Monday, 13 September 2010

Hong Kong

What an AWESOME city!

That's just somewhere the Dutchman and I can see ourselves living. Pretty good pay (ie. one which will not only buy you a comfortable life in that country but one which would mean something in euros), vibrant, clean, ALIVE. Similiar to Singapore but bigger, better and with nature.

 The Dutchman has a friend living there so we spent a lot of time with him and his girlfriend. The first night, we went to this grimy place (which I later found out was Chungking mansions) where there was a pretty good Indian restaurant. It was probably not a place we would have found ourselves. Then, we went to party on the 29th floor of a hotel (I think the bar was called Azzuro) in Lan Kwai Fong which was awesome! Quite expensive but nice (great view from the rooftop). We didn't dance though as it was just way too crowded to do so. Again, something we wouldn't have done if Dutchman's friend didn't take us as we're not really into clubbing.

-Ngong Ping-

The next day, we decided to see some pink dolphins (again, recommended by Dutchman's buddy) near Tai O Island (west of Lantau Island). This took the entire day as we had to wait in line for over an hour for the cable car and it was stifling hot. Worse still, the stupid thing 'died' along the way (temp maintenance).

-really yummy roast goose, i'm salivating already!-

When we finally arrived at Ngong Ping, we had to get on the bus to Tai O (about 20 minutes?). Tai O is a quaint fishing village, not unlike Kuala Selangor or something. Very different from Hong Kong. BTW tourist sights are really quite cheap in HK. We went on a boat trip to look for dolphins and it was only 20 HKD (2 euro) per person! It was so cheap that we went twice when we didn't see pink dolphins the first time (we didn't see any the 2nd time too :-( )

It was just fun, walking around aimlessly, checking out the market, just spending time together. I was pretty much in a good mood the whole time we were in Hong Kong (except this one time at the mall ...but ok:-P )
-lots of dried seafood here, even a shark!-

We came across this man who was selling some little pancake thingies and there was this humungously long line so of course we had to try it! We were the 3rd last people to get a bag (only 10HKD/1 euro) before he finished his mixture. It was nice but nothing really amazing, in my opinion.
Our last full day in HK was pretty uneventful. I told Dutchman's friend that I wanted to try dim sum at this place with 1 Michelin star (apparently the cheapest Michelin starred restaurant, priced at about 15 euros for 2 people) but I couldn't remember the name (Tim Ho Wan) so he made some calls and took us to Fook Lam Moon which was also nice (also 1 Michelin star) but not as cheap. Still fine though and the experience pretty much made up for it. It turns out that Fook Lam Moon is actually a celebrity hang out which I should've guessed the minute we saw the paparazzi hanging outside.

The food was pretty good. No regrets! I'm officially a dim sum convert! Bill was about 50 euros for 6/7 dim sum dishes.

Uh oh, gotta run. Cafe with Wi-Fi is about to close. Ta!

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