The Peninsula

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Royal Pacific Hotel

The great thing about travelling solo is you get to explore any place that’s not in your planned itinerary. Going to this hotel through the bridge I discovered while walking around Kowloon Park is one of those places. The architecture is nothing extraordinary but the way the buildings and steels were reflected on the gold cladding was just amazing! More interesting, and equally scary, is when I was approached by an Indian national who tried to read my palm to predict my fate. I conversed with him a little about where he’s from and if he can really tell the future because I was a bit curious why he’s doing what he does. I know it’s a scam but I gave him a bill anyway because I was the only one there and I saw his companions waiting for him not too far from us. Lesson learned: fake a Mandarin when a non-Chinese tries to scam you so they won’t bother you.

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Kowloon Park

Spent an entire morning walking around this huge park! The best part, though, was sitting on one of the benches, writing my observations, drawing whatever piqued my interest, and just letting life went by.

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CityU

I was a bit early for the conference so I decided to walk around the area and I somehow found my way inside this school. I was a bit hesitant to enter at first because someone might ask for my student ID but I’m quite surprised that I got in (and out) easily. I actually liked to attend any of the lectures to see how it goes but my introvert self opted not to. It’s such a huge campus and everyone seems so busy! This was around noon so I had lunch at the residence halls’ cafeteria. I was expecting a discounted student meal yet it’s the same as the regular restaurants in the city; but at least not as expensive as most restaurants in the nearby Festival Walk.

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Back in Hong Kong

Went there last March for the UXHK2014! I’ve been here two years ago and it still has that chaotic beauty that makes it so charming. This is the first international conference I’ve attended and my first time to travel solo so it’s definitely something I’d never forget. It’s also great to meet some Filipinos who’s into user experience. UX wasn’t really in my line of work back then but I figured it’d be good to somehow involve myself in a relatively growing industry. I was only there for the half-day conference, walked around and explored the city the next day, then went home on the third day. Short but productive stay nonetheless :)