No Wifi

on Monday, 31 January 2011

Today I don’t do much, just get some cash out to pay for the apartment for this month, even though I will barely be there a week. I find out the school which I have been using Wi-Fi from ahs shutdown for the new year and that includes shutting off their Wi-Fi connection. So I can’t download anything now.

Back To Zhuhai

on Sunday, 30 January 2011

Today we spend most of the day just looking around the shops, time seems to go so quickly in Hong Kong, compared to Zhuhai where it goes unbearably slow. Waiyi has to go to a posh dinner in the evening paid for by a client, so I spend a bit of time downloading some films before getting the ferry back to Zhuhai at 9:30pm.

Dinner At Waiyi’s

on Saturday, 29 January 2011

Today I do a bit of shopping, I have to buy a new pair of jeans. We then go over to where Waiyi lives to drop of the food I bought from Zhuhai and we have a look round near where she lives, before having dinner with her mum and brother and his girlfriend. The chicken I bought over is actually really nice considering it has been in the bag almost two days and carried all over the place. I stay away from the head though. We then go back to Causeway bay and manage to get a minibus with her dad. So I meet her dad for the first time and Waiyi’s mum has also given me a suitcase, which I really needed for when I come home, as the rucksack has completely had it and the bag I bought in China is no good either.

Off To Hong Kong

on Friday, 28 January 2011

Today I leave for Hong Kong. I get up quite early and get the 10:00am ferry. I have quite a lot of stuff including the chicken. I arrive and meet Waiyi for lunch before going and checking in at the hostel. I wait for Waiyi to finish work. We then go out for some food and a look around, but are bother very tired, so sleep early.

Buying A Chicken

on Thursday, 27 January 2011

Today I don’t have much to do except pack for going to Hong Kong tomorrow and also buy some things Waiyi wants. I have to buy a Taro and some Guava which is fine, but then she wants a whole chicken, with head and everything already cooked. I know there is a old couple who sit on the street with a bin with some chickens in it, so go and get it there. I have a pretty hard time trying to tell them I don’t want it cut, but they understand in the end. It costs 41RMB(£4) which seems steep. So I go home with a whole stinking chicken in a plastic bag and no fridge to put it.

Nothing

on Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Nothing

on Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Waiyi Still Here

on Monday, 24 January 2011

Today Waiyi stays with me, we don’t do much and just play some pool. I take her to the port at the end of the day and she goes back to Hong Kong. Next weekend I will be going to Hong Kong instead of her coming here.

No English Subtitles

on Sunday, 23 January 2011

Today we go to the cinema. There are no suitable films on, but as we are sitting outside two guys come up and give u tickets to a Chinese film Shaolin, starring Jackie Chan and another famous Hong Kong actor. There are no English subtitles though, Waiyi is desperate to see it, so we both go in, after 15 minutes though I am bored and although the film looks good, great action scenes, I can’t understand it and although Waiyi wants to translate for me, it just isn’t going to work. I go outside and have a beer and download some stuff while I wait for her to finish.

The Zhuhai Arches

on Saturday, 22 January 2011

Today we decide to do some sightseeing, which doesn’t go great. First we get a bus to Gongbei thinking the place we want to visit is near Gongbei, we have some food, then find out it is actually in the opposite direction and get a taxi. Then it turns out the place is somewhere me and Matt visited by accident and is ridiculously overpriced. We decide we should go in anyway and spend some time looking round. Basically it is a monument built by the Zhuhai government to honour a guy from Zhuhai who lived in Hawaii and sent loads of money over when there was some sort of natural disaster. The place was not great. They had a face changing display and there was a waxwork, but I knew none of them, neither did Waiyi and the most famous seemed to be the table tennis world champion, who was the first world champion in the whole of China. We go back and almost get ripped of at the local outdoor hotpot, but Waiyi kicks up a fuss and we don’t have to overpay.

Waiyi Arrives

on Friday, 21 January 2011

Waiyi comes over a bit earlier this weekend. We go and play some pool and have some food.

