December 23, 2008

Reflection and Observation



My experience in Asia was great and I am extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to visit such an amazing destination! I enjoyed seeing so many new places and meeting so many wonderful people. Coming from the United States places like Boracay, Tagaytay, Manila, and even Hong Kong are exotic locales – reachable only in dreams or fairy tails. I feel lucky to have been able to visit all of these unique places in person. It was like a dream!

Growing up in New England, Southeast Asia is very exotic by my standards. This extends to many aspects of the culture and environment – and fruit is no exception. Everywhere I have lived tropical fruit was available, but considered a luxury – in the Philippines these same fruits are everyday and plentiful. Mangos, pineapples, and many other tropical fruits I have not seen previously are abundant as apples in New England. My fruit vocabulary now includes words like jackfruit, dalandan, and others. (Yes, durian is there too – but after smelling it decided to not to try it quite yet!)

Several of the ads in Asia surprised me. Not the way the ads looked or how many there are everywhere – but what they are selling. Coming from a country where sun-kissed models adorn the billboards and the pages of fashion magazines there was one product that shocked me – skin lightening creams. The number of billboards, posters, and magazine ads pushing these products was mind boggling to me. I grew up surrounded by tanning salons, self-tanning creams, bronzers, and other products and messages reminding women that darker tan skin was necessary to be beautiful. The actresses and models of the 70s, 80s, and 90s were mostly blonde with tanned skin – a sign of health and sexuality. Pale skin was not en vogue. So, the idea that so many women want to be pale – to try to lighten the natural bronze color of their skin is very odd to me.

Other goods and services that I noticed were advertised extensively in Asia were slimming products, weight loss solutions, and plastic surgery. It seems that the obsession with appearance does not stop at pale skin, but continues to every aspect of one's body. Billboards in Manila hawked discounts on liposuction; posters in the Hong Kong subway discussed the benefits of various weight loss clinics. Such blatant promotion of these types of products and services again seemed odd to me.

That said, the positive aspects of all the places I visited – Hong Kong, Manila, Tagaytay, and Boracay – by far outweighed the questionable. It was a wonderful experience to be able to visit and learn about these places. Since we was visiting family and friends for a good period of our travel we became immersed local culture in ways that would not be possible on a simple tourist trip. It was amazing!

Hong Kong is one of the most exciting, cosmopolitan cities I have visited. The food, culture, shopping, and city lights make this a really cool place. I look forward to visiting again in the future!

The Filipino people are very compassionate, warm, and extremely kind. They are some of the most gracious people I have ever met – often giving above and beyond what they are able. In this culture hospitality and caring for others is of the utmost importance. Being a guest in the Philippines was a wonderful and overwhelming experience!

December 19, 2008

Back Home in San Francisco




Eighteen days, two countries, over fifteen thousands miles, many hours in traffic, six airline flights, several boat rides, a couple tricycle rides, and some amazing experiences – and now we are back home in San Francisco. I love to travel, experience different cultures, and learn; but it is always nice to get back home!

The first day we were back home it hailed – yes, hailed in San Francisco. So, we went from a tropical beach to hail in only a few days. Hail!

We have been home for a few days now and I am readjusting to the time change and the cold weather. It only hailed the first day we were home, but the temperature has remained chilly. Winter definitely arrived in our absence.

Since our return to the states I've been thinking about things I had the opportunity to experience and see. From hectic city streets to quiet beaches, from high tea to street food, from welcoming family and friends to a packed rush hour crowd in a subway – our trip was one of extremes. The colors, sounds, and smells of Southeast Asia are still in my mind. The images from our travels are saved in pixels on our computer and in memories in our hearts. This was amazing trip, a perfect vacation, and spectacular experience.

But, I'm still happy to be home.

December 15, 2008

Back in Hong Kong





So, after our time in Manila and on the beach, we were back on the streets of Hong Kong. This truly is an amazing city – and a great place to shop!

This time we did not have a tour guide. We met our friend Matt for a drink when we got into the city. (We had to abandon our original plan to meet him for dinner when our Cebu Pacific flight was delayed.) Then we spent the next two days exploring the city alone. After our busy travel schedule, we were both getting tired and decided that our last few days in Asia should be a little bit more leisurely than our previous weekend here.

