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Greetings from Hong Kong...Again.

April 8th, 2008 (12:13 am)

current mood: recumbent
current song: Seal - Crazy

Second time in Hong Kong, I can truthfully say that I've had better experiences in the dentist's chair. I know now that I need to start choosing my liberty buddies with more care but I guess if I didn't have bad port visits I wouldn't appreciate that good ones. I had promised to be one of the ship riders liberty buddy and after going out in South Korea with him I thought it would be cool to help show him the sites of Hong Kong. Turns out when this person is put into a foreign environment he turns into the biggest complainer that I've ever had to put up with.

The first day was pretty hectic just trying to get off of the ship. It didn't help that the rider that was coming with me seemed to have diarrhea of the mouth that started to annoy both the other rider that came with us. We were moored out in the harbor so we had to take liberty boats to and from shore. Made it to dry land, and proceeded to find the nearest eating establishment and got something other then ships food. Of course we didn't eat Chinese but big greasy burgers because of the complainer, unfortunately the place they choose weren’t near any different restaurants so I wasn't able to go and get something else. After that we dropped the third person off at a hotel and proceeded to go out and explore the town. I nearly backhanded my liberty buddy after the complaining got on my last nerve, didn't help that we got stuck in a train station for a bit but made it back to the ship for duty the next day.

Duty went by rather quickly. Helped a shipmate with some maintaince then grabbed a couple hours(yep 2) sleep before my watch. Enjoyed some DVD's of Mythbusters and Jubei-chan - Secret of the Lovely Eyepatch to pass the night and went out to enjoy the sunrise the next day.

The third day we went to the harbor promenade to get a geocache, this time we managed to get out of the same train station that had confused us the first day with little trouble. There is a nice walking trail that leads next to the promenade and it lead right to the geocache. Quickly found the hide and deposited two coins that I had been carrying with me from the states and signed the log before heading back. Next came Victoria Peak and I managed to get the rider up to the roof to enjoy the site of Hong Kong even though they were deathly afraid of heights.

We also managed to get in quite a bit Japanese food stopping for a Bento Lunch at the train station and going to Tien Yi at the Peak and enjoying another awesome meal there. No pictures this time of the food because there wasn't much in the way of presentation.

The last day had us going up to the big sitting Buddha. I had already been there before but this time the weather was very clear. I was able to get some great pictures this time. Just on a whim I flipped on my gps and found that there was another geocache just a quarter mile away. Convinced my friend to hit the Wisdom Path that wound away from the Buddha and since they didn't like to hike I hit the trail to Lantau Peak. Getting up there took quite a few breaks and just putting one foot in front of the other. Met quite a few fellow hikers and for a few hours I managed to get away from the complaints that had constantly plauged the entire trip. Finally managed to ascend to the top, climbing nearly 1500 feet to get to the aproximate 3088 foot peak. The top was breath taking and finding the geocache made it even better. Again I took some pictures of the view and had a great time going back down. Of course my liberty buddy was already in line for the bus because they had grown impatient waiting for me to complete the hike.

All and all I managed to enjoy what few things I could take away from the trip. I am glad that I was able to hike up to Lantau Peak. If I do come back I need to find someone that is doing something different so I can try new things.


Posted by: Sarge (sarge104)
Posted at: April 9th, 2008 09:22 pm (UTC)

Okay, how about somewhere in the Pacific ocean? Will that be good enough directions for them ;).

It's funny that you mention mail because I ordered things from Amazon last deployment and they had an estimated delievery date of a week or two at the most. Now they've wised up to the fact and the estimated dates are in the months now LOL!

I will send you an email soon. I will also need your addy as well. I'm making a stop in Japan and I will be getting some stuff there to send to the poor souls that sent me gifts and cards but I never got a chance to send anything back to them.

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