It’s so weird to be typing a new blog post about something that happened more than 4 years ago. It’s also weird that it both feels recent and so long ago at the same time. I always say that Hong Kong holds a special place in my heart because it was the first country my friends and I went to after we graduated college. Now, it holds another new, fond memory, because my family and I recently went to Hong Kong as well. And I want to have them all documented which is why I’m still writing about my backlogs from four years ago. So, here I am, trying to write down bits and pieces of what I remember, with photos that I still have (did I mention my hard drive crashed while I was in the middle of backing up my files so I only have a few folders saved?). Fun times.
I think it’s not crazy to generalize that people from Manila gets cold easily. I mean, if it drops to lower 20 degrees, we already bring out our sweaters and jackets. It was 15 degrees on our second day in Hong Kong. It was the first time I experience that kind of cold that I considered skipping the shower and just layering up. But fret not, people, as my friends and I manage to drag ourselves to the shower and pray that the hot water doesn’t run out before we stay the day.
My Hong Kong trip already feels like so long ago but it’s just turning 3 years right about now. In fact, we were in Hong Kong from February 20 – 23, 2016! It’s still one of my favorite trips. Then again, I loved all my trips so far, but this was my first international trip without family members. I believe that who you’re with in a trip influences how the whole thing would go. And travelling without family meant that my friends and I are responsible for each other during our 4D3N stay in Hong Kong – and that we could do things we usually won’t when parents are involved, like staying out past midnight.
I’ve been to Baguio a total of three times. First when I was too young to remember most of it. Second when my officemates and I ended up on a tour group with inconsiderate other people that just annoyed us. And third, just last month which is just hands-down my favorite visit out of the three I did so far. I ended up with my extended family this time around, which is becoming a yearly thing and I am not complaining at all.