Hong Kong, Phase 2, june 2010

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Back to Hong Kong for a few days stopover to meet up with Amy and hope to do a bit of time adjustment before home. We arrived early and headed straight to the Cosmo’s Apartment building in Happy Valley next to Causeway Bay and after lots of Amy cuddles went straight to bed. Lunch time called us awake and out into the humidity we headed, wow it can get hot and steamy in the orient so it was a relief to find a nice aircon Japanese Restaurant and then shop hopped to keep cool. Toy Story III was opening and the Hongkers were going bonkers so we joined in the fun.

We really were not sure what the story was with the Juicy thing, seems an obsessive local thing and this pink knight and lambs was way out there, still gives me nightmares.

In keeping with the cool air policy we had adapted we stayed underground and caught the metro over to Central and wandered around the myriad of Shopping malls underground till we got to the Four Seasons Hotel for another session of Happy Hour Feasting at the bar. A couple of glorious cocktails later and multiple plates of yummy tapas devoured we thought it best to move on when the free food finished, what a bargain.

The next day we decided to hit the Dim Sum trail and followed the Lonley Planet guide and headed down to City Hall Maxim’s Palace for Honkers best Yum Cha as we call it, glad we got there early before 11 as by about 11.15 it was queue time and by 12 it was crazy.

We planned to tackle the Peak today and walked up via the overhead walkways to the station and BANG, crowds, a good 30min wait in the humidity was not for us so the Taxi was the solution, aircon, same views, similar cost and no wait so up we went and wow what an interesting journey winding up hill down dale past all the luxury villas to the top.

Grey skys but at least it was clear and not covered in mist, amazing views and a coffee in one of the vast array of cafes and time to head down to Stanley.

The girls wanted to trawl the markets but the heat was too strong for me so I headed to the beach to check it out because it looked so inviting from looking down from the road but I found it putrid. Nice strip of sand but covered in debri and flotsam and jetsum floating amongst slicks on the water so not for me. I visited the new Maritime museum housed in an old colonial building that was repositioned from Central to stanley to preserve some of the past. We had a beautiful lunch at a funky new restaurant(SALT) and then headed back to Happy Valley to rest up before heading down to a Vietmanese Restaurant for dinner followed by an Irish pub for the AUST v GHANA game. oh woe is us….

For our last day we wanted to see the Tai chi down at Victoria Park and also all the Phillipino maids gathering for their sunday rest day together. All of this out in the open was too much humidity for us to handle so we decided to go over to Kowloon and try the Peninsular for breakfast insted of high tea as the queues were too much of a wait last time we tried. A good decision and a lovely meal was had followed by a nice spot of airconditioned shopping and some refreshments as well in the ISquare complex.

We jumped on the Star Ferry back to Central and went up to the SOHO area and Amy showed us the antique markets she had vsisited in April and we found this beautiful Temple in the middle of highrise living that was a refreshing haven for the locals to escape to.

Our last night was spent at an amazing Japanese restaurant called Wasabisabi at the Food Forum in the Times Square Shopping complex in Causeway bay.Amy was in her element and her camera was snapping some great shots.

The food was some of the best Japanese we have eaten and the decor/ setting was second to none, just awesome. A perfect finish to our holiday and a great start for Amy’s study trip to Copenhagen.

So long Honkers, thanks for the memories and we will see you again.

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