Hong Kong for Work
Hong Kong Disneyland
It was great. All the wonderful characters and sights and music I remember from growing up. We spent most of the day pretending we were 12 and riding roller-costers and eating sugary treats.
Leonardo had a blast (he has an anual pass), and even tried the Space Mountain roller coaster, in the dark, with me.... TWICE. Brave young man!
While I was in Hong Kong...
Thankfully for Bud's iPhone I got to see pictures of Isabella everyday. At home, Isabella was getting her first teath, playing with her toys and helping make sure our deck was completed to her specifications and on time.
Hong Kong for work
The weather was much nicer in HK this time arround, so the pictures from the peak are a lot nicer.
As a treat after the move on Monday night, Nico took us out on the company Junk (!!!) and we sailed out of the harbour as the sun set and the lights were coming on. We headed around to Lama Is and had amazing seafood at a restaurant there.
Like most good seafood places in Asia you can pick your fish. Spying a Barramundi Cod in the tank I promptly pointed him out... Typically for me, I suppose, but I'd just picked the most expensive fish in the tank - some 1800 HKD worth! Needless to say we downgraded a bit. Ah well, at least we're in agreement about what a great fish is.
The ride back was nothing short of splendid. Full from good food, sitting on the quarter deck enjoying the lights of the city, a clear cool starry night, the rocking of the boat and conversation with friends. Life doesn't get too much better than that...
Out and About in Hong Kong
Walked back to the central part of the city, winding my way through the buildings, shops and back allys. I eventually found my was to Hong Kong park and took in the bird aviary which was delightful.
A short walk from the park to one of the Peak Tram stations, I took to the tram to the very top. The view of Hong Kong is truly impressive, if a little hazy due to the low cloud.
Not wanting to join the 100 odd 'random european tourists' that they manage to squeeze onto the peak tram, I decided to walk down from the peak. Lots of paved walkways have been provided, they wind their way through the rainforest preserves and the mansions on the mid-levels of the peak. I was struck by the contract of being in a rainforest where you can't see any buildings at all but you can hear the roar of the city.
In the afternoon after a bit of a break and hopped on the Star Ferry over to Tsim Sha Tsui (TST) to take in the sunset over the harbour, and to take some photo's of the city skyline. I stayed on till 8pm and enjoyed the lightshow which was quite spectular - syncronised lasers, spotlights, colourful sequences covering entire buildings.
Finished the night with Chili-salt prawn, and a couple of beers at 'Bulldogs' in Lan Kwai Fong. An amzing day.
Lavatory Turtles in Hong Kong
Well, my first 24 hours in Hong Kong was pretty good. Met the crew from the office here, finally, some of them I've been working with for 5 years. Had Yum Cha for lunch, in China. Slick.
Had a quite beer in Soho, followed by some knock-your-socks-off Sechzwan chicken, and a visit to a very secluded jazz bar with no outward signs of even being there (no, I'm not telling you where it is).
There hasn't been much of a break in the fog / smog / cloud / haze that seems to be permanantly hanging on the city, and I'm told that its always like this, this time of year. Still, I might get lucky on the weekend and get a nice photo afterall.