Irregular Post; Hong Kong2

Wednesday, December 23, 2015   Hong Kong Good Evening?Morning? I just finished washing dishes from dinner at 9P; two kids are trying to go to bed.  I realize that back home it is 8A and everyone is up and starting the day.  And when I get up and have coffee at 8A, the previous day is ending in Andover. It is never dark here.  This southern suburb of HK is made of apartment buildings on steep hillsides that slope into Deepwater Bay.  Lights from buildings in this complex light the night.  At home in the forest in Andover, there may be a twinkling of a light through the trees, but not so much.  Across the Deepwater Bay is Ocean Park, an amusement park, and Aberdeen, three miles away.  Aberdeen is a geographically small neighborhood but with a population of 300,000 and very Chinese.  Apartment buildings can rise 30 stories above the steep hillsides, narrow streets, and busy harbor. Repulse Bay is a couple of miles further south from Deepwater Bay, and Stanley is another 3 miles or so. These communities are expat havens. French, German, English (along with Cantonese) are the languages heard, and English and Cantonese are read. In Aberdeen, English is definitely not the language of choice.  Many stores/eateries do not have signs in English.  Expat HK and Chinese HK are heads and tails of the suburb coin.  That doesn’t even talk about downtown HK!!  That is a very different “currency”. We can easily walk the promenade from Deepwater Bay to Repulse Bay in 40 minutes.  Tristan rides in the stroller and/or runs along the promenade beside the...

Irregular Posts; Bangkok Bhutan HongKong

  Dec 11, 2015       Andover HomeAgainHomeAgain…JiggidtyJig. “What?  You are in Andover and Meg is in Hong Kong?” “Yupe.  I departed HK on Dec 1st at 6P and arrived in Boston at 9P.”  The joys of timezones.  Good flight as I had been bumped up to “Premium” Economy from the regular economy.  Perks? for a single frequent flyer with a loyalty card?  But my checked luggage was the last of the plane ;~{ Jetlag has gotten to me.  I wake at 2-4AM and cannot stay in bed more than an hour of awake time, even in the dark.  Coffee and at computer work in the before dawn dark.  By sunrise, I have done a few hours of work on projects; prints for Holiday Open Studios, people images for Karen our Teacher/Leader in Bhutan, scanning some very old slides and negatives for a show in January, and plowing through mail/tasks held for three weeks.  Dinner at 10A and a nap in front of a European soccer match in afternoon.  My eyes and brain say “Enough” about 6-7P.  In bed and asleep around 8P. “So, Bhutan?” “Amazing place.”  Bhutanese often call their country “Druk Yul”; land of Druk.  Druk is thunder dragon and the symbol on the national flag AND on my yellow and orange knit toque.  It is strongly Buddhist, with Hindu as a minority religion especially in the lowland south bordering India.  Everywhere there are dzongs, ancient fortifications, now housing a Buddhist monastery and government administrations offices.  We visited many and found many cultural and photographic opportunities. Chilies are a vegetable!! On corrugated metal roofs, red ones are drying in the...