I went to London to work some more, then I went to Hong Kong
Day 20 - Wednesday March 17th 2010
Second to last day in London before I head off to Hong Kong, so I looked at a map and decided where I could walk from/to and around.
These pigeons were the most exciting thing I could find in Hammersmith.
The cyberdog storefront, never before have I seen a store take their image so seriously, I bought a t-shirt with a light up pentagram that spins around and morphs into a robotic dog that shoots lasers out of its eyes, then catches on fire and explodes.
This is what most of the world famous camden market looks like, you know its world famous cause theres signs everywhere reminding you, if you dont want a t-shirt with an ironic statement like 'im with stupid' or 'no fat chicks' then a large range of dope smoking gear is also available.
Back on the main street, and some of the shops have put in some effort to distinguish their t-shirt stores from the others.
All my life I have wanted some new rock boots, so I can put my leather pants on and be taken seriously. Finally I have achieved that dream, and purchased two pairs which I also arranged shipping of back to Australia as they weigh a tonne.
In the evening, I set off for my walk as usual, and as I was passing harrods I decided to use their restroom facilities. Of course this being harrods, theres a guy in there who expects to get paid to watch you urinate. I opted to not pay him as he did absolutely nothing, not even offer to hold it for me.
Pointy awesome guitars, I wanted to buy the white one in the middle row with the maple neck with black inlays.
Boring old people guitars
Day 21 - Thursday March 18th 2010
Last day in London
As today is my last day in London before I head off to Hong Kong, I decided to take it easy, and go to a show, especially since it was supposed to rain.
Day 22 - Friday March 19th 2010
Heathrow and flying in a bed
Leaving the hotel and getting to Heathrow was very smooth, the hotel didnt argue on check out that I hadnt prepaid (which I had) like most hotels do, there was no line, I crossed the road and stepped straight onto the right train which went direct to my terminal.
Before I left, heres inside the public self cleaning toilet cubicle thing, a panel has been removed and theres lots of circuit breakers, switches and all sorts of cool stuff to play with.
This is where non frequent flyer wankers like me have to wait for their plane, it was very crowded, when I came out later to get my plane it was doubly crowded and people sitting on the floor everywhere.
Here I am in the Galleries first lounge restaurant, enjoying a made to order bacon and egg sandwich, the first such thing I had on my trip despite it being the national dish of England.
One of the deserted food areas.
A champagne bar, not the chandeliers, also, the coffee they serve is absolutely terrible, I nearly had to leave and go to starbucks instead, then I realised that coffee is a bad idea as I cant sleep on planes.
A different champagne bar.
A selection of spirits, its self serve and one guy took a glass you are meant to pour coke into and filled it with scotch.
Last photo in London, just as I was boarding.
OK, so I had a first class lay flat bed thing, theres only 8 on the plane that holds 500 people, and I still did not sleep at all. If you pay for these seats they cost about $10,000, I really dont understand why anyone would pay that, hence they are being removed and replaced with all business class seats.
Thats the end of my bed, my seat lays down flat into that gap.
The seat behind me, 2 abreast seating in 1st class as compared to 10 in economy.
Leg room prior to lay flat.
Controls to lay flat, I couldnt photo it as a bed because the lights were already off when mine became a bed.
A big wooden table springs out of the wall.
Entree, an asparagus salad with parma ham, the ham was pretty nice, I was trying to choose the healthy options.
The main course which was a beef stew in red wine sauce, which was pretty delicious, again I was trying to be healthy....
I also got breakfast, which was a full hot buffet style affair, bacon, eggs, sausage, hash brown, toast, crossaints, tomato, mushrooms etc were all offered, but I had just scrambled eggs, tomato and mushroom (and took no photo, because I felt stupid taking photos by now).
Day 23 - Saturday March 20th 2010
Welcome to Hong Kong
Arriving into Hong Kong was very smooth also, first off the plane, first to the customs line, bought an octopus card tourist pass thing that gets you to the city on the cool train, then unlimited use of public transport for 3 days, train arrived 1 minute after I got there, I changed to an MTR train in seconds, that arrived at a mega mall that has a connection direct to my hotel...I had yet to set foot outside!
Thats my first class luggage tag, I may never see one again.
And heres my ticket, showing that I flew in row 2, which might happen again, but next time it will be a business class seat because there will be no first class on most planes and where there is, theres no such thing as upgrades to first (OK thats the end of plane status wankerisms).
