Hong Kong has been great. So far we have spent most of our time in Discovery Bay (on Lantau Island) where we are temporarily living. Yesterday we went to dinner at the home of friends on the island of Peng Chau. And today we made our first trek into Central (what downtown Hong Kong, on the island of Hong Kong, is referred to). It was busy and hectic, but that was to be expected. It’s relatively quiet in Discovery Bay. Tomorrow we are heading to Mui Wo (also on Lantau Island) where we plan to move in the next month or two when we find a permanent place. We will be visiting the Chinese school Magdalena will attend in the fall.

Here is a random smattering of thoughts about Hong Kong so far. A random smattering is appropriate, given that I feel like a zombie most of the time since we arrived–my brain is a little fuzzy. Part of that is due to information overload. Part of it is the extreme heat. And I’m sure part of that has to do with being awake when I’m used to being asleep–adjusting to the new time zone.

*We were one of the first to board the plane from Seoul to HK, so I was able to watch from my seat as all of the other passengers boarded the plane. Most of them were Chinese, and it was the first time in my life I had been surrounded by Hong Kongers. They were a friendly, happy bunch of people, and I felt a profound sense of love for them. That feeling that came over me was a huge comfort and I know it was a tender mercy from God.

*The escalator going my direction is on the left–not on the right like I am used to.

*If we are outside, we are sweating. James seems to always be sweatier than the rest of us. Thank goodness for air conditioning!

*In Discovery Bay when I go out and about, there are almost as many Filipinas as there are Chinese. That is because many families have Filipina maids (usually called “helpers” although it’s more PC to refer to them as “domestic workers”).

*Church was interesting. We meet in a school. There were probably 10 families and a few single sisters there. There were at least 4 different nationalities represented among them. There were 5 women in Relief Society. Magdalena and James both had a great time in their classes, which was so wonderful! Everyone seems really close and supportive of each other. We have been here for 4 days, and all 4 of those days we have had dinner at the home of a family from Church–everyone has been so welcoming and they have helped us so much! Don’t know what I would do without such an amazing community of Christians to help our family out with this huge transition.

*There are a lot more American products than I expected. Some groceries have prices comparable to the US, but others are quite a bit more expensive. Milk is about $10/gallon. Butter is about $2.50 per cube. Yogurt and cheese are quite expensive too. The rice selection is a little overwhelming.

*At 5:30 in the morning it sounds like we’re in the middle of the jungle. Instead of roosters, I hear all sorts of exotic birds.

*Laundry is interesting–we have a combined washer/dryer unit. My drying rack for hanging laundry out to dry is pretty small, and with the humidity and rain (which seems to happen for a few minutes 2 or 3 times each day) outside, it takes the clothes forever to dry (next time I’ll put it inside). Right now I feel like doing laundry is kind of a joke. I’m sure I will figure it out.

Here are some pics.

1-A picture taken from the balcony from our temporary flat in Discovery Bay.

2-3-First time Magdalena and James have ridden a ferry. From DB to Peng Chau after church to have dinner with some new friends.

4-6-Playing with toys in our temporary flat.

7-Just off the ferry in Central–first time coming to central for everyone but Josh.

9-An interesting sign from the Immigration Tower where we went today to apply for our Hong Kong ID cards.

10-James near a famous skate spot.

11&12-DB/Central ferry–Magdalena sleeping after a busy few hours in central.

Well folks, there it is. All is well in HK. More later.

Now, it’s time for bed!