About Sonia

Hi! My name is Sonia. I am a Czech currently based in Hong Kong where I relocated after a wonderful six years in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I am eternally grateful for this shift in my life as its timing couldn't have been better. It's been an amazing ride so far and I hope I can bring more stories from my new home to you soon.  When I started blogging two years ago, purely for fun, I had no idea...
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How to enjoy Seoul with soul

You know how sometimes bloggers passionately describe how a place has etched in their memory like no other? I used to do that too. And many times it was true. But with Seoul? Oh no, it won't touch your soul the way many other Southeast Asian countries do. Having said that, I believe that Seoul has potential, but accessing it will largely depend on what kind of traveller you are. If you are like...
Female students riding really funny and pink electrical motorbikes

Luang Prabang – Fragments of pleasure – Part 2

While the trip in general wasn't great, today, when looking at the photos, I must admit that nostalgia hits me hard and I can't help but admit that it had its inexplicably powerful aura of beauty. I found pleasure in small daily moments that I will remember forever. Even if it made me sick, it was a great reminder that it's usually the powerful experiences that stay with us for longer as we tend...

Luang Prabang – When travel gets messy – Part 1

In my previous thirst-provoking post I hinted at one of my trips. From the photo you surely guessed I was in Laos. While sampling local beer was fun, the same couldn't really be said about the trip itself. Though it wouldn't be me if I didn't find silver linings. So, in these two upcoming posts, I will reveal both the good and the bad of my trip to Luang Prabang, though in reverse order. Let's...

To beer or not to beer – should that be the question?

I'm sitting here besieged by a thick smog and there's absolutely no escaping it. It's everywhere. It attacks my eyes, my nostrils, my clothes - everything. I am mostly depressed but I find a strange pleasure in returning to this little restaurant located at the edge of a busy touristy street, thus offering respite from the overwhelming buzz. Another thing I love about it is its proximity to a...

Spending summer holidays in Hong Kong aka how to make the most of it

Yay! It's July. Holiday time! On the one hand you jump for joy, immensely looking forward to having a few weeks of a well-deserved and long-awaited time off in the summer. But the minute you realise you are still in 2022 and tight sealed Hong Kong, you suddenly experience a bout of depression. It's holiday time but your are not going anywhere. That is not anywhere you would like.  But c'est la...
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Mini tales from Hong Kong – Part 2

Lots of people assume that Hong Kong is an incredibly exciting place to live. As I've already explained, this is only true to some extent. In fact, considering all the challenges from housing, work culture to money, status and hierarchy driven society, I feel that many long-term residents and even locals would admit that there's not much left to label as exciting. Unless you are rich and you can...

Mini tales from Hong Kong – Part 1

From my previous posts you already know that Hong Kong is a never-ending tale itself. But sometimes you just have that extra element of surprise here and there that's worth writing about. Quite honestly, my inspiration for articles has been severely limited. All my energy goes to building resilience in this matrix and writing often becomes the last thing I'd want to do. But it comes and goes in...
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Lessons from Hong Kong aka how to deal with misery when it strikes

It's been almost a year into my life in Hong Kong and I've been balancing as if it were a decade. So many people abroad keep telling me how exciting it must be to live here and how lucky I am. How wonderful Hong Kong for sure is and that it's an experience of a lifetime. While there's a grain of truth in each of the comments, and I've dedicated my previous post to positive sides of living here,...
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20 Things I love about Hong Kong so far …. and you would probably too

As you might have heard Hong Kong is or perhaps I can allow myself to say 'was' under fire. In February the pandemic was raging and suddenly the experts who kept the city safe for two long years were at their wits' end. The house of 'dynamic zero Covid 19 strategy' crumbled and economically, politically, socially Hong Kong started plummeting. It fell into an abyss so dark and deep that grappling...
A Muslim couple walk in the street of Kuala Lumpur by sunset

Why Malaysia is not a country for love

Remember the amazing James Brown's 'This is a man's world' sung in his distinctive raucous voice? Nowhere else is this more true than Malaysia, or, actually, any other Islamic country. Severely traditional and religious societies are not uncommon in Europe either. However, I still firmly stand by my opinion stated in one of my previous posts that there truly isn't a more retrograde force in this...