Monday, August 15, 2011

Catherine goes International

My boyfriend lives in Hong Kong. You see, he assists Mickey Mouse and builds rides for Disneyland. He is what we call an Imagineer. We are 7,000 miles away from eachother. We have skype dates everyday. Technology is a fantastic thing, and I thank my lucky stars for it every morning I get to see his handsome smile.

We decided I needed to spend some time with him at his home base of HK. I just finished my nanny job, so it was pretty much perfect timing. After a 14 hour plane ride (which included 2 TV dinners and lots of sleeping) I couldn't wait to see his face!

We had our delightful reunion, and then we walked outside...If you have never been to Hong Kong in August let me explain something to you...80ish degrees...with usually a 70%ish humidity. It literally takes your breath away. And within 20 minutes you start to feel like you just got out of the shower. But we were on our way to see Disneyland and we had eachother, so we didn't really mind being hot sweaty messes.

The next day I was pretty much jetlagged so while Peyton was at work, I explored the Disneyland hotel and went to see what the pool had to offer. It was delightful. And actually ended up being where I spent every morning of my vacation.

The next day I took a giant cable car up a mountain to see a Giant Buddah. It was amazing! I also headed next door where they had a monestary. This was my first run in with the Hong Kong culture and I loved it! Although I think I sweated out half my body weight, it was such a good day.

The next week was full of Subway rides, walking, sight seeing, shopping and sweating. (No one drives in HK. They take the subway, bus, taxi, or walk). We got to check out the Hong Kong skyline which was the most breathtaking city I have ever seen. It beats LA. And you KNOW how much I love my LA!

A group asked us to take their picture, we did and then they insisted to take a picture with us. They emailed it to Peyton later in the week. They sure are friendly over there!

I visited some Buddhist temples that were so incredibly beautiful full of color and worshippers.

I also got to see Chi Lin Nunnery and Buddhist complex, I Nuns or Buddhists.

I got to spend some time in Hong Kong Disneyland, which looked eerily a lot like the Anaheim location, except it served Korean squid instead of Corn dogs. A minor difference!

I spent a lot of time walking around the city shopping and looking at everything. There was so much to see! If you have never seen deep fried geese or a very fresh meat market you are missing out!

One night we took a cable car up to the top of a mountain called Victoria Peak that overlooks the city lights. It was an amazing view! And yes, this will remind you of the Dark Knight. Or so im told...ive never actually seen that movie.

I also got to visit the Hong Kong Museum of Art and Kowloon Park, as well as the Hong Kong Cultural Center.

It was an incredible vacation and I am so glad it was my first real international trip. Spending time with peyton was my favorite part of the 2 weeks I was there. Seeing him everyday and being with eachother in a different land was incredibly romantic.

The long distance isn't easy on either of us but experiences like this make us stronger than ever! Thank you, Hong Kong. You delivered. And thank you boyfriend, for living there so I had a good reason to leave the Country!

We ended my vacation with a side trip to Phuket Thailand which will have its own post. I have written too much already. If you have read all of this you either love me, or your a stalker. Be not afraid. Both are appreciated!


  1. Ahhhh!!! Amazing. Looks like it was an incredible trip. I love that I recognize most of these pictures from Facebook. :) Except the nasty raw pig pictures... gross. Love your face.

  2. I just so happen to be a stalker that loves you:)

  3. I read it all... not a stalker :)

  4. Um.. I both love and am a TOTAL stalker! So jealous, that looks amazing!

  5. Not a stalker, either, althoughI have been following your trip on your Facebook page and have enjoyed it immensely. Sounds like a great trip and quite romantic. Have always wanted to go to Hong Kong. Think it was great you got to see Peyton on his present home turf, too!

  6. lover. stalker. bff.
    so much love around the whole country!

  7. I'm glad you enjoyed your amazing trip :)