Thursday, October 20, 2011

Random Observations of the Week (10/20/2011)

  • Since we’ve arrived here, our building, the Visitors’ Quarters, has been surrounding by bamboo scaffolding, covered by green netting. That’s been our view for the past 2 months. This week, it all finally came off. It’s so refreshing to 1) be able to see outside clearly and 2) not have to worry about random men appearing outside your window at any point during the day.
  • Quin and Berkley have told us when a teacher comes or goes from their class, they have a little saying the whole class has to chant in a sing-songy kind of voice. We’ll use Mr. Victor (or Mista Victa as the boys and the rest of the school calls him): Good morning (or afternoon) Mr. Victor. Thank you Mr. Victor. We love you Mr. Victor. I think it’s really strange, but the boys seem to have no problem with it.
  • Stores here are totally whack. Since we’ll be on the beach in Thailand and my bathing suits are falling apart, I decided to go to the mall to get a new one. It’s still in the low 80s/upper 70s here, so no problem right? Wrong. All of the stores in the mall were filled with sweaters, pants, scarves, hats, neckwamers, etc. It’s as if I’m living in Boston or Chicago. I mean – average lows here in January are around 60 degrees (okay 57.2 to be exact). Who needs a hat, scarf and neckwarmer when it’s 60? The only suits I could find were for swimming laps or for a slightly younger demographic (read: skimpy). Sigh. Hopefully, I’ll be able to find more options once in Thailand.
  • I also needed an ankle length skirt to go to one of the temples in Thailand. Again – not a single one to be found – and this has nothing to do with the fact that I’m well above average height for a woman here. There were lots of mini-skirts, but no long skirts. So, apparently, women in Hong Kong wear sweaters, hats, scarves and mini-skirts in the winter.
  • Lingnan University held an International Day the other day (those of you on FB probably saw this already); students from other countries who are studying here set up booths to represent their home country. Some had crafts; others had food. The American booth had mac and cheese, PB&Js and beer pong, complete with PBR in a can. Not exactly our finest moment.
  • I may have mentioned this before, but I think it’s pretty cool, so it bears repeating. My colleague John at UMass Dartmouth, who is originally from Cameroon, has a brother who manages a hotel in Bangkok. John hooked us up, so that’s where we’ll be staying. I just think that’s the greatest small world story.
  • Our downstairs neighbor’s family has arrived. He has two girls, Claire and Catherine, and let me tell you – we are all very happy they are here. They’re really well matched for the boys, and pretty much every day since they’ve been here, the kids have hung out. Each boy has bonded with one of the girls, such that they get time away from each other. Life has been so much easier for us all.
  • That’s it for now. Blog and Facebook posting will be light to non-existent, depending on whether we have access to the internet. We could pay to get it at our hotels, but a) we’re too cheap, and b) we’re kind of thrilled with the idea of being unplugged for a while. Of course, we’ll have the full update on the trip when we get back.


  1. So glad for the boys that they hae playmates in the same area.
    Enjoy your time in Thailand and of course pictures and blogs when you get back.
    Aunt Trish

  2. Have a great time and know your route to high ground!

  3. Have fun on your trip!! Very glad the boys found some friends close to them!!

  4. I love your comments about the clothing - it is so funny about the hats and scarves. I am glad the boys have some friends to hang out with - I am sure it gives you all a break from one and another.

    Enjoy Thailand

    aunt cheryl