Hong Kong, day two – blending in

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01. Introduction: San Diego to Hong Kong on Asiana, Air India, and United Airlines
02. United Express ERJ-175 first class San Diego to Los Angeles
03. Star Alliance First Class Lounge, LAX
04. Star Alliance Business Class Lounge, LAX
05. Asiana A380-800 first class Los Angeles to Seoul
06. Asiana A380-800 business class Seoul to Hong Kong
07. Hong Kong, day one – Tsim Tsa Tsui, the Star Ferry, and Victoria Peak
08. Hong Kong, day two – blending in
09. Hong Kong, day three – I love this city!
10. Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Tsim Tsa Tsui
11. United Club, HKG
12. United Airlines 777-200 business class Hong Kong to Chicago
13. United Airlines 737-900 economy class Chicago to San Diego

I’m not normally one to get hit with jet lag, but despite the massive difficulties I faced staying up until 10pm the night before, I was wide awake and tossing and turning by 2am. Dang it! I tried as hard as I could to clear my mind and meditate myself to sleep, but it was futile – the last time I looked at the clock it said 6:30 and the sun was already coming up. However, that was right about the time I fell asleep again and I didn’t open my eyes again until 8:30. So, it wasn’t a great night of sleep, but at least I got some.

It was pouring rain with a bit of thunder and lightning as I walked out the door to get breakfast shortly after 9, and I was mentally preparing myself for the thought of being super lazy today and staying inside to work on this trip report. Remember, I’m not the kind of traveller who feels the need to run around like crazy all day to cram as much as I can into my vacation – that’s not a vacation in my book! Sitting and being lazy for once, quietly blending into the city I happen to be in is my idea of a good time and I’m a really happy guy if I can find a nice quiet spot in the shade to sit and people watch.

rainy hong kong

The view from my hotel room window right after I woke up. Looks like it’s going to be a wet one today.

breakfast hyatt regency hong kong

Breakfast in the hotel restaurant – I couldn’t resist another one of those made to order omelets!

By the time I finished breakfast and returned to my room to gather my belongings, the rain had stopped and the clouds were starting to part. I thought it might be good to grab my iPad and set off in search of a nice cafe or lounge before it started raining again, which for some reason I was convinced it would. Hey, this is Hong Kong after all, where there is always a layer of menacing low clouds hugging the skyline. It always looks like it’s going to rain at any moment.

Hong Kong Trip Report

Found a nice place under a canopy to escape the rain drops for a few minutes

streets of Tsim Tsa Tsui hong kong

Navigating the wet streets of Tsim Tsa Tsui

hong kong street view

This pic doesn’t show it well, but this time of the morning (10am), it’s all about the delivery trucks making their rounds.

hong kong panoramic view

I ended up walking down to the Avenue of the Stars again

wet hong kong

It was still kind of wet and gloomy though so I just found a semi-dry spot to sit, relax, and people-watch for a while.

I wore my funky socks today!

I wore my funky socks today!

cloudy hong kong

The area near the Star Ferry Pier is really nice – lots of open space, with great views of Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island.

The longer I walked around, the better the weather became. It was tempting to keep walking and exploring, but I had some writing to do so I went back to the Hyatt and hung out on a nice comfy corner chair in the lobby for a couple hours and poked away at the keyboard of this iPad churning out this trip report.

I returned to my room by 1pm due to a much-needed break, and I succeeded magnificently in being lazy and doing nothing until 4pm. It was staring to look really nice outside again, with high thin clouds and plenty of sun – time to go explore Tsim Tsa Tsui (or “TTT” as the locals call it). There was certainly plenty to see – the streets were bustling, and the weather was fantastic, and it was only hunger that made me call an end to it at about 5:30pm. I was thinking about grabbing some Chinese take out from a local restaurant, but…the thought of splurging on room service back at the Hyatt won.

Nathan road intersection hong kong

The hustle and bustle of Nathan Road

cloudy hong kong

The clouds are finally starting to thin out!

nice afternoon in hong kong

It ended up turning into a really nice afternoon.

sunshine in hong kong

The sun eventually came out in full!

Room service back at the hotel

Room service back at the hotel.

Long story short, it was a very expensive not-so-good meal. Don’t get me wrong – the quality was top-notch! But it was far too spicy for my tastes and almost inedible. Keep in mind that I’m a total wimp when it comes to spicy food, so what I think is inedible is probably the best thing ever for those who like a little kick to thier meals.

After eating as much as I could (it was expensive – darn right I was going to eat it), I soaked in the bathtub for a while until it became too hot to bear. The bath was great, but it made me a lot more tired than I already was so once again it was a struggle to stay up until 10pm.

bubble bath in the hotel

I can’t remember the last time I took a bubble bath – but this was a perfect way to end the day!

Loud Chinese TV couldn’t keep me awake, and I went to bed thinking that I’d sleep like a baby for sure.

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