Guess who’s back?

 

So, its been a while my friends. To be exact, a whole 2 years, 3 months and 21 days since my last post. May 2016… Seems like it was only just yesterday. Apparently not!

As a teen, I remember the summer holidays would feel endless. My Dad would tell me to enjoy every second because as I’d get older, time would only pass by faster and faster. And now, I nod my head in agreement. Oh man, he couldn’t be any more true.

Is it because we are settled into a day to day routine or is it because as we get older, time becomes of more importance? Whatever the theory, since arriving in Hong Kong, time has well and truly “flown by.”

I read a quote the other day that really hit home.

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“We all have two lives. The second one starts when we realise we only have one” – Tom Hiddleston.

Self reflection. I’ve been doing a lot of that lately. As I reflect on the past three years, it becomes quite clear that life is a whole lotta fleeting memories. Happy times. Sad times. Periods of anxiety. Stints of homesickness. And everything in between that? I guess that’s what we call living life.

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So let’s rewind. How have I been living life since I last blogged? For those that know me well, you’ll already know where I’ll begin. Call it a hobby, a pass time or perhaps even an addiction. A craving that feeds my soul and never fails to remind me what a small space I occupy in this world. Travel.

Here’s a quick recap of my travels since my last post:

I witnessed the magical blanket of fireworks light up the entire Sydney Harbour Bridge on NYE 2017, drank a bucket load of tea in Sri Lanka (the most magical place in the world!), returned to a snowy covered New York City for the big 3-0 (and got a selfie with Rupert Grint), experienced the famous hair blow outs in Taipei (and the scariest Air B&B experience of my life!), enjoyed some of the best massages and beach clubs in the world in Bali (twice!), ate my weight in banh mi in Hoi An, met Minnie and Mickey and even braved a few rides in Orlando, fell in love with étouffée in New Orleans and last but not least, discovered a whole new level of appreciation for K-Pop (and korean fried chicken) in Seoul.

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In between all of that, I became an auntie (again!) to an adorable nephew (the first boy in our family for a VERY long time…My Dad is very happy :p) and witnessed four of my best friends getting married.

Asides from my travels (of which I plan to blog about separately), I also started writing professionally, both print and digital. While this new career direction threw me into a rollercoaster of emotions, I am so thankful to have finally found a passion. Seeing my first byline in a magazine was pretty cool too!

Hong Kong has taken me 360 degrees, back to the place I always intended to be (*Inserts helpful information: I’m a graduate in Media Production.) I’m no expert by any means. I’m still learning the ropes, experiencing some fun adventures and meeting a ton of inspiring people along the way.

It’s those people who convinced me to finally get this blog up and running again… As they say, practice makes perfect 🙂

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In between all of that, I made a whole new bunch of friends and in the process learnt that this crazy island I call home is unique in more than one way. Home to a great number of expats, Hong Kong offers a rare opportunity to find fascinating people from all walks of life who are not only open to connecting, but who can — and have — turned into family. They are the ones you can turn to when you feel homesick. The ones you can share the frustrating and funny sides of Hong Kong with and who will laugh (and sometimes cry) with you.

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Almost three years on, I have come to the conclusion that it is the smaller things that count for a lot in life. And that my friends, is why this place will always have a piece of my heart (even through the craziest surer typhoons!)

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Stay tuned for more! I promise not to leave it another 2 years+

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xoxo

Author: Hira Desai

Hira Desai is the founder and owner of farawayfishtales.com and Instagram feed @farawayfishtales

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