Thanks to our dear CG member, we scored an invitation to a lovely wine and dine dinner at Oversea PJ. Chinese food and wine? It IS a thing, really. I am not a wine expert- so I can't really comment on the wines- but the food was yummy, and I have to say the wines went well with the different courses.
This was our first run together as a family. The theme looked promising enough, and the T-shirts were certainly very cool! Haha.
We waited wayyyy too long for the run to start though, which meant it was really hot when we finally got moving. This was a 3km run- and the kids struggled (as did I :p). Hopefully this will not deter us from doing more family fun runs together!
I was back again in HK for work, in Feb 2017. I decided to go over the weekend to hang out with my dear friend, R- and as you can see from these photos below, we had a whale of a time! We were being absolutely ridiculous at the Line Friends Store- it was so much fun! Haha.
Guess what these are? Kitchen sponges!
We also tried this dim sum place that served 'cute' dim sum. Yummy!
'Vomiting' dim sum- this was hilarious!
Errr... these are not condoms....
It was good to be able to spend some quality time with R- catching up and praying for each other. I absolutely love that girl. Wished we lived closer to each other...
Moved to Hotel Indigo in preparation for the work phase of my trip to start- nice hotel
I also managed to catch dinner with Y, another dear friend from my university days. We had a lovely Spanish dinner, and we had a good time catching up.
I thought it would be a good idea to 'document' some of the lovely artwork and interesting stuff that the kids have produced over the years. Check them out below. Brings a smile to my face every time I see these.
As you can see- the little girl loves drawing, and the little boy loves dinosaurs! Sigh- they really grow up too fast....
We kicked off the new year with a visit to the circus! Most of the acts were pretty similar in nature to the ones we saw recently (at another circus); but with one notable difference- the one shown in the 2nd photo below. That was heart-stopping indeed! Up to 3 motorcycles moving at high speed inside a sphere- yikes!
While that was fun- I don't think we will be visiting circuses again anytime soon....
Early the next morning, we caught the train back to Paris, and headed straight to the airport for our flight home.
What a truly wonderful trip. Despite being last minute and all, we made the most of it, and the ultimate highlight was seeing how much the kids enjoyed themselves, and how much they learnt from the experience. All the prep we did prior to the trip (books, movies, in-depth research, etc) was totally worth it. They survived museums and art galleries, and the heaps of walking we did every single day.
My heart is bursting with pride as I write this; the kids have really matured, and they are totally ready for more travel adventures!
We started the day bright and early with a boat tour on the River Ill, which was a great way to see the Strasbourg landmarks- not only the historic areas, but also the new areas where the European institutions are. The boat also goes through a few canal locks, which is of course interesting to experience.
Going through a canal lock
Next on the itinerary was to see the astronomical clock located in the cathedral. The main attraction was the procession of the figures of Christ and the apostles at noon, while the cock crows thrice. We waited a long time to see this- starting from the queue outside the cathedral, right up to the waiting in the area in front of the clock (a video was played to keep us occupied but the quality was fairly poor- so it sort of defeated the purpose). Was the wait worth it? Absolutely not. Skip this- what a waste of time! We could have done better spending more time at our next destination (see further below).
After lunch we caught a bus to Le Vaisseau, a really fun hands-on science centre for children aged 3-15. One of the highlights was a walk in the dark- which was really scary. It really helps one to appreciate what it feels like to be blind; and truth be told I almost had a panic attack doing this. Another good exhibit showed how canal locks work, and for some reason I could not get my head round this... I felt so dumb. Duh!
The kids had a whale of a time, and all of us wished we could stay longer. However, dinner with the rest of the family was waiting for us- our last dinner in France before our flight home the next day. It was a yummy home-cooked meal, a lovely end to a busy day!