Christmas Eve 2016

Man Mo is a temple  dedicated to the God of Literature (Man) and the God of War (Mo). For Jeanne, Elizabeth, and me,  the visit  was one of fragrant if chaotic moments filled with devotees’  incense and offerings of joss paper and oranges.

Later, with Allan and Cecilia, we heard Christmas Carols and and attended Mass at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel – amazing to follow it all w/o understanding a single word, until it was time for Communion, and the choir did a completely recognizable “O, Holy Night.”

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After Mass, we walked to and through and around and up streets and escalators for a “Shanghaiese” meal,  which may have been the best yet; Allan ordered perfectly: 3 styles of noodles and  Xiao Long Bao (soup dumplings). It was an incredible variety of hot (spicy), sour, and sweet,and as Elizabeth later pointed out, he kindly avoided ordering things like  Century Eggs

 Later, we spent a couple hours on the rooftop of the Prince’s Building – this link has a few photos (my camera-phone battery being long gone). And this one of Victoria Harbor  captures some of what we saw.




5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. jansie
    Dec 25, 2016 @ 14:15:59

    Thinking of all of you today! Merry Christmas.



  2. mebtravelling - U.S. to India & Back (& Around)
    Dec 25, 2016 @ 15:45:38

    Thanks, Jans. It’s a little surreal being here, but really wonderful, too. And I’m seeing a HK I never knew.



  3. jean johnson
    Dec 27, 2016 @ 20:43:32

    So last time we communicated you were in Greece. I have blog shock when I realized those strange sounding temple names were because you were in Asia. Miss you and hope that all is going well.

    Jean J



  4. Jerome Cox
    Dec 27, 2016 @ 22:09:44

    Merry Christmas Week and Happy New Year, Mary Ellen, Elizabeth, and All!



  5. Rosellen Condon
    Dec 29, 2016 @ 01:39:25

    Sounds exotic and wonderful! Hard to imagine.
    Wishing you, Elizabeth, and All, the VERY BEST in the New Year!!!



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