It’s officially been 2 full days since I’ve returned, yet it already feels like a week. I was originally going to create an entirely new blog just for this trip or #tywAmazingRace, but I don’t think I have the luxury to do so on this desktop computer my aunt hasn’t used in 3 years (it’s hyper outdated and s- l – o – w). And while my aunt can’t understand my “tech” speak on obtaining the wireless internet password, I am left with no choice but to use this desktop…for now. I’m on this task!
Nevertheless, this trip to Hong Kong might seem like a surprise to some of you, as I have been incredibly busy these past 2 months and haven’t had time to think about Hong Kong, let alone share it. The main purpose of my trip is for family-related events + errands my parents need to complete, so even though you might think this is a “vacation,” it only feels like it partially. (i.e. In my mind, it isn’t a holiday.)
Glimpse: Visit grandmother’s burial (she passed away while I was in Waterloo last year and I was unable to attend the funeral), grandfather’s burial (haven’t visited for more than a decade), family trip, cousin’s wedding, for me to see/learn where some of my ancestors (father’s side) came from, and other important tasks. This is also the reason I do not even have time to see friends until the last week before I leave.
To recap the past 48 hours…
Sunday evening: Arrived HKG and went straight to my cousin’s birthday dinner party. I was in sweatpants and had literally no sleep. Cool fact: My cousin’s apparently somewhat of a celebrity! Cool fact 2: HKG has free Wi-Fi and I used my PlayBook to connect while there! My Canada SIM card could also access Wi-Fi and I had BBM to use. (With a HK SIM, Wi-Fi is not always free.)
Monday: I. 1000 + 1 errands in Hong Kong. I made so many observations this day, but I felt like a local all over again. It’s funny how fast 3 years goes by and you suppress certain memories until a rush of events rush back into your mind the moment you’re presented with familiar things again. Today was a special day, for several reasons. My parents got to collect their 6000 HKD the HK government is giving away to all its residents. (There was a surplus, so everyone got some money!) II. We booked a 4-day trip to SINGAPORE! (Now this is a vacation!) III. My dad bought me a grad gift 🙂 IV. Family dinner with my dad’s side of the family. (We didn’t eat breakfast or lunch until 5pm that day…and had dinner at 7pm….. We also walked/bussed/MTR-ed a lot.)
Tuesday: More errands. Highlights were seeing my relatives for dim sum, seeing my new baby cousin/visiting aunt 7, having some awesome (and cheap food: <$10 CAD for a breakfast for 3) in HK, getting a perm (!), and going to the Lion’s Club in Hong Kong to watch my uncle train others in Thai boxing. I also took the MTR for the first time this trip and just this year, they’ve installed a safety wall between the MTR platform and where the trains come.
I am exhausted and have been rushing home to do more planning/organizing for #tywAmazingRace and other aspects of “life,” as we know it (more on this coming soon.) Tomorrow, and for the next 3 days, we are going to Macau and 2 different cities in China. I am going to visit the place where my ancestors are from!
Until next time, take care and I hope you enjoyed my sharing! (By the way, it’s really humid here. Cool and humid! I’d post photos, but I really don’t have that luxury right now.)