I had a fabulous time catching up with the family in Hong Kong. It was only the second time I had spent Christmas over there and it was great.
Shopping centres were relatively quiet
What did we eat on Christmas Day?
I don’t know about anyone else but we had turkey, roast potatoes, sprouts etc, washed down with lots of mulled wine! There were 16 of us altogether, 4 generations (oldest 89, youngest 5) so it was the usual noisy fun!
Aside from spending time with the family, I didn’t do much – went to the cinema (watched ‘Big Hero 6‘ with my sisters’ kids and also watched ‘The Hobbit‘), went out for drinks a couple of times and ate out a lot (Vietnamese, Chinese AND Japanese!).
Two very differing views from my sisters’ apartment windows!
One thing that I did notice was that there wasn’t the usual ‘frenzy’ in the shops that we see on Boxing Day – there were no sales (aside from the usual ones) and shopping centres were not any busier than usual.
I managed to resist shopping pretty much all together – my spending was mostly on eating out and travelling. The only thing I bought were some souvenirs for colleagues – they wanted ‘Fortune Cats‘ (or ‘Maneki Neko’ to give them their original Japanese name). They’re supposed to be good luck talismans so I’ve kept one for myself – kinda cute and hopefully will help bring me good fortune for 2015!
It’s always a little sad to say goodbye to the family. My sisters are always asking why I don’t move over there but while I love visiting the country, I wouldn’t like to live and work there, despite the humongous wages and the 15% income tax! In a similar way, I wouldn’t like to live and work in London, but I like visiting the place – that’s just me.
Still, it won’t be too long before I see them again, most likely in the summer.