Archive for June, 2007
I haven’t quite finished writing up my walking tour, but our pallet arrived from Roanoke so I thought I’d send some photos. Randal and I had packed the 750 lb before we came back to China in October. It had everything we thought we would "need" for our lives on the boat. To me these were not only boating essentials; they were also live your life essentials. A sepia-like photo of my parents taken in Provincetown, MA in 1947, a photo from my library retirement party of all of my Reference Department Co-workers, a Happiness is Being Married to Your Best Friend pillow, a wedding gift from my growing-up friend Har, family photos, my favorite apron from Joesephine and lots and lots of books. Randal also had packed lots and lots of books, boat tools, and paper towel sized filters for fuel (I think.) It was about $1200 to get the 773 lb pallet from Roanoke to Hebe Haven. Most of the money went to UPS, the rest to the transport service Randal hired to take him to the airport UPS and bring him and the pallet back to our boat in Hebe Haven.
Randal was afraid that it would take all day and be a nightmare process to retrieve our pallet. But it only took about 4 hours and went quite smoothly because the hired van driver and his helper knew exactly what to do. Randal had asked them to contact UPS ahead of time so things would go smoothly. They did and it did.
Randal had estimated 750 lbs so was quite close to the exact weight of 773 lbs.
Luckily the pallet was well wrapped because it spent the night on the dock. We did get up early the next day and started to unpack and load the stuff onto the boat.
Randal unboxing things.
Lots of boxes
Clothes to be sorted and put away.
The back bag on the table has sheets, towels, etc. The chair is loaded with my books and Red Sox Banner that now hangs over our bed instead of the the drapes that were there.
Most of the books, clothes, towels, blankets,etc had been brought aboard when it started to pour again. We ran outside and started hauling the last few boxes of tools up the ladder, onto the boat and into the pilot house. We took all of the empty boxes on the dock and threw them onto the boat so they wouldn’t blow away and make a mess. We weren’t out longer than 5 minutes, but were soaked from head to toe.
Most things were put away during the day and since the rain had stopped, Randal and I walked across the main road from the marina and ate at Hebe 101 which had just opened. The area here is called Hebe (none of my neighbors know why) and 101 is the main light bus that runs up and down the road. We split a great Greek Salad first. Then Randal had a huge bacon, cheese, burger with potato wedges and I had seared tuna with eggplant salsa. Lots of good food. We were given the royal treatment being the first or 3rd customers (depending on whom you asked) of this just opened restaurant. All of the staff came to wait on us. But it was fine and the food was really good. When we got back to the boat our neighbor Michael (Michael husband, Adrianna wife, Michelle less than a year.) was out playing his guitar. Randal got his and joined him for a while.
Another neighbor Fiona and her husband and dog Jack live on this boat. A nice night image.
Man is in green, Mo is in red. Instead of a fierce looking man in the drawing I see a fox faced Man. See it?
The God of Literature, Man Cheung, and the God of War, Kwan Yu. Pertaining to Cantonese pronunciation, the temple is called the "Man-Mo Temple". Literature, is pronounced as "Man"; the art of war, is pronounced as "Mo".
Smoking incense rings.
Omnipotent Divine Grace Plaque
I was just leaving as this group showed up! Perfect timing!!!!
Stop 3 Exchange Square: Kelly & Walsh, Catherine Lam and the Myanmar art, Starbucks.
A few days before my walking tour I looked on the Internet for a list of Hong Kong book stores because I wasn’t really enjoying my current book and none on our shelves looked appealing either. They will at some point, and would have done if I were desperate. There were several shops listed for Central so I planned to find at least one. According to my notes Kelly & Walsh was shop 305-307 One Exchange Square. I was at Exchange Square, found tower One and went in. The handsome Indian security guard knew of the store and told me where to find it. It wasn’t quite so straight forward, never seems to be with me, so I stopped along the way and asked the information desk man and he pointed further down the hall and around the corner. And there it was. Great little shop with lots of titles that would appeal to me.
