February 17, 2005

I know, I suck

yeah, I promised lots of updates and then didn't do anything. But I've had an eventful 2 weeks. I had a friend staying with me for a week which was great. I enjoyed her company a lot. Hopefully, I can visit her in Paris before she heads back on her tour of the world (traveling for 5 years now with only 2 brief stops back at home). She's very inspiring and wise.
Then I got sad news that a friend of mine from the states died. So yeah, I've been dealing with that :-(

The weirdest thing abotu Lunar New Year was how Hong Kong nearly stopped for a whole week- seriously, shops were closed, people stayed in for the first 3 days. It was great, I loved how serene and quiet Kowloon was for a change.
After that, still there were lots of shops closed so not as many people out. Lots and lots of lion and dragon dances in the streets which was cool. I'd love to live somewhere there were drummers on the street all the time. It really made my walking much more enjoyable. The lions and dragon dancers go to all the shop keepers and collect "lai see" which are those red packets of money in exchange for good luck. Where I'm from, that's called extortion ;-)
Anyway, I do have some LNY pics to put up but not as many as I expected. I actually took a lot of pretty pics of Stanely Pennisula which is part of southern HK isle. And next week there will be lantern carnivals which signal the offical end of LNY celebrations. Also, the lantern carnival on the first full moon is like a Chinese Valentines Day.
I'm not sure when I'll get around to posting pics as I may be back to the states in as little as 2 weeks. Pics will def get posted at some point, just a matter of priorities right now. I need to do as much HK stuff as I can before I go :-)

Posted by Christine at February 17, 2005 04:21 PM

Hi Christine, I found your website through google as I was trying to search for ways to get to guilin and yangshuo. i was wondering if you could tell me how you went about buying the tickets for the bus. did you have to go to shenzhen in advance? please let me know by emailing me jenniek@berkeley.edu
thanks so much for your help!! enjoy hk!

Posted by: Jennie at February 18, 2005 04:28 PM