Archive for July, 2008

So after a few hectic days of doing stuff we had to do we decided to just stay at home and only venture out to the corner restaurant for dinner. It was needed.
We took about 30 bus trips on Tuesday and Wednesday combined. Getting Hong Kong IDs and getting medical done. And then going to school to get Sharyn a laptop. God it really is annoying not having our own place yet but Monday is the day we move and it couldn’t come any sooner.
I will say, though, I really enjoy the bus trips around the city as I love all the buildings and the various street scenes. I have forgotten my camera a lot recently as actually doing stuff was on my mind but I am trying to take it with me wherever I go now as I have missed quite a few nice shots.

These buildings are near our school, the ones on the right are all empty; I really would like to know what the story is with them. The ones on the left are one of the most expensive apartments on the island; Bel-Air. But you’re in the middle of nowhere with little amenities beside you so I wouldn’t like to live there, although it would be a five minute walk to school. The holes? A place for residents to chill and a Feng Shui hole for dragons to fly through and drink from the sea. I am not joking.

One of the buildings I love is IFC2. If you have seen The Dark Knight you will recognise it. It is around the 13th tallest building in the world and it stands out from all the other buildings; one because it’s out on it’s own reclaimed little patch of land and two because it’s sleek and silver and fantastically tall. I love it and will take different angles of it at any oppurtunity.

It’s the one on the left

So what else? We went to an outlet mall out on Tung Chung on Lantau Island, I think I was more successful than Sharyn strangely enough. I got a pair of Nike Total90 footy shoes (dimples not studs) size 9 for 15 euros!! Couldn’t quite believe it. Other tops/shirts and trousers were ok priced but nothing compared to that bargain.

So what’s next? Nothing crazy planned. tomorrow we will hunt around for a charger for Sharyn’s Nokia. Exciting! If we are successful then we will go get her a  SIM card and probably one for me too as my mate Ian is actually coming back to work another year and he will prob want his SIM card back that I am using!
I will take my camera.

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A tale of two photos

This photo shows Sharyn enjoying herself immensely on the beach at Deep Water Bay:

This photo shows the agony that Colin is enduring now:

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Sizzling? You bloody got it!
I’m burnt from spending a day at Deep Water Bay today. I had lotion on but that was just a Clevelander recommended oil meant to make you a walking lobster or if you’re of a better skin disposition a more lovelier teak colour.
Lovely couple of hours spent there though, nice little beach with very few people.

There is a luxurious golf course across the road from the beach which I would have to break into and dress up as a rich person with a top hat and tails. Membership fees are astronomical so I hear.
There is a less salubrious Thai food shack on the beach in which I had a bowl of chicken skin (it only said chicken on the menu) in curry and potatoes and rice. Was edible and I am still alive hours later.
Sharyn had slim pickings and had to order Veggie Spring rolls, so she wanted two servings of 4. So she said she wanted 8. She got 4 chopped in half.

More of the same weather tomorrow, we will take a bus to Central and get the MTR to Lantau Island (Tung Chung). I will play a bit of footy there from 3 to 6 while Sharyn browses the outlet mall there. I say a bit of footy because I doubt I will play anywhere near past a running pace.

We both go into school on Monday to talk about what is required from us this school year. Should be fun!

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So we have signed the papers on an apartment in Causeway Bay. It’s in the heart of shopping, shopping and more shopping. It really is very convenient to everything. 1 minute walk to Causeway Bay underground metro stop and walkable to Wan Chai bar and restaurant area.
There are a good few restaurants around our area and a few bars that partake in happy hours every day so that is all good. Really looking forward to being in the city as Ian’s apartment just is not convenient for going out or even for buying food.
Only downside is that we have to wait to move in on August 4th as the landlords who are moving out go by the Feng Shui of moving out on the 3rd as that is good for….I don’t know what, everlasting peace and happiness, maybe. Hope it sprinkles on to us a little bit then.

I’m gonna play football in the heat on Sunday and from this side of the island I will have to leave probably an hour and a half before kick off. Will be less of a hassle when I move.

We’ve also been invited to dinner tonight with the school director and 16 other newbies. Her apartment must be bloody huge. Which is some feat in this city. Will be interesting to see what other characters are starting out too. Hoping for some fun peeps who are up for a few laughs and beers! Yeahhhhh…

Everything a-ok with my bank now, even internet banking. Just got to get Sharyn through that all now.
We both also have appointments next Tuesday to get the application process a-started for our Hong Kong identity cards, which is important!

Oh and 4 Olympic soccer teams are playing a little mini tournament here in two weekends time so will be buying a few tickets to see USA v Cameroon and Holland v Ivory Coast. Should be fun enough. A few well known youngsters playing for each team.

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My money from Germany account got into my Hong Kong account! Yay!

Sharyn arrives today! Yay!

Hong Kong bar scene is better than Duesseldorf’s! Yay!

Although a tad more expensive for drinks! Boo!

Sunshine forecast for next few days! Yay!

That’s all of my nonsense for now! Yay!

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