The South Tower at the HKBU Residence Hall. Initially felt weird and foreign to me, but eventually felt like home.
Common room on every floor, with a small kitchen at the back. It had 2 refrigerators, a television, a microwave oven and a toaster. It was nice and cozy, and my friends and I often just sat around the table, having dinner that we made ourselves. Okay fine, we microwaved. We never watched the TV, because it was all in Cantonese and none of us spoke the language.
The view from my bedroom window.
It wasn’t very interesting because HKBU was located in the quiet part of Kowloon, but it was nice and peaceful. Except when the construction went on, because then I would occasionally some topless construction workers wandering around. Which is, trust me, not something you would want to see the moment you wake up.
It was my first time living in a dormitory, and I took these shots to share with my family. It’s a bit small and cramped, but to me, it meant my own private space where I could do whatever I want.
The bathroom was a shared bathroom between my roommate and my room, and the room next to ours. Our bathroom neighbors were from Mainland China and were very nice and friendly.
Hello! I’m Charmie and this blog is here to remind myself of the glorious 4 months I spent as an exchange student at Hong Kong Baptist University, from August to December 2009.
I’m originally from Manila and will be graduating college in a few months, and sometimes I feel so disillusioned about what I’m doing. When I remember my days in Hong Kong, however, I realize that there’s more to life than this. There’s a whole world out there and I can’t wait to get out there and see it all.
This is the story of how I fell in love with Hong Kong.