Saturday, July 28, 2012

Last photos of the Peets

Peets, can you remember which one of these was the bus you took every day? And how to say "Beverly Hills" in Chinese?

Geoff certainly stood out in Hong Kong because of his height.

Our children saved their mosaic craft projects for a quiet day at home with the Peet girls.

Ordering meals at the local Fairwood restaurant (Donna, you'd recognise this place.)

One morning Brianna and Amanda viewed the Picasso exhibition at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum.

The Peets kindly brought presents for our helper, Celine.

The dads took the kids swimming several times at Forest Hill and Tai Po public pool.

One day I unleashed my craft-loving friend on the streets of Sham Shoi Po.

Amanda loved it so much, she had to go back to buy more stuff on another day!

Can you believe Millie has a store in Hong Kong named after her!

Lauren, you would love these red letter boxes.

The Peet girls reckon we spend most of our time in Hong Kong just travelling on public transport.

You wanted authentic Chinese food, yourself!

And what would you like for tea tonight, Geoff? Fish balls? Stinky tofu?

Elora posed in a Beijing Olympics sculpture.

Brianna bought a dress on Fa Yuen Street, one of my favourite places to shop in Hong Kong.

On a monkey hike in Shatin.

A visit with Amanda would be incomplete without browsing through at least one op shop. (Rach, can you tell which one this is?)

And after cramming our last three years of exciting Hong Kong experiences into less than two weeks, the Peets' visit finally came to an end. May you return to Australia full of wonderful memories! We really treasured our time with you.

We interrupt this PEET transmission with this breaking news...

Jemilla has glasses!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Noah's Ark

Our day started with a special treat: Mrs Field's cookies!


As with all the other tourist attractions in Hong Kong, Noah's Ark is a long way from Tai Po. We took a bus, several trains, and a ferry before we could finally see the ark on our horizon.

We walked through the Ark Garden first, as we were concerned that it would start raining.

After watching  the "Journey of Noah" in the Great Flood Theatre, we explored the Treasure House with its fun-filled exhibitions and hands-on programs especially designed for children aged 3-15.

Outside the gift shop

Ark Life Education House offered even more fun and interactive activities.

We each hand-made a little clay cake in this craft room.

This was a fun but random activity involving a glass booth in which participants had to pull on one of four ropes, not knowing what might "rain" down on their heads.

Amanda, I know you pulled down the plastic balls and Jemilla got wet, but can you remember which of the twins got the rubber ducks?

Outside the ark, the children took turns crossing this rope bridge in Noahs' Adventureland.

We also discovered a section of Ma Wan Park actually called the Australia Garden.

Compared to when we last visited, Noah's Ark had very few visitors, so we were able to get the activities all done in just a few hours. Then it was time to board the ferry again.

We've travelled with the Peets on buses and trains and ferries, so today we added trams to their list of Hong Kong modes of transport.

We finished the day with Paisanos Pizza (two feet in diameter) for tea.

It's funny to me that the Peets came to Hong Kong expecting to eat lots of amazing Chinese food, but our favourite places are mostly Western restaurants. Frankly, I don't think the children minded too much!