an effort to reduce the backlog, I’ve decided to take on a personal challenge. I’ve done personal challenges in the past before, though it’s been a few years. Back in 2014, I resolved to post 31 posts in 31 days in the month of May. It was an insane amount of work (resulting in a bit of lost sleep on certain nights), but I felt a huge sense of accomplishment when I actually completed it. I tried it again, in 2015, but limited it to posting just on every weekday for the month. In both cases, the commitment to post caused me to write many posts I may have never gotten around to writing.
This time, I know I have at least 50 posts covering 50 different places I’ve visited in this first 100 days in Hong Kong. In order to keep things moving, I will commit to posting 50 posts in 50 days.
Help! Let’s see how this goes. Hope you enjoy the ride!
Running List of Posts from this Series [will continually be updated]
100 Days in Hong Kong – Reflections and Personal Challenge
Tsuta Japanese Soba Noodle – Seasonal Duck Ramen (Causeway Bay)
Serge et le Phoque Wan Chai – French Restaurant with 1 Michelin Star (Wan Chai)
M&C Duck, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui
Tasty Congee & Noodle (IFC)
Torihana Tei chicken ramen (Wan Chai)
Fu Ho Cantonese Restaurant (Mira Place One, TST)
Golden Valley Restaurant Hot Pot (Happy Valley)
Sijie Sichuan Restaurant (Causeway Bay / Wan Chai)
On Yasai Japanese Shabu (Causeway Bay)
Yum Cha – Modern Chinese Dim Sum (TST, Central, Causeway Bay)
Momojein – Modern Korean (Wan Chai)
Ho Hung Kee – Michelin starred wonton noodles (Causeway Bay)
The Optimist – Spanish (Wan Chai)
Joy Hing Roasted Meat (Wan Chai)
22 Ships – Spanish Tapas (Wan Chai)
Peking Garden – Peking duck (TST)
Akrame – Michelin starred French (Wan Chai)
Sushi Ta-Ke (Causeway Bay)
The Chairman (Central)
La Locanda by Giancarlo Perbellini (TST)
Ham & Sherry – Spanish (Wan Chai)
Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao