Sunday, April 29, 2012

Geishas Galore

While Erin was busy putting her face in holes (see next post), one of my favourite past times was... no other way to say this than, stalk geishas.  

After crossing the street these lovely ladies went to the 7 Eleven so their man friend could pick up some beer.

These two girls were just walking through a temple we were visiting one day

I may also have crashed a wedding... or two. These women weren't geishas but they were just so beautiful:

Girls got to get around town...

I may or may not be a wanted person in Japan for my stalking tendencies.

Erin Likes to Put Her Face in Holes

Pictures speak louder than words.. what else can I say?

She managed to reel me in once

And finally, she even found some holes for her face while we were in transit in Singapore:

Eats Eats Eats

We made it to JAPAN!!!

What else would be the first and foremost thing to discuss... the food!!

In one of our hostels we cooked our own fish in the family room of the house where they have a fire pit set up. Attempting to eat the fish off a stick with chopsticks was a little difficult but we managed without embarrassing ourselves... too much.

We also made a stop at the famous fish market, biggest fish market in the world!

At another hostel we were lucky enough to try some traditional Japanese sweets that another guest was learning how to make. The ones below took her four hours to make and were made according the season (cherry blossoms). 

Going with the Japanese way, on one of our last days Erin saw a long line in front of a restaurant and decided that was where we needed to eat. We had no idea what the food was, the menu was all in Japanese  and the waiter just wasn't having any of our attempts to motion with hands what the food might be. Luckily we found some English speakers who helped us translate the menu. When the waiter came around we pointed to random Japanese characters and smiled. Once inside we were given these beautiful trays of food and were very pleased, the long line was right on this one.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

The many views of Hong Kong

We had no idea what to expect from Hong Kong, but when we got there we were overwhelmed by the beautiful views. It has mountains, ocean, lots of trees, crazy tall buildings and architecture, temples, and beaches! Here is a sampling of what we saw:

Stanley Bay

Kowloon and looking across at the Hong Kong skyline

Central (Downtown)

The Peak and looking down to Central

Repulse Bay

Just another leisurely Sunday brunch and stroll along 
the beach in Hong Kong with the family.

India knows how to party... in Hong Kong!

Our introduction to the expat community in Hong Kong involved Tessa and Paul taking us out for an amazing dinner and drinks. We stayed out a little later the planned...

Apparently in Hong Kong you take real "shots"! 
This was just at the beginning of the night. It's a square block of 
only bars where you can wander from one to another, drink in hand.
Canada also knows how to party in Hong Kong. We found a little bit of home at the Canadian bar. Crosby! Although, Laura was very disappointed at their lack of CC ice tea (Canadian Club and ice tea, a grown ups ice tea)!

We also cheered on the Canadian Rugby Sevens team at the biggest event in Hong Kong! People dress up in costumes like it's Halloween.
Can you spot Paul and Ethan? Or the pharaohs in the front row?