Learning to dive has been on the top of my bucket list for the last two years so when I finally found a friend who was willing to skip town for a few days, I leaped at the chance to get certified. We spent the week prior studying intensively before shamelessly figuring out which Instagrammable outfits we should pack for each day.
Landed in New York last Tuesday at 10pm. Unpacked a little, read over questions for a tech chat for Silicon Dragon the next day. Attended speakers’ luncheon and promptly entered food coma…cut out early to nap before the actual event. Snoozed twice before rushing to midtown to make it in time for my slot. Did 3 TV interviews and then went on stage. Wore hat to cover up bad bangs, threw on some makeup to look alive. Executed tech chat with no major glitches. Stayed afterward and met a gazillion promising contacts. Success.
Escaped the city for a couple hours over the weekend. A girlfriend and I did the Dragon’s Back Hike in Shek O Country Park. Having the scorching sun beat down on our backs was (kind of) worth it. We were greeted with clear blue skies, lush greenery and 360 views of a quieter side of Hong Kong as we power walked from Shek O Road to Big Wave Beach (also known as Tai Long Wan). We wrapped up our cardio-charged morning with boozy ice pops and shisha sticks before hopping on a mini bus back to civilization.
According to the DSM-5 aka the bible for all things mental illness/disorder/health related, caffeine intoxication is recognized as an official pathology now. I didn’t think it was possible, but after inadvertently consuming a QUADRUPLE-ESPRESSO’s worth of coffee a few days ago in Vietnam, I was able to personally verify this was indeed the case.
Coconut wine, nón lá and sampan rides. Three words I didn’t expect to entail so much fun. But our Ben Tre Day Tour yesterday was exactly that. So much fun!
Our first day in Ho Chi Minh City revolved around escaping the heavy downpour, mastering how to cross the traffic light-less streets in one piece, communicating with our hands/facial expressions and scoping out boutique stores.