Saturday, December 1, 2007

Hong Kong, China - Part 1


Wednesday I flew on Emirates from Bangkok to Hong Kong to visit my friend Karen, who I met on the surf retreat in Bali. After about two and a half hours flying we approached Hong Kong, it was sunset and the sun was hovering just above the horizon and all these misty little islands poked out of the South China Sea. It was positively dreamy. I made my way through Immigration, where they greet you with friendly smiles and give you orange gummy candies. I collected my bag and made my way to the Airport Express train to get into central Hong Kong, where Karen met me.

Somehow Karen and I had a small mix up on my arrival date, she had a cocktail function to go to, so I changed my shoes, put on some makeup and jewelry, Yuly (Karen's housekeeper) collected my bags and off we went. Karen and I went to a swanky restaurant in the IFC (International Finance Center) and had drinks with an international crowd of insurance, finance and real estate people. Talk about surreal, here I am overlooking Hong Kong harbor chatting with some heavy hitting movers and shakers.

Karen and I left the suit and tie crowd, got some dinner and had a chat. We ventured up the hill and decided to get one last drink on our way home. We stopped in at a bar called Soho Junction, where Karen and I were customers 4 and 5 respectively of this bar that had just opened. We sat down with 1,2 and 3 - an Australian guy, a French guy and an Italian guy. So there we were the five of us taking pictures, chatting and having a grand time together along with the Nepalese owner and the Nepalese bar back. We had a great time. Soho is one of my favorite parts of New York and I think I may love the Soho of Hong Kong even more. A mix of old and new, East meets West, all without the stuffy attitude.

After our drink, we hiked up the hill (Hong Kong is not for sissies or stiletto heels) and settled in for a good night's rest.

4 comments:

luftyldr said...

Sunday, Dec. 2..0700...today it is snowing..temp about 25 degrees, wind chill of zero..winter storm warnings are posted...now you can enjoy yourself even a little bit more..our thoughts are with you!!! and..Thank God for retirement...don't miss loading aircraft in this wx. Tom

James said...

HEY! --- there's my Ipod! LOL

luftyldr said...

James...that Ipod looks like the one I was missing after you attended my retirement party ??? I hope you change the battery in your tracking device....LOL 2...love ya...

Martin said...

Wow ! So glad you picked up my mail, hope you have a really wonderful trip, its looks and sounds really lekker ...
Saw that bad (US) weather on News tonight, CPT now in summer mode, had way too much rain last month ... back to normal now. Hi from Betsy as well !
Enjoy ! Martin