21.05.2010 - 21.05.2010
We commenced our last day in Hong Kong with, surprise, breakfast. Not much to add except Les tried a turnip pudding. The figure this was a pureed pudding. We met Alfred and Sylvia and uncle Nigel's driver, Elmer. Our first task was to meet Amanda, Rob and Ella at their apartment. Unfortunately Robert was unable to join us for the rest of the day as he was unwell. Karen and Les were over the moon because we were soon part of the "Ella club" when she readily took our hands during the day. Ben's cousin Marcus was able to join us and it was a pleasure to meet him. Not only is he a cool guy, but smart too as he understood Macs.
After a tour of the block we headed off to Nigel's condo in the new Territories. This place has a vineyard and we were a stone's throw from the border with China. The condo has only been recently built and after entering the restaurant with a view of the pool, the resident lifeguards, and some green hills nearby we felt compelled to commence our dim sum, which was indeed yummy. Elmer treated us to a 2004 red from France. I would not have expected this wine to go with dim sum but it actually did. I suspect so because of the many and varied tastes and textures in the dim sum. Ella totally enjoyed the pool and cooling down.
It was at this point that our bodies realised they had left work behind and we began to feel quite relaxed. It was soon time to go and unfortunately Amanda and Ella were unable to continue our adventure. We then headed off and somehow managed to arrange getting to the old markets in Hong Kong. This was an eye opener when we saw more of the range of the population and it was like having a huge and long street full of trash and treasure stalls. Some streets were full of stalls devoted to single items such as remote controls, or another store or shop devoted to second-hand power tools and so on. It was there I purchased a treasured item thanks to Marcus is keen powers of observation and memory which I'll use in my workshops.
Although for a brief period only we got to meet uncle Nigel and picked him up and was soon dropped off to continue some walking in the city. Thank you Nigel for the use of your car and condo.
Spontaneously Alfred and Sylvia and we decided to walk to a destination going through some markets which were rather crowded. We got to see several stalls selling fish in the Asian fashion with fish still live. Along with other stalls we wandered around before eventually having a drink, a quick detour to Marks and Spencer, and then to a food court where Les enjoyed a mango and pomellen sago soup, delightfully cool and mango in flavour.
Then it was time a fond farewell to Alfred and Sylvia. You looked after us well and we are most appreciative and our experience of Hong Kong would have been so much the less. Les thinks he should start up a business, perhaps you could use the name "Sze-See Personalised Touring" or something far better. There will be no commission if you use that name.
We took the hotel shuttle to the airport, check-in, killed time and reacquainted ourselves with the ordeal of attempting to sleep upright in chairs designed not to allow sleep.