For my professional development this year, I went to an AP Statistics workshop hosted by Hong Kong International School. I am currently teaching a General Statistics class for the very first time and wanted to improve myself as a statistics teacher. It turns out that I am teaching my course at a pretty rigorous level, and I should probably take it down a notch or two for them. I have pretty high expectations, I guess...
It was wonderful to visit Hong Kong for a second time. Derek and I brought the boys there in March 2014, and it was incredible how much of the city I remembered. I knew the different train lines, I knew the currency, and I had a generally idea of where things were. It was so refreshing to go to a large city like Hong Kong and just feel comfortable.
I skipped doing touristy things this go around--mostly because I didn't have enough time due to the conference I was attending. In the evenings, I went wandering around the main part of downtown Hong Kong Island. It was crowded with people, but I found it oddly relaxing to just wander around taking in the sights of that huge city. I also did quite a bit of shopping. I found a US Market (with the help of one of the ladies who lives in HK attending the conference) where I bought Honey Nut Cheerios.
Actually, truth be told, the US Market was both a joyous and heart-wrenching experience. It was so nice to be round all of the products from "home" that we can't get in Vietnam, but at the same time, it just emphasized how long it is until we get to visit the States again and everything we give up by choosing the expat life. I had a moment in the soap aisle where I was completely overwhelmed with homesickness while looking at the Oil of Olay body wash. Tears started to fill my eyes, so I quickly paid for my Honey Nut Cheerios and took off to do something awesome so that the sadness would fade.
I found myself by the piers, so I took the Star Ferry over to Kowloon just in time to watch the "famous" Hong Kong skyline light show while standing next to a statue of Bruce Lee.
Take that, homesickness.
It may be a long time before I visit Hong Kong again, but I am confident in saying that Hong Kong is one of my favorite cities in Asia. I could definitely see myself living there at some point...