A December Morning Date in Central

23 Dec 2019, Monday.

Why is today special? It’s because my hubby did not have to go to work today. He took two days off this week so he could spend time with me and Hudson. This morning, he decided to go on a date with me to HK Island, which I haven’t been for so long. He wanted me to have a chance to go out and have a change of scenery. I am so thankful that he insisted because I’ve been really pining to go and have a nice cafe date, but there’s none in our area that has the correct vibes: good, authentic food & coffee/warm cuppa + environment/setting. #dateA December morning date in Central-2A December morning date in Central-3A December morning date in Central-4A December morning date in Central-5A December morning date in Central-6A December morning date in Central-7It was like going on a short trip to the US/Australia as the places we went are quite wai guo in feel. It only took a train ride for this travel experience to happen and it was well worth it. How nice. I love the shops signs, the streets, the stone slabs and walls, traces and edges of history, and the Christmas decors in the area. #travelA December morning date in Central-8A December morning date in Central-9A December morning date in Central-10A December morning date in Central-11

We left our house early, just like we would when I went to work and took the mtr to Central, reaching there before 8:15am (got the morning discount fare. yeah). It’s a 19C December HK winter day, overcast–adding to the cinematic mood that I was in (we were watching “You’ve Got Mail” last night). It was so nice to be out and about in Central before the crowd comes in. It was quieter, with the street cleaners washing the streets, the occasional locals going to work and starting their days. #livinginamovie #cinematicHKA December morning date in Central-12A December morning date in Central-13A December morning date in Central-14A December morning date in Central-16

We had our brekkie at the window seats of Fineprint cafe on Peel Street, a quiet street that housed a Chinese takeaway shop and facing a hardware store. We saw the owner of the hardware store coming and opening his shop, a mom with a baby in her infant carrier come have her sourdough toasts and large flat white standing outside, and the number of strangers walking downhill to work–the real estate agent, the office or bank worker, the gym-goers…watching the world go by while we pause our routine (Nick with his work and me with my mom duties). I did start to feel tinges of guilt for not staying home to spend time with baby H but mostly I was enjoying the morning out so much. It was definitely a nice change of scenery and responsibilities. #storiesoftheirlives #HKdwellingA December morning date in Central-17A December morning date in Central-18A December morning date in Central-19A December morning date in Central-20A December morning date in Central-21A December morning date in Central-22A December morning date in Central-23We also made our way to PMQ & Tai Kwun (two of our favourite places) to check out what’s different. The warm slice of vegetarian pizza from Paisano’s was yummy–crispy thin crust, melted mozzarella and roasted vegetables.A December morning date in Central-26PMQ’s Christmas bazaar, which was not open yetA December morning date in Central-27A December morning date in Central-29A December morning date in Central-30Tai KwunA December morning date in Central-33A December morning date in Central-34A December morning date in Central-35A December morning date in Central-38A December morning date in Central-40A December morning date in Central-42A December morning date in Central-43A December morning date in Central-41A December morning date in Central-45A December morning date in Central-47

The last bit of our little morning date was checking out the elaborate Christmas display at the Landmark. Wow.A December morning date in Central-37

A December morning date in Central-48And it’s time to head home before our baby has to get his immunisations in the afternoon.A December morning date in Central-46As N remarked on our bus ride home, we should definitely do more of these take-a-day-off from work to pause and soak in the city while the city continues to move. That’s why we work, to enjoy moments of life. What’s the point of working everyday without taking time to enjoy the fruit of our hard work/earnings? We want to take more time to spend with our son in the future too. That’s what’s meaningful.

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