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Wow! Within the last three months we have had a flood, moved, our son was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, been home to the states and to Vietnam for some rest and relaxation. The beginning of school has slowed things down. Back to a normal schedule. 

So before I tackle my Monday head on with a pitcher full of iced coffee, here are some things worth sharing this week...

*Check out photos from our Vietnamese adventure. The kids didn't want to leave. It was crazy beautiful!

* Have you heard of Basement Jaxx? Watch their free video of 'Never say Never.' 

*Even though school's started her in the Kong it's still really hot and humid. One of my newest healthy snacks are frozen pomegranate seeds. No recipe. No pinterest. Just peel and freeze. Yummo!

* We probably have a year or two left here in Hong Kong. But it still seems there is a never ending list of things to still see and do. Case in point. I have never been to any of these remote Hong Kong islands

* I may have been out in left field too long, but had no idea the iPhone headphones were this multifunctional.

Now back to printing emergency forms, school lunch menus and checking uniforms.  My children go to a Hong Kong school with an American/Canadian based curriculum and schedule so we start with most of the west. Have your children started school yet?


Hong Kong favs

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The tropical climate of Hong Kong does not agree with my old favorites products. Let alone some aren't even available here or more expensive. Some items I stock up on when vacationing in the states others I have had to just replace. One cannot drag a whole Sephora or Target to Hong Kong. Added bonus there's no sales tax in Hong Kong!
  • La Roche-Posey sunscreen There's no Banana boat or Coppertone to throw in your Target here in Hong Kong. There's lots of brands I'm not familiar with and with sun beating down almost everyday I really didn't want to mess around with my skin in the sun so I grabbed the best. Or I could be like the locals and use an umbrella and arm covers. Trust me it's a thing.  
  • Tiger Balm back pain patches These are great additions to supplement a physical therapy program. I use them along with weekly acupuncture. 
  • Shanghai Tang Ginger Lily perfume  Heavier on lilies than ginger this has become my favorite every day perfume. But I'll be sure to buy a couple extra bottles before leaving Hong Kong, because it's quite hard to find in the states and they don't ship it overseas.
  • Betadine first aid cream I am one of those lucky folks that are allergic to the main Neosporin ingredient  So I was always looking for alternatives back at home. This is a great one and there's a lot of Betadine formulas to chose from.
  • Laneige Water Pack EX This weightless serum has a cult like following for a reason. It's  intended to be used as a weekly overnight mask. To be honest I use it more than once a week and I have very oily skin. It really helps waking up and looking refreshed on those late nights. I also hear it's a big hit with med students working the night.
  • Oil blotting papers  Hong Kong summers are killers with the tropical humidity and heat. It's almost pointless to try and get all fancied up. Mascara best be at the least waterproof so it stays to avoid raccoon eyes. Blotting papers are the perfect help in refreshing one's face after hailing a taxi to the island.
  • Tiger Balm mosquito repellent Mosquitos are something fierce over here in southeast Asia. Don't ever be caught without bug spray. This is my first DEET free choice. 
  • Mopiko ...and when you have been bitten this cream is the best choice. Hailing from Japan it's pretty much the only cream sold in Hong Kong for a good reason. It really stops the itching!

Langeine is sold stateside. Which is good, because when I return I'll need to stock up. The rest I may have to pack stock piles back with me!



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Sometimes she stops me dead in my tracks. So much to ask. What happens at the top? 

Somehow again I pulled off another American holiday here in Hong Kong. These are the times I wish we had a Target, but I suppose that'd be cheating. Just one of the many ways Hong Kong is different than home. I wrote a ditty for Live Sigma Kappa last week detailing how our Hong Kong homes are different than the states. Including some great pictures by Heidi Selch as well. Here's some more from last week while I'm sharing...

*Have you tried dry shampoo? With my thick hair I don't know how I ever lived without it. I just found a couple recipes for diy dry shampoo on pinterest. Have you tried one of these recipes? I'm about to mix this one up tonight. 

* We have finally taken the plunge and tried to go gluten free as a family. We have suspected for awhile that one of the children had issues with wheat. But trying the elimination diet has pretty much solidified it. So this Easter I baked gluten free sugar cookies. Easy and delish!

* Are you good at selfies? Neither am I. Those eyebrows past due? Bad hair day? I'm trying Elle's tips. Every little bit helps. 

* Hong Kong's history's phenomenal. During the 'Great Leap Forward' in the early sixties, many Mainland Chinese immigrated to Hong Kong.  See it here with newly restored video. 

Well, lovelies, I have a full docket this week as soon as the kiddos head back to school. Hope I get it all done. Here's to Mondays!


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