Monday, May 29, 2023

Homecoming, and Happy Memorial Day!

I haven't much felt like posting lately, but all is well and good here. 

We had a great long weekend, and got Michael back today (Monday).

He landed in time to get the kids at school pickup. It was really fun. 
Now we are at the Club enjoying this absolutely amazing weather. 

Thursday, May 18, 2023

An Artful Lunch

I went to lunch today at 298 Nikuya Room (an oldie but goodie) with a good girl friend, and then we went to peruse the art galleries at H Queen's after.  I felt so cultured!  We also got lucky with the weather as the sun finally emerged.  I feel like we have been dealing with endless rain and muggy gray skies here!

Of the galleries we checked out, we started at Tang Contemporary Gallery where I got to see Stephen Wong Chun Hei, one of my favorite Hong Kong artists:
and be introduced to the works of Chow Chun Fei:
We then went to Whitestone Gallery, which was doing a French May exhibition entitled "Windows of the Soul":
Followed by a random pop up gallery hosting an art competition, but I was pleasantly surprised to recognize artists I saw from Art Basel, which allowed me to feel and act like I was way more sophisticated and cultured than I am.  My favorites:
We finished at Pace gallery, which had a lovely solo exhibition, "Lost," for arguably the most famous artist of the lot, Zhang Xiaogang.

But I was disappointed that he seems to be moving away from his portraits and these paintings felt random and disjointed and not beautiful or intriguing.

All of it was wonderful though. I love that I live in a place where I can get korean barbecue and cold noodles in an old building in an alley way for lunch, and think nothing of stepping foot in a world class gallery 30 feet away, then with my good friend chatting companionably, head right back to our offices after a leisurely 15 minute walk!  This was just the shot of cultural inspiration that I needed to invigorate my day.

Saturday, May 13, 2023


My kids have really loved gifting me things for Mother's Day in anticipation of the event (even though it isn't here yet).  But I'm not complaining, is there anything sweeter?
I got a beautiful anklet, cards and tote bags galore, as well as flowers.

Sunday, May 7, 2023

A Trip to Lamma Island

Today on a whim we went to Lamma Island.  I think the last time Michael and I went was probably 6 or 7 years ago. 

The kids, aunties and I took a 9 am ferry to Lamma Island, specifically Yung Shue Wan.  We bumped into a very nice Filipino man who gifted us 3 huge papayas from his tree.  Then we hiked/ walked to Hung Shing Yeh Beach, but in that walk we were nearly bitten alive by mosquitoes.

The beach was stunning, the water absolutely beautiful. From there, we wandered back to Yung Shue Wan for a seafood lunch, before we took the 1 pm ferry back to Central.
Heading out:
Weather brightened considerably as soon as we set foot on Lamma Island.
By the time we got to the beach, it was fantastic.  We very much enjoyed the little wading pool there.
Lamma is very different than our usual scene!
By the time we were done with lunch and ice cream and heading to the pier, the weather looked to be turning and the sky had already darkened ominously. 
Only 5 minutes into our ferry ride and we witnessed the rain slashing down.  It was the perfect and most fortuitous morning outing!  By the time we got home at 2pm I felt like we were already done with our day, we had accomplished so much!

The rest of the (very rainy and overcast) afternoon was spent showering, playing Monopoly, riding our scooters on the first floor, and chilling at home.