Pearly Meixsel

Day 12: Animal Kingdom

Kyoko and I were determined to make the absolute most of our day, so we took a quick breakfast in China Town before heading to truly explore Little India. (Since my experience yesterday was only limited to the lunch debacle.) Apparently approximately 10% of Singapore’s population are of Indian descent, […]

Day 11: To Hell & Back

After spending an evening largely reading about Singapore, I was incredibly eager to explore the country for myself. Later in the evening, I would have a friend from Japan flying in to join me for the next few days, so I constructed an unusually packed itinerary to try and hit […]

Day 9: Macau é Maravilhoso

“For your own safety, please remain seated throughout the voyage with your seatbelt fastened, if a seatbelt is available.” No luck, I thought grimly as I settled into my window seat, surrounded on three sides by dozens of literal bystanders. “To ensure the enjoyance [sic] of each passenger, please keep […]

Day 8: Lantau Island

The entire Hong Kong Special Administrative Region actually consists of over hundreds of islands. Today, I opted to visit the largest among them, Lantau. Lantau Island is an incredibly popular tourist destination, due in no small part to Hong Kong Disneyland. However, despite being tempted by hearing Mickey Mouse spent […]

Day 7: Temple Foolery

I woke up early this morning and found myself brushing my teeth next to Ken, a Malaysian-Chinese hostel guest who inquired about my plans today. Since this is my first trip taken without the comfort of a paperback guidebook, I am attempting to make more room for spontaneity. Thus, I […]

Day 6: The Mad Hatter

Feeling disoriented from an abundance of rest, I decided to take life relatively easy today. My main goal was to find a nice cafe to attempt to blog. Thus, I spent a good hour in the hostel browsing for atmospheric cafes where I could sip on an overpriced latte and […]

Day 5: Sun & Sand

In order to take a break from Hong Kong, the city, I opted to explore Hong Kong, the island, and check out some of the local beaches. First on my list was Repulse Bay. About thirty minutes away from Central Hong Kong, Repulse Bay is just far enough away to […]

Day 3: Hello Hong Kong!

Here, finally here. I cannot help but repeat that to myself.* After the longest expanse of time I have ever spent in air transit, I am finally in Hong Kong. Following the thirteen hours of sheer blue outside my window, the lush greenery of Hong Kong’s islands was an immensely […]

Day 2: Oh Canada!

Good afternoon from Vancouver International Airport! After getting approximately no sleep in Toronto, I hopped on my cross-country flight to make it to Vancouver. Now I am just minutes from finally boarding a Hong Kong-bound plane. Although quite honestly, I wish I had extended my stay in Vancouver for a […]