WHO AM I?
I’m Virginia. I was born and raised in Canada and decided to move out to HK in 2012 for a new adventure (and let’s be honest, it was primarily for more job opportunities that weren’t with the government because that’s pretty dull).
Fast forward to 1 year ago.
WHAT THE BLOG WAS ABOUT
THEN | Initially, I wrote a bunch of HK -related posts, tinder, food — all related but not really. I kept chasing and trying to find the newest restaurants, but then I had an epiphany. I had friends from home visit and they looked to me to give recommendations since I was a “blogger” now. I enthusiastically listed off the new restaurant openings I had curated from Sassy Mama, and about the new niche bars around town.
My recommendations were met with silence. Ummm… they said. What about the authentic Chinese stuff such as where to get freshly made pineapple buns, where to see those “stilt houses”, and where is the WWII bullet hole on the HSBC lions? I had no idea. It was then I realized I was living in HK like an expat, I wasn’t living the authentic HK experience AND I wasn’t learning anything more about my Chinese heritage and culture.
WHAT THE BLOG IS NOW (THIS IS THE IMPORTANT BIT)
NOW | There will always be a new IT restaurant in HK, and there are so many other bloggers out there that can give you a review before it even opens to the public.
What I want to do now that’s more personal to me and that I know have resonated with my friends back home is to bring to light the things about our Chinese roots. Why do we eat mooncake during Mid-Autumn Festival? Where does this Chinese slang come from and what does it mean? I want an authentic HK experience – where shall we go eat?
WHO IS SMOO?
My 9-6 job was on auto-pilot; I got LKF out of my system; and so I had more time on my hands to start a blog. I found a good name (to me), which was THE SMOO DIARIES. Smoo is the stuffed moose pillow that I take on all my travels. Smoo, stems from a combination of Moose and Snooze, because he’s the Canadian moose that likes to snooze, much like myself and I thought this blog could be told from his views. Needless to say, no one made the connection.
WANT TO CONTACT ME?
I would love to hear from you (given you’ve actually made it all the way down to the bottom of this page). Please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.