Previously, while searching the online catalog of the Roanoke County Public Library, I had read the first chapter of Jodi Picoult’s new book Nineteen Minutes so wanted to find it. The clerk searched the computer and found a copy in the warehouse area. It would only take 15 minutes to get it so I spent that time browsing my way to 2 other books I’d had a prior interest in. Sights And Secrets; Sketches and Paintings of Hong Kong, by Lorette E. Roberts and Chinese Cinderella; The true story of an unwanted daughter. Our boat buddy Dorothy Nagle had introduced me to the sketchbooks of Lorette Roberts. This one included many of the areas I would actually see on my tour and some pages of images in Sai Kung. How could I resist? And her painting style inspires me so maybe I’ll be more tempted to get out my paints. The Chinese Cinderella is a title I learned from Calvin, the very well read son of our Hong Kong friends Andrew and Celia. Calvin is still in primary school, but reads Young Adult and adult books with ease. Chinese Cinderella is also an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a Publishers Weekly Best Books. It is written by Adeline Yen Mah and is her early life story. All of the books cost almost $500 HK, a little over $60 US. Not everything is cheaper here, and actually almost nothing is cheaper in Hong Kong. You can hunt out the little back street shops and that’s very fun. But books are essential so one must pay the price.
I’ll explain the mixing bowl and mitt later
After the book shop I needed an empty and a refill so headed for the Starbucks just down the hall. On the way there I passed an art exhibit and couldn’t resist. I planned a quick look and then off to Starbucks. But lucky for me fate intervened and I spent the next 20 minutes with Catherine Lam, Marketing Director for Asia Fine Art Gallery. www.asia-fineart.com is their web site. “Formed in 2003, Asia Fine Art represents a fresh approach to promoting emerging artists from the Asian region.” The exhibit at the Exchange featured artists from Myanmar who became artists later in life as a second career. One artist who Catherine pointed out began in his early 70s. I have no photos; they are prohibited so copies can’t be made on the mainland in one of the many "Artist villages." Remember those paintings of Randal’s mom? The same artists make other copies too, many for less honorable purposes. But Catherine took me around to look at the 20 or so paintings and explained the artist’s styles and inspirations. It was a wonderful lesson in Asian art. You could see her love for these new artists and her feeling towards their country. I felt when I left her that I was again leaving a friend. I gave her one of our “cards” with email and journal web site and told her our story. Our travelling didn’t surprise her, but that we could live comfortably on a boat did. As I was leaving she asked if a small gift wouldn’t be too heavy for me to carry. I said, thank you and she gave me a bag with 2 mugs and some information about the actual gallery. Hopefully I can visit before we leave. You can see a bit of the art in the back ground.
Catherine Lam, Marketing Director
THEN, horrors, my not even 1 year old Boston Red Sox wrist watch fell off and hit the floor, splat. The back fell off, a piece fell out, but it was still ticking. It still had its Red B but a broken band and no back. Hmm, if that’s an omen I’m interpreting it as that no matter what breaks this season, the Sox will keep ticking.
I took myself off to Starbucks, got the key to the Lady’s down stairs and then returned to order the carrot/pumpkin whole wheat mini pie and iced tea. Nice break. While in Starbucks looking through my tour book, I finally noticed that I had taken the wrong tour and Man Mo Temple wasn’t on my list of stops, or Hollywood Street. I checked the index and found that I wasn’t far from Sheung Wan, the MTR stop just past Central and the area I was most interested in seeing. According to my tour book Sheung Wan and Mid-Levels “is one of the oldest and most authentically Chinese parts of the city.” When the British came to Hong Kong they started moving up the mountain to get away from the crowded city packed into the flat areas. “Sought after as the place to live for the well-to-do, the Mid-Levels is the area midway uphill from the Victoria Harbor on the Hong Kong Island. The residences facing downhill could have a very nice view of the harbor and the Kowloon Peninsula across from the harbor.” Using my trusty map and asking directions along the way, I made my way towards the Mid-levels area. I didn’t look for the escalator that runs uphill during the day linking the residential mid-levels with the commercial Central district down below. “Consisting of elevated Escalators, moving walkways, and a series of linking stairways, it stretches 800 metres from Central to the Mid-Levels.” Search “mid-levels Escalator” in Google and you can find lots about it and see photos. I wasn’t sure where I wanted to go and there was too much to see so I skipped the Escalator and walked. We have taken the Escalator in the past with the Nagles and Fritches stopping at Cochrane’s for a beer or two. Haven’t tried Ivan’s. You can see the walking levels and the Escalator rail in the lower right corner. (Coinsidently, tonight Randal and I went back to Cochrane’s, on Cochrane St. and had our same meal as the time before. We split a huge tuna melt sandwich, fries, coleslaw, and beer! We also did the touristy thing and bought a colorful metal Cochrane’s mug.")
I kept walking past Cochrane’s and up more stairs and finally found some signs.
