New years time is all family oriented.
Such a beautiful thing. Seeing all the family members happily getting together, away from stress, family feuds, work, and instead gathering, laughing, eating plenty and starting a fresh new page for a fresh new year.
Tony and I both received red envelopes each. A tradition carried for ages. Where a married couple give close ones, family and optional friends/co-workers or strangers money.
The amounts may vary based on social status, relationship with the people etc…
I was so happy to live this experience in no other place than China. It just wouldn’t be the same for me in Canada. I also fell in love with my new extended family in Hong Kong. Tony’s brother in Law, his sister and their daughter. Such amazing hosts and wonderful people. I love you guys.
Anyways, we had a dinner table booked at Ruby Tuesdays.
A restaurant where we’ve had those huge burgers at before. We showered, and got ready and were on our way to shop for a few things.
Once we were done, we took the subway to meet up with them at the restaurant where we’d be having dinner…but the police had already starting blocking the streets in certain areas to direct pedestrians a certain way.
Tonight was going to be PACKED for the 23minute fire work show by the harbour front.
4 massive ships with cannons, gun powder and hefty crackers. We raced through our meals, and with time to spare went out on the street to try and find the best view to see the open skies.
Police kept directing us away from where we’d want to go. People went in every possible angle to try and find the perfect view…then BANG! The first few rockets were in the sky.
We followed the colourfully lit sky and settled for an poor viewing area.
Blocked by a few buildings and trees, we tried and tried, then i finally spotted the police that were closing a certain area left. People raced like rats to a cheese slice for the better spot. Ahhh…it was much better, but i didn’t think that’s the best i could do yet.
I figured i could jump or climb a building but, i didn’t want to get arrested on this joyful day. So0o0o, a little look around, and i spotted a hotel. Earlier we managed to get a better spot by going through the hotel and out from a connecting path to get a closer view, what was this hotel connected to???
I told the brother in law to check it out while we held our spots…he was gone for a few minutes, then he came back…with a smile! Let’s go!
We raced under the police tape and into the hotel lobby. The view was great! The harbour front! The water…laser in the sky, and to our left…the sky was lit up. Reds, blues, greens, golden, silver…tons of people and lots of great energy.
All I could see was the fireworks and lots and lots of people with cellphones, ipads and cameras recording this great show.
Definitely put the Canadian fireworks show to shame. our 2-3.5mins ‘Canada Day’ was owned by this 23 minute show.
Such an amazing display, round of applause, and we headed back to the restaurant where the rest of the folks were.
We told them about our great viewing area, since they thought when we left, we’d get stuck with a real crappy view. mwahaha.
We got some tea and coffee, and took off.
The guys took off to go home after the kids took some shots with the local Chinese SANTA. LOL
Then Tony and I met up with our other friends that were having ‘high tea’ in a nearby hotel.
We hung out with them for a bit, then took the MTR to the mini bus station to go home.
We took this mini bus home a few times, but this time, the Chinese music playing on the bus, suddenly turned to Jay-z and other rap artists. Great times, great laughs…and it was finally our stop to get off.
We usually have to walk about 3mins to get to the uphill which leads to our place. This time, there was a pretty big stray dog in our way.
Tony told me I was the dog trainer and I should lead, and that I did. The dog barked, and as we walked with confidence, he’d back up…and so on. Until he eventually turned into an alley and we passed and were on our way uphill.
He turned and looked at us at one point, but we weren’t scared…haha…at least I wasn’t.