Need vs. Want vs. Used to

When I was a little girl, my mother would take me shopping (she still does!) to buy new shoes for school or new dress, etc. She would let me try on as many things as I liked, but I was only allowed to buy what I needed not what I wanted. She would always ask…

“I’m late. I’m late!”

I returned to the US about three months ago, and many people have asked about the “adjustment.” Is it hard coming back? Do you miss HK? And yes, it has been hard coming back, and I’ve needed to readjust back into American culture. One of the things that I am still struggling to “get used…

Katie, You’re not on the East Coast Anymore Part 2

So I’ve decided that for the next few months, I will continue posting about the cultural differences between Texas and the East Coast in a way similar to my “HK Fun Facts” because Texas really is truly different from other parts of the country. So here are the next couple of differences that I encountered…

10 Life Lessons from Hong Kong

I leave HK in a little over two weeks, so I will be posting a few reflective and “good-bye” type posts over the next few weeks. In the spirit of starting a new chapter, I want to share some important and practical life tips that I have learned as I prepare to close this particular…

A True Hong Kong-er

My office (APMM) and the Mission recently added several interns to its summer staff, some are even from the US! While I love being around Americans again, (although it’s kind of weird!), I realized that I have become completely adapted to a number of special HK quirks/habits. 1. Many of the subway stations (MTR) here…

Simple Living- HK Style

As most of you know, Beth (the other MI intern) and I share a traditional “HK” style apartment (read: tiny kitchen and bathroom, small rooms) in one area of the city. However, for the month of July, we are house/dog-sitting for one of our ministers at our church. She (and her family) live in apartment…

Adventures in Cross Cultural Living

This morning, I had quite an adventure in cross cultural living that I wanted to quickly share with everyone. It started last night at 11:00 PM when a neighbor knocked on our door. I opened the door to find a women who said that our a/c unit was dripping water down on their A/C unit…