Archive for January, 2009

Hong Kong Redux 3

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

I thought it was strange that the rail station platforms and trains out from Hong Kong to where we live were jammed today, because just about all offices and schools are still closed for the Chinese New Year holiday. Then I noticed that many of the passengers were reading racing forms. Aha! It’s a big […]

Hong Kong Redux 2

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Sunday January 18 and you’d have thought it was May today, the weather was so gorgeous – hot sun, cloudless blue sky, a gentle breeze up here on the mountain. Walking out of the staff quarters, I could hear somebody practicing the piano and somebody else practicing the trombone.  Little kids were screeching in the […]

Hong Kong Redux

Saturday, January 17th, 2009

We came in late Tuesday night; thank goodness HKBU had sent a car to pick us up.  We were tired and not up to negotiating a cab to take us home.  Besides, it’d probably cost the equivalent of $40US and we don’t have that in HK dollars.  Some people in Hong Kong will accept RMB […]

Hiya, Sanya

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

Hiya, Sanya! Sanya is on Hainan, an island off the southern coast of China with a climate such that it’s called “China’s Hawaii.” I’m not sure I’d go quite that far, but it’s at least like the Gulf Coast of Florida. A limo with a white-uniformed driver picked us up at the airport and gave […]

Ni hao Hong Kong

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

(Actually, I should say “lei ho” rather than “ni hao” because Cantonese is the language most Chinese people speak in Hong Kong.   When the PRC took HK back from the British, however, Mandarin became the official language.) Anyhow, the flights out on Continental were efficient and the people were pleasant.  The layover at Newark was […]

Aloha to Hawaii

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

Well, pity the al fresco-dwelling community this morning.   The first thing we do when we wake up is open the drapes and look out to sea to see what’s going on.  This morning we woke to a tropical storm – 45 mph winds bending the palm trees, torrents of rain sweeping across the courtyard.  You […]