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.


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.


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.