Saturday marked the eve of the Chinese Lunar New Year; this year is the year of the pig. Marcel, Kristen, Olivia and myself went out to dinne early in the night. We came across this mexican restaurant in Wan Chai. It was still happy hour for another 30 minutes so we took advantage of it. Their specials were obviously margaritas. I had two of their spicy margaritas, which were made with tobasco sauce, chili-flavored vodka and a few other spices; they were very good. The restaurant had a live salsa band playing all night starting at 9 so we hung out after dinner for a while. Then we headed out to Lan Kwai Fong for some more drinks. We were waiting to go to this club that featured an Australian DJ who was going to play old school hip-hop all night from 1-4am. So we had some drinks and then around 12:30am we headed over to the club. The club had quite a few people inside, but it wasn't packed. We had a drink and made our way to the dance floor. There was no one on the dance floor at this point, but that didn't stop us from dancing. The DJ finally came on and people eventually started filling up the dance floor. Before I knew it the club had become packed and the dance floor was even more packed. There was a great vibe on the dance floor and everyone was going crazy. This one girl got up on stage and started dancing. So I decided to climb up as well and start dancing with her; that didn't last long. After about 5 minutes on stage an employee of the club came over and told me to get down because only the ladies are allowed on stage. So I got down and continued to dance on the floor. I guess Kristen had had a few drinks because the next think I knew she was on stage dancing with all the other girls on stage and having a blast. She was having a great time, but each picture I took of her on stage she looks somewhat miserable. Anyway we all started to get tired around 3:30am so we decided to leave and head home.
Sunday was the annual parade. We heard a lot of good things about the parade. So Marcel, Kristen, Olivia and myself headed over to Kowloon Bay to try and find a prime spot to watch the parade from. We realized we got there quicker than expected so we decided to walk around for a bit instead of standing in one place for a long time. We went and got some dinner then headed back to the parade route. At this point the route became flooded with people and we couldn't get anywhere near the parade route. So we got as close as possible, but it was still far from the route. There were over 100,000 people gathering to watch the parade so it was hard to see. The parade started at 8pm and we were waiting anxiously to see some of it pass. We were in the middle of an ocean of people and everyone's body heat kept rising right up my nose; it was a mix of breath, body odor (some people were apparently boycotting deodorant that day) and other smells I didn't want to know about. At about 8:40pm we still had not seen any of the parade so we left and ate some more at a restaurant. After dinner we all headed home because it had been a long day.
Monday was the day of the fireworks. Kristen, Dave and I arrived at the harbour at about 3pm to reserve a prime spot to watch the fireworks. We brought blankets and towels and spread them out to reserve spots for our friends that were coming down later. Kristen and Dave then headed to the grocery store to get some food and drinks. Meanwhile I stayed back and protected our area. Right after I left more people began walking around our area and giving me dirty looks or just laughing right in my face. This one guy was talking to his wife and pointing and laughing at me while I was looking right at him. Some of the people here can be so rude. Anyway this woman who came by to empty the trash cans came up to me shaking her head and saying something in Cantonese; I assumed she was telling me that I couldn't reserve these seats and that I had to leave, but since I couldn't understand her I just ignored her. Kristen and Dave finally came back after about an hour and a half. A little bit later our friends showed up and helped save our spot. However we later were told right before the show that no one was allowed to sit in that area, so we had to move. What a waste of an afternoon. Eventually the fireworks began and they were great. After the fireworks some of us headed to Lan Kwai Fong for a few drinks, but I left early and went to bed.
Tuesday was the day of the horse races. Cynthia, Kristen, Marcel, Dave, Iris and myself all headed to the New Territories to watch the horse races. Getting there was quite a hassle because everyone else in Hong Kong was going there as well. We finally arrived and headed into the stadium to see the races. The stadium was enormous and the racing field was beautiful. There were races every half hour, but each race only lasted about 3 minutes. So we stayed and watched 3 races. We all had a lot of fun.