‘No map = Damsel in distress’

Trip Start Jul 18, 2010
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Trip End Mar 04, 2011


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Tsuen Wan

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

This morning I’m up early ready to take on the epic mission of sightseeing I’ve set myself. Out of the apartment for 9a.m. avoiding the morning MTR rush.  I’ve decided to head for the Central line, longer, but no changes… that is of course, if I could ever find it?! Since Benjamin introduced me to the closer West MTR station, I can’t find the Central one! I try many streets, but seem to keep doing 180’s and ending back there. All roads lead to the West line it would appear?! I resist no more and take the West line to Tsim Sha Tsui to take a couple of things back to H&M.
I make it fine to the stop… but negotiating through the tunnels to the correct exit the other end is quite difficult, and I realise how little I paid attention whilst with Elaine the other day! I get there, on luck alone. First stop is Kowloon park. The day is perfect for a trip to the park.  I stop at the pond for a sit down and more turtle (terrapin?) viewing.  There are allot of people milling around the park, even though it’s only 10 a.m. I’m enjoying wandering around, but feeling it would be much better with company! C’est la vie. All my friends are in work!
So, on to H&M. It’s not open until 10:30, so I spot a Starbucks, which has to be taken advantage of whilst the opportunity is there! A nice iced Americano and 20minutes free wifi to check my mail. Perfect.  Who ever created that combo is a genius.
I head off to Zara first, then H&M and manage to spend a further 90minutes in the latter. I wonder how much of my time in HK has been lost in this shop now?? It’s a good shopping experience today though. No queues, all the stock in the correct location and size order! Yeah, my OCD-dream.
My next mission is to get over to the Island, by means of ferry.  I’d like to see the water ride by day. So worth it. The weather is amazing, really quite warm and so sunny the city has a slight haze to it.  When I reach the other side, I realise that either this ferry has gone to a different port on the island, or my sense of direction is worse than I thought! I have no idea where I am! I run into a guy selling tours around the island, he gives me directions to a bus… I decide I can make it without a bus though, I can see the peak from where I am! So wander along the harbour, to a dead end. Still some great shots of the bay. I ask some passing business men if they can take my photo, they ask me if I’m okay - I must have been looking puzzled! My damsel in distress look is perfected apparently!  One is called Bruce, I didn’t
quite catch the others name, but he departs for the ferry promptly. Bruce is so shocked I’m alone in HK, even more so that I don’t have a map!  So he offers to walk me to the Peak, how kind! He’s great to chat with.  He works in the CBD of HK. It really is quite a CBD too! When
I’ve gotten back my sense of direction, he leaves me offering to take me around the New Territories next time I’m in HK. The way that he directed me is perfect, as I get to walk underneath the HSBC tower, transparent through the core and incredible to see.
Finally I reach the peak after stopping to take many photos of what I find the most bizarre site in the world, leafy canopies with towering skyscrapers emerging from behind them, reminding me of an industrial version of the cliff faces on the way to Milford sounds. I was thinking that coming to the Peak on a week day would be ideal, not so busy? No such luck. So many tourists! I am glad to see that the majority are in sandals and strappy tops. Yup, I’m not the only one that doesn’t have a coat!  Up on the tram, they’ve raised the prices since I was last here, no idea why - it’s hardly peak season surely?? I manage to escape the full-terrace rush by using past-knowledge of how is quickest to get to the top. The view is stunning… so glad I came back, it was really worth it. The cityscape has a really nice summer-haze to it today. I get a couple of people to take photos of me, but the sun is so strong that my face gets all squinty and I somehow look drunk! I will have to come back
again I guess! I also get to see the other side of the island, it wasn’t visible when Chele and I were here, looking out into the Philipine ocean. The bay is filled with long ships, it’s a real
travel-guide-photo.
I decide to grab some dinner before heading back down the peak, McDonalds… oh yeah! My first since Palmerston North, so well-earned! Horribly expensive, but supply and demand I guess, I am at the top of a hill! 
Back down the never ending escalators and I find the MTR station easily, recalling the last time being here with Michele, when we got caught in the most horrific downpour courtesy of a September-typhoon.  On to the Central line to the most eerily-empty  tube I’ve ever seen.  Finally back in Tsuen Wan and my now-regular walk along the bay is accompanied by the most incredible sunset.
When I get back to the apartment, I receive a call from work saying that my passport won’t be ready until tomorrow morning, so I may not even get picked up until late afternoon! Arghh, another day off work. I’m keen to get back now. No internet, TV, Company or Meals cooked for me for another day! Oh yeah, plus another day to make up. Not ideal, though it’s good to hear I have a new visa to last my contract.
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Helen on

Ahh bless, the first one of your blogs for me to read. And what a good read it is.

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