The airport express train, it was pretty great, had a display showing where you are on a digital map, the only problem I had was at one point I know we went over a huge bridge, because I could see downwards that we were high off the ocean, but for whatever reason they had blocked the view apart from a little gap almost straight down.
The mall my train came out at.
The outside of my hotel/mall.
After checking in I went for a wander, I was excited, huge apartment blocks with clothes hanging out 50 floors up.
Mountains - the jaggedness of these was surprising, you see a lot of them from the airport train, im excited to go climb some of them as I could see concrete walking paths up them.
I found a supermarket more impressive than macro foods in Kensington London, this place really did have everything, it was very expensive though.
Another shot of said supermarket, yes I realise im the only so called man alive who gets excited at supermarkets
Evening in Kowloon/Mong Kok
It was probably the most exciting walk I have ever been on. I caught the train to Mong Kok, and got out and was dazzled immediately. Walked around in a stupor caused by bright lights and lack of sleep. Eventually I decided to walk to the water, I didnt realise it was so far, it took well over an hour.
Riding the MTR, the trains are very wide and fast, also im a giant in Hong Kong, and I knocked out about 6 people by accident so far by walking into them, I was probably looking up at stuff, but I never saw them, they all came off very much the worse for wear, one dude fell flat on his ass, I helped him up and he thanked me and apologised.
More Mong Kok.
Mong Kok to the max.
I found myself in pet street, the kittens were quite cool and chinese girls were busy trying to convince their boyfriends they needed one. I thought the fish shops were pretty interesting, there were lots of them, how long do fish live in a bag like that?
Street level Mong Kok.
Mong Kok from above, theres pedestrian over passes all over the place, not just crossing the road but running up the middle of them as well, also most of the roads are closed except between midnight and 7am.
The light show, you cant see it but most of the big buildings shoot lasers across the sky, I put the camera on top of a phone booth to take these shots, no one else could reach that high and were all busy with their shitty digicams trying to use the flash or hand holding 5 second exposures.
Failboat appears to ruin our view.
Here I am standing in front of some sort of cultural exhibition, it was difficult to find places uncrowded enough to perch my camera.
An uninterupted view, it was a very hazy day and night.
Heres the teppenyaki place, you sit around the grill in case you dont know what teppenyaki is, I had pranws/squid/beef combo, it was not that great, but it was $11 Australian
i think today I set a new record for most photos taken in one day, hope you dont mind, a lot of them are similar to the one before it, but I was excited.
Day 24 - Sunday March 21st 2010
Cable Car and Buddha statue
This morning I decided that despite the smog ruining the view, I would go on the cable car to the monastery where you can view the buddha statue after climbing lots of stairs. The stairs help achieve enlightenment, and after all the build up theres less than 300 stairs and it takes like 2 minutes to get to the top. I was dissapointed in this, but it was shocking to see lots of skinny chinese people who could not handle it, they must be so terribly unfit.
I should have left this photo out since its boring.
My cable car.
Swinging from a wire.
1 wire moves, and 1 stays still, I never realised how they work until now, maybe they dont all work that way.
It takes about 30 minutes to get there.
The village the cable car arrives at, all tourist shops and a starbucks, however the shop selling every kind of ornate chopstick sets was interesting.
The dissapointingly short epic staircase.
They chose to remember buddha as skinny, kind of like how we remember elvis.
The view back down the stairs, it was concerning to see so many people grabbing their chests and choking.
On the way back I got a cable car to myself, so I laid down and had a snooze.
Descending into the ocean.
The best shot I could get of the airport, it was dissapointing there was so much smog as I could see a hundred planes in there somewhere.
My lunch, chicken biriyani, when in Hong Kong, lets eat Indian food.
The tragedy that is a Porsche Panamera.<
Star Ferry/Tsim Sha Tsui
The smog has got a lot worse, which is a shame because I like to look at the buildings etc.
I thought this looked interesting at the time, upon reflection now, the photo is quite boring, so please scroll down.
IFC 1 ascends into the smog.
Riding on the ferry.
A junk heading straight for us.
Hong Kong island through the smog.
Hong Kong loves escelators so much they build them to nowhere, I went up it though, just for fun.
I dont know what these girls were selling but they were getting plenty of attention.
Please kind sir be enjoying the yuppie sauna.
Where the wet market used to be by day, a food court sprung up by night.
My rather unsatisfying dinner from pacific coffee.
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