An 18th and an 88th

March 2019 was doubly auspicious for the Chao clan, as we celebrated Isabel’s 88th, and her youngest grandson Garrett’s 18th birthdays.

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Our family gathered in Hong Kong for a week-long food fest—Isabel’s oldest son Les, his wife Ann and their two sons Alex and Garrett; second son Lloyd; and me.

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In between restaurant forays, we rushed home to squeeze in daily games of tsaw dai dee, a fast-paced Hong Kong card game that we taught Alex and Garrett before their hands were big enough to hold the cards! It seems a long time ago when we used to hold back so as not to beat the boys too badly.

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Claire Chao