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Answered Prayers

Thursday, 06.7.2012


They weren’t kidding when they said Hong Kong moves fast. The pace, the speech, the happenings.

It’s been a little less than three months since I’ve been here in Hong Kong and already, I feel like I’ve done more than a year in LA. I’m like the Tasmania devil swirling around, hardly stopping to catch a breath.

But then again, why would I want to? What would be the fun in that?

The only thing that was slow throughout these past 80 days have been my job hunt. There would be leads and then it would stop. There would be talks and then it would halt. There would be help and then it would cede. I didn’t know what else I could do but pray. (Pray and go hiking! Hoo hah!) It was weird though, despite various people worrying for me, thinking things would be hopeless, I was completely at peace throughout the entire process. Sure, I broke down a couple of times but overall, I knew God would provide. I just knew.

And oh boy, did he ever!

Through His impeccable timing, and making the puzzles just all fit, I somehow defeated the odds and ended up exactly where I’m supposed to be for right now Intivar.

I get to stay in Hong Kong, I get to grow and love with my sister and cousins and auntie and uncle, I get to grow and love with my church, with my new friends, I get to be at a central point of Asia at a most thrilling time. He made it happen.

For those of you not familiar with Time Out HK, the bi-weekly mag (or fortnightly as we call it) is pretty much one of those publications that has its pulse on the city of HK and the content of the mag ranges from serious opinion pieces on politics to investigating the effects of the minimum wage law to the coolest places to shop and dine. So it’s pretty much ME :)

I’m really overfilled with joy because I really knew this entire experience was just a test of my faith. How long would I hang on? How long would I stay faithful and fruitful despite not fitting society’s norm of “successful” or “doing well?”

The job has just begun and like all jobs, it will have its ups and downs but for now, I am so UP I might as well enjoy the view while it lasts.

Praise God for He is good!

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posted by Janice | Comments: 7 | Category God, Inspirations, Interviews, Job, Love, Travel, Writing

High High Tea

Thursday, 05.17.2012

High tea…

Ah, what a regal affair this British afternoonly (it is a word because I say so) ritual implies.

Sipping on some caffeinated concoctions…

While munching on some sweet and savories…

All the while admiring THIS view 100+ floors above ground.

High tea indeed!

Jlo and I high-tea-ed at Tsim Sha Tsui’s famously towering Ritz-Carlton Hotel where we giggled like giddy schoolgirls while dainty tai-tai’s and powerful execs surrounded us.

JLo also snapped plenty of pictures with her pro camera. I snapped pictures of her with my iPhone like I was a crazy fan.

Oh yea, I also made this semi-shaky video documenting our afternoon at the Ritz.

Pardon the giggling, when you’re with one of your best girlfriends, you can’t help but to laugh a lot. :D

posted by Janice | Comments: 6 | Category Food, Friendlies, Travel

To The Members of The Mosquitoes Society…

Wednesday, 05.16.2012

To the Members of the Mosquitoes Society,

{ image from here }

First off, I just wanted to start by thank you for your fondness for my blood. I’m so glad that you find it to be pleasing to your taste and that you are attracted to the fluid. It’s very flattering, really.

I must say however, that your recent increase in attention has really started to perturb me. There I am, just walking around the neighborhood for a nice walk or sitting outdoors at a cafe having a friendly chat, and you find me a convenient place to get your drink on. It’s really not so polite. Have you ever heard of personal space?

I am a person with a slight lack of willpower and when you suck my blood, it really doesn’t take much for me to start scratching away. I wish I could stop  but it JUST. FEELS. SO. GOOOOOOOOOOD. I’ve tried all sorts of methods: sleeping with gloves on, spritzing myself with the beautiful scent of mosquito repellent, scratching other surface areas, pouring near-scalding hot water over my wounds but they have had slightly less than perfect results. I find myself taking the gloves off before sunrise, staying farther away from people lest they think I stink, turning the other surface areas red and irritated, and taking too long in the shower (which then makes it very uncomfortable for my roommate Sis). I’ve tried drowning myself with lemon tea and gnawing away on garlic chunks but yet you still persist, leaving me one hickey mark after another, each one more swollen, more scarlet than the next.

I write this letter even though you probably can’t read it. I write this letter because my left arm feels like it’s about to fall apart and I don’t know if I will ever be able to type again and I can’t do that without making my feelings known.

Mosquitoes, you suck.

I will now go sit on my left arm because the lack of blood circulation is the only way I can feel no discomfort because I actually can’t feel anything at all.

NOT Fondly,

The Media Maid

posted by Janice | Comments: 9 | Category Travel

Foodography Friday

Friday, 04.27.2012

Two of my favorite foods: quinoa and beets… combined in one dish! Quinoa, one day, I will figure out how to make you. One day!

In my favorite Chinese restaurant back in LA, I used to always order porkchops and “tsai fan,” (veggie rice) forgetting that carbs are evil for just one evening. This reminds me of home.

