Two years ago, I was looking for a baby bag with none of the usual characters that we love, one that doesn’t scream I’M A BABY BAG! I bumped into a new shop with lovely bags on display. That is where I found the pink, oversized, light-weight NaRaYa bag with an oversized bow that became Little Miss Diplomat’s first accessory. I only know one friend back home who also has this bag, but as soon as we landed in Hong Kong, poof it’s everywhere! Half of the ladies here have one. You ride the MTR and take a random photo, and it will pass as an ad for NaRaYa. The amusing thing is, NaRaYa does not even have a shop here. The Web site says there are two in Macau, which is an hour’s ferry ride away. Ladies and bags, they just go together. No sea can set them apart.
After 10 cab rides, 5 cabbie rejections, 2 grunting cabbies and 1 very expensive 10-minute ride from Central to Tsim Sha Tsui, I’ve given up on taking a cab here. I’ve tried picking up the local accent on how to say where I was going, as well as showing the cabbie a GPS route on how to get there. Nothing seems to work. In between, I was half hoping that I would get into one with its own GPS like in Singapore. Since when did taking a cab become a chore? If you’re a tourist who do not speak the local language, here are your best bets for having a successful cab ride. 1. Make sure that your destination is a tourist spot. 2. Otherwise, get off at the tourist spot nearest your destination. Ninety percent of the people living in Hong Kong rely on public transport, very efficient indeed, but for the meantime, I will skip the cabs and do as most locals do: take the MTR and walk!
Today marks the 7th day of mourning for the people here in Hong Kong on the unfortunate loss of eight lives at a hostage scene in Manila last Monday. A massive rally was held today from Victoria Park to Central. The emotions of the thousands who were there were very clear: sorrow and frustration. In solidarity with the people of Hong Kong, the Filipinos also held masses throughout the city for the victims of that tragic day. It is truly a difficult time for both nations. Ken Leung Kam-wing, Doris Leung Chung-see, Jessie Leung Song-yi, Yeung Yee-kam, Yeung Yee-wa, Fu Cheuk-yan, Masa Tse Ting-chunn, and Wong Tze-lam, you will always be remembered.
1 – The diplomat’s wife should accompany her husband at post unless specified in a hardship posting, for example. While her career is important, some sacrifices are also required for the working wife. 2 – Wives should attend a pre-posting course before following her husband at post. 3 – A diplomat’s wife should take an interest in the history, customs and current affairs of Malaysia before gaining a better insight of her host country. 4 – It is encouraged for wives to understand that their husbands’ job can go beyond the normal working hours. Being away from home for a length of time and not able to attend to some pressing personal demands are but some of the sacrifices that wives have to face to support their husband’s role as a diplomat. Complement his role and lighten his workload and make his work easier. 5 – Be gracious, be tactful and be respectful to others. These are some of the traits that may prove to be an asset to your husband’s diplomatic career. 6 – …
I would never want this phrase to describe me. I did not give up my life, my career and my family to blindly follow a man around the world…Patrick’s desire to travel the world and work as a FSO was one of the things that attracted me to him in the first place. I chose to live my life with Patrick. Next to him, not behind him, not in front of him. Next to him. From adiplomatswife.wordpress.com Finally, someone who shares my views. I’ve been reading her blog since I found this article. One more reason to feel a little less alone.