As the title indicates, this post would’ve appeared almost a week ago in a perfect world, but business and business have kept us preoccupied. We are mostly settled into our new apartment in Sai Wan Ho, having acquired most of the home furnishings we need. Got a nice new refrigerator, a new but cheap (and a tad noisy) washing machine, and a mattress pad is sufficing for a bed for at least the time being. Found a free dresser in the expat classifieds, and we’ve made liberal use of all the cheap containers at the Japan Home Centre. Cheap fold-up kitchen table (Carcassonne-tested) and some donated chairs means we are only in the hunt for a couch to complete our living room. Things are either a bit ghetto-fabulous or functionally efficient…
Jobs are going well, Liz has settled into things at Tutor Time and a shorter commute has improved that aspect of her day significantly. Anderson will hopefully be moving to full-time at ME English, teaching mostly adult conversation classes, by the beginning of May, though he will also continue to juggle teaching after-school cooking classes with primary students at ActiveKids for at least a couple of months.
Last weekend was quite busy, as we crammed in a brief trip to Macau (for visa purposes) Saturday evening before going on a Sunday cycling trip, from Tai Wai to Tai Po. Main Macau highlight was eating Portuguese food…
….though we’ll surely go back to the ‘Vegas of the East’ later during our time here in Hong Kong. As for the bicycle ride, each way was about 2 hours – slow and leisurely since it was a fun get-together organized by Anderson’s school.
Teachers and students and friends/family chatted in English during the ride, which was mostly along the waterfront, and we stopped for a nice and cheap Chinese lunch along the way. Bike seats were a tad uncomfortable, but otherwise a great day and fun to hang out with students outside of the classroom and get some exercise as well!
We’ve been doing a bit of our unique fusion-cooking now that we’ve got a proper kitchen (and a proper fridge to hold ingredients)… here’s some of our latest productions:
Thankfully, given all that food, Hong Kong is surprisingly full of ways to stay active, and a large Leisure & Cultural Serviced Department of the government manages a vast array of parks, sports centres, performing arts centres, etc. This means we have within easy walking distance a Civic Centre that shows plays and cultural performances, two different sports centres: Sai Wan Ho & Island East (featuring between them badminton, basketball, squash, and table tennis facilities, as well as a fitness room, indoor swimming pool, golf simulators, lawn bowling, etc.), and a network of mostly-connected pedestrian-only parks with workout equipment and acupressure walking-paths. There’s also an extensive promenade along the waterfront, which is about four blocks away:
And of course, how could we forget such great moments of zen?
Peace, and thanks for reading,