We were so tired that after we got into our room we freshened up and then fell asleep for several hours. When we finally woke up we met up with Mom and some of the family (Mom stayed with family while we were in a hotel) to go to hot pot. This was my first experience with hot pot and it was awesome. It was basically like Chinese fondue where you order all kinds of different raw meats and veggies and then cook them yourself in boiling broth that is right at your table. There were so many different types of meat, especially seafood, that we had never had before. There were a couple of different clam things that I LOVED. Check out this spread that Siel Ye is working on cooking for us.
Here is the whole group:
Ye Gau Foo (uncle), Siel Ye (aunt), Mom, Me, Ryan, Sam Ye (aunt), Miu Ye (aunt), Pa Pau (grandma)
Ryan's pretty hard to pick out in this group, huh?
It was really amazing for me to be back in Hong Kong after so long. I remembered everyone and the strangest thing happened...I started to pick up on what people were saying...in Cantonese! I must have some sort of language reflex that was filed away in a deep, dark recess of my brain from when I was there as a child that allowed me to start gleaning bits and pieces of the conversation. That was really pretty cool for me, in addition to just being with my Chinese family after not seeing them for SO MANY years! They were all incredibly amazing.
After dinner, we went to Temple Street, which is apparently a huge tourist shopping spot in Hong Kong. There were shops upon shops upon shops.
Mom, me, Ryan, Sam Ye, Siel Ye
It was amazing to me to see how late everyone stays out in Hong Kong. Seriously, shops and reestaurants were all still open when we were walking around very late at night. In fact, I later learned that pretty much everythings stays open until at least midnight. Can you imagine being able to go to the mall at midnight? Of course, on the flip side, everyone seems to sleep in a lot later than we do. I think I could totally get on board with that lifestyle...in fact, I find it rather difficult to wake up early and not stay up late so I think I have figured out which side of the family I take after.
After Temple Street we went back to our hotel room. Here is the view we had: