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Tuesday, February 05, 2008

The State of It

Whilst the most interesting thing to happen to me lately may well be that I have a new profile picture, I feel like I should be writing something here.  Although it follows hot on the heels of my Christmas email, I really have been awful at any sort of actual updates.

Presently I am a week into being back in Hong Kong, am staying in the same single, cell-like room on the 16th floor of one of the blocks in the backpacker slum that is Chungking Mansions.  It sounds luxurious, I know.  There is a 24 hour internet cafe right in the middle of the hostel though, so I can't complain too much.  I have no excuse for not applying for all the jobs on the island, except that too much internet is very distracting. 

However, I have managed to apply for a dozen or so vaguely education-related jobs, and have yet to hear back from most of them.  I blame the upcoming Chinese New Year festivities entirely, although it is possible that recruiters here are just lazy.  Why wouldn't they want to take a risk on me and sponsor me to live and work here?

It's still a fairly antisocial place, but I have managed to meet a few people and brave the cold to do errands and see such things as the spectacular laser light show on the harbour.  How they coordinate all those lights on all those buildings with all that cheesy music, I'll never know. 

The couple of months I spent in southeast Asia were fantastic, and I have my travel buddies, as well as Thailand, Laos and Vietnam, to thank for that.  The trip was refreshing, warming, entertaining and challenging, and I can't wait until I have some money so I can explore more of Asia.  I will aim to, although not promise to, post some summaries, highlights and tips for each of these countries at some point.

Best of luck to everyone who's starting afresh in the southern hemisphere!

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