Sunday, December 28, 2008

happy hong kong

There's been a lot of "happy" during our first week in Hong Kong.

Here are just a few of the downright delightful details — thus far. (In no particular order.)

1. The skyline
Isn't this gorgeous? My parents live among these beautiful buildings, which overlook the Victoria Harbor.
Photo courtesy the fabulous Sister Garn.

2. The mother's touch
This photo doesn't do justice to the beautifully decorated tree in front of their stunningly circular window. My mom is magic.
Many of you already know about her famous table settings.
Here's just a snapshot of what we've enjoyed this Christmas.

3. The virtual Christmas
Most of our family is back home in Utah, so we had a Web Cam Christmas — complete with a talent show and testimony meeting. Here are Erin and Emma singing "Do You Hear What I Hear?"
In case you were wondering, Adam and I sang "Baby, It's Cold Outside" for the second year in a row — by request. Yes, we're that good at it.
We also had a virtual Sister's Night. We're basically the Jetsons.

4. The temple

We took in a session at the Hong Kong temple.
Beautiful temple.

Photo, once again, courtesy the fabulous Sister Garn.
Us looking fancy in front of the temple.

5. The shopping. Oh, the shopping.
Adam and I have made out like bandits.
The best part, though, is I've finally found a world where Adam likes to shop! It's a happy world.
This is Stanley Market, which has ah-ma-zing deals.
This is the Jade Market, where we got too many wonderful things to count. (Think jewelry and home decor.)

6. The yuck
Adam has been obsessed with getting some "street meat," seen here.
No, thank you.

7. The 'Happy Feet'
Adam, Dad, Mom and I all went to "Happy Feet," where we got a 50-minute foot massage. Afterward, Dad did a little jig in the elevator. His feet were that happy.

7. The sights
We walked up the famous Pottinger Street in Central.
We rode the longest continuous escalator in the world.
Yes, the world!
We waded through crowds and crowds and crowds of people — a Hong Kong standard.
And we posed with a Foo Dog in front of the Peninsula Hotel. Foo Dogs are thought to bring protection and happiness, so bring it on, 2009!

Well, Zai Jian for now.

Up next: The Peak, Big Buddha, Ocean Park and more.


Amander said...

Oh! It looks like you guys are having so much fun! Hong Kong is a gorgeous city.

And yay for finding a world where Adam likes to shop!

Laurel said...

I love that Adam loves shopping in Hong Kong. That is TOO perfect.

Kristina P. said...

What a fun trip! You guys look like you're having a blast.

JujuBean said...

I'm sorry, but did you say "Dad did a little jig?" Wow, that must have been some foot rub! We're more than a tad jealous of your adventures and grateful that not only does Adam like shopping but he likes doing it for other people, too!

Sammy said...

Looks like you guys are having an amazing trip! I am super jealous of your travels... remember how we were supposed to travel to Asia together Breezers... ah maybe someday in my dreams.

Adam and Bri said...

Yes, Julianne, Dad actually did a jig. It was one of the most fantastic moments of my life.

Kuulei said...

Amazing! Aloha from Hawaii! Am I surprised by the beautiful Christmas tree and table settings? NAH!. just as I remembered them way back when.

Erin said...

We totally are the Jetsons. I love our virtual Christmas.

I am seething with jealousy over this trip. Looks like so much fun. Thanks for the update.

Kara said...

Sigh. I wanna go! But it sounds like you are having an amazing time. Love you!

Kelly said...

This trip looks incredible! So glad that you have had a great time. I bet your parents were so glad to share it with you. Post some more!

Jennie said...

What a fun little virtual Christmas with everyone. I would have love to hear your duet with Adam.

Chocolates for Breakfast said...

Why is there not a pix of Don doing the "happy feet" jig...I'd alamost pay to see that?!

Heidelweiss said...

It sounds a. ma. zing. I'm so jealous. But not in a bad way ;).

Craig and Carol said...

Wow! We are so glad you are having an awesome time together with your parents. We'll keep you in our thoughts and prayers for a safe journey home tomorrow. . . or is it already tomorrow? Anyway, be safe.

Love you and see you soon!

ali said...

I've been to Stanley Market! That's like minutes from where my friend lived (whom I visited) and we went to the Stanley Market a few times when I was there! So cool!

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