I’m including the Cochrane’s photos from last night so you can see the mug I bought and the inside of Cochrane’s too. I think the most impressive part was the 750 ml 9% alcohol Blue "something" bottle of malt Randal and I split. I felt that the whole way back and then some. But it was great with a tuna melt, coleslaw and fries!
And here is Randal on the Esclator. We rode way up and then walked back down to find our way to Cochrane’s. You can see the stairs on the right side of the photo. Randal’s new maroon suspenders are a different story from a different day.
Back to my tour
Using these signs and asking directions along the way I arrived at Man Mo Temple
Man Mo Temple
To be continued……
1. Pedder Building
After I left the MTR station at Central and finally discovered the Pedder Building almost next door, I also discovered that it wasn’t open and it wasn’t so interesting either. At least at that point. I ended my tour there also, shops were open, and I discovered the Pantry Magic store. But that was later and I was just starting out. "Built in 1923, this is the oldest commercial building in Hong Kong home to Shanghai Tang Department Store famous for its Chinese goods and the old-world China Tea Club." Neither, of course did I go into. Shanghai Tang looked way beyond my budget. The building is narrow but very deep.
Shanghai Tang Department Store early in the day.
Stop 2. Exchange Square
After that I wanted to go to Exchange Square which was supposed to be at the "end of Pedder Street on my left." So I shouldn’t have gotten lost on my way, but I did. Oh well. I found Exchange Square named because it is the home of the United Hong Kong Stock Exchange. A tidbit in the tour book says " the new stock exchange was so quiet when it opened that they considered playing tapes of the background noise of the old exchange to help brokers feel more at home." My goal here was to find the Kelly & Walsh Book Store and to look at the sculpture Randal and I passed several times on our way to the Exchange Square Bus Terminal to take the bus to Aberdeen and Ap Lie Chau. This is also the place where the water buffalo sculpture is that I have emailed in the past. You can see the water buffalo off to the side, by Dame Elizabeth Frink. More of the Plaza. You can see the weather was just about perfect.
The Salvador Dali sculpture. Woman Aflame Bronze 1980. Adapted from Dali’s 1937 painting Burning Giraffe. The sculpture is of a woman with her skirts on fire and a chest of drawers down her front. The plaque said that Dali was influenced by Freud, explaining the drawers as secret compartments and the flames came from his premonition of apocalyptic war. Dali was born in 1904 and died in 1989. He was 76 when he did this statue which I think is really the most impressive part.
The official looking person in the white hat is Exchange security. They have slight British accents and call you Madam. Very helpful and polite, but authoritative.
To be continued with the events inside the building…Kelly & Walsh and Mayanmar art exhibit.
June 22, 2007
8:10 pm Friday
Today I took myself off for a walking tour of Central Hong Kong. I chose Central for two reasons. Hong Kong Whodunnits One City, Twelve Murders From the twisted world of The Hong Kong Writers’ Circle: and I vaguely knew my way around Central so was thinking I could tackle it on my own. I had bought the mystery collection when we first arrived here because fiction is a great way to learn about locale and even some local history. If the writer is good, the background setting should be fairly accurate. And the real purpose of the collection was to write about Hong Kong. “Each murder story reveals the telltale cultural fingerprints unique to this city.” At least that’s what the back cover says. And when I set off on my tour I was positive I had read about the Hollywood Rd. Police Station and Man Mo Temple in one of the stories. I knew that Man was the god of literature and Mo the god of war worshipped by the police as well as the Triads (Hong Kong bad guys.) But I’ll be darned if I can find it now; I was going to quote from the book, and can’t find mention of either place in the stories that I have read. I can’t believe that I remember all of the details from the book Gweilo by Martin Booth, but maybe that’s it. Since I have loaned my copy to Aiden who is now in Kuala Lumpur, I can’t check. Even funnier, along with that revelation, I took myself on the wrong tour. Our kind neighbor on Farfadet loaned me a walking tour guide book. Tour 1 Sheung Wan and Mid-Levels includes the Man Mo Temple, Hollywood Rd. Police Station and other places that sounded intriguing. But somehow I took myself on tour 3 to the Central North Business District, which for the most part didn’t appeal to me, too many new big business buildings and less of the “old” Hong Kong. Add together those two major planning mistakes (memory lapses!) , and it’s amazing that I had the most wonderful tour that combined the 2 areas. I saw a wide variety of art (a Salvador Dali sculpture and some award winning art from Myanmar) and architecture, spent time chatting with 2 very interesting women at two of my stops, and got myself where eventually I did want to go. I took lots of photos and will show them in the order that I visited my stops.
