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Is it Monday again? Wow, last week was our first full of school and I think I spent the majority of it running errands again like crazy. Above is a picture I snapped while stuck in traffic. Once you get out of the island's skyscrapers there is a beautiful Asian countryside.

* When I'm on the MTR heading to the island, I sometimes find comfort in zoning out with a game. I'm embarrassed to admit I've become mildly addicted to Two Dots. Anyone else playing Two Dots and if so can you pretty please help me get past level 82?

* There are some instagram feeds that are just ugh. Seriously, I'm over looking at people's meals. But one that deserves following is the j crew gingham shirt instagram feed. I don't see alot of the shirt here in Hong Kong as the men here have a different uniform. But I know it's everywhere back in the states. It's worth a chuckle. Also you can follow along in my Hong Kong adventure via my instagram.

* Now having two children with food issues. One being dairy intolerant and another newly diagnosed Celiac. Children's allergies are not as common in Asia as they are in the states. It's a new normal for us to be grilling our Asian waiters. One once told us dairy was a form of gluten! So we all carry a card in our wallets describing Celiac Disease in Cantonese. It's been a saving grace. We've also relied on this Sassy gluten free guide to Hong Kong as a starting point as well.

* Hong Kong is such a contrast. Metropolis on the main island and lush gardens in the northern territories. Fan Ho has released old photos of Hong Kong spotlighting rickshaws, coolies, and junks.  They are currently on display in the east (Pottinger Hotel) and the west (San Francisco Terminal 2).

happy Monday!



show and tell...

Wow! Within the last three months we have had a flood, moved, our son was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, been home to the states and to Vietnam for some rest and relaxation. The beginning of school has slowed things down. Back to a normal schedule. 

So before I tackle my Monday head on with a pitcher full of iced coffee, here are some things worth sharing this week...

*Check out photos from our Vietnamese adventure. The kids didn't want to leave. It was crazy beautiful!

* Have you heard of Basement Jaxx? Watch their free video of 'Never say Never.' 

*Even though school's started her in the Kong it's still really hot and humid. One of my newest healthy snacks are frozen pomegranate seeds. No recipe. No pinterest. Just peel and freeze. Yummo!

* We probably have a year or two left here in Hong Kong. But it still seems there is a never ending list of things to still see and do. Case in point. I have never been to any of these remote Hong Kong islands

* I may have been out in left field too long, but had no idea the iPhone headphones were this multifunctional.

Now back to printing emergency forms, school lunch menus and checking uniforms.  My children go to a Hong Kong school with an American/Canadian based curriculum and schedule so we start with most of the west. Have your children started school yet?


Hong Kong favs

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The tropical climate of Hong Kong does not agree with my old favorites products. Let alone some aren't even available here or more expensive. Some items I stock up on when vacationing in the states others I have had to just replace. One cannot drag a whole Sephora or Target to Hong Kong. Added bonus there's no sales tax in Hong Kong!
  • La Roche-Posey sunscreen There's no Banana boat or Coppertone to throw in your Target here in Hong Kong. There's lots of brands I'm not familiar with and with sun beating down almost everyday I really didn't want to mess around with my skin in the sun so I grabbed the best. Or I could be like the locals and use an umbrella and arm covers. Trust me it's a thing.  
  • Tiger Balm back pain patches These are great additions to supplement a physical therapy program. I use them along with weekly acupuncture. 
  • Shanghai Tang Ginger Lily perfume  Heavier on lilies than ginger this has become my favorite every day perfume. But I'll be sure to buy a couple extra bottles before leaving Hong Kong, because it's quite hard to find in the states and they don't ship it overseas.
  • Betadine first aid cream I am one of those lucky folks that are allergic to the main Neosporin ingredient  So I was always looking for alternatives back at home. This is a great one and there's a lot of Betadine formulas to chose from.
  • Laneige Water Pack EX This weightless serum has a cult like following for a reason. It's  intended to be used as a weekly overnight mask. To be honest I use it more than once a week and I have very oily skin. It really helps waking up and looking refreshed on those late nights. I also hear it's a big hit with med students working the night.
  • Oil blotting papers  Hong Kong summers are killers with the tropical humidity and heat. It's almost pointless to try and get all fancied up. Mascara best be at the least waterproof so it stays to avoid raccoon eyes. Blotting papers are the perfect help in refreshing one's face after hailing a taxi to the island.
  • Tiger Balm mosquito repellent Mosquitos are something fierce over here in southeast Asia. Don't ever be caught without bug spray. This is my first DEET free choice. 
  • Mopiko ...and when you have been bitten this cream is the best choice. Hailing from Japan it's pretty much the only cream sold in Hong Kong for a good reason. It really stops the itching!

Langeine is sold stateside. Which is good, because when I return I'll need to stock up. The rest I may have to pack stock piles back with me!


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