Hong Kong Dec. 2013 Recap {Part I.}

We’re 3.5 months into 2014 already! It feels a bit late to blog about our Christmas trip to Hong Kong, but I guess better late than never. 🙂 The overachiever in me was hoping to provide a lot of details on the fun things that we did on the trip, but that is precisely why the post is still not written, haha! To be more realistic, I’m going to let the photos tell the bulk of the story here…..

Waiting to get on our flight at SFO
Waiting to get on our flight at SFO
Over a dozen international flights in her life, she's got her system down! Lollipops help with the pressure in her ears during take off and landing. :)
Over a dozen international flights in her life, she’s got her system down! Lollipops help with the pressure in her ears during take off and landing. 🙂
Our good friends from London were also in Hong Kong, but we only had one day of overlap, so the minute we arrived, we headed over to have lunch with them
Our good friends from London were also in Hong Kong, but we only had one day of overlap, so the minute we arrived, we headed over to have lunch with them
So happy we got to meet Lina on this trip!
So happy we got to meet Lina on this trip!

Bridgette was the flower girl for Lina’s parent’s wedding a few years ago, and we had also visited them in London back in 2011. We were so thankful to have been able to see their family again in Hong Kong!

That afternoon, we eagerly went to pick Brianne up from school, and the girls’ reunion was very heartwarming. 🙂

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The minute they saw each other, it was as if the rest of the world faded out, including us. The girls started talking nonstop to one another, excited to catch up on the last 4 months that they were apart. Squealing, hugging, and kissing became a part of their conversation ever few minutes!

Eating their favorite popsicle together
Eating their favorite popsicle together

During our first week in Hong Kong, Brianne still had school, so during the day we would just peruse around and eat while Bridgette asked every 5 minutes “is it time to pick Brianne up yet?” 

Goofy Bridge
Goofy Bridge

HK5IMG_2766Once Brianne’s winter break started, the floodgates opened. No homework, no after-school activities to get in the way, no bedtime curfew. The girls let loose and partied on!

Overnighter in a teepee, in Cheung Sha
Overnighter in a teepee, in Cheung Sha (Palm Beach in HK)
Inside the teepee
Inside the teepee
Beach time in December! Awesome!
Beach time in December! Awesome!

IMG_2939IMG_2946teepee1 teepee2 teepee3 teepee4Cheung Sha is a very sentimental place for my family, full of sweet memories. When my sister and I were young (3-5 years old), we would go there every year with our extended family. Along with our aunts, uncles, and closest cousins, we would rent a beach house for a few days. I have the best recollection of my cousins and I just playing in the sand and water for hours. Being back there this time was very nostalgic, but the teepee experience wasn’t great. The girls loved it, and thought it was super cool but for us, including my 75 year old dad…..well, having all 8 of us huddled in an uninsulated tent that smelled like weed didn’t feel so good, especially when it was freezing at night and all we had were sleeping bags that clearly hadn’t been cleaned for years. 🙂 Still, I’m glad we went, because it was an interesting experience. Would I be back? I don’t think so, but I’ll never say never!

They met a new friend who stayed in the teepee next to us.
They met a new friend who stayed in the teepee next to us.
Celebrating a milestone birthday for Ian and Shawn's grandma
Celebrating a milestone birthday for Ian and Shawn’s grandma
Art jammin' with her cousins
Art jammin’ with her cousins

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Celebrated our 11th year wedding anniversary
Celebrated our 11th year wedding anniversary
One of Bridgette's favorite stores in Hong Kong
One of Bridgette’s favorite stores in Hong Kong
Biking + BBQ with cousins
Biking + BBQ with cousins

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We took the girls to a place call Dream Come True, located in Terminal 2 of the Hong Kong International Airport. It’s basically a huge space where simulations of various careers are created. You pick a few of your “dream jobs”, go through a brief training, and then be given the opportunity to actually do the job. The girls picked to be fashion models, flight attendants, nurses, surgeons, and anchors. 🙂

Future flight attendants?
Future flight attendants?
We were only allowed to watch from a screen outside the plane. This is a photo of Brianne and Bridgette serving the "passengers" inside the cabin.
We were only allowed to watch from a screen outside the plane. This is a photo of Brianne and Bridgette serving the “passengers” inside the cabin.

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The fashion models
The fashion models
Training to be anchors
Training to be anchors

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Hotpot at my sister's home for Christmas Eve
Hotpot at my sister’s home for Christmas Eve
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Ready to open their Christmas gifts!

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