We explored the shops in Admiralty Center and Pacific Place, then headed to Central to browse more shops there. From time to time we stopped for a snack or coffee, but mostly we just shopped! I had always heard that shopping in Hong Kong was spectacular – it is! And the food is excellent as well. It is truly a global city and the cuisine reflects this cultural diversity.

And we ended our trip to Asia where we began – in Lan Kwai Fong for a drink. On our last night we headed back to the vibrant streets of this cool neighborhood. We walked around, looking at the people out enjoying the evening. We found a small cafe I had read about in Lonely Planet, sat down at a table with a view of the street, and ordered some food and wine.

During our two and a half weeks of travel we have been lucky to have been able to see and experience so many different things. It's been an amazing experience! In a way I am sad to see this trip come to an end. But, I do miss San Francisco, our home. I feel very fortunate to have been able to have this experience and share it with the most important person in my life, my husband.

December 14, 2008

Leaving Boracay – and Cebu Pacific Airlines



After a few beautiful days in Boracay, it was unfortunately time for us to leave. Our time on the island was wonderful, relaxing, and perfect. But, I was looking forward to returning to Hong Kong for a few days and then heading home!

Our original departure flight was in the early afternoon, but after the ticket reservation issue with Cebu Pacific mentioned in my earlier post, our flight was moved earlier. And I mean earlier – to before 8:00am!

Let me take a few moments to vent about Cebu Pacific. (If you would prefer to skip this rant, please pass over the three next paragraphs.)

Now, I know the airline industry is not perfect – I worked for a major US air carrier for over eight years. That said, some airlines are better than others. In addition, I understand airlines are not in business to make me happy – they are in business, in part, to get their airplanes and payload to the destination safely. But, more importantly, airlines are in business to make money. From our first experience with Cebu Pacific not one flight went smoothly.

The first time we checked in with the airline – for our Hong Kong to Manila flight – our checked baggage was a few kilos over the baggage limit. So, we had the option of paying a excess baggage fee or taking some things out of our checked luggage. We opted for the later. We went and bought some cheap duffle bags and moved some of our clothes from our suitcases to the duffle bags and carried them on board the flight. I did not think much of it at the time. Then we had the problem when we checked in for our Manila to Caticlan flight. As a result of this issue, we arrived in Boracay about two hours late and the airline moved our departure from Caticlan from early afternoon until late in the morning. (At this point I was completely annoyed with this airline.) When we arrived at the Caticlan airport our checked baggage was again over the limit (even though we had left things in Manila). This time we were told the only option was to pay the excess baggage fee. But, my issues with the airline did not end here! In Manila we after retrieved the luggage we had left behind there with Jonathan's sister. We then checked in for our last flight on Cebu Pacific – Manila to Hong Kong – and, of course, our baggage was again over the limit again. Again we opted to remove items and hand carry them; but it seemed that no matter how much we removed the bags were still overweight! We ended up carrying all our clothing on the airplane and checking our suitcases containing only our toiletries and a few items Jonathan's sister asked us to bring back to the states for my in-laws. Basically, we checked four almost empty bags. And the bags were still a few kilos over the limit causing us to pay another small excess baggage fee. The only things in out checked bags were items that are not permitted to be carried in the passenger cabin. It was ridiculous. Then our flight ended up being delayed almost two hours and we missed our dinner plans in Hong Kong. Overall, our experience flying this airline was frustrating, to say the least.

Cebu Pacific Airlines offers low fares – but that is not how the airline makes money. The airline has very low baggage limits (lower than most other airlines) causing many passengers to have to pay excess fees at check-in. The airline charges for everything onboard the airplane – even water. The issue with their reservation website is just unacceptable – to charge a passenger for a ticket and then claim that it is not confirmed and therefore will not be honored is preposterous. I will not take Cebu Pacific Airlines again, regardless of the price or schedule advantages. But, enough about that.

After eleven days we were back in Hong Kong. This time the bustle of the streets seemed more familiar and less overwhelming. After our time in Manila the traffic and crowds here seemed more orderly to me. In a way, it seemed like we were part way home.

Island Activities




During our time in Boracay we rented a jet ski, went island hopping, snorkling, swam in the ocean by our hotel, walked up and down the beach, and went to the spa. The warm, clear water is great for water-sports – it's the perfect temperature for swimming!

