Scouser at heart then

Trip Start Sep 12, 2005
Trip End Sep 11, 2006

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Thursday, September 22, 2005

Tues (20th) passed as slowly as expected. Decided that I really should get my malaria tablets for Philippines though, so went to the hospital,and after a hell of a lot of palaver; an elderly doctor who really took far too long in deciding which medication I needed without any basic questions being asked such as when I was going and how long I was staying; the cashier charging me about 3 times as much as was necessary; then the pharmacist screaming and shouting at her for getting it wrong - I came away with the tablets - I think I know the dosage... (no worries mum!).
Then just loafed around my old hostel cafe/bar with a guy I'd hung out with for several nights but embarrassingly didn't recognise for the first half hour - yup, even though I was chatting to him non-stop - just because he'd shaved off his goatee. May have to ease up on that ol' amber nectar. Oh oh oh, spot quiz, who remembers that film from the 80's with Eddie Murphy - the Golden Kid/Child? Anyone remember the weird Asian guy who keeps popping up and at the end turns out to be the head monk dude? With the lazy eye? He was my cab driver to the airport shuttle bus stop. Swear to God. So funny, he spent half the journey trying to convince me that he would be more than capable of taking me to the airport himself (I think this was because he didn't have a clue how to get to the bus stop - he stopped without any warning on the junction to the highway to have a look at my map) and the other half trying to unbuckle my seatbelt - he appeared terribly offended that I considered it necessary.
So, caught the flight and landed in Hong Kong at 00:30. Decided to kip in the airport until 7:30, which I did and it was surprisingly comfy - then, as if my mother were whispering in my ear, it came to me - why not spend tomorrow night here too and save a few bucks? Hong Kong is notoriously expensive. So, like a true Liverpudlian that would make ma proud, I did just that.

Weds (21st) Glad I did really because I wasn't over enamored with Hong Kong. I mean, it's ok if you like shopping and buildings ... otherwise, like me, you can get rather bored and EXTREMELY HOT very quickly. I tell you, I've never experienced humidity like it. I was sweltering (and lets not forget folks that I hadn't showered since Monday morning!) Anyway, moving swiftly on, I took the tram up to the top of Victoria Peak like a good little tourist should, but it was too hazy to see very far, plus the main observation deck was being renovated or something. Was thinking of taking a wander around the botanical gardens that are up there, but that idea lasted all of 5 mins after I started to get a headache from the drilling. So what did I do? In true British style, I headed for Maccy D's and got myself a strawberry milkshake (yup, there's one up there, and more importantly, yup, they had air con!)
After wandering round a bit more I made my way back down to the central business district on Hong Kong island and caught the Star Ferry over to Kowloon, the area where most people stay and there are tons of restaurants and shops. Decided to go to the Space Museum (free entry was a bonus) and wandered around there for quite a while, which was actually quite interesting. I also had a go on a couple of their rides including one where you can feel what it's like to walk on the moon and, therefore, 6 times lighter. Hmm, all I could feel was the harness digging into my groin! Once I'd finally exhausted that museum, I had no choice but to head back to the heat. Had a very short stroll around Kowloon Park and came across an area where there were loads of birds including flamingos, which took me somewhat by surprise.
Then headed to a shopping mall to sit down in one of their cafes and have a good ol' read. By about 5pm I braved it outside again, and it had become much more comfortable weather-wise. So walked along the waterfront, looking out over to Hong Kong island and slowly watched all the lights coming on. It really does look quite pretty if you like that kind of thing. Around 8pm I caught the ferry back over to Hong Kong island and then headed back to the airport. Completely taking advantage of all their facilities, I used the free internet connection, watched TV for a while and then made myself thoroughly comfortable in a quiet corner and slept till 4:30 when I got up ready for my flight to Philippines.

Boring entry, I know, sorry. And I'm sure you're all disappointed that none of these photos feature yours truly in them - that's because I didn't see one other backpacker-style tourist (as in under 40) there. So didn't dare ask anyone else, they all looked far too rich and much too clean.
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