September 11 is a day that will never be forgotten. To many people around the world who lost loved ones in those towers, it is a horrible day to go through every year. This year being the 10th anniversary and earlier in the year, Osama Bin Laden was taken out in a hunt that lasted nearly a decade. The day will forever be marked in sadness.
Sept. 11 is also a sad day for me for other reasons. It's rather small compared to what people lost in those attacks but it bothers me on a personal level. This was the day I had to leave my life behind in Hong Kong and move back to the US and pretty much start over with almost nothing. I originally moved into HK on 9/2/05 in the Yuen Long then to the Tin Shui Wai area, I had big plans to execute over there and was in the start up of a new business venture. First it was going to be a Japanese toy and cute item shop but after seeing 1000s of them, back to the drawing board. My business partner and I settled on a two fold plan. He wanted to start up a designer clothing line, I wanted to open a cafe. We met in the middle which would have had the cafe and a little store front that would sell the limited runs of clothing and hats at a counter. I wound up teaching english to little kids in the meantime. Life was great and enjoyable everyday, I made a great group of new friends and had a really great girlfriend.
Then everything fell apart.
Nearly $234,000 HKD disappeared from the business account and I was reduced to living on the streets and parks and my amazing girlfriend left shortly thereafter. I had to go to the US Consulate and have them buy me a plane ticket back to the US. Sept 11 2006 was the date they flew me back. I lost most of clothing due to mold growing on it and having to throw away a bunch more at the airport to get my bag to weigh less to board the plane. And I came back to the US homeless again and trying to work and get my life back. I was miserable for about a whole year til I found an exciting new thing in life. It opened a lot of doors for me and I have been following that path since!
9/11 marked the end of my life in Hong Kong but it won't be the last time I visit there by no means.
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