June 29, 2012, Sha Tin
You know how easy it is to get around Hong Kong via the MTR? Well, it is. The problem was when we exit the stations and try to find our way to our destination by foot. Asking the locals was a task that was as frustrating as it was fruitless (sometimes “straight” really means “there’s a huge building blocking your way so you might have to go right then left then under then over a bridge then right and then do the hokey pokey”).
Our last destination as tourists was the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery, which was a grand Buddhist temple up a mountain peppered with statues of not ten, but thirteen thousand buddha statues.
We decided to walk down Pai Tau street from the Sha Tin station of the MTR, passing by an Ikea along the way (Sorry, this is the only landmark I remember!). And found this place… Continue reading
I only have a little over two weeks before I head of to Jakarta for the Arsenal Asia Tour 2013 and that is a glaring reminder of how remiss I’ve been about blogging. That is, I haven’t even posted about the Arsenal Asia Tour 2012. So here it is.
Fans Party, July 28, 2012
Early on our second day in Hong Kong, we made our way to from our hostel in Nathan Road to where we’re supposed to board the cable cars to Ngong Ping Village in Lantau Island. It was an easy enough trip from the TST station (near where we’re staying) to the Tung Chung Station, with only one transfer from the Tsuen Wan Line to the Tung Chung Line via Lai King Station.
Click to enlarge (image from http://www.mtr.com.hk/). There’s an MTR tourist app that might be helpful for planning journeys; we didn’t download that last year.
When I write goals down– or better yet, publish them on the internet for the world to see– then I’m more inclined to make those goals come true. So I’m making a list of the places I want to go to for the next ~3 years. Correction: list of places I WILL go to.
Who wants to go with me?
- Indonesia for the Arsenal Asia Tour 2013. But if Arsenal announces they will go to Beijing and have a friendly against another PL team or (ZOMG please) Real Madrid, then this could change to Beijing.
- Back to the UK! Well, London and Edinburgh. The original plan was to go to Japan late this year but my homies in London have convinced me how much more fun it would be to go back to London. Didn’t take much to convince me, to be honest. There is also a very small possibility I (we) will extend my trip to include a few days in Paris.
- Brazil. And yes, this is for the World Cup.
- Boracay or Bali. 2014 is the year of the B’s!
- Italy with Angel. The plan so far is Rome, Florence, Venice, Milan, and Tuscany. This is a rough plan and will change a lot over the next two years. It could also morph to a complete Euro trip, depending on the state of our finances by then.
- Japan. I’m sorry I keep pushing off the Japan trip further and further in the future. Gomennasai!
How can a poor person like me with a mid-range salary make this happen? I don’t know, but I made 2012 (Singapore, Hong Kong, California, Nevada, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, and South Korea) happen somehow so I remain positive. Well, not financially. Financially, I might be in the negative. Haha.
It’s really hard for me to act my age.
Since the morning of our arrival in Hong Kong was reserved for errands like checking into the hostel, exchanging money, and cursing ourselves for not packing an umbrella, we only had from lunch time onward for touring. Our first destination was the TST (Tsim Sha Tsui) harbour so we can take the Star Ferry from TST to Central. The terminal was about a ten-minute walk from our hostel, but it turned into around fifteen because of the rain and a couple of wrong turns. Continue reading