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Hong Kong: Day 23 (con’t)

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The driver burned more stinky gas turning his ferry (40 – 49 capacity) out of its parking slot at Tai Pak Marina in Aberdeen than the amount it took to get to the floating Cantonese restaurant. I expected the restaurant to rock, but it was solid as one on dry land. The huge open space hummed like a beehive and didn’t feel like a ship. The male servers wore microphones with coiled phone wire tucked behind their ear like secret servicemen in the movies. We’d heard Cantonese people like to eat out and this being Easter weekend proved it. Every table was filled. I counted 36 tables and each appeared to be set up for 10 guests. We were served on the third floor.

Lunch:

  • Sweet and sour sauce
  • Chili pepper sauce
  • Soy sauce
  • Steamed shrimp in rice paper (rubbery)
  • Shrimp wontons
  • Steamed fish balls
  • Pork balls with cabbage (?) (tasty)
  • Steamed sweet dough wrapped pork (?)
  • Noodles with curry shrimp, green peppers and egg
  • Fried rice with shrimp peas, corn and green onions on noodles with ginger
  • Jasmine tea
  • Coconut Jello (but not clear like Jello

This was a long affair from 12:55 to 2:10 p.m. When we arrived, we waited longer than usual for the food to arrive. Again, everyone in the restaurant had the same food. I thought I was smart when one of the ladies wanted more tea, but couldn’t catch the server’s attention. I lifted the teapot lid and replaced it at an angle, not quite fitted into the opening. Another of our group waved the waiter down to ask for more tea and he showed her the same thing I had ‘invented’. Am I brilliant or what?! I have no clue how I came by this idea.

 

After lunch, a last stab effort at our lined tourist pockets: a surprise visit to Dynasty Jewelry Manufacturers: the presentation in French only. Right. Though the pieces were magnificent, who walks around with the kind of money for such purchases without forethought?  Bored, I wandered around shadowed by a clerk who didn’t even pretend he wasn’t stalking following me. I’m not sure anyone in the French Group purchased anything.

© Used by permission of RJ, a member of English 8. All Rights Reserved.

© Used by permission of RJ, a member of English 8. All Rights Reserved.

 

© Used by permission of RJ, a member of English 8. All Rights Reserved.

© Used by permission of RJ, a member of English 8. All Rights Reserved.

Next we climbed a steep, serpentine road to Victoria Peak. I held my breath as another bus passed us traveling in the opposite direction, grateful we were on the inside lane. We passed breathless views for perfect picture-taking but no stopping was allowed. From the bus, the city appeared like a miniature, model city.

 

Our destination: The Peak for picture taking and The Peak Galleria (the mall). We had to go inside and up escalators to the third floor, then outside to the peak for a spectacular view and for pictures. Because of the distance, my photos were small. With more time to kill, I checked out the mall. Actors dressed as rabbits put on a show for shoppers’ children, this being Easter Saturday. I wandered into a drugstore and bought nail polish for our last dress-up dinner later. Two tiny bottles (about half the size we usually see at home) cost a grand total of $2.00 total.

Quick Facts

  • 1,800 square foot = luxury apartment
  • Condos at Repulse Bay under $20,000 USD per month
  • Visiting Businessmen are put up in these type condos
  • Usual apartment rent around $1,300 USD
  • If cannot pay, government subsidizes at $300 USD per month
  • Long wait to get subsidized apartment: 4 to 5 years
  • A car traveling to Hong Kong has two license plates: one for Hong Kong and one for China
  • No casino allowed in Hong Kong
  • If one travels to Macau, must return home 5:00 p.m. like from work
  • Hong Kong 93% Chinese + Pakistani Indian
  • Has 272 islands
  • West Hong Kong is new
  • 150,000 immigrants arrive every day
  • Have many, and mostly Taoist, temples

 

Dinner choices made by members of English Eight at Italian restaurant (paid out of pocket)

  • Risotto
  • Pizza
  • Lamb
  • Fettucine Bolognese
  • Linguine with clams
  • Octopus Ink sauce (for pasta)
  • Octopus Ink dinner rolls

Insert Image #788 (last dinner English Eight)

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Additional information about Hong Kong.

Taken by Jacek Zarzycki

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Next on June 26th – Packing Up and Homeward Bound

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I'm getting a little LONG in the tooth and have things to say about---ouch---AGEing. I believe it's certainly a state of mind but sometimes it's nice to hear that you're NORMAL. I enjoy reading by the truckload. I'm a grandma but I don't feel OLD although I'm not so young anymore. My plan is to stick it out as long as I can on this lovely planet and only will leave it kicking and screaming!

44 thoughts on “Hong Kong: Day 23 (con’t)

  1. I love all the colors on that Jumbo building. Looks like you had a nice bottle of wine with the meal and that you all are enjoying. 🙂

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    • Now that you mention it, I realize we had no beer or soft drinks as had been the practice until before Macau. Huh. How did I forget that?
      Nice to see you, Paulette. We’ll be on our way home soon. 😦 The trip is almost over.

