The beach was, of course, a necessity and highlight of family coming to visit. Cambry was giddy with excitement to see the South China Sea, and we were just as thrilled to be the ones to introduce her to its majesty. Seeing the ocean is like seeing a glimpse of His glory, and it humbles me every time I go. The girls had a neat opportunity to talk to a local college student who was practicing his English while they built a sand masterpiece. Turned out that he was a brother, but we were so proud of the boldness of our girls!
We went to all our favorite places to eat and introduced Cambry to many new foods. Her favorite was the bread that is cooked in a charcoal heated metal container. We lovingly refer to it as “trash can bread”. She asked for it daily! She also wanted to shop at every store we passed…
We went to a special fish restaurant that serves whole fish cooked on top of your veggies. It is fabulous, and I am pretty sure Cambry ate at least half of the girls share of fish! She was a joy to introduce new food to because of her exuberant reactions! We were also treated to Baskin Robbins by one of Mama’s friends. We love ice cream, but at $5 for a single scoop, we don’t indulge often! And one of my sweet friends sent me a Texas hat that I am wearing with pride as I eat my pulled noodles!
Mom decided that the “fried ice cream” was the best thing on the island. It isn’t really ice cream, and it’s also not really fried, but that is the literal translation so we go with it. You choose your fresh fruits and they blend them with some condensed milk then it freezes on a frozen griddle as it is stirred. It is a refreshing treat in the heat!
The girls went on a girls day and all crammed into a one bench cart to get from Point A to Point B. We were wedged in tightly and the scooter was unable to go fast because of our weight, but it was an experience none of us will soon forget!
This dinner picture cracked me up because of the expressions on their faces. You would think they ate something not so great, but it is just a fluke of the camera. They truly loved the Hong Kong style cuisine at this restaurant named “Double Happiness”.
More fun shopping, said none of us. Ever.
Man! This girl can shop!! I love to shop, but this was a whole new level. We laughed and willingly let her drag us all over the city to visit 5 different versions of the same store. And once the selfie stick was purchased, we had to endure the selfie shots every where we went, marking us as complete tourists. Not that we are ever inconspicuous in our city…
Cam grilled us salmon, after he bought the big fish and filleted it. Cambry had never eaten salmon before, and she is ruined for life, she decided!
Spicy Sichuan food takes us back to the first city we lived in, so it is a favorite of all of ours!
Teenagers, selfies, and funny faces. The combo makes great fun for the adults who post on social media!
More food. Seriously, we all gained weight! We went to a hot pot place, which is a lot like fondue in America I am told. I just call it boiled meat, but apparently that makes it sound gross, regardless of the truth in it. We boiled, ahem, fondued our choice of meats and veggies. The noodles and potatoes were the favorites.
No surprise there. We are Americans.
We also made a pit stop into KFC for hot fudge sundaes one day. You can’t beat the price, and the yumminess factor is pretty spot on!
We love getting to show the people we love all the fun and food we have in our city. It helps us remember how many things there are here to enjoy!