November 3rd & 4th
Well, not every day can be an exciting one when you
travel with two small kids. In fact, today was kind of low-key, bordering on
boring! Just kidding, we’re still enjoying ourselves!
The kids are completely over their jetlag and are now sleeping at night.
Danny and I are fine, too, although we both have a habit of getting up in
the middle of the night to read email, since we feel completely out of sync
with the rest of you.
The morning started slowly, with Danny heading out with his mom and aunts to
visit his father’s memorial plaque. This is a tradition, whereby even though
Danny’s dad is actually buried in China, they have a plaque that they visit
here. We didn’t see the benefit to take the kids since they couldn’t
understand anyway, so the kids and I stayed at the hotel while Danny and his
mom met there.
Afterwards, Emily and Stephanie and I went downtown and met Danny, his mom
and his aunts at the Star Ferry terminal so we could go over to Tsim Sha
Tsui for dim sum. The boat ride is short, and the girls enjoyed watching the
other boats, so it was good fun. In fact, the terminal is currently being
decommissioned since they’ve built a new one, so we were some of the final
passengers to use this one. Most of the businesses in the terminal have
already closed down and moved into the new building. You can see photos of
the new building below. It’s quite good looking, although it doesn’t look
Dim Sum was awesome. This is the same restaurant we took the aunties to on
our March 2005 trip, only this time Danny’s mom is here too. The food,
although pricey, is among Hong Kong’s best dim sum, and we were not
disappointed. The fare included fabulous large dumplings in individual
bowls, and lovely har gow. The girls ate lots, and even though Emily fell
asleep just as we arrived, she woke up and charmed the pants off everyone!
We headed back uptown after lunch, and Stephanie had a long afternoon nap.
Unfortunately, Emily opted out of the nap program, which meant we were in
for some fun later.
For dinner today, we had decided to have hotpot, just the four of us. On
previous outings, Danny had seen a famous seafood hotpot restaurant in
Causeway Bay, so we went there for dinner, on the bus. The girls enjoy the
bus, and it’s a cheap and easy way to get around. The restaurant was great,
the food delicious, and I was a spectacle. Although Hong Kong has many
foreigners, I’m guessing not too many of them frequent hotpot restaurants,
so the waiters and waitresses hovered quite a lot, waiting to see if I had
any clue what to do. After watching me cook and eat successfully, they were
satisfied, and then mostly left us alone. It was the best meal we’ve had
since arriving in Hong Kong.
You might get the impression that all we do is shop and eat and you wouldn’t
be far off. This vacation has been very relaxing. We have no set agenda and
we adjust our plans based on naps and temperaments to make sure we get the
best out of the girls. They have done really well so far, considering how
young they are.