Book My Flight

on Thursday, 20 January 2011

Today I book my flight back to the UK. I leave Hong Kong on the 16th February. Luckily the flight is slightly cheaper than I had thought as well.

Nothing

on Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Nothing

on Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Nothing

on Monday, 17 January 2011

More Pool

on Sunday, 16 January 2011

Again, we don’t do much today except play pool and play some monopoly deal back at the apartment. Waiyi leaves on the 8:30 ferry, so I take her to the port and then get the bus home and watch some films until she gets home and rings me. Just one month left now before I come home.

Tron And Pool

on Saturday, 15 January 2011

Today we get up late as usual. Waiyi is a bit ill. We then go and get some food and see if there are any films on at the cinema. There is Tron and the new Narnia film. Waiyi has heard Tron is not very good, but I have heard it is not that bad and it starts in 10 minutes so we go and watch that. It is in 3D as well, so should be good. Waiyi falls asleep after about 10minutes and is probably asleep for at least half the film. I actually think it is quite good and surprisingly for a 2 hour film I don’t get bored, even if the cinema seats are a bit uncomfortable. We then go and play some pool and have a hotpot in one of the outside restaurants. It is actually rally good and ridiculously cheap, so will probably be eating here more.

Unbelievably Hot

on Friday, 14 January 2011

It is amazing how the weather can change so quickly here, today I wake up, go and get some food. Outside the apartment is a dreadful smell and I find some guy trying to unblock the drains with a huge piece of bamboo! I go and get some dumplings from the dumpling king and the woman uses an abacus to add up the bill. Today it is ridiculously hot and even just with a t-shirt I am too hot, even though the last couple of weeks I have been freezing even with two jumpers, a coat and scarf! I sit outside and use some free internet to download some stuff, while I wait for Waiyi to arrive this afternoon.

Warmer Day

on Thursday, 13 January 2011

Today it is much warmer and I go out and have a walk up the mountain nearby, I went past it everyday on the bus and thought maybe it was worth going and having a look. From the top there is quite a good view and a huge reservoir up there, which is why I always see people stopping at the side of the road and filling all their water bottles up with water from a pipe coming out of the mountain. I take some photos and then go back to the apartment.

Nothing

on Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Today I just stay in the apartment most of the time as it is freezing. I only pop out at lunchtime for something to eat and just watch films all day.

Stanley Market

on Sunday, 9 January 2011

This morning, mum and dad meet me at about 10:30am and we get the bus to Stanley. We look around the market and mum and dad buy some bits and pieces and we walk along the seafront. We have not got that much time as mum and dad have to be back at the hotel at 4:00pm to check out. On the way back we stop in Causeway bay for some dim sum and then get a cab back to the hotel so they can check out. We then find a nearby bar and sit and have some drinks and look at each others photos. At 8:30pm mum and dad leave for the airport and I head to the ferry port with Waiyi to go back to Zhuhai. The last four days have been absolutely amazing with mum and dad and Waiyi. I really don’t want to go back to Zhuhai!

Macau

on Saturday, 8 January 2011

This morning we meet a bit late at about 10:00am. We go straight to the ferry terminal and catch the ferry to Macau. When we arrive we go to the City of dreams casino, there is a big new show here that me and Waiyi had tried to get tickets for, but where told they were completely booked up. We go to the ticket desk anyway and they have some cancellations, very kindly dad pays for us all to go to he show. We can only get the 8:00pm showing and we think the last ferry is at 10:30pm. We decide to get the free shuttle bus back to the ferry and book our tickets and have a look at the casinos on the other island. We find the 10:30pm ferry is completely booked, but we get the 11:45pm on a different company instead. We get another free shuttle bus to the Wynn and watch a show in the lobby there, then have a walk around looking at some more casinos and also visiting the ruins of St Pauls. After a lot of walking it is about time to head back to the city of dreams. We get back and have a bit of time for some more gambling, dad has some free money, but it is only for Baccarat and none of us know how to play, so we stick to the other games. We then go into the show, the stage is actually a massive circular swimming pool, the story was not that easy to follow or very interesting, but the actual show was very impressive, with lots of diving and some motorcycle stunt riding and contortionism. We get the shuttle bus back to the ferry terminal and go back to Hong Kong, where we are too late for the MTR, so have to get cabs back. Tomorrow we plan to have an easier day and just visit Stanley.

