Goodbye HK, Hello HK
Trip Start Mar 08, 2011
84Trip End Jun 11, 2011
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We slept in this morning as we were up until 3 in the morning finalizing plans on changing our flights, getting a new guest house (as our current guest house was full for the next few days), and watching constant updates of Michigan beating Illinois in the big 10 tourney (I was up at that point so decided it would be time well spent). Once we did wake up, we took our time checking out of the guest house, making sure to update the blog and finalize packing.
Our room wasnt quite ready yet, so Amy and I ventured out to get some lunch and enjoy a beer or two while we waited. We found an Irish Pub next door, so decided to stop by (the Carlsberg on sale was calling my name). Over the past few days, I had noticed that when ordering a beer, the prices are high, but the quantities are large as well (typically coming in 24 oz bottles). Amy ordered a Hoegaarden without telling the waitress which size (it came in 3 sizes). The beers came, and Amy's half liter of Hoegaarden dwarfed my 12 oz bottle. To go with our beverages, Amy got a salad (since veggies have been lacking on this trip thus far), and I got what any person visiting Hong Kong would order for lunch, chicken tenders (I blame you Suj and Devesh). Lunch was enjoyable, especially after being lectured about how we were going to miss out on all of the items Amy had anticipated purchasing in Japan (kimonos, calligraphy, pokemon paraphernalia), which was all news to me.
It was now 1:30, so our room was ready, and so was I to get out of the Irish Pub. We went back upstairs and decided to relax a bit. Sleep deprived, we decided to test the comforts of our new beds while watching the Hong Kong epi of 5 Takes: Pacific Rim (a travel channel showing taking 5 ordinary 20 somethings and sending them off to foreign land with only a budget of $50 a day, circa 2006). We needed to find more things to do in Hong Kong, and this was the easy way to do it. After the episode ended, the lights somehow got turned off and next thing we knew it was 5pm. We rushed to get ready as we were meeting a few of my classmates who are studying/visiting HK at this time for libations at 7. Feeling guilty, I wanted to take Amy to Hollywood Rd which is on the same island as the bar we were headed to. Hollywood Rd is known for their antique stores, thinking that once Amy saw the size and price of these items, I would be out of the woods. We had about 30 mins to look, and my plan was working perfectly until we walked by this store with hand embroidered pictures in the wall.
On our way to Red Bar (which is located on the 4th floor of the IFC building, with amazing views of the harbor), we stopped to get a egg tart. We had been unsuccessfully searching for egg tarts since we arrived in HK as we heard they would change your life. I must say, it certainly was delectable. We then met the gang at Red and enjoyed a few rounds of beer while catching up. After a few hours of drinking, Amy was starting to get hungry. We said our goodbyes in hopes of finding a local joint to eat at (to balance out our chicken tenders from lunch). After walking around a bit, we decided to take the MTR to the Temple Street Night Market. It was around 11 at this point and "our" grumpiness from hungry was setting in. The market was packed, so we looked around for an empty table (which are small plastic table and stools on the street). We finally found one and grabbed it. The menu came, with no English, but plenty of pictures.
PS: now that we are no longer going to Japan, we need more scavenger hunt items, please check out that entry and leave suggestions in the comments area.
PPS: dont expect this many updates going forward, we are still excited about the trip and have extra time in HK, we will try to keep entries to one per city in the future.
PPPS: I added another entry after the scavenger hunt page for trip statistics. on this page, you will find interesting items like how many miles we have traveled and how many times we were scammed.