Chinese New Year in Hong Kong (Part I.)

With the start of Bridgette’s unschooling in January, we decided it’d be fun to spend Chinese New Year in Hong Kong with my family. Bridgette didn’t need any convincing since her BFF would have nearly 10 days off for the annual Chinese holiday, and my sis promised a fun side trip to Taipei with the girls. Off we went for the umpteenth time to our “second home”…

Hardest part is always saying goodbye to her daddy at the airport!
Hardest part is always saying goodbye to her daddy at the airport!
School was canceled due to "severe cold weather", so Brianne surprised us by picking us up at the airport! As you can tell from Bridgette's attire, we have a totally different climate tolerance from the Bay Area! :)
School was canceled due to “severe cold weather”, so Brianne surprised us by picking us up at the airport! As you can tell from Bridgette’s attire, we have a totally different climate tolerance from the Bay Area! 🙂

First order of business was to see my parents, and to eat delicious street food together. Yum!!!

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During the first week of our arrival, Brianne still had school, so I tried to find interesting things to do around the city with Bridgette.

At Kowloon Park learning about rooftop gardening
At Kowloon Park learning about rooftop gardening

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We had no idea this place existed in Kowloon Park!
We had no idea this place existed in Kowloon Park!
Met a parrot who only knew how to say "hello"
Met a parrot who only knew how to say “hello”
There was an exhibit about future residential architecture which was very interesting to us!
There was an exhibit about future urbanization which was very interesting to us!

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A little history lesson going on...
A little history lesson going on…

One highlight of the trip was getting to celebrate Brianne’s birthday with her. Since it falls on January 26th, during school year, we hardly ever get to celebrate her birthday together. Extra bonus for unschooling! 🙂

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Happy birthday to our dearest Bree!
Happy birthday to our dearest Bree!

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We even got invited to Bree’s class for their January birthday celebration! Bridge was super excited to see what her class was like, and to meet her teacher and classmates.

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With Mimi pregnant, I didn’t want to plan too many activities that could be strenuous for her. She gets tired as it is driving us around all the time. Besides, the girls love staying home and hanging out at the playground. As long as we are all together, life is good. 🙂

Bridgette catching up with her reading while Brianne is at soccer practice
Bridgette catching up with her reading while Brianne is at soccer practice
At their favorite park at Elements
At their favorite park at Elements

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Whenever I get to take the girls out on my own, I love taking the MTR and giving them the chance to figure out how to maneuver through the subway system in HK. They love it too, minus the crowd which always makes us feel like we will be trampled over any minute!

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We're use to seeing Christmas decorations all over Hong Kong, but this was Bridgette's first time seeing all the Chinese New Year decorations up!
We’re use to seeing Christmas decorations all over Hong Kong, but this was Bridgette’s first time seeing all the Chinese New Year decorations up!
Yummy buffet at the W Hotel
Yummy buffet at the W Hotel

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Part II. coming soon!

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