April 28, 2006 – I’m in Hong Kong again. Last time I was in HK – it was about 1.67 years ago. Just like the many times that I’ve been to HK, the first immediate feeling I had when I stepped out of the airport was “humid”. Friday evening, it was raining in HK – kinda greyish. Greyish marz… Listening to my iPod nano, I couldn’t help thinking about how short this vacation would be compared to all the previous trips. I know I shouldn’t think that way, but I just couldn’t help.
This trip is gonna be very physically tiring – so much to do, so little time.
The first thing that I had to do was to get my Smart ID card. Originally, I was going to do it on Saturday. Since I wasn’t too tired, after a bowl of beef ball rice noodle, I left all my luggages in the apartment and went straight to the ID center. This is the first meal of the trip ($17 @ a noodle place in Kwun Tong) – Not as good as the ones that I used to have in Yuen Long – maybe I just didn’t really feel like eating at that time.
The next day, Saturday morning… went to Telford – Guess what I saw? STARBUCKS!!! I felt that I kinda miss Toronto already (I actually didn’t expect this – after these years in Toronto, I think my love for Canada is more than I thought). I went to the small Starbucks near the escalators. They didn’t have the white moca – so I ordered the Latte instead. Went to the banks – LONG LINE-UPS!!! alas, I hate banking. I don’t understand why HK banks have so much paperwork. The mechanism seems to inefficient to me. Online banking sucks too. After all the waiting, form-filling and waiting… it’s already lunch time.
So… we had Dim Sum time @ Maxim. I think I’m already used to having segregated non-smoking areas in Toronto, I was surprised when I saw the “smoking” area was just beside the “non-smoking” area and not having a seperate ventilation. Anyhow, that was OK to me since I’m used to the 2nd-hand smoke these days already. (I gradually realized how un-HK I am – I gotta re-adopt to the HK culture if I ever come back to work…) Ordered some dim sum and a BBQ pork rice – the BBQ pork @ Maxim is still as good as the old days 🙂