Now, after 3 months, I know where to buy the avocados that will ripen (from the wet market) I know where to buy yummy ham off the bone. We know where NOT to get a haircut (the Shropshire boy had 2 hair cuts in one day and it was still not great) Some days you go into a supermarket and they will have an old favourite food item from Australia or England - like Hula Hoops or BBQ Shapes. They may never stock them again, or could run out of them and take 2 months to re-stock, but this is OK now as we know what to expect. Hong Kong really feels like our home now.
I bought Abbey this spirograph set recently. I remember playing with one when I was a child. I can assure you, it is still lots of fun!
Here are some completely random points about our time in Hong Kong so far:
- The Chinese do not like babies to suck their thumb. They think it is dirty and disgusting. I wish I had a dollar for every time a local has (gently) tried to take Zoe's thumb out of her mouth or made a comment about sucking her thumb. I find it very funny now, as I am Zoe's mum, I know she loves sucking her thumb.
- Today I was quite shocked to see a baby in pram sucking it's thumb! You do not see that very often.
- (Most) People are so friendly here. The local Chinese really, really love babies and children. So many people say hello to us everyday (well, say hello to Zoe first and then maybe Abbey)
- Yes, even with the above point, it is quite common here to have a full time, live in domestic helper/maid. Most of these women come from the Philippines or Indonesia. They are not paid much and work 6 days a week, away from their own families. I am still struggling to understand how this works.
- Coriander in Hong Kong is called Chinese parsley.
- We live near some apartment blocks where pets are allowed. Most days I see a few pampered dogs being pushed around in a baby pram, being taken for a walk - not actually walking.
- There is a local Grand dad that dances to pop music in the street. We call him the Dancing Man (or Groover Man) and walk past him most mornings on the way dropping Abbey off at kinder. The girls now wave to him, and he waves back. He is a great dancer and is always smiling. He makes me smile just seeing him in the same place every morning, happily dancing away without a care in the world.
Until next time, have a lovely day peeps.