By user12821170 on Jun 28, 2008
That is 4745 days plus 4 days of the leap years (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008), Kathy and I married! We missed the previous 2 anniversaries because we arrived late in Hong Kong on the 28th June 2007 and my father in-law was undergoing cancer treatment at the time and in 2006, I was in GUADEC. So this year, we just have to celebrate this together!
So we celebrated the day with our children, doing all the tourist stuff in Hong Kong despite the poor weather and pouring rain.
The day started off with a bunch of roses delivered by forever-florist. After tremendous efforts of waking up the two kids around 11.00 a.m., we had the simple breakfast and make our way to Stanley Market, a nice little market place in Stanley (赤柱) which is at the southern west of Hong Kong Island. Very pleasant place, even though it is rather busy but it is relatively uncrowded compared with the rest of Hong Kong. Lots of TVB series are shot here as we recognized a number of the scenes. Had lunch at the Bay Side Restaurant which is right beside Stanley Market and the sea front. The place has a nice view, but the seafood laksa Lekma was extremely blant, I can cook better than that.
After lunch, a quick walk around the sea front and Murray house and taken some nice pictures of around the place. We set off to Repulse Bay, the most famous beach in Hong Kong. Coaches after coaches of tourists arrived and gone very quickly. The beach is fairly clean, but the sand is very coarse near the shore. Grace really enjoyed walking on the sand along the edge of the waves. However, we had stayed more than we ought to. We got caught in a sudden thunder storm, so with an umbrella I tried to cover her as much as possible. Still we were soaking wet, I was literally wet from inside out, top to bottom (well almost, my hairs were fairly dry). We ended have to buy Grace a T-shirt to change from Seven-Eleven.
Being soaking wet from the storm rain, we decided to go back to the house to get change and hoping to make back to Starry Walk for 8.00 p.m. where "A symphony of lights" is shown. A modern city creation, really, where lights on the high rise offices are made to dance with music. The traffic was bad, the taxi driver took us round the little mountain routes across the island. However, we were running short of time to get home and back again. So a last minute shopping trick, I brought a complete set of clothing (except shoes) from a near by shop and changed (using the shop changing room) and went on as planned.
We had a quick dinner at a really nice Italian restaurant called Double Star, service was good, foods were good. Though it is so remote from starry walk, the place is so quiet. We were the only customers. Kathy jokingly said, we have the whole restaurant just for our anniversary dinner!
The show started on time and was impressive, though I felt it was a bit short, lasted only 10 minutes. Caleb was slightly disappointed as it has not the fireworks displays shown from their website.
I have been reminded by Kathy, one thing we have not changed in 13 years. I am forever trying to fit in as many places as I can and she always prefers a more leisurely pace when comes to sight-seeing. Though we learnt to accept one and another despite our differences