Bus's ,Trains, Trams and childrens playgrounds

Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
Trip End Feb 26, 2011

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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Andrew was up at silly o clock again and I had a lie in, well it always seems like a lie in when you compare it to what time Andrew rises. Steve had taken Ryan and Jasmine swimming and I was just up in time to see them come back and Ryan have to start getting ready for Tae kwon do.  Yes, these kids have a busier schedule than us!  When Ryan got back we all headed out for a McDonalds as a Sunday treat then we took the metro over to Hong Kong Island.  From there we took bus 15 up to 'The Peak' en route taking in lots of views of Happy Valley Racecourse and Aberdeen.

The peak is essentially as it sounds a rather large mountain with great views (on clear days) of the whole of Hong Kong Island and across to Kowloon as well as over to Causeway Bay.

We got a great (free) view from the top of a shopping centre, that was practically the same height as the paid viewing platform. I suppose that is the beauty of having local knowledge. We then spent about 30 minutes in the playground trying to tire the kids out.

We then caught the tram down back to the city itself. The tram was quite cheap with our octopus cards and it was more reminiscent of a blackpool fairground ride than I had ever imagined. A little rickety (acceptable as it appears to have been commissioned in about 1900) and then steep drops which would even out in places. Upon arriving at the bottom we saw further benefits of getting the bus up the hill. The queues at the bottom were huge and to be fair the views are far far better from the bus than the tram.

We then headed to the IFC building (the tallest building in HK) for a quick tour of some of Steve and Lin's favourite hangouts before heading to the bar. The bar in question had the most spectacular views over the water across to Kowloon. This we found out is a favourite hangout of the city traders and we were thankful that Steve decided to shout the round in. Time for another challenge we find out. Steve bought us both a bottle of San Miguel, not the spanish stuff the philipeno stuff. He had paid approx 7 pounds per bottle (see picture for the size) the challenge was see how cheap you can get a bottle of this for in the Philippines.  Challenge accepted!

We then set off back to Chez Tunstall, we grabbed a quick korean soup (half a chicken in soup), Eggsy got a pad thai (her favourite) and settled down to watch the Grand Prix.
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