In Hong Kong…and Not For Shopping!

A post also known as CUHK Symposium on Sign Bilingualism Day 0

Yesterday I arrived in Hong Kong with a group of teachers from De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde who work with Deaf students in the College. We’re here to attend a symposium on sign bilingualism (I can hear some of you already asking, “What’s that?!” Patience, friends, I will get to that in my next post. 🙂 ) at the Chinese University in Hong Kong from June 19-21.

A corner of the HK Airport. I really hope when the PHL airport has been constructed they put some green in it too.

We were scheduled to come a day early so we don’t have to rush from airport to symposium which would happen if we arrive on the day itself. Thank you very much to the very considerate person who planned this trip for thinking more about our well-being than the expense. 😛 This also means we had some hours to spend walking around Hong Kong! Hooray! I know, I know, some people think of Hong Kong as a shopping destination…or Disneyland…but if you travel with the group of teachers I was with, and one in particular who would probably marry Jose Rizal given a chance, more interest goes into historical locations and seeing the sights that tourists usually don’t look for. We were going on an adventure! Yun lang nga, it felt like we walked the length of a full marathon. 😀

Reminds us of LRT Line 2.
This MTR line reminds us of LRT Line 2 back home.
Finally able to sit down on the MTR...yun lang we get off at the next station.
Finally we were able to take a seat…yun lang we get off at the next station. 😛
They say a building goes up in HK every year or two.
They say a building goes up in HK every year or two.
One of the side streets we came across with shops lined along. I found it interesting that they built on the side of the mountain and didn't flatten it for convenience.
One of the apparently many side streets of HK and I found it interesting that they built this and thought to preserve the mountain instead of flattening it for convenience.
This answers my question on how pedestrians walk all those flights of stairs. :)
This answers my question on how pedestrians walk all those flights of stairs. 🙂
Finally at Rednaxela Terraces!
We have reached Rednaxela Terrace!
Finally! Mrs. Jose Rizal of SDEAS visits the site of Rizal's clinic in Hong Kong. :)
Finally! Mrs. Jose Rizal of SDEAS visits the site of Rizal’s clinic in Hong Kong. 🙂

Interesting fact shared by Ms. Febe…Rednaxela Terrace was supposed to be Alexander Terrace but when Rizal wrote down the name for the Chinese sign maker (sorry, sorry, I have no idea what the title actually is and sign maker sounds close enough) he didn’t say that it should be read from left to right. And because the Chinese read their texts from right to left…well, the rest is history. 😉

Strolling down Rednaxela Terrace, looking for the door of Jose Rizal's clinic.
Strolling down Rednaxela Terrace, looking for the door of Jose Rizal’s clinic. We found it but for some reason my picture of that won’t upload. 🙁
Headed to the port to take the ferry back instead of the MTR.
Headed to the port to take the ferry back instead of the MTR.
This is the HK Ferry. I wonder how the Star Ferry is like back home.
This is the HK Ferry. which I found to be spacious and clean. I wonder how the Star Ferry is like back home.
Look! Look! :)
Look! Look! 🙂 It’s like I was transported to the past…except for the buildings.
This used to be the site of the Water Police Station.
This used to be the site of the Water Police Station.
And because everyone needed a few minutes to recharge we sat by the fountain. (And almost dipped our faces in the water...hehehe.)
And because everyone needed a few minutes to recharge we sat by the fountain. (And almost dipped our faces in the water…hehehe.)

I see these lovely people often enough in school but don’t really have a chance to get to know so I was doubly blessed by the opportunity to listen to stories, know what they are passionate about, and just be with them. Being present to one another, after all, is important to building relationships. So at the end of the day, despite my feet that felt they were going to fall off, I can say that I had a grand time. 🙂

Just some of the people I am with on this trip. Missing in the picture are Ms. Tech, JX, Raphy and Vicky.
Just some of the people I am with on this trip. Missing in the picture are Ms. Tech, JX, Raphy and Vicky.

Tomorrow we get down to business. I’m excited to be at a symposium, would you believe it! I haven’t been to a professional development activity specifically for Deaf Education in quite a while (doing administrative work sometimes bogs you down…that, and not wanting to leave three children for days at a time) and I’m looking forward to learning new stuff. 🙂

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