Monthly Archives: November 2012

Christmas is coming and the goose is getting fat…


Probably not if you are a Chinese Goose…

Has to be the tantrum of the season, Archie having a melt down because I wouldn’t let him have a chickens foot to gnaw on from this stall of assorted bbq chicken bits on our day out at Cheung Chau Island
Sophie not looking very festive chose to do away with her clothes, much to the horror of the locals

Archie brightened up after enjoying a plate of salt and pepper squid, he proudly told the next table he was eating snails, after a couple of years here god knows what he will think is ‘normal’ food, certainly not bangers and mash… the potatoes are dreadful here and sausages are either made of duck or something unrecognisable

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All the beach side cafes and quite a few open air pools are closing down for the season now as its cold… 26 degrees??

Seems odd but the Christmas decorations are going up everywhere now, Archie and I are getting over excited, I even had a massage on Friday to the soothing sounds of frosty the snowman Spa style
Great to have a visit from Turkish friends from Cyprus and have some fun with them…



First Saturday in November…


…not like any I remember

We all congregated at pier 10 in Central next to the star ferry pier and waited for our ‘junk’ to come and pick us up to take 30 of us to the southernmost idyllic island in the South China Sea, Po Toi


I have read many times about the Hong Kong islands and Po Toi seemed the most idyllic.
You can eat the best Calamari in SE Asia in a beach side shack whilst kids are kept entertained beach combing for coral and shells…

The beach shack cafe (with 5 star food!)

This little island didn’t disappoint, was such a glorious day, kids busy on beach foraging under the shacks, adults ate fresh scallops in their shell with ginger and garlic, light crispy calamari, steamed prawns, Singapore noodles, garlic pak choi, steamed Groupa, clams and the usual chicken in cashew nuts and sweet and sour chicken (bit better than that from takeaway on Fri night in UK!)

All washed down with big beers we wobbled back to the boat (well I did anyway!) past the gap toothed old ladies selling starfish to make soup and lollipops!

Junk captain was keen to take us to a different place for swimming off the boat. Water as warm as Med at end of summer we all threw ourselves in (kids and those not keen on sharks also made it in) positioned the beefy men on the outside thought they should get picked off first and had a good splash around

Back on the boat for Prosecco, watermelon and cakes, perfect after salty swimming… Not sure where we were fitting it after such a huge lunch.
For those who weren’t playing with babies a nice snooze up top as the sun went down


The most amazing day was had by all (Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong tower in background we will be spending NY Eve on the roof)

But then the best was yet to come Victoria harbour at night… I LOVE it (sorry know I go on about it ALL the time!)

As soon as we got home (kids so shattered from all that sea air they were asleep the minute they got in taxi ) Ed was online checking out the ferries to Cheung Chau island (pirate caves and tropical beaches) he’s even back on the I need to do the HK engineers course (needed here to sail if you are a skipper) and buy a boat… Well done Po Toi!


Halloween Hong Kong Style


I have never really been one for celebrating Halloween, don’t really like guts and gore and hate horror films. Have only ever watched one film and it haunted me for weeks. Tubular Bells gives me the creeps and I’ve never even seen the Exorcist.

I did get dragged last year on a Harrow house trip to the West End to see Ghost Stories, where they lock you in to the theatre, turn off the lights then scare you silly! Bloody terrifying, luckily with the lights off no one could see I spent the whole thing practically on the floor hiding under my jacket…

This was different one street of houses in Discovery Bay really goes to town with the decorating and invites the little ones in to trick or treat and the adults in to party later…

We all got dressed up, Sophie the little witch…

Archie & his best mate Jensen as Batman and little devil (A’s mask was off within minutes, as soon as he realised he couldn’t eat sweets through it)
Some really impressive front gardens…


The host of the party we went to later, loving the fact that her name was Meg, no sign of Mog though…

The Ward’s (Jensen’s parents) who kindly let us join in on their celebrations…

Yes boys that is Jensen’s daddy

And finally the legendary DB golf carts pimped for the occasion

A brilliant night, just a shame that after all that sweet stuff Archie’s imagination was running riot and at 2am I ended up in the bottom bunk in Jensen’s room with Archie.
To make matters worse they were both sleeping in those bed tunnels. Made it impossible to sneak out again at 4am!