Happy New Year!
Best-laid plans and all that.... I had intended to have this blog up and running before we left, but that didn't quite happen. So I'll just pretend I meant to wait for Chinese New Year....Today is the first chance I've had to be online for any length of time since we got on the plane on the 4th. It has been A BIT frustrating. Anyhow, here I am, and here is the internet, so I'm going to make the most of it. I've been writing posts in my phone, despite not being able to send them, so I can type them in now and set the dates appropriately. Then I'll be caught up, and I can be lazy again!
The bed for the guest room is scheduled to be delivered this Friday, so we're planning to move from the hotel then. Hooray! We will still have two weeks to wait before our stuff from the States arrives, but at least we'll get to spread out a bit and settle into a more normal sort of routine.
Yesterday was the first day of the new year, and also Valentine's Day, which seems to be a really big deal here. This year Valentine's was somewhat eclipsed by the new year, but we've been seeing hearts and chocolates right along with all the tiger stuff ever since we landed. We enjoyed (or at least I enjoyed--not so sure about the MO) an incredibly loud Lion Dance at the hotel first thing in the morning. (I'm practically deaf, so the noise was fine for me. I noticed a lot of people with their fingers in the ears.) After performing in the porte-cochere the drums and cymbals and dancers all came inside and made their way around the lobby. It was fabulously loud and I loved every minute of it.
Later we headed down to the Riverwalk and saw the Merlion statue. Most stores and restaurants were closed, but we ended up in Club Iguana, eating not-too-horrible Mexican food. The margaritas were good :-)