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User Image roseknows Posted: Nov 23, 2017 10:16 AM (UTC)
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November 23 💚😃🎄: Snuck over to Hong Kong Disneyland this evening to watch the Christmas shows and festivities, wish my beloved a brief Happy Thanksgiving (his is a very long day today which involves no turkey), and to stand (crying, just a little) in front of this tiny Castle which became part of our lives over twelve years ago, but will be covered up for the next two years right after Christmas, and let my Imagineer husband tell me all about the new, bigger, better, and hopefully more Magical castle which will rise up behind it. And today on Thanksgiving I’m thankful for CHRISTMAS! #christmasmagicwithHRC
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User Image roseknows Posted: Nov 22, 2017 4:52 AM (UTC)
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Taking the dog on a long walk. Blame the gorgeous view/weather/day/photobombing butterfly if I never return... #hongkong #discoverybay #beauty
User Image roseknows Posted: Nov 21, 2017 3:22 PM (UTC)
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Question: Do you collect and/or save your Disneyland Times Guides? And if so, what do you do with them? I have several I treasure and won’t ever part with, and I recently came across someone selling Times Guides on IG! Do people actually buy them? Very curious! These are an almost-complete set from Hong Kong Disneyland’s Marvel Super Hero Summer. We moved here the last week of June and missed the first one in the series, and I’m certain there was a Dr. Strange one (he’s my favorite) but I guess he didn’t make it into my collection... It’s funny that they did Spider-Man twice! Personally, I love that each week there is new artwork and that the Guidemap generally coordinates with the Times Guides, especially at HKDL. The ID cards were part of a fun summer activity Ben and I did together. I think I’ll try using mine the next time someone asks for identification...
#hongkongdisneyland #marvel
User Image roseknows Posted: Nov 20, 2017 12:20 PM (UTC)
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November 20 💚😃🎄: Elf school in session! First viewing of the season! Only 34 days, 3 hours, and 41 minutes until Christmas people! #christmasmagicwithHRC
User Image roseknows Posted: Nov 20, 2017 5:32 AM (UTC)
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Book 45 for #52weeks52books2017 is one of my favorite books of all time. Originally published in 1923, hunting it down was a bit of a task! Robert Henri was an American painter and art teacher who died in 1929. Walt Disney counted him as a major influence, and after reading this book, I can see why. This book is a collection of twenty-three years worth of Henri’s notes and correspondence and if you have a career in any creative field- not just painting- this book is the Master Class you didn’t know you needed. My copy is filled with notes and underlining and highlights and it’s definitely a book I’ll be keeping to savor again down the road. .
#theartspirit #roberthenri #waltdisney #influence #creativelife #artistatwork #writerslife #roseknowsreading #readthisbook #bookstagram #favoritebook #painting #masterclass #inspiration #artistslife #artlife
User Image roseknows Posted: Nov 20, 2017 5:05 AM (UTC)
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Catching up on posting #52weeks52books2017 with books 41, 42, 43, and 44. The Plague Race is an out of print book about Hong Kong and infectious disease which was fascinating! My Lobotomy a tragic autobiography about the youngest patient to receive one. Never Let Me Go, one of my favorites that I’ve read at least five times. And House of Cards, a British novel that the American television show is loosely based on. Six more weeks of 2017, eight more books to read! Wow this year has gone quickly... .
#mylobotomy #howarddully #hongkong #walledcity #neverletmego #kazuoishiguro #pulitzerprize #houseofcards #michaeldobbs #bookreview #roseknowsreading #bookclub #reading #infectiousdisease #plague
User Image roseknows Posted: Nov 18, 2017 5:04 AM (UTC)
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This is seventeen. When he was three, I once cried my eyes out to a dear friend over how hard it was to parent this strong-willed child bent on having his own way at all times. She was the parent of teens at the time and (unhelpfully I think) said, “three is easy compared to seventeen. Just wait.” And like a train going steadily down the tracks, today we arrive at seventeen and my old friend was so, so wrong. It’s beautiful and awkward and funny and tender and filled with so much love and laughter my heart could just explode and I wouldn’t go back to three, not even for a minute, because this handsome, intelligent man before me is everything wonderful about being a parent. It was hard getting here but I refuse to look back. I love you, Nate the Great. Happy Birthday, firstborn son of mine!
User Image roseknows Posted: Nov 17, 2017 12:50 PM (UTC)
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If you don’t think #representationmatters, you’ve never been with me as we pass the lone fluorescent orange-haired doll in It’s A Small World at Hong Kong Disneyland. Whenever I think I should go back to a more respectable (dull) color, I remember my hair twin, singing her heart out center stage. Boldness is my superpower!
User Image roseknows Posted: Nov 15, 2017 1:57 PM (UTC)
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The company that shipped our household goods from Shanghai to Hong Kong treated us to a two hour harbour cruise tonight. Not a bad way to spend a Wednesday evening! .