Our island hoping trip was fun! My husband and I had a small boat all to ourselves. We stopped at a small isle with sea caves we climbed down into and then a bay for snorkling. The rest of the morning we spent in the boat looking at the different isles and atolls. One of the things I enjoyed the most was seeing the entire coastline of Boracay as our boat circled the island.

And of course, we spent our time in Boracay resting, relaxing, and rejuvenating after two hectic weeks of traveling and visiting. It is a beautiful and restorative place. In addition to enjoying the beach and dining options on Boracay, the reasonably priced spa services are an excellent way to relax. Our hotel offered two complementary services – a full body massage and foot massage – as part of our reservation. This was a welcome respite from swimming and walking around the island. The spa at our hotel was lovely – to the standards of a spa in any major city. Both massages were excellent – so relaxing that I almost fell asleep each time.

Boracay really is a great place to relax – either actively or passively. There are plenty of activities and water-sports for those interested in outdoor recreation. Or for a more quiet vacation, it's a great place to sit on the white sands and star out to the bright blue ocean.

Food in Boracay



Food is one of my favorite topics. I enjoy learning about and experiencing different food cultures. Being a tourist destination, food in Boracay is a mix of cultures. On the beach there are vendors hawking mangoes, chicharon, various types of oft-unidentifiable meat on a stick, hot dogs, and ice cream down by the water's edge. Cafes and restaurants start in the in the buildings and spill out on the beach with chairs, tables, lounge chairs, and pillows for dinners that want to eat with their toes in the sand. There are restaurants that serve traditional Filipino food, along with those that serve Spanish, Greek, Italian, French, Japanese, Chinese, or fusion cuisine. There are cafes serving simple crepes; and of course there is pizza. Then there are cafes serving a combination of everything or random dishes of various origins. My husband referred to these as “confused cuisine”. This seemed well suited term to describe the dining scene on the island – not a single theme, not a medley, but a collage of different unconnected themes all thrown in together.

Two of my favorite places in Boracay are Aria for excellent pizzas and Zuzuni for Greek cuisine (with a few Filipino dishes thrown into the menu). Cafe del Sol is a great place for coffee and pastries. We had crepes at Ti Braz for lunch one day – simple, classic, and very yummy.

Then on the politically incorrect side, there is the Hobbit House. I have no idea what type of food they serve, but I was a bit disturbed to see that the staff at this establishment were all little people being portrayed as “hobbits”. Wow. Enough said.

A great place to go for a snack on the beach is Jonah's. They serve excellent fresh fruit shakes and other refreshments. A must for a warm afternoon on the beach!

December 12, 2008

Island Days






Waking up with the beach outside your hotel door is exhilarating! I love cities – the energy on the streets, the lights, the culture, the food, and, in a way, even the noise. But, after a week and a half of city travel our stop in Boracay is a welcome reprieve.

Our first morning at the beach we woke up to see sunshine and brilliant blue waters. The water was dotted with lots of boats – sailboats, motor boats, fishing boats, small paddle boats, speed boats – all floating in the waves awaiting passengers.

After breakfast we headed out to explore. The beach is lined with resorts, hotels, cafes, and shops. Vendors push their wares – fake Oakley glasses, pearls, mangos, and water-sport services – as tourists sunbathe and swim. Our hotel is located in Station 1, at the quiet end of the beach. Walking towards Stations 2, 3, and 4 the beach gets busier. A ways down the beach is D*Mall – not The Mall, but D*Mall. This is a group of shops, cafes, restaurants, spas, and other services for tourists.

For me, Boracay is a perfect mix of peaceful, quiet beaches, cute shops, cool bars, romantic cafes, fun water-sports, and rejuvenating spas. It's a place to relax and restore – floating in the waves, enjoying dinner or a drink on a picturesque beach. Or it's a place to play – riding jet skis, sailing, going island hopping, or partying in the sand.

To the Beach!




After a week in the city, we went to the airport to fly south to Caticlan. Our visit to Manila has been wonderful, but I am very excited about seeing a another part of this country.

