The Sights of Hong Kong

(Ed. note: First, an apology. Roshan, from Sam’s Tailor, is 37 not 36. Next, I neglected to mention that yesterday, we went in at 9:30 am. and within five minutes Roshan had said to me: “Chill man, what are you on this morning?”  My ever supportive wife cracked up and maintained that that was the best line she had heard since we came to China. Why do people feel the need to abuse a guy who is just trying to get by? In the next five minutes we were both enjoying cold beer – 2 each before we left.)

Today we had a different breakfast from the barley sandwiches we had yesterday. Terry had noodles and eggs in soup broth. I had scrambled eggs, baked beans, fish sticks and a bun. Personally, I think the barley sandwich was better.

From there it was off to the Star Ferry to cross over to Hong Kong. From the ferry we took the public bus to the tram up to Victoria Peak. Hong Kong is a city of many fascinating buildings, architecturally speaking. 3 Examples:

Example 1. A very streamlined apartment building in the middle of the two lanes of freeway.

Example 1. A very streamlined apartment building in the middle of the two lanes of freeway.

Terry’s favourite:

Koala Tree - so nicknamed because it appears to be a Koala bear clutching a tree.

Example 2. Koala Tree – so nicknamed because it appears to be a Koala bear clutching a tree.

My favourite:

Example 3. Although this building APPEARS to be attached to the dark towers on the left, it is not. The "horizontal floors" are cantilevered out from the tower.

Example 3. Although the building on the left, just down from ‘Conrad’ APPEARS to be attached to the dark towers below, it is not. The “horizontal floors” are cantilevered out from the tower.

It was fabulous. The tram up was fun – although most of it is in trees, with only a couple of spots where you can see. Once you get off the tram, you take 6 or 7 escalators to get to where you can see the view, and wow, what a view. It is kind of like going up Grouse but the city is much closer. Going down is interesting – there is only one track, the seats look forward so you go roaring down, backwards.

Look down, look waaayyy down

Look down, look waaayyy down

While we were at the top, there we had the opportunity to meet one of China’s finest actors and ambassadors.  He really was a nice guy and let Terry take our photo.

I am going to take up martial arts, I think.

I am going to take up martial arts, I think. Ignore the fake backdrop behind us. That was for photo purposes only.

After we got down, we wandered a bit and then took a taxi to Repulse Bay. If there is a dictionary which defines “There is nothing here” or “place to avoid”, you will get a photo of Repulse Bay. We asked a jogger “Is there anywhere here to get something to eat?” His answer “Well, Pizza Hut is down the road”. This is, supposedly a high end residential enclave – but with no restaurants or cafes.

Nevertheless, I am holding a mini contest. Where in Repulse Bay do you think this sign was posted? (Ed. note: We were at or near a BEACH?)

Where was this sign?

Where was this sign?

We then took a looooong walk along a very nice promenade to Deep Water Bay where we:

  1. Drank 2 Corona each – complete with lime
  2. Ate deep fried spring rolls and chicken satay – excellent
  3. Dipped our feet in Deep Water Bay, a part of the Pacific Ocean (Ed. note: I am confident the Chinese government will soon claim rights to the entire Pacific Ocean)
Terry and her favourite drink in Hong Kong

Terry and her favourite drink in Hong Kong

We made sure we waited thirty minutes after eating and drinking before we took to the water.

Even still, Terry managed to get her capris wet.

Even still, Terry managed to get her capris wet.

If you were to look closely to the top of the ridge on the right hand side of the last two photos, you will see what drove Terry nuts for a good hour and a half – as we walked the promenade and then sat having our afternoon refreshments.

"How could they put that monstrosity there?" Terry complained. I pointed out that there is a fricking windmill at the top of Grouse, which i find most offensive, but to no avail. "How could they put that monstrosity there?"

“How could they put that monstrosity there?” Terry complained. I pointed out that there is a fricking windmill at the top of Grouse, which I find most offensive, but to no avail. “How could they put that monstrosity there?” Terry repeats….

From there it was back to Hong Kong, then Kowloon and more time with Roshan. More later folks.

The Shoe Blog

Okay so the story behind these two. I am waiting for Terry to return from wherever women go off to. These two literally run up to where I am standing, come to a complete halt, screech “Oooohhhh”, look around for 2-3 more seconds (Ed. note: The reason it is a little blurry), turn and run back the way they came. So yes, it is about the shoes – pink/black and red Doc Martens, but the outfits are something else too, don’t you think?

Double Trouble

Don’t these girls know orange and pink are not good together?

 

 

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