I left Hebe Haven about 8:15 this morning and caught the 1a bus to Choi Hung where I caught the MTR green line to Mong Kok and then changed trains to the red line to go to Central. The last few times we have come to Central, Randal and I have then taken the blue line to further stops so I decided I needed the blue to get me to Central though I was already there. Luckily I couldn’t find a stop on the blue line I was looking for so asked an MTR worker who told me I was in Central and didn’t need another train, I just needed to leave the train station. I looked on the street listings for the different exits, (A-E with each letter being broken down by 1,2, or 3 depending on your destination.) I was aiming for the Pedder Building on Pedder Street not yet realizing I was on the wrong tour. (To be continued…)
Here is the book though it is a "mystery" to me how I got so confused. Have no "clue!"
The map was handed to me as Randal and I walked down the street in Chai Wan the other day. I guess I looked like a tourist. but the type is LARGE so I can actually read it without my glasses and I followed it around more easily than the maps in the book. The book gave good suggestions and descriptions of sites to see and I was glad to have it. I actually covered a good deal of the part of the map you see, that’s why it looks a bit battered.
This is the same type of bus we ride to Choi Hung or back from Sai Kung if we have groceries. They run frequently, are air conditioned and cost about $1 US for the trip to Choi Hung. You flag them down to get on and call out, "Drop Off," when you want to get off.
The red circle with the funny lines inside is the symbol for the MTR. I knew I could always find my way back to Hebe Haven if I could find an MTR. Lot of great public transportation and good signs to the MTR stations. The tricky part is knowing how to Exit the stations. Choi Hung is C2.
5:40 am Hebe Haven time.
"Here, comes the sun, and I say, it’s all right!" When I lived in Brighton, MA (Boston area) and taught school an hour’s drive south on the expressway, I would know I was on time each morning when I got into my car, turned on the radio and "Here Comes the Sun," would be playing. That meant it was 6:15 am and the station was playing its signature first song. That was pretty much the highlight of my day. Not a good teaching experience those 6 looooooonnnnnngggggg months. They asked me back for the following year, and I’m like, "Are you nuts!" I had student taught in Chicago where kids traveled the city from class to class and there they needed a pass to go to the bathroom. I couldn’t deal with that even if the kids could. "But that was yesterday, and yesterday’s gone." Other song lyrics, other group. Aren’t there some about shades of grey too?
PS you saw the second photo yesterday, a series of bright lights. Slow camera and rocking boat combined. John Hamill, you got it!
Pink sky at night,
A prize for anyone who can tell me what this is!
Bad baseball day, but a lovely evening.
It’s 3:51 pm and I am sitting in the Pilot House listening to classical music being played by the Hong Kong TV station, ATV World, as it gives stock exchange info from the world markets. I don’t know if we can get other channels. We have 2 guys from Skywaves Electonics company working on our electronic systems. We don’t have a cable hook-up here as we did at Seahorse. We just have some kind of antenna; so there aren’t going to be many choices. Randal is now flipping channels and we do have choices, the same 2 we had at Seahorse even with the cable; ATV and Pearl. Our electronics guy just asked if we had a boson chair to haul him up the mast. We don’t so he has climbed it to do his work and he isn’t wearing a safety harness. You couldn’t get me up there unless you tied me into a boson chair and I had no choice. Hopefully it will never come to that. Our electronics guy looks quite comfortable up there and I’m sure it’s just part of the job to him.
It is sometimes easy to forget that Hong Kong is part of mainland China and not part of the "west." Hebe Haven and parts of Sai Kung appear very "cosmopolitan Yuppie". On the other hand, just a quick bus ride away is Choi Hung where across from the MTR station is the wonderful "mainland like" Ngau Chi Wan Market with low prices, lots of atmosphere and little English spoken. I took myself there this afternoon while Randal waited for the Skywave guys to come. I took the 1a bus because it is too far to walk. Part of the market is open air and part of it is in a huge multi-floored building. I wanted to buy some veggies for dinner, but also just to browse around for the fun and exercise. And I am always on the lookout for sleeveless cotton shirts, not jersey, but the old-fashioned soft flimsy cotton cloth kind. I know summer vacation is just starting there, but here it has been "hot summer" since mid-May. Tropical hot. So anyway, I found this shirt. It looks Mexican rather than Chinese, and it’s like wearing an old pillowcase made into a shirt. But I like it and it only cost $6.15 US. Trying on the shirt at the little stall was an experience too. Luckily there were lots of fans blowing and some ac. The stall owner took a cloth curtain and made a tiny changing area for me, just big enough for me and the shirt I was trying on. But it was fine and the shirt fit. That’s our new 2 stroke outboard dinghy engine I am posing with. The trick will be getting it off the railing and, down the steps to the swim platform and onto the dinghy that will have been lowered into the water behind the boat. The trick part is not dropping it or dinging Doramac with it. It weighs about 55 lbs, not so heavy, but awkward.
