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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Day 7 of Asia Trip

I woke up at 7:30, dreaming about picnic foods - Boston baked beans, Southern pinto beans, fried chicken and brownies. I must be in serious need of some American food.  When we got back into Hong Kong the night before, I took my co-worker to Ruth Chris Steakhouse, it's 100% American but on a more refined palette so no baked beans or fried chicken here!  The waiter still remembers my name, even though it's been 2 years since I was last in Hong Kong!

  • back story - in 2007 I came to Asia for 2 trips, one of which I got so tired of the local food that I started going to Ruth Chris Steakhouse every night for a week straight.  I'd sit at the bar and read a book and just order something simple because I'm not a big steak fan and I was worried the bill might raise alarms at accounting so I kept it simple.  The bartender got to know me and remembered my name.  I came home, got pregnant with Charlotte, and didn't go back for 18 months wherein he immediately recognized me and remembered my name.  So we're going on almost 10 years now and even though it's been 2 years since I was here last, he still remembered my name when we walked in.  He also remembers my favorite hot mustard sauce without me even asking for it!  
Back to Sunday!  One full glorious day to ourselves with no work responsibilities!!  After working 65 hours this past week, we deserve it!

I start the day with a Jillian Michael's Shred workout using giant 3lb water bottles in my room for weights.  I'm energized and ready for the day!

Still making my own coffee, but note the China hot pot gets to level scalding while the Hong Kong hot pot is just hot.

Pull together my stuff in a cute Duffy/Shellie May bag that my team made, it's one of a kind because it's had changes since this was made, then I go on a hunt for cheap sunglasses because mine kinda broke.  Instead I find this adorable 3 part travel kit that I can transfer my Rodan + Fields into for short trips and a tiny spray bottle!  So happy!  I also find another 7-Eleven with more Disney face masks so I'm up to Alien, Stitch and Baymax for the kids.  Just need one more for Evie.

I come back to the hotel, collect co-worker, and after a quick money exchange we're off to Hullett House for lunch.  I love visiting Hullet House because the restaurants are always really good and trendy but they seem to change every 2 years so with the frequency that I visit Asia it's always a new experience.  This time we ate at Stables Grill and the food was excellent!

After lunch I took my co-worker down to Star Ferry Harbour and we took photos of the really old trees that the Hullet House is built around.  

Photos do not do the trees justice, they are very old and it's fascinating to me that Hong Kong has taken such care to build their structures around the trees.  

We looked at the movie options but there was only Captain America playing so we moved onto The Langham for afternoon tea.  I've always wanted to do British Tea with someone else but I'm almost always traveling solo so it was really nice to have tea with my co-worker, especially since she's a huge fan of tea.  It was truly an epic experience.  

We were so full at the end that we had to save most of the biscuits for later.  After this we returned to the hotel and went our separate ways for a few hours.  I got caught up on personal bills and then at 7pm we went out for dinner at Ruth Steak house again.  What a lovely day, I'm so glad we got to spend at least one day in Hong Kong without working.  

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