Our friend Taki moved into our apartment for a few weeks and it has been nice to have a roommate around. We are so used to having people around the house after living with many friends for so many years in California and having an open door policy too, that with this big new apartment, it seems very empty most of the time. Taki is off to become the executive chef of a fancy-schmancy hotel in Hong Kong called East Hotel Hong Kong and needs a place to stay until he leaves here so we offered up one of our many extra bedrooms. He will definitely repay the favor when we go to Hong Kong to visit! Yea to SE Asia and all of the travel experiences available.