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Hi, I'm Allison! I'm a thirtysomething, freshly baked, stay-at-home mom. I'm originally from Connecticut, now living in Germany, hence the name of the blog. I live in southern Germany with my German husband and our baby boy. Life has turned out to be nothing I ever expected, and am so incredibly happy with it! We certainly do have a lot of laughs! I hope you will enjoy following our new experiences raising a little half American/ half German in a little German town.

Sonntag, 22. Mai 2011

A day in the life of our family, Hong Kong style

Since I brought my little pink point-and-shoot with me on Friday during our trip to Hong Kong, I was able to take lots of pictures during the day.  Good thing, because it was a busy day!
After breakfast and getting ready, we made our daily 5 minute walk to the convention center.  The convention center is in a really cool location, because it is right along the water.  It helps when you're tired after walking and walking and talking and talking to stop by the Dragon Lounge and to look out on the harbor.

We stayed at the fair for about 5 hours, until 4:00.  It was yet another busy day of walking up and down all the aisles of businesses, trying to attract buyers.  We met with a few regular suppliers of the business, as well as met with a few new people who had interesting products.  There were TONS of purse hangers, incredibly so.  Lots and lots of reuseable shopping bags as well.  For us, the waveboards were interesting, as well as some old-fashioned yet wonderful quality sporty-type items (think paddleball and travel soccer equipment.)  We picked up some new samples of Fun-Bands, as well as some "impulse items," like high bouncing balls.  It was a busy afternoon. 
At 4:00, it was time to leave the fair and hop on one of these:

We had an appointment with a new supplier at 4:30.  Many suppliers have showrooms in China.  When you get lucky, the suppliers have showrooms in Hong Kong.  The great thing about a showroom is it is a location where suppliers have all of their products to show, as well as some offices. 
It was my first time to Tsim Sha Tsui, on Kowloon (on the mainland.)  Sadly, it was a very foggy day, so the views from the ferry were, well, a little dull.

From the moment we left the Star Ferry Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui, I realized that this area had a much different vibe than Wan Chai. 

We spent about an hour with the suppliers.  They had really cool items, like water guns and different shooting things.  The only thing that shook me a little was that the company was really large, and the two guys who founded the company were really young. 

After our meeting, Joern wanted to go back to an electronics store where he had purchased an Android touchpad during his last trip to Hong Kong.  The charging plug had broken on the trip back, so he wasn't able to use it for months, so he was hoping to buy a new plug.
Of course, what I enjoyed about doing this, versus heading back to the Star Ferry Terminal immediately, was the ability to walk around and check- out Tsim Sha Tsui.
I love Chinese in-your-face, loud advertising!

This mosque was quite beautiful.

                                                          And then, the shopping!

We headed back to the Star Ferry Terminal.  On the way, we noticed a large crowd gathering, and realized what was happening: 
Everyone had turned to TVs to watch the Royal Wedding!

Once we got to the terminal, we were lucky to find another TV.

I have to admit, it was pretty cool to stand in a crowd of people in China watching live on televison an event that people were watching all around the world! 

Once we were on the boat, I spent the short journey hoping that the weather would miraculously clear and that I would have a beautiful view of the Hong Kong Island skyline.  Sadly, it wasn't meant to be:

We headed back to the hotel for a little nap and to freshen up. On to dinner, at the White Stag.  We stayed in after dinner on Friday night.  It was a long day, and the jet lag finally caught up with us.  Plus, there was plenty to watch on TV, I had a lot of Royal Wedding catching up to do! 

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