Happy Moments with My Jolly Old Man

It was never easy to invite Daddy to Hong Kong. This was his third winter break in Hong Kong. And it was the longest one ever. Usually, dad stayed for only 3-4 days but I managed to prolong his stay to 30 days this time! Yes, one solid month! Thanks to my good friends – Harshad, Tracy, Jimmy, Gareth and Chowpo – you guys showered so much joys on my dad – he had such a great time here in Hong Kong. Special thanks to my colleague Paul who postponed his flight so he can accompanied my dad from Singapore to Hong Kong.

Over this short 30 days, I saw many positive transformation in my dad. I saw a new side of him. He is more hip, playful, younger, happier and bolder now! Dad isn’t an avid traveler, I am so proud that he is able to fly and travel on his own. He is also more technology savvy too – I managed to teach him new ways to socialise online. This is one rare chance of the year when I get to spend good quality time with him, one to one. Throughout the hectic year, we hardly had any opportunity to spend time with one another. My dad has aged so much over the years and I am so thankful that he is still healthy and in such a good spirit.

Keeping up with my dad’s stamina is a challenge, he wakes up very early and he sleeps late at night. We didn’t have much chance to hike this time but I am still very happy to watch many sunrise and sunset with him. We traveled to many places this month – Guangzhou, Dongguan, Zhuhai and Maldives! We combed many new places and tried many different new beers! And for the first time since the mid 90s, dad cooked lunch and dinner for me. It has been over 18 years since I last tasted his cooking! I actually walked home to have lunch with my dad. It is good to have family close to you and I cherish every single moment with them. Enjoy the pix! See you again next year, my jolly old man!

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