Looking back

December 4th was officially our 2-year anniversary of living in Hong Kong and I have to say that those 2 years went by in a flash.  The memories of our last weeks in our previous home, Jacksonville, Florida, are still fresh in my mind.  We were packing up and tearfully saying good bye to friends and family.  I can remember telling everyone, “we’ll be back in 2 years.  The time will go by quickly.”  Well, I was right about one thing.  The time did go by quickly.  But, here we are, two years later and we are still in Hong Kong.

Within in a year of us relocating, FedEx notified Benjy that they would be changing the airplanes based out of Hong Kong from the Airbus to the 767.  Benjy had to be trained on the 767 and long story short, it extended his commitment to stay in Hong Kong at least another 2 years.  We took the news in stride and we are actually excited about staying longer.  We just aren’t ready to leave yet.

I feel like we’ve come a long way since those first few months.  I’m no longer terrified of getting lost in the city; I can use public transport like a champ and my Canto skills are a little better (but not much).  The thing that has probably made the most difference is that I have made some really nice friends over here and our church is really awesome.  Hong Kong feels more like home now.

Here are some random pix taken around the city this past year that didn’t really fit into any particular post.

An enormous worm we saw near the water front.  Even Aaron wasn’t interested in picking it up and using it for bait.

worm

Benjy as a terra cotta warrior.

Benjy

We’ve taken the time to explore different parts of Hong Kong.

We visited the goldfish market where you can buy just about anything that goes into a tank, like salt or fresh water fish, turtles and hermit crabs.

fish market 3

fish market 2

fish market

There’s also a flower market with stalls and stalls of fresh flowers and plants.

flowr market 2 flower market

And the bird market with a multitude of birds for sale.

bird market 2

bird market 3 bird market 4 bird market 5

And for my final picture of 2015, I saved one of my favorite photos for last.  It makes me giggle everytime I look at it.  I just had to share.

panty

Clothes driers aren’t widely used here.  Most people hang their wash outside to dry, skivvies and all just flapping in the wind for the world to see.  Only in Hong Kong would you find panties juxtaposed alongside dried fish.

Happy New Year from Hong Kong!

 

1 thought on “Looking back

  1. Shame on me and Gay. We should have been there. The bangka is like a version of the Philippine catamaran with one hull and outriggers. They have sails when not motor powered.. Native Filipinos from southern Philippines, the sea people called Samals live in them. Their children are born in them and they are the Filipino gypsies. These sail boats are very quiet and fast and can outrun the Phiiippine Navy coastguards. They are used to smuggle goods between Zamboanga/Jolo and Indonesia without paying tariff. Merchandise are sold at the Barter trade stores at home in Zamboanga.

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