Wednesday, January 31, 2007

The goodbye continues....

The goodbyes continued....

Next inline was our church. They all wanted to say goodbye to my parents after the years and years of hard work they've put into the community. Tim and I on the other hand just wanted free dinner....

It was a good chance for me to say goodbye to some people as well though. Joanne is a Chindian, she went on the Indonesia trip with me. Eleanor... well she's just crazy violent for a little girl!My brother.... stupid Tim....
Pastor Steve and his wife.... a Floridan from the pan-handle and a Texan. What a combination.
It was particularly nice to be able to say goodbye to our neighbour Funmi. I'm going to miss her food and her children. It was sad to see her and my mum have to say goodbye.

Watching her son Magnus is always a laugh. It's sad to think I'm not going to see him grow up.
Everyone seemed to enjoy the party... even if it was a bit sad.
It's sad to think I won't see Tina grow up either.....

Monday, January 22, 2007

The Long Goodbye...

So my family is leaving Singapore.... it's hard.... I didn't really want them to leave.

No one else did either. For about two weeks, we went from farewell to farewell.On the way to one of the dinners, we were stuck in traffic, so I was a little bored in the backseat...

Tim wanted to change things up a bit, so he started putting some "different" foods into the chocolate fountain.
First up was some roast pork....
Then for some soft shelled crab...
He didn't eat any of it...that he left up to me.
The next day was the farewell by my dad's collegues.

Then after that we had a farewell dinner from Uncle Winston and Aunty Catherine.

Uncle Winston getting into the food....

Little Ethan and Daniel.


Aunty Catherine with her grandkids.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Tim pointing around the world...

It's been an action packed few months for my brother Tim as he's pointed his way across Asia.

... and he's even tried to mix up his pointing to ensure that it embraces people of all ethnicities.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Carl's Jr

I love Carl's Jr.

I'm fairly convinced that they make the best burgers around.

Combined with a grape soda... what more could you want?
I also met up with Balli and Prabs that day.... she might not be showing it.... but Prabs really wasn't as convinced about the glory of Carl's Jr as I was. But c'mon! Onion rings in a burger!!!!

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Out in Lam Kwai Fong

After heading back to HK, Auds and Selma took Tim and myself out on the town with two of our little cousins Pricilla and Stephanie. Both of them had just turned 18, so it was their first night ever out on the town!

We headed to a Russian restaurant for dinner.
The balalaika music was rocking....Tim insisted on eating a sturgeon for his main. I stayed to the far more restrained main of roast duck.
Selma proudly showing me the teacups and teaware.
We all headed into the icebar after that.... f*** it was cold!
But the main reason for the night was to wander around the famed Lam Kwai Fong. The huge bar and club district of HK. Tim and I had never been out in HK before and my two cousins... well... they had just never been out!
Jellow shots.... always a good sign.....
And honestly... what's a night out without a bunch of drunken Scots? Tim and I found a bunch of Scots out on the town for a stag night, all dressed up completely in full formal Scottish regalia.... and Mexican wrestling masks. We couldn't help but have a bit of fun with them.
That night, Tim got hammered, and he and I stayed at Auds' place in Discovery Bay.
It's a nice place... a far cry from the hustle of downtown HK.
The next few days after that, Tim and I spent with my grandma and numerous other relatives. A procession of eating and drinking followed.
Tim and I took in the opportunity to wander around HK a bit, just to take it all in.
I also had a wander around the park where my grandfather used to exercise before he died.
But... as with all trips our time had to come to an end.
I had an interesting time on the airport terminal shuttle.... I guess I just don't know my own strength.
And what better way to end a trip than by doing the same thing that you started it with.... Popeyes!!!!
Though this time it was in HK.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007


Any trip to Hong Kong is never really complete without a trip to Macau!

This former Portuguese colony is a fantastic little gambling Mecca filled with good food, sites and attractions.

Tim and I went over there with Auds. After a short trip on the hydrofoil, we were there. Her dad (my great uncle) was there to pick us up in his monster of a Lexus.
There's a reason that Macua is called the Las Vegas of Asia.... it's HUGE. There are sooooooo many casinos there it boggles the mind. The amount of construction going on there is also ridiculous.
Most of the big Vegas companies like the Bellagio, Sands and Wynn's are also moving in if they haven't already moved in.

When you go to Macau, you also always go for the Portuguese food. Whilst trying to get into the restaurant, Auds found a carpark for her dad's car.... but she made me "guard" the spot while he drove around.... it didn't matter in the end anyway, the car was too big for the spot.

Roasted quail.... tasty.

After dinner, we headed to Wynn's Casino.

Very snazzy.

Auds and I went to get some drinks in the casino bar while my brother ran off to lose money.

The next day, we went wandering around Macau. Unlike HK, Macau has kept its heritage. The old buildings have all been incorporated into the new, giving the whole city a nice colonial feel.

Standing outside the Cathedral.

Wandering around the central plaza with my great aunt and grandmother.

More of the spectacular buildings.

Macau is just so cool.