Mommie has arrived

Trip Start Jun 01, 2010
Trip End Mar 11, 2011

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Today we pick up my mother from the airport as she comes to join us for our wedding banquet on the 27th. We take the airport express train from Kowloon station and 20 minutes later we stand in the airport hall watching the big screens for a sign of her. According to the board the plane landed on time but it will take her some time to come down to the exit as the piers in HK airport can be quite a walk. I go and get us a bottle of water at the convenience store. First I tried the seven eleven, the store was packed and a bottle of water was around 12 dollars. I did not feel like waiting in line so I went next door to Watsons. Surprisingly this store was empty and water cost around 4 dollars here, I was sturdeled.

Soon my mother came out of the exit and I was glad to see that she had a good flight. I redeemed some miles for her for an upgrade to business class, so she would be comfortable on the 12 hour flight from Amsterdam via London. We all jumped in a taxi and headed out to her hotel. We booked her the YMCA / Salisbury in TST. This place has an awesome location, just next to the harbor, and her room even had a view overlooking the HK sky-line. We left her to rest and settle in while we attended to some wedding-day business. Later that evening we picked her up for a nice Japanese dinner at TST, next door to the hotel. We had a great view of the evening skyline and the eight o clock light show from the restaurant. Mommie needs some more practice with the chop sticks, but further than that it is all going very well.

The next afternoon we head out back to Macau, this ferry thing is getting a bit mainstream by now. First we pick up mommy at the YMCA and then we go out for a very nice Dim Sum breakfast at a restaurant with a great view over the harbor. It is just across the street from the hotel so we are quickly back and on our way to the Macau ferry terminal on the Island. Of course there are other ferry terminals to Macau on Kowloon and even at HK airport, but supposedly these boats are less comfortable, so we always use the ones from the main terminal. For mummy it is the first time she sets foot on HK Island, but not for long as we quickly are on our way to the Macau peninsula. But not before we have some coffee at the temple of americanized coffee, Starbucks. We take a Cotai Jet ferry, these are operated by the Venetian and bring you to the Macau Airport, which is a bit closer to the strip. It really does not matter that much as it is a 10 minute drive from there to the regular ferry terminal at the Macau side. Linda is in her element again as travel guide and smoothly guides us through customs and immigration. Before we know it we are at the Venetian hotel, where I check in together with mommy. Linda will stay at home as I have to pick her up tomorrow from there, so mummy and I share a room. At the Venetian mommy and I shop for a while at the grand canal shoppes while Linda is taking care of some last arrangements for tomorrow. That evening we all have a big Chinese dinner together and mommy meets the family for the first time.
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