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...

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...
Empty street after rain with a man holding umbrella and a smiling boy with glasses on a large window poster

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,...
sunny street with high shop sings

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...

The ins and outs of my settling in Hong Kong

A couple months of life in Hong Kong have passed. Now that you know how my move and quarantine went it's time I revealed more about the actual process of settling in. Coming from Malaysia to Hong Kong feels like leaving behind a heavy, tired, and lazy bear, who just wants to eat honey and watch TV, and moving towards an incessantly roaring, restless, and agitated tiger. Basically, from a...
My buddy, a plush tiger, sitting on the hotel bed.

My Memorable Hong Kong Quarantine

As soon as my check-in is over, I feel an incredible relief. I know that leaving Malaysia gets real now and I'm yet another step closer to starting afresh in a new country. All the pent up tension starts to slowly dissolve in the excitement of flying towards new beginnings. Fresh blood pumps into my veins and I can barely stand the weight. But there's one more obstacle on my way to freedom - the...
Taxi moving down a narrow steep lane in Hong Kong

How I moved to Hong Kong amidst pandemic

Let me start this post by a mantra of mine. "I am grateful, I am grateful, I am grateful". Let me say that loud out again: "I am grateful." To find a good job with a relocation package during the pandemic madness is no mean feat. I struck some luck. "I am grateful." But to be fair I have (almost) always been. And that's perhaps the reason why I am happy. Malaysia is a fantastic place for building...

13 of my absolute faves for coffee, food, drinks and photography in Kuala Lumpur

Feel like a coffee, bite or a unique shot? I've got your back, folks! I know Malaysia is still knee deep in the lockdown, but let's look on the bright side, shall we? The movement restrictions will end one day and then, I bet, ideas on where to quench thirst, fill your tummy up or simply enjoy the atmosphere will come in handy! That's why I have compiled this list of my personal faves. It meant...
Peggy riding an electric motorbike just before the sunset

Pulau Ketam – Remember Me, Will You? – Part 2

I'm sure you remember folks how I raved about Pulau Ketam. You may also reasonably expect that once I label something Part 1, another part must follow. I indeed hate to leave things unfinished. It's just that with Pulau Ketam, despite its proximity, it's been rather complicated. Quite simply since September 2020, when I last visited this genuine island, the pandemic hasn't allowed me another...

My favourite spots in Kuala Lumpur aka how I create culture

Kuala Lumpur is not exactly a fun city. I don't say that because I have something against it. Not at all! I have beenliving here for almost 6 years so such a statement would be completely inappropriate from me. I say that simply because it's true. Some will go as far as saying that KL is downright boring, and I would second that too. Unlike many cities in Southeast Asia, let alone capitals in...