Checking in at the Cebu Pacific baggage counter we were informed that there was a problem with our reservation. It seems – the agents informed me – that even though we had successfully made the reservation on the company's website and paid for the tickets, we did not really have a reservation. Interesting! I was informed that this was a common problem with the airline's reservation website. (So, if their reservation website does not really make valid reservations, what is it for?) I was informed that our tickets were unconfirmed (because of the website glitch) and I would have to buy new tickets. I explained to that I had already paid for tickets, but they kept telling me that my tickets were not confirmed and the flight was oversold so there was no room on the airplane for us. I wanted to scream. After discussing my frustration with several agents – and any other Cebu Pacific employee who would listen – a duty manager finally said he would be able to help me. He instructed an agent to issue confirmed tickets for my husband and I on a later flight. So, we would get to Boracay a few hours behind schedule – but at least we did not have to buy another ticket.

Landing in Caliclan it was very apparent we had been transported from the city to a rural area of the Philippines. The Cebu Pacific ATR-72 touched down firmly on the pavement and came to a stop just before the end of the runway. We disembarked the airplane and walked across the tarmac to a very hectic little terminal where we had to push through the crowd of passengers and porters to get our bags. Next we headed outside to find the hotel representative that was awaiting our arrival. This did not take long and soon we were in a van headed to the beach to take a boat to Boracay.

At the beach we waded through the waves to climb and up a walkway onto a small boat. Our hotel guide and the boat's crew placed our luggage, along with that belonging to the other passengers, on the roof of the boat and the pushed away from the shore. The boat ride to Boracay was short, but not uneventful. Our small boat rolled along the waves and raced right in front of a very large ferry at a much closer distance that would seem prudent in other countries before reaching its destination. In addition, upon boarding I noticed the passenger capacity painted on the side was 20, approximately half the number of people actually on the boat. Oh well, we still made it to our destination safely!

Once on the island of Boracay we went to our hotel, dropped our bags in our room, and walked out on the beach. The sand is pure white and water is crystal blue and warm; it's beautiful.

The seashore has always been a relaxing place for me. The island of Boracay is no exception. It is a stunningly beautiful place with lush foliage, volcanic rock shores on one side of the island and sandy beaches on the other, and a warm tropical climate. As we stood at the edge of the waves the sun set where the ocean meets the sky.

December 9, 2008

My Last Day in Manila




We spent our last day in Manila with family, at a coffee shop, then dinner with friends.

I have enjoyed our stay in the city – meeting and visiting with Jonathan's friends and family, sightseeing, shopping, and eating. The city is like no other place I have been previously, full of extremes. The gap between wealth and poverty is extreme. The traffic on the streets is crazy, unlike anything I have seen anywhere. The gap between wealth and poverty is a great chasm. On the other side, everyone I met has extended overwhelming kindness and warmth. Food has been wonderful. It's been a great place to visit!

For dinner on our last evening we were invited to meet friends at Chef Laudico Bistro Filipino serves creative and fabulous Filipino fusion cuisine. It was amazing! The food was delicious and beautifully presented. The wine list was extensive and very good. The service was impeccable. Everything was perfect!

Also, I am vegetarian. This can be a bit challenging, especially in the Philippines where there are very few completely vegetarian dishes. But, at Chef Laudico this was not an issue, the menu contains several vegetarian appetizers and soups. In addition, our friends called the chef before our arrival and a special menu with plenty of vegetarian appetizers, salads, soups, and entree choices was printed up for me. I decided to get crispy kangkong, shitaki mushroom soup, and bistek-style tofu. Each dish was absolutely fantastic! We ended dinner with the dessert trio – a must for all dinners at Chef Laudico!

I am glad I had the opportunity to dine at this bistro – it was a great way to conclude our week in Manila.

Visiting Manila has been a wonderful experience. It has been great to tour and learn about this fantastic city! (And for me, it's been really neat to see where my husband grew up.) I am thankful for the warm hospitality that has been extended to me throughout my stay. I look forward to visiting again in the future!

Next, we are heading to Boracay! I am looking forward to seeing another area of the Philippines!

December 8, 2008

More Shopping in Manila

Throughout our stay in Manila my husband and his sister have taken me on a variety of different shopping experiences. From the Mall of Asia to the fruit stands in Tagaytay to the shops of Makati and other business districts throughout the city. Everywhere I have traveled I am always curious about to see what shops are like. From grocery stores to small family owned shops to department stores, I find it interesting to see where local people go to buy necessities and gifts.

On Friday Jonathan took me shopping at the markets in Greenhills. This indoor mall filled with stalls and vendors was different than any experience I have had previously. The mall seemed to be filled with chaos and sound as vendors tried to entice buyers to look at and then purchase their wares while shoppers hurried around to find the items they came to buy.

