We spent the second half of the trip seeing our friends & family and doing some shopping as well. It was easier to do all that after we moved to kau kau's place. We were finally in the city, yay!!!
One of the reasons to fly back to HK despite all the things that worried us was to introduce Ali and Nate to our relatives. And whenever we met up with someone, we feast. Yup, eat, eat, eat all day. One of the most satisfying meals was the "pun choy". Never heard of it, well, here is a picture for ya!
Basically, they put a whole bunch of food (prawns, chicken, mushrooms, roast pork, fish balls, etc.) and they filled it up in a huge tray. It is so so big that it can feed 20 people. We did have some veges on the side, but we still couldn't finish the tray. And the best of all, it tasted so good!!!
Nate with his "yee por". Yee por was so delighted to finally meet the kids!
One of Ali's favourite desserts is the mango tapioca dessert. Kai mama gave me a recipe for it, but it was not as good as the original one in "Moon Kee". Gosh, it's so damn good!!!
The highlight of the trip for Ali and Nate gotta be the playdate at Trevor goh goh's house. Auntie Emily first spoiled Ali with "high tea". Look at Nate! Third wheel!!! LOL
Nate had a great time crawling around and playing with Trevor's toys. Ali had a blast hanging out with Trevor - ride ons, slides, sand table, etc! It was awesome!!! Thanks for such a wonderful playdate!
One of my high school friends took us to a really cool private club. The place is amazing. It has a 3 level play area and the place is HUGE!!! Lots of cool play structures and neat toys to entertain the kids. Both Ali and Nate had a wonderful time. The buffet there was really good too. We casually asked about the cost to join the club. Apparently, it costs half a million Canadian for the initiation fee!! Oh my gosh!!! People are so wealthy! Or that, we are just too poor.
Zoe, Ali and Helen:
Nate fully enjoyed crawling around the padded area, while mommy enjoyed the view of the marina.
After we finished eating at the Marina Club, Ali really wanted to go home to nap. 5 minutes into our cab ride, both kids just passed out. Instead of going home (still had to take a subway and then a shuttle bus), we decided to let the kids sleep in the mall...in our arms. Many people walked by and gave us the "WTF" look. Ummm....what do you want, people?? Look at the kids!!! Don't judge us!
And of course there is my niece, Maddy! She looks so much like my brother when she is upset and so much like her mom when she smiles! I can't believe how chubby she is! Om, om, om! Can't stop biting her thunder thighs!!
Dai dai somehow managed to find the best-tasting "baos" (buns) for us. And I am not kidding. They are the best Chinese buns we have ever had. Ali loves it! (Actually me too). They were so good that we had them every morning for the entire time we were at por por's house.
Ali and Nate got to meet two of my best high school friends. They are actually brother and sister and we hang out so much their parents know my family quite well too. We haven't seen each other for a long time and it was nice to finally have our kids play together. Jason took quite a liking to my girl. Step back, Jason!! Don't get too close to my girl!
Kau kau and Sue kau mo (uncle and aunt) really really spoiled Ali. One of Ali's most recent obsession is Mc mug and Mcdull (piggy cartoons from HK). She is so into it. We looked high and low to find the merchandise but we couldn't find any. Once kau kau found out, he searched some more and got her a whole bunch of mcmug stuff. Ali is SO spoiled!
Ali and the babes!! For some reason, it looked like she was about to crack a whip to the two babies....hahhaa.
This was the first time we celebrated the Moon festival in HK. (We always go during Summer or Xmas time.) And it was so much fun! Both kids had never played with lanterns before. They had a great time!
Coming back home was quite uneventful. Just really sore arms and shoulders and back. Nate was on me (awake/asleep) the whole 12 hour flight! Re-sleep train was a MAJOR PAIN. He was so used to nursing 3-4 times a night and held all the time and slept with us, that he threw a major tantrum when he got home. He cried for 4 hours for the first night. The second night, just a tad better and eventually slept through the night again by the end of the week. Ali also threw a major tantrum when we were driving home. She was so scared to use the public bathroom that she held her pee for the entire flight. She wanted to go to potty so bad and the fact that she was so so tired that she had a serious meltdown in the car. Although it was nice seeing everyone, but I think the next time we go back to HK will be when Nate turns 5!!!