So how did I spend my first day in Hong Kong? I just popped over to China. Yes, I do know that Hong Kong technically is China, but try telling that to the Immigration and Visa people. Basically to go across the border to Mainland China, you need your passport, a visa (which you needed to get ahead of time), an immigration form, the works! In my opinion, going from Hong Kong to China should be as easy as driving from California to Nevada. But I am not here to fix a broken system, I am here to buy lots of clothes for really cheap. Priorities, people!
Just across the border from Hong Kong is Shenzen. Shenzen is a very interesting place. It has a large building with thousands of stalls--stalls that sell everything from electronics to handbags, jewelry to shoes--if you want it, it is there, and for cheap. It is where you are unrelentlessly beckoned from every corner with "Hey missy, you like new purse?" or "Hey missy, you like DVDs?" or "Hey missy, you just looking?" But this missy had one thing on her mind, finding a tailor. Shenzen is THE place to get clothes made and for cheap.
Eventually my mom and I found a tailor that looked really promising and then went about ordering clothes (with the help of the smallest Chinese person on the planet). Originally, I thought I would just get a couple of pants made, maybe a couple of skirts...I ended up ordering:
- Three dresses
- Five pants (All are long enough for me to wear heels! Hurrah!)
- One herringbone jacket
- Two skirts
- Two suits (Jacket and skirt combo)
So fifteen custom-made pieces in all (See the bag o' fabric? I meant business.). I really hope they turn out, but I won't not for sure until February 25th, the day I have my fitting and the day before I leave. So fingers crossed!
Oh yeah, do you like my "I don't want my roots to show, because I am going to be too poor to get my hair done in London" hair?
PS--I am sorry things have been so quiet around these parts the last month. But I needed time to just concentrate on leaving. And the victim of that decision was my blog. Anyway, I am back, and I hope to have some fabulous things to post about and on a more regular basis.