23 October 2018


The weather has cooled down now and I am so looking forward to more hikes.  We haven't really gotten back to hiking regularly since the super typhoon that hit us a while back.  There were trees that had fallen that were blocking the trails. We had to climb over the felled trees, go around, or try to go under the branches in one of the trails that we did.  That was two weeks ago.  I think by now,  though, most of the trails would have been cleared.

I love it that we don't have to go far to get on a hiking trail.  Right next to where we live is one. Five minutes away from the kids' primary school is one.  A few minutes away from their current school is another.  There are plenty within the city and many more further afield (but still less than an hour away).

Singwa - Wed, 24 Oct 2018
View from The Twins

Singwa -  Wed, 24 Oct 2018

We get gorgeous views from some parts of the trails.  We get some not-so-welcome "companions" sometimes (hello, wild boars!).  Most of the time when we pass other hikers, everybody nods or says a cheery "good morning."  My friend and I chat and catch each other up.  Then we treat ourselves to a nice, refreshing bubble tea (mine without the "pearls") and lunch afterwards.  So looking forward to hiking again (but mostly to the bubble tea!).

16 October 2018

I had been drooling over this recipe for a while now and had been dying to try it.  The kids are on mid-term break this week and I thought it would be a good time to give this a go.  So full of flavor, quite easy to make.  It is a bit heavy on the tummy, though, but... I did do 30 laps in the pool this afternoon.  So.  I indulged.

Singwa - Wed, 17 Oct 2018


Go ahead. Check out the recipe.  A word of advice:  Make sure you have plenty of room for these.  It's hard not to eat just one or even just two or even only three!  My son had six!

09 October 2018

w e d n e s d a y

I am so enjoying the cool, crisp weather that we are having now.  It's great hiking weather... sunny days with a brisk, cool breeze.  I think this is my favorite time of the year.

Life has been chugging along.  The kids will be on their mid-term break next week.  They are looking forward to being able to sleep in.  I am also looking forward to sleeping in!  I am looking forward to days with no scheduled activities, days where we can check out new dining places, days when we can perhaps explore a part of Hong Kong we haven't been to yet.  We haven't made any plans.  We'll just see how we feel and roll along...

Singwa - Wed, 10 Oct 2018

02 October 2018

My City

As with any city, there are good things and some not-so-good things. Hong Kong has been home for me now for over 20 years.  In all the time I've lived here, the positives definitely outweigh the negatives.  How the city got through the super typhoon (last week's post) is but one of the reasons.  Here is a one-minute video that gives you a better picture of how quickly the city got back on its  feet.

I love how efficiently things are run. Yes, my knowing how to speak the local language helps, but even if you don't, you can still get things done pretty quickly. Food here is great and (generally) cheap.  There is the convenience of city living, yet the beaches and the mountains are very close by.  

The transportation system here is top-notch - super convenient, super accessible.  Here is another minute-long video to give you an idea. 

There are a lot more things that I love about this city that I call home, but I'll save those for future posts.  Hong Kong is a place that you'll either love or you won't.  Not much middle ground.   You either love it with a passion or you don't.  It can be overwhelming, it can be rather in-your-face. Despite the things I find frustrating here sometimes, though --e.g. the crowds, expensive (and not enough) parking spaces, air pollution, just to name some, --I am happy and proud to call Hong Kong home.

Singwa - Wed, 03 Oct 2018

What do you love about the city where you live now?

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