#Hkg #hongkong #victoriaharbour #citygirl #citylife #expat #expatlife #expatlifestyle #beauty #gratitude
User Image roseknows Posted: Nov 14, 2017 8:14 AM (UTC)
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Just as one visitor departs, another two arrive! These darling Disney beauties were IG friends from America who I met in real life on Shanghai Disneyland’s 1st Birthday. Great to meet up again in Hong Kong! And today we welcome Rachel to the World’s Most Magical Club, having successfully visited all the Disney theme parks on the planet! So great to see your lovely faces again, @minniem12 and @nikolewyles! .
#christmasmagicwithhrc #heathershkvisitors
Nov 13 💚😃🎄: Our Last Supper with Cassi at Chef Mickey’s before she heads black to America in the morning, plus a tour of Disney’s Hollywood Hotel Christmas decorations! #ChristmasMagicWithHRC
User Image roseknows Posted: Nov 13, 2017 10:34 AM (UTC)
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“Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary.” Definite Business Card Goals 🙌🏻
User Image roseknows Posted: Nov 12, 2017 10:37 AM (UTC)
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In a world insistent on building walls, be a door (preferably one without a lock). Photo from the Macau Fortress yesterday, sentiment inspired by a message from @johnsnelgrove today.
User Image roseknows Posted: Nov 11, 2017 1:32 PM (UTC)
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“Age 22 (about).” Whenever I visit a new country, I make it a priority to visit a local cemetery. You can learn so much about a culture by the way they honor their dead. Spent the day in my old home of Macau playing tour guide (voice *still* not 100%) and revisited the Old Protestant Cemetery. Built outside the city walls by the British East India Trading Company in 1821, it was a place where non-Catholics could legally be interred. It’s the final resting place of Robert Morrison, the first missionary to China and creator of the first English-Chinese dictionary. It’s also home to many graves of sailors, wives, and quite a few infants. So many eloquent and heartfelt epitaphs are found there... it’s hard to walk among the gravestones without mourning for those lost nearly a century ago. Definitely an interesting piece of Macau’s Portuguese colonial history and worth a visit if you’re in the area. .
#macau #macao #tourguide #expatlife #adventure #china #eastindiatradingcompany #robertmorrison #dictionary #portugal #home #beauty
User Image roseknows Posted: Nov 11, 2017 2:57 AM (UTC)
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Nov 11 💚😃🎄: Christmas flavors at Starbucks Hong Kong! Toffee Nut Crunch, Peppermint Mocha, and Gingerbread! I had the Toffee Nut Crunch Frap. My heart will forever belong to the Pumpkin Spice, but my taste buds are traitorous... #christmasmagicwithHRC #starbuckshongkong #hongkong #butfirstcoffee
More wonderful visitors to Hong Kong (wowzers, this brings me up to 29)! I met three of these four lovely Disney ladies on our last month/their first month in Shanghai. I took them for a China-style foot massage and introduced them to my pearl lady. Now they’ve been in China five months and are old hands (and considering how fast things change there, I’ll need a tour from them if go back to Shanghai for a visit). So happy to meet up with them in my local Magic Kingdom! .
#heathershkvisitors #hkdl #hongkongdisneyland #shdl #shanghaidisneyland #disneyenglish #hongkong #shanghai #shanghaifriendsareforever #sleepingbeauty #sleepingbeautycastle #castmember #mouseears #expatlife #instafriends
User Image roseknows Posted: Nov 8, 2017 2:50 PM (UTC)
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Book 40 for my #52weeks52books project. I got this for free with Kindle First on Amazon Prime. It’s the tender, heartbreaking tale of teenager Ricky Graves, as told by the people who knew him, before his murder/suicide of a classmate who bullied him in horrible ways over his sexual orientation. Even though the book is ended, the fictional tale is still with me like an achey bruise I can’t stop touching. I recommend this to anyone who has teenagers in their lives — parents, teachers, siblings, neighbors, Facebook friends... And remember how hard it is for a teen to ask for help, so when they somehow do gather the courage, take it for the gift it is and be there! Loneliness is such a thief! .
#jameshanmattson #thelostprayersofrickygraves #heartbroken #teenagers #momofteens #lgtb #readthisbook #bookstagram #kindleprime #amazonprime #joanwong #coverart #roseknowsreading
From Monday: I’m wearing my Christmas Ears for our 25th Hong Kong visitor (and third houseguest)! Michael snuck out on his lunch break for my Traditional Castle Pic. So grateful to have @cassihammond here (even though I got her sick with this awful bronchitis, ugh) to have some great quality time with a dear friend from six moves ago!
#heathershkvisitors #hkdl #hongkongdisneyland #traditionalcastlepic #sleepingbeautycastle #hongkong #disneychristmas #mouseears
User Image roseknows Posted: Nov 7, 2017 6:15 AM (UTC)
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Remember my lost voice from yesterday? Not goofing around... just been to the doctor to find I have bronchitis. And I was kind enough to share it with my pal Cassi (visiting from America). On the bright side, medical care in Hong Kong is cheap. But goodness what a lousy souvenir!
Raise a hand (or two) if you love Disney! 🙌🏻 I got to take this group of hardworking ladies to my happiest of happy places today. Definitely a Magical Monday! .
#hkdl #hongkongdisneyland #traditionalcastlepic #mouseears #sleepingbeauty #sleepingbeautycastle #magickingdommonday #disneyphotopass