Today, I write from the motherland!

After a lifetime of hearing about Hong Kong from my mother and relatives, I’m finally here!

It started on Saturday, when we left Frankfurt on a direct,11-hour flight leaving at 22:00.

We arrived early and had 4 hours to leisurely wait at the gate.

We arrived early and had 4 hours to leisurely wait at the gate.

Imagine fear of losing your luggage x 10 and that's what I'm feeling right there.

Imagine fear of losing your luggage x 10 and that’s what I’m feeling right there.

Here’s part of my travel routing: packing up my wheelchair for flight. Since it is stored with the cargo and just generally handled by many strangers in transit, I never quite know what will come out at the final destination. Thanks to Gail’s meticulous packing, it arrived unharmed!
I even had time to video chat with some relatives and Jarkie, thanks to free wifi in the “Fraport” after a month of limited internet data. She told me that my hair was like “Murry Curry’s” (as in, the Nobel Prize winner; what a southerner!;) ). Some people leave flights still looking radiant; seems like I can’t even board them that way!

We arrived in the HK and were greeted by my aunt at the massive airport (there’s even a cinema!). She lives with my Pau Pau (maternal grandmother) in an apartment of a campus dorm where she serves as the faculty-in-residence.  I hadn’t seen Pau Pau since she moved back to HK 3 years ago, and it was even better than I expected to be in each other’s company again. Their home is so spacious by any standards, let alone HK’s, with beautiful views, and we feel so blessed to be here!

Maybe I should've gone to school here... the university sits on the hills of Kowloon, right next to the water, with the mountains in the distance.

Maybe I should’ve gone to school here… the university sits on the hills of Kowloon, right next to the water, with the mountains in the distance.

On the first night, we went to eat at the Chinese restaurant on campus that serves dim sum every day at lunch time! :O A-mazing! (see caption above)

Yesterday, we rode a bus line from one end, a large mall, to the other, the waterfront at Sai Kung.

Pier at Sai Kung

Pier at Sai Kung. My aunt says that this use to be a day trip for the family when they were growing up.

Drying fish

Drying fish

Just a regular day at the fish market aquarium...

Just a regular day at the fish market aquarium…

Today, we went downtown for a buffet lunch and stopped to take in the Avenue of the Stars.

Look at the skyline!!

Look at the skyline! There were a couple of those so-called Chinese “junk” sailing ships.

My father and I, both visiting for the first time, are taken in by the vibrancy and composition of the city. I’m really looking forward to my mother’s arrival in a few weeks to see what she has to say about her memories and current impressions.

Today, I present you a guide to dim sum…

Howdy! (… did I really just say that? >.<)

It’s been a while! This weekend, I went to dim sum with a group of girls who I used to live with. It was fun getting together with old and new friends and enjoying their company over DELICIOUS HONG KONG FOOD. Speaking of Hong Kong, it’s still a regret of mine that I never experienced dim sum when I was actually in Hong Kong. Shame on me, right?! Well, no worries! Miss Charkie will be in HK next week! Hopefully she’ll have more access to wifi (weefee) and she’ll fulfill my dreams for all of us 🙂

Here’s just a short guide to dim sum.

Dim Sum

What is it? It’s a style of Cantonese food that’s prepared in small bit-sized portions of food and is served in mini steamer baskets or on small plates. Think tapas or something of that sort. In many restaurants, you’ll see these plates piping hot on carts that get rolled around. Grab yours as soon as you see it and nomnomnom.

Origins  Back in the good old days, there used to be teahouses set up along side of the roads. Think of the travelers for the Silk Road. Anyways, people later realized that tea is helpful with digestion and so they began adding snacks. Dim Sum as we know it originated in southern China.

Dim Sum The literal translation of dim sum can read something as “dotting the heart” or rather “touch the heart.” This is because the small plates are not meant to make you full (even though if you’re like me and you EAT a lot of it…. well, it can make you bloated until the point where you might pass out) … just enough to touch your heart. Chinese (no matter what dialect) is a prettay language, right? 🙂

I meant to post pictures … but am out of time! 

So this is all I can do for now. Sorry lovely readers! I’ll try to update this post! Have a lovely Tuesday! Tomorrow is Hump Day! WEDNESDAY!

BBQ buns

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