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Big Q, Round 2


Last summer, the two weeks quarantine upon arrival were in my apartment, which was hard for a laundry list of reasons, but I gotta hand it to the HK gov’t - they know how to make things much, MUCH harder! Luckily (I guess), after a year of going nowhere, even with the mandated hotel quarantine, I was desperate to get home so I took the plunge. In a way, I was almost looking forward to the adventure of returning to Hong Kong and trying out the new system. If nothing else, some character building and a good story, right?

re: a heckin’ good time


We saw dolphins in the surf on the second night, and I sprinted into the ocean to try and make friends (if I recall correctly, I did an Ace Ventura impression. It did not work but by golly, I felt alive). I shivered on the walk back to the dining commons, made two trips to the pasta bar, and then by silent, mutual consent, the group decided running was hard and pasta was good, and sporadic dolphin chasing missions were more fun and probably counted as cardio.

to remember the way we were


sometimes we cope by going to a Harry Potter cafe. We all have different ways of getting through life in the time of Corona. There should be grace for whatever methods you’re choosing, because times is hard (note: mounting a... Continue Reading →

rachel and the terrible, horrible, rotten, no good, very bad tummy ache.


I woke up last Monday morning how I usually do - hit my snooze two times, checked social media and emails, and then got up at the last possible second to turn on the coffee. I had had to knock... Continue Reading →

hotels, school, pirate books.


Cheers to the freakin’ weekend. I’m writing this from a hotel staycation. I felt like celebrating, and I REALLY wanted a bubble bath, so here I am, with a sweet view, a wasted king-sized bed to myself as my body... Continue Reading →

more new normals.


my work from home situation. not pictured - leggings on the bottom. Current status: spent the day wandering an island and now feeling the “singles tax” of getting a sunburn in the places my arms couldn’t reach on my shoulders... Continue Reading →

One Week in the Big Q


The journey back to Hong Kong, through immigration and Covid testing, was long and boring, but that was really just the warm-up. After one week in the official Q and one week to go, I am certain of a few... Continue Reading →

wellthisisweird.


The 2020 narrative has gotten so far out of hand that I will accept anything you tell me at this point. It has gone or could go like this: February 17th "Rach - people are going to believe a rumor that... Continue Reading →

29 Tips – What I’ve learned (and wish I’d known) in Lockdown


Now, unfortunately, it looks like most of the world is joining the corona club and trying to figure out the right level between prepared and panicked. I am here to help you.

R2HK: Life in Lockdown


egg waffles! traditional HK street food from our Chinese New Year celebration. I had about six. I was pretty excited to find out I would be celebrating my zodiac animal year while living in Asia. I’m an ‘84 baby, which... Continue Reading →

protests, ponderings, potatoes.


The last blog I posted was three weeks ago - the night we were released early from work because the protest situation was too unpredictable and we had to make sure students and staff could get home safely. I remember... Continue Reading →

Seeking a friend for the end of the world


Sheung Wan sky, where I work Week Highlights: Today is October 1st, which is known as National Day of the People’s Republic of China; the 70th anniversary of communism in China. It’s also the 5 year anniversary of the Umbrella... Continue Reading →

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