My pen pal from when I was 11 (!) was here visiting the past week and we had a great time exploring Hong Kong together. I got to go to a couple of places that I’d never visited before –in all the 18+ years that I have been living here.
(Wisteria outside the walls of the Po Lin Monastery)
D and I started writing to each other when we were 11 and have kept in touch all these years. It started with letters. Then there were emails and now there’s Facebook. We had met up twice before. The last time was just two years ago when we summered in the city where she now lives.
It’s D’s first time to Hong Kong. Of course, we went to The Peak, rode the cable car and visited the Big Buddha, had dim sum and bubble tea. We checked out the Ladies Market, took the escalators up to SoHo, visited the Man Mo Temple; strolled through Laskar Row; rode the MTR and found the 10,000 Buddhas in Sha Tin; visited the Po Lin Monastery and the Chi Lin Nunnery; marvelled at the bonsais at the Nan Lian Garden. We took the Star Ferry and walked down the Avenue of Stars. We were even lucky enough to catch sight of the Aqua Luna with its sails up. On a couple of days, D even went with me and helped out at the kids’ school.
Josh and Zoë both enjoyed having D in the house with us. She got us playing Heads Up and Zoë almost always ropes D in to play cards with her. Zoë even learned a new card trick from D that she’s keen to show to anybody who would be her willing audience. D also patiently sat through one of Josh’s and Zoë’s skits that they threw together on the spot.
It’s been a pleasure to have D visit with us and funny how quickly 10 days flew by. It’s back to school for her when she gets back (she’s a primary school teacher) and it’s back to regular routines for us… well, at least until my parents visit in just a couple of weeks.