Finally, we booked a vacation for Christmas. We had almost resigned ourselves to staying in Hong Kong, because after our second trip to the travel agent on Tuesday, and spending two hours there, we came up empty. Our first choice was to go to Thailand, but it was completely booked, and we considered several different locations. So we branched out and will be going to Bali! We are very excited and the hotel seems really nice--right on the beach (click here to see the hotel Web site.)
Other news: things have been very busy. Last week, there were lots of US visitors and being "locals" we showed them the sites and took them out. It was a lot of fun, but tiring. I had a few "ah-ha" moments in speaking to folks from the US, in that I was surprised how well I already know the city. It is a cool feeling to give someone directions without having to look at the map or be able to name several great restaurants. On Saturday, we were invited to join a sunset boat ride along the back side of Hong Kong Island. It was amazing. The weather was perfect and the ride was very peaceful and enjoyable (see below for pictures). This coming weekend, we are traveling to mainland China on a Gore retreat. It might be a little rough, but at least we'll see some unique areas.
On the work front, I have been busy at Gore. In addition, I have two interviews, one for a marketing/design role and one for a garment quality job. Wish me luck.
Side note: the weather has been wonderful in November. We turned off the AC and it is actually cool at night. During the day it is in the high 60s to low 70s and the polution has been low, very clear views.