Travel Short: Hong Kong

“The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.

You are wrong if you think Joy emanates only or principally from human relationships. God has placed it all around us. It is in everything and anything we might experience. We just have to have the courage to turn against our habitual lifestyle and engage in unconventional living,”  Christopher Johnson Mccandless, excerpt from Into the Wild

It is in this spirit that this trip was made. I was alone for 8 days, and I had an amazing experience. The following are the journal entries I’ve made at the end of each day. Unfortunately I have lost my phone in Macau, and with it, all the travel pictures.

Day 1 Flight at 6.25am, caught a shooting star for the first time. Made a quick wish. Met Nikki from Macedonia at Central MTR station and left for Causeway Bay. The buildings are nice, but does not feel as personal as Taiwan. Perhaps too quick to judge. Hope to be proven wrong by end of trip. Had deja vu in the Maritime Museum. It was eerie.

Day 2 – Originally bound for Disneyland, made last minute change of plans to see the giant Buddha. HK$25 to enter the quasi museum, but hey, it comes with vegetarian food. Food was good.

Headed for the Lantau Peak, walked alone for about 30 minutes (?) without a soul in sight. Trail was fantastic! Met Bill from Scotland who told me it would be another 40 minutes to the peak. Left the trail for another. On route back, saw wild bulls in front of the path, staring down at me. Three of them and one of me, the tension was exhilarating. Walked next to the beast moments later, feels amazing! Could’ve died if it decided to charge for no reason.

Decided against Tai O due to the wait time of the bus. Too darn cold in open space. Went to the Avenue of Stars for the light symphony, was not great. Met Ina from Austria who was also at the giant Buddha temple. Had a great conversation over dinner.

Day 3 – Went to Disneyland. The performances brought back childhood memories.Was excellent! Funny how over time, the value derived from the stories differs so greatly. However, much of the rides were catered for kids. Didn’t get on most of them. Still, had a great time. Went to the Peak after Disneyland, too foggy to see anything. Disappointed.

Day 4 – Traveled with Ina to Macau . Went for the Skywalk at Macau Tower.  Visited the Ruins of St. Paul’s. Museum was nice as well.

The casino lights at night was beautiful. Feels so alive being close to the casino and the poker table. Wynn even had a fountain show! However, lost my iPhone 4 today. But still, great day!

Day 5 – Walked around Taipa, headed to the Venetian. Magic is somewhat lost without the lights. Kinda like that one night stand with the girl met in the club – pretty in the night, not so in the morning, fair representation? Ah fuck it, I’m too tired to think of a better one.

Day 6 – Finally had Hong Kong Dim Sum! Was great! Walked to the flower street and bird street. Poor birds in their cages. Also went to the famous Chinese Temple. Really crowded. Didn’t like the incense at all.

Clear day today, went up to the Peak again. The view is beautiful! Hong Kong island and Kowloon in view. Walked the trail for a bit, was nice! Met Oz from Turkey. Went to the Ritz-Carlton to check out the bar at floor 118. Headed to LKF after short dinner. Hit on some pretty Russian ladies. Was fun.

Day 7 – Woke up late. Having great time, despite the tiredness.  Walked around Central’s attraction, the cathedral, zoo/botanical garden. It was a nice place to relax. Flipped the book in the cathedral, found this hymn:

“All that kills abundant living/let it from the earth be banned/pride of status, race or schooling/dogmas keeping man from man/in our common quest for justice/may we hallow life’s brief span,” For the Healing of the Nations, Fred Kaan (1929)

Day 8 – Went to Tai O. Met Luke and Casey from England. Went for dodgy Dolphin trip and saw nothing. Also met Matthew and Mandy from Kowloon, Hong Kong. They were kind enough to invite me and even buy me dinner…me, a total stranger that they’ve just met! Had an awesome time with the enthusiastic couple.

Day 9 – Flight scheduled at 10.50am. What adventure awaits in Malaysia?

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