Wednesday, March 26, 2008

High point in Hong Kong

After our whirlwind first day, our second was just as busy: two more appointments with bag manufacturers and more high-powered shopping, thanks to Fanny, since we were not getting enough retail therapy! We ended the day with one of my favorite rituals, crossing the street to a hotel restaurant with great anticipation for what the menu described as a piled-high Reuben sandwich. What a bummer! Probably the worst Reuben I’ve ever had—just a couple of sandwich slices, and not even real corned beef. Oh well, that taught us a lesson: stick with the Chinese food!The next day we had time to squeeze in one more appointment. Tommy, a local printer, picked us up at 8 a.m. His office was only 30 minutes away. Phew, what a relief—no long commutes today. We were very impressed with the quality of his books, magazines and other printed materials.The workday was very short because we were moving into Phase 2 of our trip: our families had arrived! This trip coincides with our girls’ spring break, so Lissa, Kara and I had a grand reunion with our husbands, daughters and my parents back at the hotel after our best-forgotten Reubens. It had only been a few days since we left home, but our girls had missed us a lot.

After our last work appointment we headed back to the Peninsula to meet Isaac from Honolulu—he also manufactures in Hong Kong and was there on business with his family. Our girls are in the same brownie troop and all four were thrilled to see each other on this side of the world! Isaac took us to Victoria Peak to see the fabulous view of Hong Kong and the harbor. We took a cable tram up to the top. Unfortunately it was a very overcast, foggy day, but the view was still breathtaking. Later we walked around the Soho District and caught the Star Ferry back to Kowloon. It’s great to be with our families again.