Well it is now 7:29 am Tuesday here and I haven’t finished the email I started yesterday, but I’ll send it because it already had lots of photos. Late yesterday afternoon we had boat visitors. A Hebe Haven boat owner whose family was visiting from Canada came walking along the dock. I heard them talking so invited them in for Randal to give the tour. They were very nice and friendly and stayed to chat. Then Randal and I walked into Sai Kung for dinner. We ate at Pepperonis again (ate there Sunday with our friend Andrew and his family and their dog Bagel) and then walked around a bit before coming back to the boat. It was a nice day but long so I was too pooped to finish the email.
So that’s it. Hot and sunny days for a bit so maybe we’ll do outdoor boat chores.
Jun 16 2007
Today was a lovely weather day, baseball day, and catch up on paperwork day, but not such a good food or shopping day. I’ll explain. It truly was bright and sunny from morning till evening today, slightly breezy too, so not too hot. Randal and I each did computer work early and I followed the Red Sox/Giants game and the Yankees/Mets game. Sox WON, Yanks LOST. I’m happy today no matter what. Yesterday was a bad baseball day, though Randal and I did accomplish lots of boat tasks so that helped compensate. We traveled over to Aberdeen on Hong Kong Island where we bought the outboard motor for the dinghy. Then we took a sampan over to Ap Lei Chau and bought 4 spiffy new blue and white fenders to protect Doramac when we dock. The fenders we have now are old chopped up tires in a white canvas covering; functional but Randal wanted Doramac to have something more fashionable and actually more functional. The ones we bought are a lot lighter so I can lower them over the side rather than dropping them over shouting "bombs away!" and bending our railings. Topping it off, we had the motor delivered and us and the fenders along with it. The delivery van took motor, fenders and us for the horrible hour long hot drive through Hong Kong traffic back to Hebe Haven. It seemed as if the tunnels had no air and it was stop and go through them. I was afraid to breathe too deeply and find there was no air to take into my lungs. No AC in the van either. I was stuffed into the front seat between Randal and the driver so had no window and no neck rest. Each time we started up my head would fly back. The first tunnel seemed to last forever and reminded me of my one MRI experience. But, and this is a BIG BUT, it was really great that we could have the motor delivered and that they allowed us to ride along too because it was truly the most convenient way to get us, the motor and fenders home. A cab would have cost a fortune and might not have taken the motor. And our driver helped us carry it all to the boat too.
But that was yesterday…..
Today about mid-morning we walked the mile and a half to Sai Kung to get groceries and to look for washers for our water hose and to find a lock for the new motor. We walked a bit and then Randal said Pizza Hut and I said, no, local sea food. Big mistake on my part. Actually not the choice of food, but the place. Big crowded place on the waterfront. It took too long, was too expensive, and the food was not good. Really not good. There aren’t many meals that I have ordered in China that have been bad, but this one was. I truly wanted a do-over. My meal was described as fried shrimp and taro something. Well the shrimp was flash fried to furz and wrapped around a ball of mushy taro stuff. And it took almost an hour to get. Randal’s tasted ok, but reminded one of noodles covered with melted butter mixed with cheese whiz. And there were some chewie mushrooms in it too. But both dishes were served hot, I’ll say that. And they were large portions too. Randal also ordered a kind of egg roll…..It had a big piece of crab leg and a small chicken thigh and a large piece of spam inside. The beer was good and my tea was hot. Restaurant should have been called Yuck Poo. Oh well, you win some, you lose some.
After "lunch" we looked for a barber to shave Randal but couldn’t find one, only hair cutters.
Then it was off to the Welcome supermarket. Everyone else in Sai Kung had the same idea and check out lines were really long. But I found Gold Medal whole wheat flour and vanilla and Bisquick so Randal can make pancakes (he says). We bought tuna and Laughing Cow spread and Philly cream cheese, and yogurt and eggs from America in cartons like at Kroger. Put a Kroger down on the Roanoke Market and add the dock area from Annapolis and write the signs in Chinese and English and you get the picture. We caught the bus back to Hebe Haven where our neighbor on Farfadet told us Sundays were even worse because many people work Saturdays so everyone shops on Sunday. We thought everyone had shopped with us today.
