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Many people have asked for an update on my Hong Kong experience. It’s been just over five months since I moved with Joanna back to her home city. Given our many new priorities such as finding a permanent place to live and a new job, I’ve recently been absent from the blog.

Thank you for continuing to follow me. In no particular order, here is a brief update of the many professional and personal experiences since arriving in Asia on January 27, 2017.

  1. Celebrated my first Chinese New Year in Hong Kong.
  2. Spending lots of time visiting with my family and hosting friends from Canada.
  3. Successfully passed the Hong Kong Pharmacist Registration exam, and became a registered pharmacist on May 2, 2017.
  4. Started my new job at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) Centre for Safe Medication Practice and Research, on May 4, 2017.
  5. Completed my first elementary Cantonese class with the Chinese Language Center at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). I will be starting the next level this week.
  6. Joined the South China Athletic Association fitness centre. Weight training is helping me get stronger and gives me more energy.
  7. Peer review one article and one Pharmacotherapy Self-Assessment Program chapter.
  8. Became a member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Hong Kong.
  9. Discussed pharmacist career opportunities with students at Island School.
  10. Joined the council of Pharmacists Connect, where I’ve made a lot of new pharmacist friends.
  11. Imbibed many local beers at Back to School Brewing, Hong Kong Beer Co. and Moonzen, some of Hong Kong’s great craft breweries.
  12. Attended the Hong Kong Pharmacy Conference and made some new friends.
  13. Discovered local fresh roasted coffee that is delivered to your door, from Coffee Roasters Asia.
  14. Attended my first Nerd Nite, Hong Kong edition, and learned about brewing beer and biodiversity.
  15. Attended Aging 2.0, hosted by Health Care Drinks, Hong Kong.
  16. Celebrated Canada’s 150th Birthday in style. The same day was the 20th Anniversary of the Hong Kong SAR handover to China.
  17. Joined HK Hiking Meetup, the globe’s most active Meetup group. We’ve completed a number of really beautiful hikes all over Hong Kong.
  18. Went sailing for the first time from the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, at Middle Island with Joanna’s uncle.
  19. As part of my work at HKU, our team met with an executive editor of The Lancet. This was a very enlightening experience on medical journal publishing and the role of editors and peer reviewers.
  20. Worked out twice with November Project Hong Kong.
  21. Was in the audience of BBC World Questions, which was asking about the future of Hong Kong.
  22. Visited Singapore for the first time. Can’t wait to go back for a second trip!
  23. Finally sold our car in Canada.
  24. Went swimming at Repulse Bay.
  25. Found a great 380 sq ft flat in Causeway Bay that has enough room for an Asian sized twin bed-we used to sleep in an American king bed in Canada. Plus the flat includes two small balconies.
  26. Reconnected with my inner child at Hong Kong Disneyland, my first ever Disney park experience!

Between work and enjoying what Hong Kong has to offer, the blog will continue with a renewed focus on drug related research, and on medications and clinical pharmacy in Hong Kong.