Lantau Island Again

on Friday, 7 January 2011

This morning we are going to Lantau island. This is where me and Waiyi went the day after we met, just over 6 months ago. We get the cable car up and get the tour of the fishing village, which we didn’t do last time. Then we have a look around everywhere else including the Buddha. We then get the cable car back and go to Lan Kwai Fong for some food and a few drinks. We end up going back quite late. In the morning we will go to Macau!

Meeting Mum And Dad

on Thursday, 6 January 2011

So this morning, I am meeting Mum and Dad for the first time in over ten months. I give them a ring in the morning and find they have arrived at the hotel. I meet Waiyi in the morning on the way to work and go with her to Tsim Sha Tsui. I then go and find the hotel. It is surprisingly emotional, although it is quite a long time. We then go and get some breakfast and the things I have planned, I actually realise are not going to take the whole day. First we get some breakfast and walk around the local area, visiting the avenue of stars, which I had not visited yet and was actually not very impressive really. We then got the ferry over to Hong Kong island and went up the Bank of China tower, although we could only get about half way up. The view was quite good though, and a different type of view of Hong Kong than I have seen before. We then got the peak tram up to the peak, luckily we all managed to get a seat this time. We arrived quite early, as we wanted to see the view during the day and at night, but still arrived much to early and had lots of waiting around until it got dark. We had some food at Bubba Gump’s shrimp shack, with a nice view over Hong Kong island and then looked around the shops and saw the view over the other side of the island. After a lot of waiting around we finally went up the viewing platform and took some photos as it got dark. Waiyi had booked a table at a really nice restaurant at 7:45pm and we were cutting it fine, so had to rush back to Tsim Sha Tsui. We are a little bit late, but Waiyi has told the restaurant and meets us at the ferry port. The restaurant is an all you can eat buffet and is very posh, with lobsters, steak, Oysters and loads more. Waiyi manages 9 oysters and I eat about three lobsters. It is a great meal and Waiyi and mum and dad seem to get on great. We have some late Christmas presents at the table and then head back as mum and dad are quite jet lagged. Tomorrow we will go to Lantau island.

Heading To Hong Kong

on Wednesday, 5 January 2011

This morning I have to go to work, during my lunch break I go back to the apartment and collect my stuff and then do the afternoon lessons. I leave straight after my last lesson and go straight to the port to catch the 5:00pm ferry. I manage to get it in time and then after meeting Waiyi at the ferry port we go straight to the visa office. Because I have to get a rushed visa, it costs almost double at 1650HKD, absolutely ridiculous, but Ivy says they will reimburse me. We then go and get some dinner and head back home as I am really tired and need to be up early to meet mum and dad tomorrow.

Not Long Now

on Tuesday, 4 January 2011

I just have two days at work and then I am off to Hong Kong. The kindergarten is planning lots for a government inspection. It is a day same as usual. Can’t wait to get to Hong Kong.

Bed Day

on Monday, 3 January 2011

Today I end up spending most of the day in bed as it is raining. Watch several films and plan some stuff for the kindergarten. Back to work tomorrow, can’t wait!

More Pool

on Sunday, 2 January 2011

Today, again we get up quite late and after getting some food, go and play some pool at the pool club. I have a day off from work tomorrow and really need to do some planning. Next week I will only work 2 days as I leave on Wednesday night for Hong Kong to meet my parents for the first time in over 10 months. I drop Waiyi off at the port and get an early night.

New Year And Another Month Away

on Saturday, 1 January 2011

Today we wake up quite late. We have a walk around and see if there are any films on. They are all in Chinese and no subtitles so we just go and play pool. We end up going back and watching a film at the apartment.