Sunday, September 7, 2008

Finally! Some pictures!

Hello!  Well...we've been busy exploring all that Hong Kong has to offer so I have not posted much yet, but I wanted to add some pictures from our first full week in Hong Kong.  We have had a great time and are enjoying our new home!  I'll let the pictures speak for themselves...

Our Arrival/Apartment/Local Park:

Streets of HK (near our apartment building):

Our trip to the Big Budda on Lantau Island:

Our local park - Kowloon Park (a 5 min walk from our door):

At the Pacific Club Playroom (also a 5 min walk from our door):

Our trip to Lamma Island (one of HKs outlying islands):

Sorry to overwhelm you with photos, but wanted to catch up on a weeks worth of events! :)  We are doing great.  It took the boys about a week to adjust to the time difference.  They seem to be back on a good schedule, although they are getting up earlier than they were in VA (6am!).  It works well for us though, so no complaints.

David started his job this past week and has been enjoying getting to know his colleagues and such.  They seem like a very nice group of people and have been very welcoming to us.

D-Pax is *almost* walking!  He takes 5-6 steps at a time now, so we know it won't be long.  And he is really trying to say some words (other than mama and dada).

Will is so excited that the Pacific Club playroom has a Thomas the Tank Engine train table complete with all the trains!  He asks to go there everyday.  And I have met several other expat moms and their kids there (they all live in our building).  The Pacific Club is a gym/club facility that we have a membership to (comes with the apartment).  The Club is in a pier attached to our building and has an amazing play area for the kids.  It has the train table, an inside playground (slides...etc), a reading area with tons of books, a ball pit, a small fenced area where they can ride bikes, an air hockey table (Will is really good at it!) and a small computer room (mostly for older kids).  It also has a pool and gym facility...etc.  Really nice place!

Kowloon Park has also been a big hit with the kids.  Not only does it have an awesome outdoor playground and pool, it also has gardens, fountains, an aviary (birds), a maze and a ton of other things to do.  I am sure we will enjoy it even more when the weather cools down a bit!  It is usually in the upper 80s to low 90s with VERY high humidity (75-90%!!!).  It should cool down soon though.

The Big Budda trip was amazing!  The cable cars were so high up...I have to admit, it was a little scary.  The kids didn't seem to mind though.  Will was looking out the window the whole time!  We had lunch at the monastery there (they serve a vegetarian lunch, family style).

We went to Lamma island yesterday.  We took the ferry (30 min ride from HK island) over and had lunch there and went to the beach.  We hadn't planned on swimming, so we didn't have suits!  Will got his feet (and clothes) wet...his first time in the ocean.  It is on the South China Sea.  There are no cars allowed on Lamma island, just bicycles.  It seemed very remote...a big change from HK island itself and a nice getaway!

David's mom is still here with us (you'll see her in the photos) until Tuesday.  It has been nice to have the extra help and we will be sad to see her go.  I will have to re-adjust to taking care of the kids by myself during the day! :)

All in all...we are having a fabulous time!

More soon-


Domestic Goddess..Diva sometimes said...

Love all those photos! Little D looks so much like Will. I have to say, it'll be easy to spot your boys in the park's playgroup by their haur. ;) I'm so glad you're having a good time. My FIL spend 10 years in Japan and loved it. Enjoy your adventure! :)


Corey said...

Fabulous! I hope your journey continues to be as awesome as the beginning. Well wishes from across the seas. ;)

THE D said...

Becca, how AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!

I agree with Nancy- your little blondies will be easy to spot! How many other families from America are there? is that what you meant by expat? (what does that mean?)

It's just beautiful there. Wow, what an experience.

THE D said...

Oh, that's me up there, Danielle. The d is from when Nancy had her setup like this and I had to create an account. Oops! Thought I changed it to Danielle. Oh well, it's me. :P

Bar-b said...

Becca, I am so so happy to see you all safe and settled in HK. Ecstatic at your new adventure and excited about seeing HK through your eyes. Your blondes are gorgeous!!!!!!!!! Oh Becca, how great! Can't wait to continue reading. Be safe and uodate us!


Heather BC said...

Thanks so much for sharing! It looks like you are having an amazing time. Please keep us updated!