Then Randal and I went back to our computers. I had emailed my sister who is a nurse for help with our First Aid meds and supplies list. There were 2 web sites with good suggestions I wanted her to evaluate. She in turn emailed the list to Dr. Hugh Wells who kindly reviewed them for me and responded with suggestions and an offer for help. I truly appreciate that because I do have lots of questions. Aside from band aids, antibiotic ointment, Advil and Gaviscon I feel somewhat at a loss. Thankfully good health has kept me ignorant, but we have to prepare for the what ifs, so I’ll learn. Luckily I have Dr. Wells and my sister to help me. The trick is to pay attention and not have preventible accidents or ignore small things and let them get big and infected.
This is the place!
Our waiter was very nice! Here he should have stopped Randal from ordering our horrible egg roll.
This little boy was watching someone’s party platter swim by.
There were all kinds of exotic sea creatures in the tanks to choose from if you knew what you were doing. Here folks are picking theirs.
We walked over to the water and then along the pier.
These boat had various types of sea food and sold it to folks up on the public pier. Fish were handed up and money handed down.
Heresy, I know! A Yankees hat!!! But he was the man in the previous photo and here is a close up of his fish.
More fish sellers, even more colorful!
Randal couldn’t resist!
In Aberdeen, at the Mcdonalds I had a Green Tea & Red Bean Sundae. That was good!
Aberdeen to Ap Lei Chau by sampan.
Bus ride through Hong Kong towards Aberdeen.
At 6:05 am Friday morning the sun was shining! Now a huge cloud is rolling in half way up the hills that surround the cove. It looks very picturesque, but I’d rather just have the boring old sun at this point. Hong Kong weather forecast is actually predicting some sun everyday for a week. That would let things dry out a bit. Not that we have any water problems and when the sun comes things dry quickly. Laundry, however, dries in the engine room. One doesn’t hang out ones laundry here. Too bad, it’s very efficient and solar energy is free. Of course our engine room is sort of free too, the engine room saves up heat from the hot water heater and from the battery charger/inverter that converts battery power to ac power and shore power to battery power to…. anyway, the room does dry our clothes but not wrinkle free like clothes on the line ironed by the wind.
Yesterday afternoon we took bus 1a and then the MTR into Mong Kok to find a small laser photocopier. Teeming is a good word to describe the streets of Mong Kok. Sights, sounds, smells. Rent an old movie set in Hong Kong and you’ll get some of the picture and flavor. Of course, long time xpats will tell you things have changed greatly. A 14 year xpat named Bernard Holland said he remembers when 13 floors was the tallest building. But I wasn’t here 14 years ago so this is the "real Hong Kong" to me. After Mong Kok we went off to Kowloon Bay to the Ikea store in Telford Plaza 2. It was the extreme opposite from shopping Mong Kok. It was an up up upscale mall with lots of floors, stores, and prices to match. But Hong Kong is very very upscale in many places. I think I like shopping Mong Kok better. More flavor.
For dinner we went to the Chinese restaurant "downstairs." It is close to the marina and there is a "nice" restaurant upstairs. We have eaten there too; they weren’t opened yet. It was early but we were hungry. So we walked around back and downstairs and I got my Singapore Noodles that were great. Angle hair pasta with a curry flavor with shrimp and pork and fried egg and some sauteed veggies. Enough for Randal and me thought he had ordered a bacon and egg sandwich too. Dessert was a "drumstick ice cream cone" bought from a little stand between the restaurant and the marina. Very good too.
No, we haven’t had to resort to this service yet, though we still seem to have lots to buy.
This one is for Peter Field, a Medeco lock expert.
Sunrise this morning
I have been working on our First Aid kit. But when I read about situations we might encounter that we might need sutures and subcutaneous injections or intravenous "push" I get queasy; even after giving Randal his rabies shots. I don’t like tweezers and splinter removal. But many long-time cruisers have published their meds lists so we’ll use those and hope we never need to test out our "medical skills." I can just see me trying to follow a Merck Manual’s directions for anything.
The kind folks on the sailboat Farfedet loaned me a Hong Kong walking tour so hopefully I’ll go one of the nice days this next week. I have actually been around lots of the areas, just not to really look.
ps, it’s raining here and there the Sox have started to stink as sox will at times.
Ruth and Randal
Boston Red Sox hat travels the world.