Archive for October, 2008

Quick post as I only have news on my footy team here. I’ve pretty much stayed indoors to try and eradicate the cold I have.

On Saturday at 8am in Aberdeen my team played Waterloo. I scored a 15 minute hat-trick (3 goals to all you non-footy speak peeps). I was quite happy. The team was so dirty and cheated any chance they could get. So was glad to have handed them a nice defeat. Although, after been pointed out by my mate Art, I should have done various Napolean impressions after each goal. Dammit! Oh well there’s always the home fixture against them later on in the season

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And if I remember my Irish…ta mise tinn.

Actually it’s only a raspy throat, bit of a cough¬†and a bit of a headache at times.
I’m still going to get up at 6:30am and play football at 8am tomorrow morning! Sweat it out a bit.

But it’s not nice not feeling 100% here. Air conditioning blasting you with cold bullets one minute and humidity and heat hugging you senseless the next minute.
School was weird today as we had something different on and our day ran from 1240-7pm. Ridiculous and confusing.

Anyone got any Halloween costume ideas? So far I’ve had Roman Gladiator thrown at me (no), Dr. House (meh) and a pirate (not a software one a sea-faring one but too bland). I can’t even face looking at the costume stalls in Pottinger Street in¬†Central but may have to go see them again tomorrow.
Talking about streets in Hong Kong. There is a street called Cannon Street and it’s pretty much all Pet Shops. It’s cute but also sad in a way. So you walk to the end of the road going “Awwwwww” and “Hee Hee” and “Pooooooorr thiiiiiiings”. It’s like the Green Mile for cats and dogs I imagine.
God I must take pics more. This is quite the boring post.

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I don’t have anything to say. Really.


Hong Kong comes to life at night. I’m exhausted in the evenings but if a friend tricks me to go out and meet him, like what happened last night, you get the buzz and the vibe and you just want to walk the streets with the locals. Our apartment looks down on an extremely busy road leading to Times Square, even at midnight the stream of people walking past the little sliver of the street we can see is bustling with people. I don’t know what they’re doing really. No wonder everybody falls asleep on trams and buses here. Long, long days.

But if I stay in like tonight, I feel like a big plank of dead wood. I’m physically incapable of going to bed early though. Just not me. So I’m typing this. Intriguing reading huh?

Oh, it’s Crab season here! Yippee….no wait,it’s horrible! All the little eateries around us have fridges filled with tightly strung live crabs. Poor crabby, crabby crabs. I avert my eyes, it’s all I can do.

Release the claws, release the crabs!

Footy is going well, Hamsap FC has won two games in a row and I scored in both.

We do team photos like we line up. Not too well. We play at 8am on Saturday. It’s just not right.

Halloween is coming up and of course the pressure is on to get dressed up. It’s Sharyn’s birthday, of course, and we are meeting up with a select few for dinner and drinks. I don’t know what to dress up as. Someone suggested House ,which gives me an excuse to be a grumpy, sarcastic asshole even more so than usual.

That’s it, I’m off to fly a Cessna around some air base in Florida. And crashing.

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So last Wednesday I dragged Sharyn along to a flight simulator place called Flight Experience that has just opened up in Megabox, Kowloon Bay.

It was really intense and you basically are thrown in at the deep end with rudder controls, flap positioning and speed. Yeah it was hard and even more harder when you land at the old Hong Kong airport, Kai Tak. Pilots used to have to hold special licenses to fly there so I didn’t feel so bad as I careened across the runway and crashed in to an unsuspecting Singapore Airlines jumbo.

I did manage to land somewhat at the new airport at Hong Kong but it was a bit scrappy..they gave me a video but I’m having trouble converting it.

So I think I’ll practice a little bit more before I go back to them..

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I’ll forgive you if your notions of Hong Kong are skyscrapers, millions of people elbowing each other in the face and the description tiny. You’re still dumb, though.

Nope, Hong Kong is more than just Hong Kong island it also includes Kowloon and New Territories on the ‘main land’, loads of Outlying Islands and Lantau Island were we spent Thursday and Friday camping with 90 Grade 4 and 5 students. It was a success as no child died under our care or lost a limb. They sure don’t appreciate the great outdoors as I would have back in the day. I think they missed their 20 butlers and maids at home.

Lantau, it’s a massive island much much bigger than Hong Kong island with big green grassy peaks and forests. It’s also headquarters of many insects who like to fly, crawl, buzz and slither around and scare little boys and girls. And Sharyn. I quite like them (even the cockroaches) as long as they don’t interfere with my sleeping; that’s when they overstep the line.

Anyway it was nice to see Lantau, wouldn’t mind going back sans children, it really is a different world from Hong Kong island. Quiet, spacious and with very few people to step on your shins.

Here’s a few pics:

This guy was biiiiig. He made a loud thud when he landed on the grass. He flew right on to a boy’s shirt and he freaked out. It was the highlight of the couple of days. Couldn’t stop laughing.

I always think Mantis look like stereotypical female librarians, it looks like they wear those horn-rimmed glasses. Maybe it’s just me…

Sharyn and some tired little hikers.

Cheeeeeeeeeeeese! I love Water Buffalo

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