Hong Kong Yarn Hunt, Part Quatre – The Forgotten and GUIDE

I finally got around to compiling the list of yarn stores I went to in Hong Kong. When I was going through my list, I realized that I forgot to write about two of them! What a shame because they had some of the best selections and helpful staff. Here we go, The Forgotten:

GB Woollen is located in City Plaza Two in Tai Koo Shing. City Plaza is one of the biggest malls in Hong Kong. I went there to see the LEGO exhibit and decided to stop in.

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Paris Cotton Singlets is located in Causeway Bay. Their staff knew English and were very helpful! This self-striping acrylic wasn’t too expensive so I impulsively bought it.

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IMG_2120But with no further ado I present to you my Hong Kong Yarn Shop Guide. Check it out please!

Tulum Ruins Photo Haul

Hey, it’s 2012! The world is supposed to end in 6 month, isn’t it? Maybe all those apocalypse theorists should visit the sources of their so-called predictions.

When I visited the Tulum Mayan ruins/Xelha river there was supposedly 156 days until the “end of the world.” A lot of people are missing out on the small but important fact that the Mayans were not predicting an apocalypse but the end of an era and the beginning of a new one.

Here is a collection of my best photos from my excursion to the Tulum ruins, as promised.

A little cloudy but if you love history like me, nothing can ruin a trip to… ruins…

The conquistadors were looking for gold? Well this is obsidian. It looks like gold in the sun and the Mayans traded the Aztecs for it.

The Mayans were pretty advanced in astronomy. That little arch was directly in front of the sun every Winter Solstice and they even had a seat to observe it from.

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Beaches, resorts, and ruins!

Hola, everyone! Yesterday I came back from Mexico. My family (immediate and some relatives) spent a week in a resort not exactly in Cancun, but about an hour away. While we weren’t staying in the famous vacationing spot, being a bit away allowed for less hectic beaches and an overall more relaxing vacation.

Last Sunday we woke up no so bright but very early at 3:30 to catch an 8:00 flight at the Philadelphia International. It was my first time on a plane! I guess never being on a plane is off my list of go-to fun facts that come in handy when playing those dumb ice-breaker games or introducing yourself to strangers. I’m left with 1) I love to knit (which is no fun fact if you read my blog lol) and 2) I have never broken a bone.

I kept myself busy making a “friendship” bracelet. Little did I know that this craft originated in Latin Native American culture. Mine was extremely simple compared to the artisan crafts that were being sold in souvenir shops but seeing all these handmade gifts inspired me for my next Friday Etsy Find.

Once we landed about 3 hours later, I guess you could say I was in for a little culture shock. The whole trip I wish I had taken Spanish for 5 years instead of French, although at the resort, there were people from all over the world. Of course many were Spanish speakers coming from all around Latin America but there were also a lot of people from France and other parts of Europe. And surprise, surprise there weren’t many Asians vacationing in Cancun, but once in a while we’d spot another family. We even overheard another Vietnamese family but even they were from France!

We stayed at a resort on the Riviera Maya. It was the cleanest beach I have ever been to. I can never look at Delaware beaches the same way, and my opinion of them had already deteriorated after spending some time in the Outer Banks and Florida.

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