Monday, December 14, 2009

The Peak, Discovery Bay and Assignments

H was in town and we drove up to the Peak on Saturday night. Drove from school to Yau Ma Tei to pick him up. Never drive through Nathan Road on a Saturday night... or any time of the week for that matter! The number of buses on the road was crazy! And the thing that really pisses me off was the number of passengers on each bus. More than enough seats. Some double-decker buses only had 3-4 passengers. Perhaps they should have smaller buses travelling during non-peak hours...

Anyway managed to identify H and his gf among the crowd and off we went~ Took the expensive West tunnel and was on top of the Peak in less than 30 minutes. The queue for the tram was long, windy and sounded like Singapore... not surprising now that they are having end-year school holidays in SG. Got ourselves a table at Bubba Gump. This place is all about Forrest Gump~ From table-tennis bats to army fatigues, everything you can find in the movie you can find here. Food was so-so. Lead H and his gf to the top of the Peak Galleria only to find out that they are charging HKD20 per entry! When did that happen?!?! I skipped the notion of going up with them and let them enjoy the light-show while we waited for them by eating first~

Took some photos, paid for the HKD30/hr parking fees and started our journey home. Someone suggested going topless for our VW Beetle and someone obliged. And off we went into the wind~ By mid-Levels, H's gf had enough of eating her own hair and we lent her a cap for the rest of the way. After dropping them off in front of their hotel in TST we made our way home... topless~ Nathan Road will be a better place if they allow left turns at major junctions. Oh well...

Met them again the next morning for Dim Sum near our place. They were planning to ride up to Ngong Ping on the cable car but the queue put them off the idea. After the ride we went our separate ways, them to Disneyland while we took the bus to Discovery Bay. Walked the dogs by the beach and found a decent place (Hemingway?) for pizzas and a few drinks. The restriction of cars to provide cleaner air is great but can they ban people from smoking while walking around and about?

What can I say about this place... it is not Hong Kong~ It is a wonderland specifically designed for foreigners. A great place to raise children and/or retire. A great place to rear dogs! Saw a gigantic St Bernard!

After the trip I asked everyone if they want to stay there. All said yes, except that it will be only for a short holiday or when they retire... Personally, now that I've gotten a car, staying in DB will not be plausible. I'm crippled without my car. If I don't drive, work in Central and have a kid with breathing problems?... Yes, I might consider DB...

One 8-page homework worth 30% due this Saturday, one proposal worth another 30% due X'mas Day, and a report with a presentation this Saturday worth 45% for another subject. Sleep forecast: Minimal and likely to be filled with tossing and turning...

Looking forward to this Sunday!

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