31 October 2017

w e d n e s d a y

The temps have dropped.  We are in the low 20's (Celsius) now and for me, this is the best time of the year here in Hong Kong.  Bye bye humidity, bye bye sticky, yucky hot weather. Hello, cool crispness; hello, hiking weather!  

My friend and I finally resumed our weekly hike last Tue.  We logged in over 22,000 steps!  It felt great to be active again.   It was nice to know that I was still fit enough not to be huffing and puffing during the hard part.  It was lovely walking the familiar trail.  What was not lovely, let me tell you, was me dancing a jig each time I thought (and did!) I'd accidentally stepped on some huge worms on the path!  

Singwa - Wed, 1 Nov 2017

Wild berries along the trail

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24 October 2017

w e d n e s d a y

We had a lazy day last Friday, owing to a CPD (Continuing Professional Development) day at the children's schools.  We did not have anything planned, but just decided to go to the beef brisket noodle place that Josh loves, which, conveniently, is just across the street from my favorite bubble tea store.  My mom was visiting last week, so she came along, too.  Afterward, we all walked down to the library where Zoe picked up a few Nancy Drew books.  

I never noticed that right outside the library were these statues of children reading.  Zoe saw them and quickly plonked right down and started on her book. I had to call her away, because I had a few more errands to run before we headed home.

(Hmm, maybe she should start a Nancy Drew book club? There's this site called Paperless Post and she can start sending out invitations to her friends.  Do check out the site. I've been browsing and am amazed at the beautiful stationery they have, some from designers like Kate Spade and Oscar de la Renta.  As the name suggests, these are 'paperless.'  Apart from invitations (be it for various parties, get-togethers, etc.), you can also send birthday  cards, holiday cards, save-the-date cards, thank you cards.  Check it out!)

Singwa - Wed, 25 OCt 2017

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17 October 2017

w e d n e s d a y

Vancouver is the square root of negative one.  Technically, it should not exist, but it does.

~ Douglas Coupland

Singwa - Wed, 17 Oct 2017

Downtown Vancouver at night

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09 October 2017

I have a few new books lying here waiting to be picked up and read.  I would dig right into them, but I have a stack of library books that I have to get through first.  The library books have due dates; my own books don't.  So there they sit, waiting patiently for me to go through my other stack first.  That doesn't mean that they're completely ignored and forgotten, though.  They're all nicely protected with cover film and once in a while, I'd pick them up and riffle through the pages.  Is it weird that that new book smell that wafts up as I riffle through the pages sparks joy in me?

Singwa -Wed, 11 Oct 2017
(Scouts bringing back the dragon boat to shore.)
Photo not related at all to the post.
I just like how it turned out and want to share.

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04 October 2017

Half-term holidays are here again.  I look forward to these... whether we stay in Hong Kong or sneak away.  It's always a time when we can go about our days with no activities scheduled. We could choose to bake, stay up late(r), try a new recipe, go out and explore places in Hong Kong that we'd never been to, check out a new restaurant, go for a joy ride on the MTR and hop out at new stations, go for things that we normally cannot do on regular school days... or just chill at home.  

Singwa - Wed, 4 Oct 2017

So far, we've checked out a new dimsum place (meh!), had a go at making our first no-bake cheesecake (yay!) and played Power Grid.  

Yesterday, we had planned on checking out this place famous for its beef brisket noodles.  We ran a few errands first before making our way there; stopped by for bubble tea along the way (but of course!).  We got there before 12:30 pm, --when it was supposed to open, --and already there was a looooooooonnnnnnggggg queue down the entire street.  It might be all the tourists in town over China's "golden week" (where they have the entire week off to celebrate National Day).

We decided to go back some other time and instead headed down to a Michelin-starred place that I'd been meaning to check out.  Jackpot!  We got there before the lunch crowd and got a booth. The food was great and J declared it fantastic.  By the time we finished, the line for the people waiting stretched all the way up the stairs (the restaurant is in a basement) and down the street!  

Today, I'm planning to take the kids to one of my favorite Thai restaurants for the best green curry ever.  Are you beginning to see a trend here...? We love to eat!

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