25 June 2018

Goodbye for now...



...until the end of July.  I will be taking a break from blogging this summer, but will be back in August.  I will still be active on my Instagram account for those of you who might want to wave hi; I promise to wave back!

Singwa - Wed, 27 Jun 2018

Have a super summer, everyone!


18 June 2018

w e d n e s d a y



We had a long weekend and it was just nice to be able to chill and spend time with the family.  We played tourist a bit and had a dim sum lunch at the Jumbo Kingdom (a floating restaurant).  After over 20 years here in Hong Kong, that was our first time to set foot there!  I'd always thought of the Jumbo as a tourist trap, but was pleasantly surprised at how nice it was.  The food was good and the service efficient.

It's funny how sometimes tourists have been to more places in your town than you yourself, isn't it?  This picture below was taken at the Man Mo Temple.  Again, this is one of those places that tourists visit when they're in town.  The only times I've been there myself were when I had friends visiting from out of town!


Singwa - Wed, 20 Jun 2018

Are there places near where you live where tourists always visit, 
but you've never been to those places yourself?


12 June 2018

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As the school year winds down, there's so much to do still.  Z just had her graduation lunch yesterday. There's still the school concert, Celebration of Learning day, the leavers' assembly. While she looks forward to moving up and being in the same school again as J, she is sad to be leaving her current school.  The good thing, though, is that most of her friends are also going to the same school, so they're all going to still be together.

My to-do list for this month is over two pages long and every day new items are being added.  I'm just hoping to get through this month without dropping the ball ...and then it's the summer holiday!  I can't wait.

Singwa - Wed, 13 Jun 2018

Are you all set for summer holidays yet?


04 June 2018

Dragon Boat Races



The dragon boat teams have been practicing since April, but now practice sessions are in full swing.  Every weekend, the car parks in Stanley are full, even from 8 am.  You'd see people in rash guards, tanned, wet with sweat, sometimes carrying their own oars (hard core!) coming in to the coffee shop after practice to grab a cuppa.  If you are close enough, you'd hear the rhythmic beating of the drums.  It's such a treat to see the practice races and we always stop to see these dragon boaters in action whenever we can.  The actual day of the races  (Jun 18th) itself is madness.  Forget about even driving into Stanley; no parking space.  Throngs of people everywhere and it's hot, hot, hot!  Such a festive atmosphere, though, and if you don't mind the heat, it can be quite a treat.


Have you ever watched a dragon boat race?


29 May 2018

w e d n e s d a y



Summer is here... with a vengeance.  I just want to hole up at home with the AC on full blast.  It's been scorching, SCORCHING out there.  That said, I've been seeing gorgeous, clear blue skies.  No film of smog to obscure the skyline, just beautiful clarity. 

We took the kids to watch Kooza.  It was, like all Cirque du Soleil shows, amazing!  We got lucky and somehow got upgraded to seats only three rows from the stage, so we got an awesome view of the acts.  Despite how hot it was that day (thank goodness, there was AC inside the tent!), we were all happy to be out and have caught the show.


What have you been up to lately?


23 May 2018

Basil Love



I love basil.  I always have a few pots around, so that I have fresh basil on hand whenever I need it.  Earlier this year, Z wanted to earn the Planter badge (for Cub Scouts), so we cut off a stalk from one of the plants and immersed it in water for it to grow roots.  Once the roots came in, she transplanted that to a pot with soil.  It's now thriving and we've since harvested from it at least four times.  Because of the warmer (hot, really!) weather now, the basil plants are loving it.  I've since propagated four more baby basil.   Below are part of our "harvest" from a couple weeks ago...




What are some of your favorite herbs?


14 May 2018

Lemon Shrimp Pasta



Weekend activities are paring down and the kids are back to cooking again.  Z made this beautifully delicious lemon shrimp pasta (adapted from this recipe) for lunch last Saturday.  We didn't have arugula, so she used baby spinach instead.   It's light and fresh and just so yummy. Go try it.  It's very easy; Z did the entire dish by herself!





08 May 2018

My kids these days are so into online gaming, watching YouTube videos... basically constantly glued to their electronic gadgets, that it pleases me immensely to see them go back to 'basics' and play a game of chess!  I'm happy to let them have their electronic fun, as long as there are breaks and that they balance out by engaging in non-electronic stuff, like board games, going for some outdoor fun, reading, drawing (even when inspiration is drawn from Pinterest!)... basically anything non-electronic.





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