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Janae Hagen
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Midwestern farm girl discovers Hong Kong
Midwestern farm girl discovers Hong Kong

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The Fortuneteller, Careful Dragon and Big Boss
Reading horoscopes is about as close as I've tinkered with learning what lies ahead in my future, but given my recent birthday, I wanted to give Hong Kong's famous fortunetelling scene a shot. With my  local pals as guides, we went to Wong Tai Sin Temple in...
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The Electric Current of Asia and Seafood Halls in Da Nang
When I was back in the US last month, one of the most glorious feelings I had was an undercurrent sense of peace because I just understood how things work. All signs and labels were in my language, my mom's cupboards were organized as I knew them at 8-years...
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Typhoon Nida: My First Typhoon
Somehow it's been three months since I posted... There's no great reason why that's the case, other than I spent May and June grappling for inspiration in my new "normal" of a life and then in July found myself talking about funny and frustrating bits about...
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Typhoon Nida: My First Typhoon
Somehow it's been three months since I posted... There's no great reason why that's the case, other than I spent May and June grappling for inspiration in my new "normal" of a life and then in July found myself talking about funny and frustrating bits about...
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Brown Bag Lunch: HK Style
Hong Kong is one of the greatest food cities in the world. It's also one of the most humid cities. Together, those two factors have ganged up against me in my pursuit for packed lunches. And I haven't yet cracked the code. Back in Seattle, I was a lunch-pac...
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100 Days
Today marks 100 days in Hong Kong, 100 days! So, here is my list of 100 things that define this experience so far: I adore my neighborhood My apartment actually feels like home But rent it stupid expensive. The city still blows my mind.. ...and sometimes ma...
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Welcome, Year of the Monkey
Happy Year of the Monkey! Kung Hei Fat Choy! Xin nian kuai le! The Chinese New Year, or Lunar New Year (or LNY) is one of the biggest holidays  on  earth. It celebrates the new year beginning  on the lunar calendar and results in an insanely huge annual mig...
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When Hong Kong Gets Cold
Hello! It's been a couple of weeks since the last post, I'll blame it on my perpetually chilled fingertips... they haven't been too eager to type anything that wasn't work-related. This last month has been one of the coldest that Hong Kong has had on record...
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The Waiguo Goes to the Market
"This gre-ee-n leaf-ah, is it good for cooking, lah?" I slowly said to the vegetable vendor, doing my very best interpretation of Canto-English with strategic "ah, lah, and oh's" to make it sound like I  meant business. "This is watercress and that's bamboo...
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The Helper Situation
This week I hired a helper. She (of course, she ) will come to my place once a week to clean, take care of laundry, do my dishes, and run any errands that I may require. All for a fraction of the cost of a typical trip to Target. Ok Americans, pick your jaw...
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