OK, I looked fairly hard but I couldn’t find King Kong in Hong Kong… and no, little bro… I didn’t play ping pong with Suzy Wong while looking for King Kong either!
Hong Kong is pretty cool though, it kind of reminded me of lots of places… It reminded me a little of home (Wellington) because of the hills, harbour and compactness of the city. And it reminded me of London because of the greyness, coldness, metro/tube, double decker busses, school kids in blazers, plugs and ridiculously heavy coins. It was quite a unique place to visit… very Asian but with a nice easy familiar feel to it!
Unfortunately… as far as being a tourist in Hong Kong went it was an appalling effort on my behalf. So bad that I will just have to come back and do all the touristy things I wanted to do (ie, go up the big escalator, get the tram to ‘the Peak’ and check out the Giant Buddha). Why did I do such a bad ‘Tourist’ effort… well… unfortunately I had lots of work stuff I wanted/needed to do before I got to China. So except for one mini shopping spree at H&M (because I was so grateful to find a western chain with cheap clothes that fit me) I ended working most of the time in Hong Kong.
Ok… its a terrible photo but it illustrates my point about Hong Kong reminding me of Wellington… This photo reminds me so much of Wellington…. the hills behind the city, the motorway from the Hutt…… Ah…. am I imagining this? Do you think I might be missing Wellington a little too much?!?
Skype is the best invention – I just spent nearly 2 hours talking to my friends in NZ via video conference FOR FREE!!! It was so cool, soo lovely to see them…. I am not sure how we lasted 2 hours, I will admit the conversation turned to dribble towards the end!!!
Oh, and we had a guest appearance from LEo the tiger! Leo is my tiger. I got him in Thailand years ago… he is a loved (and sometimes disliked). He is currently living at Clares mums house while I am overseas.
Check out the photos, below is… (drum roll please) louise, leo, clare and darren!
Thai style fish and chips…. well, actually – fish and rice.
Hmm…. nothing like NZ fish and chips!
I googled ‘fish and chips’ (a New Zealand delicacy) and looked longingly at this picture for a few minutes!
The odd thing is that as much as I love the idea of fish and chips, I dont eat them much when I am in New Zealand. But, right now – Id love to be on a beach with my friends, with a bottle of L&P and some yummy fish & chips. Oh dear – that is a bit sad!
The good news is I’m off to Hong Kong and CHina in a week and a half, I am really excited about going to two new countries that I’ve never been to. As its mostly for work I wont get to explore much, but I have plans to spend some time in china at some stage – so I am looking forward to the quick visit to suss it out China as a potential holiday destination.