We celebrated my cousin’s birthday at Inagiku. The sashimi was yum. Just need about 4 more penis enlargement pills maleextra reviews best male enhancement plates of these kthx.

Homemade beef curry courtesy of my amazing aunt and uncle. Deliciously delish.

Had a nice afternoon to myself one day where I journaled while indulging in some high tea. Tea-time me-time.

Sis was so sweet she brought me desserts from Starbucks one evening. Starbucks in HK trumps Starbucks in LA anyday. Thank you!

Fancy soup.

Nan Tei yakitori. Gotta love me some chicken gizzards!

Fashionable cupcake.

Eat well!

posted by Janice | Comments: 7 | Category Food, Travel

Stanley Beach

Thursday, 04.26.2012

I didn’t used to be a beach girl.

The ocean was too salty.

The sun was messing with my dreams of becoming Snow White.

The whole sand between my toes thing? — annoying.

But something changed my heart. I think it’s views like this:

Look at this view. How can you not stare in wonder and amazement?

Venus (yep, real name) and I were planning on hiking Dragon’s Back but our bus kind of passed over that stop and landed us over to Stanley Beach.

Ah Stanley Beach…

‘Tis a fun place to spend a day jesextender com or a relaxing afternoon.

Here we are doing just that.

Stanley Beach is very popular amongst tourists and that was evident with all the Western-styled restaurants that lined one side of the beach.

We ventured over to the other side of the beach, the one with all the pretty rocks and this was the view that we found.

Gebeezus that’s nice!

Can you tell I have a slight love affair with the rocks?

Oh, and of course it wouldn’t be a nice location post without video.

Yea, I’d say I’m a beach girl now.

posted by Janice | Comments: 2 | Category Travel

Foodography Friday

Sunday, 04.22.2012

Sorry for the delay. I’ve been so busy eating and taking pictures I’ve forgotten to post about them! Here you go.

Homemade whole wheat pasta with a medley of vegetables topped with minestrone soup. I was craving pasta but because it was a rainy day, I wanted something soupy. Hence this combo.

As much fun as it is to cook, Sis and I decided to eat out more. A) Because fresh vegetables are very expensive to buy at markets and cost about the same as eating it at a restaurant + you don’t have to wash dishes! B) Sis has a FOOD BLOG! It shall be our DUTY to go out and eat at as many fun restaurants as we possibly can. Woot! (Please check out her blog and penis enlargement patch show her some love! You will also be getting regular updates from yours truly over there!)

Sis and I LOVE Cafe O! Find out why here.

These pieces of bread have cheese AND truffle on it! Amazeballs, right?

Swiss Cafe‘s porkchop skillet. My whole meal cost about $5 USD. I knoooowwwwww, right?

Cafe O again. Hearty and healthy, just the way I like my food and my men. ;)

I tried to get creative with my breakfast and served myself some grilled tomatoes, chicken patties with cheese, beans and a carrot/pear/blackberries juice. It was…creative.

HK-style desserts! Even though we ordered four different types (almond milk, mango and tofu, tofu pudding, and tofu-mango-something-something, they all somehow looked similar one way or another.)

Eat well!

posted by Janice | Comments: 5 | Category Food, Travel

Shanghai Street Studio

Tuesday, 04.17.2012

It’s funny what a difference one floor can make. Though I landed at the wrong floor of a building (and nearly went into a brothel!), I finally ended up on the right floor where my intended destination, Shanghai Street Studio, is located.

My friend Carmen was shooting the creative space and profiling the founders of the studio along with JJ from The Wanderlister and I got to tag along.

The space was seriously cool! So much random mish-mash of stuff to photograph! I played amateur photog.

I’m really amazed by how God put people in our lives at certain times. Who would have known that I would be able to spend so much quality time with this girl I met with a group of friends at Disneyland that one time a long long time ago. Funny how through God, we are put on this path to guide and love on one another.

Love you, girl!

{ The first time Carmen and I met. Teehee }

posted by Janice | Comments: 6 | Category Friendlies, God, Travel, Writing

Foodography Friday | HK Week 4

Friday, 04.13.2012

This lo mai gao — glutinous rice snuggled deep into some lotus leaves– actually leaves me drooling.

Went to this trendy East-West fusion restaurant called Tai Lung Fung in Wan Chai. Loved how these cheesecake slices were presented. Loved how they tasted even more!

I could probably eat oysters everyday for the rest of my life.

Was craving some good ol’ pasta. Think I’ll be attempting to make my own in a couple of days.

Paid a surprise visit to Stanley Beach. Soaked up the sun Cialis while also soaking up some fresh green veggies and fresh…pizza?

My aunt and uncle made delicious dinner one night! Ceviche with fried oysters (told ya I could eat it everyday) with garlic bread with corn with sweet potato, oh my!

Same meal at my aunt and uncle’s. Rolling with the homies.