We wove our way through the crowds between the stalls to find clothing and gifts we wanted to purchase. Jonathan bargained with the vendors after we selected the items to get the final price. We sorted through the merchandise – designer overruns or fakes, shoes, dresses, shirts, bags, jeans, and many other items. Vendors came up to ask my husband if he wanted to buy DVDs or video games. The dizzying experience was different than my other experiences in the Philippines thus far. It was somewhere between a flea market and a mall; basically Greenhills is semi-organized chaos. That said, the prices are very good; so, it's was worth navigating through the swarm of shoppers. (But, then again, I cannot imagine going there by myself.)

So, I have only one more day in Manila before we leave for the beach! I'm looking forward to seeing a different part of the Philippines!

December 6, 2008

Food in Filipino Culture



Before traveling to the Philippines I had the opportunity to attend gatherings with or be welcomed into the homes of several of my husband's relatives and Filipino friends living in the USA. On each occasion the hosts were gracious and offered me food regardless of the time of our arrival. I have come to learn this thoughtful gesture is very important in Filipino culture. Upon arrival in Manila, I have experienced this type of hospitality on a scale much grander than I could have ever imagined.

While I am accustomed to kind and welcoming hosts from different cultures, here the generosity overflows in the form of plates and plates of good food. Sarap! (For the readers, who like myself have a limited grasp of Tagalog, Sarap translates to the English word Delicious.) From family gatherings, to parties, to restaurants hosts welcome everyone with refreshments and treats.

Throughout my stay I have been overwhelmed at the hospitality and genuine goodness of the people of the Philippines. I am extremely thankful for the warmth that has been extended to me during my stay!

Christmas Decorations in the Philippines





Now, that I have been in the Philippines for a few days I am going to write a post or two about my thoughts and observations rather than my direct experiences. To start I have picked the topic of Christmas decorations. Since we first arrived here, I have noticed the unique and colorful ornamentation Filipinos display to celebrate the Christmas holiday.

In the Philippines Christmas decorations are on a grand scale. Like many cultures with Spanish influences, Catholicism plays a big part in religious life here. Filipino passion for celebration, decoration, and religion come together to create bright, festive displays of lights and ornaments. These Christmas trimmings make those displayed in western cities and towns seem rather simple and boring in comparison. Here there are lights everywhere – bright, colorful, and constantly twinkling. Angels, reindeer, and other decorative Christmas symbols adorn homes, buildings, fences, and streets throughout the city and countryside. Unique and colorful Christmas stars, called Parol, are everywhere.

Christmas is festive and colorful occasion in the Philippines! I'm glad to have had the opportunity to visit during this season.

Intramuros Tour




Today we went on a tour of Intramuros with Carlos Celdran. Intramuros is the old walled city of Manila originally built by the Spanish in the early 16th century. Carlos has a flair for drama, passion for preserving and sharing the history and culture of his country. He has been hosting walking tours for tourists and locals alike for several years. We joined him on a morning tour he calls “If These Walls Could Talk”.

We joined the tour group at the ticket gate for Fort Santiago. The tour took us from there through Fort Santiago, to San Agustin Church, and ended at Casa Manila. Throughout the morning Carlos shared information about the city, history, people, and culture of Manila; and focused on the time period from the arrival of the Spanish in the early 16th century up to present day. Carlos' enthusiasm and passion for Filipino history and culture is the theme of all his narratives and presentations during the tour. Even when talking about the austerities and collateral damage that occurred in Manila during WWII, he is sincere and committed to showing visitors that this is an amazing city with diverse and wonderful people and a unique heritage.

Several individuals on the tour, including my husband Jonathan, were Filipinos. Jonathan mentioned several times during the morning that he was learning new facts about and gaining a fresh perspective on several different periods and events in Filipino history.

One of the themes Carlos weaves through his presentations is the origin of each different aspect of Filipino culture, cuisine, architecture, customs, and traditions. He talks about the influences of external societies and occupying forces on the indigenous heritage of the 7,107 islands that make up the Republic of the Philippines today.

Throughout the tour Carlos continually used his talents for theatrics and humor to communicate to his audience; and provide emphasis to certain historical events or details. He has a great ability to share his passion and show his enthusiasm for the city of Manila and his pride of his country, culture, and people.

