We had a great time in Hong Kong. There was lots to do and see--mostly shopping! It was amazing how many people live, work, and play on top of one another. Singapore is a small village compared to this country!!
Day 1-We got our new (to us) oven delivered to our house. (It can fit 2 9x13s, but not my large baking stone ;( ). Soon afterwards we left for the airport. We were the only ones on this flight. Everyone else had taken the earlier flight. We got the first row thanks to a nice ticketing agent. We also ended up having an extra seat in our row--which made the flight over very nice!! We just barely made the hotel shuttle--had to practically run to get it. We arrived at the hotel after a 45 minute ride. Hong Kong at night is amazing. It really is the city of lights! We also crossed a huge bridge that connects the islands. (The new airport is on an outlying island along with Disneyland.) We were able to get a crib for Analia--and went to bed!!
Day 2-Matt was free today and many people went to Disneyland--so we hung out with a younger couple. We went to a nearby museum, a great park, as well as the ladies market. It had everything from ties, to shoes, to jewelry. The museum had some neat exhibits and was free on Wednesdays. I especially liked looking at the Asian jewelry. The park was very useful to me throughout the week. It had playgrounds, coi ponds, waterfalls, and lots of places for Analia to walk. All the aunties liked talking to her too! As the hotel room was pretty small, it was nice to be able to get out and let Ana be "free." We went to the market in the afternoon--the best time to go. It gets so busy at night that you can barely move!! We got Analia a fake pair of pink Converse shoes. They're cute! We took public transportation back--it's very similar to Singapore and quite easy to get around. We walked around the mall--gigantic--7 floors and very spread out. I think you could spend a week in there and never see it all. It was really nice because things were decorated for Christmas and Christmas music was playing all the time. It was colder too--in the 50's and 60's!
Day 3- Matt started his conference--so I took my friend Geetha and her girls back to the ladies market so that they could get some shoes. It was much harder to do this without Matt to help. Analia is about a fifth of my body weight without the stroller and diaper bag, BUT we made it! Analia took a nap as soon as we got back and so did I! When Matt got back we walked around the mall some more. Hong Kong has no hawkers that we saw and the food around us was pretty pricy. We had brought some noodles which Analia likes eating too. We were surprised that there were no small restaurants--guess we were just in the wrong part of town.
Day4-I took Thalia Bridgeman and Analia to the park. Thalia is 3. Analia had fun climbing down the slide and then Thalia would come down and take her to the bottom. They would both laugh. They also played in the car and ran up and down the tunnel. After that we went to three grocery stores to see what we could get cheaper in Hong Kong. I was hoping to get some gum--didn't see any, BUT I did bag some Fritos and baby wipes--Yeah!! When Matt came back we went down to the harbor area. We ate at Outback. The waiters loved Analia and gave her a cup of orange juice which she loved--she drank the whole thing!! We then walked around the bay area filled with amazing buildings lit up for Christmas. It was pretty nippy, but we still stayed for the lazer show in which whole buildings light up. What a lot of light bulbs!! Matt ended up buying Analia a two dollar light up two although the auntie really wanted him to buy the 10 dollar version. She chewed on it and we had to scramble around to find the batteries!
Day 5-Analia and I went to the park and to the grocery to buy some last minute things. Matt left the conference early and we went to Hong Kong island. We went to the Stanley Market. It reminded me of Mackinaw. It is in the wealthy part of the island which is not as crowded and near the ocean. They had some amazing deals on children's clothes--most of them were for winter though. We bought a Chinese statue and a picture that is very Asian. I probably would have bought more stuff except it is hard with Analia. I saw a fat Chinese horse I like, but Matt said it was too big :( We stopped back by the ladies market on the way back to pick up a couple more pairs of shoes--it was so busy you could hardly breathe--it was Saturday though. When we came back we had some visitors--some teachers and students that had previously been at our school. It was nice to catch up and Analia enjoyed the company--the center of attention of course.
Day 6-Back to Singapore!