26 April 2017

We've been experiencing a bit of cooler weather this week. Not cold enough to get out the winter stuff again, but a definite respite from the heat and humidity.

Because rain had been forecast for the week, Z's Sports Day at school had to be postponed. My friend and I decided to go hiking instead. Instead of our usual trail, we opted for a shorter, more scenic one this time.  I love this trail (Leaping Dragon Trail, then onto Pottinger Peak, and ending up in Big Wave Bay), were it not for the steep climb at the beginning. 


Singwa - Wed, 26 Apr 2017
I've done this one quite a number of times before, but in the past, I'd be breathing heavily minutes into the hike and I would need to stop several times during the climb to catch my breath. This time, though, I kept waiting to feel out of breath during the climb, but surprised myself by not feeling labored at all.  All the laps around the track and all that walking in Singapore helped tremendously!

Now I'm even more motivated to keep this up.  When the weather gets unbearable to do laps around the track, I'll have to switch to the pool instead.  Go, me!

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18 April 2017

Well, hello!  Sorry for being missing in action last week.  We've been up to quite a bit since my last post.  Hubby had a business in Singapore and me and the kids tagged along.  We were pretty much on our own the whole time as Chris was really busy with work.

Singapore is very much like Hong Kong and it's not our first visit, so we felt very comfortable going around on our own.  We did a LOT of walking, averaging over 17,000 steps every day that we were there! 


There were a few things that I needed to get during our visit. Top of the list were these Irvin's salted egg chips. It took us four visits to the shop before we were finally get our hands on a couple of bags!  All the previous three times we were there, they were sold out. The following day, we decided to go as soon as we knew they would be open (at 10am) and even then, there was a long queue already.  

These chips are "dangerously addictive" (as it says in their packaging). In a way I'm kind of glad we don't have them here in HK yet or else it'll be too easy to get my hands on some and overindulge!



What do you think? Would you want to try them?

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05 April 2017

Scouting Fun



The kids were away at the District Scouts camp this weekend. Unfortunately for Z's troop, who left last Fri, it was pouring and super cold. They had to pitch their tents in the rain. Their night hike had to be cancelled.  Luckily, the weather cleared up and it was such a beautiful day on Sat, which was when J's troop arrived.  


Singwa - Wed, 05 Apr 2017

The grounds were still wet and muddy from the day before, but that didn't stop all the Grasshoppers, the Cubs, and the Scouts from getting on with all the activities planned for that day.  There were over 20 troops from all over Hong Kong. The Grasshoppers had their own activities.  The Cubs and Scouts from different districts were grouped into patrols to work together at different activity stations.  It was really great to see the older Scouts lead and mentor the younger Cubs.  There was a scavenger hunt; they caught bugs. They did first aid and learned different ways to get a fire going. They practiced a variety of knots and had fun running through an obstacle course (with some members of each patrol having certain handicaps to make it more challenging).  

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The Cubs had a sponge fight. Additionally, the older Scouts went rock-climbing and were challenged on a high rope course, which, according to J, was the highlight of the camp, even though it was a bit scary.


Singwa


I love that both J and Z enjoy scouting. Even though both are with different troops, there are occasional district-wide events where all scouts come together for different activities. They get to meet Cubs and Scouts from other troops and make new friends and learn from each other. How fun is that?

Were you a Scout growing up?

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29 March 2017

Working Out



I've been a bit more proactive about getting out and about and moving.  Apart from my weekly hike, I've taken to trying to keep up to at least 10,000 steps a day. I started last week trying to do laps around the track --part running, part brisk walking.  Josh decided to accompany me, which was really sweet of him.  It made all the difference.  He was my cheerleader.  I was originally planning to do only six laps, but ended doing 12.  That felt good. Really good.  (Especially because Chris came back with salted egg potato chips from his trip and we could not help ourselves and dug right into them.)

We've done it a few times since and our best record was 21 laps (me) and 24 laps (Josh). Josh felt so good about that that every other time we've gone; he was gunning to break his own record. 

I love our mother-son work-out dates. Beyond the fact that we're keeping fit, I love that I get to spend time with Josh. I love that we have philosophical discussions about everything and nothing. I love that he chooses to go with me over vegging out with a book.  I love that I'm learning stuff about him. I love being with him.


Singwa - Wed, 29 Mar 2017


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21 March 2017

Spring!



Today is apparently the first day of Spring.  Hmmm. The weather has warmed up a bit, I have to say.  A good change from the cold and the damp of the past week.  Looking forward to wearing tees and shorts and flip-flops again!


Singwa - Wed, 22 Mar 2017

14 March 2017

It's been a busy, busy week last week. It's a busy week every week, but last week was busier than usual. 

A niece was in town. I hadn't seen her since she was 4 and was a flower girl at our wedding almost 14 years ago! She was here for a conference. Hard to reconcile the little girl with the young lady I saw.  She had a few hours free in-between meetings and we met up to have lunch and to have a walk around.  She's a bit of a photography buff as well and we had fun walking around and stopping by here and there to take pictures.

The Akela in Z's Cubs troop was leaving Hong Kong and we had a small (surprise) farewell party for her after our weekly troop meeting. We will miss her and her family. They are some of the loveliest people I've met.


Singwa - Wed, 15 Mar 2017


There was another farewell party on Saturday, after which Z and I went to attend (anticipated) Mass, because she would be missing regular Mass on account of her netball tourney starting early on Sunday.   

Z's team won their netball match on Sunday and they're in the semis (yay)!  Rushed back after the match to pick up hubby and J from church.  They then drove me and Z to school where we rode the bus with the Cubs troop for backwoods cooking at Clearwater Bay Country Park.  What a fun afternoon in a lovely park. The Cubs gathered kindling, twigs, big sticks and started their own fire and had a barbecue of sweet potatoes, corn, bananas, and chapati. After the fire was put out and things cleared away, the Cubs had some free play time and some of them flew kites. It was an amazing ending to a packed week!



08 March 2017

J has given up electronic gadgets for Lent. This is the third year he's doing this.  He loves his games, he loves tinkering on his notebook. I know how 'hard' this is for him. He could easily have given up on something that's easier, but in the spirit of sacrificing something that really counts, he again chose to give up electronics. I couldn't be more proud of him.

Because he's not glued to the screens now, the board games come out. So far, we've played Taboo and Pandemic.  I'm sure the other games will be dusted off and given their turn, too.


Singwa - Wed, 8 Mar 2017

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01 March 2017

Every time I pass by this street, I always stop. I stop. Sometimes I pull out my phone to snap a few. It's a street that's gone through a face lift; it's been gentrified. I kind of miss the old street with the old shops, but this 'new' street is pretty.  I'm not sure, but it seems that they have different lanterns up the whole year through.  They just make you go "ooh" and smile.


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