It's a beautiful Monday morning here in Hong Kong, which means it's a day after the intense Occupy Central situation.
Thanks to those who reached out and checked in on me over the weekend; I actually avoided the area yesterday because I get a bit freaked out by crowds anyways (this is why I never go to concerts). I wanted to want to go because it's a piece of history happening, but the eventual tear gas took it to where I was afraid it would go.
Still, I find it very admiral and courageous for the people to be out there and taking a stand (whereas I didn't, so very American of me...T_T). Aw man, even as I type this, the feeling of regret is growing. Ok, Kristen, must improve on thyself!
[Update: The protestors are still staying strong and will probably increase on Wednesday and Thursday due to public holiday.]
In other news, there was also a very scary volcanic eruption in Japan that killed and injured several hikers. This was the area Anita and I traveled to just this year before we left (I know, I still intend to write a blog post about it)!
I do feel like the world is becoming a scarier place. With all the airplane crashes this year (seriously, what the hell, it's really, really scary!), it's freaking me out: the flight that crashed from Taiwan (which my girlfriends and I were in Taiwan together and one took a very similar flight on the same day), the two crashes with Malaysian Airlines, Air Algerie, and all within just a few weeks of each other!
This is the reason why I'm that person who makes all her friends text her when they've arrived and landed safe.
Can I just mention how embarrassing and insulting Fox News is? I can't believe they are still able to air as a reputable source because they like a parody of Anchorman to me.
It really disturbs me because there are people who actually believe everything they see on the news. Especially with this piece I just saw, claiming that racial profiling should be allowed because putting Japanese-Americans into internment camps was such a success.
Being Japanese-American, this is offensive, but being American, it's downright embarrassing. The guest speaker later apologized, but not until several days later after a rain of criticism.
Lastly, anyone catch Leonardo DiCaprio's speech about global warming? None of us are perfect, but we should at least try to reduce our damage to the environment.
The global situation with the changing climates is a real thing; I am so annoyed of people still saying it's not real. Like the scientific community's educated and researched opinion is not good enough? What?
I get to that feeling where if someone is still adamant about it now, it's not even worth my energy to explain if they can't accept it with all the facts and figures in front of their faces. All it takes is a Google search or five and one should be a bit freaked out.
Anyways, this wasn't meant to be such an intense post, but I do think these were worth mentioning.
What I had originally intended to post is much less interesting: that I'm onto my second week of coding boot camp. The first week was good, it left me feeling like, "I want more, but I'm kind of drowning!"
The biggest insight though, is that it feels really great to be a student again. Not only that but to be with other students who actually want to be there.
It's very different from college; we're all young and excited but to be honest, a lot of us don't want to be in class and we don't appreciate it at the time.
This is different. Most of us all have some kind of working experience or situation where we want to improve ourselves and our skills, or make some kind of life change, so it really affects the attitude and energy of the class. Everyone has an interesting backstory, so it's been so refreshing and motivating to participate in this course.
Anyways, I need to get ready for class, so I hope everyone else is having a great start to the week!