It was sad to say goodbye to Cait, but just days later Rachie and Dominic turned up on our doorstep. Fifteen hours on a cramped plane isn’t anyone’s idea of a good time (although Dom did rave about the flight, hmm….) but these two dropped their bags, braved the exhaustion, took back a few shots and an hour later we were en route….. to Wanchai.
Welcome to Hong Kong, sister! Still in good spirits on the way to Stanley the next morning…
… But coconut water was a must after all those margaritas. Next up on the agenda: Back-to-back visits to the Peak to see it at night and during the day. Can’t decide which is better…
The boys had a nice cozy ride on the Peak Tram for the night viewing (built by/for Asians in the 1800s – think that speaks to the size here). We used the old fashioned method – walking – to get up there during the day. Preparation for what was to come later in the week….
Since we just can’t seem to get enough of the junks, we planned a cruise around the harbor on the Aqua Luna for Monday evening. Yes, Dom was just as mesmerized by the red sail as I once was. (okay still am)
Aw. Looking a little chilly right? Yea. Couldn’t wait for our trip to Cebu (Philippines) the next day. Sun, surf, sand….
Tuesday was a bit hectic for us. Struggled to leave the house on time, Rachie was massively ill, couldn’t catch a cab…. but after some frantic running through the rail stations we ended up making it to the airport in the knick of time.
Only, we couldn’t find our check-in counter. Where were they hiding it??? Confusion, panic, and finally shock set in as we realized there was no counter. Why? Because there was no evening flight – only one in the early, early morning hours.
Yes, I really messed this one up. Leave it to the American to assume everything works as it does in well, America. Hong Kong works on military time….. We missed our flight by 12 hours. (I know what you’re thinking. ‘Is her head made of wood?’ Sometimes.)
We had to face the facts: We weren’t going to Cebu. But hey, we’re still in Hong Kong. Way more than enough to do and see, and luckily the Beast and Dom are very easy going and were okay with that!!
Wednesday I sent them off to Lamma Island while Jake and I returned to work (and to a good amount of ridicule when we had to explain why we were not on a beach). They loved the island and kept themselves entertained…
Wednesday = Race Day. Perk to missing our flight (yea I’m reaching here) – Rachie got to see the horses! And, we won big on MY BET!!!!
Thursday we took the day to climb Lantau Peak. It was a PERFECT day and we got some great shots which I why I’m going to add a few here even though this is our third post about this climb. I’ll spare you the dozens we took on the way up and just get to the point – the peak.
My favorite part of the hike. Just starting to head back to the bottom after successfully reaching the top, and before the legs get the shakes from all the steep steps down.
That’s right. ANOTHER dog picture. I may own the largest collection of random dog photos in all of Hong Kong.
Friday Rachie and Dom went off to Ocean Park. Basically this is an amusement park that also features creatures such as those below. Best part (from what I’ve heard) is the view!
Souvenir photo on the right: They tried to convince me that red panda (raccoon looking animal) was actually in the photo?!!??!! Think Ocean Park needs someone with better photoshopping skills than that!
Need to see these guys for myself soon.
Friday night: Whole buncha oddity, much of it surrounding this man and the puppets he was trying to sell to Nealo. (One of which now resides in our apartment).
And on that note, the end! Thanks to Cait, Rachel and Dom for a fantastic month!