Another snooze left us in bed until 11:30am but it's god's day of rest and who am i to argue with the big man! We decided to find a few of the local markets and then Kowloon Park, sounds easy right....not if you're Steve and Daley. Ok, before i tell you the nightmare we endured in the 35 degree heat, i just need to give you a little back story on our navigation skills. About 2months ago, we tried to find the STA Travel office in London...It took us 3hours!!! Now Steve and I can both speak relatively good English, have a good experience/knowledge of traveling round London but it was a nightmare day & doesn't really bode well for the rest of our tour...on the upside, I should make for some interesting stories. Anywho, back to Sunday...We took the underground from Tsim Sha Tsui to Mong Kok (Stop you're laughing CCC crew...tut tut) and tried to follow the signs. We spent about 30-45mins wandering up and down street after street looking for the market but to no avail....Every single road/turn/corner seemed to lead back to Nathan Road (The road where our hostel is located) We dived into a shop to purchase some much needed water and some good old air conditioning. 30mins later, we found a a never ending market street with worthless junk (Fake bags, watches, footie shirts etc BUT they did have some Kanye West glasses i would have well & truly purchased if i didn't already own a pair!) I did stumble upon what i thought at the time as 'a cool mask; for Ryan. For any of you that has seen the film '3 ninja's', it was one of those. On reflection, it's a perfect example/reminder that no matter how good/useful/funny novelty gifts/stuff seems, you will always regret buying it...and that's a Daley Davis Guarantee. The only positive to take out of the purchase is the fact that i have Ryan's gift and it only cost 2 Quid!!! We tried looking for the other markets but got pretty much nowhere, although we did find a little footie park which was hosting a '2008 world cup' tournament for the homeless. Unfortunately, it had just finished, i picked up a ball and tried to get some locals to play but they saw me pull a few showboat tricks out of the bag, made their excuses and ran away scared!
Following our failed attempt to locate the markets, we decided to turn our attention to Kowloon Park. I'm gonna keep this short, but we spent around 2hours wandering up and down looking for the park, yet again, everywhere led to Nathan road! Just before contemplating suicide we finally found it :) It did make it worthwhile though, it's got a free public swimming pool and a full sized astro-turf footie pitch, along with beautiful scenery. Time was getting on, so we made plans to revisit tomorrow and go back to the hostel, get changed and find a bar to watch the footie. Lucky for us, our hostel turned out to be a 2min stroll down the road!!! That's right, what should have taken us 2mins, turned into 2 hours trek in one of the hottest day's on the island.
Having dropped our stuff back at the hostel, we headed across the road to an Irish Pub full of Chelsea & Man U fans (Steve and I probably had closer connections to the 2 teams) Quite a good game but we were gearing up for the big one... Hull v Everton (Steve's a blue and they are my adopted prem team, E-V-E-R-T-O-N everton everton, E-V-E-R-T-O-N everton are magic') I asked the barman if they were showing the match but he just chuckle and advised us to have a look elsewhere. We took to the streets, checking bar after bar, each one showing every premier league game bar Everton's. 20 mins later we found a bar packed full of locals showing the match but our joy was short lived. The game had 35mins remaining but Everton were 2-0 down and the locals were playing dice drinking games, which involved in swirling dice in a cup and then slamming the cup down on the table as hard as humanly possible! On top of that, they decided to move the pool table right in front of the projector and served us 'Eggy Beer' Just as the we thought it was gonna be 'one of those nights' I found a new hero in the form of Tim Cahill who pulled one back for the people's team, 10 mins later Osman equalised, cue massive celebrations and a few strange looks from the locals! The game finished 2-2 but we both agreed that the night was too young, so headed to another bar.
It was around 01:00am and Town was pretty dead but we got talking to a barman and he told us to hit Lan Kwai Fong. He told us that clubbing is really good and everyone parties until 06:00am 7 days a week, so we were pretty much sold. The tube and ferry were closed, so we jumped into a taxi, ready to get our groove on. To our disappointment, the driver dropped us off at the place where we'd partied on Thursday with Sean and Alan but it was dead. We wandered round and found a bar hosting a reggae night, it was pretty lame so we moved on. We stumbled upon a bar with a live band, so went in a stayed for a few drinks. After a pint or 2, Steve thought it would be a good idea to have a couple of shots (ok, it might have been a joint decision) We then had a little dance with a couple of Scandinavian looking girl's before heading to another bar with live karaoke. This place was pretty cool and it wasn't karaoke per se, people would just get up and start playing guitar/drums and sing...i guess it was more like an open mic night. Anyway, everyone that went up seemed to be a pro, one couple chose 'My Endless Love' Steve and I decided to join in (From the comfort of our seats...i do not do karaoke but that just may change, see the vid and be the judge yourself lol)
As always, we were hungry, so left the club and looked for a place to eat. We found a fast food place and ordered curry with Chips. It may have been the alcohol but we were both unexplainable dumbfounded that the curry accompanying our chips was actually curry (I.e the one you find in a proper curry house) as opposed to chip chop curry. We then caught the taxi back to the wonderful Li's Hostel and fell asleep.