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  2. I got dizzy just looking at the mountain, but wow, what a view!
    I was just thinking of supper and now I want Chinese food even though I’m going to resist, maybe, I’ll try, except now I want Italian food. So many choices.
    Lovely post, I so enjoy traveling with you, Tess. 🙂
    Hope this weekend is good to you. 🙂
    P.S. Some of us on WordPress are having a problem, when we ‘Like’ a post it doesn’t always stay ‘Liked’, so if my ‘Like’ doesn’t stay, I’ll try to return when they fix the problem that they say they’re not having…but be aware, I really Like this. 🙂

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  3. Great pictures, Tess. But sorry they didn’t stop for the ones you wanted. I feel kind of sad that the trip is nearly over. Mega hugs!

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    • Stopping would be not only a violation — stressed strongly — but an accident waiting to happen. There was no room to pull over. Actually, we DID see a couple of possible spots but then we would be exiting the bus into traffic (all that left-hand lane driving…

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  4. I need some good solid Chinese food. You make me hungry, Tess.

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  5. Interesting about the Italian restaurant. How was the food?

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  6. I did taste as authentic as any good Italian restaurant. Took us all by surprise when choices of restaurant were suggested. Marco Polo came to mind before I batted an eyelash. 😀 😀 😀

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  7. Well this eventful trip is almost at an end and I think I have gained 20 pounds. I still say, do the Europe tour and see England, Paris, netherlands,the cruise up the Rhkne including castles and cathedrals….just gorgeous and excellent food.

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  8. “Steamed fish balls”—I hope that’s not what it sounds like. 😉

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  9. I guess you didn’t get to take that long tram ride over the island, or ride on a sampan along the waterway. I would have loved to do those activities. Hong Kong seems like a truly huge and exciting city. I don’t think a day could cover it. Would you go back if you could? I hope you’ll give us a summary of what you loved best and what disappointed you. You might become a travel agent!

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  10. I am surprised that you found the Easter Bunny in HK!

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  11. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Not sure what I will do when this fascinating trip to China finishes in the next week or so. Have loved the last few months and certainly have a better view of this intriguing country thanks to Tess Karlinski.

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  12. This is a wonderful commentary with terrific pics. Feel like I was there.

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  13. Your last meals look very good. I love the colourful Jumbo place. What an experience you had. I feel I was with there with you. ❤

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  14. Wow the Jumbo floating restaurant is incredible!

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  15. The service was slow, but I figured there were about 360 patrons. And it was loud because it was one open space.
    Thanks for reading, Gilly. ❤ ❤ ,3

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  16. I’ll also be sorry when the trip is finished, although just following by reading it gives me an idea of how exhausting it must have been. The restaurant sounds amazing, and the views (I always end up with pictures that could be anything from those places but enjoy the view at the time). The Italian restaurant sounds a much more relaxed and friendly affair…:) Thanks so much.

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  17. It feels so weird to think this trip “will” end, when it already has. It’s easy to slip in to being there with you Tess.

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  18. Only a true tea drinker would know what to do to get served more tea. 🙂

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  19. Wonderful and I love your photos!! 🙂

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  20. beautiful country side, and yowza–expensive, eh?

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  21. Octopus ink sauce and rolls?? None for me, thanks!

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  22. Love the colors and impressed the servers were wired. Didn’t seem to speed up service, though.

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  23. Was fun reading about Hong Kong through your eyes. Reminded me of a trip I took there almost 15 years ago. Love your blog.

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    • Thank YOU for reading and commenting! It’s been fun sharing my trip. I keep surprising myself how much I’d scribbled in my notebook and enjoyed reliving the trip by blogging. Every day was so busy I couldn’t have processed it all the first time around.

      Were you there on holiday or visiting?

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  24. How was the Italian food? Dare I ask?

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    • Like Italian food. I had a taste of a couple’s thin crust pizza. The linguine I had was also very good. Made me think of Marco Polo. Hey, one of his decendents might have been manning the kitchen. 😮 😀

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  25. I like the menu for lunch! And enjoyed the tea story – it must be hard to know how to get a waiters attention in a country where customs are so different. 🙂

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    • I can’t imagine serving so many dishes to so many people at once as well. Personally, the food was better the first half of the trip. As we moved to Cantonese territory, it wasn’t as tasty or too dry or overdone.

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      • Yeah you never know what you might get when you are eating out. I don’t know either how they prepare so much food – but then that is why it might be overdone! Too much preparing ahead. 🙂

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      • We’d eaten in packed restaurants prior to that and it seemed the farther south east we traveled, Cantonese food just wasn’t as well prepared as before.

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  26. Thanks for sharing so many surprising facts about Hong Kong. As you near the conclusion of the story of your adventures, you might have to pick a new destination–I have loved tagging along on your travels, Tess.

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  27. Oh last day, such a trip and so much left to do. Maybe you should go back, an accidental tourist. Love the pictures!

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