Happy Thanksgiving!

or, as they say in Hong Kong, It’s Thursday!

Pete’s off to work today as, obviously, it’s not a holiday here.  We waited a bit too long to get a reservation at one the western hotels that’s serving a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, so will head to a place called Dan Ryan’s (owned by a Chicagoan).  It’s a pretty casual place, but we hear they’re offering turkey and the fixins.

Last week, we picked up our HK IDs, which officially makes us residents of Hong Kong.  We also signed the lease for an apartment so have a permanent address.  We can now open a bank account, use the library, etc.  More importantly, we can go through the residents line just using a thumb print at airport immigration.  That will really be helpful to Pete who will continue to travel 2-3 weeks out of the month.

Sunday, I participated in a walk to support Hong Kong Dog Rescue.  It was a Star Wars theme from The Peak down to a street  in Central that was closed off for a party with a band and booths of food and drink.  I was invited to walk with a couple from San Francisco and their dog Rascal.

Peak before walk View from Walk

I clearly haven't mastered the selfie yet.
I clearly haven’t mastered the selfie yet.

Yesterday, I attended my orientation to walk dogs at HKDR.  There’s no set schedule, so I can just head over when I want.  It’s in a nice area where there’s a park near the water, so will be a relaxing way to spend some time with dogs who could use some attention.

Nothing says Christmas in China like an Old Timey English Village.  The numerous shopping malls are decked out for the holidays and piping in (loud) Christmas music.  Celine Dion’s rendition of O Little Town of Bethlehem seems to be a popular choice (again, loud).

That's Dan Ryan's in the background.
That’s Dan Ryan’s in the background.

We’re starting to make plans for a little vacation between Christmas and New Year’s day.  There’s been a lot of activity the last few months and it will do us some good to relax on a beach for a few days.   We’re thinking of going to the Visayan Islands in the Philippines, which is about a two and a half hour flight from here.

Thanks for your feedback to the blog, notes on Facebook and emails.  I really love how easy it is to stay connected to everyone.  We’ll be thinking of you all as you gather to give thanks with family and friends.  Happy Thursday!


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