This year I’m spending three months in Hong Kong, leaving Vancouver and really just experiencing life in a whole new different part of the world.
The main reason why I’m staying for so long is because I planned to work for RDs in Hong Kong to get a feel for their roles in the healthcare system, and basically gain more insight into the dietetics field in HK. My goal is to network with RDs and build strong relationships with them.
The second reason is, of course, spend time with the relatives and friends (namely the Boyfriend). I visited them during Christmas time, but obviously, that was not enough!
So unlike my previous trips to HK, this time around, my mindset is different. I’m living here now for three months, and I’m no longer in vacation mode. Instead of mindlessly going out to places and doing random things without any plans, I have set goals for myself and I aim to achieve them so that I can make my stay in HK as worthwhile and valuable as I possibly can.
As a way to make sure I follow through with my goals, I will be writing a new series on A Nutritious Plate, called Hong Kong 2011 (HK ’11). The main purpose is to record my thoughts so I can better reflect on what I’ve learn during this trip.
To start off the series, it would be best to outline the goals. (duh!)
1. Work for RDs. Best way to learn anything is to get your hands dirty, so I’m going to do all sorts of work that they can throw at me and absorb the new knowledge like a sponge!
2. Cook more. Last time I visited, I was so discouraged by the small size of the kitchen (if I really stretch my arms out, I can touch the walls…) and the scarce equipment available that I barely cooked. But now, I see that as an obstacle and it will be a fun challenge to see how creative I can be to make myself convenient, delicious and healthy meals in a tiny kitchen.
3. Try new foods / cuisines. HK is a place where you can find food everywhere. Sobe the foodie in me says I have to go explore and try new foods!
These goals are quite broad, but they are just meant to be guidelines to keep me on the right track so I can make my 3-month stay meaningful.
Have you taken lengthy trips out of the country before? Where did you go? How did you make the trip meaningful?