Days in HK
Trip Start Jun 01, 2010
158Trip End Mar 11, 2011
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Ok what has been going on these past weeks. At the moment Linda is back in Hong Kong, she is leaving for Thailand tomorrow to visit the Buddha together with her parents. This is kind of a yearly ritual where her parents ask for good things at the four headed Buddha. And as the good things happen, they have to go back to thank the Buddha and probably ask for more good things. Linda's brother and nephew are there as well so it will be a little mini family holiday for them. And later this week her friend will join her for a couple of days of girly fun. Myself, I am now at 40.000 feet in the business class of the BA 26 on my way back to Holland. Viva the air miles!, I am following the tracks of the Trans Siberian in reverse order from the sky. I see Ulaan Bataar passing under us on the inflight tracking system, as we are heading in to the big mother Russia. Some good memories of that part of our trip go through my head. St Petersburg, Moscow in the rain, the trains, nights at a hostell at the Balkai lake, and the vast empty steps and desserts of Mongolia. Wonderfull memories that no one can take from us.
It will take about 12 hours to get back to London, and from there another forty five minutes to get back to Amsterdam. This gives me some time to write up the events of the past weeks. And a couple of hectic weeks it have been. But I do need to get some sleep on this flight as it will be busy days back in Holland. I have two boys back there that will demand 200% of my attention. It is unfortunate that we live half way across they globe from each other, but that's life, it is not always fair. And I know that in the future things will change, they boys have my genes, so I am sure one day they will pack their back packs see go to explore the world.
I sitting in the airplane together with my mother. As you have read, she flew half way across the globe to witness out Chinese banquet in Macau. After that she visited some very kind family in Australia. A ninety five year old aunt that still lives on her own in a three bedroom house near Perth, and of course the surrounding family. It was nice for her to catch up and get introduced to family that she has hardly seen in the past. Before she headed out to Australia we tried to make her visit to Hong Kong as pleasant as possible and tried to show her all that we have discovered so far. Unfortunately her back is not cooperating with her will to move fast. So now she has serious pains in her leg and lower back, so serious that she can hardly walk.
It all started in Australia, and it is not quite clear what happened. Probably the excess of exercise, the fast pace of the city, walking and climbing stairs, in combination with the already bad lower back. So unfortunately we spend the last few days bringing her back and forward from the physiotherapist. We took the opportunity to have an Hong Kong doctor have a look at her back. This kind of treatment and diagnosis would probably take 2 months to get approved and arranged in Holland with the lousy public health-care system over there. But here the pace of life is quick in the city, and service level is high. So within a day we had an appointment with a doctor, a diagnosis, a blood test, and a physiotherapist threating the symptoms. The hectic city does have its advantages now and then.
But the last week was not all about treatments and doctors, we also manged to squeeze in some fun things. We had a very nice dinner back in Elements. This is a new mall on top of the Kowloon subway station and below the ICC, a 108 story high copy of the IFC. Both buildings stand across from each other over the water and form sort of an entrance gate to the harbor. After dinner we continued with a bottle of non prescription Cabernet Souvignon on the outdoor patio. Of course the doctor would not approve of this, but if you live by the rules of the doctor you can not do anything anymore. It was a fun evening out and good for mommie to escape the hotel room for a bit. We booked her a room in the 'Luxe Manor', a few doors down form the Mira where she stayed before she headed out to Australia. Unfortunately the Mira was fully booked these days. But the Luxe Manor was quite good, it was not as cyber as the Mira, but the service was brilliant. We got a disabled room for mommie, which they managed to free up for us. The people did not check out until three, so we were offered a drink in the bar while we waited. Too bad that the bar did not have a liquor license (yet) so we had to settle for a vegetarian cocktail. Nevertheless it was a nice gesture. The girl form the reception did everything she could to make sure mommie was comfortable, they even had breakfast delivered to the room every morning, so that she did not have to get down to the breakfast room. The hotel also lend us a wheel chair that she could use throughout her stay. The only 'bad' thing was that they were renovating the restaurant, so sometimes we heard some distant drilling in the room. The room was decorated in a neo classical style, in my opinion very tacky, but fun in a way.
Yesterday we brought mommie to Sai Kon, the small fisherman town on the east side the New Territories. We went there a couple of weeks ago and feasted on a variety of sea food. So today we bring mommie back to one of the places that we pre-appoved earlier. We enjoyed the exquisite lobster shashimi some razor clams, a couple of crabs, of course a nice garoupa and some other little sea creatures. The meal was accompanied by some blue girl beer. We had a table outside at the water side. The fun thing is that you have to pick your meal from the tanks filled with live fish and other creatures outside of the restaurant. It was a very nice meal (again) and we had a very good time together.
Today before the flight, we did not do much. Just some packing and work on the plans for the upcoming refurbishment. We are planning on a complete makeover for the Hong Kong apartment. It is only about 35 square meters, so we need to be very creative with space saving options. After we picked up mommie from the hotel we went to the Peninsula for an old English high tea. You can see that this has became quite a tourist attraction as there is a big line up to get seated. The line consists of Korean, Japanese and of course loud mainland Chinese people. And of course the occasional 'guai lo' tourists dressed if they are going to the beach. The notice on the sign reading 'dress code, smart casual, no flip flops etc..' it too complicated for them. Anyhow, the tea was nice, and the stack of little petit four was delish. There was a live quartet playing on the balcony, which luckily played a little more than just Christmas songs, After taking our time for the tea we headed back to Charming Garden to pick up luggage and do some last minute packing. Our flight is a red eye flight, so we have plenty of time to get to the airport, so we take it slow. Tomorrow I wake up above Europe, I hope the wine and champaign help me get a decent night of sleep. It is strange to be without Linda, as we spend the last months twenty-four seven together. I miss her already, but before I get too sentimental, good night all, till next time..