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1 Apr 2011

Into Hong Kong

I flew into HK, and my darling husband was waiting for me at the arrivals gate. Poor Adrian, he hadsn't slept in 48 hours.

We took a bus to Dwa Gu's (Chinese name for Ad's maternal oldest Uncle) apartment. Interesting, it was the first time I've been inside an apartment in Hong Kong. The building is kinda...ghetto... from the outside. And sort of weirdly - since the building is on a hill, you actually have to go through another building to get to his building from the main street (Waterloo Road - easy to remember!).

The elevator from the building on Waterloo Road is super small and creaky (you can't take the stairs from there), it only goes from G -> 6/F. Then you get out, pass a secruity guard, then out into a courtyard and into their actual building. They are on the 8/F, so either up some stairs (yes!) or into an even smaller elevator - seriously, that elevator is the smallest I've ever seen, it is only for like 3 people (perhaps excepting the elevator in Kelly's place in Paris).

They had just moved into their apartment, so some stuff wasn't unpacked. They had it renovated before they moved in. Nice white marble floors, and new crown molding. Interesting - in about a ~1050 sq ft apartment, 5 people normally live there. Dwa Gu/Gym, their kids Nicole and Raphael (who are ghosts in this trip - they are shy, didn't ever come to dinner, not coming to Taiwan), and Dwa Gym's Mom. Wow!

In a smart move, since Nicole and Grandma have to share a room, they have built a sort of little dormer room for Nicole (since she is a teenager). She had a frosted glass door and a frosted glass wall that separates a raised platform that is her own section of the room, with enough space for a little bed and desk with a computer. Some storage in the raised platform as well. I think it is a smart way to use the space, and give her and Grandma a little privacy for sleeping. (Grandma sleeps in the outer portion of the room).

The boy gets his own room, which Ad and I have co-opted for our sleeping quarters. It pretty much has only room for a bed and PAX wardrobes (IKEA is ever-present). In a small apartment, PAX wardrobes are a life saver.

Sunday afternoon in HK was spent doing what else? Shopping! I am now the owner of two new Jimmy Choo purses. :) (Ladies market)
More soon!  In Taiwan now.

1 comment:

Jeanne said...

Sounds like a cool apt!
yay for the fun part of the trip!