Friday, August 12, 2011
It occurred to me just now that I'd better write up about the rest of my Hong Kong trips before I actually forget where these photos were shot due to the ailing state of my memory. At this hour of a rainy night in Shanghai, it's easy to miss Hong Kong. Perhaps it's because I haven't found the hidden jewels of Shanghai yet - the pass two business trips had been short and quite unadventurous, I didn't even bring my camera.
Hong Kong, though, was quite a place. As you can see from that sunken soufflé, we had our moments. Before Vijay made his way there to join me, I visited Wooloomooloo Prime at Tsim Hsa Tsui's The ONE alone, starting with dessert for tea and then a full dinner in the evening. Let's not talk about the soufflé, for this is the holy month of Ramadan and when there's nothing good to be said about something, it's best not to say anything. Like Rita though, I was impressed with the warm (and huge) pumpkin bread. The bacon wrapped starter that followed was typical but pleasant. Apologies for not presenting you the photo of my juicy, cooked to perfection steak, served with four sauces. It was really too dark by the time I was served my entrée to get a respectable shot without a tripod.
Hong Kong is also a famous hot pot country so we frequented a small restaurant near our hotel in Tung Chung many evenings after work to get our spicy soup fixes. The chili and Szechuan peppercorn laden soups in Hong Kong were nothing close compared to those you'd find in Shanghai or other parts of mainland China though they provided some degree of comfort to one of my Shanghainese colleague who was missing home badly after being away for months.
When Vijay arrived for the first time, we went to do some of the touristy stuff despite my plans to blend in and 'go where the locals would'. The junk ride wouldn't be a surprise agenda of course - we had to do it just once. Victoria Harbor was beautiful at night, despite the foggy weather when we went aboard the AquaLuna.
One night for dinner we decided to just try our luck and hop into one of those unassuming, coffee shop-looking, eat-and-go, mom-and-pop establishments as we roamed the vibrant after-dark streets of Causeway Bay. No pre-visit researches, referrals or reviews were allowed, it would all have to depend on our eye for good food and hopefully sound judgements. So we ended at this place, gorging ourselves with their chicken and goose rice, served with my long lost favorite - the duck liver sausage. All the while we were there, we noticed many tables around us having large bowls of thick soup with what looked like some sort of white meat strips in swimming in them. I didn't dare to ask any of the uncles serving us what they were as the whole place was so packed and busy. Only after we paid and left did we realize we just came out of one of the best snake soup joint in Hong Kong.
Without doubt the night life of Hong Kong is one of its main attraction. In this city, I find myself out late right up till when shops closed and eating places pull down their shutters, feeling safe despite traveling alone at most times. Cabs and other modes of public transport like the MTR, buses and mini buses were extremely efficient while the temper of several car drivers driven nuts along the country's most notorious traffic jam areas amused us.
While I was at work on some days Vijay was here, he trotted around the CBD, tripod and several lenses in tow with clear objectives - tram and architecture photography. Here the Bank of China Tower and the Cheung Kong Center made it into his camera views, as well as some brightly plastered trams from one of the oldest system in the world. On the nights when I was too beat to join him going out, shots like these were what he came back with.
Deep in the abyss of my Aperture folders I think there are more unprocessed photos from our final trip before my work moves to China. Those would probably take awhile to surface here as my schedule for the next two months doesn't seem to leave me much room for revisiting old travel shots. For now, I leave you with these desserts from Agnès b. Café L.P.G at Times Square, Causeway Bay, just so we all can have a sweet ending and then some.
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