Trip Start Feb 28, 2011
22Trip End Jun 01, 2011
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That night I went to Happy Valley Jockey Club, which is a huge stadium for night horse races. The track is carved into the crowded city like Central Park, as huge sky scrappers surround the track on all sides. Standing by the rail of the horse track as they pass at top speed is an incredible feeling, I had no idea these animals could move that fast. I was in amazement and it was the most awe-inspiring sporting events I have ever been too.
I have to set up the next couple of days. About five years ago when I was living in Hawaii I went to Miami for New Years and met Cynthia who lives in Calgary. We kept in touch over the past few years and when I was coming to Hong Kong I asked her if she knew anyone there that I could meet up with because she travels to Hong Kong often. She put me in touch with her friend Clara who lives near Happy Valley. So from Hawaii to Miami I met a girl from Calgary that has connections in Hong Kong, amazing how the world works when you’re open to it. I have quickly realized how there are no coincidences in life. Everyone is a teacher and everything is an omen if you allow it to be.
I told Clara to look for the tall white guy and we met in the Causeway Bay MTR station
I woke up the next morning and decided I wanted to go to Singapore so booked a ticket for the following day. I can't really describe the feeling of being able to do that. The freedom to be able to decide when and where I go at a moments notice is life changing. I believe that is how we are all meant to live, but people tend limit themselves somewhere along the way. As children anything and everything is possible, but as adults almost everything is impossible.
My last night in Hong Kong was perfect. Clara took me out with some of her friends and I think we drank just about every type of drink you can imagine. I even tried green tea whiskey. We ended up in a karaoke bar playing a Chinese version of rock, paper, scissors. Then at around four in the morning, her friend Melody took me to a Chinese diner which was packed with locals. She ordered some sort of shrimp fried noodles and all I remember is they were really spicy but really good. I woke up with heartburn and a headache, but wouldn't trade either for anything in the world. Somehow I needed to catch my flight to Singapore in a few hours and still didn't have a hotel.
"In the sky there is no distinction of east and west; people create these distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true"-Buddha