Asia at last!!! I was so happy to finally get to know the third new continent for me this year. I arrived in Hong Kong on a 13-hour flight from Vancouver. Air Canada had a really good service on board. They provided me with five empty seats next to me in a brand new Dreamliner and all this for only 370 US$.
Here I stayed first in a so called hostel in Tsim Sha Tsui but in reality, the rooms were spread out in the entire building and there were no common areas. I don’t think that’s what I would call a hostel. I decided to change hostel to a place called “The Mahjong” where I felt more comfortable although it was a bit further out of the center. The fact that the participants of Austria’s Next Topmodel were staying there gave additional fun to my stay. As I understand German I really had a hard time staying serious in the internet corner when they were checking and discussing their publicity on the internet. Then again… if I would care this much what people think of me and what I write I would probably have more than 10 visitors per day which is more or less the average on my blog. Well, I still don’t… I appreciate that you and the other 9 today read that without complaining about my style :-). Thank you!
Back to the topic… It makes sense to buy the octopus card so you don’t have to worry about having the exact amount for the ticket. Transportation is cheap (5-6 HK dollar for a ticket to Tsim Sha Tsui from my hostel which was 15 minutes by bus).
I like the booming city because it’s mostly clean and not as many homeless people compared to North America. I felt safe walking around most places and the possibilities for activities are almost unlimited. People are busy but they help you if you ask them. Be aware that not everyone speaks English. They often just know the words they use for their job. When you try to chat with them they usually just shyly smile which means I don’t have any idea what you are talking.
The surroundings are also nice to discover, here are some spots that I liked… cliff jumping, beach, and Buddha.
I also visited Macao. I don’t really enjoy gambling and just to make matters worse it was rainy. Prostitution which is another big “attraction” of Macao is also not much of my interest. I actually thought I’m really the wrong person for that place. Still, I was impressed by the size of the casinos. If you are not attracted to gambling or prostitution at least make sure the weather is good when you go to Macao. Then, you can enjoy wandering around the artificial scenery.
Also known as Asia for beginners. The city is nice and clean but with all their ridiculous rules I felt like a kid. It’s supposed to be the most expensive city in the world. I have to say that my stay was not that expensive in the end. I had a valuable accommodation at the Happy Snail Hostel and transportation is also cheap. I can recommend using uber in Singapore it’s cheaper than normal taxis and always available. For food, you can find Asian kitchens where you can eat cheap. It means as long as you don’t feel like doing all the fancy things which definitely is expensive and available everywhere in Singapore you can actually live cheap. Moreover, there are some fancy things available for free. I enjoyed the show of the Supertrees at the Gardens by the Bay and walking around the Marina Bay.
Some people like the water show they have every evening at Marina Bay. However, I thought it was boring and left the place before the end. Maybe I just misunderstood the art behind the whole thing. But it’s for free so there is nothing to complain and nobody forced me to keep on watching it.
The haze that comes from Indonesia where they burn rainforest to produce palm oil became so thick that I had to escape out of Singapore. Lucky me that I could do that.
Read where I escaped to in the next article or on Tripline.net. 🙂