After traveling around Asia for 2 weeks, it feels good to be home. This was a fantastic trip! It was what we called the Empty Nester Celebration. This year our youngest son went off to college. As much as we miss having the kids around, it is certainly worth celebrating that my husband and I raised 3 incredible kids and they are pretty much on their own now.
Our cruise started in Hong Kong and then we traveled on to Vietnam, Thailand, and Singapore. We saw a lot of interesting places, met a lot of interesting people, and ate a lot of delicious food. A big highlight of our trip was the cooking class we took in Hong Kong. Our cooking teacher took us to the wet market first, a farmers market selling meat, and fresh produce, and other food items. This was fascinating! So many fruits and vegetables that we’ve never seen before. We tasted a rose apple. Sweet and juicy, this fruit reminded me of a cross between celery and an apple. Lots of fresh fish for sale, as well as duck, chicken, lamb, and other meats. All kinds of organ meat was available for sale. Bins were overflowing with candies — lotus root candy in different shapes and colors which is traditional for the Chinese New Year. The lotus root is symbolic of abundance.
My favorite place to visit had to be Ha Long Bay, Vietnam. With all the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong, Saigon, and Singapore, this tranquil bay with deep green-colored waters, and hundreds of limestone rock formations surrounding it was a welcome change – peaceful and relaxing, and awe-inspiring with all its beauty.
My favorite foods were in Thailand. The Thai cuisine is so interesting! The Pad Thai dish we ate at the floating market was sweet, salty, spicy, and sour all at the same time. It was like a party for your mouth! It was fascinating to watch the women paddle up in their canoes and cook the food in their boats right in front of us. I love seeing how other people live!
The architecture in Singapore was spectacular! Each skyscraper with its own architectural style. So many unique buildings standing out as special on their own, yet they all worked well together to make up this impressive Singapore skyline. This is a well-planned city that is clean and orderly and was easy to enjoy.
After 2 incredible weeks of traveling, it was time to get back in the kitchen. In honor of my trip to the Far East, Ari and I made Pad Thai this week, the national dish of Thailand. Quick and easy, tasty and light, it was perfect after 2 weeks of over eating and over indulging. The best was that we enjoyed making this meal and eating it together.