This past weekend I was in Macau and Hong Kong. I’m currently in Hong Kong writing this. The main purpose of this trip is to get my China visa so I can go there next weekend. This trip could have been saved if my employer had given me a letter of employment weeks ago when I had asked for it. Maybe they truly do stick with their guns of making things hard for their employees. Regardless, God has provided a different way to apply for a visa. I hope it goes through.
I spent a total of 3 nights in these two countries. Macau is known as the Asian Vegas because of the casinos there. I was there for a night and have never been blinded by so many lights at night before. I began wondering if people ever go to sleep there. Macau was colonized by the Portuguese so there is a fusion of east on West culture here. The architecture is beautiful. You have the modern picturesque of European style building with multiple colors. A few buildings down you will see run-down looking buildings. If you use the shuttles from the casinos you get free transportation around Macau.
I spent the remainder of my time in Hong Kong. I got lost plenty here in Hong Kong; from leaving the airport and I will assume now up until I leave. For example, I got lost in the shopping market last night. I figured the streets would look different but nope every street had two to three of the same stores, like Nike and Adidas. I ended up on the other side of town by the time I pulled out my Google maps. I didn’t do much, though more shopping then I expected. I was more overwhelmed by a number of people here. I thought having been in Seoul and Taiwan has helped prepared for this but nope. There’s still more people here in Hong Kong.
Today after I leave from Hong Kong, I will have three working days left at my school. I am ready to leave but am trying to finish well too. I have never faced challenges like this quitting a job; like not being able to get an employment letter and they are trying to make me pay a fee for breaking my contract. My job here is, technically speaking, not legal here, so I am researching the labor laws for foreign teachers here in Taiwan. I have to put in more work to quit than when I was starting.