I too learned a great deal and throughly enjoyed the Carlos' tour! I highly recommend it to individuals visiting Manila.

December 4, 2008

Tagaytay




Again we started the day with a plentiful breakfast. Like I have experienced in the states, sharing food with guests is an important part of Filipino culture. And here – in Manila – I am a guest everywhere I go! This morning we had one of my favorite Filipino sweet snacks after breakfast – turon.

Today Jonathan and his sister took me to Tagaytay to see the lake, crater, and beautiful surrounding terrain. On the drive up we passed rice patties, pineapple farms and banana trees, fruit stands, and villages. The air cooled as our car climbed the mountain. Upon reaching the top the view opened up before us. The crater and lake are amazing – sparkling water encircled by a landscape of lush greenery. Small villages dot the banks of the lake down in the crater. The peak in the center of the lake is a reminder that the Philippine Islands are part of the Pacific ring of fire.

After taking in the view we went to lunch at Sonya's Garden, a beautiful restaurant . It is set in a serene and relaxing environment – situated in a greenhouse in the middle of lush gardens. The cuisine is made with fresh vegetables and herbs grown on premises. Following our meal we walked through the gardens, looking at the plants and flowers. In addition to being a restaurant, this unique places is a bed and breakfast and spa.

Tagaytay is amazing – one of the most beautiful places I have had the fortune to visit. I understand why the author included it in the book 1000 Places To See Before You Die. I hope to have the opportunity to come back again sometime.

My First Day in the Philippines


Today was my first full day in the Philippines. I know that many people in my life are wondering – so what are my initial reactions, thoughts, and experiences of the country? From the time I arrived people have been inquiring about how I am doing, if I am enjoying my experiences here, and what I think about the country thus far. And I am sure these questions will continue throughout my trip and when I return home. So, what do I think

Let me start by talking about my experiences. This morning we woke very early – my husband was enthusiastic to be back in his country and looking forward to the opportunity of sharing this trip with me. After an excellent and plentiful breakfast of rice, eggs, coffee, and mangos (my favorite) Jonathan took me for a driving tour of the neighborhood. We wound our way through the streets, avoiding potholes, people, and various other vehicles, passing basketball courts, shops, and the church. This area has narrow streets with houses packed tightly together on each side. Most yards here are gated and the various colors of the buildings create a patchwork accented by trees and greenery everywhere.

After my small neighborhood tour we spent the afternoon having lunch and shopping at the Mall of Asia and the Duty Free Mall. Both places were overwhelming with vast amounts of customers and vocal salesman feverishly trying to convince people to buy. The hectic energy created a feeling of bombardment for me. I am accustomed to smaller crowds and a much more subtle form of salesmanship and felt trounced by this teeming environment.

We spent the evening in a more calm environment – at the house of my husband's childhood friend. It was a wonderful experience. Our hosts served an excellent dinner and it was wonderful to watch Jonathan smile and laugh with friends he has known his whole life but not seen in person for several years. I have been honored and appreciative that all of Jonathan's family and friends have welcomed me on my first visit with warmth and kindness.

I see the Philippines as a country of contrasts – tall modern buildings and bustling malls coexist alongside poor shanty towns. Filipino people are warm and welcoming; the streets of Manila are daunting – a crowded mass of people. Here people work hard to create beautiful and pristine interior environments while polluted rivers snake through the city outside. Here there are massive groups of people on the streets and in public places, but a great deal of importance placed on giving individual attention to guests, family, friends, and customers.

December 1, 2008

Hong Kong – Day Two


After our first whirlwind day in Asia, we spent our second day in a much more leisurely manner. We went to a traditional Chinese tea house for brunch and then walked around exploring shops and taking photographs for the afternoon. The streets were crowded, but people moved with less urgency. Perhaps it was the neighborhood or it might be that we are becoming more accustomed to the high energy of the streets or maybe it is because it was Sunday – but whatever the reason my perception of the streets was calmer.

In the evening we headed to the airport to fly to Manila where we will spend the next week before going to Boracay and then returning to Hong Kong for our last three days in Asia. I am looking forward to continuing to explore the city when we return.

But... I am excited to be in Manila! We landed in the dark and were greeted by Jonathan's sister. After a short ride, we are now resting for the busy week ahead!

More Pictures from Our First Day in Hong Kong