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Jan 30, 2011

Lunch with Friends

We were invited by Choi Lin (Engilsh name -Greenie) for a lunch. Eunice her daughter attends NIS with Elliot. They are in Phase 2 of Parc Versailles. We often take the same mini bus to get school.
Also in attendance were two other NIS moms and their daughters.
I was pleasantly surprised at how tasty everything was. I haven't enjoyed many Hong Kong style meals or dishes, and I wasn't sure what to expect.
On the menu; Choi sum, beef balls, dumplings, and wings. Every thing had a distinct flavor that was savory and not overpowering.
I liked the flavor the chestnuts gave the beef balls. Her neighbor makes a home made chili paste, which I was eager to put on my noodles and it was delicious.

4 Countries represented, Hong Kong, US, Spain and Guatemala
The Mom's- Choi Lin, Me, Noelia, Almarie

The kids
Marina,(Noelia) Mia,(Almarie) Eunice, Elliot
I think he was beginning to feel a little out of place, in the room full of girls.

Jan 18, 2011

Ma On Shan Tsuen

ma on shan tsuen from outypants on Vimeo.

We spent a warm December day hiking along Ma On Shan. We took a taxi to the BBQ area and took us about 3 hours to reach Sai Kung. There is a plateau with tall grass that the kids enjoyed playing hide and seek in. There were people paragliding on the spot as well. A clear view of Sai Kung and surrounding islands is seen from the top. The way we took down was a little rocky and steep. We made our way to Sai Kung to get pizza from Paisanos. A great end to a great hike.

Ma On Shan Country Park


Nathan was able to travel to Chennai India for work.

St. Thomas is the apostle credited with introducing Christianity to India. Chennai claims to be the city where he spent the last year of his life

I did not know crocodiles could jump, This sign tells you not to sit on the ledge or else a crocodile might get you. A sign not needed in Michigan.

Chennai from outypants on Vimeo.

Jan 14, 2011

Disney On Ice

On January 2nd Jane and I went to Macau to watch Disney On Ice. We were invited along by Renee and Jemilla Harvey. We travelled by the Ferry and took a shuttle to the Venetian Hotel.

There is an actual canal in the hotel with gondolas and trained gondoliers who sing Italian ballads while you float along the water. The sky inside gives you the feeling of being outside.
I wasn't impressed with the lack of restrictions on smoking, even at the food court there were no signs posted and no one stopping anyone from doing it.

Featuring Cars, Lion King, The Little Mermaid and Tinker Bell

We had good seats. I was impressed by the skater who had to wear the Ursula costume and skate around.

Can you spot the drivers cleverly hidden inside the vehicles?

A great day out for the moms and daughters.