Wham, bam, my second year is pretty much over. Emphasis on "pretty much", because while my exams might be over, I still have to spend a day or so grading papers with my professor. It still hasn't quite sunk in that I'm a student teaching assistant for a class I took last year (Asian-American Identity).
It's weird to be on the other side of the fence. I still have to do the exams again in the sense that I have to write out a grading chart for the sections I mark, but I've certainly learned a lot.
After that though, I'll really be free, and I have a week or so to enjoy Seattle before I leave for Hong Kong.
Last year, I left Seattle immediately after my finals, but this year I chose to spend more time soaking up some of that Seattle sunshine with one of my besties from Hong Kong. By the time you read this, Annie Xia will already be with me.
I met Annie in Form Three after she moved to Hong Kong from Vancouver, Canada. I think I was one of the first people to talk to her on her first day in St Paul's Convent School. She's visiting me before she spends the rest of her summer in New York.
I can't wait to show her around my second city, and introduce her to my friends. I don't think my college friends have had a chance to meet my besties from Hong Kong before.
(If you'd like to follow our adventures, follow me on Instagram @candacesk. I'm not entirely sure what we'll be doing, but we'll go all out!)
We're going to eat our way through Seattle, starting with Pike Place Market, and we might even go on the "Ghost Tour". Oh, and the Chocolate Factory tour in Fremont, too. And Ezell's Fried Chicken. (There's even a rumour that Oprah Winfrey has their fried chicken flown out to her.) If I could inset emojis into this column, I would - "smiling cat face with heart eyes".
It won't be back-to-back eating, though; I don't think we will be able to handle all the good food at once. We'll probably do some sightseeing and shopping in between meals, because hey, we're keeping it real. Food is the main attraction though.
No matter how jet-lagged you may be, it's almost impossible to turn down good food.