Good Times with Laura & Stoney in Hong Kong Continue

View from our room…

While Laura and Stoney worked, Tony and I walked along Hollywood Road.

Tony keeps saying to “look up!”

We are heading to the country of contrasts, but would say we are getting a pretty good introduction right now in Hong Kong

This is on the street and ….right inside…

Stoney arranged a marvelous dim sum lunch at Luk Yu one of oldest and best in HK. It felt like Tadich’s. I wanted to take several pictures, but just felt “oh-so-wrong” as we were the only non HK’s there. Also, I got the look from Stoney…you know what I am talking about. When your kids just want you to be a bit more cool…

did sneak one before he got “the look.”

Stoney dropped Tony and me off at Foot to get a marvelous massage. It was quite a contrast from our foot massage yesterday. Today the therapists did not have to be called, they had head sets on and it they all wore the black uniform. Ah, a land of contrasts.

Stoney and Laura took us to one of their favorite private kitchen restaurants in Wan Chai, Le Blanc. Again, what an experience. It was on the 6th floor in the very Chinese section of Hong Kong. When we are in Soho in Central, it feels a lot like the West Village in NYC. In Wan Chai, we were sure we were not in Kansas anymore. Here you bring your own wine with no corkage and the private dining spaces are created with hanging fabric. All just so cool and different.

On Our Way to India Via Hong Kong

We are traveling Eva Air, a Taiwanese airline. So far so good as we are in Business class. The flight is almost 14 hours. We watched J. Edgar and then I watched another early episode of Downton Abbey. Love my ipad, but I guess you already knew that.

Of course I am so worried that I have packed too many clothes. And so worried there will not be enough room to put he things I buy. I think these are small worries!

We arrive at 9 am in HK after and hour layover in Taiwan. I think Stoney might have to help check us in as we are in the hotel thanks to his Macquarrie discount. I have always had that little dream that one day my “kids” would provide some little amenity to me! I finally got my dream. Oh yes, and we did not have to pay the cover at Birdland when we were in New York. Things are definitely moving in the right direction.

We are on the fabulous train from the airport to Hong Kong Central. Quiet, clean, inexpensive and fast.
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Cute Stoney took us to lunch at Betty’s Kitschen (note spelling) in the IFC. It is a very cute place with great atmosphere. You can see Tony’s eyes were at “half-mast” as he says.

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We had a foot massage in our neighborhood of Sai Ying Pun. I had to hand it to Tony as we climbed up the dark dank stairway, rang the bell, and entered a room with a few lounge chairs, big TV with Cantonese blaring, tired purple towels that seem to be used several times, and doors opening and shutting with people scantily clad coming and going.

We met Stoney and Laura at Cafe de Paris in Soho which is right in their neighboorhood on the escalator up to the mid-levels. It was heavenly to see Laura as I had not seen her since Memorial Day and that is too long for me. She is on fire in her job, on top of the wedding and doing great things with photography. On top of that she is gorgeous and just so nice and undemanding about the wedding. She has done a power point presentation of her vision of the wedding to send to all the vendors. Wow!

I have to say, I like that neighborhood. Maybe a foot massage there today…

Cate Comes Home to Sun Valley!

Last time she was here, she was a bit tentative on skis. This time, she hit the mountain and took off. Is it the New York influence?

Tony was amazed at her skiing!

Then we celebrated her 30th! birthday! Yikes!

And Tony made a delicious dinner of ribs, rice and asparagus!!! And flourless chocolate cake…
We toured the Community School with Lisa Stelck… so amazing. Cate attended Thistleberry, the pre-school Lisa founded in Palo Alto.

And then we skied some more.

A highlight was Cupid’s Cabaret at the Next Stage Theatre. All local talent and truly wonderful warm and exciting. It was all Cate could do not to jump up on stage. Maybe sometime she will.
And how lucky am I to have a daughter, who comes all the way from New York to be in Sun Valley, It is a long complicated trip for 3 days, but it was pretty wonderful.
She is saying “Mom, enough, I am getting on the Sun Valley Express now! It is only 8 am! “

Wendy & Sarah Arrive from Toronto!

I love having a place in Sun Valley! Friends and relatives visit! This weekend we have Tony’s Canadian Cousin Wendy and her daughter, Sarah here. Wendy recently lost her wonderful husband, Sam, to brain cancer. And Sarah lost her fabulous dad. They are terrific house guests, cooking us a wonderful dinner last evening, being so helpful and mostly just feeling like family. They are both terrific skiers, so we all enjoyed yesterday together and today, i will skate ski while they tear up the mountain.

And Sarah LOVES Tuqui. They met when Tuqui was a baby and Sarah and Jim (now her husband) were living in San Francisco. 

We saw Iron Lady last evening…Great, great acting by Meryl Streep, but not sure how much I actually liked the slant of the story.

And how happy am I about Komen’s plight. Meaning that Planned Parenthood is definitely benefitting. And yet, I do wonder what the real motives of Komen are? Who pressured them and why do they care? I think we want to know more. Love the internet and its power!