Last Tuesday were the Chinese New Year fireworks and Mim, Lilly, James, Chris Scott, Toby, Jake and I went to Kellett Island (previously an island, however because of extensive reclaiming of land in the harbour, it is now joined onto Hong Kong Island itself) with the Youth Leader, Ajay, and his family to watch them. We had an amazing view of the fireworks and the only other people there were a few keen photographers... We took many a blurred picture of the fireworks before discovering that there was actually a firework setting on my camera which I thought was really exciting!
We managed to narrow the photos down to 10 firework photos as we decided that you guys wouldn't be particularly interested in pages and pages of the same fireworks display... Anyway right at the end of the display a firework exploded on one of the boats and it caught fire but luckily all the fireworks are computer automated so as far as we are aware no one was on the boat at the time.
Once this whole fiasco was sorted everyone except for us young adults went back home but we stayed on the island for
Ox and Mim
apparantly it was mechanical....
a couple of hours of card playing, turkey sandwich eating and Mim-and-James-getting-themselves-stuck-up-a-lighhouse-thing watching... After getting bored of all this, Chris took us to an Irish Pub where we managed to bring James around to the joy of card games - so much so that he ended up in such hysterical laughter that he was completely gone for at least 10 minutes... We had to leave after this in order to get on the MTR before it finished for the night.
The next day Miriam had organised a fiesta for us (this is lilly now btw) all to go to in Tsim Sha Tsui. we weren't entirely sure what to expect, and were hugely excited to find people dressed as flowers, oranges and other such items. we watched some australian cheerleaders first who were pretty crap to be perfectly honest. they kept pulling such over the top expressions n we couldnt really take them very seriously, although the tumbling n really high jumps were quite cool. then we moved on to watch some giant spanish ballerinas who were in reality girls on wheeled platforms with a guy under their huge skirts pushing them along, and then a russian marching
band. we then found a stage with cultural dances taking place, and during the audience participation miriam was chosen to go on stage and learn a thai dance move, which was vair amusant and for which she received a bagfull of goodies, including some year of the ox horns
finally, the highlight of the fiesta, we watched a south african dancing and drumming troupe, who wore not very much and did some fantastic foot stamping, singing and dancing. there was one particular stunningly beautiful dancer who was shaking her thang very well indeed which captivated james attention haha, and afterwards he went to take a picture with her. we had to wipe the dribble off his chin. =P
after the fiesta james and i went to worship practice and then met the girls at hang hau mtr ready to go out to wan chai (a bar district, also the red light district) for a night on the town. unfortunately, as our passports were at the China embassy, Mim had had her driving license stolen and Alice's insurance card didn't have a photo, they werent allowed in to the places we wanted to go, so we had a
Lilly Alice and Mim
On island - best view of the fireworks! :D
couple of drinks in a pub, grabbed kebabs and then retired to our friend Chris's flat in North Point (a very short taxi ride away) to finish the night. which was excellent, including card games, drinking games, many episodes of green wing, lift exploration, adventures and (in my case) falling into a closet whilst trying to tickle chris and getting a HUMUNGOUS and very impressive bruise on my bum. then we slept, hung around a lot the next morning n finally dragged ourselves out to wan chai again to pick up the passports from the china embassy, collect and cash in the last of james's work cheques and make our way back home.
last night we went to sai kung again to watch some dragon dancing. unfortunately, when mim was asked what time it started her brain did that thing where it realised she didnt know the answer and so decided to make one up to fill in the gap. so we got there for 7 to find lots of confetti on the floor but no dragons dancing. realising that we'd missed it, we decided to enjoy ourselves anyway so got some curry take away and sat on
the waterfront eating yum yums. then we went to the playground and had much fun on the swings. james also tried to climb a palm tree, unfortunately we were laughing too hard to get the camera out but let me tell you it was a very amusing sight. at about 9.30 we suddenly realised how knackered we were so came home to curl up with our books and read ourselves to sleep.
and that was the end of that! alice james mim and mum have gone to climb a massive mountain because today is the clearest day i have ever seen it is stunning, but i cant go cos the slope is too steep for my back
ah well. they should have some excellent pictures. they can update that when they return.
til next time
Bonjour (from Miriam!)
We rejoin the tale after having donned the vair attractive hiking get-up and climbed (very) High-Junk Peak...possibly the steepest mountain in Hong Kong. Twas fairly painful and required the agility of the goat (well, either that or sliding down on your bum - me and Alice's prefered choice) Twas the hottest and clearest
day in quite a while so was a brilliant day to climb HJP if slightly baking. We stopped at the top for a fabby picnic of twiglets and turkey sandwiches left over from chinese boxing day and to take pictures whilst balancing on things
All-in-all a brilliant climb. Later tonight we're going to Sai Kung Square to see a traditional chinese new year street opera so KUNG HAY FAT CHOI! and we'll update you later.
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