DAY 2Nov 21 2018
DAY 5Nov 24 2018
DAY 6Nov 25 2018
Day 1 in Bangkok, Thailand
(okay, let's not make a dirty joke...)
DAY 9Nov 28 2018
Day 4 in Thailand
Goodbye Bangkok: Thank you for being unapologetically CHAOTIC.
Not to mention incredibly diverse - huge elaborate malls co-existing with near-infinite street stalls and landscapes that look like it's never entered the 21st century (in a good way) right next door.
For next time: Try a motorcycle taxi and spend more time just wandering random suburbs
DAY 10Nov 29 2018
Hong Kong International Airport
Hong Kong! Haven't been here since 2009. Damn, these separate trips are separated by basically the entirety of my development (so far). And I still recognised the inside of the airport train immediately upon arrival.
Lmao the end of the taxi we took from HK Airport to our Airbnb was the first culture shock I experienced this whole trip.
Driver literally dumped us in the middle of the road because of the Famous Hong Kong traffic and parking situation (also we in the CBD). Got out with basically no warning while still pulling out all our luggage from the trunk - RIGHT in the middle of a bustling city road. What an experience hahahaha
Worth mentioning that this probably just shows how banana I am.
Saw people getting onto a nearby bus also right in the middle of the road, including queuing up over a lane. Fun stuff.
Hong Kong: SUPER chaotic mix of old and new, poor and rich, development and tradition. And elements of these dichotomies coexist in an unapologetically unsubtle way (i.e. RIGHT next to each other).
Took a bus up to The Peak. This was unexpectedly BEAUTIFUL, which I suppose would have been expected for a winding mountainside ride.
I remember a particular moment listening to the La La Land audition song, when foliage parted to reveal the massive Hong Kong skyline and harbour near sunset. It just became more and more beautiful as the song became more and more emotional. Hope this isn't something I forget.
The view here is one of the best I've ever seen and MUCH grander than any photo could capture. Worth the hype 1000%
Lol but this was our first day in Hong Kong. And we had spent the past 10 days in EXTREMELY humid environments, so the potential of Being Cold had completely escaped our minds. And so my mum and I ended up on a seaside mountain in a dress and a t-shirt respectively. Smort.
DAY 12Dec 01 2018
Low-key miss and wanna go back to Australia at this point.
Sounds ungrateful but being with parents 24/7 with full-on days every day is actually taking its toll
Bye Hong Kong!
Love the infrastructure and the culture, hate the living conditions and the people. Although you can't have either without the other ironically.
Either way, though, the complexity of the city and its history deserve immense respect.
DAY 13Dec 02 2018
I'm liking Macau a LOT more than I thought I would (initial perception coloured by my, to put it in a nice way, lacklustre opinion of Las Vegas).
Think it's because it's less dirty and more elegant/classy than Vegas. And much less in your face (thanks for not handing out porn ads on the street).
Staying in The Venetian is absolutely COOKED and it still hasn't gone into me head yet.
Taiwan is amazing!! REALLY loving the juxtaposition between old and new in Taipei. It's got the efficiency and cleanliness of the modern city as much as it has exuberance and culture (which, at this point, has really has built its own identity independent from China!). From skyscrapers to trees to temples and memorials all around the city.
Found a kawaii af store BLASTING Fuck You by Lily Allen HAHAHAHA
SAD that I lost the video
That, my friends, is a Mood.
DAY 20Dec 09 2018
First stop: Singapore. Last stop: Changi airport!