Published: June 19th 2006June 19th 2006
Marty is enjoying his vegetarian meal.
What a nice day. We got to sleep in. With the travel group we had to wake up early for stupid outings. We’re back in Hong Kong and we’re in a different hotel now. It’s further away from the major parts of the city so we have to travel more to get anywhere, but the area is nicer/higher-class and the room is better than our old one. There’s also a ton of wireless internet around here unlike the last hotel.
We met up with my uncle and his daughter for a vegetarian lunch. Their family is some sort of Buddhists so they’re vegetarians. None of their kitchenware has ever touched meat and if it ever does, they throw it away to buy new stuff. They’re allowed to eat eggs though; I don’t get that part. I was a little wary about going to a vegetarian place but the restaurant was really, really nice. I liked the décor, light green and black. :D My uncle ordered a bunch of dishes for us. There were a lot of fake meats, such as fake shrimp, fake pork, fake chicken on top of rice and noodles. I ate a lot of the rice and
I usually get them filled with red bean paste but these ones are filled with lotus paste or something like that. Whatever, stil good.
noodles without the fake meats although I tried them. The fake meats were alright, just a little weird. One of the best dishes was this “fried fish” but it wasn’t fish, I’m not really sure what it was. o_O They were little fried fillets, mmm… makes me hungry. Overall, a very fun lunch to experience and eat.
I almost forgot to mention that in between lunch and Hong Kong Island we stopped by my dad's parents' shrine. Both my dad's parents have passed. This place isn't where they were buried, of course, I'm not sure if they were cremated or what. I don't really know anything, I need to ask, I never ask about these kinds of things. Either way, it was a temple within a tall city building and there were lots of shrines where you can pay respects to those who have passed away. We lit incense for them. Then we went into a larger room with a huge shrine with all these pictures of Buddhist Gods. We lit incense for them too. It was kind of strange since I didn't know what I was doing and my parents have never been religious. I think we used
to be Buddhists and that's what most of my family is here in Hong Kong. I think I'm going to look more into Buddhism just to study up on my supposed background. I liked the experience, it was peaceful.
Afterwards we headed south to Hong Kong Island. Hong Kong Island seems like a more affluent area. Nicer buildings, designer brands everywhere. First we headed to Antique Street, which is obviously where you can buy all sorts of antiques. Marty, my brother, and I got an assortment of little knick-knacks. Antique Street was a lot shorter than we expected but the government has been revamping the area so now it’s been renamed Hollywood Road and there are less little shops. Most of the antique stores were closed anyways since it was afternoon and they’re nocturnal.
The best part of the day was going up to the Peak, which is on top of a mountain. You take this old-stylish tram up to the Peak of Hong Kong. It’s a steep climb but it’s really cool. You can also take a taxi but whatever. Mommy says the people of Hong Kong used to make fun of the Peak calling it a
place where you get ripped off. You used to take the tram up to the Peak and that was basically it, nice view but nothing else. Now the area up there is more developed; awesome shopping center, really nice restaurants, random wax museum. Shopping up there was really fun and they had all these great deals. There was also a Hard Rock up there. ^_^
The view was completely awesome. Marty took a lot of really great pictures as you can see. We got there late afternoon and stayed until after nightfall to see the city all lit up. The weather up there was really nice too, nice cool winds. We had a really great time but I feel like there isn’t much to express in words other than that, it was just plain nice. :)
Cut to today.
Marty and I wandered around the city by ourselves today. Both my parents have only recently recovered from being sick for a few days and then my brother got sick so they wanted to sleep all day.
We went to a nice mall, bought some clothes, wandered around a street prominently known for sellfish goldfish,
and ate some ice cream. :)
Tonight while my mommy and brother chilled some more, daddy took Marty and I back to the Avenue of the Stars since Marty hadn't been there yet. We saw the light show and Marty took a bunch of pictures of the view of HK Island and the stars along the walkway. Jet Li's hands are still small.
We only have a few days left in Hong Kong. I think we're just going to relax, see a couple more sites, but take it easy.
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