Gong Xi Fa Cai! Happy Year of the Rabbit! One of the holidays I get to enjoy for receiving red pockets, feasting in large gatherings, & spend almost a full week off. No, I don't celebrate Chinese New Year, so I don't even have to go through week-long awkward family gatherings. Instead, it's just extra days that I don't have to clock-in the office.

We went Hong Kong (HK) a weekend before Chinese New Year (CNY) to avoid the crowds, and I'm soooooooo glad that we did. Even Macau was hella full! A crowded sight that I have not seen in years (*ehem* since covid). I'm not gonna lie but it was a bit overwhelming. I hate crowds, so I avoided places I knew would definitely be filled with people. Although, I won't deny the collective happiness & freedom the locals felt during the holidays. I didn't get to visit Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro (or San Malo as the locals would call it) when they closed off the streets from cars, opened it up as a walkway, and had art installations & food stalls around. Although, they would have a round 2 this February 2nd to the 4th in celebration of the Lantern Festival, so if I finally got to include pics in this blog post, you'd know :P (P.S. I DIDN'T HAHAHAHAHA)

For what we actually did during the 4-5 days holiday, well, let's just say that there was a lot of sleeping and binge watching Critical Role's campaign 3. I got some much needed rest but also got too lazy to edit our HK vlog, or even finish writing up the previous blogposts. There was a lot of late night drinking, unexpected hot pot & pinoy food gatherings, and happily got to squeeze in a morning of hiking. Adrian & I were planning to hike in HK but our friends wanted to come with so we stayed here and hiked in the usual Taipa Grande trail. I still feel like dying every time we try to reach the highest point but I made it! Waking up to have undecided breakfast at 8am, freezing with under 10 degrees (celsius), and a few scary encounters with unseen cat callers & a snake that fell from the side of the rock makes the hiking trip... I guess... special? We had fun sliding down fake grass too!

That's pretty much it! I feel like I rambled a lot in this one, but hope you enjoyed this random read. Check back in soon for another blog entry!

Much love!

~Katee Of The Day

Photo Credits: Adrian C. (@dash_ad)