I've been pretty busy. I finished all the curtains I had procrastinated on. I finished Ana's stocking. Although you can't see them it has lots of beads and sequins. She goes over to it once or twice a day, ooohhs and aahhs, and says pretty. I painted two mirrors. They were orginally a very tacky, bright gold (they were only 32 Sing dollars each). I like them much better this way. We went to the faculty christmas party at the American Club. The food was great--lots of bacon! The people in the picture with us are the Bridgemans. He is the middle school principal and Geetha stays at home with her three year old daughter. Geetha and her daughter Thalia also came over to bake their Christmas cookies in my new, BIG oven. I also taught her how to make pizza crust--We had cheese and taco pizza. I made my own cookies--6 different kinds. I just learned how to mix food coloring with an egg yolk. It forms a colored glaze on the cookie which means I don't have to ice them. Singaporeans think icing is too sweet. We'll give out the great majority of the cookies tomorrow at school, but we'll also bake some more for church and cell groups.
Here's Ana sporting her new back pack and shoes, but missing pants--she's funny!
The secretaries at school let Ana play with their phones--it's fun at the time, but trouble at home! Sometimes they dial people up and let her talk. She doesn't mind talking to her imaginary "da."
On Saturday I wanted to pick up a few things for the upcoming holiday season. Trouble is there are only certain stores that carry pumpkin, cranberries, coolwhip, and marsmallow creme. So, we went out to one of the stores on Orchard (the main shopping road). We had hoped to stay long enough for the lights to be lit up, but it was so busy we just went home. Near the end of our walk the national marching band came out of the presidential driveway. Ana loved it. Therefore, we decided to take her to hear some drummers on Sunday. She liked those too. We had Monday off, but played that pretty low key--it being Hari Raya Haji--everyone was out. Sometimes it's great living in the city--at other times I'd like to move to a small village on some remote island for some peace and quiet!
One thing about Analia is that she doesn't mind posing with complete strangers for photos. It's amazing how many people took their picture with her (this happened in India a lot too). Anyway she just smiles and lets them take her photo--don't know how this will affect her ego!
The skyline in Hong Kong is amazing. I want to stitch together my photos--just so you can see how it goes on and on, skyscraper after skyscraper.
We enjoyed all the Christmas decorations. I was surprised at how decorated it was--I suppose this is the British influence. Singapore also decorates a lot. It will be interesting to see how fast they take down the decorations this year. Chinese new year (the MUCH bigger holiday here) is only a month after Christmas.
We took a picture of the three girl's shoes since they all ended up buying pink of varying shades. I never thought Analia would wear this much pink!
And finally dad where he should be--in the back seat! Too bad Ana won't probably get her license until she's much older. International students sometimes have to wait longer!