Rich and I were working from home on the day of our holidays. We took a taxi to the airport and had a snack at the pub in terminal 3 before we got on our flight at 6.30pm. I watched 12 Years a Slave (great film but very sad) American Hustle (ok) and part of Thor 2- I watched the second part on the plane back. It was a 12 hour flight to HK and we met Becky. She took us on the train to MTR and then we got a 10 min taxi to her apartment which was on Hong Kong Island. She had a nice apartment and had a really nice balcony area which was big for apartments in Hong Kong. After a freshen up we headed for some lunch, stopping in a restaurant not to far which was very western - quite Shoreditch style Richard said. We then headed to Victoria Peak to take in the views in the late afternoon. There was a massive queue so we got in a taxi with 2 Israel girls. We walked around and saw the lights come up as the sun went down which was really pretty. We then got the tram down which is a good way to go. We tried to get into a posh bar but obviously shorts and flip flops are not the way to go. We finished off the evening with some Thai food.
The next day we went to Shaun Wan, a traditional Dim Sum restaurant at 10am with Becky's friend Cathy. It was so cool, you found a space on a table with others and waited whilst the ladies came around with trolleys with different dim sum dishes on. Cathy did the ordering for us. We had the dumplings and a rice dish with seafood and chicken in it, delicious..and this sponge looking dessert. They would come around and fill up our teapots as well. We had a cute little boy on our table with his family. Afterwards we went to Man Mo Temple which is quite a famous one and very pretty. We visited Hollywood Road which has lots of stores with sculptures and other trinkets. It was the second road to be built when the Hong Kong colony was built. We went to central and took the longest escalator in Hong Kong. They do love an escalator which is handy as it's very hilly. We got the train around which was easy and fun to experience although some woman tried pushing her way into the machine but Becky was having none of that :) We got the tram (really skinny trams) to Wan Chai and visited the markets. I saw some converse there for £30 and I am sorry i didn't pick them up but i had a new pair at home for my birthday. We saw lots of fish stalls where the fish were literally flapping about and a few fell onto the street. The people would just throw them back on the box. We picked up a few magnets as souvenirs. After the colourful markets we got the Star ferry to Kowloon.. Along here we visited the Avenue of Stars and saw some people we knew like Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee, there was a cool statue of Bruce. We went to Tsim Sha Tsui which has the shopping malls, expensive ones like Gucci and Chanel. We visited Mong Tok and the ladies markets. We went to Nang ping on Lantau and got the cable car to the big budda. It was really pretty and it had a few little shops up there and a few temples. It also had statues for the Chinese zodiac so we took our pictures with our birth years. Becky and I went to do the blessing and you shake a can of sticks and one falls out and you read a book to tell you what your number means. Well I ended up spilling all of them out! Haha. We went outside and went to light some joss sticks and found some on the side. Two guys came over and said they were theirs :) Whoopsie! Amusing of me and Becky to say the least..
Later that night we went to Woollomlboo bar for a cocktail and watched the light show at 8pm. There were green lazer's and the buildings had different colours and patterns going on. Later on we showered up and headed to Elgin Street for Chom Chom which was Vietnamese and it was scrumptious! We went for drinks in Lang Kwai Fong and went for a vodka jelly shot but I managed to drop mine on the floor which was a shame. The road was packed with bars and people on the road. We then went to another bar and had a few drinks there. There was a guy there on his own and Becky got chatting to him. He supposedly worked for the 4th richest family in HK. We then got a cab back about 1ish as we were getting up at 7 the next morning. I woke up feeling so rough a few hours after falling asleep and could not sleep. I am seriously a light weight! I didn't even feel that merry going to bed but my head and tummy thought otherwise. We said our goodbyes to Becky and headed for the train station. HK is pretty good, in that you can go to MTR and drop your bags and essentially check in and then get the train to the airport. I was feeling awful and by the time we got to the airport I could not stomach anything, I was petrified I was going to be sick. Luckily on the flight I managed to snooze and drink my 7up and survived. I did miss out on my plane food (gutted)