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My name is Nick and I blog about Skincare, Self-care, and my life in Hong Kong & Vancouver.

Hectic April 2018

Hectic April 2018

April has been such a hectic month. I realized how difficult it is to pursue your passions outside of work. After work on weekdays I would feel so drained that all I wanted to do is absolutely nothing - not even scrolling lifelessly on social media, let alone creating content.

In any case, there were some highlights this month:

1st: Finally met up with my high school BFFs for picnic and dinner

 Picnic with High School Friends

Picnic with High School Friends

 Dinner at Tulsi & Wine in Sai Ying Pun

Dinner at Tulsi & Wine in Sai Ying Pun

 Dinner with High School BFFs

Dinner with High School BFFs

 

2nd: Hanged out with Herms Herman from Singapore. He was in Hong Kong for a business trip Long time no see my friend! And then I went to Lamma Island with my BF to see his friend. 

Me and Herms
 Tofu on Lamma Island

Tofu on Lamma Island

 Tofu on Lamma Island

Tofu on Lamma Island

 Lamma Island

Lamma Island

 Karen, my BF's friend, has some amazing cooking skills - she made all these dishes!

Karen, my BF's friend, has some amazing cooking skills - she made all these dishes!

 The baked apple and her homemade caramel sauce was AMAZING

The baked apple and her homemade caramel sauce was AMAZING

 

7th: Had dinner with Vincent again. Passed by Mong Kok for the first time since I'm back and I forgot how insanely crowded that place is, on any given day/time.

 Me and Vincent

Me and Vincent

 Monk Kok is one of the most populated place in Hong Kong. It's pretty crazy actually.

Monk Kok is one of the most populated place in Hong Kong. It's pretty crazy actually.

 

8th: Hiked at Cape D'Aguilar. It was such a beautiful place. I also hanged out with  some high school friends for drinks and dinner.

 Cape D'Aguilar

Cape D'Aguilar

 At Cape D'Aguilar

At Cape D'Aguilar

 Hiking with my friend Kam Kin

Hiking with my friend Kam Kin

 Me and High School Friends

Me and High School Friends

 

12th: Re-visited my absolute favorite French restaurant in Hong Kong - Les Fils à Maman. The Lamb was amazing.

 The lamb was really good. Les Fils à Maman is my favorite French restaurant in Hong Kong

The lamb was really good. Les Fils à Maman is my favorite French restaurant in Hong Kong

 

13th: Finally hanged out with Chris! Spent the entire afternoon chatting with this guy.

 Coffee with Chris

Coffee with Chris

 Chris taking pictures of our coffee

Chris taking pictures of our coffee

 

14th: Went to this really cool bar named Sense 99 in Central where many artists hang out

 Sense 99

Sense 99

 

15th: Hanged out with Billy for coffee and we walked all the way from Sai Ying Pun to Central

 Latte on rainy Sunday

Latte on rainy Sunday

 Photo Credit: Billy Wong

Photo Credit: Billy Wong

 Me and Billy

Me and Billy

 

18th: Belif Event

 

20th: April 16-20 was one of the toughest weeks since I landed HK so obviously I planned myself a fun Friday evening:

  1. 7pm-10pm: Dinner in Causeway Bay with my younger brother and my cousin (表姐) who I haven't seen for a long time. But omg I lined up such a long queue just for an elevator to the restaurant (I waited for 20 mins! I'm not kidding). Food was okay. We went to a bar afterwards and it was quite fun. Very nice catch up moment.
  2. 10pm - Midnight: Then I hanged out with some friends from high school.
  3. Midnight - Late (4am?!?): Bing Bing to see my friends from Vancouver. Then I went to Time Bar for drinks, and then Zoo & Wink in Sheung Wan.
 Lining up for an effing elevator is one of the most ridiculous things in Hong Kong. For the record, I waited for 20 minutes just to get to the restaurant.

Lining up for an effing elevator is one of the most ridiculous things in Hong Kong. For the record, I waited for 20 minutes just to get to the restaurant.

 Dinner with my younger brother and cousine (表姐)

Dinner with my younger brother and cousine (表姐)

 Me, My Younger Brother and my cousin (表姐)

Me, My Younger Brother and my cousin (表姐)

 San Ka La Bar in Causeway Bay

San Ka La Bar in Causeway Bay

 Beer w/ High School Friends in San Ka La Bar

Beer w/ High School Friends in San Ka La Bar

 Me and my High School Friends

Me and my High School Friends

 

21st: Shot my first TV Commercial!! Not sure when it will air though. And then I went to see Joyce Cheng's Break A Leg concert. After that I hanged out with my BF's friends til like 3am at a bar near Tsim Sha Tsui and played some poker (I won many games :p)

 Joyce Cheng Break A Leg VIP  😎

Joyce Cheng Break A Leg VIP 😎

 Played Poker after seeing Joyce's concert and this happened.

Played Poker after seeing Joyce's concert and this happened.

 

22nd: Met up with Ivan for lunch and coffee. Love a good conversation on a Sunday afternoon

 Photo Credit: Ivan Lam

Photo Credit: Ivan Lam

 Love a good iced Americano

Love a good iced Americano

 Me and Ivan

Me and Ivan

 

(and then I got sick for a few days...unfortunately)

 

27th: Time Bar 8th year anniversary!! I went there with Alexander and Matthew and their friends. Then I went to Petticoat Lane for the first time with them. There was a drag show that night. Pretty fun time.

 Such a fun night at Central

Such a fun night at Central

 

28th: Ran home from to Admiralty because I needed some exercise. Then I went to Petticoat Lane again to see James & Anthony before they go.

 Running from Sai Ying Pun to Admiralty

Running from Sai Ying Pun to Admiralty

 Me, Mario, Anothony and James (from left to right)

Me, Mario, Anothony and James (from left to right)

 Me, Mario, James and Anothony

Me, Mario, James and Anothony

 
 Me and Mark

Me and Mark

29th: Met up with Mark for coffee. After that I ran a 5km at Instagram Pier. It was actually quite fun to watch all the people taking photos there and doing goofy things. Pretty crowded though the sunset was beautiful.

 
 Running at Instagram Pier

Running at Instagram Pier

 Sunset at Instagram Pier

Sunset at Instagram Pier

 People taking pictures at Instagram Pier

People taking pictures at Instagram Pier

 I heart HK

I heart HK

Yung Bae Hong Kong 2018

Yung Bae Hong Kong 2018

Time Bar: A Hidden Gem in Central, Hong Kong

Time Bar: A Hidden Gem in Central, Hong Kong