13-15 July 2010
After a not-so-cultured lunch of Caesar Salad at a Pret-A-Manager in the IFC Mall, we hopped on the MTR and headed over to the cable car station that would take us to see the Tian Tan Buddha. It was a pretty picturesque way to travel, above the water and over the green mountains below. Continue reading “Hong Kong Part Four: a giant buddha and a last ladies’ night out”
11-12 July 2010
As our big Gap Year Adventure drew closer towards its end, The Gap Year Buddy and I were still not inspired to get out of bed early and, at 12.45pm, The HK Friend came to chase us out of bed. The three of us went out to Kowloon with The HK Friend’s mum, stopping off at a View Point for… wait for it… some views (of the suspension bridge to be precise), as we headed towards the New Northern Territories for some impressive scenery around the Gold Coast. We wandered up and down the Piazza, looking at different market stalls that were situated near the water edge. We even got a cartoon done of us as a little memento – out of all of us, I think mine was the closest resemblance.
Continue reading “Hong Kong Part Three: the Gold Coast, roast goose and a boat tour”
9-10 July 2010
In the morning, The Gap Year Buddy, The HK Friend and I all went out to Aberdeen for a late lunch of noodle soup which came with beef, pork, squid balls, fish balls and some other bits and bobs, just in case that wasn’t enough. Afterwards, we decided that that we’d had enough excitement for the time being and so went back to the flat and crashed by the pool, under the clouds. Despite the lack of sun, it was still hot enough for us to sleep on the sun-loungers – we are from England after all, this was still basically tropical compared to what we were used to.
Continue reading “Hong Kong Part Two: a night out, city views and palm reading”
5-8 July 2010
After only a two hour flight from Vietnam, The Gap Year Buddy and I landed in the Hong Kong heat to be met by one of our old school friends, who would be hosting us during our stay. After some reunion hugs and a brief train ride, we arrived in the city itself and were picked up by The HK Friend’s mum who took us to their home. We freshened up and headed out to dinner at Times Square in Causeway Bay, where there was a Toy Story themed display in celebration of the upcoming film. Continue reading “Hong Kong Part One: Twilight, Chicken’s Feet and Eating Out Of The Toilet”
1-4 July 2010
Following on from part one, our next activity involved catching a taxi to Chinatown. Learning from our mistakes yesterday with the cyclo drivers, we set a price of 100,00 VND with our driver. Annoyingly, when we got there the meter read 62,000 VND but we didn’t get change. Our attempts to be careful backfired on us there. Sadly, the market was disappointing. It was more for the locals, with lots of food and kitchen bits, although there were also a lot of knock-off handbags. We quickly gave up and went to a nearby KFC for brunch. The Gap Year Buddy went for the cultural option of chicken and rice but I stuck to my regular KFC chicken burger. Continue reading “Ho Chi Minh City Part Two: tunnels, rivers, museums and big temples”
28-30 June 2010
As I arrived at my hotel, I thought it didn’t seem to look like much from the outside – but then a busboy rushed through the doors to get our bags out of the taxi and take them up the stairs onto a trolley for the Gap Year Buddy and I. This was quite a change from the hostels we had stayed in earlier on our Gap Year Adventure. We were staying in an actual hotel, complete with air-conditioning, room service and a TV that came with many broadcasts of American sitcoms. Admittedly, we should have had other priorities upon arriving for the first time in Vietnam. Continue reading “Ho Chi Minh City Part One: markets, cyclos and pretty buildings”
25-28 June 2010
The Gap Year Buddy and I awoke late (again) to find that the family had gone out for Friday prayers. When they returned, we went out for some more Penang Fried Kway Teow before heading back to pack for Johor Bahru. The family had invited us along to their nephew’s wedding. I had never been to an Islamic wedding before and I was excited to watch the ceremony. We all climbed into the car at around 5pm and four hours, and one Baskin Robbins ice cream stop, later we arrived and settled down to a dinner of seafood fried rice and lime juice with the extended family, in front of more World Cup fun. Continue reading “Malaysia Part Four: The Wedding Crashers”