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Headed into the Island on one of our first rain free days. First time back onto the MTR after months away. Back to shoulder to shoulder. Right after I snapped this photo a lady stepped right in front of me. Its my fault. I left room between the lady in front of me and myself. Here are a few tidbits to enjoy this week. I'm a little late this week, but I was feeling a bit lazy after two weeks of straight rain. 

  • Since the rain is gone, the Kong's heat and humidity have returned. Which is not good for the hair. I switched to Living Proof no frizz hair products this summer. They help a lot, but it's not a cure all. Working out is a double whammy. But I found several suggestions on how to be able to manage hair after a work out session. 
  • The children have been promised a menagerie of pets upon our return to the states. Dog. Hermit crabs. Fish. And they are even starting to have feelings for our local lizard who frequents our patio. So maybe a good addition to their flight home bags should be Dr Seuss's new book
  • My husband and I frequently tell our son there will probably be a pill or possibly a Celiac cure within his lifetime. It looks like we might have be right. I will keep crossing my fingers.
  • You can watch a lot of movies during one of the longest flights in the world. And read several books. I finally read Yes, Please on the way to the states and reread it back to Hong Kong. Ms Poehler has also launched a summer movie series in New York. You could watch along with her from home as most of the movies are also on netflix. I only need to watch two movies to catch up. 
  • Once a week my mom would let us have pizza and coke for dinner when we were little. It was the same night the muppets were on tv. I sat too close while my younger brother hid behind the couch. Did you hear abc is bringing it back? Watch the pitch that screened at Comic Con. Cannot. Wait. 
  • We don't have Oroes in our house since Joseph has Celiac disease, but I really wish we could just to try our hand at Oreo art. Can you imagine Frida on an Oreo? How about Yoda? Follow Trisha Cherry for more cool food art. 
Have a good Tuesday. It was a good one here. Finally made it to the Island in months and hit my Fitbit steps goal. I think I might just watch on one of Amy Poehler's movie summer movie series films before calling it a day.

xox,
Christine


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Vietnamese coffee...

Last fall we enjoyed a get away in Da Nang, Vietnam. We are looking forward to a return trip this fall as well. Its a perfect long weekend get away from Hong Kong. Its a quick one and a half hour flight from The Kong and most resorts are a short drive from the airport. Add in the pristine beaches and wonderful food. Especially, the Vietnamese coffee. Its very strong and sweetened with condensed milk. Very refreshing when iced in this stifling Asian heat. But with a little practice and a special coffee filter you can recreate this deliciousness at home. 

Begin with a dollop of sweetened condensed milk.


The most integral part is the coffee filter. I purchased mine on Shanghai Street. The coffee grinds need to be dark roasted and ground coarse. I used two tablespoons of Starbucks Espresso blend ground for french press. Place the grounds into the press and firmly screw down the inside filter. 



Pour one cup of boiling water into the filter and let the water drip for four minutes unless it stops dripping earlier.





Sir the coffee and milk together.
Enjoy hot or iced. 




Enjoy first thing in the morning or as an afternoon energy pickup. Even better with a couple amaretti cookies and chocolate covered coffee beans!

xox,
Christine

photography by Heidi Selch


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We're back in The Kong's stifling heat and humidity. Had a fantastic time in the states visiting family and friends. It was refreshing for us with the unseasonbly cool weather in the Midwest. Now we are back to alternating the beach, pool or air-conditioning. I spent lots of time contemplating new and cool posts while on our 15 hour flight. In the meantime, here's some tidbits I thought I'd share.


  • I am totally digging this thin neck scarf idea, but it's not going to work in this heat. Maybe in the Fall?
  • Did you know the regulations changed for sunscreen? Maybe it's just me since I haven't been in the states. Probably a good idea to read up this summer. 
  • I admit it. I am addicted to coffee. And I just cannot drink coffee hot when it's above 90 degrees at eight am. I found a couple of hints on how to make that first hit in the morning even better. I'm going to start with the chocolate!
  • Are you traveling overseas this summer and still need to book tickets? Were you aware that some airlines offer 'free' layovers (long enough to have a looksey)? Quite a sneaky idea to see two countries for the price of one. Even Hong Kong's on the list!
  • If you've ever considered being an expat, these five tips are quite helpful. Clearly, I agree with number four!
  • I sprinted through Trader Joe's when back home. Because my Stelli will ONLY consume their vitamins. So yes, we shlep six containers back to Hong Kong every summer. Wish I'd read this cheat sheet before I ran through Joe's. 
  • Has anyone seen this rom com filmed in Hong Kong? I love the title, 'It's already tomorrow in Hong Kong'. I always tell friends back home the same line!  I don't think it's played here yet.  I may have to wait to see it on netflix. Speaking of which I just watched The Search for General Tso on netflix. Really good. Its a documentary exploring the origins of General Tso's chicken in the USA.
Happy Monday! I think I'll start this week off with a brisk walk to Starbucks for an iced latte. Oh, if only they were American sized. The Hong Kong venti is about the same size as an American tall. I suppose it's healthier for me that way.


xox,
Christine



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