merry christmas to all of our friends and family that read this!
anyway, i just noticed something that reminded me of how weird hong kong can be. it's currently 13 degrees celsius (or 55 fahrenheit) and our official HK weather site posted the following:
"COLD WEATHER WARNING
Cold Weather Warning
The Cold Weather Warning is now in force.
The Hong Kong Observatory is forecasting cold weather in
Hong Kong today.
As Hong Kong is being affected by a cold winter monsoon,
people are advised to put on warm clothes and to avoid
adverse health effects due to the cold weather. You must
also ensure adequate indoor ventilation.
If you must go out, please avoid prolonged exposure to
If you know of elderly persons or persons with chronic
medical conditions staying alone, please call or visit them
occasionally to check if they need any assistance.
Make sure heaters are safe before use, and place them away
from any combustibles. Do not light fires indoors as a
means to keep warm.
Whatever the temperature, please ensure that there is
plenty of fresh air in your room when you are using an
old-type gas water heater.
DISPATCHED BY HONG KONG OBSERVATORY AT 06:02 HKT ON 23.12.2008"
can you believe it!?
it's well above freezing, and we're experiencing "wintery monsoons!"
i can only imagine what they might say if HK looked like illinois or indiana right now... "run for your lives! set anything combustible on fire! do whatever is necessary to stay warm from this apocalyptic nightmare!"
then again, i suppose that kristin and i are heading to vietnam to escape the cold and relax on a beach. wish us safe travels, and we'll post some pictures when we return!