My final day in Hong Kong saw me meeting up with Sophia, a girl I met in Brunei, who is from and lives in HK. She took me to a real local’s place for breakfast / brunch where the entire menu is in Chinese. Similar to when I was with Pearl the other night, I let Sophia order our food and pick a selection of things to try. The girl did good!! She picked a huge buttery French toast, a HK style egg custard and a red bean drink providing a huge sugar overload. Amazing.
After this, I met my folks in the Kowloon Park where locals are out painting various scenes within the park and where in the centre of the park there is an aviary, with a whole host of parrots and other tropical birds. From there, we ambled around the various markets on offer in Hong Kong, including the ladies market down Tung Choi Street where you can pick up a cheap, fake Mulberry bag. Damn I should have bought one in hindsight! But you need to fights the mass of tourists down here. Then on to the flower market, more for my Mum’s sake, before having a nosy around the bird market. The birds are crammed into tiny cages, but where it’s a traditional and customary to keep a song bird.
Tired and worn out from the humidity and city oppressiveness we headed back to their hotel to freshen up and a glass of wine before hitting the massive spread the hotel puts on in the form of an Asian style buffet. I am far from a seafood eater but had to try the oysters in both their cooked and raw forms and I was right, they are hideous. But stuffed to the rafters, it’s fair to say I made the most of the buffet. Feeling like a stuffed turkey, we went for a walk down Temple Street market, which is basically the Ladies Market but at night. And the on to the harbour to walk off some of the meal and as it was a clearer night to have a look at the HK Island skyline.
Time to head back, pack and prepare myself for the solo travelling to commence again, this time in Japan. So excited to see what this country will have to offer!