Managed to squeeze quite a lot in, including:
- Weekend at an arts & music festival
- National Geographic dinner event, with Professor Brian Cox as guest speaker – absolutely mind-blowing!
- Michael McIntyre live in Hong Kong (funny, although jokes about housework fell a bit flat as pretty much all ex-pats have cleaners/maids…)
- My Dad’s 80th birthday bash
- My Gran’s 92nd birthday celebrations (maternal grandmother, in case anyone’s trying to do the maths…)
- A couple of days in Macau – my gambling exploits ended with a HK$100 loss (about a tenner!)
- A ‘hairy crab‘ evening with the siblings
- Two ‘Superhero’ cinema trips (‘Thor: Ragnarok’ and ‘Justice League’)
St Paul’s Church Ruins in Macau, which you might just be able to see behind all the tourists…
The last few times I’ve been on holiday, I’ve hardly bought anything but this time, not only did I do some Christmas shopping but I also actually purchased some new clothes – I know, whatever came over me!? 😉 So I spent quite a bit more than expected out there but it means much of my present-buying was done, so that was a result.
As mentioned above, it was my Dad’s birthday and there was a full-on formal banquet laid on, with the whole clan in attendance. It was fabulous to catch up with cousins, aunts and uncles I very rarely see and great to see all 4 generations get together. Although I knew I was going to be contributing towards the costs with my other siblings, I hadn’t put enough aside for it, so most of it came out of my ’emergency funds’, which I will have to ‘pay back’ over the next year.
This may put a little squeeze on my savings rate but I aim to tighten my spending further so am hoping there won’t be too much impact there.
Some people (apparently) take toilet rolls with them when they go away on holiday – me, I brought some back! Groceries in HK are very expensive, much of the food is imported, so the own-brands of Tesco, M&S and Waitrose compete well over there versus imports from other countries.
However, I spotted that toilet paper in HK is cheaper than in the UK – half the price of an Andrex 9-pack for similar/better quality – so since I had space in my suitcase and I was under my luggage allowance, I brought back some rolls, haha!
And on that note, with the dark days hurtling towards the inevitable madness that is the Christmas holiday, I wish you all a very merry one and will see you all on the other side!
Looks like Zippy (from Rainbow) dressing up as Santa…