ORD to Hong Kong SAR

Saturday, December 13, 2008

ORD to Hong Kong SAR

An Evening Out
I left Chicago for Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) on December 11 and arrived on December 12. We fly over the North Pole for a 15 hour flight, cross the international date line and enter the 70F weather of the Tropic of Capricorn….welcome relief from Chicago. I have been to Hong Kong before and am glad to be back.
We are staying on the Kowloon side of HK, which means ferries across the bay or metro in a tunnel are the modes of transport. I have two days on my own in Hong Kong before the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) delegation arrives. More on that later.

I am very fortunate to have friends in Hong Kong who include me in their activities. Dinner at the Aberdeen Marina Club on Hong Kong Island is quite a treat and from all I have read “the” place to be and be seen in Hong Kong Island. My friend Vincent Law invites me to a private dinner with his fiancée Winnie and their friends. A sumptuous buffet of regional and Western cuisine is served. The conversation float between the recession in the US, it’s impact on mainland China, Illinois Governor Blagojevich’s indictment and Barack Obama’s win.

If that was not enough, the evening is not yet over. Kenneth Lai, London School of Economics Alumni Director wants to show us the bar at the Peninsula in Kowloon. This special, private bar just opened 1 week prior. Salon de Ning. A posh living room, with exquisite furniture, wall coverings and of course service to match. Ning Slings are the special drink and we enjoy them, live music and a comfortable sofa. At midnight it is time to say goodnight, but not good bye, as Vince will be joining the delegation.
Make your own Ning Sling
Absolut Mandarin
Soho French Lychee
Fresh mint leaves shaken with lychee and passion fruit juice

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