So I’m watching a Morgan Freeman movie last night (yeah we’ve got blazing fast wifi and Netflix 😜) and I started thinking about how you “read” people’s voices. For example, if I’m reading something that Morgan Freeman is saying, my mind “reads” it in his voice. Try it, you’ll see. Which got me to thinking, when you read these blogs, do you read them in my voice, or your own? Hey, did you know that Hong Kong has the most skyscrapers of any city on the world? Although my cranium contains a vast array of useless facts, I must give credit to Uber for that little tidbit.
New Year’s Eve was pretty insane. The crowds of people out that night, were the largest I’ve seen/been in. We started the evening thinking we would just wander our way around a 1 mile radius of our hotel. Find a bar, maybe some dinner, and keep things on the down-low. At least that’s how it started. Eventually, we found ourselves down on the harbour, with a million other people. I’m not exaggerating. The NYE celebration in HK is one of the largest in the world and it was nuts-to-butts down there. By 10:30pm, it was so choked, we decided to start back towards our hotel. By about 11:30, we found a bar, a couple of barstools and some cocktails. Across the street was another bar with a 70” tv, broadcasting the festivities and fireworks. We got to see and hear it all, from the comfort of a scotch glass 🥃. Happy New Year!
The city itself (and the Kowloon side), are way too big to been seen in the 3 days we had. So we stuck with what we know best, food and shopping. There are more choices than we could decide on and every choice we made was a good one. Which only leads me to believe that there aren’t very many bad choices in HK. But our favorite was a rocking little shop in Soho that Maddie found, called Little Bao. If you read back to my blog about Hudson’s Burgers in Coeur d’Alene, or if you have been to Huddies, you’ll understand when I tell you, this place is the Huddies of the East. Tiny, packed, line around the corner, fast, cheap, delicious eats, hip vibe and a downright awesome experience.
Their signature dish is the pork belly burger, served on a grilled steam bun, with a fresh slaw topping. I’d bore you with the foodie details, but let’s just say DAMN! Their truffle fries with shiitake mushrooms was off the hook too. Oh, and the little caramel dessert ice cream sandi. Oh and Laura’s fried chicken burger. I think you get the point. We all agreed that this was our favorite meal (thus far) on the entire trip.
I read that of the 6+ million residents of the greater HK area, about 200,000 or so are Westerners. We had encountered so many, that I think that number is too low. It seems everywhere we turned, there were Euro and American business-persons and families, living here. And there is also a great dog population. Up until this point, we had not seen any domestic animals, but the peeps here love their fidos. For companionship. (I know what you were thinking).
- Hope you like steps and walking. The streets of HK are nothing but hills. Great for exercise, not so great for heels.
- Taxi’s, cars and buses won’t wait for you to move. Cross the road quickly and with great caution.
- Some Uber cars we saw included Tesla’s, Porchse and Maserati.
- English is widely spoken and on almost all of the signs and menus you’ll read.
- There is no tipping, but all of your restaurants and bars will add a 10% service charge.
- The city feels and lives, much smaller than it looks.
- This is another “come back” city for us, so if you’re ever in the mood to get outside of your comfort zone, give us a call. We’d love to join ya.