I whipped up a simple meal for my sis and I. These sweet peas look so sweet don’t they? I mixed it with sausage pieces and boiled it so it was healthy too!
posted by Janice | Comments: 4 | Category Food, Travel

How To Find Some Peace In Hong Kong

Thursday, 04.12.2012

No doubt Hong Kong is one loud city. The people are loud. The transportation is loud. The air conditioning is loud.

I love being a city girl but I realized with my old age that it’s also important to find some quiet time every once in awhile. A quiet ritual, if you will.

My quiet ritual is jogging. Though I’m sort of a commitment-phobe, my relationship with jogging has been on/off over the past 8 years already. It started my freshman year of college and I’ve been casino virtuel en ligne pretty consistent since. I’m not very flexible and I’m afraid of balls (take from that what you will) so jogging has been my steady exercise companion over the years.

My first week coming back to Hong Kong, I found this beautiful trail to jog through which led to me the ultimate destination for some peace and tranquility.

I decided to take my sis along for the jog…

And my mom…

And my camera phone and monopod! My peaceful jogging place is captured in this quick video:

posted by Janice | Comments: 10 | Category Travel

The Wrong Door

Tuesday, 04.10.2012

After a few missed exits and wrong turns, I’m running late.

I follow the directions on my faulty phone GPS and look for the correct building number. I spot it and sprint up the side stairs.

When I get up to the floor, a metallic locked door awaited me. I knock, I twist the invisible knob, I call my friend I’m meeting but to no avail on all 3 counts.

So I wait.

Ten minutes later, a man and a woman come up the stairs. They’re speaking in English. She’s telling him that this is the right way to come up. They spot me and both have odd looks on their faces. The woman, dressed in a shiny top with a beehive for hair, asks me kindly in Mandarin,

“Are you looking for someone?”

Me: “Yes, a studio?”
Woman smiles oddly, “No, definitely not here.”
She opens the door.
Woman: “Did you call the landlord?”
Me (thinking it was the guys who ran the studio I’m looking for): “Oh yea, but they’re not picking up.”

I reach out my arms to keep the door closed ’cause she looked like she was about to close it and ask,

“Can I just go in and wait?”

She laughs kindly and resumes to closing the door. At this same time, I’ve gotten a peek behind her and the place…definitely did not look like a studio. It was dark, dingy, and looked like several spaces separated by curtains. What’s in the space seemed to be beds. It looks a little bit like a seedy massage parlor. Then, the words that my friend — who’d dropped me off — said to me, hit me like a ton of bricks:

“This street is known for prostitutes.”


The woman asks me again. “Are you sure you called the landlord? Try again.” She closes the door.

A little dazed by my revelation, I walk down the stairs and step out onto the street corner of the building. As I’m calling my friend, I notice that the pedestrians are kind of staring at me funny. Not just me as in my face but looking me up and down. So I look myself up and down. I realize I am wearing this outfit:

{ photo courtesy of JJ at Wanderlister }

I was thinking, “Oh, bold and cute, fun and a little flirty!” when I put it on in the morning but it was definitely not something you wear around this side of town and DEFINITELY not standing on the street corner of a brothel.

I head over to a nearby park and sit down, ashamed that I would be so shaken in the brief moment where my sheltered world collided with something a little darker.

C’mon, wasn’t this what I signed up for when I said I wanted an adventure? It’s to encounter people of all kind, with stories different from mine, no matter how “good” or “bad” they are (and “good” and “bad” are such unsubstantiated definitions anyway). I entertained the brief thought of going back and buying an hour of her time to just talk to her but chickened out.

And then I felt exhilarated.  Not because I’m an immature kid who just had my first conversation with a prostitute but because I am actually living in this world. I’m meeting people with entirely new life stories from mine. I’m dealing with situations that would never happen if I just sit behind a desk for most of the day. For lack of a better description, I feel SO COOL! *Pats self on back

This definitely beat sitting at home worrying about my employment state and thinking about how unstable I am or how worrisome I am or how useless I am. It became more about seeing someone else for who they are. I was directed to this article where the writer Oliver shared some interesting insights on how we, the Millennials, may need to redirect our passions. I don’t entirely agree with his extreme urge for us to “forget our passions” to focus on big problems but I do think that when are passions somehow revolve around big problems in the world, issues of humanity, they stick with us. As in, modeling because you’re passionate about wearing pretty clothes and posing for pictures may be fine for the time being but passionate about modeling because you want to be a face that changes ideals and concepts of beauty may be a more timeless pursuit.

With knowledge comes, hopefully, change. And even though I am not near naive enough to think I can change the world, I do truly truly believe in that my beliefs and actions can have an impact. If not on the world, on one person that I meet at the market. Or on one person I meet in a shady stairwell. Or on one person that reads this blog.

My friend Caroline gave me this awesome going-away card with the following quote on the cover:

“Go into the world and do well. But more importantly, go into the world and do good.”

~ Minor Myers Jr.

It now sits by my bed reminding me what I should be focusing on when I start worrying about money, status, relationship problems, etc.

How will you do good for the world?

posted by Janice | Comments: 2 | Category Personal, Travel

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